Coral Princess Cruise Review by xxyyzz: Coral Princess: Pros and Cons
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Coral Princess: Pros and Cons
First, HUGE thanks to all who post. You all are soooo helpful!
A short review: Coral Princess:
Beautiful ship; excellent staff, esp. the dining room.
Roomy even with a full ship.
(Long narrow design for Panama Canal made it seem so)
Food was terrific, esp. main dining room dinners.
Highly recommended: Sabatenti's ... great experience.
Best cabin design, esp. for inside, of all.
Closet faced the bathroom with no doors. Very convenient.
Closet back served as a room divider. Flat panel TVs.
Excellent, well-paced itinerary.
Smooth disembarkation on port days, even with tenders. Very well-organized.
Excellent fast check-in and end of cruise disembarkation procedures.
Check out Wheelhouse Bar private rooms off main -- little musuem full
of nautical history.
(hope Princess is reading this.)
Skip Bayou Cafe ... More unappealing spicy menu; no one ever in there.
(They should stick to a straight steakhouse concept)
Worst casino ...old machines, very few penny slots, very small smoking section. One penny machine was out the whole cruise.
Entertainment ...yawn. Unfunny comedians, old hat singing and dancing shows.
Misuse of Maurizio ... a terrific keyboarder who had them dancing in the aisles in Crooner's Lounge while Wheelhouse Bar was empty at night.
Very restrictive smoking policy on ship.
Expensive spa: $19 for polish change; $50 for a manicure!
That said ... worth the trip on this ship. Very enjoyable.
p.s. Forgive any mix-up on ports ...didn't take great notes and they seem to run together.
-- Didn't take ship shore excursions. Plenty of pier side drivers anxious for our business. Bargain with them.Â Less
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Cabin review: Coral Princess Interior Double Plaza Deck
Inside cabin ... GREAT design. (See above). TIP: Two twin beds instead of one big double makes the room seem bigger.
Port and Shore Excursions
Next stop: Fuerte Amador ...another great surprise! Restoring old city..charming. Panama City ...same version as Cartagena with a lot more traffic. Head back to ship early!
Book in advance: Costa Rica Gamboa Rainforest Resort tours www.gamboaresort.com if not booking tours from the ship. Tours were full when we got there, but worth the taxi ride to see the resort itself.
We love Celebrity
Comfortable but worn
Celebrity did not WOW
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