Just back from a Panama Canal Cruise on the Princess Coral. Although it was a very good cruise, there is a few things that I feel need to be Mentioned. This was our 5th cruise (4 with Princess and 1 with Carnival).What we realized is that we like the bigger boats better then the smaller ones for the following reasons:
The international Cafe is not located beside the Atrium as with the bigger boats, and there is not much seating around the Atrium on the Coral, for just relaxing with a coffee or a drink listening to music.
There is not much outside table and chairs for eating outside the Horizon Court buffet as it is at the front of the boat instead of the back. Also there did not seem to be as much variety at the buffet as on the bigger boats.
The staff both in the buffet and the room stewards did not seem nearly as friendly and talkative as on previous cruises on bigger boats. They were a lot older and did not seem to have the enthusiasm or personality as the younger ones.
The entertainment was also not near as good as on previous cruises on the bigger boats. On previous cruises we attended every show. On the Coral we went to only 3 of the 11 shows.
The meals in the dining room were as always very good and up to Princesses high standards, but as mention above some of the wait staff didn't exactly seem thrilled to be there.
The Lotus pool which is supposed to be a adult only pool, had kids in it most of the time and although it has a retractable roof, they never opened it, which made for a hot area.
I realize that the boat needs to be this size to transit the canal, and none of the above caused us not to enjoy our cruise, it just made us realize that we enjoy the addition space and the atmosphere of the big boats. the people on board this cruise were mostly 60 plus, which was not an issue, but worth mentioning.
These are all just things we realized as the cruise progressed and thought it should be included in our review. We still had a wonderful cruise and will continue to cruise with Princess in the future.