3 of us cruised on the 11 night Panama Canal Coral Princess on April 4-17, 2014.
Embarkation was efficient, and we were allowed to board and go our room. We then went upstairs for lunch on the Lido deck. Typical cruise line buffet...nothing spectacular. We met our room steward, and we told her since there were 3 of us cruising this time, we booked a Jr.Suite, and that we would need extra ice because we like to sit on our balcony a lot. We even brought our own ice bag for the extra ice. The steward, however, decided she would give us ice only at her convenience. We usually had enough ice to last us through the day, but not the evenings. We like to have a cocktail before dinner, but we were usually out of ice. Our afternoon "ration" of ice usually arrived around 9 pm every night. When we came back from dinner the first night, our room was made up with the covers turned down and chocolate on the pillows. The sleeping accommodations for our travel guest was pitiful...again Princess should be ashamed of itself. The bed turned out be a sleeper sofa with a 3 inch thick mattress. When our companion got on the bed, the cross bar dug into her back. We caught the steward (ours seemed to be the only one working that time of night because of her inefficiency) and told her something needed to be done. She brought in another 3 inch mattress, which helped somewhat, but it still wasn't right.......the steward finally brought up yet a 3rd 3 inch mattress. That finally did the trick, but during the day time, the steward folded up the sofa sleeper and leaned the extra mattresses against the wall, and the bedding on one of our chairs in the room.. How can you have a bad cruise? It's a lot easier on the Coral Princess. We really thought this was going to be nice getting a Jr. Suite, but for 11 days we had to look at mattresses leaned up against the wall and bedding taking up our sitting space. Oh well, back to RCCL and Holland America.