1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
We choose this ship and cruise as it fitted with the locations and time. The ship was very nice, cabins without a doubt dated and in need of a makeover but perfectly clean and adequate. Beds and pillows very comfy. The main areas have ... Read More
We choose this ship and cruise as it fitted with the locations and time. The ship was very nice, cabins without a doubt dated and in need of a makeover but perfectly clean and adequate. Beds and pillows very comfy. The main areas have had a refurb and the Atrium is very smart. Staff very friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble. The food in Horizons, excellent so much choice all day long, always hot. Provance dinning room pleasant, waitress was a real gem, full of good humour and professional . Food on the second week maybe not quite so much choice, but none the less a few adaptions here and there asking for extra veg, potatoes was soon organised. We were also lucky enough to have a meal in Sabatinis as a wedding anniversary treat. NB..do not eat before you go as so many delicious courses. It is however very disappointing when passengers do not follow the dress code , example on Formal nights a lot people arriving in the theatre in sports wear, jeans , shorts. The excursions like all cruise excursions not long enough and due to weather the tender was not able to operate to Nicaragua which meant 5 days at sea, its a pity another port on another day could not have been organised. Overall more sea days that land days, but the highlight being the Panama Canal was worth the wait. We did the excursion the day before on the smaller boat so was fantastic being in the canal on smaller boat and then the ship. Also saw plenty of Dolphin pods and a whale. Movies under the Stars , we watched 2 films, popcorn was served. Blanket provided but not needed. Entertainment was good although some not for us, maybe being British made the difference as we did not know the singers from Nashville. The last show Silk was excellent. Downside need to get to the theatre at last 40 minutes early to secure a seat, annoyingly a lot people reserved for friends who did not show. Only 2 waiters generally on duty serving drinks. Wi fi was worth having although it did fail on two occasions. Immigration at the end was awful, over a hour as US Citizens were fast tracked , even though the Non US Citizens queue was very long. We missed our connection taxi due to the delay and had to make other arrangements, plus we were 30 minutes later that the given time to disembark the ship. Very satisfied with the overall cruise, would most definitely sail with Princess again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
The Panama canal was on our bucket list and there are not a lot of cruise lines that offer this cruise. The canal is awesome and such a marvel to see and go through, and the ship was nice, but nothing special. We were very disappointed ... Read More
The Panama canal was on our bucket list and there are not a lot of cruise lines that offer this cruise. The canal is awesome and such a marvel to see and go through, and the ship was nice, but nothing special. We were very disappointed that during our early morning hours (7am) venture through the canal we were standing at the back of the ship in the Sanctuary to take pictures of the canal and even though that "overly priced specialty pampering" was not to open for another hour we were run off and not allowed to even stand there to take pictures. We weren't lounging or doing anything other than taking what was historical pictures for us, but the staff would not allow us to remain there. Such a disappointment, going that whole way to observe such a fantastic happening, but not even allowed to stand and take pictures. If other cruise lines offered passage through the canal I would certainly look into them and find out what strict policies they have in place for events like viewing the canal. I also wish the ship didn't automatically give you a straw EVERY time they deliver your drink to you. The plastic waste these days is awful and in our case, this was a total waste every time they gave us one. All they have to do is ask if we want one. Santorini's was not good this time. We had eaten there years ago on another cruise, but Olive Garden has better quality food than this one did this time. Not the captain's fault, but we were disappointed we missed Jamaica, it was too windy to port, that was going to be our one beach day. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
This cruise fulfilled a number of my travel criteria: Check off a bucket list item-Done Go places I have never been before-Done Eat in restaurants that I can't find at home-Done Experiencing the Panama Canal was definitely ... Read More
This cruise fulfilled a number of my travel criteria: Check off a bucket list item-Done Go places I have never been before-Done Eat in restaurants that I can't find at home-Done Experiencing the Panama Canal was definitely on the bucket list. Experiencing it on the Coral Princess was icing on the cake! Even before we got to Florida, Princess was taking care of us. About a week prior to departure, Princess asked us to "move over" from our reserved mini-suite cabin to a balcony cabin; in exchange they would refund a substantial portion of our cruise fare. Yes, please! Embarkation was a breeze-we walked into our cabin less than an hour after arriving at the port terminal. The ship was beautiful; the public spaces well maintained and our cabin was spacious enough for us, despite the tiny bathroom (we didn't realize how much we appreciated the larger shower in the mini-suite until we didn't have it!). Plenty of closet space for 10 days worth of clothes for two people, too. We chose late sitting traditional dining (another "traditional" dining room offers Anytime Dining and, of course, the Horizon Court offers buffet style dining) The wait staff in the Provence dining room were attentive and talented (be sure to have Mark sing to you for your special occasion). As you would expect, the food was plentiful and delicious. We loved attending the enrichment lectures about the port and about the Canal itself. The onboard port specialist was very knowledgeable about the history of the Canal. The highlight for us was being on the ship as it traversed the Gatun Locks and watching other ships go through them as well. What a sight that was! We choose Princess because their pricing is fair, their Future Cruise program is very nice, and they offer onboard credits to active duty military and veterans. With both of us being veterans, this benefit will usually cover the cost of one shore excursion for us. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
We are a family of three, 40's with a teenage son. This was our sixth cruise. We have previously sailed on Princess, Holland America, and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Our Panama Canal cruise on the Coral Princess from LA to FLL 03/09/09 ... Read More
We are a family of three, 40's with a teenage son. This was our sixth cruise. We have previously sailed on Princess, Holland America, and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Our Panama Canal cruise on the Coral Princess from LA to FLL 03/09/09 was fantastic! We were fortunate to have great weather and calm seas the entire trip. Having CCL (Carnival Cruise Line) shares we were able to take advantage of the On Board Credit of $250 for a 14 day cruise with Princess. The OBC was easily obtained after the final payment was made. We flew into LAX the day before and stayed at the Crown Plaza LA Harbor. It is a great location, with enough things to do and plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Crown Plaza's free shuttle took us to the Cruise Terminal the morning of our cruise. The embarkation was very organized and fast, once the previous passengers were all disembarked. Once on board, we made our way to the buffet for lunch, being some of the first on board it wasn't busy at all. After lunch and a little walk to get acquainted with the ship, we made our way to our balcony mini-suite state room C727. This was a wonderful room. We were the last aft balcony on the starboard side. This room could sleep four. There was a bed that came down from the ceiling and the sofa could be made into a bed. There was lots of room for the 3 of us. Our balcony had 4 chairs and a table. The balcony was exposed on 3 sides. We unpacked our luggage, (there was tons of storage and closet areas) and met our room steward. Alvin introduced himself to us and asked if we would like some champagne. Wonderful! After getting our room setup we were off to purchase our Couples Thermo Suite passes for DW and myself, a discount and limited capacity first day only. DS purchased his internet minutes, extra 40 minutes if purchased first day then registered with teen program. The teen room was extremely well equipped. We chose anytime dining as it works best for us. We had our dinners in the Bordeaux dining room usually when it opened at 5:30pm. A table for 4 was always available for us. After a few evenings of trying different tables and waiters, the maitre'ds knew our preferences. We took advantage of Princesses bring your own wine policy. Some nights we arrived for dinner with a glass of wine, or a bottle of wine without a problem. On a few occasions we purchased a bottle from their reasonable selection. Celebrating a wedding anniversary on this cruise, we enjoyed anniversary balloons, heart shaped towel animals, and acknowledgement from the staff close to us. We were up early every morning and in the gym using the very adequate weight machines and free weights. Then a few miles around the promenade deck and off to the Thermo Suite for a steam sauna. Breakfasts were either on the balcony with room service or something quick from the Horizon Court buffet and taken out to the pool area. Huatulco - We taxied to La Entrega beach and snorkeled with our own equipment. There is a nice reef with numerous fish. We rented a Jet-Ski for half an hour. We sampled a few Cervezas, fresh homemade tortillas and guacamole, and local mescal. Ah heaven! Wish we could have stayed longer. Guatemala - What an experience! We booked Princesses "Antigua on your own" bus ride to Antigua. Armed with my own map of all the sites to see, we negotiated a tour with a driver of a three wheeled Baja taxi called a Tuk-Tuks, for an hour. What fun! Photo opportunities galore! Great restaurants are also to be found for lunch, as we discovered. After lunch we negotiated a ride with a horse and carriage operator, who showed us some hotel restaurant establishments. Nicaragua - We booked a private tour with Va Pues tours to climb Cerro Negro Volcano, have lunch, and tour the city of Leon. With all the volcanoes in Nicaragua, I think it's a must. The climb was over an hour. The descent took minutes. It was one of our most wonderful and amazing tours! Fantastic tour guides and tour, I can't say enough. As a side bar, we were talking to some gentlemen outside the gates of the pier, who are offering tours. There are many things to do and the prices are good, if you are the active type. Would love to go back! Do not be afraid of the country. The people are marvelous. Costa Rica - We took a tour through Princess "Corobochi River Float w/ Lunch". Level 1-2 rapids. We saw monkeys, crocodiles, various birds, iguanas and other animals that our guide was very quick to point out and was also very knowledgeable. Panama Canal - All day site seeing and you don't have to leave the ship. I read "The Path between the Seas' before the cruise. This gave me a great appreciation as to what was involved in building the canal. Cartegena - due to Gas Turbine problems on board, this port was missed. Princess gave every passenger $100.00 OBC. Good for Princess, as this has happed before to us, (other cruise lines) and the refunds haven't been as good. Aruba - Due to missing time in Cartegena, Princess gave us more time in Aruba. Yahoo! We booked a catamaran sail & snorkel with lunch through Princess. We snorkeled overtop of the sunken German tanker, "Antilles". This was a rush! We did some snorkeling near a beach, and then had lunch at Pelican Pier. There were many shows every evening, catering to various tastes. We attended a few comedy shows, the galley tour, wine tasting, also participated in numerous sports, pool and stage entertainment. It was all enjoyable. Disembarkation was the easiest we've experienced. We chose express disembarkation and carried our own bags off. We had a quick breakfast and we were amongst the first off and through customs in less than half an hour. A short $12.00 taxi to the FLL airport and we were on our way. Summary - The dinners in the Bordeaux dining room were excellent. The waiters were "excelente". Our favorite table was #30 with waiters Juan Carlos and Ricardo. The room service breakfasts were on time and adequate. Room stewards were friendly and attentive. We stayed away from the buffet as much as possible. (do not enjoy the atmosphere) We also avoid all the aggressive sales techniques on board, and the usual tourist shops in port. We enjoyed the more out of the way ports, and had our best cruise as of yet. 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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