3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
The itinerary and stops were great but the ship seems to be a little tired overall and maybe not the best value for the buck. So my vacation started with three days in Anchorage on my own.At this time the wildfires were pretty strong ... Read More
The itinerary and stops were great but the ship seems to be a little tired overall and maybe not the best value for the buck. So my vacation started with three days in Anchorage on my own.At this time the wildfires were pretty strong and every day there is a hazy smoke that you can smell and see that obscured the mountains. It was summertime and the highs are almost in the 80s which was unusual acording to some of the locals there. We wore T-shirt and shorts and maybe jeans towards the night time. Also the sun never really goes down it’s always bright even in 2 to 3 in the morning it’s still somewhat bright.We did not go to did Dinali Ben stayed up and stay with in a good area. The wildlife conservation was I want to visit worth doing it’s still nearby. I went fishing out of Seward for halibut caught my limit which is essentially 20pounds worth of halibut. Then I went to a nearby reindeer farm I forgot the exact name but that was the greatest little jam and I highly recommend it. It’s basically a giant petting farm but you get to see reindeer feed them EC moose and ox and elk. OK so to start the cruise we took a shuttle bus from the company ACB. it took about an hour from the airport through the tunnel which was neat onward to Whittier. The bus stops right in front of this giant white tent where the people take your luggage literally two steps away from the bus. Then from that tent you walk into the main building which has nice clean bathrooms and proximately up to 20 people to help check you win. Literally as soon as you get off the bus it took over 20 minutes to get onto the boat it was ridiculously fast. Maybe since the boat is smaller the embarkation is this fast I never had it this fast and easy before. There was no waiting around or anything you just literally get off the bus and non-stop walk and sign in and you get on the ship. Now this is when it gets a little disappointing. My neighbor said princess what is the best cruise experience he’s ever had. Also we read how princess is so good with service and the food is so good and that is basically the mid-level premium line for Carnaval. So I was expecting a little better type a cruise since I’m used to that type a level of service, my previous cruises been on Royal and Disney And Norwegian. We boarded the ship around 5 PM since it was going to leave around 8:30 PM. I expected our room to be completely ready to move-in but as we walked onto the boat into our room it was already been halfway prepared and we met our Steward. Man did he look tired and he reeks of smoke he Musta had just taken his break but he wasn’t the friendliest of guys but he wasn’t mean either he was just indifferent. Now here is my single most worst complaint. The room just smell like sweat. It came from the bedsheets mainly and pillows. It just smelled so bad he couldn’t sleep when you lay down your head on the pillow pillow that smells like sweat is the kind of sweat mold smell where when you leave wet laundry in your washer and forget it you forget about it for a few days and then you try to put in the dryer it’s that type of smell was really all the water sweaty smell in those from everything the sheets and the pillowcases even the actual pillows and maybe some of the carpet and even the lampshade it was just the most awful sweat smell like a possibly think of. finally we just couldn’t deal with it anymore and it was already now 10 PM since we ate dinner and came back and then decided my goodness we can’t sleep in this condition we can’t sleep with the sweaty smelling sheets. So then of course at this time the steward was off service and we had to go to the front desk. Now here is my second complaint. The front desk was manned by a single person at this time and it was a huge line now of like 10 people waiting with various complaints. This is ridiculous there should be more than one person manning The desk especially on the first day of embarkation since many people will most likely have some questions and things to address. AnyWho I told him while emergently I don’t expect them to replace all the sheets of all the beds system or four of us to replace so I said just give me a few pillowcases for an now and will deal with it and then the following morning. how do I mention how much the bed sheets and pillows smell like sweat man that alone totally destroyed my experience with princess. The onboard Internet Wi-Fi is not the best either. The instructions are horrible on how to set it up on your iPhone or iPad. Thank goodness there was an on-site IT guy who helped me set it up on my phone. This guy was probably the most busiest over the next few days. I frequently saw lines of like 20 people every morning at his desk ask him how to set up and sign up for the Internet service. He was very helpful and unfortunately he had to deal with poor instructions on the procedural level that needs to change somehow and princess. Now the food was kind of OK. It wasn’t the best I didn’t have that much variety of coarse it’s a smaller ship so I guess that’s the norm. And as compared to Royal or Norwegian The variety Wasn’t there especially at the buffet and choices of specialty dining. The coral princess had essentially two specialty dining restaurants, Sabatini Italian and Bayou Creole steakhouse. There’s also a third pop-up specialty dining restaurant featured in the buffet area called the crabshack. We ate at the Italian and crab shack and both Route K but for $30 seems a little not too worth it. But I did notice that desserts on princess cruise are actually quite good and probably the best of any cruises I’ve seen. Especially on that this specialty dining area is the desserts are different then you get from the buffet and main dining. so if you want to get like those weird special desserts that you see online in a like exploding round ball of chocolate and stuff I think it’s specialty dining is where you get them but I’d never saw any of those in the main dining room or the buffet area. But overall the food quality was decent it’s not the best of the cruises I’ve been on and I haven’t been on any premium cruise lines yet. Now they told me princess service was phenomenal and top-notch. I did not experience this. The service was a mixed eclectic group of various nationalities I believe from the Philippines, Italy, Romania, and the US. It must’ve been towards the end because boy everyone seems so tired and indifferent. No one was really mean but then again no one was really going out of their way to help you or be helpful it was a very passive style of service if you ask a question you get answered but you have to go around asking the questions and you have to go around asking for help. I’m probably spoiled and it’s not real problem for most cruisers but it does seem so distinctive. Here’s an example whenever I go out to a bar I’ll sit stand there and wait to make eye contact with the bartender. Usually the bartender will say “how can I help you”. But most the time they just stand there staring back at you until you have to say oh can I have a drink and then they usually have some type of banter but then there’s usually no verbal response so go ahead and make your drink and then they’ll give it to you.And then when you received a drink you say “thank you” and they usually say something like you’re welcome but again silence no response. It’s not bad service or they are being mean but it’s like an inch difference like they just don’t care seem to go out of their way to say you’re welcome enjoy your cruise I hope you have a good time tonight. multiply this type of service amongst all the people on the cruise line. From the dining to your steward to the guy trying to sell you the Tanzanite rings, it was kind of unusual I never seen this behavior before then again maybe I’m spoiled with the other cruise lines. My app is a comparison it would be Disney where they are actually over the top and go absolutely crazy with proactive service and there another premium cruise line they’re probably mid-level so that’s what I was expecting a princess from all the reviews and friends telling us how incredible princess Service was. The entertainment was pretty bad for me. I’m the type a guy with doesn’t really go to the casino. I don’t really like to drink or smoke or dance. I enjoy the gaming activities like bingo or game shows. I really enjoy Broadway style productions like they have a Disney and royal. I’m not really into that whole lounge music atmosphere or those weird disco dancing nights that they have on three shifts this is not my thing. The coral princess unfortunately was all about lounge music and dancing and little to no production shows our main act shows. He did have one production show called silk which is interesting take on the Korean folklore story. But only had one night of showing they should’ve shown that three or four nights thousand fabulous show instead all the other night they had weird disco nights and 80s music nights in bazaar cabaret dancing. I mean who cares about watching people dancing randomly on stage and singing nonsensical music I just don’t find those type of shows entertaining at all. And there were enough game Activities on the boat maybe only two a day. I remember on Norwegian it was constant think there is literally a game events in the atrium on the Norwegian boat every single day and was fun to be interactive with other folks with them. We brought the family with children and people say Alaska cruises are not child friendly and mostly for elderly adults. The kids club on princess was the absolute surprise. it actually is the reason why the cruise is up to a two star for us. For me to CRUISES) a one star but the kids cover so exceptionally phenomenal and made the kids happy that it basically alone justified the cruise. The staff there were absent remarkable and they had constant crafts and events to do during the kids club. If your kids are very craft like especially at the young age like five years old then this kids club is probably for them. Every night they’ll bring back to the room little trinket such as stuffed toys and T-shirts that they would hand color themselves pirate hats and balloon animals. The actual facility is very small and we were Kinda somewhat scared especially when the teacher told us over 500 kids signed up. This tells you how many kids are on the boat and is somewhat family oriented is not as adult oriented as you would think. Another complaint is that since this cruise is basically scenery in emphasis. It would have been nice if the cruise director proactively pointed out things during the cruise in real time. For example if there is a pod of whales swimming next to the boat it would be nice if he could just announce at him or the captain or somebody on the boat should announce overhead hey hey guys there’s a pod of whales next on the port side take a look. But no one dead and you have to basically look on the side of the boat on your own for hours and hours is trying to look for something. Nurs Sup, it’s about the stops and scenery sons particular cruise. One of the main reasons why we took this particular shift even though we knew was older and smaller was that it actually went into glacier Bay. Only a few of the smaller bus can go on to glacier Bay that we were told such as princess and Holland. Now of all the glaciers, the Hubbard bay stop what is the most impressive one. That glacier is absolutely huge and everything you see on line we see has many little broken icebergs everywhere in a gigantic wall of white looking nice that’s it that’s Hubbard. There is an excursion we take a smaller boat for about $250 which seems steep for only two hour excursion but that boat gets like within a couple hundred feet from the Glacier up close and the cool princess cruise but basically stops about a mile away which seems far and you can see the Quetion we need binoculars. I highly recommend that boat excursion even though cost a lot for like two hours you get right up to the glacier which is the whole point Of this entire cruise trip to gets closer to glacier and crashing and breaking and floating a part. now you gonna hear this from a few people but quite frankly the glacier Bay national Park wasn’t that great. And all you see roughly 2 to 3 other glaciers but you’re much much smaller than Hubbard and you don’t get that close to them either. You only get to see a few seals and maybe one whale and then I also saw one moose. The only real benefit is that the national Park Rangers get on board your ship to help explain what the glacier national Park is all about. In brief the other stops like Seward and Ketchikan and Juno we’re decent and I highly recommend excursions. I realize Alaska is a different type of cruise it’s not so much the boat it’s really all about the excursions. My favorite excursion was from Ketchikan Which involves a wilderness boat ride and seafood dinner at Silver king Lodge. we ended the cruise in Vancouver which is a beautiful city but man what a hassle doing all their customs and passport deals. In hindsight will be better just to go in and out of Seattle that way you have to deal with customs or anything of that sort. While Vancouver we do the hop on hop off option and direct airport we did deliver your bags directly there. It was a kind of pricey excursion price for it but it’s worth it just to have them take the luggage directly from your room on the boat essentially directly to the airport it’s all you do was hang out in Vancouver and then when you’re done you took their subway bus directly to the airport in 40 minutes. Oh by the way the international concourse in Vancouver is phenomenal it’s very fancy with the fancy shopping I saw a $60,000 bottle of whiskey for sale it’s in sane and very beautiful selfie in the airport airport lounges vancouver it’s pretty just decent international airport on your way back to the US. In summary the boat was not the best experience we won’t cruise with Princess again in Alaska. The excursions and stops are great and that’s where the real value of the trip is. If I had to do Alaska over again Since I have kids I would’ve picked the largest newest boat With the most activities and still go to Hubbard glacier as a primary stop. Glacier Bay national Park is not the most important stop in my opinion and you don’t need to go on some all dirty boat just to go to the club just to go to that park. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Having traveled on Princess before to Alaska I knew I wanted to do it again. The itinerary was perfect. I loved cruising Glacier Bay and seeing it all from my balcony. A balcony cabin is a must for this scenic cruise. I signed up for a ... Read More
Having traveled on Princess before to Alaska I knew I wanted to do it again. The itinerary was perfect. I loved cruising Glacier Bay and seeing it all from my balcony. A balcony cabin is a must for this scenic cruise. I signed up for a balcony glacier photo and got some of the best pictures without having to fight for the rail on the upper decks. I strongly recommend taking the White Pass railway in Skagway. Such a beautiful scenic ride. The cruise director John was the best I have ever had on a cruise. So much fun. Loved the broadway styled shows they had too. The park rangers and guest speakers were very interesting and added to the experience of seeing and learning about Alaska. Embankment and disembarking were very smooth and easy. Food choices were abundant and we enjoyed eating at various places throughout the day. Will definitely being taking Princess again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was one of the worst Princess cruises I have ever been on. The music in the lounges was old and tired and lacked any type of variety, the onboard activities were sad, to say the least. Princess really needs to get past the love boat ... Read More
This was one of the worst Princess cruises I have ever been on. The music in the lounges was old and tired and lacked any type of variety, the onboard activities were sad, to say the least. Princess really needs to get past the love boat theme, there is a reason that show is no longer on the air. The cabin was as expected. The production shows and comedians were good. I would like to see princess do what Carvinal has adopted with their comedians and have an early G-rated show and then a show later that is more R-rated. No sports type bar on this ship and no attempt to cover the NCAA championships anywhere other than on TV in the cabins. As far as service goes, it was up to par, but the waits of up to 60 min to get seated using anytime dining was anything but acceptable. Best food on the ship, in my opinion, was at the Grill. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
The cruise on the Coral Princess from March 17- April 5 2019 was fabulous from the time we started the cruise! The crew, staff, and all aboard made you feel like part of their family! By the second day I think most of the crew knew me by ... Read More
The cruise on the Coral Princess from March 17- April 5 2019 was fabulous from the time we started the cruise! The crew, staff, and all aboard made you feel like part of their family! By the second day I think most of the crew knew me by name and called my parents mom and dad! We were greeted by name each nite going into the dining room by name and they arranged it so we didn’t have to call for reservations each morning! They knew we liked a certain waiter and table. My dad is the adventuresome person so he did all the different land tours and came back with many adventures, ( I am disabled and make the choice not to do them, even though a lot of people still do). Fuad Amal’s the people were so extremely friendly and the local market literally right off the ship is so very nice and clean! The local people welcome you by introducing themselves and welcoming you to their little shopping area! It was so pleasant! The Panama Canal, this was my 4th time through, is even more exciting, I really took the time to watch the mules, (five million dollars a piece) as they GUIDE NOT PULL the ship into the locks. Then watch as the ships go up up up!!! It’s really exciting to know you are expierencing a part of history! After the locks we anchored in Gatun Lake where the Coral Princess spent the night and around 11 am the next day we headed back out the canal to the Pacific side again! It was just as thrilling! Each stop we made was wonderful, three stops in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and we weren’t able to stop in Nicaugua due to high winds and seas, but that just gave us an extra sea day!! The sea days you can be busy with activities 24/7 or do nothing 24/7 and just relax and unwind! That is what makes cruising so wonderful, once you are onboard, it is up to you on how you want your vacation to be! Some people need the constant activity, others like me, love to relax, face a chair towards the ocean and be lucky enough to see the pod of over 15 whales, many turtles, flying fish, and many schools of dolphins! The ocean is filled with many wonders! The Coral Princess has a beautiful library and game room, cigar room, internet rooms, casino, laundry facilities, Movies under the Stars, and movies during the day while you tan, there are areas for children, and playrooms for kids and teens! You can eat eat and eat some more, the old cruise joke is you go on board as a passenger and leave as cargo, I sometimes believe it after the incedible pastries and desserts they have on board. They have a very nice menu in the dining room and they also offer you a choice to pay to have a better cut of a steak, lobster if that is what is sounding good to your appetite that night! Whatever your request I know from expience a Princess staff member will either take care of it or find someone who can do it for you. Visit Maria in Calypso store, she has a heart of gold! If you should run into Rafeal, Thomas ( both from Poland ) and Edwin from Bulgaria )some of the Head waiters from the dining rooms, they are the best!!!!!! Just their smiles and laughter will make you smile!!!!! Happy Cruising!! I was traveling with my parents and yes we will be cruising MANY more times with Princess!!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
Only ship doing full Panama Canal transit at time of the booking. May be the first person to loose weight on a cruise ship Ship just came out of dry dock. Suppose to be in Ft Lauderdale night before cruise but didn't arrive ... Read More
Only ship doing full Panama Canal transit at time of the booking. May be the first person to loose weight on a cruise ship Ship just came out of dry dock. Suppose to be in Ft Lauderdale night before cruise but didn't arrive until 10 am cruise day prior to cruise. Long wait in terminal. Ship was dirty. Mud / salt on cabin balcony walls & floor. Finally used pool towels to clean area and furniture ourselves. Most exterior public areas filthy. Deck furniture filthy. Cabin bathroom. First 4 days sink drain plugged. Had to dip dirty water from sink with glass to use sink. For 5 days toilet valve was stuck causing toilet to overflow on floor. Every morning bathroom floor was flooded and carpet outside bathroom was wet. Cabin Stewart said maintenance didn't have any repair parts to fix toilet valve. Next 3 days toilet didn't leak but didn't have any water to flush toilet. Had to get water from the shower to flush toilet. Drink service in public areas was terrible. some times 15-20 minute wait for drinks. Most of the time went to bar, tired of waiting on servers. First 2 days of cruise not allowed on upper & sport decks. Crews were still working on ship from dry dock. Sport deck equipment poor. Shuffle Board some equipment missing, deck so rough the pucks wouldn't slide. Court netting loose / torn at several areas. Prominade deck at one end cluttered with shipping crates and rolls of carpeting. Barley room to walk through. Daytime entertainment almost didn't exist. Almost no entertainment on exterior deck. If you did play Trivia or Rip-Off Bingo there wasn't much of anything else to do. Movies under the stars was highly promoted but out of service most on the cruise. Night theater entertainment was excellent. Theater was over crowded and difficult to get seating if not there 45 minutes early. Don't expect drink service, only 2 waiters for the whole theater. Show time scheduled later so both early & late dinners could attend the show at same time causing over crowding of the theatre Getting cocktails in the casino was impossible. One time I seen a waiter walk through but never stopped. Had to go to another bar and get drinks yourself. Food quality was poor. Buffet special was only 1-2 pans. Rest was repeat every day. Food at bottom of pans stuck from being warmed over. Main dining room menu almost the same everyday, usually only had 1-2 changes. Rest was same items every day. Dinner rolls at all dining areas were hard and dried out. Couldn't cut through crust with dinner knife. Dissert was good Probable never again travel with Princess Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We chose this cruise to go through the Panama Canal and it ended in San Francisco which is home for us. The ship, Coral Princess, had been in dry dock for 12 days prior to our cruise and the contractors were not finished with the upgrades ... Read More
We chose this cruise to go through the Panama Canal and it ended in San Francisco which is home for us. The ship, Coral Princess, had been in dry dock for 12 days prior to our cruise and the contractors were not finished with the upgrades such as new carpet and flat screen TVs in the rooms. Nice upgrades, but there were rolls of carpet about the ship and painting still being done. Embarkation was delayed for 4 hours as the ship was late coming from dry dock so we sat in the waiting area until we could board. Our cabin had a new TV and the room was thoroughly functional, but the wi fi was not working properly and there were tech's throughout the ship working on it. Cosmetically the ship was not up to the standards we have experienced on Princess. For instance there were speaker covers sitting on the floor in the Princess theater and seats around us were broken and wobbly. Our cabin was a balcony unit and other than the minor cosmetics we were overall happy with it, it was clean and the bed was comfortable. Dining was excellent, the food was great and a nice variety to chose from. The dinners were a little long, averaged about two hours to finish our meals. We had the early seating for dining, the shows are staggered so we could still see them after dinner. We really enjoyed the Production show, well done. The guest entertainers were excellent, I recommend seeing them, comics, magicians, singers. Lots of activities daily on the ship, we never got bored. The service was excellent, the crew is friendly and works hard. We took a shore excursion at every port through Princess and they were well organized. Only drawback is on ports where you tender in took a long time waiting in tender lines both coming and going. Some ports were short on time and some of it wasted waiting in line. Only one of the excursions we took was misleading in the Princess tour listings description. In Cabo San Lucas, MX we took tour SJD-500 that is titled "4 x 4 Desert and Camel Adventure". There was NOT a 4 x 4 ride "on a guided off-road safari adventure". It is also listed there is a tortilla-making presentation which did not happen, very misleading. We did have a tequila tasting as described and the traditional Baja meal was excellent. The camel ride was fun and unique, well organized. The description says "cameras may not be used whilst atop a camel", however we were prevented from taking photos while greeting the camels too. Disappointing since the vendor had there own photographers taking photos, unfortunately their photos were expensive starting at $40 for one! Way too expensive, we returned without a photo of us on the camel. Guests we dined with took the Whale Watching by Zodiac in Cabo San Lucas and they really liked it, said it was fantastic and they saw about 30 whales and several were up close. If we are able to do this cruise again we plan on doing this excursion. This was a great cruise and we would do it again (probably will in a few of years). Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Our ship had been in dry dock and arrived later than planned. There are very long lines outside. When we finally got in, after waiting over an hour......we then had to wait in the hall......yes, there were chairs, but not enough.....some ... Read More
Our ship had been in dry dock and arrived later than planned. There are very long lines outside. When we finally got in, after waiting over an hour......we then had to wait in the hall......yes, there were chairs, but not enough.....some people gave up their chairs to people who needed it (not all disabilities are visible) and sat on the concrete floor.....that was not a good beginning! We choose this cruise because we wanted to experience all the locks of the Panama Canal.........it is an amazing experience. Throughout the day we had a guide on board who gave wonderful information This trip had 3 tender ports, that always takes more time with getting to shore. We had a cabin on the C deck.....this was our 21st cruise.....and the cabin was not cleaned; debris on the floor, full trashcans and a dirty bathroom/toilet.......our room carpet was not replaced,it was dirty....... I found my steward he was very apologetic and took care of it..... This time I was also disappointed by the food. We went to the any time dining room, loved our waiters and headwaiter. I am a vegetarian and every night they make sure I get something I like.....except a few nights they just gave me steamed vegetables.... But the barista knew my name and what kind of coffee I liked....the chef at the International Cafe would get my croissant.....I felt spoiled. We were a little disappointed that we only had 4 shows with dancers....There were a lot of comedians on this trip.....not my thing. But I had a great trip, beautiful places....the excursion in Costa Rica: waterfalls and animal sanctuary, were amazing...and yes, we’ll keep cruising. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This itinerary has been on our bucket list for a long time. The enrichment activities provided by Chris Roberts and Dr. Angel Colon were most enjoyable and greatly increased my awareness on the topics covered. Please continue these ... Read More
This itinerary has been on our bucket list for a long time. The enrichment activities provided by Chris Roberts and Dr. Angel Colon were most enjoyable and greatly increased my awareness on the topics covered. Please continue these enrichment lectures with fine speakers like these two gentlemen. The crew was awesome and provided perfect service as well as exhibiting tremendous good morale. Special thanks to bar staff, Shailesh, Komang, Edgar, Mario, Geraldine & Sheila. Thanks to IC staff as well including Papa Ver, Anoop, Lito and Yehven. We loved the numerous spaces for the passengers to sit, eat something or have a drink. Our faves were the Wheelhouse bar (biggest fave), Crooners, the IC, MUTS, Explorers bar. The Blue Jade band was the best entertainment and dance band we have heard so far on a ship. We closed the Wheelhouse bar every night due to them. The ship's band was the best we have experienced to date as well. The theatre really need two more exits. Many somewhat disabled people took a lot of time using the two available exits making me really hope that there would be no emergency that required the theatre to vacate. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our 30th cruise on Princess and the worst we’ve been on.☹️ The itinerary was 60 days round trip from LA to Asia. The ship itself was poor. On the embarkation day there were fewer than 50 books in the library! Not ... Read More
This was our 30th cruise on Princess and the worst we’ve been on.☹️ The itinerary was 60 days round trip from LA to Asia. The ship itself was poor. On the embarkation day there were fewer than 50 books in the library! Not acceptable! The entertainment director told me it was because people hadn’t returned the books. That is not true. There were none to begin with. The food was relatively boring-lots of stews from the previous day’s meats. Fish dishes were not specifically named as on other princess ships. Few production shows on the first half of the trip-2 in 25 days. Some type of MAJOR problem led us to remain in Yokohama harbor for 24 hours and then go back to the terminal to refuel causing us to miss Osaka. Comments and requests made to entertainment director unanswered after several written requests. The fire head sprinkler sprayed after a testing and continued to drip the rest of the cruise leaving a wet carpet. A note from from the previous people stated it had happened to them as well. 60 days of dripping with no fix! We got truffles as an apology. The dining rooms were poorly managed-sometimes a 30 minute wait with many empty tables. When my husband mentioned it to the maitre dee, he replied with “I’m the manager” The disembarkation for the tours were disorganized and inefficient. Several of the tours were expensive-$200 each to the Great Wall with a tour guide that told us nothing about the wall-she had never heard of the Yangtze River! Comments made to the tour desk were never answered. The room television is very antiquated-looping movies and repetitive TV show. 4 and 5 times of the same. We did likeMiranda the cruise director and Sarah the orchestra manager. Sarah is so talented and really gets into the music! Reymond our room steward was terrific. The one that took over-not so much. We will never cruise on Coral Princess again-no matter why the itinerary is. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Always wanted to see Alaska. Did a land tour first and got to see Denali (McKinley) 3 times in full sun. Put us in the 1% of visitors that did. Ship needs a full refinish for leaks, linens that were close to threadbare, deck flooring, ... Read More
Always wanted to see Alaska. Did a land tour first and got to see Denali (McKinley) 3 times in full sun. Put us in the 1% of visitors that did. Ship needs a full refinish for leaks, linens that were close to threadbare, deck flooring, buffet room and so on. The cabin staff was ok. Couldn’t get hot water in shower and when we asked our cabin steward about it he said he would check it out but he never got back to us. Had to go to Customef Service desk for help and it was a very quick fix. Our travel agent gave us a free dinner in “Bayou” restaurant and we weren’t Hppy with service. Waiter hard to understand and was rude when we had to ask for better help. I was very disappointed as it was the 2nd time sailing this ship. I’ve loved cruising but not sure we’ll sale Princess again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
I enjoyed the cruise, but the Effy jewelry personell conducted a raffle for those buying jewelry. I bought my wife a ring that cost almost 3 grand. There were 3 prizes. The same person won all of the prizes. This is almost certainly ... Read More
I enjoyed the cruise, but the Effy jewelry personell conducted a raffle for those buying jewelry. I bought my wife a ring that cost almost 3 grand. There were 3 prizes. The same person won all of the prizes. This is almost certainly impossible to happen if done randomly, i DID NOT EXPECT TO WIN BUT I DID NOT EXPECT THE SAME PERSON TO WIN ALL PRIZES. Also no drink container delivered to my room even though we ordered drink package for soda and virgin drinks. I was therefore unsure where these could be obtained until after third day, I finally took my own container and asked the person behind the drink counter in casual dinning room, who told me. I would go again but please correct these problems for a perfect score. Disney has drinnk stations free throughout ship. It would be nice to have an onboard movie theatre with current movies. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I chose this cruise based on recommendation of travel agent. The cruise did not meet my expectations the shore excursions were both expensive and and were not interesting or worth anywhere near cost,the food especially the buffet did not ... Read More
I chose this cruise based on recommendation of travel agent. The cruise did not meet my expectations the shore excursions were both expensive and and were not interesting or worth anywhere near cost,the food especially the buffet did not offer a good selection but the service on the ship was good.formal nights were nothing more than an opportunity for the ship personal to take pictures for sale at a high price. The Internet service was fair but only allowed one unit at a time and the cost per unit was expensive. The ships personel is constantly hawking you to buy something. The casino was small but fun and the shows and entertainment were good. The most disappointing part of the experience was the room at fairmont waterfront at end of booked through Princess for $450 per night (American) in Vancouver Ca I was given a street view with people dinning 15 feet below me there was no Princess Represenative at the hotel when I complained to the desk clerk he explained that princess contracts for a certain type of room. He did offer me an upgrade but at an additional $105.per night (Canadian) I took it only to try to end my trip on somewhat of a positive note. This was very disturbing and one of the main reasons I would not recommenrpd princess to anyone. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose Princess because we wanted to go Direct to the Wilderness to Alaska from Vancouver. Upgrades were part of the incentives at the time of our booking. Sure enough about 1 1/2 weeks before our sail date we were upgraded to balcony ... Read More
We chose Princess because we wanted to go Direct to the Wilderness to Alaska from Vancouver. Upgrades were part of the incentives at the time of our booking. Sure enough about 1 1/2 weeks before our sail date we were upgraded to balcony rooms (we were 3 couples, linked together). Our room steward unlocked the doors between us and we were able to hang out together easily! It was the best thing that could have happened for our trip. We were able to enjoy the glaciers and other sites right from our balcony. Definitely recommend! Also, luggage was transferred for us to each place and arrived exactly where it needed to be. Princess made it extremely easy to go from one port to the next. The offered excursions were fantastic! Our trip went off without a hitch!!! The staff was outstanding. If you are planning a trip to Alaska, book with Princess. You won't be disappointed. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Review for Princess Cruises – Alaska Inside Passage Northbound, Coral Princess Five Thumbs Down I have been on two other cruises, one to the Caribbean with Norwegian Cruise lines, which was incredible in all ways that you would ... Read More
Review for Princess Cruises – Alaska Inside Passage Northbound, Coral Princess Five Thumbs Down I have been on two other cruises, one to the Caribbean with Norwegian Cruise lines, which was incredible in all ways that you would imagine a cruise being. The other was a smaller ship holding 99 people and sailed in The Galapagos, it was fabulous and in a league of its own. On Boarding It was chaotic, unorganized and generally not a great experience. Norwegian, with its ship capacity of 7000 was organized, concise and easy to board. Princess had multiple lines to wait in and crammed too many people together. This ship only held 3000 with the crew. Customer service was average. The food was not just bad, in some cases inedible. The first night I tried the prime rib, it came out as a vacuume packed blob of meat that looked like it had been processed, no resemblance of a steak at all. The baked potato had to have been three days old and even smelled old. I let my friend try a bite, she agreed, it was really bad. I pushed my plate to the side and went for their rolls and then a cream brulee, both very good and the only thing that got us through the trip. My friend had the salmon, tasteless and dried out. We watched as the waiter came out with another prime rib plate delivering it to the lady sitting at the table next to ours, she took one bite and pushed the plate away. Unfortunately, the bad food continued for the duration of the trip including not just a dinner meals but the café on the top floor. Entertainment They had two comedians perform, both were good. They also had Naturalist speakers discuss all topics related to Alaska and the wildlife, that was informative. Other than that, there was bingo, learn how to play the harmonica and a few other very mediocre activities available. Upgrades Drink package. For an extra 400.00 per person, we took this package. Unless you are a big drinker, you will over pay. On average we had about 4-5 drinks per day. I would say we lost about 200.00 choosing this option. Norwegian had great white wine choices, Princess had one and it was average. Pre-paid gratuities – This does not transfer over to the train ride or any other meals on land. Beds – They were comfortable however, the bedding had stains on them, both the sheets and the comforter Princess Train – Not worth the money and the 8/9 hour ride was extremely uncomfortable, drinks were pricey. It was a wasted day. Princess Wilderness lodges – NOT RECOMMENDED. Their lodges are on par with Days Inn. The reception has a great view of Denali Mountain but the buildings where the guests stay were meager. We stayed in one of their lodges in Denali and that wasn’t even in the Denali Park area. The only wine they serve is Sutter Home…. Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, after checking in to the “ Princess Wilderness Lodge” we discovered the bedding in horrible shape. Fresh blood on the pillow case, bedding had not been changed, only the bed spread pulled up over the sheets. The toilet had not been cleaned, it wasn’t pretty. Weather Freezing – not sure why they would advertise tours in the month of May. All of the bears wake up in June for the Salmon run. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
I wasn't terribly impressed by my recent cruise on Princess. I loved the short itin & enjoyed the ports of call but the cruise itself was 'meh'. The food was nothing impressive. Some was okay and some was just awful (had ... Read More
I wasn't terribly impressed by my recent cruise on Princess. I loved the short itin & enjoyed the ports of call but the cruise itself was 'meh'. The food was nothing impressive. Some was okay and some was just awful (had the WORST cheeseburger I've ever been served in my whole life). The ship looked worn (horrible rust out on our balcony - nothing that was probably a safety issue but it was unsightly). Getting off the ship at the ports of call for daytime excursions was a mismanaged mess. I was SO not impressed with Princess but I did talk to a few people that have cruised Princess dozens of times & they told me that this was the most unorganized Princess experience they have ever experienced which leads me to believe that this might have been anomaly and not the norm. For this reason, if I come across an itin & dates that work for me and that are on Princess, I might try them again. But if there is a Celebrity or Disney cruise with the same itin, I will feel more comfortable booking them knowing I probably won't encounter the same disappointments/irritations. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We have been on 5 cruises in the past but this was our FIRST Princess Cruise and what an Incredible time we had! Princess Cruises really knows how to spoil their passengers! The food that was served in the Bordeaux Dining Room was ... Read More
We have been on 5 cruises in the past but this was our FIRST Princess Cruise and what an Incredible time we had! Princess Cruises really knows how to spoil their passengers! The food that was served in the Bordeaux Dining Room was absolutely Superb! Our waiters were both entertaining, as well as, accommodating. Our cabin was Beautifully appointed and our bed and pillows were sooooo incredibly comfortable! I slept like a princess each night! The entertainment was first rate and the comedian was a total crack up! We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Princess Cruises has it down pat as to organization when it comes to embarking and disembarking. The process flowed very smoothly and was seamless. Even though we had very specific time constraints for disembarking, a front desk staff member was Outstanding when taking our concern into consideration, and took care of the matter, personally. We were able to make our appointment on land, without a hitch, all thanks to the exceptional professionalism of an accommodating front desk Princess Cruise Staff Member. The staff went out of their way to make me feel special during my birthday cruise! I can assure you that our future vacation cruises will certainly be spent on Princess Cruise Lines, from here on out! They also had an ample amount of spacious, clean bathrooms throughout the ship, which made it very convenient for us as well. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
Great first cruise! Port Everglades is a very short distance from Ft Lauderdale airport which was nice. Everything went smoothly throughout the cruise with no major hick ups. All staff was extremely friendly and helpful throughout the ... Read More
Great first cruise! Port Everglades is a very short distance from Ft Lauderdale airport which was nice. Everything went smoothly throughout the cruise with no major hick ups. All staff was extremely friendly and helpful throughout the trip. For its age compared to other ships it was in great condition and nicely decorated. Some rust spots but I don't think it was that bad given that the ship is constantly out on the water. The crew was also seen painting and varnishing on certain days while at sea which seemed a little strange and could have been done while in port. Port visits were great and disembarking was well organized, however the time spent on shore was very short in my opinion. Specially in larger cities such as Cartagena and Panama City. The onboard entertainment in the evening was top notch in my opinion. There was great variety of shows from night to night. Would definitely go again in hear beat! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose this cruise because we live in the San Francisco North Bay area and wanted to sail from San Francisco. The Panama Canal has been on our bucket list for sometime and this was the opportunity. The cruise was great and the staff ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we live in the San Francisco North Bay area and wanted to sail from San Francisco. The Panama Canal has been on our bucket list for sometime and this was the opportunity. The cruise was great and the staff was excellent. The entertainment was top notch and the food was very good but not outstanding. The ship is old and it showed. It was in dry dock for refurbishment in 2016 and is due for dry dock in 2019. The ship wasn't as well kept as I would have liked to see, in the common areas like the Promenade deck. Peeling banisters, rust spots, areas that had been repainted but not properly prepped. We had a balcony room B522 and there was dirt on the sliding glass door and balcony glass was not clean. The room was very nice and clean and although the bathroom and shower are small, it wasn't a problem for us. Lots of activities going on through out the day and evening. Service was excellent and the staff was friendly and helpful. We booked all of our excursions through Princess in each port. They were all very good and I would definitely recommend them. We usually book shorter excursions in the morning and then explore the port on our own in the afternoon. We were able to do that in all of the ports and had a wonderful time in each. If you are interested in sailing the Panama Canal from San Francisco, I would recommend the Coral Princess. I would take this cruise again in a heartbeat. I plan on writing a separate, short narration on viewing of the Canal transit elsewhere on cruise critic. Hamradiocruiser Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
At 60 days, this was the longest cruise we've ever sailed on. I found it interesting that by day 2 I was hearing such a strong undertone of dissatisfaction from a number of frequent cruisers, one of whom was already "adding to ... Read More
At 60 days, this was the longest cruise we've ever sailed on. I found it interesting that by day 2 I was hearing such a strong undertone of dissatisfaction from a number of frequent cruisers, one of whom was already "adding to my list of complaints when we get back".. Ridiculous, we had barely gotten under way. This aside, here is the good, bad and the unfortunate in my humble opinion. The good - - Embarkation and disembarkation went flawlessly. - The crew could not do enough for you. Our steward, Glad, was well named. He was quick with a smile, greeted us by name every time he saw us and most importantly he kept our Mini Suite immaculate. The public spaces, particularly the bathrooms were immaculate throughout the ship.We could have asked for nothing more from the crew that tried to keep the ship clean. - As far as food, here's my take. We opted for Anytime dining because we enjoy the flexibility. We were often given a beeper and asked, by a lovely friendly hostess, if we would like to wait for our table for two. We never waited long enough to finish one cocktail and we almost looked forward this pre dinner ritual. My point is that the wait was very reasonable. Once inside the restaurant, the wait staff was consistently excellent and we experienced many, many servers on this trip. As far as the food itself, the menu was repetitive, again as one would expect over 60 days. We never went hungry, always able to find one or two choices that appealed to us. We found the temperature of the food to be inconsistent and often not quite hot enough and that was an ongoing frustration. We did find the food tasty and well presented and, very important to us, served in rationale portion size so that if you opted to eat a full four or five coursed you did not walk away stuffed - we liked that. The wine was a bit pricey but we reduced our cost by buying wine cards throughout the trip. - We typically ate continental breakfast in our cabin from the International Cafe, where they did an outstanding job. The fact that Princess is now issuing coffee cards that are good for this voyage only, and not forever seemed to get people crazy. $31 for unlimited brewed coffee along with 15 specialty drinks seemed to me to be the best buy in town yet people bitched for 60 days - so boring. They did run our of large cups, twice, and that was troubling and someone needs to be spoken to. - Lunch was usually at the buffet where the salads were great and the food was just what you would expect. We also love the pizza and burgers on the deck. The Irish Pub Lunch and pizza at Sabbatinis were not special and we only went to each one time. No need to revisit. - We ate at two specialty restaurants, Bayou and Crab Shack - both were ordinary, no better than the MDR. The main difference was very large portion size and as I said earlier, I don't view that as a benefit. - We missed a port due to weather, oh well. We missed a second port due a bad screw up, either by Princess or the folks supplying the ship with fuel (or by weather). Either way, we made the best of a bad situation on our unscheduled day in Yokohama by seeing going to a Miyajima which ended up being a highlight of our visit to Japan. We regret missing Kyoto that day but we made lemonade, if you know what I mean. - The ship did run out of lettuce for several days - a bad screw up and someone should be taken to task. The end of the world - no. We eat salad every day and managed to survive. The tome of some of our fellow passengers was ridiculous. There was so much to eat. - The shows were standard fare, a few great shows, a few shows not to our taste and a great many good ones. The shows where they brought local performers on the ship were very fun and a nice change of pace from typical showroom headliners. The orchestra was terrific and the singers and dancers always did a fine job. - A real highlight of the trip for us was the nightlife in The Wheelhouse where the band, Blue Jade, had us dancing nearly every night (that's why we missed a number of shows). They were the best ballroom band we've seen on any ship and we couldn't wait to get in there every nigh to dance and mingle with our new friends. The party band, The Sound, were also really good. Along with a good piano player, a nice guitarist/singer, the string duo and a fine singer in crooners music was not a problem. The piped in music pre dinner in Explorers could have been much better. - As far as the itinerary, holy cow, it was great. The excursions were good for the most part, They met our expectations. We had one bad experience and were disappointed that the excursion desk did nothing to answer my complaint. They suggested I write head office on my return and I did. I'll update my review if they respond. - WE had a mini suite, B22, and while it was tired we liked the extra space, the roomy balcony, the bathtub and everything worked well. As I said earlier, it was kept immaculately. - A big complaint of mine centers around the elimination of Happy Hours and a very poop effort in the nightly Elite/Platinum parties. Princess eliminated every opportunity to reduce our drinking expenses. More importantly, by eliminating Happy Hours the venues during typical HH times are empty instead of filled with passengers having a good time. This was a major misstep. I wrote management before the cruise on this issue and was told to wait and see the replacement promotions, well there were none. My informal survey would indicate that many passengers simply drank less, spent less money, and had less opportunity to connect with other people. This brings me to my biggest concern with Princess and that's my belief that accountants are in charge and that these accountants in particular do not understand this business. I don't know how much better the food was in years past, I've only been cruising for 10 years or so, but I do know that happy hours fill lounges or deck bars and people have fun and that's the idea. It's sad to see musicians play to an empty room, which we saw every day between 3 and 4. To close - Despite the warts, we enjoyed the cruise thoroughly and were sorry to see it end. The ship was not new but we loved the deck plan, our cabin, the service, the music, the itinerary, etc and would sail on her again in a heartbeat. I hope Princess decides to step up the game regarding some of the issues that are beginning to make this look like a bargain cruise line. If they do that, we'll continue to sail this line for a long time, if not, we will have to explore other opportunities. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
best of the 4 crossings I have made. food best yet. lattes better than starbucks--just superlative. the enrichment lectures just fascinating, (thanks for listening Princess), the new Andalusian horse show, outstanding. I always prefer ... Read More
best of the 4 crossings I have made. food best yet. lattes better than starbucks--just superlative. the enrichment lectures just fascinating, (thanks for listening Princess), the new Andalusian horse show, outstanding. I always prefer Princess, been with them now for about a dozen trips I think. Alaska to come this year too. And to be fully candid. Several passengers had to compete for time on the one recumbent exercise bike. older passengers prefer it. another one is needed. and parents need to supervise out of control children. New years' eve was extremely disruptive and they emptied the bar. Princess apparently did nothing to enforce its supervision rules and requirements, to the great frustration of several passengers who took it on themselves to scream at the offenders. Several passengers simply vacated to get away from the annoying noise. A couple of days later I was served with a dessert in a cracked glass with pieces missing on the inside surface. I went to check it out and medical staff took no action. I will check with my doctors - it was pretty distressing at the time. Still, travelling requires some patience and understanding. I think Princess is a good company and I will continue to go with them whenever given the option. The many trips with them have meant a lot to me over the past decade. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
The overall cruise was great. This was our 7th cruise (5 with Princess and 2 with Celebrity). My wife and I feel the food on Princess is considerably better than on Celebrity. The Coral Princess ship is one of the smaller ships which was ... Read More
The overall cruise was great. This was our 7th cruise (5 with Princess and 2 with Celebrity). My wife and I feel the food on Princess is considerably better than on Celebrity. The Coral Princess ship is one of the smaller ships which was built specifically to go through the canal and as such there are a few disadvantages over the larger ships. We found that by selecting a dining time we were able to walk right in to our table while the "anytime diners" had to suffer long lines particularly for the early dining hours. Because of the smaller ship and dining facilities we were put in a 8 place table setting even though we requested a 2 place. The other drawback is you need to get to the show about a half a hour early in order to get a good seat. The shows however were well worth it. Even though these points might be considered inconvenient by some people the overall experience of the smaller ship is a great one. All of the staff working on the ship were excellent with one exception. The lady that worked the future booking, I believe her name was Bernadette, was a bit snippy and didn't want to devote much time to your questions. Oh well, you always get people like that no matter where you are. Nevertheless, everyone else was friendly and excellent to cruise with. We particularly liked our room attendant (Ray) and Christian and Roldolfo in the dining areas were excellent as well. We liked the fact that twice a day there were happy hour prices in the bars as opposed to Celebrity that had none. The showers are small, but understandable considerably the limited space. We also liked the fact that on this cruise the people weren't always bugging us to purchase meals at the specialty restaurants, the spay treatments, etc. This too was unlike Celebrity that pestered us all the time. If you have experienced a full transit through the Panama Canal we would certainly recommend it. It is essentially a once in a lifetime experience. We found the food to be superb and with lots of variety both in the restaurants as well as the Horizon buffet. A few tips that I would like to share with you: 1) Take along one of the Yeli travel mugs to fill with coffee, water or whatever your drink you'd like. No spilling, the keep the temperature of your drink and they are certainly much larger than the ship board cups and glasses. 2) A few layers of kitchen plastic wrap is great to seal your liquids from leaking on the airlines. Simply cut a piece and fold it over several times and place it over the mouth of the bottle then screw the lid on. Then it doesn't leak in the non-pressurized compartments on the plane. 3) We saw some of the people traveling with others would hang a tiny white board on their door for their companions to write a message on which provides a convenient to tell the others where you will be. I'm not sure you can buy these, but I am guessing if you do a search on the internet you can find them. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
Great way to see the Panama; the ship, crew, staff, service, entertainment and particularly the evening dinners were outstanding. The exercise equipment, and room was terrible... to crowded, and only 1 working bike and rowing machine. ... Read More
Great way to see the Panama; the ship, crew, staff, service, entertainment and particularly the evening dinners were outstanding. The exercise equipment, and room was terrible... to crowded, and only 1 working bike and rowing machine. The Pickleball/Volleyball court not great. The court is too small for PB, the net is right behind the back line; and the lines are wrong. They could remedy this by turning the court 90 degrees, and increasing the enclosing net size, and drawing in the proper lines. Which would mean moving the shuffleboard to the very back. The excursions were also good; but the "lectures" are getting a little "tired"; but somewhat informative. We stopped at Aruba, great beaches, Cartagena, interesting history; the canal, which is amazing; Panama City... also historically interesting, and a great tour; then stops at Puntareas, Costa Rica, and finally Puerto Vallarta. Overall, a great trip; but a major problem was the A/C which I'm sure contributed to many colds onboard. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Upon arrival in Whittier, Alaska, we were told that there was nothing to do in the town and no option for independent transportation. There is an Avis Car Rental in Whittier, however. You don't have to continue on your journey being ... Read More
Upon arrival in Whittier, Alaska, we were told that there was nothing to do in the town and no option for independent transportation. There is an Avis Car Rental in Whittier, however. You don't have to continue on your journey being herded like cattle from one location to the next. Renting a car was one of the highlights of our trip! It was fantastic being free to drive around and explore everything that Whittier, and the surrounding areas had to offer. I highly recommend utilizing the Whittier Avis Car Rental. Separate from that, the cruise line provided every accommodation I could request... for a pretty penny, which is to be expected on a cruise I'm sure. The food was delicious and generously portioned. I had a lot of fun taking in all of the night life opportunities the ship had to offer. I could tell that a lot went into all of the entertainment shows, and I appreciate the variety of music that the DJ's kept going. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Our 14 day cruise and land tour was an incredible experience as first time cruisers and first time visitors to Alaska. In 14 days we had only rain of any consequence 3 times and in a one of those we were in a coach (40 passenger bus) ... Read More
Our 14 day cruise and land tour was an incredible experience as first time cruisers and first time visitors to Alaska. In 14 days we had only rain of any consequence 3 times and in a one of those we were in a coach (40 passenger bus) where it's didn't really both us. So our review is perhaps tainted by the exceptional weather we experience between May 27- Jun10, Things we really liked and learned on board: 1. Sailing north you probably want to be on the Starboard (right) side. Those are the even numbered staterooms. 2.Although we had a balcony (everyone told us it was essential), we honestly didn't use it hardly at all. We were busy outside our room, and the weather was never really warm enough to just sit and enjoy. We would have been fine with an ocean view. 3. The Coral Princess never felt crowded so the Glacier Bay day when there was a naturalist on board, her comments were broadcast on several of the outdoor decks, as well as over the closed circuit TV channels in each stateroom. 4. Definitely glad we chose the traditional dining option. Officially it was set for 5:15 and that sounded too early to eat, but by the time everyone arrived at our table of 8 (we started off strangers but enjoyed getting to know the others)and we were served the it was 6:00 for the main course. We were done by 6:45 which fit well for the evening shows and programs. 5. Also glad to eat breakfast and lunch in the dining rooms rather than the cafeteria (Horizon Cafe). We could order all we wanted without the hassle of cafeteria and the temptation of overeating in the cafeteria. 6. Booked a specialty dinner at the Bayou Cafe - definitely worth it. Food was soooo good. They let us come back later in the evening for our dessert which I thought was great (who can eat a big meal and fabulous dessert all at one sitting anyway. 7. Also, we booked the Sanctuary for Glacier Bay day. Outstanding. You need to book it on-board on departure day. Normally $20 pp for half day and $40pp for full day- with Glacier Bay being $60pp for the full day. Even tho that was our coldest day at sea and a bit of rain, we still felt like it was a great time - sort of like we had our own yacht (perhaps because we managed to claim one of two cabanas) 8. The captain, cruise director and crew were all first rate. Very friendly and talented. 9. No need to buy drink package unless you are heavy alcohol drinker. They have 4:00 and 9:00 Happy hours where second drinks of same kind are just a buck, 10. We did enjoy use of our coffee card. Worth the money. 11. by the way we arrived to the embarkation hall at 11:30 on were onboard sitting down for lunch by 1:15 or so. What we didn't like on board: 1. Way too much trying to see you jewelry, fine art and photographs. 2. We thought the fun time with audience participation one night in one of the lounges featuring the cruise director and her crew was needlessly off-color and un-funny. Excursions: 1 Our priority was wildlife viewing. In that regard we chose the boat trip our of Haines (which is accessed via Skagway). It involves a ferry to Haines, a bus ride to the boat ramp and then about 2 hours of pure nature exploration on the board. We were lucky and saw 5 bears, a couple of Moose, trumpeter swans. From what we heard that was way more than most people saw on other excursions. Land portion: We ended the cruise feeling great and thinking that maybe the land portion would be anticlimactic. It wasn't. It turned out that all of us on our bus were all on the same itinerary but nobody ever really announced that, so we were well into the week before realizing we were on the junket together. Missed some opportunities to joke around. During the 8 nights on land we stayed at 4 different Princess Lodges. We differentiate them as follows: Kenai Peninsula - Princess Boutique McKinley Lodge - Princess Awesome Denali Lodge - Princess Village Fairbanks Lodge - Princess Gathering If you've read the itinerary you realize the on land transportation is all by motor coach except for the train from McKinley to Denali. The train actually goes through Talkeetna which is about 45 minutes from McKinley Lodge.... really a totally different place. Here's what's behind our descriptions: Kenai - Hey, a wood burning stove in the cabin is kinda cool. It's a pretty isolated area. Very scenic (the river is a short walk). We actually attended a local church on Sunday but most people seemed to do the white watching tour (Kenai Fjord) out of Steward and saw a lot of different wildlife. Really, your only eating option at the Lodge is on the property. It was a relaxing place to unwind. On the way to McKinley we actually stopped in Anchorage for about 90 minutes for lunch McKinley Lodge also has a wilderness feel to it. Cabins were pretty plain but, if you're lucky and get to see Mt Denali in all it's glory, it is truly inspiring. We were at the lodge less that 24 hours but felt they were pretty full.... used the hot tub, went to a lecture on Mt. Climbing, ate s'mores by a campfire and took a guided nature hike. 30% of the visitors are lucky enough to see the mountain peak. We were lucky. It would have been nice to have another night at McKinley as the property seemed to have lots to offer in terms of just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful setting. A bus to Talkeetna took us to the Denali Explorer rail cars for the trip to Denali. Princess and Holland America are actually pretty much one organization in Alaska (called HAP Alaska) and they share the train. (The Alaska railway also runs trains on the same and longer routes but I don't think the dome cars or the service is probably as first rate as the Denali Explorer.) It was listed in the itinerary as about 4 hours which I was disappointed it wan't longer - but actually it was plenty. The train stops at the entry way to Denali National Park and then motor coaches took us to the Denali... which unless the first two "wilderness lodges" actually sits in the middle of a small tourist town where everything is accessible by foot. It has many more amenities than the first two did. We booked dinner for the Denali dinner show. I suggest booking the 7:30 show as it would have been very tight getting from the train to the show in time for the early one. The show is a classic example how to feed about 150 people in 20 minutes but the food was decent and the show was fine.... a good evening of fun, for sure. Also, we upgraded to the tundra tour. It's a 8 hour round trip into the National Park and back. Lots of wildlife (and they have great zoom lens camera to help you see the distant animals on a screen in the bus). Highlight for us was seeing Mt. Denali from the other side. An even more impressive view and again we were part of the lucky ones that saw it. Dinner that night was at the pizza restaurant at the Lodge. Actually it was really, really good pizza. Okay, on to Fairbanks with a rest stop along the way. Literally everyone on a land tour with Princess or Holland America begins or ends their trip with 1 or 2 nights at the Fairbanks Princess Lodge. If you want to eat dinner on first night on the terrace overlooking the river don't wait until closing. It closed at 10:00 - we got there at 9:50 for dessert and they wouldn't seat us. The highlighted feature of the time in Fairbanks is the Gold Dredge8 and Discovery Riverboat tour. It makes for a full day - but relaxing and lots of opportunities to learn some cool things along the way. So, finally our last day. We had a late night flight so arranged a late check out and hung around the Lodge until 1:00 or so then took their shuttle to town stopping first at the Pioneer Park (not much there) and then on it's next pass took the shuttle downtown to shop and grab dinner. Flying home that night was definitely sad. Alaska is an amazing place and being able to travel from it's southern tip all the way north to Fairbanks made for a very, very special 40th anniversary celebration. It was fabulous. Read Less
Coral Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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