18 Anchorage Princess Coral Princess Cruise Reviews

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
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
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
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
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
We chose Princess Cruise to Alaska because of their reputation and presence in that area. We found our mini suite to be clean and comfortable with ample room for the two of us. The Bordeaux dining room was very pleasant, the service first ... Read More
We chose Princess Cruise to Alaska because of their reputation and presence in that area. We found our mini suite to be clean and comfortable with ample room for the two of us. The Bordeaux dining room was very pleasant, the service first rate and the food was excellent making dinner each evening a real treat. There was more than enough to do on board, we particularly enjoyed the evening entertainment in the Princess Theater. Our on shore excursions were well done and enjoyable. We took the narrow gauge railroad trip back into the mountains from Skagway, from Juneau we made a trip to the Mendenhall glacier and later went on a whale watching boat ride. There were quite a number of whales in the area. Our third trip was a trail hike on a temperate rain forest island. This cruise is ideal for people interested in nature and wildlife. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Great cruise. Wonderful side excursions. The sailing was very smooth with no rocking. The food was plentiful and delicious. Staff was excellent, especially our steward and the entertainment staff that ran the trivia contests (a ... Read More
Great cruise. Wonderful side excursions. The sailing was very smooth with no rocking. The food was plentiful and delicious. Staff was excellent, especially our steward and the entertainment staff that ran the trivia contests (a favorite of mine). We travelled with a party of 37 including 5 children under 10 years old, and the ship made our dining as group very easy. Boarding and leaving was handled very quickly and smoothly. The bar service was prompt. The entertainment shows were well done and the cruise director kept us informed of everything that was up coming. Our stateroom was fine, except the shower was a bit small. The ship décor was delightful and there was a great ease of access to all decks through the elevator system. The nature and art lectures were very informative and helpful. The dining rooms were run most efficiently and served a wide variety of food. The Horizon buffet was excellent for breakfast and lunch. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose the Coral Princess for it's passenger size (2000), the itinerary, timing for our 37 family members, the land tour option, accessibility and wide variety of shore excursion choices. The Coral Princess looks good, she's ... Read More
We chose the Coral Princess for it's passenger size (2000), the itinerary, timing for our 37 family members, the land tour option, accessibility and wide variety of shore excursion choices. The Coral Princess looks good, she's clean and the cabins are comfortable. The entertainment was fun, especially the trivia for my family members. Our service in the cabins was great, but the dining service for the early dining in Bordeaux was very, very slow and disorganized. The staff was changed on the 3rd night of our cruise because the wait staff wasn't managing our 5 tables well. Five well behaved children were part of our group; they loved the experience in the kid zone as well as the on board activities. Their favorite activity was looking for wildlife from the promenade deck. We saw whales, orcas, porpoises, seals, puffins, eagles, sea otters and salmon from the deck! We would do this trip all over again, it was so much fun! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Traveling with five small children, I was initially wary of an Alaskan cruise, but the Coral Princess and this experience overall has far exceeded my expectations. We were part of a large family trip - 37 of us! And, had my aunt not ... Read More
Traveling with five small children, I was initially wary of an Alaskan cruise, but the Coral Princess and this experience overall has far exceeded my expectations. We were part of a large family trip - 37 of us! And, had my aunt not arranged this trip, I’m not sure I would have spent this time in Alaska. I’m so thankful that my family did the research to put us on this trip - specifically traveling from Whittier to Vancouver, visiting Glacier Bay (gorgeous!), and having additional days in Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. My husband and I secured two junior suites with balconies to sleep the seven of us and we had more than enough space. A key feature of our rooms was the bathtubs ... it was nice to have a little more elbow room getting everyone ready for bed and ready for the day. Our rooms did not adjoin but that was not a problem. Myself and two of my children have food allergies. We updated our cruise personalizer and noted the food allergies and it was never a problem. Specifically, my son has a wheat allergy and my daughter has celiac. We were overwhelmed with food options. On a previous cruise, we were only able to eat gluten-free if we were in the main dining room. For this cruise, food items were clearly labeled even at the buffet and most of the kitchen staff could answer questions. My kids could even order a gluten-free pizza! Joy! To make life easy, we did choose to eat dinner only in the dining room. We were pleased with our meals almost every evening. The head waiter brought us the next evening’s menu and had us make our selections a night ahead of time to make sure our dinner experience would be smooth the following night. At first, the system seemed odd, but we quickly got used to it and there were no food issues all week. All five kids had some type of kids’ club option but my two middle kids - ages 8 and 10 - definitely used it the most. I loved that Princess allowed us to grant permission to kids 8 and over to sign themselves in and out of kids’ club. Woohoo! If you have responsible kids, this perk is for you. I especially loved that the day we were in Glacier Bay (stunning!), the kids had a junior ranger session arranged just for them. So impressed! Alaska wowed us every day. We arranged our own excursions to keep costs down and to have some more control over our agendas. For Skagway, we planned a full day trip to the Yukon Territory. Absolutely gorgeous scenery. For our day in Juneau, we went whales watching and then went to the Mendenhall Glacier. Don’t miss either of those! In Ketchikan, we were a little tired and just spent the day wandering around on our own. Also lovely. The staff was exceptionally nice and attentive. The only issue we had was at breakfast - waitstaff would practically be clearing away our plates before we were even done - ostensibly to get us out of there so they could close down the dining room. Other than that, no issues. I had a chance to visit the spa thanks to kids’ club! While the kids were occupied, my husband and I had a couples massage - excellent! I had a mani-pedi on another morning and while the relaxation experience of that treatment was expectional, the actual manicure lasted 24 hours and the pedicure lasted maybe 3 days. I’m wondering if it is the nail polish they use? I scheduled a polish change for my last cruise day so I wouldn’t get off the ship looking like I spent the week doing dishes. We booked our cruise about a year in advance and took advantage of a sip and sail package. I was initially skeptical about the all you can drink idea but I was happy to have a drink with dinner and not worry about it and be able to get lattes at the International Cafe in the mornings or decaf Irish coffees at night without racking up individual drink charges. I didn’t take advantage of much of the on board entertainment but my kids loved the movies on the pool deck at night, wrapped in blankets, and they attended a couple of performances. We all attended the karaoke night and it was so fun! Voice of the Ocean! Very good. All in all, I highly recommend taking an Alaskan cruise and following an itinerary similar to ours. Princess does an excellent job! I understand why people keep coming back to Alaska. There’s nothing like it! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Fully met all our expectations from boarding to disenbarkation. The staff were all friendly, helpful and patient, and made our voyage fun, relaxed and one to remember for a lifetime. Our room steward was so sweet and friendly and she ... Read More
Fully met all our expectations from boarding to disenbarkation. The staff were all friendly, helpful and patient, and made our voyage fun, relaxed and one to remember for a lifetime. Our room steward was so sweet and friendly and she worked hard to make our room clean and functional each day. Getting on the ship at the beginning and leaving on the last day ran as smooth as silk. No stress and felt well taken care of. The food was excellent and well prepared. We were served promptly and courteously in both the Horizon Court and the Bordeaux dining room. I had a special diet and Arthur, the head waiter made sure my dietary needs were met with friendliness and professionalism. Our waitresses served us like we were royalty. The meals were delicious. The nightly entertainment was enjoyable and varied , from a magic show to musicals. We looked forward each night to our date night. I would give this cruise a 10 and would definitely cruise again with Princess Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our first cruise for the five of us and we were Blessed to experience the beauty of many sites, see ocean and land wildlife, and the people we met were wonderful! We chose the land and sea cruise wanting to experience the beauty ... Read More
This was our first cruise for the five of us and we were Blessed to experience the beauty of many sites, see ocean and land wildlife, and the people we met were wonderful! We chose the land and sea cruise wanting to experience the beauty of the land and sea. Princess was amazing on organizing luggage pick up and drop off, shuttle drivers were well versed on the areas traveled to. The ship was comfortable and clean, cabins spacious with daily unexpected treats, and dining provided a great variety of food choices. I could find my Husband and Granddaughter at the ice cream or pizza place and myself and Daughter at the coffee place. Entertainment was for all ages and the crew participation in the events made for hilarious moments. Room service for coffee in the morning was never late and the coffee hot. The shore excursions delivered what was promised and the prices met our budget. Be prepared for rainy days with temperatures dropping quickly. Thank you Princess!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Overall, the Alaska experience was excellent. Our land portion started in Anchorage, followed by two one nights at Princess rustic lodges. The highlight of this portion was the 5 hour Denali tour. After a pleasant and comfortable ... Read More
Overall, the Alaska experience was excellent. Our land portion started in Anchorage, followed by two one nights at Princess rustic lodges. The highlight of this portion was the 5 hour Denali tour. After a pleasant and comfortable domed train to Whittier, we boarded Coral for the one week southbound cruise. On our second sea day, while enjoying the glacier experience, the aft located Sanctuary was a cut above, semi private, somewhat exclusive area and well worth the fee. Higher end finger foods and drinks were quite nice. We booked our own excursions in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Highlights were a once in a lifetime helicopter ride, landing high on the glacier where we met and mushed the huskies. In Ketchikan, I got to drive a small zodiac, stopping for several sea animals. My wife and I were the only ones out with the vendor. That's the advantage of booking outside of the cruise line. In our case the Princess's excursion offered this in the morning, while we did this mid-afternoon. In Skagway, we did do the historic train ride, but only one way, returning by van with additional photo stops. At each port we had two excursion planned. They came off well. As east coasters, we probably won't be back to Alaska anytime soon, so I would suggest having a good sized budget to fully take advantage of everything offered throughout Alaska. On board entertainment in my opinion was just average at best, but that's OK, since the main event was Alaska itself. We met two different couples that also had mini suites, but also had the club class designation. I did feel as though they were treated a bit better in MDR and would consider that category if and when we're back with Princess. Our one specialty dining was at Sabatini's, well worth it. I wanted to try Bayou too, but waited too late to get a reservation for the day and time we wanted. After disembarking, we toured Vancouver for an extra day and night. Quite a nice clean vibrant City! I highly recommend a land and sea Alaskan trip and do feel that Princess runs it well. Coral's size and layout was just right for this kind of trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The Princess cruise was our friend's suggestion, and the six of us were totally happy with it - we all had a wonderful, memorable time! I was happily surprised at the crew and staff's friendliness and helpfulness. The food, ... Read More
The Princess cruise was our friend's suggestion, and the six of us were totally happy with it - we all had a wonderful, memorable time! I was happily surprised at the crew and staff's friendliness and helpfulness. The food, sights, entertainment, and everything else were excellent. The only fault I noticed was a door latch that needed some attention on the top, outside deck. This is a commendation, considering the complexity of the ship and that everything else about it was in perfect... er... a... shipshape! We especially liked the close encounters with huge, ancient glaciers, which were complimented by an on-board naturalist expounding on what we were seeing over the ship's loudspeakers. The captain made it even better by turning the ship slowly, full circle to give everyone a full view. God helped by giving us mostly sunny days, especially at the glaciers. I totally recommend this cruise to anyone looking for a fantastic vacation you will never forget. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This cruise was very well organized, especially embarkation when the crew directed us to our cabin right from the start. Our cabin was clean and well kept and peaceful. Having a room with a balcony was amazing because we could sit ... Read More
This cruise was very well organized, especially embarkation when the crew directed us to our cabin right from the start. Our cabin was clean and well kept and peaceful. Having a room with a balcony was amazing because we could sit outside and enjoy the views, especially of the glaciers and the icebergs, and the wildlife. We enjoyed the dining experience from choices of food, to wait-staff, to timeliness of service. We especially enjoyed the music of Ad Libitum Trio, who were a classically trained trio of musicians. They played the sweetest, most upbeat and soulfull music every evening and we became big followers of them while on board. Their CD is amazing. We also attended several presentations by National Park Rangers, the resident artist, the chefs with a tour through one of the galleys, and the musical Encore. We had great weather where we could view the glaciers and the landscapes during the cruise. Overall, we had a magnificient experience Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Loved Alaska and wanted to return. Chose Princess for the great kid's program! Princess is the best for Alaska. The berth locations were always close and convenient. The transfer from Anchorage to Whittier was more like a shore ... Read More
Loved Alaska and wanted to return. Chose Princess for the great kid's program! Princess is the best for Alaska. The berth locations were always close and convenient. The transfer from Anchorage to Whittier was more like a shore excursion with the driver being a native Alaskan and provided lots of great historical information and answered questions that we had about Alaska, Travel, Glaciers, Turnagin Arm, wildlife and port facts. Embarkation was easy with no lines and the staff was well prepared and friendly! We were on the ship in two hours after our flight arrived in Anchorage. The food in the dining room that night was great. The cabin was clean and comfortable. Good choices of television programs and movies for kids in the cabin and Movies Under The Stars. The ship was nice and in great condition. The officers and crew were all attentive and professional! Enjoyed their job not just completing tasks. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We had a wonderful time doing the August 2, 2014 Coral Princess Cruise, taking the southbound Inside Passage from Wittier AK to Vancouver BC. We preceded this voyage with a four day Princess land tour going up to both McKinley and Denali ... Read More
We had a wonderful time doing the August 2, 2014 Coral Princess Cruise, taking the southbound Inside Passage from Wittier AK to Vancouver BC. We preceded this voyage with a four day Princess land tour going up to both McKinley and Denali Lodges, returning to Wittier via the Princess glass dome train. This was our seventeenth cruise with five of those being on Princess. Overall a very good experience on this Princess Cruise. The Coral Princess we found to be in very good condition throughout and a pleasure to be on. The cruise staff was very courteous and professional in caring for their passengers. This time of year it is cool and it does rain a lot, so be sure and bring some wet weather jackets, pants, umbrella, and dress in layers as it is very cool of a morning and warmer in the afternoon. We flew into Anchorage a day early so we could have some time to explore on our own the city. Stayed at the Comfort Inn Suites Airport, five minutes away from the airport. It was $195 including breakfast and free shuttle and internet. This was a very nice facility and over a $100 less than the Captain Cook Hotel Princess uses downtown Anchorage. There is a free Princess shuttle from the airport to the Captain Cook Hotel to check in. The Captain Cook Hotel looked like a five star hotel, really wow. But at $295 a night it should be. Rooms were super with a separate sitting suite from bedroom, with frig and microwave. The restaurant on the top floor offered a very nice view of Anchorage and surrounding area. Upon checking in at the lobby Princess Desk, you are given your room keys and information regarding the bus departure the next day to McKinley Lodge. Princess does a nice job with moving your luggage for you. For example, you are given baggage tags for “going with you” to the Princess Lodges on the land tours and a “separate “go to Ship” luggage tags for bags you will not need for the land tour portion of your trip, they go directly to wait for you in your cabin when you board the ship. The downtown was an easy walk as the Captain Cook is centrally located. The Visitor Center was an easy two block short walk to plan our day exploring Anchorage. There is a salmon ladder we viewed near the train depot, the salmon were plentiful and easy to see trying to swim upstream here. Lots of eating options in downtown Anchorage including in the Captain Cook Hotel. If you don’t mind getting out of the hotel, you can save a lot. For breakfast, just one short block west toward the bay was the Snow City Café serving a good breakfast and lunch for half of hotel prices. In the downtown mall was a big food court, serving a nice variety of breakfast ,lunch and dinner choices. On the sidewalk are street vendors selling Reindeer sausage sandwiches. We made a reservation with Gray Line Tours located in the Westmark Hotel downtown Anchorage, for a 1:00 PM bus/boat tour to the Portage Glazier for $69 PP. This was a most enjoyable four hour bus ride south of Anchorage with the driver providing a lot of helpful information on the dozens of glaciers we passed on the way down the coastline. After about 45 minutes we arrived at the excursion boat to take us across Portage Lake to the glacier, a short 15 minute smooth boat ride. You can choose to ride inside and stay below and watch through the windows or go up on the top dck for better viewing. We stayed at the glacier for at least 30 minutes with the captain going back and forth a couple of times giving us great photo opportunities. The boat can get within 50 feet of the glacier so it was an up-close view, a lot closer than the Coral Princess could get later in the trip. There were two separate calving of ice falling into the water from the glacier. On the return trip, we had a half hour stop at the Alaska Wildlife Refuge Center where native Alaskan wildlife can be seen roaming free in separate fenced in areas. We were able to see several reindeer, caribou, moose, black bears, and eagles. On the second day, our bus picked us up at our assigned time for the ride to McKinley Princess Lodge where we arrived around one in the afternoon. Upon getting off the bus, we were given our room keys and went to our assigned cabin and found our luggage already in the waiting in the room. The rooms are very nice size and appointed with good furnishings. The cabins are all located within a short walk of the main lodge. A nice eating option is located near the lodge. The McKinley Princess Lodge is located in a pretty remote area so taking the princess shuttle ($10 Roundtrip) into Talkeetna is highly recommended. It is a short 45 mile bus ride. Talkeetna is a must see, lots of good restaurants and shops. The Lodge has free computer and internet access for guests. We booked a great flight seeing with a glacier landing with Talkeenta Air Taxi for $269/PP. The give a 10% discount for AAA and if you already have your National Park Pass that can save you $10/PP. This air Taxi service picked us up at the Princess Shuttle stop and took us to their office at Airport for the flight that lasted two hours with one half hour of this on Ruth Glazier. For me, this was the highlight of our Alaska vacation. The view is spectacular and great for photos. A nice six passenger plane with headsets provides so you can hear the pilots narration of what we were seeing. A must see. A little expensive but worth the extra money. Princess Motor coach took us the next day to Denali Princess Lodge where again our room keys were given to us as we departed the bus and luggage awaiting in the room. Pretty smooth. Lots of restaurant and shopping options both on site and across the street. The great big fresh baked cinnamon rolls across the street was worth going over to get. There also is a Subway to get a lunch for going into Denali National Park. The Lodge also offers free computer and internet access to guests. We booked thru Princess the Husky Homestead tour to see how the dogs are trained. We both really enjoyed this and would recommend this presentation from Jeff King, former Ididoron Champion. For the visit inside of Denali National Park, we passed on the Princess provided Historic Tour and reserved through the National Park service their 8 hour shuttle trip to the Eikison Visitor Center, 67 miles into the park. You will see much more of the wildlife and scenery on this tour which the driver narrates. For $39/PP we got to see grizzly bears, caribou, moose, sheep, glaciers, and great photo opportunities. The bus driver always stopped the bus at any animal sightings for photos. Princess provides a free shuttle every half hour over to the National Park visitor and transportation center. There is no place to purchase food or drinks on this tour so be sure and bring your own. After two nights in Denali Princess Lodge, our bus met us for a short 10 minute ride to the Princess Domed Railroad tour to Wittier. You are assigned to a certain passenger car and table. The downstairs dining car was also available. Upon arrival in Wittier to board the Coral Princess, you are given your cabin keys inside the terminal. We stopped at the grocery store on the pier to get some wine and soft drinks before boarding. The stop at Hubbard Glacier was a none event, as fog made it very difficult to see anything. The next day stop at Glacier Bay was much better weather and great for seeing several of the glaciers we passed by. Great photos to be taken hear. Seeing the many glaciers was worth it. First cruise port was Skagway. Lots of good shopping and restaurants in easy walk of the ship. We booked thru Princess the White Pass Scenic Railway and had a great time on this 3 hour train ride up and back down the mountain. The train comes right to the dock so getting on/off was no problem. Computer and internet found in downtown for $5 for 1 hour. Next cruise port was Juneau. At the pier, you can take for $20/PP roundtrip a white or blue shuttle bus that will take you to Mendenhall Glacier and Visitor Center. Bus leaves every half hour. This was very worth doing. Near the shuttle drop off is a viewing area for salmon and bears. We got to see both. A mother bear and her cub were fishing in the stream for salmon. What a great sight. Going into the Red Dogs Saloon is recommended in Juneau. Last cruise port was Ketchikan. Nice downtown area right at ships pier to walk around. One must see, was walking down Creek Street a restored gold rush era district. We took the city bus for $2/PP roundtrip out to Bright State Park to see the many totem poles. Caught bus at the downtown city museum and runs hourly. This is a worth while trip to not only see the totem poles but more of the area. Overall a very good Alaska vacation thanks to Princess and her fine crew.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
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 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
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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