Coral Princess Cruise Review by EverydayDisasters: Coral Princess OK
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Coral Princess OK
No one could be unhappy on this ship - clean; reasonable food (occasionally really salty but flavorful - as if someone got into the best cheese for cooking but forgot to adjust the salt; friendly staff, beautiful scenery.
air travel - use care with the Princess-associated air travel bookings. The ship times listed are for true departure; not last boarding. The air booking company treats the times as last boarding. The ship organizes various introductory contests in the hours before departure so it's best to get there several hours early. It wasn't pleasant being told by every check-in/security stop that we were too late and might not get on - as if we were bad - on the other hand, my husband was really pleased to miss the safety lecture. Check flight times carefully - I'm not really clear why a flight from anchorage to NYC through Texas - taking 4 extra hours and no savings over shorter 4-hour shorter flights would even be considered an option.
Naturalist lecture - More Dr. Ryan - I know it's hard to talk for hours on end about ice melting but saying things like "'supposedly' 9,000 people perished in the tsunami" and the current rate of glacier melt is nothing more than part of the natural cycle are a bit suspect.
Bingo - turn up early to buy $20 (3 cards/game)forms. Later only $40 (9-card + 3-card bonus for snowball game) forms were available. Watch out for the fast reading of numbers for the snowball game. I caught a missed number while the winner was being checked. On the way out I said "that last round was fast' to my friend. A host of comments from people around us came back that it was and that the announcer had been asked to go slower yesterday but after a couple of numbers he/she had sped up again. We speculated it was a tactic to help the snowball last until the last bingo session.
Pictures - The candid photographers definitely subscribed to volume over quality. If you want a candid photo be prepared to aggressively ask for a background of the glacier instead of metal dividers growing out of your head (College Ford)or a retake if they flashed before you were ready (dinner/embarkation/every disembarkation). Lines for a formal shot on the stairs were long. The photographer with the background that appeared black was really a very flattering blue. If you just want a portrait shot to update your Facebook be sure to try the shorter lines the first night & check out other people's shots from the first night. The photographer with the shortest lines took the most flattering shots (black/blue background). Less
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