A great time with interesting ports.: Coral Princess Cruise Review by Barbie075
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A great time with interesting ports.
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Los Angeles
The Coral Princess is a great sized ship. None of the venues ever seemed crowded. You could always get a seat by the pool or in any of the showrooms. The food on this cruise was excellent. There was only one meal that we did not care for in all the days we were at sea. For a change their fish was actually cooked perfectly (often on ships it seems to be over cooked). We ate at both of the specialty restaurants and they were both excellent!! Well worth the extra cost.
The only complaint we have about the Coral Princess is that their front desk/management staff were not up to par to other Princess Ships. A tendency to blame other people for problems rather than try to help solve your problem. Were just not helpful.
We did not take any Princess Excursions. We choose to do our own. In Cabo San Lucas we chose to go on shore More on our own and just do a little shopping before meeting a friend who was vacationing there for lunch. We did stop at the Monkey Business Bar in Cabo for one of their famous Margaritas. We were not disappointed. Don't miss it. You can find them on line.
In San Juan Del Sur we hired a tour company to take the eight of us around the country. I highly recomment then. They are Macua Tours & Travel (located in Rivas/Nicaragua), and the owner is Edwin Ruiz. Edwin speaks wonderful English and is a fountain of information on his country. This was the best tour of the cruise. I found them on line (not easy to find). You can e-mail him direct by using his name at macauatours.com. Our tour (by my choice) took us to Rivas, Granada, boat ride around Lake Nicaragua, Masaya active volcano, Apoyo's inactive volkcano, and Masaya handi-crafts market.
A great tour!! Highly recommend.
In Puntarenas we used a company called Odyssey Tours. They did an okay job of showing us around, but did not tell us much about the country and its customs. On this tour we went to a Coffee Plantation (very interesting) quite a long ride from the ship, then to Sarchi where they do the hand painted ox carts. We went to where they actually make and paint the carts. Opertaing run by a water wheel, very interesting, then we went to a bird sanctuary. Lots of beautiful birds, some wild some in large wire enclosures. Saw mot of the local birds including Toucans, scarlet McCaws.
In Cartagena, Columbia my husband and I opted to go it alone and just hired a taxi driver to take us to the sites. This worked out very well as we were able to see everything in a short period of time. It was a very hot and humid day so we did not spend long on shore. Cab cost was a lot more reasonable than a Princess Tour. We did everything that was on the Princess Tour and were back two hours earlier.
In Aruba we had a great adventure. We rented Trikes from Trikes-Aruba. Again, I would highly recommend this activity. We saw almost all of the island and visited the highlights. Plus it was a kick riding on the trikes. Very easy to drive, especially if you have ever driven a stick shift. This was one of the trip highlights.
Disembarking as terrible -- it was during the Gov't shut down. Have never had this problem before on Princess and it was certainly not their fault.
All in all, we had a great trip and will continue to sail with Princess. Less
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Overall, A Good Trip