52 Anchorage Princess Coral Princess Cruise Reviews

I have to say straight away that the natural beauty of Alaska is GREAT, and reading the following review should not deter anyone from going to see such a wonderful place. Looking over the side of the ship to see Pacific White-Sided ... Read More
I have to say straight away that the natural beauty of Alaska is GREAT, and reading the following review should not deter anyone from going to see such a wonderful place. Looking over the side of the ship to see Pacific White-Sided dolphins and Orca whales playing in the ship's wake is a real thrill. The train ride in Skagway is Great - The Glaciers are AWESOME. So for the Natural Beauty part - Alaska REALLY ticks all the boxes. We did tour Denali park an Anchorage on our own - had a great time. On morning of Sept 11 we dropped off the car at the airport, took a taxi to Alaska RR station and got the train ride to Whittier. It was a really neat to see whales, seals and eagles along the way as the train travels along the waterfront. And we weren't even on the ship yet! Cool! Now for the Princess part...did we come back "new"?... not really. More like "disappointed". We had paid extra for the full "suite" experience because we were looking forward to the nice amenities Princess would provide to us - wowzer we were surprised... The main problem wasn't that the balcony decking in suite C703 was broken with sharp holes - ask me how easy it is to get bloody feet if you're not wearing shoes. The balcony roof leaked in the rain and dribbled water down the sliding glass door into the room. The shower didn't work (trudge up 3 flights to the spa to get a shower), the hair dryer wasn't working, there were other people's clothes left in the drawers (the room was cleaned that well prior to our arrival) and the bed was worn out years ago. The main problem was that after we talked to the room steward & the front desk on the ship...and then calling the front desk and even trying to call the Princess main landline from Skagway: Absolutely nothing got fixed. OH - the front desk told us they'd have maintenance crew up there right away. They were pleasant enough. And we did see maintenance crews working on everyone else's bathroom. Apparently they didn't like us though since our room never got serviced. We tried asking several times....nothing. The only contact I've had with Princess since then was I got in touch with their "Customer Relations" department - and they say it'll be at least 10 WEEKS before anyone at Princess will get in touch with us. That's how much Princess cares really cares about their customers. They need to do better. Just keep that in mind if you book Princess... I would highly highly recommend you get a newer or more recently refurbished ship. The size and design of Coral is OK, but boy - at least for C703 - that lady needs to go in for some TLC. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I wanted to get my National Parks Passport stamped at Denali NP and Glacier Bay NP. This land/cruise tour offered those opportunities. We were escorted from the time our plane landed in Fairbanks until we arrived at Vancouver Airport a ... Read More
I wanted to get my National Parks Passport stamped at Denali NP and Glacier Bay NP. This land/cruise tour offered those opportunities. We were escorted from the time our plane landed in Fairbanks until we arrived at Vancouver Airport a week later. All excursions were extremely well organized and presented. We loved everything we experienced on shore. Aboard the ship, we found it difficult to get around the first few days. We seemed to spend a lot of time trying to figure out where we were and where we needed to be, so we spent most of our time in our cabin watching the tv. We attended something in the Princess Theater because we thought it would help us understand how to get the most out of what was offered. It was all bout jewelry and shopping. I wish they would consider an orientation seminar to familiarize novice cruisers with the ship and how to maximize the cruising experience. Don't assume everyone has prior cruise experience(s). Prior to our cruise, I had always heard how wonderful the dining experiences were. We thought the food was ok, but certainly not great. There were many food offerings from cuisines that we just weren't familiar with, so when those options were passed over, we weren't left with much. Buffet food was usually lukewarm and one evening, my dinner was lukewarm. It was just a small negative blip on our vacation, not important enough to ruin it. We didn't take advantage of any activities. Again, it took a while to figure it all out, and when we finally did, the things we were interested in happened when we were off the ship or at dinner. After dinner activities were passed by because we were too tired from our busy day to stay up and participate. For us, the cruise experience was ok, but the land experiences were incredibly awesome!! No regrets at all! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We were excited to travel with a group of friends on our first Alakan cruise. The check in was awesome. On the night of our 2nd day my husband became ill....bronchitis like symptoms. The next morning he and I went to ... Read More
We were excited to travel with a group of friends on our first Alakan cruise. The check in was awesome. On the night of our 2nd day my husband became ill....bronchitis like symptoms. The next morning he and I went to breakfast....many people were displaying signs of illness. My husband then went back to bed where he spent the next 2 days. The following day 3 more in our group were ill....same symptoms. These things should have happened that would have prevented a rapid spread of this flu... The buffet should NOT have been self serve. Masks given to anybody coughing! The fees to see a Dr. are high....and quarantine with very poor room service is prohibitive of people wanting medical attention. The food was cold, and overcooked at our evening dining sitting on 2 occasions. The entertainment was repetitive 3 shows were almost the same by the same comedians. The night before we disembarked ....my husband in quarantine got a call at 10:30 PM....saying he would have to be off the ship by 7 am the next morning after being cleared to do so.Why a call so late to a sick person asking him to leave so early the next morning? This is careless. He contacted the medical center and was cleared. Thankful we could join our friends to leave the sick ship. We have decided Ocean cruising is not for us. This trip of a lifetime very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose Coral princess to take us around Alaska's inner passage because friends recommended it. It is a smaller ship which I think is perfect for Alaska. Our service was good. The way the food is now a days, I make sure we go to a ... Read More
We chose Coral princess to take us around Alaska's inner passage because friends recommended it. It is a smaller ship which I think is perfect for Alaska. Our service was good. The way the food is now a days, I make sure we go to a specialty restaurant for really good food. The coupon book you receive first day has a BOGO deal that will save you $25, but must be booked that day. Be sure to book Sabatinis at least twice and right away! We could only get in once because I waited.We purchased a Balcony dinner served in our room for $100 for the two of us. It was fantastic and I highly recommend it. It includes a cocktail, apps,bread,champagne,flower arrangement, photo,white glove service, choice of filet and/or lobster, fab salad, crabcake encroute and 2 desserts! Best steak and lobster I ever had! I am not one for shows, so I didn't attend any. Hub went twice to hear soprano.We watched movies in room. We had a balcony which was a splurge. If your don't get one ,there are plenty of places to see 360 degrees on top deck. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our first cruise and it was a little disappointing. My expectations were sorely not met. The embarkation was very confusing. We were not given any direction upon boarding and were handed papers without any explanation. When we ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was a little disappointing. My expectations were sorely not met. The embarkation was very confusing. We were not given any direction upon boarding and were handed papers without any explanation. When we asked what we were given the crew stared at us like we were crazy. We had to find our cabin on our own as the crew just pointed to the elevator and said "go up to 8". Our cabin was not turned from the previous guest. The room had hair that wasn't ours everywhere and dirt on the ground. Our steward tried their best but I don't think they understood what we were trying to convey. We were pleasantly surprised by the size. Overall the food wasn't what we were expecting. We were expecting interesting food that we couldn't get anywhere else. It was mediocre at best. There was a good selection of vegetarian options. The pizzeria was probably the best. It was also difficult to get drink orders outside of sitting at the bar. The International Cafe was the most consistently good service and food. The public spaces were nice and the themes were interesting. The entertainment was not what we were expecting. We were expecting multiple different types of entertainment but there wasn't any. There was one theater show and 2 comics the whole 7 days. Most of the activities were during the day while in port, and in the evening it was just sales pitches or musicians performing in the bars. A lot of the interesting things overlapped and you had to choose what was more important, movie under the stars or the comedian or eating dinner, you couldn't do it all. Lastly the crew... some that were nice and greeted us every time we walked by but there a lot of rude interactions. Multiple times the front desk where the interaction was aggressive and rude. I called to ask if the coupon book was delivered to our room and the crew member repeatedly told me the book was "redeemed "and that I "needed to look better". When I walked down there the extremely rude staff told me again that the book was redeemed and then proceeded to call and yell at our steward. The front desk forced our steward off his break and come talk to us which cause our interaction with him strained and uncomfortable the rest of the trip. The worst was the Medical staff. They made my mother feel as though she was being punished for being sick due to the food and would not explain anything. The only saving grace of this cruise was the fabulous weather and scenery. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Our travel agent recommended Princess and we chose it because the travel dates worked the best for our schedules. This was our first cruise. We took a train from Denali to Whittier where we boarded the ship. The train ride was long but ... Read More
Our travel agent recommended Princess and we chose it because the travel dates worked the best for our schedules. This was our first cruise. We took a train from Denali to Whittier where we boarded the ship. The train ride was long but comfortable and scenic. Embarkation went smoothly. The muster drill was delayed so we had to eat a hurried supper at the buffet. The ship seemed old and outdated. Several times we smelled a sewage type smell. The pizza was good but the other dining venues were underwhelming. We ate in the dining room once for breakfast. It took 45 minutes to get our food and it was cold. The butter wouldn’t even melt on the toast. Most of the food on the menu was the same food offered at the buffet. We ate at the Bayou Steakhouse and the steak was tough. The food at the buffet was just ok. Nothing was hot, just lukewarm. There was not a lot of variety in food options. Our cabin size was adequate but the furnishings were outdated and worn. The bathroom was small and there seemed to be a leak behind the toilet. There was a magician/comic who was pretty good. There was another comedian that was not very good. We played several of the trivia games and they were fun. The White Pass Railroad in Skagway and 5 glacier seaplane tour in Juneau were our favorite excursions. We did not enjoy Ketchikan that much and our bear watching excursion was the most expensive one we did but was also the least enjoyable and biggest waste of money. Disembarkation was smooth. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Went with another couple for four nights land on our own and seven nights cruise. The mini-cabin stateroom was great. Nice layout, clean, and very comfortable. Most of the staff was friendly. The dining room food was good. The buffet food ... Read More
Went with another couple for four nights land on our own and seven nights cruise. The mini-cabin stateroom was great. Nice layout, clean, and very comfortable. Most of the staff was friendly. The dining room food was good. The buffet food was okay. We had an amazing experience cruising past a huge pod of orcas that lots of people missed if they didn't have an exterior view while dining. There was a low-key announcement about this that my husband thought should have been much more enthusiastic. We skipped a lot of the usual activities and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery from our balcony. The Northern Lights made an appearance, but again the ship wasn't very good about communicating where to see them on the ship. The mid Lido deck was lit up like daylight so that wasn't going to work. Some of the excursion descriptions were misleading and overpriced, such as the Animal Planet Bear Country and Wildlife Expedition (save yourself $ and take the Rainforest Sanctuary Walk) and Backcountry Zodiac Expedition (mostly a boat ride, very little backcountry on land). Whale watching in Juneau and Skagway Rail trips were much better. We did much better excursions on our own in Fairbanks (Aurora Pointe Activity Center for Northern Lights $32) and Denali (Fly Denali glacier landing plane ride $550 and Denali National Park non-narrated shuttle to Eielson Visitor Center $43). The train rides to Denali and the ship were very enjoyable. The looong disembarkation taxi line in Vancouver was a bummer. Still, I think a cruise is the best way to see the glaciers in Alaska and I'm glad I did this trip before all the ice melted away. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We were two families with three kids total, ages 15, 14 and 9. Having read some of the recent negative reviews, we kept our expectations low but they were all greatly exceeded. From the moment we stepped on the ship, the staff members ... Read More
We were two families with three kids total, ages 15, 14 and 9. Having read some of the recent negative reviews, we kept our expectations low but they were all greatly exceeded. From the moment we stepped on the ship, the staff members were friendly and helpful. Because it’s such a small ship, many of them got to know us personally and addressed us by name. We found the ship in great condition and very clean with crowding only in the dining room, food court and during major entertainment options and tours. For the most part, the ship felt pleasantly uncrowded. There were lots of comfortable indoor seating areas, both within the venues and in the walkways, to view the scenery indoors. I also enjoyed daily walks on the Promenade deck when conditions allowed. We had a mini-suite with a balcony on deck 10 that easily seated 4+ people and we opened the door so that it adjoined to the balcony of our travel companions, which made coordinating plans and hanging out very easy. (Bring bungee cords or duct tape to secure cabin door open if you plan to do this.). We spent a lot of time on our balcony and, when that was too cold, on the aft deck on deck 10 which was less affected by the wind and had comfortable lounge chairs. The bed was very comfortable but the pillows were too high for our taste. The sleeper sofa was quite uncomfortable with a hard bar in the middle and it sloped down from foot to head. Our amazing steward, Robert Orena, solved the bar problem by bringing a second mattress to put on top which he stored behind the sofa each day. We solved the sloping problem by reversing the head and foot of the bed. The food in the main dining room for dinner was better than expected. There were some amazing items, many very good items, and just a few misses which are likely chalked up to personal preference rather than poor food quality. Service was efficient and our head waiter got to know our personal preferences very quickly. The breakfast menu in the main dining room was a little disappointing in its limited choices so we only ate there one day. The Horizon Food Court had plenty of options each morning to make us all happy for breakfast. For lunch, we had the most amazing wood-fired pizza at the pizza day at Sabatini’s. We wished we could have repeated that! We also really enjoyed the pub lunch at The Bayou. The International Cafe is a great place to get a nice speciality coffee or high quality snack or dessert 24 hours per day. They also have a full bar. Regarding the children and teen clubs, the 9 year old enjoyed many themed activities at the kids club and the 14 year old boy, who loves gaming, enjoyed the teen club. The 15 year old girl, who does not enjoy gaming, didn’t frequent the teen club. The adults’ favorite entertainment on ship was the Crooners Lounge piano bar which we attended each night. Don Juan was a great musician with a varied catalogue and great personality. The servers there were also very fun and attentive to us and to our children when they joined us. We also enjoyed some of the trivia contests as well as the Voice of the Ocean contest. The days in Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay were both amazing! We were very close to the glaciers and had great weather for viewing the scenery. A light puffy coat or similar was required, but it was very pleasant. They also have blankets for passenger use on the top deck. In Skagway, we rented a car and drove up to Emerald Lake and Carcross. It was a great day despite the strong, frigid winds. Our whale-watching trip in Juneau was canceled due to rough conditions so we just toured the town briefly. In Ketchikan, we had to use a tender to get into town which was a more cumbersome process. We enjoyed a walk up to the salmon ladder and along the boardwalk there. While there were a few unique shops, for the most part the shopping seemed the same in all three ports and very similar to any other tourist town. Embarkation and disembarkation were both extremely efficient. It took us less than 30 minutes to get from check in to our rooms, although the luggage came much later. We did a self walk-off with our luggage. We left our room at 7:50 a.m., walked to the dining room meeting place, then immediately off the ship and to a waiting taxi. We arrived at the Vancouver airport by 8:40 a.m. Each family had the 4 device Medallion internet package which we purchased at a good price pre-cruise. (I think it was $105 for the week.) For the most part, it could not handle video streaming but we were always able to text each other through iMessage and could easily download and reply to emails and access basic web sites. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
My family and I wanted to experience Alaska and Vancouver. We did the 3 day land excursion and seven day cruise on the Coral Princess. Words cannot describe the overall amazing experience we had. It was surreal from the land, the ship, ... Read More
My family and I wanted to experience Alaska and Vancouver. We did the 3 day land excursion and seven day cruise on the Coral Princess. Words cannot describe the overall amazing experience we had. It was surreal from the land, the ship, entertainment and dining perspective. The views Princess afforded us on land at each lodge and during transportation throughout Denali National Park was unsurpassed . We saw Caribou, otters, sealions, bald eagles and glorious whales. The landscape we viewed was majestic. The land and cruise staff was always pleasant and could not do enough to enrich our experience. My father caught a pink salmon on a Princess salmon fishing excursion. A chef on board in our dining room prepared my father’s catch perfectly just for us. The taste and presentation was amazing; a highlight of our trip. The entertainment was culturally diverse and enriched our experience on this cruise. If you have the chance to see Megan Brunning, the soprano on board, her voice is a gift to the world. My teens went to the “Beach House” teen club frequently and enjoyed the many activities planned. They even met some friends from all over the world who they still are in contact with. I could go on and on with moments that exceeded our expectations. Princess gave us wonderful memories to last a lifetime. The land/cruise experience through Princess was so highly organized and it’s attention to detail was beyond exceptional and comes with my highest recommendation. Embarking couldn’t have been more simple. We did the 3 day Denali National park through Princess and took the train with 180 degree views through the glass top train. While on the train to the port in Whittier, a Princess agent did all our checking in process so embarking was a matter of walking right on! Simplest I have ever experienced in a cruise. Our luggage was already in our cabin when we arrived. Disembarking was just as easy, we walked off with our luggage at 745a before anyone else and the taxis were right outside waiting to take us to our hotel in Vancouver. We explored Vancouver on our own over the next 2 days which I highly recommend. Doing it through Princess would probably been easier but the city was easy to navigate using public transportation. Uber does not exist there. Hop off and on again bus is super easy and convenient. My teens said this was their favorite trip and they have traveled extensively through the US and Europe. We would definitely return to Princess in Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Had the time of my life. Great Ship and polite crew. Went Club Class. Food was great and the scenery in the Fjords was breath taking. One small not so minor thing was the "at sea internet". It only worked about 10 ... Read More
Had the time of my life. Great Ship and polite crew. Went Club Class. Food was great and the scenery in the Fjords was breath taking. One small not so minor thing was the "at sea internet". It only worked about 10 percent of the time with a connection speed of 25K. Dial up would have been faster. I brought this to the attention at the main desk and it was a wast of time. I had to wait until we got into port to roam on shore side cell connections and ended up running up a 1200.00 bill to get my business done. Now, the Trip up on the Island Princess was without fault. Everything was perfect. Customs waits were excessive. DO NOT bring more luggage than You need. You'll be sorry. The internet connections were lightning fast and reliable. We booked a back to back cruise with Princess and coordinating between the two cruises was a disaster. It was if there was two different cruise lines. Princess needs to work on that. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Alaska is a great destination for sure. Our family had a great time during our vacation - we took both the land trip and the cruise. The destinations and the ports are all awesome! We have made some great memories. During the land trip, ... Read More
Alaska is a great destination for sure. Our family had a great time during our vacation - we took both the land trip and the cruise. The destinations and the ports are all awesome! We have made some great memories. During the land trip, the train ride is great. Also during the cruise the glacier bay experience was breathtaking The cruise itself was 'meh'. If you have a young family, like we did, it was not fun while you are on the ship. The activities for the kids is lacking as compared to other cruise lines that I have taken. While the production shows was good, the other things were not as great. Towards the latter part of the cruise, we actually stopped going to the actives and spent time doing our own things. The food is good. Note the timings though. Some of the wait staff were really nice and went above and beyond. Take a few shore excursions to enjoy the natural beauty. We took a few and it was worthwhile. Bottomline, loved the vacation/destination. But not the cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We always wanted to try Princess...when friends asked us to join them on Princess we jumped at the chance. First the good: Itinerary was great...especially the Hubbard glacier and Glacier Bay Park. Really great close up views of ... Read More
We always wanted to try Princess...when friends asked us to join them on Princess we jumped at the chance. First the good: Itinerary was great...especially the Hubbard glacier and Glacier Bay Park. Really great close up views of glaciers with park rangers giving commentary. The bed was really comfortable. Unfortunately, those are the only good comments I have. Now the not so good: The food! The buffet food was the worst I have ever experienced on a cruise. Rice was crunchy, food was bland, limited selection. All 6 in our party felt this way. One dish was Italian bowtie pasta. It was nothing more than pasta with canned tomato sauce poured on it. The dining room food wad a bit better, but nothing spectacular. The service in the buffet and the dining rooms was pretty good. The service elsewhere on the ship was so-so....the crew seemed to be unhappy. Our cabin steward didn't learn our names like we've experienced on all previous cruises. The cruise director was irritating...at the conclusion of shows everyone would get up and start making their way out of the theater...then the cruise director would come out to make announcements. He'd tell everyone to sit down....so everyone had to turn around and go back to their seats...very irritating! How about making the announcements before the show? The bartenders didn't know how to make many of the drinks on the bar's specialty menu. They had to read the menu to make the drinks...really slow. We had problems with billing...I bought the premier drink package and was billed for drinks that should have been included. Guest services corrected the error. My wife purchased 3 spa treatments (to get a discounted package) and paid ahead of time. After each spa treatment our account was billed again. Not cool. I doubt we will ever sail Princess again....very expensive and terrible value. It amazes me when I read the positive reviews regarding food....maybe we just had bad luck? My wife and I (and the others in our party) were shocked at the poor food quality. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Book with Princess because I thought Princess was a step up from Carnival and they'd been cruising Alaska for 50 years. Plus I wanted to get close to Hubbard Glacier and the glaciers in Glacier Bay. Coral Princess is old and parts ... Read More
Book with Princess because I thought Princess was a step up from Carnival and they'd been cruising Alaska for 50 years. Plus I wanted to get close to Hubbard Glacier and the glaciers in Glacier Bay. Coral Princess is old and parts of it feels dated. Our Cabin had plenty of space and storage and a nice balcony. Our cabin Steward was great. The food was not impressive, but at least I wasn't tempted to overeat and didn't gain an ounce on my trip. The entertainment just kept repeating itself. There were a few good acts, but all the performers were the same people every evening just rotated them around the ship. I thought they'd bring on some Alaskan locals, but didn't. We did a Cruise-Tour with the land portion first; and referred the land portion over the cruise portion. The excursions we booked were all great fun. Scenery was good, too. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The itinerary and stops were great but the ship seems to be a little tired overall and maybe not the best value for the buck. So my vacation started with three days in Anchorage on my own.At this time the wildfires were pretty strong ... Read More
The itinerary and stops were great but the ship seems to be a little tired overall and maybe not the best value for the buck. So my vacation started with three days in Anchorage on my own.At this time the wildfires were pretty strong and every day there is a hazy smoke that you can smell and see that obscured the mountains. It was summertime and the highs are almost in the 80s which was unusual acording to some of the locals there. We wore T-shirt and shorts and maybe jeans towards the night time. Also the sun never really goes down it’s always bright even in 2 to 3 in the morning it’s still somewhat bright.We did not go to did Dinali Ben stayed up and stay with in a good area. The wildlife conservation was I want to visit worth doing it’s still nearby. I went fishing out of Seward for halibut caught my limit which is essentially 20pounds worth of halibut. Then I went to a nearby reindeer farm I forgot the exact name but that was the greatest little jam and I highly recommend it. It’s basically a giant petting farm but you get to see reindeer feed them EC moose and ox and elk. OK so to start the cruise we took a shuttle bus from the company ACB. it took about an hour from the airport through the tunnel which was neat onward to Whittier. The bus stops right in front of this giant white tent where the people take your luggage literally two steps away from the bus. Then from that tent you walk into the main building which has nice clean bathrooms and proximately up to 20 people to help check you win. Literally as soon as you get off the bus it took over 20 minutes to get onto the boat it was ridiculously fast. Maybe since the boat is smaller the embarkation is this fast I never had it this fast and easy before. There was no waiting around or anything you just literally get off the bus and non-stop walk and sign in and you get on the ship. Now this is when it gets a little disappointing. My neighbor said princess what is the best cruise experience he’s ever had. Also we read how princess is so good with service and the food is so good and that is basically the mid-level premium line for Carnaval. So I was expecting a little better type a cruise since I’m used to that type a level of service, my previous cruises been on Royal and Disney And Norwegian. We boarded the ship around 5 PM since it was going to leave around 8:30 PM. I expected our room to be completely ready to move-in but as we walked onto the boat into our room it was already been halfway prepared and we met our Steward. Man did he look tired and he reeks of smoke he Musta had just taken his break but he wasn’t the friendliest of guys but he wasn’t mean either he was just indifferent. Now here is my single most worst complaint. The room just smell like sweat. It came from the bedsheets mainly and pillows. It just smelled so bad he couldn’t sleep when you lay down your head on the pillow pillow that smells like sweat is the kind of sweat mold smell where when you leave wet laundry in your washer and forget it you forget about it for a few days and then you try to put in the dryer it’s that type of smell was really all the water sweaty smell in those from everything the sheets and the pillowcases even the actual pillows and maybe some of the carpet and even the lampshade it was just the most awful sweat smell like a possibly think of. finally we just couldn’t deal with it anymore and it was already now 10 PM since we ate dinner and came back and then decided my goodness we can’t sleep in this condition we can’t sleep with the sweaty smelling sheets. So then of course at this time the steward was off service and we had to go to the front desk. Now here is my second complaint. The front desk was manned by a single person at this time and it was a huge line now of like 10 people waiting with various complaints. This is ridiculous there should be more than one person manning The desk especially on the first day of embarkation since many people will most likely have some questions and things to address. AnyWho I told him while emergently I don’t expect them to replace all the sheets of all the beds system or four of us to replace so I said just give me a few pillowcases for an now and will deal with it and then the following morning. how do I mention how much the bed sheets and pillows smell like sweat man that alone totally destroyed my experience with princess. The onboard Internet Wi-Fi is not the best either. The instructions are horrible on how to set it up on your iPhone or iPad. Thank goodness there was an on-site IT guy who helped me set it up on my phone. This guy was probably the most busiest over the next few days. I frequently saw lines of like 20 people every morning at his desk ask him how to set up and sign up for the Internet service. He was very helpful and unfortunately he had to deal with poor instructions on the procedural level that needs to change somehow and princess. Now the food was kind of OK. It wasn’t the best I didn’t have that much variety of coarse it’s a smaller ship so I guess that’s the norm. And as compared to Royal or Norwegian The variety Wasn’t there especially at the buffet and choices of specialty dining. The coral princess had essentially two specialty dining restaurants, Sabatini Italian and Bayou Creole steakhouse. There’s also a third pop-up specialty dining restaurant featured in the buffet area called the crabshack. We ate at the Italian and crab shack and both Route K but for $30 seems a little not too worth it. But I did notice that desserts on princess cruise are actually quite good and probably the best of any cruises I’ve seen. Especially on that this specialty dining area is the desserts are different then you get from the buffet and main dining. so if you want to get like those weird special desserts that you see online in a like exploding round ball of chocolate and stuff I think it’s specialty dining is where you get them but I’d never saw any of those in the main dining room or the buffet area. But overall the food quality was decent it’s not the best of the cruises I’ve been on and I haven’t been on any premium cruise lines yet. Now they told me princess service was phenomenal and top-notch. I did not experience this. The service was a mixed eclectic group of various nationalities I believe from the Philippines, Italy, Romania, and the US. It must’ve been towards the end because boy everyone seems so tired and indifferent. No one was really mean but then again no one was really going out of their way to help you or be helpful it was a very passive style of service if you ask a question you get answered but you have to go around asking the questions and you have to go around asking for help. I’m probably spoiled and it’s not real problem for most cruisers but it does seem so distinctive. Here’s an example whenever I go out to a bar I’ll sit stand there and wait to make eye contact with the bartender. Usually the bartender will say “how can I help you”. But most the time they just stand there staring back at you until you have to say oh can I have a drink and then they usually have some type of banter but then there’s usually no verbal response so go ahead and make your drink and then they’ll give it to you.And then when you received a drink you say “thank you” and they usually say something like you’re welcome but again silence no response. It’s not bad service or they are being mean but it’s like an inch difference like they just don’t care seem to go out of their way to say you’re welcome enjoy your cruise I hope you have a good time tonight. multiply this type of service amongst all the people on the cruise line. From the dining to your steward to the guy trying to sell you the Tanzanite rings, it was kind of unusual I never seen this behavior before then again maybe I’m spoiled with the other cruise lines. My app is a comparison it would be Disney where they are actually over the top and go absolutely crazy with proactive service and there another premium cruise line they’re probably mid-level so that’s what I was expecting a princess from all the reviews and friends telling us how incredible princess Service was. The entertainment was pretty bad for me. I’m the type a guy with doesn’t really go to the casino. I don’t really like to drink or smoke or dance. I enjoy the gaming activities like bingo or game shows. I really enjoy Broadway style productions like they have a Disney and royal. I’m not really into that whole lounge music atmosphere or those weird disco dancing nights that they have on three shifts this is not my thing. The coral princess unfortunately was all about lounge music and dancing and little to no production shows our main act shows. He did have one production show called silk which is interesting take on the Korean folklore story. But only had one night of showing they should’ve shown that three or four nights thousand fabulous show instead all the other night they had weird disco nights and 80s music nights in bazaar cabaret dancing. I mean who cares about watching people dancing randomly on stage and singing nonsensical music I just don’t find those type of shows entertaining at all. And there were enough game Activities on the boat maybe only two a day. I remember on Norwegian it was constant think there is literally a game events in the atrium on the Norwegian boat every single day and was fun to be interactive with other folks with them. We brought the family with children and people say Alaska cruises are not child friendly and mostly for elderly adults. The kids club on princess was the absolute surprise. it actually is the reason why the cruise is up to a two star for us. For me to CRUISES) a one star but the kids cover so exceptionally phenomenal and made the kids happy that it basically alone justified the cruise. The staff there were absent remarkable and they had constant crafts and events to do during the kids club. If your kids are very craft like especially at the young age like five years old then this kids club is probably for them. Every night they’ll bring back to the room little trinket such as stuffed toys and T-shirts that they would hand color themselves pirate hats and balloon animals. The actual facility is very small and we were Kinda somewhat scared especially when the teacher told us over 500 kids signed up. This tells you how many kids are on the boat and is somewhat family oriented is not as adult oriented as you would think. Another complaint is that since this cruise is basically scenery in emphasis. It would have been nice if the cruise director proactively pointed out things during the cruise in real time. For example if there is a pod of whales swimming next to the boat it would be nice if he could just announce at him or the captain or somebody on the boat should announce overhead hey hey guys there’s a pod of whales next on the port side take a look. But no one dead and you have to basically look on the side of the boat on your own for hours and hours is trying to look for something. Nurs Sup, it’s about the stops and scenery sons particular cruise. One of the main reasons why we took this particular shift even though we knew was older and smaller was that it actually went into glacier Bay. Only a few of the smaller bus can go on to glacier Bay that we were told such as princess and Holland. Now of all the glaciers, the Hubbard bay stop what is the most impressive one. That glacier is absolutely huge and everything you see on line we see has many little broken icebergs everywhere in a gigantic wall of white looking nice that’s it that’s Hubbard. There is an excursion we take a smaller boat for about $250 which seems steep for only two hour excursion but that boat gets like within a couple hundred feet from the Glacier up close and the cool princess cruise but basically stops about a mile away which seems far and you can see the Quetion we need binoculars. I highly recommend that boat excursion even though cost a lot for like two hours you get right up to the glacier which is the whole point Of this entire cruise trip to gets closer to glacier and crashing and breaking and floating a part. now you gonna hear this from a few people but quite frankly the glacier Bay national Park wasn’t that great. And all you see roughly 2 to 3 other glaciers but you’re much much smaller than Hubbard and you don’t get that close to them either. You only get to see a few seals and maybe one whale and then I also saw one moose. The only real benefit is that the national Park Rangers get on board your ship to help explain what the glacier national Park is all about. In brief the other stops like Seward and Ketchikan and Juno we’re decent and I highly recommend excursions. I realize Alaska is a different type of cruise it’s not so much the boat it’s really all about the excursions. My favorite excursion was from Ketchikan Which involves a wilderness boat ride and seafood dinner at Silver king Lodge. we ended the cruise in Vancouver which is a beautiful city but man what a hassle doing all their customs and passport deals. In hindsight will be better just to go in and out of Seattle that way you have to deal with customs or anything of that sort. While Vancouver we do the hop on hop off option and direct airport we did deliver your bags directly there. It was a kind of pricey excursion price for it but it’s worth it just to have them take the luggage directly from your room on the boat essentially directly to the airport it’s all you do was hang out in Vancouver and then when you’re done you took their subway bus directly to the airport in 40 minutes. Oh by the way the international concourse in Vancouver is phenomenal it’s very fancy with the fancy shopping I saw a $60,000 bottle of whiskey for sale it’s in sane and very beautiful selfie in the airport airport lounges vancouver it’s pretty just decent international airport on your way back to the US. In summary the boat was not the best experience we won’t cruise with Princess again in Alaska. The excursions and stops are great and that’s where the real value of the trip is. If I had to do Alaska over again Since I have kids I would’ve picked the largest newest boat With the most activities and still go to Hubbard glacier as a primary stop. Glacier Bay national Park is not the most important stop in my opinion and you don’t need to go on some all dirty boat just to go to the club just to go to that park. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
The service, the cleanliness, the delicious food, the kindness of crew, the beauty of the ship , everything was so, so pleasant and satisfactory. We choose this cruise because we wanted to see the Hubbard Glacier and took the excursion ... Read More
The service, the cleanliness, the delicious food, the kindness of crew, the beauty of the ship , everything was so, so pleasant and satisfactory. We choose this cruise because we wanted to see the Hubbard Glacier and took the excursion which was wonderful. We had the opportunity to interact with other guests when eating at the Bordeaux restaurant that is very elegant. All the meals there were fabulous and the service pronto and great! The buffet restaurant was very clean and then food was very good with a great service. The amenities offered were numerous and the shows offer at the theater were spectacular, first clase, the actors were passionate and felt deeply what they were doing. There was a soprano with an incredible voice! Coral Princess and it’s crew deserve 5 Stars! We can really recommend this cruise to Alaska that is so beautiful. We really thank the crew that took care of us! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
My in-laws raved about their north-bound cruise that they took 13+ years ago, having unlimited lobster tail and the adventures that they had. So our group of 7 included 1 teenager, 4 adults in their 50's and my in-laws (between ... Read More
My in-laws raved about their north-bound cruise that they took 13+ years ago, having unlimited lobster tail and the adventures that they had. So our group of 7 included 1 teenager, 4 adults in their 50's and my in-laws (between 80-90). Four of us did the land tour three days prior, flew out to Fairbanks, traversed our way south visiting Denali to meet up with three others in our party at Whittier. One should not be embarrassed if needing further assistance when you have mobility issues. The food was great at our later in the evening sit-down dining. Depending on our schedule and priorities, not all of us could make it to the any time dining for breakfast or lunch. However, the greeter to that area was a bit harsh stating that they could not seat us because our entire party was not there and that there was limited seating availability. The latter was false and my in-laws were sporting walking canes. If it were not the gentleman in the teal jacket saying it was ok to come in, we'd be stuck loitering at the dining entrance. Our wait staff team were great in handling our dietary needs, looking our for gluten free and sugar free. If you didn't have enough from the sit down dinner, there was the Horizon Buffet that closed at 11 pm and International Cafe that was opened 24/7 offering small bites and snacks, kind of like what they offered during high tea that they offered daily from 3-4. The hot beverage at the Cafe was not complimentary. The buffet offered all kinds of salads, sandwiches, hot food items. If you wanted a pizza or hamburger, then you go to the pizzeria or grill. The pizzeria was accommodating to make gluten free pizza. There was ice cream, two flavors vanilla and chocolate. We did any time dining for most breakfasts and lunch. You have to be mindful that they have shorter hours and limited menu. There was a set menu with a couple of items of the day, including dessert. To back up what the cruise director mentioned in our muster station talk, at all restaurants there were hand sanitzer stations, including hand wash basin outside of the buffet. The older couple had a mini suite with a balcony on deck D, of which we enjoyed as much as we could. Since the bed was soft for them, the cruise staff was very accommodating in placing a board between the mattress. Their cabin had a bath tub with a shower head. We saw spectacular views from their balcony, with others sitting out on their balcony callng out in seeing sea creatures, such as otters, whale spouts, etc. Without going to an off-shore excursion, we were able to see Glacier Bay and Hubbard Glacier, as the ship would re-position itself. However, we were not close enough to hear the glaciers calving, as a fellow passenger described when she went on the excursion in a smaller boat that was dwarfed by the 40 foot tall glaciers. The inner cabin was ok on Deck E, a single bed on each side of the wall. Our port hole was a direct view of one of the life boats. The 13 year old in our family was not impressed with the teen area. She had more fun with her other siblings cruising on Disney. However, she would play cards with us in the Game Room, if table available or late night at the buffet. Second day on the cruise we had an opportunity to take pictures with mushing puppies. So many people were excited. We had a great time on the White Pass train ride in Skagway, something that my in-laws recommended. We learned about its history and the purpose for the rail system. Afterwards, we took a shuttle to go into town. At the other ports of call, Juneau and Ketchikan, we did a bit of walking and shopping. At the latter there were at least three stores that sold smoked salmon in a can, box, or jerky. This is a type of cruise for the older folks. The only group exercise classes were yoga, pilates, cylcing, and HIIT. No Zumba, nothing aerobics. Not a treadmill person so we walked deck 7, as 2.8 times around equal to 1 mile. On the second to the last day, we attended a cooking demo by the head sous chef and that was capped off with a tour of the kitchen. We entered from the any time dining room and at the end of the tour, we took this escalator and entered the sit-down dining room. During the entire cruise, there were t-shirt deals, 2 for $20. There were sales to be had on the second to the last day, most merchandise from previous cruises, such as the Caribbean and Mexico. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We took this cruise because of the itinerary had all the places we wanted to visit in Alaska. The highlights included: Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau and Vancouver. All the stops were just outstanding and awesome. ... Read More
We took this cruise because of the itinerary had all the places we wanted to visit in Alaska. The highlights included: Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay, Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau and Vancouver. All the stops were just outstanding and awesome. Normally this would be a 5 star rating but all the issue below take it down to a 1. Now onto all the issues. The food was just terrible. The food in the buffet was barely editable in the morning and don’t even try and eat there for lunch or dinner or you will be sick. The dinning hall is not much better and is so slow. The staff totally did not care about doing a remotely good job and I basically went hungry the last day of the cruise because my dinner was so bad. If you are looking at losing weight on a cruise ship then Princess Cruises is the way to go because their food is so bad you will not eat much. Next bar service was a total joke. None of the bar tenders could make the drinks on the menu and often had to ask or look up recipes on their phone which make for a long experience trying to get any drink. The staterooms rooms had no extra plugs for your phones or devices. The steward was great and got us an extension cable to help but having no plugs in the rooms was a total bummer. The production shows were above average but there was not much else to do on the boat. Normally you can find 1 or 2 things to do every hour but not on this cruise. Only 1 slot tournament and 1 blackjack tournament for the entire cruise. Seems like they were just checking boxes versus providing real entertainment options. We had the same comedian and magician for 4 nights straight and they were so bad. You should be able to get new entertainers each night in case some are bad. The excursions were totally overpriced and not well written making it hard to know what you are getting or not getting. We were surprised both positively and negatively because the descriptions of the excursions did not match what you get. It is a total crapshoot on what you are going to get. The kids area was so small and really did not have much to do so my kids refused to use it and instead I had to listen them complain about being bored most of the trip. The pools where 7 feet deep so it was hard for my kids to really enjoy the pool completely by touching the ground so not much relaxation there either. There is no arcade or anything to really keep my kids interest making for a long trip. Overall, you would think that Princess Cruises would know what they are doing after 50 years in Alaska cruising. Unfortunately, it is clear the cruise team has given up on entertainment, food, and kid activities so a 1 Star is all they will get from me. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My husband and I traveled with another couple. We are all in our 60's. We have cruised many times, mostly with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean although with have been on Norwegian, Carnival and this was our 3rd cruise with Princess. ... Read More
My husband and I traveled with another couple. We are all in our 60's. We have cruised many times, mostly with Celebrity and Royal Caribbean although with have been on Norwegian, Carnival and this was our 3rd cruise with Princess. We took the land tour first. We arrived in Anchorage around 8:30pm a day early, since we wanted to spend a day there and get acclimated to the time change. (We're from Florida, so it was a 4 hour difference). My tip is DO NOT opt for the Princess transfers from the airport to the ship. We arrived a bit tired and hungry.We ended up having to wait 2 hours for all the flights to come in before we could board the bus to the hotel. Of course that means there were about 4 or 5 different hotels to drop people off at. At least ours the Captain Cook, was the first drop off point. The young bus driver was so chipper and happy to show off Alaska, but no one on the bus cared about her cheery comments and jokes. We all were very weary travelers and just wanted to get to our hotels. We could have easily grabbed a cab at our convenience and got to our hotel at least an hour and a half earlier if we had not opted for the transfers. The check in was smooth and we got to our room and crashed. We just ended up breaking into our stash of snacks we brought on the plane again because no one was in the mood to go to a restaurant or even grab any food. We slept in, and went to the Snow City Cafe for breakfast. It was just ok. We had been there 10 years ago and a lot has changed. They're still busy, but they've enlarged the restaurant. There was still a bit of a wait, so prepare for that if you go there. We went to the Anchorage Market on 3rd Avenue and E Street. It's an easy walk from the hotel and a fun way to spend some time if you're there on Saturday or Sunday. They play the Star Spangled Banner to kick off the day at 10am. It was a nice touch. We walked around Anchorage a bit more and had a lunch at Glacier Brewhouse good. We were seated quickly and the service and food was great. We realized we needed to make reservations for dinner because we wanted to go to Simon and Seafort's for dinner so I made an online reservation. We ended up sitting in the bar area near the windows, at Simon and Seafort's which was fine with us. They had an early bird menu (not available for holidays) but they have a nice selection of appetizers and lighter choices as well as their dinner menu. Two of us got appetizers and 2 of us got dinners. Everyone enjoyed their meal, the atmosphere and the drinks. The next day we started our land tour and were off to Princess Mt McKinley Lodge. Now on our previous Royal Caribbean Land tour, we had a tour guide for our tour. This time there was just the bus driver. She was very informative and all, but it still felt like something was missing. We had several questions about the tour in general, but there was no one to answer them. We made about a 45 minute stop were we could grab some food/snacks for our room and we took advantage of that. I had read some poor reviews about the lodge, so I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. We were in Bldg 18 at the end of the building on the 2nd floor--I think the room was 225. I would compare it to La Quinta. Our room was clean and the bed and pillows were comfortable. We walked around through the trails and then went to the lodge to play cards and grab some food. The food and drinks were just ok. We had a table with nice views of Mt McKinley. The bar staff was not great, but the front desk people were awesome. The next morning we ate breakfast at 20320 Alaskan Grill which was very good. Then we played cards at the lodge to kill time before we boarded the bus to Denali. We had a different bus driver this time, who again pointed things out along the way and was informative. At both lodges, you don't even need to check in--you just get off the bus and they ask your name and give you an envelope with the next day's instructions (meeting time, place), info about the lodge and your room keys. Very efficient and convenient. Our friends were only across the hall the first time but ended up on the other side of the building at Denali even though our room were only 1 number apart. This time we were in the Wolf Den, Building D room 225 again (I think). Again the room was fine. Clean and comfortable, but nothing spectacular. We grabbed lunch at the Grizzly Burger and the food was very good. Fast foodish, but tasty. We had booked the Tundra Wilderness Tour, which is the 7-8 hour tour of Denali National Park and Preserve for that afternoon. Our travel agent recommended we upgrade to the longer tour and we were (half) glad we did. We saw a mother bear and her cub at mile 61 of the 62 mile tour. We did see several caribou, Dall sheep, rabbits, Bald Eagles as well. The tour takes place on a school bus, so it's not a very comfortable ride for 7-8 hours. But the driver stopped as we spotted animals and zoomed in with a camera and displayed it on the screens on the bus so everyone could get a look even if you didn't use the binoculars or your own equipment. This was a long day. The next day we headed out for the Princess Alaska train to Whittier. We were assigned seats, but rarely sat in them. We went to breakfast which was very good, then sat in the next car that is the "lounge car" which has several booths. These seats might be assigned if the train is full, but ours was not, so we played cards and enjoyed the scenery. You may move from car to car or view the scenery from the trestle outside between cars if you want. It was a pleasant trip and we spotted a moose and Dall sheep along the way. Check in to the ship was again a breeze-- much easier than I thought it would be. Princess sure has all the check ins on the land tour down pat. Very smooth process. We did the Skagway train which everyone raves about. I was impressed with the story and some of the scenery, but really felt I could have skipped it. Maybe it was because I had been on the train for 8 hours the previous day. We went back to the ship after that as we had toured Skagway previously and didn't need to shop. In Juneau we did a Whale watching tour which was very good. It was a pretty brisk morning, and I thought we'd be cold on the boat, but it is completely enclosed (unless you want to be on the top deck). We stayed on the bottom deck and had great views. We were served donut holes and coffee or hot cocoa. It was a really nice, fun tour. We saw several whales, Bald Eagles, and sea lions. Again, we went back to the ship. In Ketchikan we went on the Wildlife Safari and Beach Bonfire tour. We saw a couple humpback whale blows, a few bald eagles and some sea lions but that was about it. The safari part was a bit disappointing to me. I was hoping to see more larger animals around the shores, but it really seemed like the tour was more about the bonfire. That turned out to be much better than I thought. We were met by members of the Metlakatla tribe and they shared their history, songs and stories. It was very interesting and the young people were fun to talk to--very proud of their culture and reviving it within their tribe. I enjoyed them a lot. We had a little tour where a guide pointed out some plants and trees. We had reindeer dogs and s'mores which we cooked ourselves at the bonfire. Chips and drinks were also served. It was a better tour than I was expecting. I think this may have been the day when we had Puppies in the PIazza. I love puppies but I think I would skip this next time and go straight to the bar for martinis! We got in line at 4:30pm and the "event" started at 5. Lots of people and no real organization to start, so no one really knew were to line up. A passenger (who I guess had done it before and knew what to expect) told us how it would go and we ended up to be in the first group. They brought out 4 puppies for 50+ people to pet. You got about 5 seconds--enough time for them to take a picture they could charge you for later. Crooners bar was great--see John. He's awesome and will hook you up with martinis that aren't even on the menu. Just ask. The food in the dining room was just OK. We only ate there 3 times. The pizza and burgers were always good at the pizza and grill areas. Ice cream cones, at the ice cream stations were great, too. One day they had fish tacos, but we didn't go up to the grill that day. The buffet was pretty good. We didn't take in any shows; they didn't interest us this time. We received a note in our cabin that there was a high rate of illness on this cruise so maybe it's a good thing we weren't in the public areas as much as usual. We did spend a lot of time in the card room and Crooners. The band was great but I forget the name. We could hear it in the card room a few nights. We had the transfers to the airport and I would definitely do this again. The process was a breeze. We had to have our bags out before we went to dinner the last night. Oh and if you do sign up for the transfers, when you get that disembarkation memo a few days into the cruise, don't ignore it like we did. Luckily, my husband happened to read it and we filled out the customs documentation and turned it in 10 minutes before the deadline. They have to have all that info well ahead of departure time. All in all it was a great trip. The main objective was to get away and see the beauty of Alaska and we did that. Cruising is not what it used to be, but it's still a very good value. 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Sail Date June 2019
We just returned from a 7-day cruise in Alaska on the Coral Princess. This was my and my husband’s 1st cruise. Some in our group have cruised multiple times. There were 12 in our group of family and friends. Ages ranged from 31-70. (6 ... Read More
We just returned from a 7-day cruise in Alaska on the Coral Princess. This was my and my husband’s 1st cruise. Some in our group have cruised multiple times. There were 12 in our group of family and friends. Ages ranged from 31-70. (6 couples) Those of us who were first time cruisers were worried about sea sickness; we worried needlessly! This cruise was as smooth as silk. Even our seasoned cruisiteers were impressed with the smooth sailing! Most times I forgot I was even on a ship! We cruised the Inside Passage from Whittier to Vancouver from June 19th-26th. Prior to our cruise we did an independent stay in Anchorage for 3 days touring the city. While in Anchorage we did the Trains/Bears/Iceberg Float Tour with Chugach Adventures and it was so much fun! The glacier float was beyond amazing! The next day while still in Anchorage we explored the beautiful Tony Knowles Trail. On day four of our vacation our ship was leaving from the Whittier Port at 8:30 pm so we decided to plan an excursion prior to embarkation. We chose Phillip’s 26 Glacier Cruise out of Whittier and we were so glad we did!! We booked the 9:30 am train transportation from Anchorage to Whittier through Phillip’s and it dropped us off at the port in Whittier. The Discovery Train collected our luggage when we checked in at the start of the day and delivered it to the Coral Princess for us and the next time we saw our luggage it was in our cabin!!! The Phillip’s boat is located right next to the Princess ship so it was super convienent. The tour lasted from 12:30-5:30 pm and got us back right on time. The glacier cruise was terrific and I would highly recommend it to all. After getting off the boat, we simply took the 3 minute walk to the Coral Princess for our embarkation. Embarkation on the Coral was smooth and seamless and within a short time our group of 12 was on board our ship and ready to roll! We stayed in a balcony mini-suite, room D-603. We loved our room, it was spotless, spacious, and the bed was super comfortable. Our cabin steward Noel made sure we had everything we needed every day. Our towels were replaced 2x daily, and room/bathroom was cleaned spotlessly every day. Our party had 6 rooms in a row and we all agreed Noel was the best! We all loved our balconies too! We were very, very lucky as each day was gloriously warm and sunny! On days when we were not in port, we spent hours and hours enjoying cocktails and snacks on our balconies; although Princess offfered many entertainment options for us to enjoy, it was hard to leave the balcony as nothing could drag us away from the most beautiful views in the world and the warmth of the sun!! I loved my days on the ship as much as I did on my awesome excursions. Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay were nothing short of breathtaking and Princess spent an entire day at each, turning the ship several times so that all guests could view each side without leaving their balcony! We saw whales, sea otters, sea lions, all while sitting on our balconies! While in Scagway, our first port day, we booked the “To the Klondike Summit” through Princess. This was a tour in a very comfortable van with a knowledgeable guide that drove us up the parallel path that the train takes to the Klondike. The tour was 1 and 1/2 hours, just long enough to show us the highlights of the area and allow us to take another tour, which we booked independently with Scagway Float Tours. With Scagway Float Tours we first drove the scenic coastline through the Dyea Valley, and then we hiked the first 2 miles of the famous Chilkoot Trail! As a grand finale we floated down the Taiya River. It was a fabulous day! The time at port was lengthy, so we did both tours and were still able to visit the town after our excustions and enjoy a cocktail. The next port day was Juneau, where we chose to book the “Bike and Brew” through Princess. We weren’t disappointed! We took a lovely scenic bike ride to view the Mendenhall Glacier, and the tour gave us time at the Mendenhall Visitor’s Center. We had time to walk the beautiful Nugget Falls Trail to view the most amazing waterfalls!! The tour then brought us back to Merchant’s Wharf, a really cool waterfront bar/restaurant for beer tasting and a fabulous lunch. We ate outside on the deck in the warm sun and watched the sea planes take off and land. The restaurant was located very close to the Coral Princess so it was super convienent. Our 3rd port day was spent in Ketchikan. We chose to do an all day fishing trip with Baranof Fishing Excusions and chartered our own boat and it was fabulous! Trent was our captain/guide and he was super experienced and knew right where to go to catch some fish! After we caught several fish, we brought them back to Baranof’s campsite to eat them for lunch!! The campsite, with it’s roaring campfire, was super cool, and they made us a wonderful lunch and allowed us to explore the seashore on foot. We returned with time to explore the town of Ketchikan a bit before returning to the Coral. We had to be tendered in Ketchikan, but Princess made this effortless and we got to and from the ship with ease. Now for the other basics: breakfast at the main dining room was always great. We are not big on buffet dining but did go there once for lunch and they had several selections and our lunch was really good. We had pizza one day from another resteraunt and it was good too. We chose anytime dining in the main dining room and ate there most nights. Some food was great, some average. It wasn’t gourmet by any means, but staff was attentive and did their best to accommodate requests. Some in our group had dinner at Sabitini’s and said it was fabulous. We visited the different bars on the ship throughout our cruise and they were really nice. The ship was spotless, and although it is an older and smaller ship, that was really part of it’s charm. I never felt crowded, there was always plenty of space to sit and relax around the ship and enjoy our coffee or wine. The wood and decor that adorned the interior of the ship was old-world classy and added to the appeal. Also a plus was disembarkation, which in our case was in Vancouver, and it was surprisingly easy and seamless. We went through customs in a flash, picked up our luggage, and there were taxis’ all lined up and ship staff directed us to a taxi right away. We hopped in our taxi and made it to our hotel in a flash. We spent the last few days of our trip in Vancouver staying on Granville Island. We stayed right on the water at the Granville Island Hotel and it’s a gorgeous place with fantastic views and food. We had drinks and dinner on the waterfront patio and it was so much fun! We toured Vancouver for a few days and loved every minute of it!! This trip was truly the best and I would highly recommend taking this Alaskan cruise on the Coral Princess! Our entire group agrees! The only negative was that the internet for many was it was terribly hard to connect to and our group and others we spoke with found it hard get/stay connected throughout the trip. That said, I was one of the ones that was happy to be unplugged in Alaska! Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Five travelers ages 58,57,56,22,21. Enjoyed the ports in Alaska and the accommodations were perfect (balcony/suite). There were few activities during the day (unless you like trivia) and the evening entertainment did not meet our ... Read More
Five travelers ages 58,57,56,22,21. Enjoyed the ports in Alaska and the accommodations were perfect (balcony/suite). There were few activities during the day (unless you like trivia) and the evening entertainment did not meet our expectations; no karoke, no dance club, productions were less than average and the comedy shows are not offered nightly and not very good either. Cruise ship seemed like a ghost town after 10pm. No late night dining or snack options. Somewhat disappointing for our young adult daughters. Poor service every night in dining room; took on average 20 minutes to get drinks and another 20 minutes to be served. The food was tastier at the buffet than at dinner. Our 21 and 22 year old daughters were disappointed in the age of the crowd cruising on the Coral Princess. Not sure if this is the case on every Alaska cruise line, but if you're looking for entertainment for the young adults, you might consider another cruise line. If you want to see Salmon, wait until July or August. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Embarkation/Disembarking was very good. Entertainment was great. They had a comedian who engaged the audience in a fun way. We had the paid coffee package which was just okay. The alcoholic drinks we ordered were excellent. Although the ... Read More
Embarkation/Disembarking was very good. Entertainment was great. They had a comedian who engaged the audience in a fun way. We had the paid coffee package which was just okay. The alcoholic drinks we ordered were excellent. Although the ship was older the public areas were very nice and clean. The food was very good. You are not getting top of the line cuts but still very good. The desserts were not as great as the food other than for the chocolate journey. This is a good ship for Alaska as some of the top decks are covered. We did not pay a huge amount so we feel it was worth the money for what you get. The boat is a little older and you can't turnaround in the small shower. The soap/shampoo dispenser was in an awkward place. The price was right and the staff was wonderful. Overall I rate it 4 stars. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We chose this trip because we’ve never been to Alaska and wanted to see a lot. We did the right thing by doing the 5 day land tour first. We started in Fairbanks and stayed at the Princess River lodge 2 nights. The room was adequate and ... Read More
We chose this trip because we’ve never been to Alaska and wanted to see a lot. We did the right thing by doing the 5 day land tour first. We started in Fairbanks and stayed at the Princess River lodge 2 nights. The room was adequate and the beds comfortable. Really enjoyed the River cruise and gold dredge tour but the lunch provided wasn’t good. Perfect weather. On to Denali where we went on the natural history tour. Six hours of being on buses that day was way too much. Luckily we had a great dinner that night at the lodge. Loved the wild life and seeing those mountains. McKinley was next. Beautiful property and fab weather. Another long train trip to Anchorage where we stayed at Hotel Captain Cook. Great corner room with sweeping views of the city and bay. Wish we had more than one night! We stopped at the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge on the way to Whittier which was wonderful. Up close and personal with injured or orphaned bears, wolves, moose, reindeer and more. Boarding the ship was easy and our cabin was very nice. I did not hear about a send off at all. I would say my dinners were quite good and just enough food. We had a dining room breakfast one morning but the food wasn’t special so we ate at the buffet the rest of the time even though we aren’t crazy about them. Too germy. Booked Princess excursions in all three ports. In Skagway we went zip lining over Grizzly Falls in the mountains. Highly recommend and so fun. Small group too. In Juneau a whale watch and salmon bake. Whale watch was a total dud. Our boat was too far away and what few whales that day weren’t leaping. Rude passengers blocked rails and planted themselves so we couldn’t see. One woman took my seat even though all my stuff was there. First time we didn’t tip and we always tip very well. Salmon bake had a great setting in the woods and lunch was good. Our best excursion was in Ketchikan where we did Alaska Sea Cycles. So much fun, great exercise and they gave us lunch after and threw herring in the dock area so we could watch the bald eagles dive. I disagree with reviews about the entertainment. We really liked the production shows and thought the comedians were very funny. Disembarkation was super organized, even better than our Baltic cruise. Bottom line: A lot of hits and a few misses. The land tour would appeal to sedentary people. Too much sitting for us. But the weather was perfect the entire time and the scenery was too! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We just returned from a wonderful cruise to Alaska. We did the land tour first followed by a cruise. Definitely my preferred order. My group loved the size of the Coral Princess. It could get into the bays and near the Glaciers the ... Read More
We just returned from a wonderful cruise to Alaska. We did the land tour first followed by a cruise. Definitely my preferred order. My group loved the size of the Coral Princess. It could get into the bays and near the Glaciers the larger ships can't get near. The staff was wonderful, so friendly and helpful. Try the margaritas in the Crooners Lounge, they are the BEST! The beds are incredibly comfy! We slept so well. We choose anytime dining and ended up asking for Carlos each night because he was so wonderful. He spoiled us. He had wonderful suggestions and was so kind. (Breakfast in the dining room wasn't as great, so we just ate upstairs.) The friends we traveled with aren't cruisers and even they were impressed. I think we'll all cruise together again! *Apparently several people had respiratory flue issues on the cruise but we washed our hands a lot and were fine. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We booked our cruise through Costco last year. Costco gave us added extras which were very nice. Prior to the cruise there was 4 day land tour, on your own, which was so very wonderful. We actually liked the land portion more than the ... Read More
We booked our cruise through Costco last year. Costco gave us added extras which were very nice. Prior to the cruise there was 4 day land tour, on your own, which was so very wonderful. We actually liked the land portion more than the cruise, nothing against the cruise however. We were excited about the land portion and absolutely wonderful. We flew into Fairbanks early in the morning. Representatives from Princess were in baggage claim area that led us to the shuttle bus taking us to the beautiful Westmark Hotel. The room was spacious,casual was the hotel itself, and the Red Lantern restaurant inside the hotel had great food. We ate there the 2 nights we were at the hotel and the halibut was so good, I had it both nights. The 2nd night my husband and i shared it (3 good size pieces). We took the Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler excursion and we highly recommend it. The speaker onboard was very knowledgeable, easy to hear, and he roamed around while speaking. The following day we walked to the Ice Museum located in a renovated movie theater. The cost was minimal, $10 ea and we enjoyed it. Parkas are available to wear since going behind the glass, where the ice sculptures are, is -20 degrees. My husband slid down the slide while I took a video. It was great. The owners were very kind. We then walked to Fountainhead Antique Car Museum. I will say it was a longer walk than we thought so anyone not wanting to walk st least 45 minutes, you may want to call Uber or the like. This museum was not an excursion. My husband googled things to do in Fairbanks prior to our trip (I found the Ice Museum the same way) and the pictures sold him on wanting to see it. The cost was, again, minimal; $10 ea, and we can say it was well worth the walk and cost. The oldest of cars was a 1897 Rochester to the latest car being a 1936 Packard. There is one motorcycle, a Cleveland. With the exception of one vehicle all others are in pristine condition. I never thought I would enjoy seeing cars in a museum but I found myself getting caught up in it and taking lots of pictures. I talked with a very nice woman, Gay, while watching a short movie. She and her husband, Tom, moved to Fairbanks many years prior and enjoy it very much. They were there with their daughter and visiting family. At the end of our times there, which was a few hours, Gay and Tom offered to send took us back to the hotel, which was maybe a 6 minute ride. What wonderful people!! On the 20th of May we were taken by bus to the Princess train going to Denali Wilderness Lodge. The train ride was awesome. Each is a dome car and big windows to see so much scenery. There was a group of people taken downstairs for breakfast. Because we were in the second group, our food was not hot, not really warm either so it was not great. If it were hot I'm sure it would have been good. We sat with another couple at breakfast, who were very nice. We arrived at the Princess Wilderness Lodge at Denali National Park early afternoon. What a great setting and all the buildings for the hotel rooms is very open and has little stores throughout as well as a big main building with 2 levels; food downstairs and chairs, couches, and Princess excursion counter upstairs. The rrom we were in was great; rustic inside and an inside door. On the 21st we took the Tundra Wilderness Tour which was 8 hours by bus. It was wonderful. Our driver, Shawn (not sure if spelling), was a great driver and guide. He has been doing it for 18 years and very knowledgeable. The scenery was amazing, the snow capped mountains were beautiful, the streams and waterfalls were awesome. The high lite was seeing Denali. Nothing can describe the beauty as well as seeing the animals; caribou, Dall sheep, moose, bears, etc. The bus ride to Whittier was good. Unfortunately we cannot recall the drivers name but he was an excellent driver and has lived in Denali for 36 years and driving bus for many years. He talked about the areas went through and was funny. On the 22nd we boarded the ship. We were pleasantly surprised with the theatre shows. The WOW factor watching/listening to the singer's was amazing. We were very happy to see something different than the same shows Princess put on year after year. Thank you for the change. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Wanted the land tour along with our repeat of the cruise portion from years before. Found the accommodations at the Princess Cruise lodges in Denali, Fairbanks and McKinley somewhat primitive, but certainly adequate. The one night in ... Read More
Wanted the land tour along with our repeat of the cruise portion from years before. Found the accommodations at the Princess Cruise lodges in Denali, Fairbanks and McKinley somewhat primitive, but certainly adequate. The one night in Anchorage was at the Captain Cook Hotel and found the facility and of superior quality. A great 5 stars for them. We recommend that in the Princess Hotels that room refrigerators and safes should have been part of the lodgings and would have been greatly appreciated. The food at the 3 Princess Lodges was very expensive and not good. We expected the expensive part. The paddle boat tour included in Fairbanks was wonderful and remined us of a Disney tour. The included lunch was very good. The tour in Denali Park was also top notch and greatly appreciated. It has been a few years since we cruised with Princess and were disappointed in what we thought to be a slide backwards in quality. We attributed it to its acquisition by the Carnival Cruise line. We were use to Celebrity and Princess was a let down from what we experienced in the past. We were on the beverage package and were surprised there were no sommeliers. The included wines had only one wine on each of the red or white wine categories. The wines on the red side were largely undrinkable with only the red blend as tolerable. Of course when they quickly ran out of the red blend they were quick to try to talk us into paying for a higher priced substitute. In Celebrity the substitute would have been offered at no additional cost. The wines are not poured in front of you but provided pre poured. We could only tell the wines were bad after we had a full glass of wine. The wines were always served in small dinky glasses that were not designed to let the wine breath. All complaints to the dining staff were for the most part ignored. I had to to go the beverage director via the front desk as the Assistant Maître de refused to identify management staff. Overall, we felt we were on a third class ship. The activities onboard were the usual including trivia. The entertainment was of the standard variety, some we felt was not worth attending. The cabin attendant did an excellent job. The food on board, even in the dining room was average to poor. The buffet food was cold and lacked variety. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Coral Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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