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

Be careful of the upsells. Everything you do comes with an equally priced upsell. 150$ tooth whitening with a 150$ maintenance kit. 300$ to swim with dolphins and a 340$ photo package. Massage? 260$ in creams offered. Want drinks? $895 for ... Read More
Be careful of the upsells. Everything you do comes with an equally priced upsell. 150$ tooth whitening with a 150$ maintenance kit. 300$ to swim with dolphins and a 340$ photo package. Massage? 260$ in creams offered. Want drinks? $895 for one person unlimited drinks. The staff was phenomenal. The boat is on its last sea legs I reccomend private excursions at half the price. Just get off the ship and grab a taxi. Unfortunately it took about six hours to board the shop because it was stuck in dry dock being repaired. We were sleeping on floors, without food for a long time. And nothing was offered to us. No snacks. Just water. No “hey sorry here’s a free drink. Or a cruise credit” nothing. But the bartenders, kids zone staff, house keeping, waiters and casino staff were all amazing. It really was the staff that made this entire trip worthy. At least they hire great talented people On and they love to only use 1-2 tender boats so plan to wait in line for an hour or so at each port. You know- just in case you don’t want to miss dinner Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We fly yearly from the east coast to San Francisco to visit family and friends so we thought sailing there through the old locks of the Panama Canal and see places we had never been before was a great way to go. The ship had just come ... Read More
We fly yearly from the east coast to San Francisco to visit family and friends so we thought sailing there through the old locks of the Panama Canal and see places we had never been before was a great way to go. The ship had just come out of dry dock but I can tell you no attention was paid to anything other than laying internet lines for future use. The couch in our cabin needed a thorough cleaning and the rest of the ship looked tired and ragged in places. Our embarkation was a fiasco! It was late coming into Ft. Lauderdale and as “platinum suite” passengers we waited only 4 hours to board vs the 6-7 hour wait for others with less or no status. There was no compensation offered whatsoever once we boarded - even just a free drink to acknowledge what we went through. This is the 2nd embarkation disaster we’ve experience in the last 3 to 4 years - the first being in San Francisco about 2 or 3 years ago. The port tours were ok in some ports and terrible in others. We have found this to be the case before and may just start using other tour companies in each port. However the transit through the old locks was fabulous! The food and entertainment was just so so and everything else involved an up sell. Really Princess??! What saved this cruise was the fabulous staff all over the ship and our dinner table where we all made new friends and have been in touch since leaving the ship in San Francisco, Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Chose Princess for the full canal transit. The ship arrived late in Ft. Lauderdale late from drydock in Freeport, with many items not completed. Boarding was hours late. Items such as carpet replacement (including our stateroom) ... Read More
Chose Princess for the full canal transit. The ship arrived late in Ft. Lauderdale late from drydock in Freeport, with many items not completed. Boarding was hours late. Items such as carpet replacement (including our stateroom) continued during the cruise. Balcony stateroom was fine, with outstanding steward. Ship wide food not memorable, with Horizon Court lunch disappointing. Outstanding dining room staff! Princess does not execute well. Dress code that included three formal nights a total joke. We felt stupid bring formal evening clothes. Cunard (also owned by Carnival) has no problem with their dress code. Constant upsell from photo, art, and jewelry staff. Cruise director acted as head salesman. Annoying entertainment staff that spent much of their time doing”wacky games” at the pool, etc. Clientele not sophisticated....many folks started drinking with their first bucket of beers at 9AM. We would choose Princess again only for itinerary and value of no more than $100-125 per night for a balcony. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Cruise was OK for a holiday getaway. Ship (Coral Princess) is showing her age. We are unhappy with the daily "gratuity" charged to each person. The cruise itself wasn't cheap; however, the "gratuity" charges ... Read More
Cruise was OK for a holiday getaway. Ship (Coral Princess) is showing her age. We are unhappy with the daily "gratuity" charged to each person. The cruise itself wasn't cheap; however, the "gratuity" charges added $400+to our charges. I would pay an additional amount to be included in the overall cruise charge, rather than pay an exorbitant tariff at the end of the cruise. I don't feel I'm responsible for the extra supplement for the crew's pitiful salaries. 2. The onboard facilities for mobility challenged patrons who use mobility devices are adequate. The shore excursion choices are dismal for us. Besides not being able to disembark at tender ports, the excursion experiences are few to none. Also, the gangways at some ports are made up with steps that are too steep to be able to accommodate the scooter/chairs/walkers needed on shore. We only took one excursion, and that was mediocre at best. Unable to debark at Huatulco and Puerto Vallerta because of the gangway situation. Crew told me I'd have to WALK up and down the gangways! ThAT'S NOT POSSIBLE FOR ME. Put some of your NEWER ships on some of these runs. 3. Mediocre entertainment and very little enrichment lectures/activities. Not all of us cruisers are into all the fluff and games. Difficult to watch movies "Under the Stars) both day and night. Too much noise during the day and hard to see screen. Too cold and uncomfortable seating at night. Food was very good and of great variety, so we didn't go to the specialty restaurants. Ate in the Bordeaux dining room. Waiters very good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We decided to cruise for the holidays and visit in California. We boarded the ship after a flight to Fort Lauderdale. We got into the airport about 1:30 and after a short cab ride we boarded the ship without a line. We did Alaska on this ... Read More
We decided to cruise for the holidays and visit in California. We boarded the ship after a flight to Fort Lauderdale. We got into the airport about 1:30 and after a short cab ride we boarded the ship without a line. We did Alaska on this ship about 5 years ago. We were on the Dolphin deck with a balcony on the starboard side. The rooms and the ship are showing signs of age. We were a little concerned about too many children with a Christmas trip but it wasn’t a problem. We would have enjoyed a little more music during the day in the middle area of the ship. The nightly entertainment was good and we enjoyed most of the shows. The staff on the ship was helpful and they all seemed friendly and outgoing. The meals were just ok. We did the Chefs table one night and it was great! I enjoyed the all day tour in Panamá and especially enjoyed seeing the new locks and the ride on the bus back to the Atlantic side. The internet was very slow all the time. It looks like they could upgrade to a faster system and people would be happy to pay for a system that works. We missed on port because of bad weather but the trip was good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The Panama canal was on our bucket list and there are not a lot of cruise lines that offer this cruise. The canal is awesome and such a marvel to see and go through, and the ship was nice, but nothing special. We were very disappointed ... Read More
The Panama canal was on our bucket list and there are not a lot of cruise lines that offer this cruise. The canal is awesome and such a marvel to see and go through, and the ship was nice, but nothing special. We were very disappointed that during our early morning hours (7am) venture through the canal we were standing at the back of the ship in the Sanctuary to take pictures of the canal and even though that "overly priced specialty pampering" was not to open for another hour we were run off and not allowed to even stand there to take pictures. We weren't lounging or doing anything other than taking what was historical pictures for us, but the staff would not allow us to remain there. Such a disappointment, going that whole way to observe such a fantastic happening, but not even allowed to stand and take pictures. If other cruise lines offered passage through the canal I would certainly look into them and find out what strict policies they have in place for events like viewing the canal. I also wish the ship didn't automatically give you a straw EVERY time they deliver your drink to you. The plastic waste these days is awful and in our case, this was a total waste every time they gave us one. All they have to do is ask if we want one. Santorini's was not good this time. We had eaten there years ago on another cruise, but Olive Garden has better quality food than this one did this time. Not the captain's fault, but we were disappointed we missed Jamaica, it was too windy to port, that was going to be our one beach day. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our 12th cruise with Princess and very disappointing. Why ? well a principle reason for cruising is the dining and can only give the food on the Coral as "poor" it was over salted, over cooked and unappetising. We tried ... Read More
This was our 12th cruise with Princess and very disappointing. Why ? well a principle reason for cruising is the dining and can only give the food on the Coral as "poor" it was over salted, over cooked and unappetising. We tried the "Anytime Dining" and as an example probably the best meal was the last - New York Strip only that after the 1st course the waiters disappeared (for the Baked Alaska parade0 and the "applause for the Chefs - meanwhile we were looking at empty tables and had to wait some 25 minutes for the main courses to arrive. Buffet in the Horizon was limited, apart from the omelettes at breakfast resulted in having corn flakes with fruit - hardly top notch dining ! There were banana's at the buffet that after 5 days or so were "black" and they stayed on display for the whole cruise. Poor ! especially when we docked in Puerto Rico - the banana capital of the world - surely someone could have nipped ashore and bought a box of bananas! The only saving grace were the ships staff, from steward(ess) to bar/entertainment who were all magnificent. Cabin kept spotless. 5 ports in 15 days - and early departures. Aruba at 12.30 and last tender at San Juan at 3.30 - then had to wait till 7.00 pm before ship departed ! a more reasonable 5.00 last tender would have been reasonable (or saving $$ on fuel !) Princess seem to be "cutting back" on many small items, eg end dates on coffee cards, have to ask for shower cap from steward, no longer provide shower gel, conditioner, lotion in Spa containers - the big bottle dispenser shower gel is terrible - sourced from Poundland ? Shore Excursions - took 2, Cartagena and Costa Rica - the "scenic train and boat ride" at $100 pp expensive and train not very scenic - back yards of razor wire infested slums. Overall disappointed - ums up by fact wife lost 6lbs 1 not very good advert ! Come back new - yes indeed Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We like cruising, and save for it for quite a while, so we kind of build up this perfect/pampered dream cruise in our mind before hand. This cruise was not perfect, but it sure beats the best day at work.. Without exception the ... Read More
We like cruising, and save for it for quite a while, so we kind of build up this perfect/pampered dream cruise in our mind before hand. This cruise was not perfect, but it sure beats the best day at work.. Without exception the staff was amazing, attentive, helpful, friendly, and really hard working. Highest marks to the staff. The entertainment was also very good, but the shows were only about 40 minute long. The one area that I was VERY disappointed was the food. to call the food Crap would be an insult to crap. Overcooked, poorly cooked, improperly seasoned...the food was not good. One of the greatest joys I have on a cruise is seafood. Since my wife does not like seafood, I only get it when we go out or on a cruise. Past cruises I had a different Seafood every night, not so on the cruise. They served the same fish entre three times, it was bad the first time uneatable the second, untried the third. overall I was very disappointed in the food. the one shining spot was the hamburger grill on Deck 15, the burgers were always good, but I wanted more than good burgers. The shore excursions were okay. We were in Aruba way to short to do anything fun so we just walk around town for an hour and went back to the ship. We did not get of in Columbia, or Niagara. had a great tour in Costa Rica. This cruise had way more kids than most of the longer cruise, so we thought there would be an adults only pool -- there was not. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
It was a great cruise. You have to take the good with the bad and not nit pick like so many do. The weather was fantastic, the ports were great. The ship overall was in good shape for her age but needed some touch up. The food was ... Read More
It was a great cruise. You have to take the good with the bad and not nit pick like so many do. The weather was fantastic, the ports were great. The ship overall was in good shape for her age but needed some touch up. The food was average in the MDR and I am not a foodie. The cruise directors staff was a bit young. There were 10% more then capacity and you never felt like there was a crowd. Always a lounger and never a wait. The ship was the perfect size for me and easy to get around. The entertainment was good and bad, but that is subjective. The 1 thing I loved was that there was so much more then just the production shows. Maybe this was because it was 15 days and they had time but it was nice that there was other offerings. I have read some are complaining about the pizza but thought it was the usual Princes pie. Embarkation and disembarkation was fast and easy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Fancied doing something different and chose this cruise as we have cruised with Princess a fews times to Mexico at Thanksgiving on the Ruby and Crown. The Coral is an old ship and starting to look a bit tired. We sailed during Xmas ... Read More
Fancied doing something different and chose this cruise as we have cruised with Princess a fews times to Mexico at Thanksgiving on the Ruby and Crown. The Coral is an old ship and starting to look a bit tired. We sailed during Xmas and NYE. It was a bit boring on both nights, but that's okay wasn't expecting Times Square but could have been a bit better. We had 2 balcony cabins and 1 mini suite. We really needed a handicapped accessible cabin for our wheelchair bound disabled child, but low and behold not one was available. My child was the only one on the cruise who actually had her own wheelchair that wasn't rented! But there you go, awful but people seem to think booking a handicapped accessible cabin when you don't need it really but just want the extra space, is okay. But it's not. Food in the Horizon cafe was much better than the Bordeaux restaurant anytime dining. We found that the food in the Bordeaux was quite awful. Either over cooked, bland or cold. Horizon offered much better choices. Wifi is terrible. I spent more time trying to get on and get off the wifi and wasted so many minutes doing so. The internet cafe manager, Mikael couldn't care less. Overall this was an okay cruise, but for what I spent on 3 cabins ($22K) I was sorely disappointed. There are other cruises out there that offer much better food, cabins and entertainment for less. Panama Canal was somewhat interesting but after 8 hours of non stop commentary it got a little boring. Great to see, but don't think I would rush back. The excursions were over priced and really nothing great. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This is as much the opinion of experienced cruisers we were with as ours, this being our first cruise. We loved going through the Panama Canal and the ports. The narration during the passage through the canal was great. There were 2000 ... Read More
This is as much the opinion of experienced cruisers we were with as ours, this being our first cruise. We loved going through the Panama Canal and the ports. The narration during the passage through the canal was great. There were 2000 passengers on the boat, but for the most part it did not seem that crowded. The food and the entertainment were just OK. The food in the specialty restaurants was better. The cultural presentations we’re also just OK, and there were not many of them. The medical office would quarantine noncontageous passengers, encouraging people not to go to the doctor. The movie selection was mediocre. The internet was truly abysmal. It did not work at all about a quarter of the time, and was extremely slow the rest of the time. Experience cruisers told us it was the worst they had ever seen. We would strongly encourage people to take a Panama Canal cruise. We would encourage people to look for a better option then Princess, but would not say you should not take Princess if it is the best option. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Great way to see the Panama; the ship, crew, staff, service, entertainment and particularly the evening dinners were outstanding. The exercise equipment, and room was terrible... to crowded, and only 1 working bike and rowing machine. ... Read More
Great way to see the Panama; the ship, crew, staff, service, entertainment and particularly the evening dinners were outstanding. The exercise equipment, and room was terrible... to crowded, and only 1 working bike and rowing machine. The Pickleball/Volleyball court not great. The court is too small for PB, the net is right behind the back line; and the lines are wrong. They could remedy this by turning the court 90 degrees, and increasing the enclosing net size, and drawing in the proper lines. Which would mean moving the shuffleboard to the very back. The excursions were also good; but the "lectures" are getting a little "tired"; but somewhat informative. We stopped at Aruba, great beaches, Cartagena, interesting history; the canal, which is amazing; Panama City... also historically interesting, and a great tour; then stops at Puntareas, Costa Rica, and finally Puerto Vallarta. Overall, a great trip; but a major problem was the A/C which I'm sure contributed to many colds onboard. Read Less
Sail Date November 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
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
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 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
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
Was very excited to go to Columbia, Panama, and Costa Rica. The Coral Princess is an older ship and the cabin bathroom was unbelievably small. The Cabin and restaurant serving staffs were excellent, friendly, and professional. The front ... Read More
Was very excited to go to Columbia, Panama, and Costa Rica. The Coral Princess is an older ship and the cabin bathroom was unbelievably small. The Cabin and restaurant serving staffs were excellent, friendly, and professional. The front desk Passenger staff was not. Twice we were given the wrong information and missed a function entirely. The food was good, and there were several wine tastings that were fun also. The Excursions that were booked through Princess were great. Four were excellent with very knowledgeable guides, and the 5th was average but fun. I was VERY disappointed in the way children were allowed to scream, run, and jump all over furniture and passengers; you could NOT get away from their bad behavior. None of the Princess employees said anything to the parents or children; it was dangerous and horribly stressful. NOT AT ALL what I had planned a cruise for. Although I booked several Spa treatments, the Spa was not good either. It was a traffic thorough fare; no Sanctuary of tranquility and for the high price it should have been. There was noise and a constant barrage of people trying to sell you overpriced products. It did not even have a jacuzzi or pool for private Spa Customers. I do not plan on traveling Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose this Panama Canal cruise because it started and ended in the same port, Ft. Lauderdale. All of the ports on this itinerary were new to us, a great adventure. Embarkation was fine, we were even on the ship in advance of our ... Read More
We chose this Panama Canal cruise because it started and ended in the same port, Ft. Lauderdale. All of the ports on this itinerary were new to us, a great adventure. Embarkation was fine, we were even on the ship in advance of our anticipated boarding time. The disembarkation was terrific because we chose to use EZ Check that took our bags from outside our stateroom and delivered them to our home airport baggage claim. We opted to take an Uber to the Ft Lauderdale airport for $11 (not including tip) instead of the Princess arranged airport shuttle to the airport. The service (bar stewards, wait staff, cabin steward, etc.) on the ship was terrific. Calls to passenger services were slow to be answered. There are only a limited number of indoor comfy seats to relax and watch the water moving by. The Horizon dining room fits that description but it is a heavily used room and not well suited for lingering. The ship’s lounges are nice, but are in the interior of the ship and don’t offer ocean views. The Coral Princess carries nearly 2000 passengers and I felt we were all together at every turn. This seemed most true as we waited in queue for anytime dining. People started lining up before 5pm for first seating that happened at 5:30. One night we started standing in line about 6:30, waited about ½ hour, and when we made it to the front of the line, we were given a beeper and told that we could be seated in about another 30 minutes. That was an optimistic estimate of our wait time. Interestingly, on most occasions, once seated, there were many empty tables around us. Meals in the Horizon buffet were fine. The food in the Bordeaux dining room did not live up to the level of service and presentation that was offered there. Couple examples, I had a couple different veal dishes, they tasted the same. Dinner companions criticized the red snapper and the signature chef’s pork belly entrée. The desserts, however, were terrific. The inability to better schedule dinners had a negative domino effect for taking advantage of the on board entertainment. Getting seats together for our group of four at the first performance of a show required that we show up at least 30 minutes before curtain time. We missed several shows because we didn’t finish dinner in time to secure seats. The shows we did see were good. Shore excursions: Aruba - Princess excursion = snorkeling from the Jolly Pirate. (I don’t see this option listed on upcoming cruises) It was terrific - small group on the “pirate” ship - approximately 30 people. Cartagena - – Princess excursion = "Old City" & Historical Museum of Cartagena tour. There were 3 cruise ships in port on the day we were there and lots of excursions include the Old City. The streets there are narrow and the temperature was HOT. It was very crowded. We were probably more focused on not losing sight of our tour guide in the crowd and missed much of interesting architecture. Bottom line, I’m glad to have seen Cartagena, but probably would have been better had we arranged a private tour. Panama Canal – Princess excursion = Panama Canal & Locks Transit by Boat. This was what we had really been looking forward to. The description in the brochure suggests that this is a 6 hour excursion. Our tickets said that the tour could range from 7 – 11 hours. Actual transit time is dependent on the Panama Canal Authority. In fact, the Coral Princess departure from Panama was delayed because we were so late returning from this excursion. The bus trip from the tender departure to the Gatun Lake location where we boarded the ferry was longer than I expected. There were 7 busses that transported passengers to the ferry. The ferry was packed. Chairs were lined up in tight rows. You really didn’t have room to walk around to see different views of the canal. There was a mediocre lunch served on board. You had to go through a buffet line and return to your seat to eat. Bottom line, I’m glad to have seen the canal, but the day was long. The excursion description says that the return bus trip is 1 hour 15 minutes. It was much longer than that. Traffic in Panama City was terrible. Limon Costa Rico. No excursion – just got off the ship and walked around the city market. Grand Cayman – No Princess excursions. I went to a few shops in Georgetown before finding Diver’s Down dive shop just a couple blocks to the north of the pier where the tender docked. I joined a group to snorkel above a wrecked ship just outside their doors. That was a treat. My husband had made arrangements with a local guide to go fishing. All in all – a nice day away from the crowds. Would we go again? Not on this cruise. I will pay particular attention to comments about crowds and will avoid cruise line excursions - just too much herding. This was a very different experience than we had on the Celebrity Millennium from Alaska 5 years ago. On that ship I always wondered where all of the other 2000 people were. That environment was far less dense - maybe had to wait 10 minutes for a dinner table once, otherwise were always seated immediately. The Cosmos lounge on the Millennium is a great comfortable place to watch the scenery. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Our prior experience with Princess has been on one Alaska cruise and two 28 day repositioning cruises - one across the Pacific and one across the Atlantic. In fact our Alaska cruise was on this same ship - the Coral Princess. It was ... Read More
Our prior experience with Princess has been on one Alaska cruise and two 28 day repositioning cruises - one across the Pacific and one across the Atlantic. In fact our Alaska cruise was on this same ship - the Coral Princess. It was about 10 years ago and I believe the ship is showing some of it's wear and tear now. Overall the staff, especially the room steward and servers, were most courteous and professional and the two tours we experienced were well done. Perhaps the 28 day cruises automatically have better entertainment, entertainment directors, menu selections, food quality, internet connections, etc. than the 10 day cruises because they are longer trips so it may be unfair of us to compare our experiences on this cruise with our prior ones. Nonetheless those are the areas we felt this trip was lacking. And we did hear similar comments from fellow passengers. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our seventh cruise on Princess, and eleventh overall. Our last with Princess was the Pacific Princess in 2008 and as with previous trips, all was good and up to expectations. Since that cruise, we've been on Regent Seven Seas ... Read More
This was our seventh cruise on Princess, and eleventh overall. Our last with Princess was the Pacific Princess in 2008 and as with previous trips, all was good and up to expectations. Since that cruise, we've been on Regent Seven Seas and Oceania plus a small ship in Alaska. Our impression on the Coral princess is that the ship needs refurbishiing; she's showing her age. Plus the qulity of the food has dropped since 2008. Is that due to the Carnival effect? We booked a suite for the larger space and the additional amenities and services promised. Some of these never appeared even when requested. Perhaps due to more recent experiences with Regent and Oceania, but the Coral Princess staff gave the impression that volume was their focus. The only time we felt positive vibes was from the staff in the speciality restaurants, especially Sabatini's. Overall, we were disappointed in this experience and are not likely to book swith Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My first disappointed, price and dealing with customer service from princess directly. Yes, my fault not to have an agent. I went with my parents both over 80's dining experience wasn't great during the night we ended in ... Read More
My first disappointed, price and dealing with customer service from princess directly. Yes, my fault not to have an agent. I went with my parents both over 80's dining experience wasn't great during the night we ended in late dining, when we try to get table earlier we were rejected in the MD. I did have to talk with several people before we were allow in AT ... first night queue for dinner about 40 min Service in the buffet area in general good but with room for improvement. I enjoy a lot our cabin and the ports of this trip, highlights Cayman Islands great beaches :) Panama Canal was good also althought very over price excursion with no choice for private providers. Next time check for Celebrity .. great prices and destinations. Very similar entertainment and dining experience more enjoyable. My parents had great time and it is all that matter. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Comparing this cruise to othes that I made before, here are my commrnts: the ship was quite nice , not a new one, the cabin (mini suite) was big enough for 3 people and comfortable.it was everything that was good. the cabin service ... Read More
Comparing this cruise to othes that I made before, here are my commrnts: the ship was quite nice , not a new one, the cabin (mini suite) was big enough for 3 people and comfortable.it was everything that was good. the cabin service was not so cooperative, my requests were complied lukewarmly the food was common, no big enough choise, nothing that I can say was delicious or very tasty, the dining room stuff were not too personal the entertainment was very poor: few shows, not proffesional, by the ship's stuff. no variety of entertainers and repeated entertainment at lounges . the shore excursions were good and interesting. guides in tours had knowledge and passes it to the group very interesting way. It is our third cruise with princess and it was the worst . if it was my first i am sure that i would not cruise with princess more. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Coral Princess Ratings
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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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