Christmas Coral Canal Cruise 2010: Coral Princess Cruise Review by GreySkies
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Christmas Coral Canal Cruise 2010
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The crew was excellent. The steward didn't smile, but that didn't make him any less friendly. Everyone associated with the dining rooms were easy to deal with and were eager to please me. The passenger services desk didn't ever seem to have a line. The senior doctor and nurses were pleasant to see each time I went.
The food was almost always excellent. There were a few misses, but even those weren't horrible. Chef's Table was definitely worth the money.
There were plenty of activities throughout each day. My activity of choice was trivia. I ended up with a team that stayed together the entire cruise and were the ones to beat. Other activities I participated in were the Gingerbread House Contest, the Ultimate Ship Tour, the Cruise Long Scavenger Hunt, and the Scrapheap (Boat Building) Challenge. I would participate in all of these except More possibly the Scavenger Hunt again, and that's just because I tend to be lazy which means I would lose.
The ship was very clean. I dropped a napkin and the buffet attendant picked it up within 30 seconds. Room was cleaned well.
I requested a towel animal and received an elephant one night and a monkey the next.
Finally, I had taken a stuffed mouse on the cruise, and some of the staff really enjoyed seeing it on a regular basis. (It also serves as an excellent ice breaker.)
If I had the opportunity to go on this cruise again, I would be there in an instant!
For a much more detailed review, check out the following thread:
Cabin review: BAC402 Balcony
Only issue was no location to store luggage efficiently. Very quiet location. Temperature was usually too hot for me while set at 76F. (Some of this was due to my travelmate, but not usually.) Elevators weren't too far away.Read All Balcony (BA) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Ended up doing a walking tour that went to the fort that is now a museum across the street from the dock. Museums bore me most of the time, and this one was no different. (Excursion here was chosen by my travelmate.) Went to a small hotel, sat in the courtyard, and had drinks and a rest. Proceeded through the zocalo and to a church. Had little kids trying to sell things to you in the zocalo which did not make me happy. Then it was on to a "Princess Guaranteed" store. Bought myself a shirt, but the nice man following me around the store was trying hard to get me to buy things that I liked the look of, but didn't need. Then it was back to the ship.
Is it any wonder I wasn't a happy camper with this port?
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Overall, A Good Trip