7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
On the January 30th 2016 cruise this was truly the cruise from hell. First the cruise was late getting to port from dry dock and left the port 90 minutes late. At this time there were no pools or hot tubs. Some rooms had no operating ... Read More
On the January 30th 2016 cruise this was truly the cruise from hell. First the cruise was late getting to port from dry dock and left the port 90 minutes late. At this time there were no pools or hot tubs. Some rooms had no operating toilets or A/C. Some had sinks that would not drain. Some, like me, had sinks that had hot water coming out of the cold tap. Many of the casino slot machines were either not operating or having issues. The ship was not pristine, but dirty in places. On Sunday they had an issue with one of the thrusters and had to stop in the ocean for repairs. This took a couple of hours. Then at 3 am Monday we lost a propeller. This took 14 hours to fix and we missed Cozumel that morning. We finally made it to Cozumel at 7 pm and stayed until 5 pm the next day. We did not go to Roatan. We did not go to Costa Maya due to bad weather. We got the pools and hot tubs on Tuesday. On Wednesday I lost hot water in my shower, but it was back the next day. Princess gave everyone on the ship a 50% credit based on the base rate everyone paid for their rooms, but only $27 for the taxes. Nothing was refunded on the port fees, even we did not go to 2 of the ports. This was basically a cruise to nowhere. Many of the public restrooms were inoperable. Some complete floors had not A/C for much of the cruise. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
Staff was pitiful. Food not even average. Charge for everything. Could not escape rude Children because sanctuary was closed because no one wanted to pay $40 for a lounge chair for a half day. Entertainment was hokey. Our mini suite ... Read More
Staff was pitiful. Food not even average. Charge for everything. Could not escape rude Children because sanctuary was closed because no one wanted to pay $40 for a lounge chair for a half day. Entertainment was hokey. Our mini suite vibrated day and night. Millions of jewelry stores in ports. Excursions average. Generally nothing special. Probably could have done luxury cruise for same $$$. Very disappointing Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
My first cruise with Coral Princess, indeed my first cruise ever! A sole traveller I read all the reviews of the Alaskan Cruise both ways and even up to Embarkation the Jury was still out! Embarkation, in view of the logistics, was ... Read More
My first cruise with Coral Princess, indeed my first cruise ever! A sole traveller I read all the reviews of the Alaskan Cruise both ways and even up to Embarkation the Jury was still out! Embarkation, in view of the logistics, was quite seamless, if not a little daunting for those first timers. There were long queues but they moved quickly and there were lots of helpers when you accidentally diverted into the wrong line! The cruise itinerary stated boarding at noon. I arrived at around 11.15 and it was starting to get busy. After Customs Control and security checks I found myself in a huge hall with all my would-be passengers awaiting the final stage of the boarding process. I estimate that I was in my cabin by 12.30. I only had one medium sized case (larger than airport carry on) and my first tip is, if you are able, keep your case with you then you don't have to wait for it to be delivered to the cabin (having said that I am not sure of wait times, but there were lots of cases!). So I found myself in my cabin and able to unpack and get sorted very quickly. Although not the largest cruise ship, again navigation quite daunting for the first-time passenger though on embarkation you did get a Map of the ship along with your Boarding Card - neverthess seven nights down and I still mistook my Port from my Starboard! Emergency procedures were carried out in an efficient and good-natured way with Muster Stations clearly marked. At 4.00 we sailed out of Vancouver and my adventure began. I chose Traditional Dining at Provence - 7.30 pm. I did initially ask for a table for 2 but when I first arrived was shown to a table for 8, within 5 mins I knew this was the right decision as I met 7 of the most delightful people all from different parts of USA and Canada who were very intrigued by my 'English' tales. All of the others on my table were experienced cruise vacationers so were able to give plenty of hints and tips. In fairness the quality of dining in the Provence ranged from medium to good but never excellent. I think my main gripe was the temperature of the meals which usually ranged from tepid to luke warm. Perhaps again this is down to the logistics of serving so many people. I never experienced a 'hot meal' however the waiters were very efficient and friendly. I thought the choice on the menu was good and some of the desserts were gorgeous. Elsewhere on the Ship I found the Horizon Court a bit too daunting and busy for the sole traveller, although there was lots of choice from breakfast to dinner. The position of the restuarant on the upper levels of the ship together with the Pizzeria and Grill, meant that on bad days you had to 'brave the elements' to get there. I did have breakfast on the penultimate morning in the Horizon Court with my new found friends and was amazed at the lovely views from that part of the deck which I would not have experienced if I had not tried the restaurant at least once. Burgers from The Grill were of good quality and pizzas good. My favourite place each morning was the International Cafe who served a 'mean' cafe latte with a selection of croissants and pastries. To me it was a nice quiet start to the day and the waiters were lovely. (They also did a limited selection of sandwiches for lunch but on busy days the choice would get depleted). I did not try any of the Specialist Evening Restaurants though I did have lunch in Sabatinis and enjoyed a lovely complimentary pizza. There were 'many' passengers on the ship, from all over the world, but once on board you never got the feeling of 'crowds'. There were children on board but in my opinion it was never noisy and I hardly noticed the many families. I enjoyed all the shopping areas, there were sales and discounted sessions in all shops and I thought the choices good for a cruise ship. I was a little mad at myself for being 'cagouled' into a photo package the first night on board and although it included a USB drive I thought it was expensive and with every photo you wanted adding (there were photographers snapping you at Embarkation and at ports) it was extra so it turned out not to be a package at all! Entertainment - there was something for everyone on board with 'order of the day' delivered to your cabin every morning. I admit to being 'worn out' each night but did attend one of the dancing shows which was excellent! If you had the energy you could certainly be entertained and well 'watered' for most of the night! From reviews I have read, there are mixed opinions on the Beverage Package and value for money. I did pre purchase this and for me it worked well as I enjoyed my speciality coffees, afternoon cocktails and evening wine, though in essence I have not yet had the opportunity to work out my drinks expenditure as opposed to the cost if the package. Excursions - at Ketchikan I chose The Rainforest Sanctuary - Juneau I chose Mendenhall Glacier and Gardens - Skagway I chose the White Pass round trip railway journey - these were all pre booked with Princess Cruises. I thoroughly enjoyed them all - no problems and no complaints. There were lots of excursions to choose from with various prices, all the passengers I spoke to had good experiences, perhaps I should have been a little more adventurous as there were many tales at dinner of whale watching and bear sightings! The two sailing days at Glacier Bay and College Fjord were marvellous although on our visit to Glacier Bay the on board Naturalist Mark described the weather as 'brutal' which in a way it was and maybe it was not weather for sunning on the balcony, but the scenery was beautiful. In contrast the next afternoon's cruising up College Fjord could only be described as awesome with sunshine and blue skies - scenery I shall never forget. Back to Mark, I enjoyed his commentary at tannoy points throughout the ship and also on Channel 41 of the ship's TV. Unfortunately most of the resident wildlife eluded us but there were sightings of a couple of Minky Whales and some Porpoises. As usual I 'blinked' and missed the moment! So, all in all, my first cruise was a fantastic life-changing experience. It has been said in some of the reviews that the ship's decor was a bit tired and ready for a refit - I thought the ship looked spick and span and every day you saw members of the crew painting and mending this and that! Sadly Disembarkation Day came all too soon. I had prebooked a private transfer to Anchorage from Whittier so I was a little concerned I could get a late 'slot' and miss the coach. I need not have worried, two days prior we were given an information sheet and were given the choice of disembarkation times (though this was not guaranteed). Again for me, the organisation was seamless, we were given coloured tickets and meeting areas and everything went to plan. My case remained with me throughout so I did not have to seek it out in the terminal area of Whittier, though there seemed to be no problems with the other passengers I saw. So thank you Coral Princess I hope one day to be back! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
We loved our Northbound Voyage of the Glaciers. The scenery was stunning - even more so than I imagined. The cabin was all neat and ship shape.The room was clean and staff helpful and friendly. I found the bed particularly hard and ... Read More
We loved our Northbound Voyage of the Glaciers. The scenery was stunning - even more so than I imagined. The cabin was all neat and ship shape.The room was clean and staff helpful and friendly. I found the bed particularly hard and requested and extra duvet and blanket which I folded under my bottom sheet to create a little more softeness. Staff were friendly and seemed to be enjoying themselves. A couple of negatives though. 1. Photography is difficult. The main viewing decks have blue glass all around with small gaps. You have to lean forward and try as best you can to stick your camera in this gap. The blue tint to the glass was very annoying because you couldn't see the actual colours of the scenery. For this reason alone I would not go on Coral Princess again. 2. There was very little information about where we were. We just sailed out and had no idea of the ship's position in relation to the beautiful scenery. I have been on other boats that have a gps screen similar to those shown on aircraft. 3. Getting off at port was confusing - either on decks 5, 6 or 7 depending on the tide. There was no information regarding which deck it was, you just had to try each deck out and see. Surely they must know in advance which deck it will be. Even I can work out the tides at a give port at a given time. And surely they could post the information near the elevators so you don't have to run around each time. 4. Getting into town was difficult if you couldn't easily walk 2 kms or 1 mile. Each town was quite a long way from the ship and they would not hire out wheel chairs. There was no other way to get into town other than walking. No taxi, and a shuttle only in Ketchikan. There were many people hobbling on and off the boat with sticks. Princess call themselves consumate hosts, but there is no way I would treat my disabled guests in this way. 5. Advertising. Grrrrrrrrr. They can't give information, but boy can they advertise. The last straw for us was when my husband was filling in an evaluation form and they asked for our income. Too much Princess. Next time I will try another cruise line. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2015
Please note for anybody who has some food restrictions - Princess Coral went above and beyond my expectations on our March 21/15 cruise to the Panama Canal. The maitre'd discussed the menu every evening with me for the following day ... Read More
Please note for anybody who has some food restrictions - Princess Coral went above and beyond my expectations on our March 21/15 cruise to the Panama Canal. The maitre'd discussed the menu every evening with me for the following day and they went out of their way to ensure I was taken care of. It was greatly appreciated and I cannot say enough about their customer service. I would recommend if you have a particular food issue that you choose the reserved dining as it makes it easier for them to know what time you will be in the dining room each evening. Re: Excursions. We booked privately in Cartegena with Claudia Vidal and she was amazing and very knowledgeable. She was very amendable to us not going shopping which gave us more time to sight see. Our group of 10 really appreciated that. Email address: claudia@toursclaudiavidal.com. Claudia responded back to me very quickly about any questions we had beforehand. Her people who met us on the gangway were very helpful to one of our group who had some mobility issues. Very professional with very good driver and comfortable air conditioned van. We booked a private tour for 2 people with Esther in Aruba. Email address: ranis.esther41@gmail.com She gave us a very informative 4 hour tour at a fraction of the price the ship charged. She has a very comfortable air conditioned van. She is very knowledgeable about her island and was very friendly and helpful. The excursion with the ship in Panama (tour 615) was very interesting. Be prepared - the bus ride to the smaller ship you take through the locks is 1.5 hours each way. We weren't aware the bus ride was that long both ways. The tour guide we had on our bus (Marissa), was not the most friendly. The tour guide on the boat (Errol) was very good. The excursion with the ship in Costa Rica (train/boat/banana plantation) - our tour guide was excellent. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2014
My wife had cruised over 25 years ago, and myself not at all, so really we were a pair of first time cruisers celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and 50th birthdays on an Alaskan cruise, then we spent a week in Anchorage visiting ... Read More
My wife had cruised over 25 years ago, and myself not at all, so really we were a pair of first time cruisers celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and 50th birthdays on an Alaskan cruise, then we spent a week in Anchorage visiting family. We were both very happy with the way our Princess cruise worked out, and glad we chose this ship and destination. Details below. We arrived in Vancouver one day early to tour the city and visit with other family who live near the embarkation area, we had great weather and took a 5 hour city tour by bus, which also hit the Capilano suspension bridge (WESTCOAST TOURS). For those who have been there you know that Vancouver needs little help showing her beauty, and on a very sunny summer's day...awesome. Loved the Capilano suspension bridge and park, a nice diversion. On sailing day we toured the Vancouver waterfront and saw the 2010 Olympic flame and exhibits, cool, a great city to return tom one day. Embarkation on the cruise was super smooth, lined up at the pier 11:40, in our room at high noon, 4 hours to eat a buffet lunch and explore the ship before pulling away , still in brilliant sunshine, a great start. The first two days are at sea, but in the Inside Passage there is always land in sight, being from bland Ontario it was literally a nice change of scenery, and again weather was on our side, so being on deck and even in the pool was very pleasant. Whale watching from the deck on the second day was a highlight, and the naturalist that helped you spot whales and dolphins was a help. On day 3 the first port of call was Ketchikan, Alaska's rainiest city, but not for us, after 4 days of rain we got sun! We had pre-arranged a sightseeing cab ride with Sourdough Cabs at half the cost of what the cruise would have charged us to see wildlife, nature, waterfalls, tons of bald eagles and salmon, totem poles. The tide was out when we left the ship at 7:30 am, so we went beachcombing on the ocean floor with our guide, my wife really enjoyed that! We still had time to wander main street after we were done, a great day to start our ports of call! Next was Juneau, weather still fair, and my wife and I chose different excursions. She went for a nature hike and zip-lining in the canopy, fun! I went on a whale watching expedition, arranged through Princess, expensive but worth it as we saw many whales and a sea-lion "haul out", true National Geographic stuff! No Orcas, which one trip in ten does get to see, otherwise amazing to see these humpbacks in their natural environment, I had not been whale watching before so it was a trip highlight, especially when one surfaced beside the ship on our way back to shore! The next port was Skagway, and we made no pre-arranged plans. We walked the town at dawn and then kept walking to reach the Gold Rush cemetery at the end of Main Street, a 20-25 min. walk each way from the ship, but worth it! Interesting, cool, look it up on tripadvisor! On the way back we wandered through town and booked a guided hike on the Chilkoot Trail (Gold Rush trail from 1898) and then a raft float back to your starting point. There had been a lot of rain so the trail was a little muddy but interesting, and the river had a nice current going for the floating part (no whitewater), an excellent guide who was a true outdoorsman, another great excursion! The next two days were meant for glacier sightseeing from the ship. Once we reached Glacier Bay National Park, the weather was now cloudy and drizzly, and although it was cool to see and appreciate the size of these glaciers and the floating icebergs, they did not capture my imagination as the wilderness and wildlife had done. Listening to the glaciers creak and groan was cool, and then the calving of icebergs big and small is exciting, but after 2 days I had seen my fill. On the last morning we were off the ship by 6:15 and our hosts picked us up in Whittier in a driving rain for another awesome week, different story for another time. My wife and I were thrilled to be on our own, away from our 3 university aged kids, and loved having our every need met, so can't really find anything to complain about on the ship. I loved even walking the deck and taking in the scenery as a daily activity. We enjoyed the comedian and magician for evening shows, as well as the trivia games in the Wheelhouse Bar. We had 4 dinners in our assigned dining room, we chose anytime dining, and met new people each night. The food was just fine each time out, and the buffet always had something that we went back for seconds for. The pizza on deck was too tempting, we had a slice on many occasions, delicious. The Princess staff seemed plentiful and helpful, no complaints. Our room was an ocean view with an obstructed view, we hardly were in the room except to sleep and change clothes, preferred to be on deck when there was something to see, generally from the 15th and 16th deck viewing areas, never had to "push" to see anything we wanted. I did not go in a balcony room, and meant to, when the weather was not as nice, it might have been nice to relax on the balcony and see the sights, can't comment on that. Overall a great trip that has us wanting to go back to Alaska and see Denali National Park, as many people on board were headed there with Princess and their extended land package, another year!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2014
Our very first cruise, having flown from England to Miami, boarding Coral Princess in Fort Lauderdale. We were very impressed with the standard of food and service in the Provence dining room. Food in the Horizon buffet was also excellent, ... Read More
Our very first cruise, having flown from England to Miami, boarding Coral Princess in Fort Lauderdale. We were very impressed with the standard of food and service in the Provence dining room. Food in the Horizon buffet was also excellent, and it was great being able to go up there in the late afternoon to have a cup of tea and some freshly baked cookies. The cabin, a mini suite, lacked for nothing and was extremely comfortable and well equipped. Another good point was the organisation, and the seamless way in which passengers embarked and disembarked. The company of the Americans was great fun and we met lots of friendly and interesting people. The entertainment was mixed - the song and dance shows were very short, and one (Motown) was shown at times which second sitting diners could not make. We enjoyed the showing of new film releases.. Re shore excursions, some were excellent, Costa Rica in particular. However the Panama one, with a sail on Lake Gatun and a tour of Gatun locks, was disappointing. We couldn't hear the guide on the boat trip as the engine was so loud, and we saw almost no wild life. At the locks, there wasn't really a guided tour - just a man who would answer questions if you asked him. In Aruba, the highlights tour was unimpressive. Overall though, a great experience and we shall certainly cruise with Princess again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2014
After a night in an Embassy Hotel in Miami having flown from England, our ride to the port the next day was a tired one, it soon all changed, a new World opened up. Soon our family including two Grannies 81 and 91 were comfortable and at ... Read More
After a night in an Embassy Hotel in Miami having flown from England, our ride to the port the next day was a tired one, it soon all changed, a new World opened up. Soon our family including two Grannies 81 and 91 were comfortable and at home sailing out to sea. The quality, service, food, entertainment and overall facilities were beyond 5 Star! Visits to various places which included Aruba as we travelled up to the Panama Canal were stunning, rain forests, dolphins all b choice, nothing prescriptive. We enjoyed a Birthday and Valentines Day while we were travelling, the quality of the staff is exceptional, everyone cares. We will be off again one day, It is long overdue me posting this review, however, I know others who have done the same since, Princess Cruises are brilliant. ENJOY if you do! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
Coral Princess Cruise Report Panama Canal (partial) Dec 28, 2013 ARRIVAL – Ft Lauderdale is a zoo, perhaps it was just because it was holiday season or because it was a Saturday Cruise day departure (several boats in port) or maybe ... Read More
Coral Princess Cruise Report Panama Canal (partial) Dec 28, 2013 ARRIVAL – Ft Lauderdale is a zoo, perhaps it was just because it was holiday season or because it was a Saturday Cruise day departure (several boats in port) or maybe this is normal. Shuttle busses ever where with little trailer in tow for the luggage. We got a shuttle from our hotel, (candlewood suites) the scheduled “All Stars Shuttle Service” appeared at the holiday inn express next to us but did not stop at our hotel for some reason even though we book this the night before with the reception desk. 15 minutes later the clerk called and they had another shuttle picking up a group at another hotel and they just stuffed us in there. Ok here the shocker, as we were first on the new shuttle our luggage was on first, when we were dropped off at the terminal we were second to get out and the traffic was too complex for the driver to drop the other people off first. So getting to our stud he was climbing over other peoples luggage and jumping up and down on somebody’s else’s bag… thinking of the four bottles of wine and the bathroom toiletries in our luggage we were speechless. This goes back to be careful what you put into your bags. DEPARTURE – speaking of wine, we had four bottles one in each of our four checked bottles of luggage, we were prepared to pay the corkage, nope not a notice of it. We enjoyed the bottle of champagne New Years Eve and the others in our room. Ok poured it in our room and took it on deck. We got there on our 10:00 shuttle at 11:30 and was loaded on the ship about 12:10, quick easy and seamless, avoided the first waive of photos. Wanted to bring in a case of Water and Diet Pepsi but got turned around and never got a chance to purchase it, was planning on putting in my carry on. Could have taped together and checked it. THE ROOM – Ours was a mini suite, mid aft deck 9th deck D606 and was awesome. Although the buffet was 4 decks up and ½ a km forward, a lap of the ship is under a km or 1/3 mile (more on this later). Metal walls so bring magnets to hold up your notices and such, bathroom hangers to put in the toiletries. Safe was small but sufficient and easy to program great for cash, wallets and passports. Loads of hangers, was surprised as we brought extra but not necessary. An absence of drawers but there were shelves in the closet that worked out fine, bags under the bed and we were off to explore. DAY 1 THE SHIP – you are accosted the first day with buy a coffee card or a pop card or the ultimate ++ smoothie card, and wine package. We got the silver wine package for 10 bottles AWESOME DEAL, got the Coffee card as I like the good coffee, AWESOME DEAL and spouse got the pop/smoothie card,,, not so much a good deal. With shore days and recovery days she found herself ordering more then she wanted just to get her value and that was a lot of extra calories that she had to pay penance for. First thing first get a bucket of beer and make sure you have a full beverage for the 3:00 mandatory muster meeting. Yep I was the envy of the entire group, didn’t mind it at all. SCOOTERS VS STROLERS – Tons of silver hair, blue hair and no hair (the last would be me) but being on the younger side of the 50+ crowd. There was an absence of kids this event but it seemed that what once they made their appearance at the pool their parents were nowhere to be found, I get it kids will be kids but without parents there, they became nutbars. If you really choose to bring your kids on a cruise, do not let them run amuck so you can have your “me time”, that is what a Disney Cruise line is for. THE POOL - I know the chair game and will play along but seriously one couple had a set of chairs in the pool area, the shade and then under MUTS… seriously reserved 6 chairs for two people, this was not an isolated incident. Sea days at the pool is like a collage kegger, save some aggravation book the Sanctuary on Dec 15, peaceful bliss. HOWEVER on a port day the pool deck is awesome, we chose to stay back one day and it was empty and perfect. Until 3:00pm when the parentless kids started to show up… UGH DINNER/FOOD – the horizon buffet was just the worst choice you could make, the food was intuitional, don’t get me wrong, it was edible, but it was steam tray food made for the masses. The Main Dinning Room, this is where you need to eat breakfast and lunch, food was fresh made to order and very nice. We chose early seating traditional with 8 person table. Our table mates were incredible and very interesting the food was spectacular and we often doubled up on appetizers and deserts, a few people doubled on entrees and shared the extra. There was always something interesting on the menu. The share an intimate evening we also dined at Sabatini;s and the Bayou Café, both a premium price of $20 each and worth it. Service and food was impeccable and worth the extra coin. The late night pizza hit the right spot watching the movies under the stars. Breakfest room service… AWESOME…. Tried to do the chef’s table but it was a no go as there was not enough interest. PET PEEVE PRINCESS--- stop jacking up the prices and then don’t put it on because there is not enough interest… SERIOUSLY think that one through… JERKS… ENTERTAINMENT – Stand up productions shown, well worth attending all of them, enjoyed them immensely. We also hit the bingo, a spousal mandatory function, why I’m not so sure. And I hit the texas hold’em tourney. With only one table this was sold out in a line 15 minutes before signup was open, needless to say we did it only once. The feature of the cruise was MUTS movies under the stars, this was a really cool way to wind down the evening. Football game on the big screen was perfect with a bucket of beer and mucho fans. Never got to the wheelhouse bar but heard it was nicknamed the “wheelchair bar” not sure appropriate but a little funny. Had a martini (or two) at Crooners and the choices were fantastic. Had a grey goose dirty with blue cheese stuffed olives…. to die for… was cool listening to the music in the atrium, very classy. We did an art auction but bailed 10 minutes into it, thank goodness Wanted to have a cigar in the Churchill Lounge but it was seriously over crowded, seen smokers out on deck 7, could not blame them, ventilation in the little lounge was sub par at best. Or you could have a smoke in early morning but it’s not the same. EXCURSIONS – we did a private trip in Aruba tried to get on the trikes but that was sold out. Booked Madi’s tour, she was awesome but it’s not a recommend or a repeat. Booded the Princess canal tour to the pacific and that is a MUST DO… there was something about being able to touch the canal locks as we descended to the Pacific Ocean. Booked the Hacienda tour in Costa Rica, as a photographer have never seen so much eye candy, I could have spent days there. The traditional methods of agriculture were shown, bananas, macadamia nuts, coffee, and sugar cane… well worth this sleeper trip. LOTUS SPA – Booked two appointments there a double close shave and scalp treatment for me and some therapy facial thing for her. Ok for a guy’s point of vie who has not paid more then $20 at a barber, this was pretty cool, the whole hot towel thing, the face paste and scalp message was very relaxing, not sure it was worth the coin but well worth the life experience. Spouse was very satisfied with her treatment, didn’t go into details, don’t need to know. Afterwards we were presented a list of absolutely need to have products, I was recommended the guck for puffy eyes and shaving oil scalp treatment and $550 later, it was all so necessary. After I regained my breath from choking and laughing at the same time I passed on the offer to purchase, Spouse got a $440 sell up which she passed on as well. DOWNERS- did I mention the Chef’s table or lack there of… Parentless kids, Greedy lounge hoggers at the pool, $12 per person per day auto tips +15% of anything we purchased, then the bill presented to you to offer another gratuity on top of all that. Overselling products at the spa after a treatment, still have a pulled muscle from all the laughing and choking on that one. Way too many photo options at steep prices UPPERS – Our room steward Nick… awesome job dude, slipped him a $20 for a job well done. The 24 hour international Café, perfect coffee and snacks and free herbal tea for the spouse… Breakfast room service on time, every time, the entire friendly staff, OVERALL IMPRESSION – very happy to have selected the Princess Cruise Lines, not sure I will hit the 50 cruise mark, would like to do the Alaskan cruise next but that’s a few years out….   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2013
We just completed our first ever cruising experience with the last Alaska cruise for the Coral Princess this season in Sept 2013. We also booked the Princess pre-cruise land package to Mt. McKinley & Denali Nat'l Park. 1. ... Read More
We just completed our first ever cruising experience with the last Alaska cruise for the Coral Princess this season in Sept 2013. We also booked the Princess pre-cruise land package to Mt. McKinley & Denali Nat'l Park. 1. Pre-cruise tour was very good, saw some of Alaska in the shortest time possible but you spend more time in transportation then enjoying the destinations. We will want to cruise Alaska again but next time we will book our own land hotel & train arrangements & spend more time in Denali, Fairbanks etc. 2. We choose this southbound inside passage cruise as it visited both Hubbard Glacier & Glacier Bay whereas many cruises only see Glacier Bay. Hubbard was well worth it! 3. We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise experience on Princess and would sail them again. Service was excellent everywhere except one shipboard amenity below. Overall a wonderful cruise. 4. Food was very good, tasty, well prepared and well presented especially in the main dinning rooms. However, the dinner menus were selected with very cost conscious budgets in mind. Prime rib was on the menu the first night but after a day of travel I didn't want a heavy meal so I thought I'd enjoy it another night. Wrong! Prime rib never appeared again. Same with Lobster night, ditto steak night; 1 night only and gone if you please. And the steak was well prepared but I'm sure was "Select" grade, not Choice or Prime cuts. There are 2 sections to the sit down menu, "Chef's Specials" and "Always Available". Go for the specials as we tried 2 every day items and they were very mediocre. There was a dedicated hamburger & hot dog grill open for lunch every day and I wanted a hamburger but it was fatty and stringy so never went again. For us food isn't the most important priority but if you want top notch dinning find a more upscale cruise line. 5. The only real issue for us was the Spa service. The front desk girls were courteous but not friendly and the entire spa crew must work on commissions as there was never ending pressure to up sell you. Whatever spa service you booked they'd try & tell you that you really needed a more expensive package. And once inside the spa the service girls were relentless on trying to get you to buy their products. We'll either never set foot in a Princess Spa again or at least talk to other passengers first to get their read on the particular spa crew before trying. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
They were terrific in luggage handling, I will give them that. The website states that small children must have a car seat to travel in Alaska.. We packed up the bulky car seat and found the only place required was the Denali park tour and ... Read More
They were terrific in luggage handling, I will give them that. The website states that small children must have a car seat to travel in Alaska.. We packed up the bulky car seat and found the only place required was the Denali park tour and the hotel provided it...why weren't we told this when we called and asked if we needed to bring that bulky piece of luggage? They did store it for, however, would have preferred not to have to lug it thru airports if it wasn't needed. The wait staff was terrific, as was the cabin stewart. Customer service desk and some land crew we snippy, sarcastic, and mocking. I heard numerous comments after a passenger asked a question and walk beyond earshot [poor behavior] .. Every tour seemed to be a canned script and the guides did not venture to far off line and ALWAYS included was a blatant [often numerous] reminders to buy more tours [and they are not inexpensive]...with a tinge of guilt thrown in... "you don't want to leave here and regret that you didn't --- whatever tour they were pushing that day. Hotels were on a par with a 2 star hotel...really nothing to write home about except that they were all in areas so that you had to eat at their restaurants [except for McKinley]... food was and average to blah, in most cases ... We did see some wonderful and amazing things, however, if this is what cruises are like... I shall not do another, and I certainly will not cruise with Princess again. I don't feel I need to go into a laundry list of the goods and bad...let's just leave it at the bad experiences and treatments outweighed the good experiences and treatment. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2013
We decided to do the land tour first and then sail south down the inside passage to Vancouver. We correctly thought we would be tired after the land tour and ready to relax on the Coral Princess for the next 7 days. We left July 4th and ... Read More
We decided to do the land tour first and then sail south down the inside passage to Vancouver. We correctly thought we would be tired after the land tour and ready to relax on the Coral Princess for the next 7 days. We left July 4th and returned home July 17th, 2013. We packed rain jackets and layered our clothing. Most of the land tour was in the 55-60 range, overcast and drizzled often. We wore all the layers we brought including our rain jackets. We started in Anchorage and stayed at the Captain Cook, a great hotel and perfect location in downtown Anchorage. We left by motorcoach to Princess McKinley lodge and were there 2 nights. The room was nice, weather was chilly and rainey and the mosquitoes BIG. The lodge was nice and had a great view of McKinley, if the clouds lifted. We were VERY lucky on the 2nd day after we returned from our excersion and the clouds had lifted and we were able to see McKinley. We took the Devil's Canyon Adventure Tour and it was EXCELLENT, very exciting and we got a lot of great photos. I highly recommend this excersion. We then went by motorcoach to Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. The room was fine and the lodge was nice. We tood the Tundra Wilderness Tour, it was EXCELLENT and I highly recommend this excersion. We saw moose, bears, caribou and Dall Sheep with spectacular scenery. Lucky for us the rain stopped right after we started the tour and stayed away all day! After the tour we saw the Denali Dog Sled Show (free) and it was great. We then road the Princess Dome Railcar for 8.5 hours to Whittier. The lower level of the dome railcar had an elegant dinning room. The entire experience was EXCELLENT. You should definitely enjoy this experience while in Alaska. We boarded the Coral Princess at Whittier. Boarding was well organized, in fact we were very impressed with how well organized ever aspect of our tour had been. Our bags always arrived at the next destination and moving all the people from place to place went very smoothly. The Coral Princess was exceptional. Staff was always friendly and asking if there was anything they could do. Our room steward was wonderful. The ship was beautiful, everything sparkling like new and nothing out of place. We had a great time on the ship. In Skagway we rode the White Pass Scenic Railway, a MUST DO! In Juneau we did the Whale Watching and Mendenhall Glacier Photo Safari, another MUST DO! In Ketchikan we went to the Totem Bight State Park and the Lumberjack Show. We enjoyed both activities. At Vancouver we purchased the Princess transfer and it was flawless. It was well worth the cost which I think is probably about the same cost as taking a taxi from the port to the airport. Highly recommend you use the Princess transfer services. Overall we give the Princess Crusietour the top rating and when we cruise again it will be with Princess! Be sure and read the other reviews that give suggestions on what to pack, I was glad I did! Some of the things we used every day, rain coat, hat, gloves, extension cords and warm socks. I ended up buying some long socks because my little short socks didn't do it for me. I hope you take the time to read the reviews because they will give you great insight into what to expect, how to pack and help you decide which cruise line will be best for you. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2013
Princess delivered a great cruise/tour to Denali and the inside passage. We had never taken an organized tour or a cruise; our first experience met every expectation. As we researched the places and activities in Alaska, we determined that ... Read More
Princess delivered a great cruise/tour to Denali and the inside passage. We had never taken an organized tour or a cruise; our first experience met every expectation. As we researched the places and activities in Alaska, we determined that we wanted to see the Kenai Peninsula, Denali, and the inside passage. We wanted the freedom of independent travel to see the Kenai Peninsula, but we decided that we would enjoy the convenience of an organized tour to Denali, and we wanted to ride the domed railcar from Denali to the cruise ship. After selecting the HB5 land tour, we selected the dates/ship for the Princess portion of our Alaskan adventure; then, we booked air tickets that took us to Anchorage a few days before the Princess tour. For the next few months I researched activities. Prior to travel, we completed the requested information on the Princess website and read the instructions for our tour. Princess has excellent organization and processes. Upon arrival at Hotel Captain Cook, we checked in at the Princess desk (not the hotel front desk) where we were given an envelope with our room keys, instructions for departing to the next location the following morning, and luggage tags for the next stop. Princess is expert at transporting people and luggage to each place, and a successful trip is obtained just by following their instructions. The motor coaches are comfortable and accommodating, driven by capable drivers who also provide information and stories along the way. Once we began the Princess land and cruise tour, we did not have to worry about our luggage until we departed the cruise ship in Vancouver. Tour HB5 was the perfect land tour for us. It provided one night at Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage, two nights at McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, and two nights at Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge. After reading that Denali is only visible an average of one out of three days, we hoped that we would get to see it at least once - we were very lucky that the mountain was visible 4 out of 5 days! It is an amazing sight! Spending two nights at McKinley Princess was better than one night for us because the location is in an area that provides great views of the mountain when it is not enshrouded in clouds. It also gave us a full day to enjoy the town of Talkeetna. More than two nights at Denali would have been better, but we were happy to enjoy 1  days in the park. The only significant comment I'll make here about Denali NP is to note that, prior to travel, we cancelled the Natural History Tour that was part of the Princess package. They kindly gave us a refund for the tour. Prior to travel I booked the national park shuttle to Eielson Visitor Center at mile 66 in the park. This gave us a much better opportunity to see the park. The train ride in the domed railcar from Denali to Whittier was a highlight; we were assigned to a car and table that happened to be among a great group of people - we talked and laughed all day as we marveled at the beautiful views and photographed the scenery. I've reviewed the lodges on TripAdvisor, so all I'll comment here is that a variety of room types exist at both lodges. I don't know if there's a way to get the better rooms, but we were satisfied with our accommodations. At McKinley, our room was neat and clean - nothing special except for the fact that the window provided a great view of Denali. Our room at Denali Princess was much nicer but with no special view. Some travelers who were a little disappointed in their room at Denali had had a much nicer room at McKinley As we traveled by rail from Denali to Whittier, Princess once again impressed us with their organization. At a brief stop in Anchorage, staff boarded the train and checked everyone in for the cruise. Our boarding pass was collected, and passports were scanned. Before leaving the train, we were given our cards which were used for identification and cabin entry on the ship. Leaving the ship, we only had to wait in two lines - one for security and one for an electronic identification photo which was later used when leaving and re-boarding the ship at each port of call. We were amazed with how easy it is to travel with Princess. Coral Princess is a great ship! Our Baja-level cabin and balcony was comfortable, and we were well cared for by our cabin steward. In fact, all of the stewards were friendly and helpful during our week on the ship. The atrium, theaters, dining rooms, buffet, and public areas were all attractive and well maintained. Since our cabin was aft and dining was forward, we had quite a walk to the dining rooms and some shows, but we enjoyed the back deck and were glad to be close to the laundry. Sailing was smooth, and we had no issues with sleeping. We ate breakfast and lunch in the Horizon Court buffet each day; the options were many, and the food was very good. Buffet wait staff was professional and friendly, and except for very busy times, service was perfect. Dining in Horizon Court can be a little hectic during the busy times, and we often ended up sharing a table with others - not a problem since it gives an opportunity to share travel experiences. Pizza was easy to pickup for a late snack after busy days in port. Dinner in the dining room was a treat - tablecloths, special menus, excellent service. We ate some meals with other diners at large tables; other dinners were at a table for two. We preferred the private table, but note that another table for two will be so close that you will find yourself talking with the other couple. When I celebrated my birthday one evening, the waiters delivered a special dessert and sang. My favorite dinner was the orange roughy one evening - cooked to perfection! Entertainment on the ship was enjoyable. The variety of shows provides something for everyone. We enjoyed the musical presentations and the magic shows of Garry Carson. Our days were very busy, so it was good that the shows were an average of 35 minutes. It was fun to see two different shows on the same evening without worrying about falling asleep after the busy day! Princess provides access to tours at the ports of call. They can be booked before or during travel. We did not book any tours with Princess. After spending many dollars for the cruise tour, we looked for less expensive ways to tour Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. The day at Glacier Bay National Park was amazing - great information was provided by the park rangers that boarded the ship. One reason that we booked the southbound cruise was for the opportunity to see Hubbard Glacier; however, ice and fog prevented the ship from making the trip all the way into Yakutat Bay to see the largest glacier. Lesson for touring Alaska - stay flexible, and realize that you can have a great day even when weather conditions prevent you from your planned activities. I had read here about the forward viewing deck on the Baja and Caribe levels. When I first looked for it, I was put off by the sign on the door that indicated crew only, but later, I pushed on through and found a great place for viewing Glacier Bay National Park - others did too. The only negative to the forward decks is that it's cold when the ship is moving, but then so is your balcony - bundle up! The back decks on the same levels were great for watching the sunset during the later part of our cruise when we were further east and the sun was setting in late evening. The only alarming moments on the ship were early on our first morning at sea - 4:30 to be exact. A passenger became ill during the night and needed to be transported to a medical facility. It was a strange way to wake hearing the captain's voice through the speaker just above our heads informing us what was happening, but we were comforted to know the professional and caring way that the ship's captain and crew handled an emergency situation. Decks were cleared, and a few top-level cabins were evacuated for two hours. A helicopter arrived and hovered using a basket to pick up the ill passenger. We later heard that the passenger would be o.k., and we were very happy to see that all the necessary precautions were a taken to handle the situation. Since the trip overall was very pricey, we looked for ways to save dollars. Instead of booking the Princess transfer from the ship to the Vancouver airport, we used a shuttle service at the airport -- $15 each instead of $29. We used public transportation in Ketchikan, and we rode a bus from the kiosk tour area of the dock in Juneau out to Mendenhall Glacier. In Skagway, we saved $80 by booking the Whitepass and Yukon Railway tour that we wanted with a reputable tour operator. While planning, it is important to learn what places and activities are available in each locale, decide what is most important to you, and learn what options are available for seeing/doing what you want. Things we wish we'd known before travel: - the ship PA system dialogue for stops in Hubbard Glacier and Glacier Bay National Park is provided on a ship TV channel that you can listen to from your cabin or balcony - breakfast and lunch are served in the formal dining room as well as the Horizon Court - if doing anytime dining, call each morning for a dinner reservation time - order afternoon fruit delivered to the cabin for snacking without walking to the dining area Tips I found here on CruiseCritic that were helpful: - take a nightlight for the bathroom - spacious storage for luggage available under the bed Other things to know: - if doing a land tour before cruising, be sure to pack a suitcase that can just meet you at the ship - very convenient to keep from lugging all of your luggage all over Alaska even when luggage handling is provided - when packing at home, pack a small backpack that will take minimal space in your luggage; then, use the backpack as your personal carry bag during the land tour when you must keep valuables, medication, etc. with you separate from the suitcase that Princess transports - the cabin safe is convenient for small items like passports, wallets, watches, etc., but it is too small for a laptop - the shower in our Coral Princess bathroom had a clothes line - we were glad that we packed some plastic tube hangers for doing laundry onboard ship - pack a sweatsuit or something warm for sitting on your balcony - it's quite chilly when the ship is moving - wearing sea bands all week and taking motion sickness pills at bedtime prevented sea sickness Prior to this trip, we thought that cruising Alaska's inside passage would be our only cruise; however, we enjoyed our experience so much that we have decided to look for other cruise opportunities that meet our travel desires. We would definitely travel with Princess again. A more-detailed report of our trip activities is on TripAdvisor.   Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2013
Wow wow wow. What an experience. princess you certainly run a smart operation. I couldn't fault it. From the time we arrived for boarding till the time we disembarked at Whittier 7 days later it was a great trip. we didn't have ... Read More
Wow wow wow. What an experience. princess you certainly run a smart operation. I couldn't fault it. From the time we arrived for boarding till the time we disembarked at Whittier 7 days later it was a great trip. we didn't have too many expectations. It was our 25 anniversary, so we booked the deluxe package. That was really great and we both felt added to our experience. Champagne on the balcony, bathrobes, champagne glasses to keep. Deluxe phot package with a frame. A visit to the bridge . It was great. We chose a mini suite. And although I read lots of reviews on cruise critic,saying it was not worth it. We felt it was well worth it. We spent a lot of time out here. The weather was surpurb. We had packed a couple of small lightweight blankets just in case. We had merino wool long johns and tops and a goose down jacket, hats and gloves. These were only needed on the days in glacier bay when we were out the front of the ship otherwiseThe weather was fantastic. We made use of the lotus spa, great service, a big shoutnoutnto the international cafe for breakfast and great coffee. I think we only used the buffet once. Just too much food and choice for us. We chose any time dining. In the Boudreaux dining room. Service and staff fantastic. And very efficient. Two formal nights. As we had traveled a long way from NZ we hired a formal suit to be waiting in our cabin. It was and fitted himself perfectly. Loved dressing up for dinner. It's such a rare occasion for us, so made it that much more special, they have formal night photos, so we have some great photos to take home. The hot tubs were well used by us , it was so hot on the cruise we were in shorts and tee shirts quite most of the time. We had pre booked our excursions and really enjoyed being looked after. Princess certainly now how to look after their passengers. The bus /coach drivers were also our tour guides and had a wealth of local knowledge that they shared with us. We did the dogsled at dog base camp on the Mendallhall hall glacier.It's was a highlight. So much snow up there and blue sky day as well.they were in tee shirts. Zip line team at Ketchikan were very professional and safety orientated.this was great despite the only rain we saw in the rain Forrest ,so you would expect it. We had booked an after cruise tour. This was also good. We preferred the train to lots of buses. However the bus drivers were great. The three princess lodges. We preferred the mt McKinley lodge and recommend a couple of night there. It just very restful and the hot tub was also great. All in all a great first time introduction to cruising. Have booked another with Coral on the strength of our experience to the panama. We tried bingo. Lets just say I gave a donation. Same can be said for the casino. We enjoyed talking to other Passengers in the dining room. There were plenty of American and Canadian on the cruise . Who all had New Zealand on their bucket list as we had Alaska on ours. Many cruisers we met were repeat Princess customers . I would recommend this cruise and the Coral Princess. We did not feel at Any time there were too many people it was very spacious. We felt that all the crew were actively engaged with enhancing the passengers experience. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2012
First thanks to Cruise critic board mbrs who really helped us make this trip a great one! Lots of terrific info shared on the bd found us two terrific tours outside the ship in Nicaragua & C Rica where we knew nothing. The tours are ... Read More
First thanks to Cruise critic board mbrs who really helped us make this trip a great one! Lots of terrific info shared on the bd found us two terrific tours outside the ship in Nicaragua & C Rica where we knew nothing. The tours are All rushed as time is of the essence..esp when moving Lots of folks on/off the ship. The ship was great. Room was perfect for two, w/o wasted space. The steward was perfect. Ate 1st seating & had a great table. Enabled us to have evenings free or to crash. Loved watching movies under the stars. The dining was great so we never went to the specialty restaurants. And, the "tea" was perfect but make certain you ask for scones! Wine tasting events were fun. Expect to pay for any booze, but quality good & servings as expected. Spanish lessons were beneficial &fun! Worth doing! Shows o/b are varied & everyone seemed to like them..we did a couple & were happy. Tours are rushed no matter get off the ship! Macau tours online very good for Nic.. Nicaragua is very pooor..wish we had bought more there than C Rica but choices were few. CR is an amazing country & well worth seeing. Used 6 in 1 Odyssey tours online and loved it! Sail/scuba in Aruba was fun but that boat is FULL..might look for private tour there..if you shop then don't do tour..little time! Cartagena is a busy place, go on a tour as Spanish is needed and lots of rip off if you are unaware. Attend tour lectures as they help orient you before you go. Overall it ws a great trip we will long remember!!!Video of Canal trip worth getting. Panama Not mentioned as a Port but it is a very impt day!! Try to see all and fix a poster so you can be seen in video..it helps. Look around as you lock thru as I saw a family of Lemurs in grass and noone else was looking. Use your binoculars! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
This was our first cruise. We decided to do a back to back cruise that was a repositioning cruise from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale. The ship took 3 days to sail to LA and then 14 days to go the rest of the way. Embarcation in ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We decided to do a back to back cruise that was a repositioning cruise from Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale. The ship took 3 days to sail to LA and then 14 days to go the rest of the way. Embarcation in Vancouver was beautiful. We booked a princess hotel package and stayed in the Pan Pacific Hotel. The hotel overlooks the cruise ship pier and was perfect. The weather in Vancouver was incredible-sunny and 70-75F. Boarding was no problem as we were checked in at the hotel. At about 10:30 am, we were led down to the cruise ship waiting room and were whisked through customs to the waiting area. Being first time cruisers we had to wait until the priority passengers boarded-but we were in the first group in the peon class. We boarded and went right to our room. Princess had split boarding-those with cabins forward took one gangway and those aft took a rear gangway. We went to lunch in the buffet. I have a wight problem so buffets are a threat-but I found plenty to choose from. After muster we went up to the sun deck which overlooks the pools. My wife is a nervous sailor and is prone to sea sickness. As we departed she was busy watching the party on the lido deck. After several minutes, she looked up and saw the lions gate bridge and realized that we were moving. She never once suffered from sea sickness. The cruise to LA was beautiful. The Coral has a full promenade deck and we did 6 laps in the morning on sea days. We got to meet some nice people walking on that deck. The food was unbelievable. We ate every evening in the MDR and they had brought out a whole new menu. I found it delightful and my wife couldn't get enough. Of course many dishes were not to my taste, but there was always something good waiting for me. It was 5 days to Costa Rica, our first stop. We had so much to do on the ship we had no time to be board-my wife actually complained she didn't have a chance to catch a nap! We took all princess excursions and found that the excursions info on the website was first rate. THe excursions were also handled very well with knowledgeable and very pleasant guides. We took the 2 day Panama Canal experience. Here, we anchored off Panama the first day and tendered to shore. We took and excursion into the jungle to visit an Embera Indian village. It was the highlight of the trip. The Panama Canal came next. It was also a thrilling adventure. Going through the locks there were other sips alongside and the crews waved to us. People were waiving to us from everywhere. At the end of the day we passed through the last of the locks and said off to Colombia. We next went to Cartagena Colombia. We took a short city tour that was interesting-although as soon as we got off the bus we were surrounded by vendors trying to sell us stuff. Our last port was Aruba-a beautiful little island. We also took a tour of the island and the butterfly farm-very interesting. Then, it was 2 days at sea to FLL. This was a long cruise, but the Coral Princess was up to the job. We had a great cruise director who kept us busy with shows, comedians, singers, games, and lectures. The Coral is a beautiful ship with lots of room -we never felt crowded. The crew was magnificent and happy. Everyone we met gave us a smile. When we re-boarded in LA I noticed that the hotel manager was standing on the gangway greeting the passengers and asking how things were going. The food was magnificent from breakfast to luck to dinner. We only ate in the buffet a few days for lunch and breakfast. When we ate there, the food was good, not high gourmet, but good. I heartily recommend the Coral Princess for a Panama Canal transit. It is a really great ship! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
I want to thank all of you for all you help. I learned so much from this site!!! Our trip started with a one night stay in Vancouver. We drove and parked our car at the Coast Plaza Hotel. It was an older hotel, but very clean and the ... Read More
I want to thank all of you for all you help. I learned so much from this site!!! Our trip started with a one night stay in Vancouver. We drove and parked our car at the Coast Plaza Hotel. It was an older hotel, but very clean and the cheapest way for us to go since we needed parking for 14 days in Vancouver. But if the cruise is 7 days and one is parking in Vancouver, there are cheaper hotels to stay at. We took this cruise with our two children, ages 12 and 10, and my recently widowed father in law, and my brother in law. My children shared our cabin, while my father in law and brother in law shared a cabin on a different deck. Even though our ticket said to arrive after 1:00, I wanted to get to the ship as soon as possible. We got there at 11. Boarding went very smoothly and we were on by noon. We loved the children's program. Our 10 year old son spent most of his time during the cruise in the "Fun Zone." The staff were were well trained. He did pottery, stained glass art, tee shirt art, bingo, glow in the dark disco, and many more activities. It got to a point where we had to tell our son that he had to spend a couple a hours a day with the family. : ) The pools were very warm, warm enough that we could swim outside while we were touring Glacier Bay. My daughter wanted to be able to say she went swimming in Glacier Bay. : ) We found the food hit and miss. Some of it was outstanding, some of it was not very good, most of it was just fine. Like I have heard before on this site, it is like banquet food. The staff on board was amazing. We had anytime dining, but the wait was horrible. We got to know the head waiter the first night and he set us up with a table every night at 7:45. That was much later than I wanted, but it was what my father in law wanted, so we went with it. Our waiter and assistant waiter were wonderful. they got to know our children and anticipated most needs. It was an amazing experience. Our cabin steward was also wonderful and we were greeted with towel animals most nights. We would go to Crooners for drinks each day. The staff there was delightful and the drinks were so fun! The ports were wonderful. We did the train in Skagway, sat in the back car on the left side. I got that tip from this site! Great tip!!! We also did the excursion were you get to pan for gold, play with Iditarod puppies and go in a 40 below freezer. I was surprised how much I loved this excursion. It was so well done and not just for kids. The talk about the Iditarod was very interesting. Skagway also had a number of National Park buildings for families. Two days was not enough time there. We took a taxi to the Mendenhall in Juneau. That was $35 for the 6 of us. Right now there is a mother bear that lives there with her two cubs. She was fishing for salmon and feeding her cubs, really cool! On our other day in Juneau we did the tram and hiked around the top. Next time I am in Juneau I am going to take the tram up and then hike the 3 miles to the summit. Ketchikan - We did the logging show. My family loved it. I will not comment. We also took the bus out to Totem Bight State park to see the totems. We walked Creek Street. We did Discovery Center. My kids loved that. We spent about an hour there, which was not enough time. It was a very hands on museum about Alaska. I don't know what it cost because we used our annual National Park pass to get in. As you can see we did not do a lot of expensive excursions. We spent a lot of time hiking and also in museums, with a couple of excursions thrown in. I thought the Coral Princess had the feel of not being very crowded. Everyone was very nice. I can't imagine cruising anything else. My brother in law, who is single and in his 40's, said he felt isolated because there was no one in his age range who was single on board. There were 79 children in the 8 - 12 year old age range. Every time I drop my son off there were about 10 kids in the "Fun Zone." Most days we would do the trivia contests in the Wheelhouse Bar. Always fun but we never won. We did win the egg drop! We love the on board contests. My family enter most of the day time ones if we were around. One of my favorite parts of the cruise was every morning my husband and I would get up every morning early and go walking before our children got up; then we would have breakfast alone, before the craziness of the day. I am going to miss those walks. He left for work at 6:00 am this morning. : ( We loved Alaska and loved cruising! Thanks for all your help! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2012
Being first time "big ship" cruisers, and avid travellers, we spent 2 years researching Alaska cruise info before booking our trip. So, we were able to book exactly what we wanted, and were very pleased with the size of the ... Read More
Being first time "big ship" cruisers, and avid travellers, we spent 2 years researching Alaska cruise info before booking our trip. So, we were able to book exactly what we wanted, and were very pleased with the size of the ship, layout and size of our cabin, location of our cabin, and our excursions. We booked the train from Anchorage to Whittier on our own, and were on the 9:30 am train. A pleasant ride. NOTE: most hotels offer free shuttle from the airport to the hotel, and then to the train station. Don't hire a cab without checking this out. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn - which was fine. Nothing fancy, but we were there for only overnite. At the train station, we checked our bags straight through to Princess and never saw them again until we got to our cabins. When the train arrived, it was a short walk across a parking lot to the ship terminal to fill out health forms and check in. We got there around noon. Chose to walk into town to buy bottled water, and then checked in around 1:30. Our cabin was ready, and our luggage was delivered. As opposed to recent complaints I had read - we found the staff of Coral Princess to be friendly, helpful, energetic, with happy attitudes. Yes, it was hard to understand some of them, as it is an almost entirely non-American crew. Sometimes we had to ask a question repeatedly in order to understand the answer. Our cabin was clean, and our beds were comfortable -no need for the egg carton cushion. Only complaint - too few plugs that you could use because of their placement on the walls. Several of our electronics didn't fit the space specifically at the desk location. The locations behind the 2 tv's was difficult to reach.. Bring a multi-plug strip or extension cord ( I had one with me but it somehow didn't get unpacked and I thought I hadn't brought it!). Also, it was hot with the duvet. There were no other covers, and so we requested a top sheet and a blanket. Well, the top sheet was torn, and dingy, and we chose not to use it. However, the blanket came in handy to wrap around as we sat on the balcony when sailing in Glacier Bay! Also, a few extra pillows for the sofa and the bed had to be requested. All of our clothing and items had a place to be stored - and we had 4 suitcases and 2 carryon bags!!! We chose a mini-suite that had a tub/shower so that my 6'4" hubby would have room in the shower. It was really nice!! We had anytime dining and found the food to be pretty bad. Clearly the chefs were trying to prepare dishes that were too complicated to be served on such a large scale. After a couple of nites we went to the Horizon Buffet and found the food flavor and quality to be much better. Not fabulous, but better! Of course, Sabatini's and the Bayou Cafe were very good (don't get steak at Bayou Cafe - stick with Cajun dishes - poor meat grade). We had room service for breakfast 2 mornings that we were in a hurry. It was fine. Note - any beverage you buy has an add-on gratuity, so those latte's at the Patisserie not only had an added-on gratuity, but the ticket you must sign doesn't list the gratuity, yet is has a line for you to (foolishly) add gratuity). We saw a few show - they were pretty good. Not Broadway, but fine. The crew show on the 2nd to last nite was great. The naturalist, Kathy, was outstanding. After crowding on the front deck when we arrived in Glacier Bay, we chose to do the rest of our glacier viewing from our balcony. We just turned up the volume on the TV, and easily hear her narration while having space all to ourselves. Also, the Park Rangers that came on-board to narrate were terrific as well. Ports/excursions: Skagway - took the Chilkoot Charters' excursion on the train to White Pass/Yukon. Loved it - especially since on the van ride back our driver could make any stops we wanted to see sights and take photos along the way. Juneau - Harv & Marv's whale watching. Captain Sean was terrific. Saw LOTS and LOTS of humpback whales. Stopped at Mendenhall Glacier on the way back. Wish we had more time in Juneau. Ketchikan - Seawind Aviation floatplane to Misty Fjords. Pretty views. Included a stop in a beautiful cove. Smooth flying. Then on our own took the town's free shuttle to the Totem Pole Center - very interesting. Then walked back to the heart of town. We arrived in Vancouver around 6 am. Since we were staying on in Vancouver on our own for a few days, we selected a late disembarkation. We put out our bags at 10 pm the nite before. We had to vacate the cabin at 8. Went to breakfast, and then to our waiting area for our 9:50 disembarkation. It went very swiftly and smoothly. And there were a lot of Princess staff on hand to help out if needed. Our bags were waiting for us. Lucky us it was sunny and fairly warm most days. Never had rain in a port - just one afternoon at sea. All in all - a great trip!!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
We embarked and disembarked from Vancouver on this back to back Alaska cruise, our first cruise together. Both my wife and I had taken independent cruises earlier in our lives. Embarkation process was very smooth and fast, took less ... Read More
We embarked and disembarked from Vancouver on this back to back Alaska cruise, our first cruise together. Both my wife and I had taken independent cruises earlier in our lives. Embarkation process was very smooth and fast, took less than 30 minutes from our drop off at the port. We both use C-PAC for our sleep apnea and had been told to bring an extra extension and power bar. That and our four suitcases easily left space in the closet and left room for other items we bought on board and on the excursions. Service was attentive and very good at all venues. We had the late dinner booking and was set with two other couples who were fantastic and hopefully will be life long friends. We ate one night at the Italian restaurant and did not feel the quality was any better than the regular restaurant. We did some Princess excursions and some with others from cruise critic. The ones we arranged with others on Cruise Critic were much better. The glaciers were unbelievable good, but it was cold doing the watching from the top decks, on the return trip we found it better on the 7 deck walk around was better for watching. We had an inside cabin and it appeared for others who had balconies that it was a better choice for sleeping if you are easily waken by light as the nights are very short. Visually we would rank this cruise a 9.5 out of 10 for the scenery. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
My husband and I are in our mid-50's and were 1st time cruisers. We decided to take a 4 day land tour prior to our 7 day cruise. Everything we did was booked thru Princess as we felt more secure that way. From the time we landed in ... Read More
My husband and I are in our mid-50's and were 1st time cruisers. We decided to take a 4 day land tour prior to our 7 day cruise. Everything we did was booked thru Princess as we felt more secure that way. From the time we landed in Anchorage until we arrived at the Vancouver airport to depart, Princess handled our luggage and had it at our doorstep at each point along the way. This alone is amazing as they have several land tours that go in different (crossing) directions but all end up on the same cruise! Our first 2 nights were at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage. We are east coast residents and chose to fly in a day early to allow for the 4 hr time difference and to see some of Anchorage. The hotel was as expected from the various reviews I read. There are plenty of those so I won't go any farther with that. We took the Explore Anchorage tour which was $59/ea - not really worth it. I recommend taking the local trolley tour (ask the hotel desk) and also spending 3-4 hrs at the Anchorage Museum. This is a WONDERFUL museum with lots of history on the native people and the city of Anchorage. We ate at the Snow City Cafe and the Sandwich Deck for breakfasts - I would recommend either. Snow City is a bit more trendy while Sandwich Deck is basic breakfast food. OH, and while in Anchorage try the Alaskan Amber Ale - if you are a beer drinker, you'll enjoy this one! Our 1st tour stop was Mt McKinley - very nice lodge, mountain was out in full view and everyone was friendly and helpful. A bonus to traveling in May is that you are the first customers of the season and everyone you meet is eager to please. Although some are new and the resorts just opened for the season so there were a few small hitches. But worth it to be welcome guests. Next on to Denali - a larger property but lovely all the same. The tour of the park that is included was nice and enough. Were lucky enough to see Dall sheep, caribou and moose in the park. We took the ATV excursion which for an additional $10 per person included dinner. You won't find food any cheaper!! The meal was pretty good too. Next day was a 9 hr train trip to the port of Whittier. It was on the double-decker train we've all see in brochures. The dining car was wonderful (if a bit pricey - captive audience!). Coming out of the tunnel and seeing the ship was a lovely site. We were lucky enough to have our cabin upgraded at the last minute so we enjoy the additional space a great deal. We also had a balcony. Many said that would not be worth it in Alaska as it's cold in May. True, it was cold but totally worth it any way. We were able to view the glaciers on our balcony without being crowded and enjoy ALL of the views from inside our cabin thru the full glass door. I would be hard pressed to not have a balcony next time. They keep the ship spotless and the service was excellent. There were plenty of electrical plugs and hangers in our room although that may vary by room size. I did take a couple of those plastic hangers that bras come on and used them to hang a couple of things I hand washed so they were handy and small/light to pack. 1st port: Skagway. We took the White Pass Railroad (all day) trip. The Yukon scenery was worth it all! Lunch was pretty good and the town we stopped in (Carcross) was unique. Didn't get to see much of Skagway itself as the tour took up all of our time there. 2nd port: Juneau. We took the Northstar Trekking helicopter flight/hike to Mendenhall Glacier. WOW!! Very expensive but I would have passed on all other excursions and done this one if cost were a big concern. The young people who worked there were delightful and very helpful/accommodating. The flight was amazing as was the time on the glacier. 3rd port: Ketchikan. We took the Kart Adventure excursion here as my husband loves to drive fast. :) It was a bit scary for me (I just rode) but he loved it. I enjoyed the totems in Ketchikan and heard the trips to see them were good. The weather was mid-50's. We did wear long underwear to the glacier and on the ATV and Kart rides. Otherwise 2 light layers under a coat were more than fine. It was mostly windy which made it feel colder. I had read all of the forums and reviews before so there wasn't anything that I felt surprised me. The formal nights had some in long dresses and tuxes and others in much less formal wear. So don't feel you have to go all out - pack what fits in the suitcase as you will only wear it once or twice. All in all it was just as wonderful as we expected. Princess did a great job of getting us and our luggage where we needed to be. I'm glad we went in May. Many in AK said May was the best time to come - although, they may say that to everyone no matter when they come! HA! We did purchase and take a netbook computer to download our pictures on each day. That was a great decision as we enjoyed doing this and we didn't have to worry about extra digital cards, etc for the cameras. Plus when you are waiting at the airport or on the land tour, you can use the wi-fi. I hope you enjoy your trip to Alaska as much as we did. Bon Voyage!! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2011
As first time cruisers we had to learn everything from the Internet and asking questions of our booking agent. It took me awhile to get to where I am now and probably still have a lot to learn. I had been to all out ports of call before ... Read More
As first time cruisers we had to learn everything from the Internet and asking questions of our booking agent. It took me awhile to get to where I am now and probably still have a lot to learn. I had been to all out ports of call before and have lived and vacationed in the areas so my shore excursions are not the purpose of this review. I would rather pass on my experiences to maybe help others going through this process. I liked the fact that the Coral Princess only held around 2000 passengers. I was surprised by what I thought was a rather older group and how many people needed some kind of assistance in getting around. The elevators always had a line so we stuck to the stairs. I picked a cabin in midships and was pleased that I did--quick to forward and aft as needed. I agonized which over which cabin category and decided to splurge (in case we never sailed again) and this turned out to be my best move. We ended up on Deck 10, Caribe in a mini-suite, category AA-mid-ship. What I liked--tub in the bathroom, 2 dozen hangers, a queen size couch that could fold down and a feeling of size. We made full use of our cabin and its deck. Because our cabin was larger the deck was smaller than those around us and only held 2 chairs. Cabin was quiet even though near stairs. Points to note--safe in room is very small-barely could hold my Kindle and not meant for bulky items. Plenty of dresser room, no outlets in bathroom, hairdryer over desk, same with outlets. We went with anytime dining which means the Bourdeaux dining room. We heard that you can make reservations there after 7:30 p.m. but didn't partake. If you show up and no tables are available they will give you a pager--longest wait was 20 minutes. As there were just the 2 of us you can request a table for 2 or take whatever opens up. Our tables for 2 were so close to the other table for 2 that you end up talking to them. For the most part we had great table-mates but than had a couple that made you want to bolt. An issue--over lunch if they seat you at a large table (i.e. 10 seats) you have to wait until the table is full before you can order--one lunch it took us 15 minutes as savvy cruisers saw the size of the table and asked to be sent elsewhere. Food and service. Outstanding service no matter where we ate. I guess my expectations on the food were too high. We tried the specialty dining at the Bayou Cafe for a nice steak-fillet for me and a porterhouse for her. Good cut of meat just no flavor. Bread-pudding turned out to be just pudding--no bread. I gained no weight on the trip. We only ate at the Horizon Court for breakfast--typical buffet food and generally crowded. One thing I learned is that they will serve limit quantities of food not offered in the dining rooms. We had reports of plates of sushi being served. If you go be prepared to be bumped and trampled as people go for the food--saw some "mile high" full plates and some that didn't make it back to the table. Entertainment. It was good and varied. If a show starts at 8:15 p.m. make sure you show up anywhere from 15-20 minutes early for a seat. Late show usually wasn't as bad. Keep moving around until you find something you like. Movies under the stars is a great concept but probably better suited for the warmer climates--anyway too much other stuff to do. Formal dress. I really agonized over this. In the end I brought a suit. She really wanted to dress up. No they will not throw you out of the dining room if you aren't wearing a tux or suit. A nice shirt or sweater would get you in. Sunday night at sea was the first formal night and people really did dress up nice. The second night--Wednesday out of Juneau--was a little less formal. It did add some fun and I would probably do it again but maybe just a sports coat. Overall, some people dressed as if they had never left their home and others tried to be smart casual and relish what it must have been like in the older days. Best Bet. Sign up for the Ultimate Ship Tour. They only take around a dozen passengers at the end of the cruise and it does cost $150 but the best money I spent. We had a 4 hour tour that included among other places--the galley, medical facilities, navigation and other parts of the ship off limits to the passengers. I came away with four pictures, a chef's jacket and a bath rob plus lots of snacks in between. If too many people sign up they have a drawing. Quick thoughts. I did not like all the photographers holding me up for pictures. Pizza and hamburgers filled a hunger but nothing special. Not many gamblers and in fact couldn't get some tables up and going. It was one of the few places you could smoke which kept a lot of folks out. Pools were OK but the hot tubs better--great weather but no real crowds. Easy to find spots to hang out on the deck or just sit and relax. They have some great chairs aft and out of the wind. No one seemed to be paying for the Lotus and its Sanctuary. Wine--We always bought 2 bottles while on shore and never had a problem with security and even paid the corkage fee one night for dinner. Brought our own bottled water as well and saved some bucks--did drink tap water at meals. Summary. I would cruise again. I would invest in the best cabin I could justify, be pleasantly surprised if the food was really good, stick to smaller ships and hope for great weather. PS. I tell all my family and guests to come up in May for the best chance of good weather. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2010
We left from Vancouver, beautiful city stayed at the Fairmount Hotel at the airport, very convenient since the shuttle to the ship picks you up at the airport. Our room on board was great, plenty of room to store our clothes, and our suite ... Read More
We left from Vancouver, beautiful city stayed at the Fairmount Hotel at the airport, very convenient since the shuttle to the ship picks you up at the airport. Our room on board was great, plenty of room to store our clothes, and our suite cases fit nicely under the bed, and plenty of room in bathroom for toiletries. We did have a balcony, which was really nice; we sat out every morning and had our coffee, any time we were in our room it was on the balcony, we could not get enough of the scenery! The service on the ship was great our room was always clean, everyone was really very friendly, food was good, and plenty of it! They do have two "restaurants aboard the ship that you pay a little extra to dine in, we did both and they were very good. Prices on cocktails are like anyplace you go, about $6.00 a drink. We did see a lot of the shows they had night, they funny and entertaining. Some more than others ;)They really go out to have something for everyone. As I mentioned we were celebrating our anniversary, we had a balcony dinner on our anniversary, it was superb! A six course meal, cocktails, Champaign and two servers who took care of everything! I was pleasantly surprised on the ship stores; I thought the prices on things would be high, not at all. I pack to many clothes and shoes. Other then the two nights we got really dressed up for dinner I wore sneakers, jeans/slacks and a long sleeved shirt and sweater. Glacier touring, beautiful, and freezing bring a scarf, gloves, hat and yes your coat! It is cold... After the cruise we spent 3 days in Anchorage and did the Segway tour best time ever, zoo, and conservation center, and more sight seeing! We had the best time, beautiful ship, great service, magnificent state! I truly could not get enough of my surroundings. I was still snapping photos as our plane was taking off to go home. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2010
Flew to Los Angeles stayed overnight and joined the Coral Princess on the next day.We had booked an outside cabin with balcony and were not disappointed it was definitely worth the extra cost.Very comfortable cabin with TV,fridge hair ... Read More
Flew to Los Angeles stayed overnight and joined the Coral Princess on the next day.We had booked an outside cabin with balcony and were not disappointed it was definitely worth the extra cost.Very comfortable cabin with TV,fridge hair dryer and safe,large bed,shower room with ample supply of fluffy towels.Rommel our cabin steward was brilliant,he changed towels twice a day,bed linen was also changed every 2nd day and we always had plenty of toiletries.A nice touch was the bowl of fruit and the nightly chocolates on the pillow.The food was very good in the Horizon buffet where we took breakfast and lunch but preferred to eat in the Provence Dining Room for dinner (all waiter service).Excellent waiters,good choice of dishes and food well presented.The only negative comment concerns the time of first sitting it was stated as 6.30pm when we booked the cruise but changed to 5.30pm found this rather early.We enjoyed the three formal evenings and everyone looked very smart it was quite a change to get dressed up also nice to have an official photo taken too.Other evenings were classed as smart casual we thought the daily newsletter was a good idea as you knew what was on and it reminded us which evenings were formal.Choice of entertainment was good two theatres with live shows each night,bands played for dancing,movies under the stars on the horizon deck and a casino.The cruise itinerary was nicely planned with breaks of 1-2 days between Ports of call.You could pre book any shore excursions before leaving home but we managed to book two trips on board.Some excursions were also available with local taxi or bus at the port on the day.All of the drivers know where passengers want to go so its quite easy to negotiate a price for a city tour etc.One tip don't pay until you get back that way they have to return you to the Port gates.Most days Kenneth Williams a Canadian ex teacher gave an interesting talk on each port with photographs and suggested places of interest to visit.We found this was a great help especially if you had not visited any of the areas before.Of course the highlight of the cruise was the day transit of the Panama Canal and we had wonderful sunshine most of the day.The view from our balcony was just perfect to watch the progress through the Canal and we had the TV on so we could listen to the commentary from the bridge by Kenneth Williams the atmosphere on board was one of great excitement. We met some very nice people on board the ship and would definitely travel on the Coral Princess again some repeat passengers mentioned that standards had dropped but we couldn't comment as its our first time. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2010
This was my husbands and my first cruise and we loved it. We are in our thirties and were travling with both of our parents. We travelled from Jan. 21 to Feb 5. 2010. We flew into Fort Lauderdale the day before we were to embark to ... Read More
This was my husbands and my first cruise and we loved it. We are in our thirties and were travling with both of our parents. We travelled from Jan. 21 to Feb 5. 2010. We flew into Fort Lauderdale the day before we were to embark to save from the stress, and were we ever glad that we did. We almost missed our connection due to a medical emerency on board and because customs took sooooo long to get throug in Toronto. But because a lady from Air Canada called to the gate they held the plane for us as well and about 4 other people. We stayed at the Sheraton, which was okay but needs to be updated. The rooms were clean which was the most important thing! The following morning we were transfered to the pier to embark. Embarkment: I expected this to be a long process, which it wasn't! We ended up only having to wait for one couple in front of us at the terminal and then were aborad the ship! Cabin: We decided to stay in an inside cabin because 1: we didn't plan on being in our rooms very often- only to sleep and 2: we were with our parent who both had balconies! Our room was bigger then I was expecting and had plenty of closet space. It was extremely clean. We had a wonderful room stewart who made us different animals with our towels everyday! He was sooooo friendly and always so happy! Very impressed with him knowing our names and always asking if we needed anything! Dining: We had the first seating at 5:30 in the Provenice Room. My husband and I would have prefered to eat later, his parents wanted to eat at this time for the liked to go to bed early. The food was amazing and our waiter was even better. I have never had better service then Chris gave us! He was friendly and had the best suggestions. I loved the fact that if we were going to order something that he did not feel we would like he would tell us! Loved the fact that we got to know him ( Him and I still keep in touch on facebook!). They offered many different types of dishes from pasta to steak to frogs legs to cold soups! I don;t think I tried anything that I didn't like! For breakfast and lunch we ate at the Horizon Court which offered everything and anything! Thought they did a wonderful job and once again had amzingly wonderful staff! We never did tried any of the speciality resturants, and have no regrets becuase were completely statisfed with what we were eating! Pools: We spent most of our time at the Lido pool. You needed to save a chair early if you want to get a spot by the pool and in the sun. They had plenty of chairs but we liked being right by the pool. The service in the area once again.....amazing. They were always checking to see if you had everything that you needed. We got to know a server from India here, and albsoutly loved him. The only days that we spent at the Lotus pool were the last 2 days...one day it was raining and the other it was chiily out, and since it was indoors, this worked for us. Passage Service desk: The staff were very friendly! I got to know them very well as my room card kept demaagatizing. We think it was because of my camera or the magents on my camera bag. This is a extremely busy place the last day- everyone is sorting through their bills and paying here. Princess Platter: I looked forward to recieving this everynight. It helped us plan out our days- especially th esea days! I also kept all of them, for the photo book that I am going to do of the cruise! It gives me all the info that I want ot put in the book as well is like a reminder of everything we did while we were on the cruise. Entertainment: We didn't take in very many shows- we were all exhausted from the day that we didn't think we would make it through the shows. However we did go and see one of the comedian/magication, who was amazing! Staff: I can't say enough about the staff that was on this ship!!! They work very long hours and always are so friendly! If you ask anyone at any given time how their day is going the answer is always: Excellent! And after how many months they have been on the ship for, and how many hours they work in a day, I never saw once staff member every seem grouchy, irrated, or even tired! The staff on this ship made our trip that much more enjoyable! Medical: On this cruise, my mother-in-laws husband got sick and was quartenteened for three days. Luckily the had a balcony that he still was able to enjoy. The staff once again were amazing with him, making sure that he had everything that he needed. And it was nice to see how quickly the took care of a situation that could be bad for the whole ship. Now he had a Nora Virus which is like a flu, gave him a shot and kept him in for three days so noone else would get it. My mother-in-law was aloud out of the cabin because she had no signs of it,but was not allowed to eat off the buffet. Very understandable! Aruba: My husband, mom, dad, and I went on the 2 stop snorkling adventure. This was great and we snorkled over the sunken ship of Antiles. It was breath taking! Colombia: We took the Old City Tour. I was a little worried about going to Colombia, but once we were in Cartagana felt so comfortable. The people who were trying to sell you something were a little pushy but not too bad. It is such a beautiful old city! Would love to go back to explore some more. Very, Very , Very hot there. I have never experinced such humide temptures butloved it! Drink lots of water! The Panama Canal: BREATHTAKING!!!! I never thought that going through the locks would be such an experince, but it was. It is such a marvel and hard to believe how long ago it was constructed! The views....WOW! PUERTO AMADOR, PANAMA: Here we went to the Authentic Embera Indian Village. Highly recommend this to anyone travelling to Panama! The people here are so friendly and entertaining! This was one of my favorite tours of the trip! Costa Rica: I had been to Costa Rica a few years before, and when we arrived there it felt so good to be back! We went on the Skywalks, which were amazing views! The bridges looked a bit scary, but we made it! HAUTULCO, MEXICO: Here We wnet River Rafting, had so much fun in this. The river isn't very deep and the rapids were only a 1 to a 1.5. the guides were so much fun...starting water fights between the rafts, jumping out and pulling the other guides in...etc. Alot of fun! CABO SAN LUSICA: Here my dad and I went and did the Helment Sea Trek! This was my favorite of all the tours. Your hair stays dry, you can touch your face under the helmet and you are waling on the sea;s floor! I would do this again and again! The pictures that I got are undescribale! DISEMBARKMENT: This was fairly easy. What took the longest was going through the line at customs. Because we had a later flight we were in the middle of the pact trying to get off. Took about an hour hour and a half to go through. I would recommend Princess Cruises to everyone, and I would recommend the Coral priness to everyone as well. This is a fanstatic way to travel and get a sample of so many differnt countries! I want to visit everywhere again! Although my husband we way below the average age on this cruise ( average age 65 to 70 ) we expected this. We still had an amzing time with our parents and would love to cruise again someday! 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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