very nice: Coral Princess Cruise Review by liltravlr
Overall Member Rating
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The cruise ended in Acapulco and some people were so afraid of crime they didn't even get off the ship. All the news of bad stuff is so highly overrated! I was traveling alone, and walked the street outside my hotel as much as I wanted, up to 2am for 3 nights in a tank top and skirt and had not one hassle. People were friendly, respectful, taxi drivers were honest and on-time, there were lots of people, even little kids, out at night because it was Semana Santa (Holy Week around Easter when lots of Mexicans on vacation), and I felt entirely safe. Buses were easy to use, I wandered the shops and sights, and everyone was helpful. There is crime everywhere in the world, no worse in Acapulco than anywhere else as far as I could see. Police officers even posed for pictures with me, streets were much cleaner than many other places, and I would return anytime. I stayed at the Hotel Emporio and it was an absolute gem. Gorgeous views, beautiful pools, quiet, clean, helpful people, gym, travel agency, restaurants, comfy bed in room with safe, frig and micro, including huge breakfast buffet for less than $100/night. There was an earthquake one morning which scared me to death but they were not concerned and I was assured by their confidence. Hotel is strongly built and had no ill effects, though we shook terribly! Pretty beach but I was told surf was rough. I ended up at the pools all day anyway as they were so peaceful, hawkers will approach on the beach like anywhere, but they are not aggressive. Starbucks and mall across the street, lots of shops and restaurants within 5 minutes. Couldn't ask for more! Less
Cabin review: BC Balcony
Yup, very small shower. Everything else had plenty of room. Nice and quiet, thank God! Compared to Carnival nightmare, it was a pleasure to actually be able to sleep at night. Room steward and room service staff were sweet. They have to do something about smokers on balconies, though. Pollutes the whole side of the ship. The morning show put on by Billy and Boogie made my day! Nat the Brazilian, Jorge from Mexico, and Mel from England were exceptional cruise direction staff. Jorge and Nat made themselves available to dance with all of us (too many) single ladies, Nat's Brazilian dance class and Jorge's Spanish classes were awesome, and Mel took the time to chat and had the guts to sing karaoke for our pleasure. Kudos to waitstaff Alex (Mex)for finding me dining mates, John (India) for remembering how I like my mocha, Francisco (Mex), Ricardo (Peru) and Jorge (Peru) in Horizons for getting me everything I needed, Denis (Ukraine) in Bordeaux for his jokes, Alejandro (Mex) in Explorers for learning salsa with me, and Diego (Peru) for smiling even at early morning room service; the crew made this ship. I hope I am not forgetting someone! Panama Canal itself is a phenomenon not to be missed. My only wish would have been a few more single men my age! (43)Read All Balcony (BC) Reviews >>
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