Coral Princess Cruise Review by WillieC: Panama Canal Partial 10 Day
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Panama Canal Partial 10 Day
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Sailed on the Coral Princess departing Ft Lauderdale Sunday March 17 (in our green of course) for 10 day cruise. This cruise visited Aruba (briefly), Cartagena Colombia, Panama Canal partial transit plus Panama, Costa Rica and Grand Cayman.
The ship was in very good condition with an excellent and helpful crew. The public areas were quite attractive and the newly installed International Cafe was a nice touch. We especially liked the promenade deck 7 which allowed for walking/jogging completely around the ship on the outside teak deck. A very nice way to start the day.
The few complaints about the ship, and they are indeed minor, is that the gym is quite small and we did not care for the equipment installed. There is not a good men's changing room but there is a small one in the area of the men's sauna. As we like to go to the gym this was a bit of an issue but not major. It was fine and did the job we needed which was to work off some of the More calories.
The cabin we had was an inside on the Baha Deck (11) and it was just fine. This was our first time in an inside cabin on any cruise and we were very concerned about it. Our worries were unfounded as we did not find it to be too small or dark. As we spent little time in the cabin it was a non-issue and considering the amount of money saved worth considering again.
We enjoyed room service breakfast on all port days and the service was on time and always complete. This is a nice way to start the day without rushing to get to the Horizon Court and is a must if one wants to get off the ship early.
Food in the main dining room was always very good and our waiter and assistant waiter were excellent. We had the late seating and were lucky to have very good table mates. We had no complaints about the food or the service. We ate one night in Sabatini's and while it was quite good it was not that much better than the main dining room. In retrospect we would have probably saved that $70 for wine or drinks!
The ports were quite interesting and the canal passage the highlight. We would have liked more time in Aruba and less in Cartagena, but it was what it was.
Overall a great cruise on a very nice ship with an excellent staff and crew. We had no major complaints and were quite happy.
As an aside this was my first time on Princess and my wife's second. The majority of our cruises have been on RCCL and/or Celebrity so this was a good comparison. Given our good experience Princess will have more of our cruising dollars. Less
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Cabin review: IIB407
Very large closet, comfy bed, lots of storageand a good digital safe. Bit on the small side only one chair for the desk and no other chair in room. Good flat screen TV, good sized fridge. Even though an inside cabin it was not completely dark at night as some light came in under door to hall and provided a natural "night light" to the bathroom. In summary, this cabin was just fine.
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