Perhaps more than anything else, the focus on fitness was the biggest surprise of the ship.
There's an oceanview gym with weight machines, elliptical trainers and treadmills, all upgraded during the 2009 dry dock. Pulse group cycling, yoga, Pilates and aerobics classes are on offer. As the cycling instructor emphatically noted, "You must go fast! Push it hard!" Prices for the classes range from $10 to $40 and are even more costly for one-on-one personal training.
Additionally, passengers can attend lots of seminars on everything from abs and metabolism to aging and detoxifying. In fact, a passenger from Canada said she chose Coral Princess specifically for its fitness program in her effort to build a cruise around detoxification, fitness and the healthy eating she found on the Lotus Spa menu.
Next to the fitness center is the Lotus Spa, a serene Balinese-inspired health spa and salon featuring a stunning variety of treatments. How's this for multiple choice: a Tahitian scalp massage, a mud room for couples, "gentle touch" teeth whitening, and a cellulite reduction program, popular in Europe, called ionithermie algae detox -- and that's just for starters. In the "thermal sanctuary," you can relax in thermal grottos, aromatic steam chambers, sauna suites or hot stone loungers. To top things off, a stylish beauty salon offers everything from regular haircuts to coloring and hair consultations, eye and neck lifting treatments and sunglow makeovers.
One of the largest attractions of the spa, post dry dock, is the adults-only Sanctuary, a two-deck, outdoor relaxation venue. Caring and unobtrusive staff, known as Serenity Stewards, provide cooling Evian misters, chilled towels, MP3 players and healthy and refreshing drinks and snacks, like fruit skewers, spring rolls and smoothies, while you veg out on padded lounges. Fees are $10 for a half-day.
Multiple pools do a respectable job for sun aficionados. The Lido Pool, now outfitted with Movies Under the Stars, is the center of outdoor activity on the Lido Deck, while the nearby Lotus Pool is a swim-against-the-current pool for a bit more of a workout. Both are flanked by hot tubs. Another pool is tucked away on Deck 12 aft outside the youth area. Kids can enjoy two splash pools -- one by the Fun Zone and a second hidden away up top on Deck 16.
One of the most wonderful places onboard is the relatively quiet outdoor promenade on Deck 7, a terrific place to walk or run (2.8 circuits equal one mile). For top-of-ship athletics, climb to Deck 16, where you'll find basketball and shuffleboard; mini-golf and a golf simulator are one deck below.