422 Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Princess Coral Princess Cruise Reviews

Ship had excellent public areas, not too crowded. Great service and excellent food. Ship is a little older, so it does have some character, but we found it to be very nice and less crowded than some of the more modern ships. We had ... Read More
Ship had excellent public areas, not too crowded. Great service and excellent food. Ship is a little older, so it does have some character, but we found it to be very nice and less crowded than some of the more modern ships. We had an excellent destination expert - enjoyed all of his talks. The itinerary was quite good. We enjoyed Cartagena Colombia - just took a cab to old town and walked. Took a free city tour. Felt very safe. The highlight was the Panama canal. Walked all around the boat. Got up early around sunrise to catch the entry to the port. We didn't find to too crowded. As we went through the canal, we walked all around the boat to get all different views. The destination expert had lots of fun facts and good commentary throughout. We never ran out of things to do on the sea days. Entertainment was quite good. If you do anytime dining, there were times you had to wait - up to 20 minutes, but most days were were able to get in with a wait of less than a couple minutes. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because it was full passage of the Panama Canal and because Aruba was one of the ports. It also had as few sea days as possible for the number of ports. We also did NOT want a mega-ship, which, of course, could not go ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was full passage of the Panama Canal and because Aruba was one of the ports. It also had as few sea days as possible for the number of ports. We also did NOT want a mega-ship, which, of course, could not go thru the Canal anyway! Embarkation was a bit lengthy. First, we waited outside in a holding area for quite some time. Then we were transported (I had wheelchair assistance) to a very bland room, we waited for over 1/2 hr to be moved to our cabin. Luggage took a long time...it was after dinner before it appeared in our room. However, we were OK, as our carry-on had all we needed, and dinner was pretty casual that evening. Disembarkation was the best of the 4 cruises we've been on. Very smooth and timely. The port and shore excursions were wonderful. Not only was the transportation very close to the ship, it was first class...air-conditioned, modern coaches. Entertainment was top-notch. We managed to do two things most every night. There was plenty to keep you entertained! We'd do it again, except there are other places we need to visit yet! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I loved the size of this ship. Yes, it's a little older, but the minor issues were not enough to make a difference. One of the issues was not with the ship, but with Princess. Anytime dining, is not really "anytime ... Read More
I loved the size of this ship. Yes, it's a little older, but the minor issues were not enough to make a difference. One of the issues was not with the ship, but with Princess. Anytime dining, is not really "anytime dining" If you do not show up for dinner at 5 to 5:30, you can almost guarantee that you will be waiting a while. The Club Class should definitely be done away with. Lots of empty tables that cannot be used "just in case". Makes for some very upset people. The journey through the canal was exquisite. A sight that should be seen by everyone. Enjoyed the entertainment, just had trouble with too many shows overlapping and not being able to get to the ones you want too see. Aruba: We did the Snorkeling Cruise & Antilla Shipwreck. The service on this was definitely lacking. "Here's your equipment....have fun" It was rather drab compared to what I'm used to. The water was very rough at the shipwreck and no assistance was given. I never did get my flippers on and just floated around for a bit. Cartagena: We did the Cartagena Hop On/ Hop Off. It was an ok bus trip. We got off at the walled city and took an included guided tour. It was interesting....and very, very hot and humid. (At one point I fell, (stepped off a curb I didn't see) but the tour did not slow down for me. Oh well, I'm a klutz. LOL Costa Rica: We did the Rainforest Aerial Tram, Tarcoles River & Lunch . Both well worth the trip. Nicaragua: We went on Granada, Masaya Market & Volcano, Lunch & Shopping. The market was very nice, the volcano was interesting, the lunch was good, but it was definitely too long of a bus ride to make it worth the trip. I would recommend just staying close to the ship, there is shopping and a beach close by. Huatulco: Huatulco by Land & Sea. I had been here before and enjoyed the catamaran trip. (I love the water) The rest of my group did the Land excursion, but I went back to the ship. They enjoyed it. Puerto Vallarta: Yelapa & Mahajuitas Beach, my favourite excursion. It did not disappoint. Great crew, great food, good snorkeling, a few drinks and some relaxing beach time. A fun time was had by all. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
Panama Canal was on the bucket list and Princess was the way to make it happen. We have bee sailing with Princess for many years now and the cruise line, the entertainment and the staff have, for the most part, me our expectations. As ... Read More
Panama Canal was on the bucket list and Princess was the way to make it happen. We have bee sailing with Princess for many years now and the cruise line, the entertainment and the staff have, for the most part, me our expectations. As this was our first cruise through the Panama Canal we decided to stay with Princess. We were in cabin C721, a mini suite, on the starboard side of the ship. The tours we selected were well organized and offered the best opportunity to see each as much as we could. The cabins in the area we were located, Caribe, were half covered, but offered enough privacy. It was close, approximately 2 cabins, from the aft of the ship. This turned out to be good for as there is public aft balcony which is approximately the width of the ship. The area was hardly used and turned out to be a great alternative as we made the passage through the Panama Canal. The horizon court on the Coral is located on deck 14 on the front of the ship. Again another plus for us as it meant we got a little exercise. The Coral's wifi was good and we experienced no dead zones on the ship. as a note of interest the most aft cabins on Coral's Caribe deck (Deck 11) are uncovered Peop;e on the Baja deck as well as anyone standing on the starboard side of the aft balcony, I mentioned earlier, could see the entire balcony. Also the cabins on the Baja deck were also uncovered. The balconies on the Dolphin deck (deck 9) were fully covered Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
It was a long held ambition to go through Panama Canal and we were interested in the ports of call. We dId Meet and Mingle and met some great people that we kept meeting up with for quizzes and drinks. It was a very friendly cruise, ... Read More
It was a long held ambition to go through Panama Canal and we were interested in the ports of call. We dId Meet and Mingle and met some great people that we kept meeting up with for quizzes and drinks. It was a very friendly cruise, both passengers (mostly older people) and crew. The Food was ok but not Wow. Horizon Court was very busy and sometime it was hard to get a table. The Any Time dining was not well organised on Formal nights. We had to wait ages for a table. We chose to do independent trips apart from in Colombia and we only did a walking tour there which was fine although a bit pricey. All the ports were interesting and particularly enjoyed Mexico. Entertainment was ok, didn't enjoy the comedians but the ship's company did some good shows. Enrichment talks were generally not great. The Panama talks were good and interesting with good style but others were not at all good. We did a disembarkation tour in LA before going to the airport which was expensive but we had 12 hours before our flight so it helped fill the time. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Husband had Panama Canal on bucket list, plus we were doing a cruise in the Caribean ,so decided to see if we could find a cruise that took us to LA instead of flying back to La, which we did and hence the Panama Canal was ticked off my ... Read More
Husband had Panama Canal on bucket list, plus we were doing a cruise in the Caribean ,so decided to see if we could find a cruise that took us to LA instead of flying back to La, which we did and hence the Panama Canal was ticked off my husbands bucket list and I got to do another cruise. Ship was lovely, decore was very pleasant, and ship was clean .Found the choice of food very limited in the main restaurant .Captains presence was very limited compared to other cruises we have done. Found on board activities very limited as well, unless you liked trivia. Met up with some people from US, so on sea days had some good company ,also met some lovely people who joined us on our shore excursions, as we did all private tours, [ bar one which was a ship tour and was very disappointing].which made our holiday even better. Itinery of cruise was very good, RICHARD ,who did the destination talks etc was excellent, was always a pleasure to listen to him. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because it was a full transit of the panama canal. The ports were good and the excursions were ok. The onboard production entertainment group was superior to most I have seen, The first 3 comedians were subpar. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a full transit of the panama canal. The ports were good and the excursions were ok. The onboard production entertainment group was superior to most I have seen, The first 3 comedians were subpar. The food was very good from start to finish. The entertainment shows could have been spaced out a little better, Our cabin was clean and no problems other than subpar TV and programing. Overall it was a good cruise. They still have a problem with a sewage smell in some of the hall ways by the elevators. The guest lecturer Richard Detrich was very good. He had several lectures that were relevant to the ports and canal transit. he also had some that were entertaining on the history of the area and culture. The Spa was very good. But could not believe you had to pay to use the steam room. Since there was not a steam room connected to the exercise area.. The coffee bars were very nice and had great snacks. 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
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
The ship is older but the food was good, the service was excellent. We never felt like we were imposing (like the bigger ships you can be). We joined up with a Great group of people (from cc) and it felt like family (in a good way). The ... Read More
The ship is older but the food was good, the service was excellent. We never felt like we were imposing (like the bigger ships you can be). We joined up with a Great group of people (from cc) and it felt like family (in a good way). The shows were okay, I didn't care for the comedian, opera. But the magician was good the musicals (Whitney, entertainer of the year, excellent) were all great. My only comments would be. We ate around 7:30 every night and they need to space the later shows, a bit further apart. I wished they had music on the TV, so when you are in the room you can listen to music while changing. We had the aft room E736 on the ship. The balcony was wonderful!! Covered, could see the back of the ship, which we like. Surprised a few people on the walking deck back there. The ship did vibrate more than I remember our other cruise boats. The beds and bedding was wonderful. The ship shows it's age, but the crew was wiping down, varnishing (which the smell ??) but do note, learn which elevators take you where. Cannot reach the front from the back in all of them. Made it fun for us. I am going to give a shout out to John in the Wheelhouse Bar. He was hands down the best. I cannot say enough how great this guy was. So if he is on your trip. Be sure you take the time to meet him. I did try the exercise bike my first day. could not get it to work. Never went back and that is my story WHY I never went back. No attendant. LOL Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We arrived at Ft Lauderdale the day before the cruise so we could rest for cruise day. Ft Lauderdale was fun as we used the water taxi to sightsee the area and explore the beaches and restaurants. Embarkation on the Coral Princess was ... Read More
We arrived at Ft Lauderdale the day before the cruise so we could rest for cruise day. Ft Lauderdale was fun as we used the water taxi to sightsee the area and explore the beaches and restaurants. Embarkation on the Coral Princess was quick and easy and the ship was immaculate as is a classical beauty! The crew was continually polishing the glass and cleaning all the public areas as well as doing periodic maintenance on the exterior to keep the ship in great condition. I was amazed that the public rooms and atrium were so beautiful and the flow of the ship was so easy to navigate.! The elevators on this ship were easy to use and in excellent operation. There wasn't a time where we were stuck for a period of time waiting for an elevator! Our cabin was kept in tip top shape and our steward Adelo, was always smiling and brought us ice twice a day! Anytime dining was excellent as we always made a decision the night before as to the time we wished to dine and called to dining reservations at 8 A.M. the next morning to reserve a table.It was so easy and we never had to wait in line or get a pager or share a table! The food was always wonderful as well as the service! Horizons court was ok and food was typical of a buffet. We had lunch at Alfredos pizza (located in Sabitinis ) 4 times and it was really good! Not only did we enjoy the pizza but the quietness , service and views out the window as well. We also dis a pub lunch in the Bayou cafe and the fish and chips were extremely tasty.The service was so quick that the food was to our table within two minutes after placing the order. The international cafe had some amazing almond crossiants as well as tasty specialty coffee. We also dined at the Bayou cafe and had some wonderful steaks, gator ribs, oysters,shrimp , soup and desert while listening to jazz music that band was playing. The entertainment was some of the best I ever encountered on my many cruises and I especially enjoyed the Encore production show which was well done! They also had a English pub night in the explorers lounge were the singers and dancers put on a show that was very entertaining! Dancing was always to be had in the Wheelhose Lounge and my wife and I never missed a night!f The pool water was always clean and at a comfortable tempurature. Corey, the cruise director was always engaging and visible and kept things moving! Overall the crew was always smiling and friendly! The ports were fun and we did go on 4 toure. We did the old city one folkloric show in Columbia, the Monkey Island tour in Pamana were the monkeys got on the front end of the boat, the Rainforest Tram and canal tour in Costa Rica were we saw monlkeys, sloths, crocodile,camians,toucans,as well as other birds and reptiles and we ziplined in Jamicia. All in all, it was the best cruise I have ever been on! Hats off to Princess and the crew of the Coral Princess! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ThqEELxwY Here is the utube video of two of the four songs sung by the Princess Pop Choir. This was taken by Thuy, a guest, on her cell phone. We joined the pop choir and practiced an hour a day. It ... Read More
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ThqEELxwY Here is the utube video of two of the four songs sung by the Princess Pop Choir. This was taken by Thuy, a guest, on her cell phone. We joined the pop choir and practiced an hour a day. It was fun and games, mostly. We performed in the atrium on the last day at sea on our 10 day Panama Canal Cruise. We were told the performance would be filmed and put in the video that was being sold for $50, but there was a wedding going on and the people filming were at the wedding instead. Don't get to the embarkation early. We arrived at 11:00 and had to sit in a big building for hours before we could board. Don't eat too much at the buffet and then have your photo taken afterwards. You will look like a stuffed sausage. We ate dinners in the dining room where portions were small and stylishly designed, and felt perfectly full afterwards. Plan your excursions at home where you have plenty of time. The people at the excursion desk don't seem to know what to suggest, and the desk is only open a few hours. The weather was hot and humid in Cartegena and Panama, so you might want to think about air conditioned transportation. If you go on an excursion in Panama, you will miss the ship going out of the locks after being in Gatun Lake. Book a full day excursion in Panama, or you will be stuck waiting in Colon where the food and entertainment are poor after you are on the half day excursion and waiting until 4 p.m for the boat to arrive to pick you up. If you sit on the front row during the magician"s show at night, you might find yourself in the act or included as a participant. We had a great time, there were 7 of us in our party. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
My parents chose this itinerary as a Panama Canal cruise was on my father's "bucket list" (he's in his early 70's). As I normally make all my parents' travel arrangements and the cruise fare offered by ... Read More
My parents chose this itinerary as a Panama Canal cruise was on my father's "bucket list" (he's in his early 70's). As I normally make all my parents' travel arrangements and the cruise fare offered by Princess last October was exceptional for us Canadians, it was agreed that I would join them. This was the 5th cruise for my mom and I (our 2nd on Princess) and my dad's 4th. We were very lucky that, last December, we were upgraded from a balcony stateroom to a mini suite on the Dolphin deck. The extra space was a big plus with three adults and I'd highly recommend it. We arrived at the port at approx 12pm. The check in process was smooth but we waited in the seating area until our assigned boarding time at 1pm. Our stateroom was ready when we arrived. Our stateroom attendant, Florentino, was superb: he provided me with a topper for my sofabed on the first day without my asking and was always friendly and accommodating. The ship is well maintained despite its age. We had no difficultly obtaining deck chairs on the Lido deck, even on sea days, although I must admit that I found the sound level on that deck high most of the time. The pizza, hamburgers and fries on the Lido deck were consistently good, as was the bar service. We always ate breakfast at the Horizon Court and it was standard buffet fare: plenty of selection but unless you chose to eat outside, it was often difficult finding a table between 8:30 and 9am. I always enjoy the offerings at the International Cafe Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise because we liked the ports of call and were looking forward to sailing with Princess again. This was our 5th Princess cruise but it has been 10 years since we sailed with them. The ship itself was small and would be ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we liked the ports of call and were looking forward to sailing with Princess again. This was our 5th Princess cruise but it has been 10 years since we sailed with them. The ship itself was small and would be more suited for mature travelers. There were not many outdoor activities for the younger crowd. We actually enjoyed the quiet and didn't see many children. The decor seemed a little dated but it was clean. If you like on board shopping and gaming, you will be disappointed. The casino was extremely tiny. Our cabin and balcony were spacious except for the tiny bathroom and shower. I almost fell trying to maneuver in the shower. There was ample closet space. We took 2 Princess shore excursions and 3 from private tour operators. The private tours were more efficient and offered alternate experiences. I highly recommend Blue Hole and private beach house in Ocho Rios. This was the highlight of our trip. The entertainment was enjoyable but "old school". We loved it. Unfortunately, we were unable see all of the entertainment venues due to scheduling conflicts. The service was always top notch. All of the cruise staff we came in contact with were pleasant and eager to please. No complaints here. The food, which should be the highlight of any cruise, was horrible. There was not a single meal without something inedible on the plate. Salty soups, tough meat, smelly fish, watery oatmeal, banana shortages, disgusting ice cream, sorbet and crystallized soft serve, limited, repetitive menus and small servings. Hamburger was considered a standard, alternate menu item on the dinner menu instead of steak. Compared to Royal Caribbean and Norwegian the food was so disappointing. The wait staff always tried to steer us away from the less desirable menu offerings. We ate a lot of bread and butter. Donuts were only offered in the International cafe and never served in the breakfast dining room. You were out of luck if you got there too late. They didn't make enough. The mixed drinks were inconsistent. Most of our drinks were never made the same twice. We were so looking forward to enjoying our Princess cruise, unfortunately, this cruise will be our last with them. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this itinerary primarily because of the opportunity to go through the Panama Canal locks. The rest of the itinerary was fine. We used the ship's shore excursions for the ports except for Cartagena (private tour). ... Read More
We chose this itinerary primarily because of the opportunity to go through the Panama Canal locks. The rest of the itinerary was fine. We used the ship's shore excursions for the ports except for Cartagena (private tour). Surprisingly, the ship's excursions turned out pretty well with the exception of the one in Panama. Although the guide was very good, the trip itself was not great. If you have difficulty walking or balance problems, this excursion is not for you. It included a walk through the "rain forest," a stop at the canal locks, and a boat ride on Gatun Lake looking for wildlife. The walk in the rain forest was difficult due to numerous tree roots, fallen logs, narrow areas and a very uneven path. We did not see any wildlife during this portion of the trip. All of the other excursions were very good. The Veragua rainforest in Costa Rica was a highlight of the trip. We took the aerial tram through part of the rainforest, climbed the stairs to view the waterfall, and saw animal life in the rainforest. Great excursion! In Ocho Rios we went to see the Falls, but we did not climb them. We walked along side to view them. Then we went to the gardens which are worth visiting. We booked this trip on board just to have something to do. It turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable excursion. Since we had never been to Aruba, we booked a tour of the island which also included a visit to the ostrich farm. We saw the lighthouse and the natural bridge, too. Some passengers toured the island on three wheeled motorbikes (booked independently), and loved it. Our cabin did have a balcony and the air conditioner in the room worked very well. However, be prepared for a shower the size of a narrow phone booth with a shower curtain that surrounds you when you are showering. The room showed that it needs some sprucing up. Take your own hair dryer as the one in the room is attached to the wall. Also, there are only two outlets in the room and one in the bathroom for an electric shaver. We enjoyed most of the entertainment. The production numbers were very good. We missed the comedian's act, but other cruisers said that he was very funny and they enjoyed him. No one really cared for the sword swallower and his associate. They were not worth seeing at all. If you have a chance to see and hear Daniel Oliver in the atrium area on 7, do so. He is wonderful! The food - meh. The Horizon Court was unappetizing. We tried to have most meals in the dining room. The food in the dining room was average. Sometimes it was cold or undercooked. The selections were ordinary as well. Dining room staff was very helpful and attentive. They work very hard. There were activities on board as well. From Zumba to Bingo, trivia, craft projects and photography workshops. These were very good. The photographers really explained how to use your camera. They were very accommodating when it came to showing people how to use their specific camera. If you have camera questions, this is a worthwhile thing to attend while on board. I am not sure if we will cruise with Princess again. It depends if there is an appealing itinerary available. We really loved seeing the different cities, but found the shipboard experience to be just average. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Food was excellant . CABIN STEWART WAS VERY GOOD WITH ALL OUR NEEDS SHIP WAS RIGHT SIZE FOR US HAD AN OUTSIDE BALCONY AND THE VIEWS WERE Great. Comedy show was great and had great deserts!!!! The 2 onboard pools were right ... Read More
Food was excellant . CABIN STEWART WAS VERY GOOD WITH ALL OUR NEEDS SHIP WAS RIGHT SIZE FOR US HAD AN OUTSIDE BALCONY AND THE VIEWS WERE Great. Comedy show was great and had great deserts!!!! The 2 onboard pools were right tempature and hot tubs were very relaxing. WENT WITH ANOTHER COUPLE IN ADJOUNING CABIN AND WE OPENED BALCONY SWING DOORS AND ENJOYED THE GREAT VIEWS TOGETHER WE TOOK A BUS FROM BRANDON FL TO PORT EVERGLADES TO GET TO THE SHIP So we just enjoyed the ride . Once there luggage was taken care of at the port and on rtn trip princess took of off loading our luggage also. Am very happy with this cruise to the panama canal. Going through the canal was a great experince. Look forward to cruising with princess cruises again later this summer or fall. I RATE THIS CRUISE AS ONE OF OUR BEST Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We have cruised over 30 times, but only once before on Princess, in Alaska. We gave it rave reviews. So we talked another couple (first timers) into traveling with us to the Panama Canal. The first two days at sea went well, except for a ... Read More
We have cruised over 30 times, but only once before on Princess, in Alaska. We gave it rave reviews. So we talked another couple (first timers) into traveling with us to the Panama Canal. The first two days at sea went well, except for a bad stench. There was a sewage smell in various locations all around the ship and it continued for the entire cruise. Then we had maintenance problems in the cabin and the staff were less than responsive--leaking sink and no hot water in the shower. After a few days I requested to be moved, but the ship was sold out. The A/C was out in several areas of the ship and the staff acknowledged that they were hot also but had no solution. We had our hearts set on seeing Costa Rica, but the captain said the seas were too rough. Then we were looking forward to Grand Cayman and the captain said the sea was too rough. All of that is understandable, but for two good ports, they gave us Belieze, followed by a lecture that the streets were not safe. The food was for the most part, good, except for the fish entrees. The two days we spent at the Sanctuary were the very best. It's worth the 40 bucks to receive the royal treatment. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This is our second cruise to the Caribbean on the coral princess. While the ship is starting to show its age on a lot of different levels, we feel it is very well-designed. This is the second year in a row that some of the ports ... Read More
This is our second cruise to the Caribbean on the coral princess. While the ship is starting to show its age on a lot of different levels, we feel it is very well-designed. This is the second year in a row that some of the ports work canceled or substituted due to weather. The seas were too choppy to dock in both Costa Rica and Grand Cayman, so while we did not visit either of these two spots, we did visit Belize Which was not on the scheduled itinerary. With the exception of the panama canal itself, the ports that we visited we're sort of uneventful. Carategenga is a big city without lovely : " old town" section. We were able to book a private tour for the four of us, with our own guide, in an air-conditioned van, for $50 each. As I recall, if you book the tour through princess, you were in a much larger group and it's probably closer to $75 a person. Not much to see in Colon, but there is a large grocery store right there if you need a few things. The visit to Aruba was really too short to do much I believe the hours for from about 8 AM till 12 noon. With the exception of in different bartenders, which seems to be the case on almost all cruise ships, the staff on the coral princess was exceptional. we found the food very good bordering on excellent. Certainly an older demographic, we are in our mid 50s, and we're certainly part of the younger group. We highly recommend spending a couple of half days at the sanctuary, which is really a good value for $20 per person. You can request full sun, partial sun, or shade and they will bring you lunch, afternoon tea service, cold towels etc, Great service and it is very quiet and does not allow children , not that there were really any on the ship in the first place. You can either get the sanctuary in the morning, the afternoon, or all day. The afternoon shift starts at 1 o'clock and goes to 530. Do understand that lunch is served until 130 so try to get there right at one. On the day that you go through the Panama Canal they charge $60 per person for the entire day, but again it is well worth it because you know you will have outstanding service including breakfast and lunch, as well as mimosas and bloody Mary's, not to mention that you will have one of the best views on the ship. The ship itself was extremely clean, however there were certain some unpleasant odors periodically noticed when waiting for the elevators. I want to use the gym frequently, and was very pleased with the fitness facility which was well stocked with free weights, machines, and cardio. Ask your room steward for robes, as they no longer automatically provide them ... Overall it was an excellent cruise, and we will return to princess in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We had a very enjoyable cruise on the Coral Princess partial transit of the Panama Canal. The ship is beautiful and we found almost all of the staff to be friendly and eager to please. We enjoyed the food in the Main Dining Room, the ... Read More
We had a very enjoyable cruise on the Coral Princess partial transit of the Panama Canal. The ship is beautiful and we found almost all of the staff to be friendly and eager to please. We enjoyed the food in the Main Dining Room, the Horizon Buffet and the burgers and pizza on the Lido deck. We love the International Café on other Princess ships and though we sometimes still found things on the Coral, we did miss having a full size IC. We loved that the Promenade deck went completely around the ship as one of our favorite activities is to walk the ship. The Coral is one of the older ships in the Princess fleet and I heard someone complaining about rust spots. I hadn’t noticed…..I guess it is all about your priorities on a cruise. Every cruise has its things that weren’t great. On this cruise, one thing that was a bit annoying was Anytime Dining. It really wasn’t Any time—no surprise if you read the Princess threads. You had to arrive either by 5:45 or after 7:30 if you wanted to sit with your party of 4 and even then, it seemed like you had to be insistent to get a table for just 4. We didn’t mind sharing and we did that on some nights, but sometimes you don’t want to sit at a table for 10 (and it was ALWAYS a table for 10 if we agreed to share). They would rarely give out beepers. It seemed your choice was “share now” or come back after 7:30, which seemed a little odd. I can only guess it's that there is more limited dining room space on the Coral? We adapted by going early or late if we didn’t want to share, or sharing at any other time. Breakfast in the Dining Room was similar. The first time we walked in there and it was just 2 of us, we said there were 2 of us. Without asking, they seated us at a table for 10, of which 2 people were almost done eating. Since we were very early, there were only 2 tables (for 10) in the entire dining room that were taken and waiters were standing around. It would seem in this situation, they could have seated us at a 2-top? I have never seen this occur on other ships at breakfast…usually there are many tables for 2 at that time of day. We learned that if we went to Breakfast in the main Dining Room, we had to be insistent if we wanted a table for just 2. It certainly wasn’t something that I let ruin the cruise. We just adapted and it was all good. There was a variety of entertainment and activities from the shows to the bands in the bars to paper airplanes in the atrium. Our favorites were Project 5 in the Explorer’s Lounge most nights and Angelic Dreams—2 women who played lovely (current) string music in the Atrium, often around the dinner hours. We enjoyed the ports visited very much. Aruba was a short port so we walked a ways down along the water and saw iguanas and crabs. We walked through the city on the way back, though not too much was open as it was Sunday. We found a bar that had Wi Fi, so we stopped in for a Bloody Mary so we could check in with home. We did the Panama Canal ferry transit to the Pacific which was hot and made for a long day, but worth it to us. Limon was a favorite port as we had a leisurely boat ride down the Tortuguero Canal and an outstanding guide in the Veragua Rainforest who obviously loved his job and delighted in teaching people about this Costa Rican ecosystem. In Cartegena, we took a taxi into the Old City and wandered on our own. We especially enjoyed the small zoo area at the cruise port. In Grand Cayman, we almost had to skip the port due to high waves, but they finally decided we could tender into Spott’s Bay instead of Georgetown. Our party of 4 rented a car and went to the Queen Elizabeth 2 Botanical Gardens and went on the Blue Iguana tour. Not as much was in bloom as would have been nice, but it was still a very nice place to visit and the iguanas were quite interesting. We had a great time and love the product Princess offers! Read Less
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
Sail Date February 2017
The shores excursions were hit & miss at best. We didn't bother getting off in Aruba since the ship was only docked for a few hours in the morning. In Cartegna, we did the Old City Walking Tour & Las Bovedas. It was ... Read More
The shores excursions were hit & miss at best. We didn't bother getting off in Aruba since the ship was only docked for a few hours in the morning. In Cartegna, we did the Old City Walking Tour & Las Bovedas. It was interesting but could have used a bit more time. During the Canal partial transit, we took the ship's tour (RAINFOREST & GATUN LAKE AND LOCKS CRUISE) that included viewing the canal operations. The tour guide decided to leave the viewing of operations until on our way back to the ship. But, we arrived back at 4:10pm, the building closes at 4:30pm and the observation deck closed at 4pm. The tour guide was so surprised at this you would think they had never done this tour before; there was plenty of useless crap on the tour that could have been cut short to get us back before the observation deck closed. The traffic in the canal zone is terrible because traffic stops when the locks open; the tour operator should know this. Should have demanded some compensation from Princess, but didn't. In Limon, we did the Rainforest Walk, Canal Cruise & Countryside which was much better than what was done at the canal. The ship is getting a bit worn in places and needs some very simple repairs, such as glueing back down carpeting in places. There was stuff not working in the spa, which was surprising since it isn't cheap to use. Princess needs more adult late-night entertainment. The stage productions are much better on Norwegian and the adult late-night entertainment (e.g., comedy club) is better on Carnival. We do love the Movies under the Stars which is a nice way to end the evening. We did the stargazing activity twice and both times you could barely hear the guide due to loud microphone wind noise. (Isn't it always windy up top when the ship is underway???) And it is hard to see where he was pointing. Maybe this whole thing works much better in port and with just a few people? It was a nice diversion in good weather. Princess is reasonably organized in embarkation / disembarkation and getting passengers off onto shore excursions. Too bad the excursions aren't better on this itinerary. During the transit, we went to the far back deck (on Baja) and it wasn't crowded and allowed you to see the locks in operation, especially with a ship behind you and another in the other channel. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Very disappointed in my first Princess Cruise. The ship had a sewage smell in many of the hall ways from day one. Very off putting. It was possibly a health hazard as well most of our group ended up with a severe upper respiratory ... Read More
Very disappointed in my first Princess Cruise. The ship had a sewage smell in many of the hall ways from day one. Very off putting. It was possibly a health hazard as well most of our group ended up with a severe upper respiratory infections before the cruise was over or after we got home. There were also times when a strong scent of solvent was present in some areas. The buffet area was shocking. Very limited and repetitious. Dining in the dining rooms was much better. Activities were about average but in a different location most days. This made there ship map a great idea. Use it often. Also loved the daily activity app. Wish more cruise lines would adopt this and do away with some of the paper. Loved the card and game room. Enough room to accommodate multi-guest without interfering with other players. Casino area very small. Hard to get beverage service without getting management involved. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We went especially for the Panama Canal and it was great.Our 6 th time going thru the canal but got no certificate this time as we had in the past..Our balcony was D 516 and Jeffery did an excellent job.He always had our cabin finished ... Read More
We went especially for the Panama Canal and it was great.Our 6 th time going thru the canal but got no certificate this time as we had in the past..Our balcony was D 516 and Jeffery did an excellent job.He always had our cabin finished when we returned from breakfast and dinner. Did extra things for us like change to a light blanket. Our balcony was a little bigger then a regular cabin,but the extra money for a mini- suite was not worth it.Two televisions is not necessary.When we were in bed and turned off one,the other came on.Out of bed to stand in front of that one to shut it off,and the other came on.Happened several times every night.The couch in the cabin should have been retired to the dump long ago.Not even comfortable to sit on.Can't imagine trying to sleep on it.We had a bigger bathroom with a tub so it was nicer then a regular cabin,but not worth the extra money. Didn't go to any of the shows.Have been on 26 cruise and they are all the same.been there,done that. Didn't buy any pictures.Double the price since our last cruise on the Coral a few years ago. Launder mats were a joke.Two washers and one dryer out of order.I went prepared with rolls of quarters,only to discover after a long trek down the hallway,they now take tokens.I did not have my Princess card that is required to get the tokens so on the way back to my cabin,another steward told me I could get them at the desk,so I did that instead.Lost one right away because I misread the directions(my fault).Attendant came and got it back for me. Food was probably the worse we have ever had on any cruise with the exception of the deserts,that were excellent and the fruit was superb also.Soup was either a cold choice or some type of broth.I am fond of hot soup for lunch ,but this didn't do it for me.If you liked rice,you were on the right ship.At least four choices of rice on the buffet every day.You could have it plain,or yellow,with red peppers,or green peppers,or both,fried rice,or rice with chicken,or sausage or fish,or rice balls.Oh and rice Pudding plain or with coconut.The pizza was fair and the ice cream bar is ice milk,even though the girl assured us it was ice cream.I don't think she knew the difference.The ice cream in the dining room is excellent. Staff was the best of any ship we have been on Had one tour in Costa Rica that was excellent.Guide was Omar and driver was Ronald. Both were excellent and knew what the were doing and talking about. They loved their country .We were surprised that there is no military in Costa Rica, Even with all my complaints,We had a wonderful time.Some one to make your bed and clean your bathroom and serve you like a King and Queen,what's not to like. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
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 4.1
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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