17 Anchorage Princess Coral Princess Cruise Reviews

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
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
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
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
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 wanted to see Alaska and the glaciers. Getting on and off the ship was very easy and mostly smooth. The ship was very clean and the mini-suite with balcony was everything you could ask for. We were very disappointed with the ... Read More
We wanted to see Alaska and the glaciers. Getting on and off the ship was very easy and mostly smooth. The ship was very clean and the mini-suite with balcony was everything you could ask for. We were very disappointed with the food. The service in the dining rooms was very good but the food was poor, with the exception of the two specialty dining rooms. We spent a goodly amount of time at the Mendenhall glacier and that was one of the many highlights of the cruise. Glacier Bay was fantastic, we could have spent a little longer there but we did see a lot. Our shore excursion at Skagway was great. We went to a musher camp and went mushing with a team of 17 dogs then were introduced to puppies from 2-3 months to 2-3 weeks. We loved it, highly recommended. We also found some miniature totem poles that were very well done by native Alaskan carvers. Unfortunately, our Juneau port of call was canceled due to bad weather. You can not control the weather. Then on to Ketchikan, the Saxman Native Alaskan village and totem pole tour was great. We purchased a hand-woven native basket that was very beautiful. In Ketchikan, we also found some scrimshaw than we had been looking for, done by a native Alaskan. Overall the cruise was great, we would go back to Alaska, but there are so many more places waiting for us to discover we probably will not return. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We started our cruise tour in Fairbanks and traveled through Denali to Anchorage and to Whittier to Board the boat. Every step was well planned, organized and hassle free. Princess and ez air did wonderful carefree work for planning, ... Read More
We started our cruise tour in Fairbanks and traveled through Denali to Anchorage and to Whittier to Board the boat. Every step was well planned, organized and hassle free. Princess and ez air did wonderful carefree work for planning, stops, transfers, etc. Ship embarkation and disembarkation were fast and smooth. Balcony room a must! There are many excursions to choose from. Alaska is a tour to not skimp. The vistas are amazing and it’s important to take full advantage. We booked excursions through Princess and they made it so easy and care free. Princess hotels were very nice, although not in cities easily reached (except for Anchorage). The bed in our cabin was very comfortable and our steward was delightful. Entertainment was fun and family friendly. There is not a lot of shopping in ports other than many many jewelry stores. We felt many of the souvenirs were very similar at each stop. Over the counter medicine was hard to find and expensive, so be sure to bring headache, cold and cough medicine, etc with you. The southbound land sea cruistour is amazing and highly recommended. It was a wonderful first Alaska adventure for us. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Inland, Alaska is spectacular as seen from the sea and very familiar to a Kiwi though on a much grander scale than my own New Zealand Loved the rail trip from Denali to Whittier and enjoyed all the land excursions, especially the ... Read More
Inland, Alaska is spectacular as seen from the sea and very familiar to a Kiwi though on a much grander scale than my own New Zealand Loved the rail trip from Denali to Whittier and enjoyed all the land excursions, especially the wonderfully knowledgeable and entertaining (generally) young tour guides The cruise experience is marvelous with the entertainment, especially the singers and dancers who were truly world-class, being the stand-out highlight of the trip. The comedian was very funny and entertaining and the Cruise Director, Gary was especially good The Main Dining Room experience was very disappointing though. We enjoyed very friendly and efficient service from our waiter and waitress, but the food choice was limited, was the same in both the Traditional and Anytime Dining and was rarely hot on serving. This contrasted with our last Princess cruise in the Caribbean where the dining experience was the best ever Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Sailed the inside passage 10 year's ago and decided we wanted to see more - so we did the land tour plus cruise. The land portion was hectic with two nights in Anchorage, McKinley Princess Lodge and Denali Princess Lodge. Relaxing ... Read More
Sailed the inside passage 10 year's ago and decided we wanted to see more - so we did the land tour plus cruise. The land portion was hectic with two nights in Anchorage, McKinley Princess Lodge and Denali Princess Lodge. Relaxing when we joined the ship in Whittier for 7 days. Highly recommend doing the land portion first to get the hectic moving, packing and unpacking and deciding what you need to take for that day's activities first, then relax on the ship. Highlights Anchorage, McKinley Lodge and actually seeing Denali, Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay National Park. Denali getting too busy and commercialized and Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan have also become much busier and commercialized in 10 years. Coral Princess is an "older" ship, very well maintained. The food was great and the service good. Our cabin was aft and there is a small, private, walkable deck aft which was a pleasant way to get another, final view of glaciers. One feature we really liked was the wash basins right outside the buffet restaurant - not just hand sanitizer, plus a strategically placed crew member to ensure passengers used the wash basins. Overall a great way to see more of Alaska. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose an Alaskan Land & Cruise Package. We did the land portion first, which was good because that was more strenuous. We boarded the ship in Anchorage & sailed to Vancouver. The first 2 days were spent on the ship as we viewed ... Read More
We chose an Alaskan Land & Cruise Package. We did the land portion first, which was good because that was more strenuous. We boarded the ship in Anchorage & sailed to Vancouver. The first 2 days were spent on the ship as we viewed the glaciers. The next 3 days we were in 3 ports (Skagway, Juneau & Ketchikan). Last full day was at sea. The ship was well-maintained & appointed. Our balcony cabin was clean. I didn't like that our balcony sat back so that balconies below us jutted out further. The shower is small. Our bed was wonderful (Princess takes pride in it's luxury at sea) - so much so that we purchased the mattress when we got home! The plug situation was difficult. You could only plug in one item at the desk & one item behind the TV. I had brought a plug panel with extra plugs but it would not fit into the plugs available. The hair dryer was at the desk. I would have liked it in the bathroom. The food was good - not outstanding. The shows were terrific. The bars emptied out early - 12mn. Felt they could have had more shipboard activities. There is a covered pool on board, as well as hot tubs. Movies on deck was nice - even served free popcorn! Personnel were friendly and efficient. Excursions ran smoothly. Loved the White Pass Railway, Mushers Camp & Medenhall Glacier Hike & Whale Watch. Towns were cute with lots of shops. I think it was a great once-in-a-lifetime trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I chose this cruise because I was invited to go with a group of friends who already booked. In addition I wanted to do the land portion as I had previously done a “cruise only” on Regents if the Sea. The ship was nice, but I felt it ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I was invited to go with a group of friends who already booked. In addition I wanted to do the land portion as I had previously done a “cruise only” on Regents if the Sea. The ship was nice, but I felt it could have had a refresh. The two main dining rooms were very nice and the food was very good. The buffet was also good. We purchased the beverage package promotion and were satisfied with it. We also dined in two of the specialty restaurants that you had to pay an upcharge for - Bayou and Sabatini’s. I felt that their menus were nothing special and would not recommend spending the extra dollars to do so. One thing that bothered me onboard were the continuous sales pitches. Almost every onboard event had a sales pitch attached to it. The shore excursions were okay but the land excursions were better. Keep in mind that I had done shore excursions on my previous voyage. I would also recommend NOT using Princess ez air for your flights! It was a nightmare! My return flight completely changed mid-cruise and I was never notified and Princess still had the old itinerary listed on their computers! I only found out when I checked online with the airline while in port. The itinerary change was much longer on different routes and had me arriving back after midnight! There was another flight available that others in my group were on. The airline said they would change me at no additional cost, but Princess refused and wanted to charge me an additional $180 to change to a flight they offered! In the end all they offered me was $75 onboard credit towards a taxi fare! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2016 with Princess Cruise Lines. We flew into Fairbanks to begin our 3 day ground trip. It was our first time on Princess cruise lines. It was a great experience. We were well taken ... Read More
My husband and I celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2016 with Princess Cruise Lines. We flew into Fairbanks to begin our 3 day ground trip. It was our first time on Princess cruise lines. It was a great experience. We were well taken care of from arrival until we boarded the ship. I was in awe from observing the midnight sun. The ground lodging was was wonderful at all three locations. The train ride was great with windows large enough for viewing and taking pictures. This allowed us ample view of Mount Denali. The mountain view come in better and larger with each mile traveled.The quality of the food on board was better than other lines I've been on. But I wanted to comment on the shopping experience and it is this: the prices become more reasonable at the ports towards the end of the trip. Save some money! The furs were not as inexpensive as I wanted, but all the ports offered comparable prices. I would definitely do it again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I travelled with my husband & daughter (adult). We all had a very relaxing and good time during the cruise. The (Bordeaux) dining room food was good and the staff were very accommodating and would do anything to please you. The ... Read More
I travelled with my husband & daughter (adult). We all had a very relaxing and good time during the cruise. The (Bordeaux) dining room food was good and the staff were very accommodating and would do anything to please you. The Horizon buffet food was only 50% likeable for me although I was always open, so it's convenient. I do not care for spicy food such as the Indian food that were served. We enjoyed the piano bar entertainer "Jeri Ring",; "Boston comedian" was good but the entertainment production was not that good. Port excursions were a bit pricey but enjoyable; it was worry free that you'll get back to the ship on time. Embarkation in Whittier, Alaska was smooth except for a 30 minutes wait for the wheelchair service to arrive. Disembarkation was a complete disaster in Vancouver. We bought the Stanley Park and City Tour excursion with airport drop-off at the end of the tour. We waited on line standing-up for about an hour before getting on a bus. The land agents were not saying what the line was for. Finally, one of the agent said that there were just too many passengers and few busses. In short, they overbooked since several ship were at the port that day. Overall, I would do the same Alaska route again and will go on a newer Princess Ship. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We decided on the Connoissur cruisetour because we have been to Europe a number of times without a guide and always felt that we were missing something. Alaska was almost a foreign country to us so we decided a guided tour was the way to ... Read More
We decided on the Connoissur cruisetour because we have been to Europe a number of times without a guide and always felt that we were missing something. Alaska was almost a foreign country to us so we decided a guided tour was the way to go. In this case our tour director, Chris, was a big help. He made all the reservations for our dinners and shows while we were on land and that got us seated when and where we wanted. Plus, the cost of most of our meals was included in our package. That was a nice feature when you consider the cost of meals in the Princess lodges. When Princess ruined a piece of luggage transferring it between lodges Chris was there to take care of the paperwork. He never hesitated to ask if everything was as expected or if there was anything he could do to help us enjoy our trip. He did not follow us when we boarded the Coral Princess so we said goodbye and moved on. We found the Coral to be a very nice vessel. It was not so large that you felt overwhelmed but it was not small either. It never seemed crowded yet you never felt alone. There were many seating areas around the ship that you could go to to read or simply watch the Alaskan sights. All were very comfortable and plush. Getting on and off the ship was really pretty quick at every port. In fact it was probably much easier than it had been on previous cruises on larger vessels. We decided to book the early dinner seating, which worked well for us. However there was one night when we knew that we wanted to eat later. A simple call was all it took and we were able to get a table at the second seating. The food was better than we had experienced on other cruise-lines but it was still cruise food. The Horizon is a great alternative for a quick meal. The food there is almost as good as served in the main dining rooms. A number of people were using the hot tubs and a few people also were in the pools. Being from Florida we bypassed the pools, but the people using them seemed to be enjoying themselves. Plus, the chairs around the pools were very comfortable with seat pads as good as we have at home. We booked a mini-suite in order to have a bit more room in the bathroom and cabin. I did find the bed to be a bit small, a little too short and narrow for me, but that was my only complaint. The balcony on our deck, Dolphin, was not covered but we had great weather the entire trip so the lack of a balcony cover didn't bother us a bit. Internet access is a joke on-board. They tell you not to expect speeds that you would get on shore. We understood that and have dealt with it on a number of other cruises. But the access we had during the entire voyage was pitiful. Add that to the fact that none of our four cellphones, with three different carriers, worked and you end up being pretty isolated. If you know that in advance you can deal with it but we found it to be a bit troublesome. The crew members were friendly, but not overbearing. They were always smiling and eager to help if needed but they never seemed pushy. If you needed them they were there for you. If not they left you alone. No pushing the daily drink like you might find on other cruise lines. I was a bit disappointed in the size of the casino. It was the smallest I've ever seem on a cruise ship. But the strange thing was that the tables were never crowded. Apparently the majority of people who take this particular cruise aren't interested in gambling. So Princess knows their clientele and outfits the ship accordingly. A number of people on board were sick with colds. I don't know if that started on land or on the ship. It hit us for a few days so we didn't get to see too many of the shows. However, the one on the final night, The Bayou I think it was called, was outstanding. I would highly recommend it to anyone who takes this cruise. Overall I liked this ship a lot. It was the right size for us and the crew was great. There is a wildlife expert on board the ship during the entire trip. He gave a number of interesting presentations describing what to expect when you got to the glaciers and gave us a history of how and when the glaciers were formed. Plus a national parks rep comes on board while you are viewing the glaciers. They give you some great commentary while you view the glaciers and are there to answer any questions. This was only our second trip on a Princess ship but it certainly won't be the last. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
My husband and I cruised for 7 nights from Whittier, Alaska to Vancouver, B.C. (one-way south bound). This was our 6th cruise, all of them week-long cruises, but our first with Princess. We spent two nights pre-cruise at The Hotel Captain ... Read More
My husband and I cruised for 7 nights from Whittier, Alaska to Vancouver, B.C. (one-way south bound). This was our 6th cruise, all of them week-long cruises, but our first with Princess. We spent two nights pre-cruise at The Hotel Captain Cook, which we booked through Princess. We had a great experience in Anchorage, which is a really clean, charming town. We also enjoyed the 2+ hour train ride to Whittier. You can stand on the outside platform between the train cars and soak up the gorgeous scenery. One really nice touch was the cruise line collecting our luggage from our hotel room and then depositing it outside our cabin door on the ship. It made traveling from hotel to train to ship very easy. Boarding the ship was a breeze. Within 5 minutes of stepping off the train from Anchorage, we were stepping onto the ship. Can't beat that! We had about 7 hours until the ship set sail, but not to worry, our cabin was ready and the buffets and bars were open. The weather was so nice and sunny and our luggage made it so quickly that we were in the pool enjoying cocktails by mid-afternoon. The pool area was very nice and clean, and was rarely crowded, except during movies. They show "Movies Under the Stars" here and give out blankets and popcorn in the evenings. Our kids would have loved it, but they did not sail with us this time. Our mini-suite was clean and quiet. It seemed longer and more narrow than other mini-suites I've traveled in, but was nicely appointed, made good use of space, and felt spacious and comfortable for two. Our room steward quietly went about his job and was always courteous, although we didn't interact with him much. We dined in the buffets for breakfast and lunch, but always in the Bordeaux Dining Room for dinner. We never had to wait for open seating, as we discussed with the head waiter our time/table preference and gave him a tip. All the wait staff were professional and friendly, although sometimes meals took awhile. It wasn't an issue, since we drank more wine and cocktails and relaxed; the whole purpose behind the cruise. All of the food was good, although I didn't like a few things I ordered. This was never a problem, I just asked for something else. I will say that the best thing I ate on the cruise was the Glacier Bay pizza special with white sauce, garlic, and four cheeses. Amazing!! The pizza on the ship was better than expected. We also ordered room service in our cabin a few times, and everything was fine. The Coral Princess is not as big a ship as we have sailed in the past, and that is actually how I prefer it. The ship is well maintained, albeit a bit outdated with the décor. The public spaces never felt cramped, and it is easy to find your way around this ship pretty quickly. We swam in the nice outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, worked out at the gym, ran on the running track (Deck 7), went to the Spa, and even played bingo. We never went to any of the shows, as those are not our thing, nor did I really visit the casino. The gym can be pretty crowded in the mornings. We booked two shore excursions through the cruise line. They were both nice, although pricey. You can walk off the boat and book your own tours to save money, which we have done in the past. There are tons of excursion vendors when you stop in all the ports, of course. Alaska is gorgeous and we especially loved seeing the glaciers calve in Glacier Bay. You are at the mercy of the weather in Alaska, and we had both good and bad weather. It poured in Ketchikan! It would have been nice to have some type of cover when waiting in line to re-board the ship, as we stood in the driving rain. Bring your umbrella there! I was curious to see how Princess would do in comparison to other cruise lines. It didn't feel any fancier or more upscale than Royal Caribbean, but it was very nice. There were very few children, which was a bonus for us this trip, but that might have something to do with the destination. I informed Princess about our anniversary before we set sail, and they gave us a nice 8x10 photo frame, a voucher for a free 8x10 photo, and a bottle of wine. Nice touch! Overall, a very positive experience. I would definitely sail with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We did the cruise tour DBX "On Your Own" from Anchorage up to Denali State and National Parks and then down to Vancouver, stopping in Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. This was our first cruise and we really didn't know what ... Read More
We did the cruise tour DBX "On Your Own" from Anchorage up to Denali State and National Parks and then down to Vancouver, stopping in Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. This was our first cruise and we really didn't know what to expect. The entire land and cruise portion was so well organized by Princess that we were truly able to relax and have an amazing experience. We were among the youngest of the group, but were still able to easily find things that interested and excited us. The land tour is a must, particularly if you are interested in seeing Denali, which to us was one of the reasons why we traveled to Alaska. Since the roads and cell service are scarce in rural Alaska, we appreciated being escorted to and from our destinations safely and by experienced guides. Once on the ship, we were pleasantly surprised by the size of our room, the service, and the quality of the food. Having never cruised before, these were two things we were concerned about. We splurged on a balcony room, which we felt was worth it, given the amazing scenery passing by at all times. We enjoyed both eating areas and although we did not participate in most of the organized activities on board, we found a few things that appealed to us. One turn-off for us was the emphasis placed on shopping. We had come to Alaska to experience natural beauty, adventure, and inspiration. Yet, Princess was encouraging us to buy, buy, buy at every port of call -- even going so far as to hold shopping presentations on how we should spend our money and providing maps of shops in the port. Not to mention the sky-high prices of Alaska to begin with. To me, this is missing the point of traveling Alaska. As such, we avoided most of the downtown areas of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan and their cheap, tacky tourist traps. We were pleased to find many opportunities to venture out into the wilderness and experience what Alaska really has to offer. We appreciated Princess's attention to cleanliness and the dispensers of Purell around the ship -- but why no antibacterial soap in the bathrooms? For fear of getting sick (despite the Purell), I hardly touched any surfaces outside of my state room. All in all, we appreciated the Coral Princess experience and especially appreciated the freedom we were able to enjoy to pursue our own interests outside of swiping the credit card for cheap tokens in town. Alaska itself has so much natural beauty to offer that it's a good thing you do not have to go far or look hard to find it. It was certainly the trip of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date June 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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