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15 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from San Francisco

15 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from San Francisco

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Francisco
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fuerte Amador
  • Day 12
    Panama Canal
  • Day 13
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Coral Princess

Coral Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Intimate atmosphere with attentive service

Cons

Limited onboard activities, outnumbered by up charges

Bottom Line

Ship's small size and offbeat itineraries tend to draw a more mature crowd


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: May 2019
We chose this cruise because of Glacier Bay. And we hadn’t sailed with princes yet. The good. Service staff in the dining room was exceptional. Same with cabin staff. Food was ok in buffet and very good in main dining room. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of Glacier Bay. And we hadn’t sailed with princes yet. The good. Service staff in the dining room was exceptional. Same with cabin staff. Food was ok in buffet and very good in main dining room. Plenty of room around ship, never felt crowded. The bad. Main dining took forever, every night. I’m talking to hours plus for dinner. Biggest problem was that we booked multiple cabins. My dad is is 80 was promised a cabin next to ours and we were put on deck 12 and he was on 5. (We used the assigned cabin feature to save money) The point is you cannot trust what the phone representatives tell you. We used the princess website to put in food allergies for a couple of the guest. Staff had no clue when we went to dinner the first night. No robes in room which was another request. Entertainment was definitely subpar compared to other cruises I’ve been on Customer service at the service desk ,could care less and our problems. And that’s what I saw as they dealt with other people. You should definitely choose a different line based on my experience and opinion. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2019
Wanted the land tour along with our repeat of the cruise portion from years before. Found the accommodations at the Princess Cruise lodges in Denali, Fairbanks and McKinley somewhat primitive, but certainly adequate. The one night in ... Read More
Wanted the land tour along with our repeat of the cruise portion from years before. Found the accommodations at the Princess Cruise lodges in Denali, Fairbanks and McKinley somewhat primitive, but certainly adequate. The one night in Anchorage was at the Captain Cook Hotel and found the facility and of superior quality. A great 5 stars for them. We recommend that in the Princess Hotels that room refrigerators and safes should have been part of the lodgings and would have been greatly appreciated. The food at the 3 Princess Lodges was very expensive and not good. We expected the expensive part. The paddle boat tour included in Fairbanks was wonderful and remined us of a Disney tour. The included lunch was very good. The tour in Denali Park was also top notch and greatly appreciated. It has been a few years since we cruised with Princess and were disappointed in what we thought to be a slide backwards in quality. We attributed it to its acquisition by the Carnival Cruise line. We were use to Celebrity and Princess was a let down from what we experienced in the past. We were on the beverage package and were surprised there were no sommeliers. The included wines had only one wine on each of the red or white wine categories. The wines on the red side were largely undrinkable with only the red blend as tolerable. Of course when they quickly ran out of the red blend they were quick to try to talk us into paying for a higher priced substitute. In Celebrity the substitute would have been offered at no additional cost. The wines are not poured in front of you but provided pre poured. We could only tell the wines were bad after we had a full glass of wine. The wines were always served in small dinky glasses that were not designed to let the wine breath. All complaints to the dining staff were for the most part ignored. I had to to go the beverage director via the front desk as the Assistant Maître de refused to identify management staff. Overall, we felt we were on a third class ship. The activities onboard were the usual including trivia. The entertainment was of the standard variety, some we felt was not worth attending. The cabin attendant did an excellent job. The food on board, even in the dining room was average to poor. The buffet food was cold and lacked variety. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2019
We booked our cruise through Costco last year. Costco gave us added extras which were very nice. Prior to the cruise there was 4 day land tour, on your own, which was so very wonderful. We actually liked the land portion more than the ... Read More
We booked our cruise through Costco last year. Costco gave us added extras which were very nice. Prior to the cruise there was 4 day land tour, on your own, which was so very wonderful. We actually liked the land portion more than the cruise, nothing against the cruise however. We were excited about the land portion and absolutely wonderful. We flew into Fairbanks early in the morning. Representatives from Princess were in baggage claim area that led us to the shuttle bus taking us to the beautiful Westmark Hotel. The room was spacious,casual was the hotel itself, and the Red Lantern restaurant inside the hotel had great food. We ate there the 2 nights we were at the hotel and the halibut was so good, I had it both nights. The 2nd night my husband and i shared it (3 good size pieces). We took the Riverboat Discovery Sternwheeler excursion and we highly recommend it. The speaker onboard was very knowledgeable, easy to hear, and he roamed around while speaking. The following day we walked to the Ice Museum located in a renovated movie theater. The cost was minimal, $10 ea and we enjoyed it. Parkas are available to wear since going behind the glass, where the ice sculptures are, is -20 degrees. My husband slid down the slide while I took a video. It was great. The owners were very kind. We then walked to Fountainhead Antique Car Museum. I will say it was a longer walk than we thought so anyone not wanting to walk st least 45 minutes, you may want to call Uber or the like. This museum was not an excursion. My husband googled things to do in Fairbanks prior to our trip (I found the Ice Museum the same way) and the pictures sold him on wanting to see it. The cost was, again, minimal; $10 ea, and we can say it was well worth the walk and cost. The oldest of cars was a 1897 Rochester to the latest car being a 1936 Packard. There is one motorcycle, a Cleveland. With the exception of one vehicle all others are in pristine condition. I never thought I would enjoy seeing cars in a museum but I found myself getting caught up in it and taking lots of pictures. I talked with a very nice woman, Gay, while watching a short movie. She and her husband, Tom, moved to Fairbanks many years prior and enjoy it very much. They were there with their daughter and visiting family. At the end of our times there, which was a few hours, Gay and Tom offered to send took us back to the hotel, which was maybe a 6 minute ride. What wonderful people!! On the 20th of May we were taken by bus to the Princess train going to Denali Wilderness Lodge. The train ride was awesome. Each is a dome car and big windows to see so much scenery. There was a group of people taken downstairs for breakfast. Because we were in the second group, our food was not hot, not really warm either so it was not great. If it were hot I'm sure it would have been good. We sat with another couple at breakfast, who were very nice. We arrived at the Princess Wilderness Lodge at Denali National Park early afternoon. What a great setting and all the buildings for the hotel rooms is very open and has little stores throughout as well as a big main building with 2 levels; food downstairs and chairs, couches, and Princess excursion counter upstairs. The rrom we were in was great; rustic inside and an inside door. On the 21st we took the Tundra Wilderness Tour which was 8 hours by bus. It was wonderful. Our driver, Shawn (not sure if spelling), was a great driver and guide. He has been doing it for 18 years and very knowledgeable. The scenery was amazing, the snow capped mountains were beautiful, the streams and waterfalls were awesome. The high lite was seeing Denali. Nothing can describe the beauty as well as seeing the animals; caribou, Dall sheep, moose, bears, etc. The bus ride to Whittier was good. Unfortunately we cannot recall the drivers name but he was an excellent driver and has lived in Denali for 36 years and driving bus for many years. He talked about the areas went through and was funny. On the 22nd we boarded the ship. We were pleasantly surprised with the theatre shows. The WOW factor watching/listening to the singer's was amazing. We were very happy to see something different than the same shows Princess put on year after year. Thank you for the change. Read Less
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