Coral Princess Cruise Review by jaxonboy: Good Alaskan Weather
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Good Alaskan Weather
The Coral Princess is a well run and maintained ship. The cabin steward and waitstaff were well trained and cordial. The food was good, although there were perhaps fewer choices for lunch or breakfast than we were accustomed to, there were several theme dinners, like the Chef's dinner, and the Captain's dinner that were exceptionally good. We had venison as an entree one night, well prepared, tasty. While at Glacier Bay there was a special Alaskan buffet on the open Lido deck that was wonderful. Anytime dining was handled smoothly, and the waiter we had most often, Carlos, was a gentleman and very capable. Always had a recommendation for every course, and he was right.
The ice cream at the soft serve bar was good, and it is proper to have someone make the cone for you in my opinion. The pizza was good, and the food at the grille was good. Hard not to eat too much on this ship.
The shows were entertaining, good comedians, and a good magician. The forward theater was More one level and very long, but had good view lines no matter where you sat. It just took a while to get out when the show was over, unless you sat in the back. But we weren't in a hurry anyway.
This is the only ship we have been on where the lido buffet, and the dining rooms were all forward. Nothing wrong, but we kept going to the stern to eat, and then turned around. The seats in the front of the Lido were at a premium, hard to get one on the glacier days.
I would do it again, well done Coral Princess. Less
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Cabin review: Coral Princess Oceanview Double Dolphin Deck D203
D203 is a great ocean view cabin. It has the depth of a balcony cabin including the balcony, but it is all inside. There was a big window. It was all the way forward so you did a little walking, and you had to take two elevators to go to the dining room since the forward elevators don't go below deck 7 and the atrium elevators do not go above deck 7, but it was worth it. Quiet location, the only people walking by were crew going to their cabins and they were respectful of the need to talk in low tones. No machinery sounds of any kind. No inside cabins in this area of the ship so fewer people around. Fairly small shower and bathroom, limited shelf space on one side of the lavatory, but everything worked once we figured out which way to turn the shower temperature knob! Plenty of closet space, one long one, and shelves against the wall. All in all the best ocean view I have stayed in. Actually preferred it to the balconies because it had the extra room for a table and chairs.
Port and Shore Excursions
The town itself is not remarkable. The buildings are reminding me a little of Russia. There are tours of the State Capitol, but you are just as well off walking on your own, some members of the tour asked the most inane questions and turned the tour into torture. There was a major gold mine here, took out about 300 million ounces, if I remember correctly.
We had lunch at the Twisted Fish near the pier and had a very tasty salmon fish sandwich. By the way, take plenty of money, food in Alaska is about double what it is in the lower 48. There is a tram up the mountain that one of our party took and enjoyed the view.
Odd thing to realize is that you cannot drive to Juneau, come by birth, boat, or plane. The cars and trucks came in on the ferry boats, but there is no highway out of Juneau.
We took a mini bus tour (Discover Skagway) up to White Pass and it was excellent. I had neglected to bring my passport and since we would cross into Canada it was required. No problem, the operator got me a ride in a van with a driver who took me back to the ship, waited for me and brought me back. Nice people. Turns out, the border official didn't ask for passports, but sometimes they do. The tour itself went up the other side of the valley from the White Pass Railroad line. The tour bus stopped at excellent viewing points and the driver knew the history and geology of the area. We were supposed to turn around at the Canadian Border, but the driver had heard a bear was wandering around up at Tormented Valley so away we went. What a good looking bear and we watched him for about five minutes just ambling along in the snow about 50 feet off the road, great!
We had lunch at Bombay Curry. Real good food at reasonable for Alaska prices. Authentic vindaloo cooking. Small portions, but actually all that you should eat for lunch. The nan bread was good. There was a real good ice cream shop on the main street that had really good flavors and huge waffle cones. I walked pass two dancers from the ship dressed to kill in fashionable tight jeans and they sure eyeballed the ice cream cone I was enjoying!
Electricity in the summer is generated by a small water turbine up in the valley and power is 12 cents per kilowatt hour. In the winter diesel generators are used and the electricity is 58 cents per kwh. No more will we complain about the cost of electricity at home.