29 Princess Coral Princess Repositioning Cruise Reviews

Not what was expected. Very unfriendly staff. Outdated vessel. Very small. Not well kept. Food was worse than hospital food. Balcony very dirty. Not a lot of activities on-board for 4 day duration. Age group 50-85. Disembarkment process ... Read More
Not what was expected. Very unfriendly staff. Outdated vessel. Very small. Not well kept. Food was worse than hospital food. Balcony very dirty. Not a lot of activities on-board for 4 day duration. Age group 50-85. Disembarkment process very early. Shops with expensive prices. Atrium is a small hole in the vessel. Elevators are old and dirty. Not sailing again with a Princess. The staff seem to agree that Royal Princess have higher standards in food, cleanliness and ship entertainment. The cocktails were very overpriced. Coffee tasted like water, looked muddy. Tea was better option. Same breakfast menu every single day. Buffet posts and glass were extremely dirty. Staff around ship couldn’t answer badic questions, but gave honest responses, “sorry, I can’t answer that, maybe someone else knows”!!! I would spend a few hundred more and get a better experience with an alternate cruiseline. Many seniors with books in hand and ready for relaxation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I chose this cruise because I needed a small break. It was perfect to leave from my home port. The stop in Astoria was uneventful. I would have liked to stop in Seattle or San Francisco, anywhere but Astoria. The people at my dining ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I needed a small break. It was perfect to leave from my home port. The stop in Astoria was uneventful. I would have liked to stop in Seattle or San Francisco, anywhere but Astoria. The people at my dining table were wonderful. we ranged in age from 48 - 82 and had a great camaraderie. The games were hilarious at times. The staff were awesome. They upgraded me to a balcony which I loved. I sat out there in the mornings with my tea and just listened to the sound of the waves and was at peace. I was able to see some whales blow but not emerge or breach. Dani, Christopher, and Carlos took great care of me in the dining room. The food was bland. I heard this complaint from several guests onboard. I don't know if they don't season the food because they think most of the guests are elderly and cannot tolerate it. The worst food on the ship was a veggie burger up on 14. It was soggy and fell apart and tasted terrible. I found the heat inside the ship to be way too high. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This cruise came about when my wife and I wanted a quick getaway. We were were on the Ruby last year in Alaska and were looking to take it's repositioning trip south but the Coral itinerary (stopping once in Astoria) was better so ... Read More
This cruise came about when my wife and I wanted a quick getaway. We were were on the Ruby last year in Alaska and were looking to take it's repositioning trip south but the Coral itinerary (stopping once in Astoria) was better so that was that. The ship does have a few odd perks. Buffet is forward instead of aft, restaurants are also forward. International cafe is open to the casino, a definite negative. Almost everything else, however, is a strong positive. Ship was in good condition, most of the crew was great and entertainment was wonderful. We spent a lot of time listening to music in the Wheelhouse bar, mostly the jazz band but had plenty of dance music options. Princess stage entertainment was great. Bayou steakhouse was a strong negative. First, who decided that a cajun steakhouse was a good idea? The venue had no idea what it wanted to be. Second, service was poor with an invisible head waiter and inattentive waiter. Finally, my NY strip was tough beyond belief. I have never sent any dish back in my life until I tried to eat the steak. It was properly cooked medium rare but still not worth eating. My wife's filet was not properly cooked but the waiter never stuck around long enough for us to report the problem. Service took forever and I was charged for a bottle of wine I never ordered (ultimately resolved with 3 trips to the service desk.) This was one negative in an overall very positive experience. Main dining room was good (waits for mytime dining a bit long) and all other venues we tried were great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My husband and I needed a worry-free escape from stressful jobs, one that, once we left the house, was completely taken care of. On this 4 night cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles, we were able to afford a Club Class Mini Suite with ... Read More
My husband and I needed a worry-free escape from stressful jobs, one that, once we left the house, was completely taken care of. On this 4 night cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles, we were able to afford a Club Class Mini Suite with Princess transfers at the Vancouver Airport and an overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel. The transfers and hotel stay were well worth the price for us. As soon as we left Customs, a Princess Rep whisked us to a cab and handed a voucher to the driver. At the lovely Four Seasons we were upgraded to a magnificent one bedroom suite with a breathtaking city view. Our luggage was picked up from our suite at 8am the next morning and we didn't have to think about it again until it was safely delivered to our cabin in the very early afternoon. As others have mentioned, embarkation in Vancouver was a mess. There were 3 ships in Port disembarking when we arrived at about 9:45am, and we were herded here, there, and everywhere while the port employees tried to figure out what to do with us and where we were supposed to go. Once we cleared Customs and Princess had more control over the situation, things were much more organized. We were safely on board and in our cabin before 11:30am. Our cabin was very clean, spacious, and in good order. The tub/shower combination in the bathroom was worth the price of the suite. Our cabin steward Jeffrey was perfect in every way and greatly enhanced our experience. Our luggage was delivered very promptly. We couldn't have been happier with Club Class Dining. The separate area of the Bordeaux Dining Room was very peaceful and the service most attentive. The food was good and the extra dish often noteworthy. We never had to wait for a table, and our beverages of choice were instantly at hand. My husband enjoyed the variety of the buffet, but the quality of the food and lack of substantial vegetarian items made it a no go for me. We had Room Service a couple of times. The menu was small as were the portions, but the service was very friendly and you could order as much of any item as you wanted. I had pizza from the Lido Deck on the last day and wondered why I had waited so long. It was really good. The Coral Princess is very clean and well maintained. The crew is pleasant and seemed to work well together as a team. We enjoyed the less frantic atmosphere of a smaller ship, and found plenty of areas to enjoy the solitude of the sea away from others. I thoroughly enjoyed the Thermal Suite in the Lotus Spa. The heated beds were so relaxing, and I'm glad I invested in a pass. It was well worth it to me. It was too cold for us to brave Movies Under the Stars, but the movies also played on the televisions in our cabin and in the Princess Theater. We indulged in Premiere Coffee Cards and are glad we did. Although there could be long lines at the International Cafe, especially in the mornings, my husband greatly enjoyed the specialty frozen beverages available. I enjoyed an after dinner latte in Club Class more than once, along with an occasional Mocktail. Disembarkation in San Pedro was a breeze. We enjoyed a final Club Class breakfast with the same attentive service we had received during the rest of the cruise. We were not rushed or hurried in any way. After a leisurely meal we made our way to the quiet Platinum Lounge until our group was called. Once off the ship, our luggage was easily located and a Lyft quickly obtained for our short trip home. We thoroughly enjoyed our time aboard the lovely Coral Princess and hope to be cruising again before too long. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This re-positioning cruise was awesome. The 4 day itinerary was the perfect way to revitalize your spirit and mind. The Coral is a smaller ship but has all the amenities of say the Regal. It is new enough that the carpet still has ... Read More
This re-positioning cruise was awesome. The 4 day itinerary was the perfect way to revitalize your spirit and mind. The Coral is a smaller ship but has all the amenities of say the Regal. It is new enough that the carpet still has spring to it and the rooms are clean and rust free. The food was excellent. The main dining rooms were large with a lot of ramps for passengers that need assistance. The buffet had many delicious dishes to choose from. The deserts were outstanding and the fruit was sweet and fresh. The cruise staff was outstanding. The passenger games were funny and the staff kept the party going. The art staff was awesome. They gave different lectures on various artists that were interesting and informative. Their knowledge of the artists and their work was impressive. The auctions were fun and the pieces being sold were a outstanding value. This is a trip I would do again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise very last minute as our land trip to Napa fell through. The price for the cruise was a deal we could not pass up so we left for Vancouver. Upon entering the cruise port Princess was there and graciously welcomed me ... Read More
We chose this cruise very last minute as our land trip to Napa fell through. The price for the cruise was a deal we could not pass up so we left for Vancouver. Upon entering the cruise port Princess was there and graciously welcomed me back. It had been a while not choosing Princess. We were so glad we are back!!! The entire experience exceeded our expectations mainly due to the outstanding service we received in all venues. The Crooners Bar with Allan and Pankey was incredible. So fun and energetic. I miss them so much! Robert our room steward and Dani our traditional dining server. All are just awesome. The food was excellent. We ate in the traditional dining room each evening and for breakfast. We also love the pizza. Just like we remembered-so awesome. Exceeded expectations. Enjoy if you go on the Coral Princess and say hello to Allan and Pankey from T and T! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Second time on Princess (first on Coral). Had done the same itinerary two years go on Island. Got upgraded to balcony on Caribe Deck. Location was good and had a covered balcony. However it was really too cold to spend anytime on it! ... Read More
Second time on Princess (first on Coral). Had done the same itinerary two years go on Island. Got upgraded to balcony on Caribe Deck. Location was good and had a covered balcony. However it was really too cold to spend anytime on it! Embarkation and Disembarkation went very smoothly (I was in first group both times with carry on luggage). Ship has supposedly been recently updates..seemingly the public area carpets look fresh, ship has the new internet service. There was some exterior painting going on. The metal frame around my baloney door was corroded. Layout of the ship is better than Island, there is still a full Promenade loop on Deck 7 (although closed during rough seas). Small viewing decks at back of upper floors, below the Sanctuary. Library is limited..very sad compared to Holland America. Viewing areas are blocked by blue-tinted glass, very little is unobscured for photographers (a few corners on upper levels, and the back decks, plus Promenade. Blankets provided for outdoor movie viewing are thin flannel, useless in cold weather! Cabin was small, but had room to walk around bed. Bed was extremely soft and saggy, had a sore back after the cruise! Shower stall is cramped, shower head is fixed. Room has small refrigerator. Large flat screen TV. Wine glasses provided but no corkscrew. Standard toiletries are wall mounted shower/conditioner and shower gel, tube skin cream and soap bar. No fruit basket (steward said to request it through room service). Balcony had two chairs and two footrests. Dining in MDR fixed seating was good service. Food was average and somewhat boring. Prime Rib was good, as was beef and lamb chop in mixed grill at lunch. Corvina was fishy smelling. Good scooped ice cream in MDR (choice of two ice creams and one sorbet). Bread is good. Horizon Court food very mediocre with not much choice. Only one smoked fish (mackerel) was available at breakfast. Sushi was terrible! Beverage service is uneven..usually only offered to large parties, not to single diners. Pizza in Sabattinis at lunch is made to order, thin crust style and skimpy toppings. International Cafe food offerings were versions of what was up in Horizon Court. Nothing Special. Room service has limited offerings but was timely. Very little in the way of enrichment..are crafts enrichment? TV had good selection of movies and news channels. Service was overall good except in Horizon Court. I didn't use any ships excursions. I would chose Holland America over Princess for an Alaska Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Quick 3 day repositioning cruise heading north to Vancouver. Flight in to LAX was perfect since Princess has staff at the baggage pickup area. My flight came in at 9:20 am. Bought transfer to ship at baggage claim from Princess ... Read More
Quick 3 day repositioning cruise heading north to Vancouver. Flight in to LAX was perfect since Princess has staff at the baggage pickup area. My flight came in at 9:20 am. Bought transfer to ship at baggage claim from Princess personal and waited for bus. Our luggage stayed with staff and we were taken directly to ship. On the Coral Princess ship by 11:30 am. Luggage made it onto ship without any problem & was so nice not to deal with it on bus or pier. Beautiful day in LA. Blue sky and able to sit on padded lounge chairs by the indoor pool and watch the seals swimming near the ship. Nice lunch at Horizon buffet which is at the front of the ship. Went to one production show at the Princess Theater/ front of the ship. Enjoyed the special guest singers, Princess singers and band that preformed. Went to a comedy show at the back of the ship, really like that lounge and comedy was nice with little or no profanity. Relaxing Trip. Still like to watch the Yes, No game. Anytime dining was good. For Vancouver I was in walkoff group 2 taking own luggage off. Although we were slightly late to the dock/pier, I was walking off the ship by 7:45 am. Made prior reservation with Quick Shuttle and able to catch the 9 am bus to Seattle without any problem for my flight. This reposition sailing only offered transfers to Vancouver airport. I really liked the size of the Coral Princess and thought it was a pretty ship and like it, would sail on it again. Someone mentioned no seating by the Atrium on this ship, I didn’t really go there much. Didn’t notice any smoke smell from casino which was really nice. Loved that their was always lounge chairs available to use. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
The dining room and cabin steward were great. The ship just came out of dry dock and there were technical problems with the Movies at Sea on deck, that was a bit disappointing. Many workers came along on the first leg out of dry dock to ... Read More
The dining room and cabin steward were great. The ship just came out of dry dock and there were technical problems with the Movies at Sea on deck, that was a bit disappointing. Many workers came along on the first leg out of dry dock to finish up maintenance, no big deal - just something we noticed. The Panal Canel was everything we hoped for as this was our first time through the canel. The main dining room experience was great, our regular waiter and assistant waiter for dinner were excellent. The times we went to breakfast and lunch (anytime dining) was equally great. The buffet, or cafeteria as some call it was what you might expect from a cruise ship. My significant other requires gluten free food and I give Princess an A+++. The head waiter was very accommodating and even had the galley prepare special desserts for her (and other passengers) the following night for dinner. Awesome job! We didn't arrange any port excursions through Princess; therefore, no comments on those areas. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because it fitted with the rest of our itinerary, & excursions which were much more varied & cheaper. We gave Coral Princess a low rating because you had to go through multiple corridors to find a lift, & ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it fitted with the rest of our itinerary, & excursions which were much more varied & cheaper. We gave Coral Princess a low rating because you had to go through multiple corridors to find a lift, & then not every lift went to all decks. The floor of our corridor was very uneven causing me to have a hard time walking in it. Only 1 out of 3 washing machines/dryers were working from day one NONE of them were working by the last day. We were told by people on decks above & below us that their laundry’s were out also, when they tried to use ours on deck 8. The food was okay but the deserts were boring & bland & didn’t vary at all. We would highly recommend the White Pass Railway at Skagway it was awesome. It is an engineering feat and the scenery is sensational. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this particular cruise, as it was a full Panama Canal Transit. This had been on my husband's Bucket List for many years now and when he retired and we had unlimited "vacation time", I booked it immediately The ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise, as it was a full Panama Canal Transit. This had been on my husband's Bucket List for many years now and when he retired and we had unlimited "vacation time", I booked it immediately The Coral Princess is a pretty ship, smaller in size and has everything one needs. I will admit it is looking a bit worn, but kept immaculately clean. The public areas were decorated very nicely and all the seating was very comfortable. Be sure if you want to attend an event or one of the larger production shows, you get into the venue 45-60 min before show time. Usually there are things going on prior to the event in the same venue and a lot of people just stay. Getting a table in the Card Room was difficult at times, but we managed to ask people that were "saving" multiple tables to give one of them up. Many of the tables lift sides were in sad condition and one had to "work" on them to get them to stay up in place. One thing I did notice, is that our mini-suite balcony had quite a bit of rust on the metal parts of the ship and the patio furniture desperately needed to be replaced, It was usable but stained and faded. Plus I hated those plastic tiles that are laid down on the decking, like walking on Lego's! The banister railing had been recently varnished. The inside of our cabin was nice and very clean. Thanks Boylin, for taking good care of us! Some of the minor enhancements that could be looked at are, replacing or re-stretching the carpet, updating the old pictures, retiling the bathrooms. All of the previous items are cosmetic and did not effect my cruise. My biggest complaint was those small TV's with such limited programing to watch!! I know I am not on a cruise to watch TV, but I am a night owl and like to do so after the evening events have wound down!! I guess I was totally spoiled on the Royal Princess that have 50" TVs with On Demand programming!! Oh, the beds are to die for!! No, none, nada, complaints there!! The food and service was really good. In the main dining rooms it was a bit slow, as it seems like they had several new crew and the main waiter and helpers were getting to know each other? The food in Horizon Court was fabulous. I have never had such great tasting breads, meats, and gravies. Not to mention the absolutely fabulous desserts at least 8-10 to choose from, plus the most delicious tasting cookies ever! Try the Peanut Butter they are to die for!! Say hi to Carlos for me! We were on first name basis. Over all the cruise was wonderful. We met so many awesome people, several of which we will keep in contact with! If you are thinking of this itineray, do it! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Always wanted to see the Panama Canal. Everything from the embarkation to the disembarkation was excellent. Food and entertainment were great. Cruise director staff were very friendly and professional staff. Excursions were great except ... Read More
Always wanted to see the Panama Canal. Everything from the embarkation to the disembarkation was excellent. Food and entertainment were great. Cruise director staff were very friendly and professional staff. Excursions were great except for Cartenaga Columbia. Informed excursion staff onboard the ship and they took care of our concerns promptly. Took the shuttle bus to the ft Lauderdale port walked through the terminal and went on to the ship right away. Never even sat down to wait . Our room was great and ready for us to go to right away. All of our meals were Great. Played trivia and game shows pretty much every day. All were great. Our waiter Jesse and junior waitor Shankar were excellent. Always made sure we were taken care of. Disembarking in Vancouver was great considering there were 3 ships in port at same time all getting off. One hour after meeting in our meeting place we on our way home. Would sail with Princess Cruises any time. Never had a problem with them ever. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The overall cruise was great. This was our 7th cruise (5 with Princess and 2 with Celebrity). My wife and I feel the food on Princess is considerably better than on Celebrity. The Coral Princess ship is one of the smaller ships which was ... Read More
The overall cruise was great. This was our 7th cruise (5 with Princess and 2 with Celebrity). My wife and I feel the food on Princess is considerably better than on Celebrity. The Coral Princess ship is one of the smaller ships which was built specifically to go through the canal and as such there are a few disadvantages over the larger ships. We found that by selecting a dining time we were able to walk right in to our table while the "anytime diners" had to suffer long lines particularly for the early dining hours. Because of the smaller ship and dining facilities we were put in a 8 place table setting even though we requested a 2 place. The other drawback is you need to get to the show about a half a hour early in order to get a good seat. The shows however were well worth it. Even though these points might be considered inconvenient by some people the overall experience of the smaller ship is a great one. All of the staff working on the ship were excellent with one exception. The lady that worked the future booking, I believe her name was Bernadette, was a bit snippy and didn't want to devote much time to your questions. Oh well, you always get people like that no matter where you are. Nevertheless, everyone else was friendly and excellent to cruise with. We particularly liked our room attendant (Ray) and Christian and Roldolfo in the dining areas were excellent as well. We liked the fact that twice a day there were happy hour prices in the bars as opposed to Celebrity that had none. The showers are small, but understandable considerably the limited space. We also liked the fact that on this cruise the people weren't always bugging us to purchase meals at the specialty restaurants, the spay treatments, etc. This too was unlike Celebrity that pestered us all the time. If you have experienced a full transit through the Panama Canal we would certainly recommend it. It is essentially a once in a lifetime experience. We found the food to be superb and with lots of variety both in the restaurants as well as the Horizon buffet. A few tips that I would like to share with you: 1) Take along one of the Yeli travel mugs to fill with coffee, water or whatever your drink you'd like. No spilling, the keep the temperature of your drink and they are certainly much larger than the ship board cups and glasses. 2) A few layers of kitchen plastic wrap is great to seal your liquids from leaking on the airlines. Simply cut a piece and fold it over several times and place it over the mouth of the bottle then screw the lid on. Then it doesn't leak in the non-pressurized compartments on the plane. 3) We saw some of the people traveling with others would hang a tiny white board on their door for their companions to write a message on which provides a convenient to tell the others where you will be. I'm not sure you can buy these, but I am guessing if you do a search on the internet you can find them. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We chose this cruise because we were on the West Coast and preferred to book a transit of the Panama Canal versus flying. We were just on the reverse itinerary on the Island Princess in May 2017 and expected a similarly pleasant ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were on the West Coast and preferred to book a transit of the Panama Canal versus flying. We were just on the reverse itinerary on the Island Princess in May 2017 and expected a similarly pleasant experience. It didn't happen! The embarkation was terrible. It was one long series of lines. There was no accommodation for our cabin level (Premium Suite) or our Captain's Circle status (Elite). It took two hours to process and we got onboard too late to enjoy Club Class lunch in the MDR. Our cabin steward service started out well but went downhill after we questioned why the cabin amenities were not replaced at the start of the second cruise (LA to Florida). We also figured out late that we didn't receive all of the normal amenities on either or both segments of the cruise. The cabin steward's attitude could be called "silent insolence". He cleaned but not well and twice left cleaning equipment in our cabin. Definitely not "Premium" service. We discussed the amenity issue with the Captain Circle rep and the attitude started and service went down from there. There was No follow up feedback from Housekeeping, Guest Services or Captain Circle to our complaint. Service in the MDR was superb. The food was not special though. Likely we got tired of the menu but it didn't seem to be to the Island Princess standard. Suite breakfast in Sabittini's was the highlight of our mornings. Edmundo, Anastasia and Carlos treated as as welcomed guests and spoiled us at every chance. The burgers & hotdogs in the grill were exceptional and the service by the grill staff and waiters (especially Anthony) was great. The Bayou was also super. The Horizon buffet food was good but not special. A lot of the foods were highly seasoned or salted. The service there though was again superb. The itinerary was tedious. The port days were generally too short. We were stormed out of one port call and the Captain made the determination after seeing the conditions first hand. The highlight of the itinerary was Supposed to be the full transit of the Panama Canal! It was a pleasant day but there was NO narration and no explanation given for the lack thereof. Of note, the cruise DVD DID have narrative of the transit, so the information was there on board!! The early comedians were supremely funny. The production show were not very professional. Activities were disjointed and frequently had schedule conflicts between evening major events. A cocktail party in the atrium on the last formal night had cocktails, but no host, no entertainment and thus not much of a party. The Princess Pop choir performed later but the sound system was so out of balance that the singing wasn't heard over the backing soundtrack. Disembarkation was just average. The special lounge wasn't, it featured a continous loop of future cruises. Again there was no accommodation for our cabin level or our Captain's Circle status as far as lines and debarkation. And finally our luggage was not all in our assigned color group area. We had too search for two missing pieces. To add insult to injury, Princess accepted our first post-cruise survey, but after providing details of our disappointing experience and pushing "submit" for the second survey, it was rejected! All in all the value for the money was not there. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
The Coral Princess is a smaller ship then we are used to. We got to like it after we figured out the the ship is set up almost reversed from most of the other of the Princess fleet. We had a balcony cabin that had a slightly extended ... Read More
The Coral Princess is a smaller ship then we are used to. We got to like it after we figured out the the ship is set up almost reversed from most of the other of the Princess fleet. We had a balcony cabin that had a slightly extended balcony that wraped around the aft of the ship a little. It was nice and quiet most of the time untill the ship stared to dock then the cabin would really shake. Dinning was good, I just don't understand why they try so hard to make people share tables in the dinning room. we have had too many bad experiences sharing tables with people who order 3 or 4 apps and dinners so you are stuck sitting there for hour. It seemed as if every time we asked to sit alone they got angry? We really enjoyed the live music on this ship, Raposdy was great. The bar staff was top notch as always. We only had 1 stop in Astoria, had a great time, nice town and we had all day to explore it. Overall we had a good time just on little blip with the room service, I won't go into. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our 45th cruise ... only the second with Princess. 4 days from LA to Vancouver. First time we had a walk-in closet in an interior cabin. Outstanding bed - well appointed room. The entertainment on this ship was fabulous. ... Read More
This was our 45th cruise ... only the second with Princess. 4 days from LA to Vancouver. First time we had a walk-in closet in an interior cabin. Outstanding bed - well appointed room. The entertainment on this ship was fabulous. Great presentations from each act. The service in the buffet breakfast was a little difficult to get used to. They wanted to do everything for us. The menu in the dining room was very creative. If I had a criticism, and I am reaching ... the boat looks a little old and may need to be re-fitted but I'd run to get back on and, the common bathrooms are a little scarce but who cares. ... Make a special effort to get to the Whitney Huston tribute. I was not a fan of the singer but this performer can hit all the notes and she has a wonderful feature of The Bodyguard theme ... it is very, very well done and worth seeing/hearing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this itinerary because it fit our available time frame and looked like a nice way to enjoy a 4 day trip from San Pedro, Los Angeles, to Victoria and Vancouver. It was beautiful the first day, May 2, in LA Harbor but once we got ... Read More
We chose this itinerary because it fit our available time frame and looked like a nice way to enjoy a 4 day trip from San Pedro, Los Angeles, to Victoria and Vancouver. It was beautiful the first day, May 2, in LA Harbor but once we got out to sea for Day 2 it was continuous fog until we arrive in Victoria harbor. We thought the onboard entertainment in the Princess Theater was among the best we'd seen in our limited (5) cruises, with both a talented dance group and funny comedian. Some folks who had traveled all the way from Ft. Lauderdale on the ship said they missed having more lectures; I wondered if Princess ever considers letting cruise guests give mini-lecturettes to voluntary audiences if they are experts in a certain field? The number of presentations that advertised products turned all of us off. We had a balcony room on Caribe Deck 10, Room 505, hoping to see some shoreline along the way but that ended soon after passing north of Ventura due to fog. Room 505 was nice because it was center ship (less rocking feeling) and also had a large wall from the room next door's balcony shielding the wind for our balcony's benefit. It was also easy access to the center ship elevators. This was the smallest Princess ship we'd been on and we were disappointed to find only the Bordeaux Dining Room offered sit down dining (which got old after awhile). So we went to the buffet, the burger bar, the pizza bar, and the International Cafe (paninis) for alternating meals. Our biggest complaint was how COLD our room and most of the public areas felt after entering the fog and not ending until we reached Vancouver. We were glad we'd packed warm layers of clothes and warm pajamas and warm socks for bedtime! A second complaint would be the limited room service dinner and lunch menu. Breakfast was good, served on time and with hot coffee. Another complaint was stale smoky air in the casino; to their credit they offered a smoke-free period on the final day. Our room steward and, for that matter, most of the dining waitstaff were very helpful and friendly and efficient. I like to bring, for my own preferences, the following items: nightlight for bathroom, big bar soap + shampoo (wall mounted variety lacking), ipod + portable speaker, and Starbucks VIA powdered French Roast instant (to flavor up their coffee). Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Selected this cruise for the Panama Canal transit itinerary. All our excursions except one were with private tour operators and met our expectations. We had fantastic wait staff in the Bordeaux Dining Room -- Franco(from Mexico) and ... Read More
Selected this cruise for the Panama Canal transit itinerary. All our excursions except one were with private tour operators and met our expectations. We had fantastic wait staff in the Bordeaux Dining Room -- Franco(from Mexico) and Jervis(from India). We selected Anytime Dining but unless we made reservations early everyday we would end up eating very late. We also requested to be seated at tables 37/38/39 which were Franco and Jervis' area. We struggled with the dining menu selections sometimes(we are not picky eaters) and would end up going to the Horizon Buffet. The beef choices usually arrived a little underdone for our liking, tough and hard to cut with a knife. Just a piece of advice, if asking for medium it comes more medium rare to rare. For those of you who like peanut butter the ship does not display it at the morning buffet in the Horizon Cafe. Just ask for it when you pick up your toast, waffles, muffins or pastries. We have cruised with Princess since 2005 and have noticed a reduction in the numbers of staff required to make the ship work efficiently and the menu selections are not the star quality they used to be. We also continue to be amazed at how hard the staff work day in and day out. It is certainly very much appreciated by us and we never forget to thank each and every one who have made a difference in our cruise with an additional monetary gift. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
A repositioning cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver B.C. has always been a bucket list item for my wife and I. After some investigation we decided to take the Coral Princess 19 Night Panama Canal Cruise. Our decision was based on a ... Read More
A repositioning cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver B.C. has always been a bucket list item for my wife and I. After some investigation we decided to take the Coral Princess 19 Night Panama Canal Cruise. Our decision was based on a number of factors which included - an interesting itinerary, the cruise ending in our hometown of Vancouver, and finally, Princess providing us with the best possible price for this particular cruise. This would be our first Princess experience together since we have primarily cruised with Celebrity Cruise Lines. We found that our overall impression of this cruise was quite positive although we did come across some minor issues that we felt could use some refinement aboard this ship. The category of cabin we had booked for this cruise was a balcony cabin on the Caribe Deck. The cabin size provided us with adequate space during the cruise but the bathroom was another issue. It was very small with little storage space and a shower that only a contortionist could appreciate. In the future I would give some serious consideration to booking a mini suite aboard a Princess ship, which upon observation, seemed to provide more space and storage especially in the bathroom. On the other hand we did appreciate the extremely comfortable and rejuvenating sleep provided by the custom-designed Princess bed. Our Cabin Steward was attentive and kept our cabin clean during our cruise. My only issue regarding the cabin was that our beds were turned down by the steward for the evening between 5:00PM and 6:00PM which I found to be too early as we typically ate dinner around 7:00 - 7:30 pm. One of the positives we discovered aboard the Coral Princess was that each deck had a self-service laundry, including a couple of irons, which we found to be extremely useful, especially on a long voyage, which we have not found on any other ships on which we have travelled. We took several of the excursions that Princess provided on this cruise and found them to be of good value and quality. Regardless of whatever port we were in, the excursions were provided by a very professional / informative staff which made the stays in these ports fun and memorable. The entertainment aboard the Coral Princess was excellent. The production shows were of a very high quality and performed by a very talented cast. The guest performers in the main theatre made the evenings aboard ship a very entertaining and pleasant experience. The entertainers in the lounges were also of a very high standard. To my mind, the entertainment provided onboard the Coral Princess was the best of any I had experienced aboard any cruise line. During this cruise my wife and I chose the "Anytime Dining" option in the "Bordeaux Dinning Room." We found that the food in the Bordeaux Dinning Room to be consistently good, but not exceptional, although the desserts shone. The selection of food choices on the dining room menu was very good with numerous options to choose from. The service in the dining room was a bit erratic and variable. In some cases the service was flawless and other times less than satisfactory. We found that at some of the tables we were seated the service was slow, the food orders mixed up and the meals being delivered to the table were not hot. At other times the service in the Bordeaux Dining Room was five star. We speculated that the number of diners at the table may have been a factor, since some of the tables sat up to 10 guests. A minor irritant in the dinning room was the constant attempt by the dining staff to sell optional wine seminars (for a fee) to the guests. The other issue regarding "Anytime Dining" experience was the waiting in line to get a table. Waiting times varied from 10 to 40 minutes. There was the option of reserving a table through phoning a reservation line after 8:00AM. The problem with this was that by 8:15AM all the tables available for this option had been reserved. Ultimately this resulted in not enough tables being available during peak dining hours. If you are considering "Anytime Dining" in the future, be aware that it is based on any time a table is available and not necessarily anytime you want to dine. As a footnote, both speciality restaurants onboard the ship really do not stand out as being better in quality than the regular dining rooms and as such do not warrant the extra cost. On the other hand the staff in the lounges and bars were very efficient and courteous, providing exceptional service. The Cruise Director and her staff provided a number of activities during this voyage. Many of these activities are the standard ones found on most cruise lines but regardless are still fun to participate in. One notable difference was that Princess provided us an App for our smart phone which listed all the daily activities available, which could be customized to include our choices for the day which we found to be excellent. There was the usual conflict in scheduling that had us choosing between several interesting activities that were scheduled in the same time slot, and having large time gaps where nothing appealed. There was also an issue regarding the scheduling of guest speakers at inappropriate times, specifically on a number of occasions a speaker would be scheduled during peak lunch hours. The primary guest lecturer was excellent, and experienced standing room only in the main theatre. Overall the activities offered by the Cruise Director and her staff were very good - a Murder Mystery spoof and Dancing with the Princess stars stand out. There were no issues regarding both the embarkation and disembarkation process aboard the ship as they were conducted in a more efficient manner than we have experienced previously on other cruise lines. Unfortunately, once off the ship in Vancouver there appeared to be utter chaos in the terminal with 3 ships in port and no apparent streamlining of departing passengers. Overall this cruise on the Coral Princess was a memorable and positive experience for us. As to future cruises, I think we still would prefer Celebrity which ultimately comes down to just being a personal preference. On the other hand, we would not hesitate to book another cruise with Princess if the itinerary was interesting and the price was right. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was a bucket list cruise from Florida to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal. Although some might consider this ship to be "old" since it was built in the early 2000s, it has been beautifully maintained and unlike the glitz of ... Read More
This was a bucket list cruise from Florida to Los Angeles via the Panama Canal. Although some might consider this ship to be "old" since it was built in the early 2000s, it has been beautifully maintained and unlike the glitz of newer ships, this ship had lots of wood and a "club-like" atmosphere. The entertainment was of a higher quality than recently seen on other cruises. I should mention this was our 36th cruise and we have cruised to 7 of the 8 continents. Yes, I said 8 because recent photo imagery from satellites has identified the continent of Zealandlia off the coast of Australia with the country of New Zealand being the only part that is above water. Both embarkation and debarkation went very smoothly. I use a scooter on ships and I had absolutely no people problems this time unlike the last three cruises where people thought it funny to be a pest towards the guy in the scooter. On the Allure of the seas I had two guys in front me walking and suddenly stopping just for the fun of it (at least THEY were laughing) until I finally gently ran into their ankles! I did have a mini suite and the large semi round console that held the two tvs was difficult to move the scooter around to re0charge it otherwise the room was very spacious with plenty of cabinet space. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We departed from Vancouver and had gone in 2 days early to stay at an airbnb on Vancouver Island - which was great. We rented a car, took the ferry to the Island, stayed at an airbnb for 1/3 the price of a hotel room and got the the boat ... Read More
We departed from Vancouver and had gone in 2 days early to stay at an airbnb on Vancouver Island - which was great. We rented a car, took the ferry to the Island, stayed at an airbnb for 1/3 the price of a hotel room and got the the boat in plenty of time to depart. Princess knows how to move people. Embarkation and disembarkation was efficient and timely. We liked the variety of entertainers on this three week cruise, although the cruise director's staff was a little "over the top" given the clientele on the cruise (I think average age was 73.) It has been a while since we last did an ocean cruise and were a little disappointed with the food. Not so much the "mid-night buffet" which I always thought was a waste of money but the quality seems to have slipped. Two of three fish dishes we tried seemed old and pretty tasteless plus some of the beef cuts were overcooked. What was annoying was the seemingly constant bombardment of sales pitches from the photo people, art and jewelry. I realize it is a lucrative profit center for Princess, but if it was not being harassed at disembarkation of ports by photographers it was the endless announcements of "the last" art auction - even one of the comedians made fun of the photography staff. Again, I know this is a cash cow for the cruise line so I guess will just have to deal with it - maybe it is another factor as to why we like river cruises better - no constant sales pitches. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruise because the Canal was on our "bucket list" and the last minute deals to fill the cabins were excellent. We like the size of the Coral Princess but if you need water slides and discos into the night to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because the Canal was on our "bucket list" and the last minute deals to fill the cabins were excellent. We like the size of the Coral Princess but if you need water slides and discos into the night to survive, you want another ship. Because this was a long cruise (15 nights) there was a lot of time spent on the ship. Surprisingly to us, the passengers were a mixed group from nearly all English speaking countries: USA, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. This led to some interesting dinner discussions (we had Freestyle dining) with a greater than normal variety of internationals. Because of the length of the cruise and the timing after the school year had just started in the US, there were very few children on board and they were a complete non-issue for the rest of us. The great majority were "seniors", most of whom had cruised with Princess before. The ship itself was in great shape and in what I would call a 'conventional' Princess design. Unlike some ships the Atrium did not extend all the way up to the 14th deck. We found the Casino to be quite small compared to other ships we had been on (this was our 15th cruise). Moreover, it was mostly smoke-free and one could completely bypass it moving along the deck if desired. That being said, the tables were very close together and there was not a lot of 'gawking' room for kibitzers. Having Freestyle dining, we were assigned to the Bordeaux dining room on deck 5. Again, this was laid out in a very conventional way. We had different staff nearly every night, which had the advantage of interacting with different waiters but the disadvantage of not getting to know them over the longer cruise length. Also, we had a variety of dining partners. Even when we were not 'sharing' a table, the tables for 2 were set so closely together that it was easy to have a conversation at the other tables should you choose. Food-wise, the ship had just left the summer-time Alaska area and was moving to the winter area of the Caribbean. The menu also had turned over with some Caribbean offerings every night. However, on this initial run with the new menu, the wait staff wasn't always up on the new offerings. Plus, there was a Caribbean shrimp salad offered that the first night would NOT come with red cocktail sauce because it had an island sauce in the bowl with the shrimp. Later in the cruise, that same shrimp not only came with the typical cocktail sauce, but you had to request to NOT have the sauce on it!! The rest of the food was universally upper quality. My wife particularly enjoyed all the steaks as flavorful and tender. Plus, she could have creme brule' for dessert every night (but she didn't). We did frequent the Horizon Court buffet and we never had a difficulty finding a place to sit. This may be a function of the smaller size of the Coral, but though there may have been a lot of people there, spaces were available. Of course, there were high times for example, breakfast in the early mornings before the shore excursions left and immediately after the excursions had returned when nearly everyone headed upstairs for a bite. We only made the afternoon tea once, finding its time too close to supper and we were already eating too frequently!!! One of the attractions for us was that this itinerary stopped at a number of ports we had not visited before. We had a shore excursion in each one, generally opting for the Sightseeing and Scenic type of bus tours. Probably because of the demographic of the passengers, these tours frequently filled several buses! It's a whole other review to go through each shore excursion, but my impression of each port was: PUERTO VALLARTA: Acapulco on a junior scale. Very built up and developed. For instance, the closest store to where our ship docked was a Wal-Mart. It was a longish bus ride just to get somewhere scenic. HUATULCO: Puerto Vallarta three decades ago. This is a made for tourists haven that boasts 9 different bays on the Pacific ocean. Our bus tour to La Crucesita traveled to what is really the center of the living area around the bays. We enjoyed the church with the ceiling fresco of Our Lady of Guadeloupe and several interesting shrines in the nave. The rest of the village was for shopping and dining;drinking. It seemed that every shop had a deal with one tour guide or another and you ended up where they would take you! SAN JUAN del SUR, NICARAGUA: Great people and scenic beauty but not a whole lot more. PUNTARENAS, COSTA RICA; A large number of ex-pats living in Costa Rica means they are very used to American tourists. Volcanic region with an active crater available for touring. We chose the more sedate vista which included a very nice folkloric dance group of young people. If you go, be aware, they will pull you into the dance, and if you are left holding the broom when the music stops.............. PANAMA CANAL TRANSIT: Full transit took about 9 hours. Many ships anchored waiting to go through on Pacific side but cruise ships have the 'right of way'. Still and engineering tour de force after a century but don't expect gee-whiz technology. Everything happens at a most sedate, but safe, pace. Exiting into the Atlantic, it's hard to miss the new bridge they are building that will span the Canal mouth in one great leap. CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA: We took a unique shore excursion that first took us to a school where students of poor families are taught to make jewelry. In fact, every person on the tour had a student tutor who helped them fashion their own pendant, bracelet, earrings and ring out of sterling silver and emeralds (low quality of course). One of your masterpieces was included, the others you could buy to take with you. This tour did not include any time in the Old Town but the bus took us to an emerald "factory' where upper quality jewelry was fashioned. They also had raw stones for sale which interested a few of our party. One caution, after the factory tour comes the store where you are pressed one-on-one by a persistent sales person to purchase something. This is fine if you already intended to buy some jewelry but a little high pressure if you weren't planning to. ARUBA: Because Aruba was the port we had visited twice before, we did not schedule an excursion here. Also, our visit was only about 6 hours long so the variety of tours was limited. The staff of the Coral Princess were uniformly warm and welcoming. We didn't have an unpleasant encounter with any of them and they genuinely seemed to be enjoying their jobs. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was a Pacific coastal cruise--somewhere I wanted to see. It was vintage Princess, but the Coral Princess is very nice no matter what you may read in these reviews on Cruise Critic. Yes, there are a couple of chips, etc here and ... Read More
This was a Pacific coastal cruise--somewhere I wanted to see. It was vintage Princess, but the Coral Princess is very nice no matter what you may read in these reviews on Cruise Critic. Yes, there are a couple of chips, etc here and there, but it's very nice, very clean. The size is good. I hardly every had to wait in line for elevators or food at the buffet. My husband's leg started giving him trouble while walking when we were gone and Princess staff couldn't have been nicer even going so far as to bring up a wheelchair at Santa Barbara tender port out of nowhere and loaning us a cane from the desk until the medical area opened. The food was so-so, and I thought more varied in the buffet than in the dining room. Why can't there be some regular food like ordinary cake or pie or fried chicken or a casserole? The shows were much, much better than before that I've seen on Princess. They were modern with modern music and enthusiastic singers and dancers and a very funny comedian. The northwest area of the continent is beautiful. We stayed at the Pan Pacific in Vancouver. It's the way to go if you can swing it. The hotel takes your bags to the ship, and you just go downstairs to board. Nanaimo has a beautiful harbor and a great Dollarama store close by. There's also a grocery store and drug store. Just hop on the free shuttle and get off at the harbor. The mall is across the street. Volunteers couldn't wait to showcase their town. Astoria, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco were all pretty and have their own things that you would want to see. Alcatraz, the wharf, vineyards, scenic views--all beautiful. If you use Gray Line in San Francisco, make sure you know exactly where you are going and the address. We and several other passengers had trouble finding it even with a taxi. It's a very small place on a corner. Book your tour of Alcatraz from home. You'll be sorry if you don't. Also Alcatraz is a long winding, slanted (13 story) walk uphill. It's doable, but, again, know your abilities. In Santa Barbara, it is a 3-4 block walk to any shopping or eating after you get off the tender. Most of the walks from the ship to the ports themselves are long. I say this not for those who are used to walking, but for those who may have physical limitations. Santa Barbara is a tender port where wheelchairs are not permitted unless they fold and the person can walk on to the tender. There aren't many activities on the ship. That was a bit of a disappointment since I like to stay busy and not just read and relax although some of that is nice too. Maybe historical classes, free smaller tours of the kitchen. The one tour was much too large to hear what was said. Tours of back stage? Information on the towns we are visiting? Of course, no one wants to get off, but it has to be done. It's my most unfavorite part of the cruise. Get your bags out before bedtime then sit and wait for awhile the next morning. But it was a smooth disembarkation. We had an extremely long wait to get on Super Shuttle at the port. The shuttle was there, but the driver would not leave until the van was totally full. I'm ok with that except in this case we sat there full except for two people for 45 minutes. No one was happy. He ignored us wanting to go ahead and leave. The shuttle people there were on our side, but he refused to leave. There aren't many of these cruises during September and I know sometimes it's rainy. We had beautiful weather the whole way. We were very lucky. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was a quick get-away and a chance to introduce our friends to cruising. We were on the Crown Princess in Februrary so we had a recent comparison. We were in am port-side balcony cabin on deck 11-Baja (B-320). The cabin was on the ... Read More
This was a quick get-away and a chance to introduce our friends to cruising. We were on the Crown Princess in Februrary so we had a recent comparison. We were in am port-side balcony cabin on deck 11-Baja (B-320). The cabin was on the inner section of the ship but visibility fore and aft from the balcony was still good. The location was super quiet and we left our slider open a bit to hear the ocean at night. The ship has the new Princess bedding and I've never slept better. Our friends in the cabin next door said the same thing! The Coral was immaculate and the staff was the warmest and friendliest I've had on any Princess cruise! The food was great. Crab Shack was awesome. This is a smaller ship (2,000 pax), but there was never a line for anything. We had no problem finding seats in any venue. It was a ghost town by 10:30 every night! The entertainment was decent but not up the quality we had on the Crown Princess 3 months ago. We had a small meet and greet with a CruiseCritic group. Princess had the captain and several department heads come talk to us. It was a nice touch. We followed that up with a slot-pull. 20 people participated and everyone walked away with $7 more than they came with! The whole vibe was subdued on board. It didn't interfere with us having a great time, but there was not a lot of activities. Maybe because it was the tail end of a 19 day re-positioning cruise and those who boarded in Florida were cruised out. There was one band that played in the lounge. It was too cold on the sea days to have music by the pool. A cruise is what you make it. We made this one fun, relaxing and enjoyable. We'll be back. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was a repositioning cruises. This was the longest trip I had been on. I like a lot of fun activities. A lot of games. This trip everything was laid back. The entertainment was ok. We had anytime dining. Sometimes we couldn't get ... Read More
This was a repositioning cruises. This was the longest trip I had been on. I like a lot of fun activities. A lot of games. This trip everything was laid back. The entertainment was ok. We had anytime dining. Sometimes we couldn't get in until 7:30-8:00pm when most of the show were on. We had great service, cabin was clean. Staff was great. Our excursion were rushed. One port we when on excursion had to get back on boat when it was over no time to look at anything else. Aruba excursion off road 4 wheel was great.. The guides were great. Cartagena hop on hop off bus NEVER DO THAT AGAIN. Had to wait for 1;30 for next bus. Costa Rica great train ride with river cruise. Nicaragua didn't do an excursions. Cabo San Lucas toke a cruise and scenic ride thru town. Los Angeles Chinese Theatre and Olvera Street Farmer Market, didn't have a lot of time. Victoria, BC we when to Butchart Garden. Victoria is a beautiful place I would love to go back. This was not a trip for children. I think there may have been maybe 5 to 6 children on this cruises. When we got to LA half of the people on the boat disembark. and about that many came on for a 4 day trip and there were lots more children. It was like the cruise stopped in LA. We had the same shows, food we started all over again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Coral Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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