Sail Date: July 2019
The service, the cleanliness, the delicious food, the kindness of crew, the beauty of the ship , everything was so, so pleasant and satisfactory. We choose this cruise because we wanted to see the Hubbard Glacier and took the excursion ... Read More
The service, the cleanliness, the delicious food, the kindness of crew, the beauty of the ship , everything was so, so pleasant and satisfactory. We choose this cruise because we wanted to see the Hubbard Glacier and took the excursion which was wonderful. We had the opportunity to interact with other guests when eating at the Bordeaux restaurant that is very elegant. All the meals there were fabulous and the service pronto and great! The buffet restaurant was very clean and then food was very good with a great service. The amenities offered were numerous and the shows offer at the theater were spectacular, first clase, the actors were passionate and felt deeply what they were doing. There was a soprano with an incredible voice! Coral Princess and it’s crew deserve 5 Stars! We can really recommend this cruise to Alaska that is so beautiful. We really thank the crew that took care of us! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This itinerary has been on our bucket list for a long time. The enrichment activities provided by Chris Roberts and Dr. Angel Colon were most enjoyable and greatly increased my awareness on the topics covered. Please continue these ... Read More
This itinerary has been on our bucket list for a long time. The enrichment activities provided by Chris Roberts and Dr. Angel Colon were most enjoyable and greatly increased my awareness on the topics covered. Please continue these enrichment lectures with fine speakers like these two gentlemen. The crew was awesome and provided perfect service as well as exhibiting tremendous good morale. Special thanks to bar staff, Shailesh, Komang, Edgar, Mario, Geraldine & Sheila. Thanks to IC staff as well including Papa Ver, Anoop, Lito and Yehven. We loved the numerous spaces for the passengers to sit, eat something or have a drink. Our faves were the Wheelhouse bar (biggest fave), Crooners, the IC, MUTS, Explorers bar. The Blue Jade band was the best entertainment and dance band we have heard so far on a ship. We closed the Wheelhouse bar every night due to them. The ship's band was the best we have experienced to date as well. The theatre really need two more exits. Many somewhat disabled people took a lot of time using the two available exits making me really hope that there would be no emergency that required the theatre to vacate. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Always wanted to do this one. Being able to take 15 days to travel to Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Columbia was icing on the cake. The on-board experience was excellent. We spent a good deal of time at one club, the service ... Read More
Always wanted to do this one. Being able to take 15 days to travel to Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Columbia was icing on the cake. The on-board experience was excellent. We spent a good deal of time at one club, the service and friendly demeanour of the crew made us feel we were in a favourite neighbourhood pub. On shore trips were also great. Our state room steward went out of his way to attend to our every need. I had a malfunction of my running shoes, a glue repair was required. Ronald was able arrange the fix, and did so free of charge. My wife requested distilled water, and and extension cord for her Cpap machine, it was present at check in. When we checked in to board, everything was streamlined and effortless. From the time we checked in until we were in our cabin was less then 30 minutes. Well done on our return as well. Disembarkation was very efficient, and clearing customs slick. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
The last time I cruised with Princess was for my 30th anniversary and have cruised other cruise lines since. The best move I made was to come back to Princess to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The service was outstanding and every staff ... Read More
The last time I cruised with Princess was for my 30th anniversary and have cruised other cruise lines since. The best move I made was to come back to Princess to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The service was outstanding and every staff member we met courteous and ready to meet all your needs. The ship was in very good condition considering it was an older ship. The bed was very comfortable and the room looked like it had updated carpeting. The food in the main dinning room had a good selection for you to choose from and the quality seemed good. The buffet was smaller than other ships I have been on but the quality and variety seemed good. I booked all my excursions from princess and there seemed to be a good selection. All the tour guides were knowledgeable. The tour we took in cartagena at the avery was excellent if you want to see beautiful birds. I was a little concerned that there would not be enough on the cruise to keep me entertained for 15 days but princess did a could job of always having a variety of things to do. I was extremely happy with this cruise and my decision to come back to Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our 5th Princess Cruise. Overall we have been happy with all of our Princess Cruises so when we decided to do our bucket list Panama Canal Cruise, Princess was our first choice. We picked the Coral Princess based on our timing ... Read More
This was our 5th Princess Cruise. Overall we have been happy with all of our Princess Cruises so when we decided to do our bucket list Panama Canal Cruise, Princess was our first choice. We picked the Coral Princess based on our timing with being in San Diego to spend Thanksgiving with our daughter and her husband and being able to take a quick flight to LA for the cruise. The Coral Princess is a nice smaller ship. We never had to wait for elevators and wherever we went onboard there was never a crowd. We’ve been on the Regal and Royal and they are huge so being on the Coral was nice to navigate on and never took long to get anywhere onboard. We did like the promenade deck and did our daily walks there as well as an evening stroll. Many newer ships do not have a full walk around promenade so we really were glad it has remained and maintained the old sailing feel. Overall the food in the main dining rooms was very good. Sometimes there was a bit of a wait for the food but hey, we have nothing but time. Loved our cabin C317. The balcony is about 10’x10’ and is amazing to stretch out on. We watched a lot of the canal from there. Entertainment and the Princess band was top notch! The Sanctuary is on the stern and a bit small but over all we enjoyed our afternoon sea days we booked. They were very accommodating in us being comfortable and if the day was too cold or too much sun we were able to cancel the day of. Staff as always was great. We’d sail the Coral again . All in all a very nice cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
My wife and I chose the Coral Princess for several reasons: the itinerary allowed us to travel round trip from Southern California, home for us; We had sailed on her sister ship, the Island Princess twice before and enjoyed the ship's ... Read More
My wife and I chose the Coral Princess for several reasons: the itinerary allowed us to travel round trip from Southern California, home for us; We had sailed on her sister ship, the Island Princess twice before and enjoyed the ship's size and layout; and we wanted to sail through the historic locks of the Canal before experiencing the new locks. Two highlights of the trip to us were the excitement of sailing through the historic locks and the quality & friendliness of the crew. We had been familiar with the construction and operation of the Canal for years, but to actually see this 100+ year old wonder in operation is amazing. No wonder a Canal transit is on so many bucket lists! There are many good viewing locations on the ship. We spent much of our time on the viewing area on Deck 10, forward of all the cabins. There are two unmarked doors at the end of the halls on either side of the ship. Open and go through both doors (they can be heavy from their weight and air pressure) and you are in open space overlooking the bow. The area was popular, but never overcrowded. We also spent a lot of time on the balcony of of our cabin on Caribe deck (C222). Good views of the Canal operations, including the Mules (the locomotives which guide, not pull, the ship through the locks). The Canal experience was enhanced on our cruise when we followed the brand new US Navy stealth ship Michael Monsoor as we sailed through the locks on our second day in the Canal. The Monsoor is just the second ship in its class. This was our ninth cruise on Princess, so we have become familiar with the personable and professional service we receive from the crew. But this cruise went above and beyond what we have come to expect. Every single crew member we encountered went above and beyond what we expected to ensure we had a wonderful time on board. The Coral is an older ship, but very well maintained. And its (relatively) smaller size makes it easy to get around and never felt crowded. We tried two experiences for the first time on this cruise. We had portrait photographs taken in the Platinum Studio during the cruise, and we ordered the Ultimate Balcony Dinner on the night we were anchored in Gatun Lake in the Canal. Both experiences were incredible. The Platinum Studio Shoot is totally different than the mass production photos taken by the other ship photographers. There were taken in a professional studio on board. Our photographer was Nataliia, a lovely young lady who has been with Princess for several years. She proved to be not just an expert photographer, but an outstanding artist as well. My wife had very specific ideas of how the portraits should turn out (as a former model, she is very knowledgeable of studio photography). Nataliia understood everything my wife was looking for and delivered a perfect product. She took several dozen exposures during our shoot, which we then reviewed at a private appointment the following evening. My wife pick out the shot she wanted almost instantly, Nataliia had gotten it perfect! Even the proof we took off the ship with us is wonderful, and the glass mounted final print we received a couple of weeks after we got home was beyond beautiful. The Balcony dinner was an elegant event right in our cabin. Our waiters, Toniano, assisted by Ajay, were excellent. They were both very pleasant, efficient and sensitive to our privacy. They always seemed to know exactly when to serve the next course, when our glasses needed to be refilled or when plates needed to be cleared. Since it was very warm and humid this evening, we asked them to set up the table inside our mini-suite. At first, we were concerned that might be crowded, but it turned out to be a perfect, intimate setting. The meal was fabulous! The menu is delivered to your cabin at the beginning of the cruise. There are only a few choices to make, although I understand from other reviews,that you can make other selections. There are other posted reviews which describe the details of the dinner, so I will not do that here. Rather, I will just mention that the dinner was wonderful, the dishes were all excellently prepared and served, and Toniano and Ajay were outstanding. We only attended a couple of shows during the cruise, spending most of our evenings in Crooners listening to the piano playing of Daniel Oliver. Chinzal and Putu took excellent care of us in Crooners, keeping our glasses full and engaging in delightful conversation. We did go to two production shows: "On the Bayou" in the Universe Lounge (great show, not so great venue for it) and "Encore" in the Princess Theater. Both shows were excellent and should have been done in the Princess Theater. Our favorite show was "Flamenco Express", with Jose and Leticia dancing beautifully and romantically. They did two shows a few evenings apart, first in the Princess Theater then in the Universe Lounge. Their show was much better suited for the Universe Lounge, smaller and more intimate. They also invited a few members of the audience, including my wife, up on stage in the Universe Lounge to dance with them. My wife was thrilled and did a great job with them as she is an excellent dancer. As usual, we reserved Traditional Early Seating. were assigned a table for six with two other couples about our age and dispositions, so we enjoyed their company, Our waiter, Manuel, was excellent. He remembered our preferences after the first night and was always ready with recommendations on that night's menu if asked. We enjoyed conversing with him on a number of subjects, including his home life in India, experiences he has had over his years working for Princess, and other subjects not related to the cruise. He is a very intelligent and insightful individual Our cabin was a standard mini-suite, which we have become use to on Princess ships. There is plenty of room and John, our room steward, kept it spotless for the duration of the trip. We found both embarkation and disembarkation to run smoothly and well organized. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This was an amazing 60 day cruise that went much faster than we thought. We loved the ports in Asia (all but one in Vietnam) - Enjoyed the activities on board. Liked the smaller ship as you got to know more people. As we were ... Read More
This was an amazing 60 day cruise that went much faster than we thought. We loved the ports in Asia (all but one in Vietnam) - Enjoyed the activities on board. Liked the smaller ship as you got to know more people. As we were headed to Asia there were Typhoons in the area where we were headed and our Captain with the LA office took our safety into account and we did not get to one of our ports of call. This was a smart move as we did hit rough seas and had we gone to the port it would have been a disaster. As we embarked for our cruise it went smoothly. Princess does well in this area. And at the end of our journey disembarkation went even better. Our cabin was in the front of the ship and on the port side and during the weather we did have waves came over our balcony as we were on deck 8. We are pleased and happy with our 60 day cruise. SUGGESTION Do NOT plan excursions for Sunday's in Asia as this is their holiday and there were way too many people Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Based on a recommendation from a personal friend we chose this cruise. It was awesome and a great deal for the money. The staff will bend over backwards to help you in any way they can. The views are absolutely breathtaking. There are ... Read More
Based on a recommendation from a personal friend we chose this cruise. It was awesome and a great deal for the money. The staff will bend over backwards to help you in any way they can. The views are absolutely breathtaking. There are no complaints about the food! It was great no matter where we ate. Take advantage of the unlimited photo package! Take advantage of the unlimited drink package and the prepaid gratuities. SPEND THE MONEY FOR THE DINNER ON THE BALCONY! It was worth it at twice the price. The only complaint was the internet speed on board. I figured It would be better. But if that is the only thing negative I can say then that is okay with me. Overall it was beyond our expectations and we are already looking at our next booking! Don't pass up in the Alaskan experience. You will never regret it! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We have cruised many times in the past and first time on Princess. We were on the Coral Princess out of Vancouver. We loved spending some time in Vancouver which is a beautiful city. Embarkation and disembarkation were efficient and well ... Read More
We have cruised many times in the past and first time on Princess. We were on the Coral Princess out of Vancouver. We loved spending some time in Vancouver which is a beautiful city. Embarkation and disembarkation were efficient and well organized. The ship was nice and I believe was reconditioned in recent years. It was very clean with many nice public areas. Cleanliness on the ship was obviously a priority for Princess which was much appreciated by all those on board. Our cabin was a smaller suite with a balcony. Highly recommend balconies on any cruise but especially in Alaska because of all of the viewing opportunities of mountains, glaciers and wildlife. We chose anytime dining for dinner and I would say the quality of food throughout the ship was about average for cruise fare. Plenty of food options at almost anytime of the day. Nice entertainment options during the day and evening. Very pleased with the service throughout the ship. Ports and excursions were excellent. We chose several excursions though Princess and they were well organized. Part of the decision to go with Princess was due to the day in Glacier Bay. I would highly recommend cruising through Glacier Bay so check this out on cruise itineraries. We also did the land tour to Denali after the cruise. Even the train from Whittier, AK to Denali also arranged by Princess was fantastic. It was very comfortable with great views, staff and food. Very impressed with the cruise and land tour including all transfers. Highly recommend Princess and specifically, this cruise itinerary. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose princess because it was highly recommended to us. also my previous experience with carnival was absolutely horrible. we will never cruise carnival again. The staff with princess was so informative, and kind--very helpful too. ... Read More
We chose princess because it was highly recommended to us. also my previous experience with carnival was absolutely horrible. we will never cruise carnival again. The staff with princess was so informative, and kind--very helpful too. i cannot say enough about our stateroom steward rhoderic pascua or my spa therapist chix. these are wonderful people who should certainly be recognized for the excellent job they do. We plan on another princess cruise in the future..and will hope that we encounter these two again. The shore excursions were neatly arranged and ran smoothly, the staff at the excursion site as beyond professional & informative also fun! Our stateroom was perfect--we loved our balcony. room service was always divine as was dining room/restaurant dining. Shopping was awesome , although i think the gift shop should expand a bit with the variety of merchandise. We didn't get to meet her, but the cruise director miranda seemed to keep everything organized and fun.. We absolutely loved all of our ports, excursions, and time spent onboard. it was the cruise of a lifetime for both my husband and myself. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We have been on 5 cruises in the past but this was our FIRST Princess Cruise and what an Incredible time we had! Princess Cruises really knows how to spoil their passengers! The food that was served in the Bordeaux Dining Room was ... Read More
We have been on 5 cruises in the past but this was our FIRST Princess Cruise and what an Incredible time we had! Princess Cruises really knows how to spoil their passengers! The food that was served in the Bordeaux Dining Room was absolutely Superb! Our waiters were both entertaining, as well as, accommodating. Our cabin was Beautifully appointed and our bed and pillows were sooooo incredibly comfortable! I slept like a princess each night! The entertainment was first rate and the comedian was a total crack up! We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Princess Cruises has it down pat as to organization when it comes to embarking and disembarking. The process flowed very smoothly and was seamless. Even though we had very specific time constraints for disembarking, a front desk staff member was Outstanding when taking our concern into consideration, and took care of the matter, personally. We were able to make our appointment on land, without a hitch, all thanks to the exceptional professionalism of an accommodating front desk Princess Cruise Staff Member. The staff went out of their way to make me feel special during my birthday cruise! I can assure you that our future vacation cruises will certainly be spent on Princess Cruise Lines, from here on out! They also had an ample amount of spacious, clean bathrooms throughout the ship, which made it very convenient for us as well. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
The entire cruise from embarkation to disembarkation was truly amazing. The Ship is great, our cabin was terrific, Club Class is wonderful and the entertainment was very enjoyable. The Princess singers and dancers are extremely talented. ... Read More
The entire cruise from embarkation to disembarkation was truly amazing. The Ship is great, our cabin was terrific, Club Class is wonderful and the entertainment was very enjoyable. The Princess singers and dancers are extremely talented. The Panama Canal is truly a marvel of engineering and standing just under the bridge as you enter the Canal gives you such a feeling of amazement you will not believe it. The service on this ship is incredible. From Sabatini's to our Dining Room our Head Waiters, Waiters and Assistant Waiters were more that excellent. The food was excellent and the selection of specials was good. In Club Class the Head Waiter Petros was amazing. He cooked different specials nightly. He and the Club Class Waiters and Assistant Waiters always made dinner extra special. If you like trains the Panama Canal Train Excursion is a must do. The Coral Princess is an older ship, but she is a good ship. Needs a little TLC in some places but the feeling of Coming Back New is truly a good feeling on this cruise. Happy Crusing. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
this cruise was the smoothest one so far.... the panama canal was amazing . we took a tour where we went thru the second and third locks by ferry our tour guide was very informative.. on another tour we went by bus to see st pedro ... Read More
this cruise was the smoothest one so far.... the panama canal was amazing . we took a tour where we went thru the second and third locks by ferry our tour guide was very informative.. on another tour we went by bus to see st pedro claver church and other landmarks in cartagena . . we saw a show put on by locals of their native dances. we enjoyed this ...we took the panama canal tour by ferry that was so informative glad we took that great memories . in grand cayman we took a tour went in the semi submersible submarine...went to Hell ( a part of grand cayman) , then went to rum cake stop then turtle sanctuary where my husband held a small turtle...the entertainment onboard was the best. the food was delicious and the dining room staff was very good.. loved tea time . we enjoyed this cruise the most and loved seeing all the movies presented on the tv.. they were all good watched about 7 of them Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Food was super. Interesting changes at buffet. Lobster twice in main dining. Shows were good. Especially Scott Wyler. Voted entertainer of the year for Princess was so funny. The Universse showroom has sofas and arm chairs. Great for ... Read More
Food was super. Interesting changes at buffet. Lobster twice in main dining. Shows were good. Especially Scott Wyler. Voted entertainer of the year for Princess was so funny. The Universse showroom has sofas and arm chairs. Great for shows and movies. Tv did not offer too many channels. We missed seeing Olympics. A few channels like nbc and cbs would be nice. CNN too. The movies were current and many Academy Awardsones offered. The commentator did a great job for the over 9 hours of transit. The fitness center is wonderful. The ports were interesting, but the amount of sea days was a selling point. There is a pool area in Lotus that has temperature control and lounge chairs with thick cushions. So relaxing this time of year had few children. They were supervised and not a problem. I didn’t see many solo traveler get togethers. It’s really more for couples and families. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
best of the 4 crossings I have made. food best yet. lattes better than starbucks--just superlative. the enrichment lectures just fascinating, (thanks for listening Princess), the new Andalusian horse show, outstanding. I always prefer ... Read More
best of the 4 crossings I have made. food best yet. lattes better than starbucks--just superlative. the enrichment lectures just fascinating, (thanks for listening Princess), the new Andalusian horse show, outstanding. I always prefer Princess, been with them now for about a dozen trips I think. Alaska to come this year too. And to be fully candid. Several passengers had to compete for time on the one recumbent exercise bike. older passengers prefer it. another one is needed. and parents need to supervise out of control children. New years' eve was extremely disruptive and they emptied the bar. Princess apparently did nothing to enforce its supervision rules and requirements, to the great frustration of several passengers who took it on themselves to scream at the offenders. Several passengers simply vacated to get away from the annoying noise. A couple of days later I was served with a dessert in a cracked glass with pieces missing on the inside surface. I went to check it out and medical staff took no action. I will check with my doctors - it was pretty distressing at the time. Still, travelling requires some patience and understanding. I think Princess is a good company and I will continue to go with them whenever given the option. The many trips with them have meant a lot to me over the past decade. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We had not sailed on Princess for 5 years, after a very disappointing cruise on Emerald Princess in 2012 (affected by Hurricane Sandy). So I wasn't expecting too much except a good itinerary, especially in the food area, where I found ... Read More
We had not sailed on Princess for 5 years, after a very disappointing cruise on Emerald Princess in 2012 (affected by Hurricane Sandy). So I wasn't expecting too much except a good itinerary, especially in the food area, where I found on my last couple of Princess Cruises that the quality and especially taste of food had really declined compared to some other cruise lines. We were keenly aware that Coral Princess was an older ship, having been put in service in December 2002. We know that because we cruised on her when she was brand new, on our honeymoon. So it was a bit special to be back on board, and I was surprised to see that on the surface, they had done a good job on the major refit she had in 2016. All the public areas were in great shape, possibly with the exception of the carpet outside on the Sun Deck, which was in poor condition. In our stateroom, the carpet had obviously not been replaced recently ( a number of stains) and the furniture was a little banged up, but everything worked fine. But on the last day of the cruise, there was a sudden complete power failure, including propulsion. Very little information was given, but I would guess that if we had been in one of the narrow passages at the time, we could have been in danger of ending up on the rocks. Power was gradually restored after a delay of a few minutes, and we continued on our way, although it seemed we were going slower, so the restoration may not have been complete. This was the last Alaska cruise of the season for this ship. So it was Vancouver return, with stops in Glacier Bay, Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, in that order. The first and last days of the cruise were sea days. The ship was under the command of Captain Nico Binetti, who has been on this ship for many years, and the Cruise Director was Miranda, a Canadian, who did a great job. There were of course a good number of Canadians on board, as well as a large contingent from Australia, some Kiwis and Brits as well, numerous Asians and quite a few Americans, which was surprising to me since near identical cruises leave from Seattle, and other west coast US ports. We had a balcony cabin on Dolphin Deck, near the forward elevators/stair case. So it was close to the Princess Theatre, but quite a walk to anything else.The cabin was quiet and everything worked. The bed was very comfortable and there was ample storage space.We got new pillows during the cruise, and my wife said she preferred the old ones.Our Room Steward, Reymond, was excellent and always greeted us by name, no matter where we met him in the hallway. Overall, the crew was very friendly. As noted earlier, I was surprised by how good the food was, especially the taste. A marked improvement from our last Princess cruise (5 years ago), when we found most food tasteless. Maybe it was just this smaller ship, or a skilled Executive Chef, but hopefully this improvement is fleet wide. We have cruiised mostly on Cunard and Holland America in recent years, and the food on Coral Princess was as good or better than on those lines, and close to Oceania, where we have also sailed in recent years, and where you pay a lot more for really excellent quality food. I also have to admit that some of the credit for our excellent experience with the food goes to our waiter Viroj in the Early Seating in the Provence Dining Room. He always had strong recommendations on what was good, and talked me out of my first choices on several occasions. So this veteran of the Dining Room knows what to avoid and we took full advantage of that .We had most of our breakfasts and lunches in the Dining Room as well and there were no disappointments. We had one breakfast in the Horizon Court and it was pretty bad, with cold food and chaos everywhere, but a couple of lunches there were very good. Our only major disappointment in the food area was the Bayou Cafe. We booked the Specialty restaurant for one evening at a cost of $29 each. The food was lukewarm and not flavourfull at all, except my steak ("Carpetbagger") which was very good. Service was indifferent. I was sorry we had missed a meal in the main Dining Room because of this. I have learned sadly that the specialty restaurants on most ships are disappointing and certainly not worth the extra cost. We took shore excursions in all of the ports. The highlight was the White Pass and Yukon Railway in Skagway. Beautiful scenery and a very serene experience,especially for me as it was the location of a family tragedy the last time I visited Alaska 16 years ago.I was disappointed in the so-called Rainforest trek in Ketchikan, where we had been led to believe there could be bear sightings and other wildlife. I highly doubt that happens very often as we were never really in any deep wilderness. However the crab feast at the end of this excursion was very good, but the price of this excursion was way too high for what we got. The entertainment overall was very good. We really enjoyed the production shows, in both the Princess Theatre and the Universe Lounge. We liked both the comedian from Boston, and the magician/comedian. The naturalist was excellent in her lectures.We did not like the singer/guitarist in the lounge, who seemed very unhappy on the one occasion we listened to him and was insulting the audience a lot. I am glad we took this cruise, and we enjoyed it a lot. I have a new faith in Princess, although I doubt I would ever sail on their newer immense vessels. Coral Princess is just the right size. Embarkation was the best we have ever encountered - we were in our cabin by 11:45 am, partially aided by our Platinum status in the Captains Circle which gave us priority boarding. Disembarkation was not so smooth, partly due to problems getting the gangway attached to the ship, which was beyond the control of Princess.But our Princess transfer to the airport got us there in plenty of time. I will be looking for other opportunities to sail on Coral Princess or her sister island Princess n the future, although since they mostly do Panama Canal and Alaska, which I have done twice each, it will have to be a unique itinerary. Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This cruise was for our 25th anniversary so we splurged a little more than we normally would have. We booked almost a year early to make sure we got the room we wanted (B416 mini-suite on the port forward facing bump-out). That may have ... Read More
This cruise was for our 25th anniversary so we splurged a little more than we normally would have. We booked almost a year early to make sure we got the room we wanted (B416 mini-suite on the port forward facing bump-out). That may have led to the only "negative" we had on this cruise. When we booked there was no such thing as "Club Class" so when Club Class was announced I pretty much ignored it and what it might add. It turns out our booking was Club Class but that was never really conveyed to us. That led to some confusion at times. There was champagne in our room that we didn't expect and the first night we skipped right past the club class dining room line since we didn't think we were and got into the anytime dining line instead. The next evening the dining room hostess pointed out that our cards said "Club Class" and got us straightened out...though our waiter seemed upset we weren't there the previous evening. Not bad problems to have and really was the worst thing that happened the entire trip :D Hotel: We arrived in Anchorage 2 days early so we could sight see a bit. Princess put us up in the Captain Cook. Hotels are just places to sleep for us. We don't make much use of amenities and don't care much for the door holding and button pushing that swankier hotels do. That said, our room was very nice and the staff was courteous. We were quite happy with our stay. Transfer to the Coral Princess: This was one of two points in our trip that we self imposed some anxiety. This trip was part 25th anniversary cruise and part "pick up another state marathon" for my wife. The marathon was the morning of the 17th...same day as ship departure. Princess had scheduled us an 11AM transfer direct from the hotel to the ship. We talked with one of the Princess representatives in the lobby and explained that my wife would likely not finish her race until 11:30AM and was there another option. They were incredibly understanding! 11AM was the last direct bus from our hotel, but they worked out a solution where we could just walk a few blocks down the the Egan center and take a Princess shuttle over to the airport and from their grab a later shuttle to the ship. They suggested to send our bags on ahead form the hotel so we wouldn't have to drag them all over. This worked out great for us! The hotel allowed us to check out at 12:45 instead of the normal 12:00 which was enough time for my wife to finish her race and get a shower. A short walk to the Egan center and we were on our way to the airport by 1:00. We caught a 2:00 shuttle from he airport to the ship which was well narrated and hit the tunnel just early enough to let us out for 5 minutes to get some stunning glacier photos before ducking through the tunnel and to the ship. By the time we got on board, our luggage was already in our room. Perfect! Deluxe Balcony Breakfast: We wound up with 2 of these! We got ourselves one for Glacier Bay day and our son got us one for our anniversary. Glacier Bay day was too cold to eat outside so we had them set up inside for us. This was fine with the mini-suite but not sure how it would work in a normal balcony room. The food was very good and perhaps a bit excessive! The second breakfast we did have on our balcony. It was on the last sea day. The weather was absolutely beautiful. The ship must have been matching the speed of a tail wind perfectly because it was perfectly still on the balcony. The balcony is a bit small for all the food they bring but we suffered through :) Ultimate Balcony Dinner: Too cold for outside so we had them set up inside again. For dinner they set up a fold up table for the meal. Really not sure how that would have fit on the smaller mini-suite balcony or in one of the smaller balcony rooms without the extra seating area the mini-suite has. I felt bad that the servers stand outside the room while you finish each course so they can bring the next course in at the right time. The food was very good...we both had surf-n-turf. The photographer took us out on the balcony for photos where it was cold and windy and my poor wife had a shelterless/backless evening gown on...she looks cold in every picture they took :( Surprises: We loved our room for Yakutat and Glacier bay cruising! I would sit on the balcony with my long camera lens and my wife would sit just inside the door where she was warmer and could hear the naturalist over the TV. In glacier bay, the naturalist announced a whale siting at 1:00 off the starboard bow. Sigh...our room is port side. But wait! The friendly people here on CC had mentioned the Coral has aft public decks! We quickly walked from our room to the aft deck on our floor and got there just in time to see a humpback waving at us just off the starboard side. There were only 2 other people on the entire deck! We got to watch him wave for a good long time as the ship slowly cruised deeper into the bay. Shortly after we returned to our room we got another wildlife announcement. Bear at 3:00...starboard...sigh. We figured the bear was more likely to vanish into the trees so we quickly hopped up to Lido deck and across to starboard. The bear was still at our 3:00. My wife and I walked aft along the deck to keep even with him until we realized we didn't have to walk any more. The Captain stopped the ship! This was amazing! The bear was only a hundred or so yards away on shore and we could easily watch him root under rocks looking for food. I got some great pictures :D After about 10 minutes, the ship started moving slowly deeper into the bay and we watched as the bear continued to walk along the beach until it was out of sight. Many kudos to Captain Michelle Tuvo for this experience! We're not sure why but we got invited to visit the bridge on our last sea day. We met Captain Tuvo several times out and about...he's a very personable and entertaining individual! We didn't ask why we got invited (Maybe Club Class? Maybe because we renewed our vows on board?) we just went. We spent almost an hour on the bridge and Captain Tuvo was remarkably entertaining :) Excursions: We booked all our excursions through Princess...this was a splurge trip :) We ended up with 2 excursions and both Skagway and Katchikan and one at Juneau (because we couldn't fit in a second one!) Plus we also booked the city/park tour from the ship to the airport on disembarkation. Skagway White Pass Railway: Listen to the nice people here on CC. Do NOT get onto the first car you come to. The nice people helping board the train even suggest there's better seating to be had if you continue walking. We got onto the second to last car they were boarding. It turned out to be the car the tour guide sits in. It also turned out to only have 3 other couples seated in it. I was the only one standing on the outside platform :) Everyone inside got to switch side to side as they pleased :) It didn't hurt that the weather was fabulous and the scenery gorgeous! A very nice trip. Skagway Chilkoot Kayaking: Some people missed the tour...we had to catch the fast fairy to Haines and they didn't make it in time. There wound up being only us and one other couple on the tour. Because of the low number we were able to get onto the water much quicker and our guide took the opportunity to take us to some places they don't normally make it to with larger groups. The lake was calm and the kayaking easy...we never felt exerted or rushed. Afterwards they took us on a tour of Haines which was a nice bonus. Juneau Whale Watching an Mendenhall Glacier: We were the first boat out for the day. Good for us in that we had a little more time on the water...bad for us in that no one had found the whales yet. We only had 14 out of a max of 20 so the boat wasn't overly crowded. Part of the fun was helping search for the whales. Other boats were starting to call in sightings but they were well south of us. The captain was just about to give up and head south when someone caught site of a plume. We were racing out to the general area of the sighting when not 100 yards in front of us she surfaced heading straight for us! It was a remarkable site seeing a bus sized whale heading right for our 40 foot boat! Captain Annette was amazing. She immediately shut the boat down to protect the whale who submerged again just in front of us...and surfaced not 20 feet off our starboard side! We could hear her blow and then suck in another breath! We were much closer than the allowed range but this was no fault of our captain. The whale came up unexpectedly close to us on first surface and the engines were shut down when she resurfaced the second time. The captain did a remarkable job of keeping us a safe distance from he whale while trying to slowly maneuver around so we could get a good tail shot. We followed this whale for 4-5 dives they high-tailed it to the south side of the channel where orcas were spotted! Unlike for the humpback, we didn't have the orcas to ourselves. Captain Annette expertly pulled us into traffic (conversing with the other captains continuously) so we had a good view. We followed the orcas...a pod of 1 male and 2 female...for about 15 minutes before it was time to head back to shore. Zodiac Tour: The weather was bright and sunny...yes, in Ketchikan! They bundled us up but good in additional wool socks, heavy rain gear, wool hood and mask and gloves...we didn't need any of it. It was great to know they had the equipment because were it rainy we would have needed it! The boats are very stable and surprisingly comfortable. Our guide was very alert and ensured we were safe at all times as we crossed the channel and cruised along the coast of some of the islands. We didn't see any bear, but our guide did bring a couple of perch to feed the bald eagles. The snatched the fish out of the water not 20 feet in front of us! Wildlife Tour: Unfortunately we didn't get to see much wildlife this tour. Some eagles of course...they're everywhere! We got close to some seals lounging about. We searched a good long while along the coast for bear but never saw any...the group before us were excitedly chatting about the black bear they saw as they were getting off the boat. We were a little disappointed as we were speeding our way back in. We were chatting with our guide when she suddenly perked up and hurried up to tell the captain she had seen a whale. He swung the boat around and took us back so we could get some great views but we couldn't stay long since we needed to be back for all aboard. The captain and our guide were very knowledgable and it was a very pleasant few hours even if we didn't get to see a bear. Vancouver City and Stanley Park Tour: This was the second of our self inflicted points of anxiety. The tour says not to book if your flight is before 2:00PM. When we booked, our flight was 2:45PM. That time change many times before our trip so we just kept the booking thinking we'd cancel onboard if it seemed like a problem. Our final flight time was 1:40PM. We decided to keep the tour anyway. The tour was nice...the guide very nice. We got to stop a couple places in Stanely Park to flex our legs. We lost 2 people at our first stop :( The driver spent almost 20 minutes looking for them and calling the other busses to see if they had gotten on another one by accident. Finally he had to finish the tour for the rest of us. We never did get a satisfying story but the two missing people did make it to the airport before us somehow. Our driver had was constantly checking with other busses and dispatch to try and hunt them down and figure out how to reunite them with their stuff. It was disappointing to know we could have been left behind, but reassuring that he was making an honest effort to fix the situation. We got to the airport just after 12:00. The airport was crowded from ship traffic but we got expedite stickers and were hurried through security and made it to the gate just minutes before they started boarding the plane. Renewal of Vows: We did this on sea day...the last day of our cruise. The videographer met with us to try and sell us the video package. It was way too expensive and we didn't care much for the way the sample video they showed us was cut so we declined them even trying to video. The photographer did a decent enough job and we did buy that package. He led us around the ship afterward to get some nice photos at various places. The rest of the experience was exemplary! We went with the standard vows which the captain made us repeat. The flowers we received were very nice. The chapel was done up well. Perhaps the best part was all the oohs and aahs from the other passengers as they congratulated us and commented how pretty my lovely wife was in her dress carrying her flowers! Champagne and strawberries and chocolates appeared in our room and we got to keep the glasses...in the end, well worth the price, I thought. The reality is it'll likely be years before we make it back to Alaska but we'd leave again tomorrow and not even look at anyone other than Princess given our experience this cruise! Princess will very likely be a first contended for any other itinerary we might decide on in the future as well. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Our 14 day cruise and land tour was an incredible experience as first time cruisers and first time visitors to Alaska. In 14 days we had only rain of any consequence 3 times and in a one of those we were in a coach (40 passenger bus) ... Read More
Our 14 day cruise and land tour was an incredible experience as first time cruisers and first time visitors to Alaska. In 14 days we had only rain of any consequence 3 times and in a one of those we were in a coach (40 passenger bus) where it's didn't really both us. So our review is perhaps tainted by the exceptional weather we experience between May 27- Jun10, Things we really liked and learned on board: 1. Sailing north you probably want to be on the Starboard (right) side. Those are the even numbered staterooms. 2.Although we had a balcony (everyone told us it was essential), we honestly didn't use it hardly at all. We were busy outside our room, and the weather was never really warm enough to just sit and enjoy. We would have been fine with an ocean view. 3. The Coral Princess never felt crowded so the Glacier Bay day when there was a naturalist on board, her comments were broadcast on several of the outdoor decks, as well as over the closed circuit TV channels in each stateroom. 4. Definitely glad we chose the traditional dining option. Officially it was set for 5:15 and that sounded too early to eat, but by the time everyone arrived at our table of 8 (we started off strangers but enjoyed getting to know the others)and we were served the it was 6:00 for the main course. We were done by 6:45 which fit well for the evening shows and programs. 5. Also glad to eat breakfast and lunch in the dining rooms rather than the cafeteria (Horizon Cafe). We could order all we wanted without the hassle of cafeteria and the temptation of overeating in the cafeteria. 6. Booked a specialty dinner at the Bayou Cafe - definitely worth it. Food was soooo good. They let us come back later in the evening for our dessert which I thought was great (who can eat a big meal and fabulous dessert all at one sitting anyway. 7. Also, we booked the Sanctuary for Glacier Bay day. Outstanding. You need to book it on-board on departure day. Normally $20 pp for half day and $40pp for full day- with Glacier Bay being $60pp for the full day. Even tho that was our coldest day at sea and a bit of rain, we still felt like it was a great time - sort of like we had our own yacht (perhaps because we managed to claim one of two cabanas) 8. The captain, cruise director and crew were all first rate. Very friendly and talented. 9. No need to buy drink package unless you are heavy alcohol drinker. They have 4:00 and 9:00 Happy hours where second drinks of same kind are just a buck, 10. We did enjoy use of our coffee card. Worth the money. 11. by the way we arrived to the embarkation hall at 11:30 on were onboard sitting down for lunch by 1:15 or so. What we didn't like on board: 1. Way too much trying to see you jewelry, fine art and photographs. 2. We thought the fun time with audience participation one night in one of the lounges featuring the cruise director and her crew was needlessly off-color and un-funny. Excursions: 1 Our priority was wildlife viewing. In that regard we chose the boat trip our of Haines (which is accessed via Skagway). It involves a ferry to Haines, a bus ride to the boat ramp and then about 2 hours of pure nature exploration on the board. We were lucky and saw 5 bears, a couple of Moose, trumpeter swans. From what we heard that was way more than most people saw on other excursions. Land portion: We ended the cruise feeling great and thinking that maybe the land portion would be anticlimactic. It wasn't. It turned out that all of us on our bus were all on the same itinerary but nobody ever really announced that, so we were well into the week before realizing we were on the junket together. Missed some opportunities to joke around. During the 8 nights on land we stayed at 4 different Princess Lodges. We differentiate them as follows: Kenai Peninsula - Princess Boutique McKinley Lodge - Princess Awesome Denali Lodge - Princess Village Fairbanks Lodge - Princess Gathering If you've read the itinerary you realize the on land transportation is all by motor coach except for the train from McKinley to Denali. The train actually goes through Talkeetna which is about 45 minutes from McKinley Lodge.... really a totally different place. Here's what's behind our descriptions: Kenai - Hey, a wood burning stove in the cabin is kinda cool. It's a pretty isolated area. Very scenic (the river is a short walk). We actually attended a local church on Sunday but most people seemed to do the white watching tour (Kenai Fjord) out of Steward and saw a lot of different wildlife. Really, your only eating option at the Lodge is on the property. It was a relaxing place to unwind. On the way to McKinley we actually stopped in Anchorage for about 90 minutes for lunch McKinley Lodge also has a wilderness feel to it. Cabins were pretty plain but, if you're lucky and get to see Mt Denali in all it's glory, it is truly inspiring. We were at the lodge less that 24 hours but felt they were pretty full.... used the hot tub, went to a lecture on Mt. Climbing, ate s'mores by a campfire and took a guided nature hike. 30% of the visitors are lucky enough to see the mountain peak. We were lucky. It would have been nice to have another night at McKinley as the property seemed to have lots to offer in terms of just relaxing and enjoying the beautiful setting. A bus to Talkeetna took us to the Denali Explorer rail cars for the trip to Denali. Princess and Holland America are actually pretty much one organization in Alaska (called HAP Alaska) and they share the train. (The Alaska railway also runs trains on the same and longer routes but I don't think the dome cars or the service is probably as first rate as the Denali Explorer.) It was listed in the itinerary as about 4 hours which I was disappointed it wan't longer - but actually it was plenty. The train stops at the entry way to Denali National Park and then motor coaches took us to the Denali... which unless the first two "wilderness lodges" actually sits in the middle of a small tourist town where everything is accessible by foot. It has many more amenities than the first two did. We booked dinner for the Denali dinner show. I suggest booking the 7:30 show as it would have been very tight getting from the train to the show in time for the early one. The show is a classic example how to feed about 150 people in 20 minutes but the food was decent and the show was fine.... a good evening of fun, for sure. Also, we upgraded to the tundra tour. It's a 8 hour round trip into the National Park and back. Lots of wildlife (and they have great zoom lens camera to help you see the distant animals on a screen in the bus). Highlight for us was seeing Mt. Denali from the other side. An even more impressive view and again we were part of the lucky ones that saw it. Dinner that night was at the pizza restaurant at the Lodge. Actually it was really, really good pizza. Okay, on to Fairbanks with a rest stop along the way. Literally everyone on a land tour with Princess or Holland America begins or ends their trip with 1 or 2 nights at the Fairbanks Princess Lodge. If you want to eat dinner on first night on the terrace overlooking the river don't wait until closing. It closed at 10:00 - we got there at 9:50 for dessert and they wouldn't seat us. The highlighted feature of the time in Fairbanks is the Gold Dredge8 and Discovery Riverboat tour. It makes for a full day - but relaxing and lots of opportunities to learn some cool things along the way. So, finally our last day. We had a late night flight so arranged a late check out and hung around the Lodge until 1:00 or so then took their shuttle to town stopping first at the Pioneer Park (not much there) and then on it's next pass took the shuttle downtown to shop and grab dinner. Flying home that night was definitely sad. Alaska is an amazing place and being able to travel from it's southern tip all the way north to Fairbanks made for a very, very special 40th anniversary celebration. It was fabulous. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Studied the internet with reviews and decided on the Coral based on size, dining, and itinerary. This was our first cruise and it was for our 30th anniversary so it needed to be special. We did the Princess Transfer from the airport to ... Read More
Studied the internet with reviews and decided on the Coral based on size, dining, and itinerary. This was our first cruise and it was for our 30th anniversary so it needed to be special. We did the Princess Transfer from the airport to Whittier. We left Anchorage around 12pm and we were on the ship in less than 2 hours. Going in early May it was too icy to get close to the Hubbard Glacier. I was disappointed but the next day in Glacier Bay made up for it. In Skagway, we too the White Pass train ride. In Juneau, we did the Whale watch trip with Juneau Tours. In Ketchikan, we went salmon fishing with Bill Meck but ended up with Captain Jim Parrott. We didn't catch any fish so I'm thinking it was maybe too early for Salmon. The boat ride was lovely but kinda expensive for a tour of the bay. The highlight of our trip aboard the Coral was the Chef's Table dinner. It was an amazing experience and well worth the extra $95. I have 2 reviews with photos on our trip and the Chef's table. Here are the links. Trip Report: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2506371 Chef's Table: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2509574 Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
This cruise is billed as the Panama Canal cruise. If you accept that then the abbreviated shore excursions in other places become acceptable. If not, then the extremely short layovers will not be satisfactory. That being said, this is an ... Read More
This cruise is billed as the Panama Canal cruise. If you accept that then the abbreviated shore excursions in other places become acceptable. If not, then the extremely short layovers will not be satisfactory. That being said, this is an excellent cruise. It is very relaxing and the ports are excellent. CONS 1. This is an older ship, and showing its age. You can see lots of rusted areas, damaged tiles and carpets, lighting in the dining rooms that doesn’t work, broken lounge chairs, and technical glitches on stage. You can see the difference on the exterior in the ports when you compare it to other ships, which seem to show no rust at all. 2. Total mess up by Princess regarding pre-order of water and beverage service. I was constantly told water pre-ordered would be delivered, but it wasn’t. When I asked Guest Services about it, I was told that the order was lost, and could not be filled while at sea (water pre-order is before it leaves the port). Yet they were willing to sell me individual bottles at an inflated price. Disappointed on how they handled this since it was their error. 3. Very short port stays except for Panama. After 2-1/2 days of sailing, the first port was Aruba where everyone wanted to get out and stretch their legs. Unfortunately the layover is only 4 hours, leaving very limited time to do anything. On top of that, our arrival was on a Sunday and many shops where closed (at least until noon when we were leaving). It would have been better to have a longer stay here and skip Columbia. 4. Port loading and loading is a joke and extremely slow. The boarding at Colon was a total mess. No announcements that could be heard, no explanations for the considerable delay. Everyone just standing around (limited seating) for 2+ hours to re-board. (Holland was next to us and boarded in 30 minutes). Total disorganization. 5. Ship announcements from the Captain or crew during the day can’t be heard unless you are in your room with the TV on. On the 13th and 14th floors they are impossible to hear, even in quiet areas. However, the movie the play in the pool area can be heard all the way to the next port it is so loud. Need to up the volume and the ship announcements. 6. Poor excursion communication. While waiting to disembark at Grand Cayman alternate port, no staff member explained any limitations on any shore excursion. Only when you got on shore did you find out that swimming was not allowed, or other restrictions. Many people refused to go and returned to the ship to get a refund. It would have been much better to explain any limitations in the theater while everyone was waiting. Also, because of the alternate docking location, the on TV display continually showed the next port as “Grand Cayman” even when docked in Fort Lauderdale. Staff was told but no one made an effort to update the information. PROS 1. Extremely friendly staff, some of the best I’ve encountered on cruises. 2. Food was excellent. Buffet themes were not publicized anywhere, so you had to visit the buffet to see what they were serving that day. Sit down dining was excellent, and a good variety during the entire cruise. Beef was properly cooked to the individuals specification every single time. 3. Entertainment is very good. Unfortunately, the majority of the entertainment is the singers and dancers on the ship. Only the first couple of days had outside entertainment (comedian, singer). The dancers are very good, and the shows excellent, but it got old. It would have been nice to have some other entertainment towards the end. 4. The beds are the new Princess beds (soon to be on all ships) and are wonderful! 5. The WiFi access on the ship is good (very slow for outside internet). Their web page gives you the events for the day. It continually requires you to re-log on, which is annoying, but easy to do. The app does NOT have any maps or layouts for the port, which is needed. It also does NOT let you see events for the next day, even late at night, so you can’t plan the next day until it arrives! But the web page gives you the summary of your events you have planned, which is nice. No alerts for messages from your ship mates. You have to have the web page opened to see any messages. It would be nice if the phone buzzed when a message was received. Overall a great cruise with lots of wonderful people we met. As an older ship, it still was very nice, especially for the older crowd aboard. No need of cosmic slides or fancy features. Plenty of lounge chair access and not overly crowed, even on sea days. A wonderful 10-day cruise. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We sailed on the Coral Princess for the partial Panama transit from January 17 to 27, 2017. This was our twelfth cruise and our ninth with Princess. Having encountered a poor all around experience on the Star Princess in April 2016 for a ... Read More
We sailed on the Coral Princess for the partial Panama transit from January 17 to 27, 2017. This was our twelfth cruise and our ninth with Princess. Having encountered a poor all around experience on the Star Princess in April 2016 for a 10 day coastal cruise we were on guard as to what to expect on this cruise. Previously, we have had enjoyable experiences on Princess except for the Star. The Coral Princess cruise exceeded our expectations and renewed what we have always enjoyed on Princess. We were located in cabin D629 which was a balcony unit. Even though towards the stern of the ship being a smaller ship we found it very easy to get around. All of the staff that we passed or had dealings with were extremely pleasant. Thank you Boylyn for being such an attentive and friendly cabin attendant. Our waiter Manuel and his assistant Francis provided excellent service. It was a breath of fresh air to have a waiter with a great personality, sometimes he kept us in stitches. Their character and service made us look forward to dining each night (traditional second seating). Their service was so efficient we always had time to catch the evening shows at 9:45. The Cruise Director (Cory), Assistant (Mikey) and other staff developed a schedule that was full of fun activities for those looking for that. I can't believe their high energy. Our past few cruises have been on large ships, it was a breath of fresh air to be on this smaller ship. I think such enhanced the intimacy. The cruise and ports were great, just a perfect mix of ports vs. sea days. The only negative was the short period of time in Aruba (four hours). This short time either resulted in you taking an excursion or walking around town; there wasn't enough time to do both. Also, somewhat of a waste of time to get off in Colon. The only thing that is worthwhile in doing that is to say you stepped foot on ground in Panama if you stayed on the ship during the transit. It earns the name colon. We stayed on the ship through the partial transit. We watched it from our balcony going up then from the public viewing area on deck 10 bow going back down. A narration was ongoing during the transit by Chris Roberts. It was very informative but also worthwhile to attend his seminar a couple of days before. Throughout this cruise we were fortunate enough to have Project 5 as the house band. They were the best house band we have ever encountered. Unfortunately, there was only one production show called Encore performed by the dance and singing troupe in the Princess Theater. It was spectacular. They did perform at Explorers Lounge and at the Love Boat Disco Night on the Lido. The rest of the entertainment was very good especially pianist Tom Franek and comedian Scott Wyler. The food was well prepared, fresh and always had a nice presentation. I can safely say there wasn't one meal that we were disappointed with. Don't forget to have pizza in Sabatini's at lunch. The specialty restaurant is free for pizza lunch on sea days. Way to go Princess and the crew of the Coral Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
This was our 17th cruise and the longest one my wife and I have taken. It was also our first (but not last) cruise with Princess. It was wonderful! The Ports visited were beautiful and the excursions were great. Everyone on the ships ... Read More
This was our 17th cruise and the longest one my wife and I have taken. It was also our first (but not last) cruise with Princess. It was wonderful! The Ports visited were beautiful and the excursions were great. Everyone on the ships staff treated us like we were special. The ship was beautiful and completely relaxing. We had a mini-suite that was all we hoped for and more. It was very spacious and comfortable with a nice balcony. Food was great and the specialty restaurants were outstanding. We took in a couple of the entertainment events during the cruise and they were both very professional and completely entertaining. The photo people were very good, my wife does not like her picture taken yet we left the ship with more photos than any other cruise we have taken. We even had our picture taken in the Platinum Studio, which was an amazing experience, and ordered a spectacular black and white photo that will be prominently displayed in our living room. We were totally surprised at how fast and easy both embarkation and debarkation was. I highly recommend this cruise and cruise line. We have already booked and Alaskan cruise with Princess for 2016. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
We choose this cruise as it was one we had wanted to do & it worked out to be very conveniently for us. It went to all the places we wanted to see esp. the Panama Canal. It started where we wanted it to & on the day we wanted ... Read More
We choose this cruise as it was one we had wanted to do & it worked out to be very conveniently for us. It went to all the places we wanted to see esp. the Panama Canal. It started where we wanted it to & on the day we wanted & ended on the day we wanted. So it worked out great for us. The Islands we stopped at were great, the weather, food on the ship was fantastic, & the people at our table & the ones we met at other tables were also so nice. Entertainment was fantastic!!! The people that did the entertainment are so good they could perform on stage. We really enjoyed the tour of the kitchen & I was sorry I didn't have my camera to take picture to show family how great & clean it is. Look forward to my next cruise if I can think of one. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Coral Princess was an excellent cruise ship for Alaska. Embarkation from Vancouver went smoothly for American but we heard that for foreign citizens it took much longer. Went to the ports of Ketchican, Juneau and Skagway. Cruised Glacier ... Read More
Coral Princess was an excellent cruise ship for Alaska. Embarkation from Vancouver went smoothly for American but we heard that for foreign citizens it took much longer. Went to the ports of Ketchican, Juneau and Skagway. Cruised Glacier Bay and College Fjord. The First night onboard.. I would go to early dinner in the dining room but get there early because it can get very crowded that first night. The Dining room food was very good. The Buffet for breakfast and lunch was excellent. Service was excellent by all the Princess staff. Entertainment shows by the Princess singers and dancers was very enjoyable. There was a naturalist who gave a number of excellent talks on nature and wildlife in Alaska. Also, in Glacier Bay a number of Park rangers came onboard to talk about life in Alaska. The ship had a laundromat on every floor ( a nice feature) but they didn't always stock the room with detergent or coins. Shore excursions-- we didn't book them from the cruise line but did it online with independent operators at a cheaper rate. Disembarkation went smoothly as we took the Denali extension with Princess cruises. Went with the Alaska railroad to Talketna were we took a bus to the Mckinley Princess Lodge. From there we went to the Denali Princess lodge for trip to the Denali National Park. I would look into if an optional food package for the Denali trip as food was very expensive. Read Less
18 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We had a fantastic time on our Alaskan cruise! We arrived the night before and stayed at The Captain Cook hotel. Nice, large room with a great view. Easy walk to the Egan Center to check in for our transfer to Whitter. We had an hour so ... Read More
We had a fantastic time on our Alaskan cruise! We arrived the night before and stayed at The Captain Cook hotel. Nice, large room with a great view. Easy walk to the Egan Center to check in for our transfer to Whitter. We had an hour so walked around for a little while. The hour and a half drive was nice. Our driver narrated for us. Embarkation was pretty quick. We were given a map of the ship and our cabin info. Security was fast and then on to our cabin. We were in a mini suite D529. Very nice size with lots of room. Even our very large suitcases fit under the bed. We were met by our cabin steward with a very good glass of champagne. The sail away from beautiful. Some of my best pictures were taken that night. We had anytime dining and usually ate at 8:00 or later. Never a wait for a table for two. Reservations were available, but we never needed one. Since we ate late we went to the late shows and could always find a seat. We loved all the ports and excursions. My advice; choose an excursion that gets you out of town and away from the tourist shops. There is so much more to each city. Service was great from everyone we dealt with. Our best sail away was when we were leaving Ketchican. We were in the outdoor spa with a drink, watching the scenery go by and an eagle flying overhead, perfect! Debarkation was the smoothest in ten cruises. We had breakfast, walked off, found our luggage right away and just a ten minute wait for a cab. Now it's time to plan the next cruise. 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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