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

This was our 8th Princess cruise and it will be our last. The ship was not ready for passengers. The pool was closed the first 2 days while it was being painted. Many public bathrooms were closed the first few days while they were being ... Read More
This was our 8th Princess cruise and it will be our last. The ship was not ready for passengers. The pool was closed the first 2 days while it was being painted. Many public bathrooms were closed the first few days while they were being repaired. The Movies Under The Stars worked the first couple of days, then never worked again. The overall feel of the ship was unlike any other cruise that we have been on. The service was poor. The food was poor the first week. It improved the second week. Lunch in the dining room took at least an hour and a half. If one person asked to have their water glass refilled, the rest of the table was ignored. I gave up getting a Diet Coke for dinner in the dining room. It would take 15 -30 minutes to arrive. Several times we tried to buy a bottle of wine from the wine list to find out they were not available. Our room was not clean. There was food under the desk when we arrived. It was there when we left 15 days later. The towels were old and stained. The balcony was never cleaned. I never saw anyone cleaning railings or other public areas. The pool towels were thin and stained. The entertainment was average at best. The singers and dancers were good but we didn't see them until day 10. There were very few activities during the day. Most of them were sales pitches for the spa or jewelry shops. We felt like there was a charge for everything. I bought the soft drink package and was not able to use it the first day. I asked about it at the desk and was told I could start using it the second day. I could list many other issues but this gives a good idea of the problems on board. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
The service was poor, the meals were nothing to write home about, but our cabin and the ports were great. Also great was Doug Funk, one of the entertainers. He’s so funny. We’ve seen him on other Princess Cruises,so we were happy to ... Read More
The service was poor, the meals were nothing to write home about, but our cabin and the ports were great. Also great was Doug Funk, one of the entertainers. He’s so funny. We’ve seen him on other Princess Cruises,so we were happy to see him on this one. The entertainment is usually campy on Princess. Their broadway shows are laughable. But on this cruise we had a magician, a guitarist, a pianist, Doug funk, who were all great. The problem is that the Princess band must play with the entertainers and although they are good, they are too loud and tend to drown out the main act, especially the horns and drums. What a headache. The ports were all good,as were most of the shore excursions. I mentioned the food and service. We’re Elite on Princess and have noticed a rapid decline in service and all around quality since Carnival took over. They cut corners everywhere and made us feel we were on a substandard cruise line. I’ve never seen so much recycled food. Some items had been converted to other dishes at least 3 times. The hot doges were pretty Good, the burgers were half the size of the bun. We had a serious delay in our departure due to this old boat coming out of dry dock. But they didn’t waste any time getting us off at the end. We have to reconsider our booked cruise to New Zealand on Princess. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because we had heard great things about the Princess Cruise Line and Princess' Panama Canal Cruise. This was our first time on Princess Cruise Line and we were shocked and dismayed at the Coral Princess’ ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had heard great things about the Princess Cruise Line and Princess' Panama Canal Cruise. This was our first time on Princess Cruise Line and we were shocked and dismayed at the Coral Princess’ condition when we embarked at Ft. Lauderdale. Our stateroom had dirty windows leading to the balcony. The balcony had paint on the floor and chairs along with debris on the balcony floor. There was a drill bit under the vanity (this was dangerous with bare feet) and construction trash in one corner. The biggest problem was a half inch of water on the bathroom floor. We spoke to our Room Steward about the water and he immediately cleaned the water using towels and called technical services. About a half hour later, he told us the problem was fixed. We thanked him and considered the matter closed. We went to dinner and the show and returned to the stateroom around 10:00PM and found there was not only water in the bath, but that it had now spread to the carpet and was heading for our unpacked luggage. We moved the luggage and contacted Customer Relations, which took a while since they were very busy. The Night Customer Relations Manager came to the room, had someone come to vacuum the water and arranged for a plumber to repair the toilet. After the plumber visited (now about 1:00AM) the Night Customer Relations Manager said a valve was broken and there were no replacement parts on board the ship. We were stunned at this news since there were over 1000 of these toilets on the ship and no replacement parts. I asked about another cabin and he said there were no cabins available. He explained we could dry flush the toilet or use one of the public toilets on this ship and left. We were appalled at this response since we never had an experience like this on any of our previous cruises on other lines. We decided during the night to disembark at Cartagena and head back home. In the morning, we went to Customer Relations to see if they could help us arrange travel back home. This is when we met the daytime Customer Relations Manager. He asked why we wanted to leave the ship, we explained our situation, and his response was genuine surprise and he explained that what we had was not a “Princess Experience”. He asked if he could have a day to resolve our problem, this was fair and we agreed. His calm professionalism was evident during the day; he provided regular updates, provided us with a key to an empty stateroom in our area where we could use the toilet, and found another potential stateroom for us to use. By 5:00PM that evening Technical Services scavenged parts from an unused stateroom to use to fix our toilet. He also provided compensation for our inconvenience and dinner at one of the restaurants. He not only saved our cruise, he saved the relationship with Princess Cruises. Was there a bright spot on this cruise? Absolutely, the Crew was phenomenal. Despite dealing with a ship with many problems (we were not alone), we found the Captain and Crew terrific even though many of them were exhausted from dealing with a poorly serviced ship. Our Room Steward, Dinner Waiter, the Cruise Director and staff, and the Buffet staff were wonderful. We know we were not the only people with problems on this cruise from talking with other passengers. There were electrical problems throughout the ship, such as the movie under the stars screen not working until the last day at sea. When something did not work properly, it was described as being “dry docked”. We feel that Princess management should be ashamed of themselves for sending out a ship that was clearly not ready for passengers. The excursions were excellent. Princess did a good job of vetting their tour operators. The destination expert did a great job of discussing each port's history and highlights. The dinning experience was above average due to our Wait Staff. The entertainment was mostly individual entertainers backed by the ship's band. We were surprised that there were only two (2) real shows on a 15 day cruise. We had experienced a much higher percentage on other cruise lines. We found ourselves spending a lot of our evenings in the lounges due to the good entertainment there and the Cruise Director's and Staff's trivia shows. We had breakfast on our balcony one day and really enjoyed that. The window to the balcony was not cleaned until day 12 of the cruise and the balcony was never cleaned; however, once we could flush we had a great time on the remainder of the cruise. Because of the Captain and Crew we will give Princess Cruise Lines another try, but certainly not on a ship heading out of dry dock. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
One of the highlights of every cruise I have been on is the food. The food on this cruise was horrible. Frequently the buffet repeated the food of the previous day, and would offer 3 types of pork as it's main entre selections (and ... Read More
One of the highlights of every cruise I have been on is the food. The food on this cruise was horrible. Frequently the buffet repeated the food of the previous day, and would offer 3 types of pork as it's main entre selections (and the same baked chicken which was always present). The same food served on the buffet would be on the menu for dinner table service. One night 5 of 6 people at my table ordered lobster, and we all returned it- it was rubbery, very salty and smelled terrible). Seriously, almost everyone I spoke with complained about the food, it was awful and not up to the standards of even a discount family restaurant. Two nights I ordered a steak (at an additional cost) and both times they were tough and dry. One meal took over an hour before the entrees were served. The best food on the ship was the hotdogs by the main pool on deck 15, and I frequently resorted to that after not completing a dining room meal. Oh, and the French fries were good. The general service on the ship was very good. Although there were several entertainment highlights which were outstanding, most of the nightly shows were mundane and lackluster. Not many interesting daytime activities. Heavy (in your face) art auction and jewelry store "once-in-a-lifetime lucky you" auction/sale barrages, and a so-so lecture series throughout the cruise discussing the history of medicine, but other than Bingo, not a lot to entertain you during the day unless you like-- no, love chamber music, board games or sewing circle type activities. A metal protrusion was sticking out of a wall where a handrail was missing, and cut my arm one evening. The ship made me pay my own on-board clinic visit made necessary by this injury, and did not re-emburse me for this expense. We were not in territorial waters and the casino closed at 11:45 p.m. on New Year's Eve, and did not reopen until the following day. (Seriously, what casino closes on New Year's Eve? Apparently, Princess Cruise casinos do. Absurd.) One the plus side: great staff and very organized excursion disembarkation. Many passengers who had previously cruised with Princess many times stated this was a bad cruise and not typical of their experiences on other Princess cruises. Overall, in my opinion, this was a boring cruise. It had unacceptably bad food, offered mostly lackluster entertainment and daily activities, and was basically a tired uninspired cruise. Would never want to do it again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
When you read everything about the tours it is not accurate. They say no steps, but they do not tell you that it is uneven ground and steep inclines. All the pools were 5 feet or more. So you could not walk in water or exercise. ... Read More
When you read everything about the tours it is not accurate. They say no steps, but they do not tell you that it is uneven ground and steep inclines. All the pools were 5 feet or more. So you could not walk in water or exercise. Pool chairs were reserved with no one using them for hours And to charge for the one pool. Come on The guest service desk was very unfriendly and was not there to help and we had to go back many times to get things correct, The internet was fault advertising in the price. The staff did not explain the charges until you got the bill and saw the price was doubled. We were told we needed to have our bags outside our door by 11 pm on the last day and they came around at 10. Communications with passengers was very poor. We will not use Princess again because of this cruise Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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 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
The good. 1. $12.80 +tip cab fare from FLL to the cruise ship. 2. Suites are nice and not claustrophobic. 3. Bed was very comfortable. 4. Head Chef and Maitre D were very nice. Chef's Table was excellent. ($95 ... Read More
The good. 1. $12.80 +tip cab fare from FLL to the cruise ship. 2. Suites are nice and not claustrophobic. 3. Bed was very comfortable. 4. Head Chef and Maitre D were very nice. Chef's Table was excellent. ($95 each) 5. Food was good--but not great. 6. Service was excellent. Especially the cabin attendant for our D711 suite. 7. Quick embarkation and debarkation. 8. Easy access to shipboard charges. 9. Easy internet access--for a charge either by the minute or a package. The Bad 1. Anytime seating usually meant you will have to wait for an available table. 2. This ship rocks more than any of my 12 cruise ships. It didn't rock while it was in port. It looked like everyone was drunk walking on this ship while at sea. 3. The hors d'oeuvres sold to be delivered to the room aren't that good. 4. Very few passengers used the extra charge restaurants (+$29 per person) 5. The casino, especially Blackjack, had the worst playing rules to give the house the advantage, as if they needed it. I guess that's why so few played. 6. The MAJOR reason I will never cruise Princess is they blacked out the Championship NFL games in all rooms on Sunday. They allowed the pre-game shows, then the actual games were replaced by soccer, from who knows where. They only televised the NFL games on deck 14 in the heat of the day so they could sell more drinks. (It was kind of like going in your back yard at 1pm on July 4th in a lawn chair and watching TV with no shade on a 12 inch TV!) Then the evening game was televised while the ship was moving at sea and we were all almost blown away by the wind and had to cover up with beach towels to keep warm. The large screen TV was so poor that following the flight of the football was extremely difficult and many times impossible. I asked if I could complain to the captain and was told I would be able to express my disappointment on line when I returned home. Well Princess Lines--this is my complaint and my promise that you have seen my last green US dollar. I'm still waiting for my email as I haven't expressed my true disappointment with your refusing to allow NFL football in my suite as harshly here as I'm going to in my email. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We sailed to the Panama Canal on the Coral Princess in Oct 2016 Anytime dining is an epic fail.On arrival we were told we needed to make reservations The only available reservation times were 8:30 pm or you were given a beeper and ... Read More
We sailed to the Panama Canal on the Coral Princess in Oct 2016 Anytime dining is an epic fail.On arrival we were told we needed to make reservations The only available reservation times were 8:30 pm or you were given a beeper and the wait was 25 mins or more. I had a bug in my salad at the buffet.I called over a head waiter and told him that the lettuce needed to be washed more carefully.The waiter took the plate to the kitchen. He returned and told me the chef said "It happens. Believe me I KNOW it happens,it's not supposed to happen. The movies shown were old releases ( The original Ghostbusters for example) and there was not enough activities onboard, to keep us entertained. One day there was a game hour scheduled at 1:30pm. We waited until 1:45 and no one from the staff had showed. The most disturbing issue was the final bill.I was surprised to see a $20plus charge from a bar onboard. I say surprised because we do NOT drink. It turns out we were charged for Mai Tai's, which is impossible since we do not drink. Another passenger was next to me who had been charged for a round of drinks including a strawberry daiquiri and he had NEVER been in that particular bar, and they only drink wine and beer. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
As mentioned by others , intermittent sewage smells throughout cruise. Water problems in Cabin three times during cruise ( Dolphin deck 9). Crew did not seem happy . Service for any time dining generally very poor, portions for starters ... Read More
As mentioned by others , intermittent sewage smells throughout cruise. Water problems in Cabin three times during cruise ( Dolphin deck 9). Crew did not seem happy . Service for any time dining generally very poor, portions for starters seemed small, food quality only average, all fish dishes overcooked . I tried to discuss matters with Hotel Manager/ Chef but was told I needed to fill out a form !! I gave up at this point, could have been filling out forms all cruise. Entertainment scheduling poor . We like to dine at 7.30 and show schedule was mostly 6.45 & 8.30, so not possible. Only caught two full shows all trip. Cabin was very good ( apart from water issues) and cabin attendant excellent. The ports visited & tours taken were good, and experiencing Panama Canal great. Will not travel Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Family of 4 (42, 41, 12, 11) in a mini-suite w balcony C721. Flew in the night before, stayed at Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale Beach which was nice except for getting stuck in the elevator the next morning. This was our first ... Read More
Family of 4 (42, 41, 12, 11) in a mini-suite w balcony C721. Flew in the night before, stayed at Courtyard Marriott Ft. Lauderdale Beach which was nice except for getting stuck in the elevator the next morning. This was our first cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale and I can see why it is a popular port. The airport, cruise port, beaches, accommodations, etc. are all so close to each other. I could see staying a few days before/after a cruise before flying back home. Embarkation was good. I saw an email the morning of that stated our embarkation should be delayed until 1pm "due to operational reasons" (the first clue this cruise might not go our way) but when we got there at 1pm, we pretty much sailed through and made it to our cabin without issue. We have left out of Port Canaveral and Tampa previously and this was definitely the fastest embarkation we have experienced. The ship itself was nothing to write home about. It was similar in size to other ships we have been on but for some reason it seemed a little smaller. The main atrium area is not very big or open. It is quaint, but its not going to take your breath away. I will say that I liked the open balcony areas that run the length of the aft of the ship on the cabin decks. Those were nice and provided some great views. The fitness center was nice but a little small. We only walked through the spa but it seemed nice, like your average spa area on a cruise ship. Otherwise, I would say the ship is in "fair" shape. There were urine/mold odors on some of the passenger deck hallways on the port side and wet spots in the hallways on the starboard side. Walking through them with sandals on would cause your feet to get wet with whatever unknown liquid caused the issue (assumed plumbing since access panels from the hallway were constantly open). From our balcony we could look down and see paint completely peeled off of the balcony railing below us, running the entire starboard length of the ship. Aesthetic things like that which you would have thought would have been taken care of in dry dock really stood out. The Princess Theater was a little smaller but nice too, and probably our favorite part of the ship. We saw all of the evening shows and they all were great. I would not compare them to something like on the larger Disney ships but for the space they had to work with they really put on some good shows. I should also add here that the pools and hot tubs were not functional for a part of the trip as well, I think this was attributed to the dry dock. I know they weren’t available for the first day but I’m not sure how often afterwards. Food - We all agreed that the food was the best food we have had on a ship as far as quality goes. The selection, especially in the buffet, seemed a little light in comparison but when we did find something that we would eat we enjoyed it for the most part. A good mix of vegetarian options in the main dining room as well. The desserts in the main dining room were great too. We purchased the soda package for all 4 of us and it included a stamp on your room card and also 4 refillable mugs. These are the types of mugs that have the RFID sensor in the bottom so I assumed there would be somewhere on board that you could go and fill up your drink yourself. That is not the case, you must visit a bar each time you want a refill. The main problem with this is that many of the bartenders, and this is not just Princess, act annoyed when you come up to them with 4 refillable mugs. I understand that to a point since they cant charge an automatic gratuity on it but when that is the only option you have of utilizing your beverage package, you expect to be treated like any other customer. Really something that I wish all cruise lines would look at. Activities - Princess delivers the "Princess Patter" to your stateroom each day and it lists all of the scheduled events onboard the ship for the day with the corresponding times. Great, except most of it was about purchasing art, photos and jewelry or purchasing health or beauty treatments. Throw in the mix of ping pong and Pictionary and the daytime activities were really very blah. The cruise director seemed like a nice guy but the only time that we ever saw or heard from him was after one of the evening shows. In 6 days on the ship I never saw him outside of the theater, did not hear him over the PA system or anything like that. I appreciate the information and energy that a cruise director can bring to a cruise but that appeared to be lacking here. I'll add to this that the entire time on the ship there never seemed to be that fun vibe, that "Hey, your on vacation!" vibe. No real hustle and bustle about the ship, it just seemed to lack any energy. The crew (cruise director, etc.) did not create any kind of atmosphere to facilitate a fun time around the ship so it seemed like we were all going through the motions. I would have thought that especially with the problems that we encountered, that trying to lift the spirits of the passengers would be a higher priority. One positive that I should mention, and I'll put it under the activities section is that that family movie channel in the room was appreciated by us. They showed a lot of recent popular movies (Inside Out, Big Hero Six, Peanuts, The Good Dinosaur). While we signed the kids up for the childrens club, we never ended up going there so I can't comment on that. On this cruise I don't think there were any more than 15 kids, from infants to teenagers on the entire ship so I don't know how effective the clubs would have been this time around. Service was mostly good, our steward Bernard did a good job and our server Faye and her assistant Vincent did a good job for us. When my daughter broke her refillable mug when she dropped it, one of the crew replaced it for us without question which was nice. Had some minor issues with some of the folks during embarkation and as I mentioned some of the bar staff but otherwise the service was good. So now, what made this a really disappointing cruise for us? The dry dock was not completed properly so sometime after we left Ft. Lauderdale the ship had slowed. At one point I believe the captain came over the PA system and stated that we were being propelled by the stabilizers. The issue was with an engine shaft bearing. I'm not an engineer nor am I a mechanic or familiar with such things but I can surmise that if your sole means of propulsion is your stabilizers then that is not good. Not only did this issue cause us to lose most of our propulsion, it also made for a rocky ride. While we were supposed to arrive in our first port, Cozumel, at 7am, it was not until after 8pm (3 hours after our scheduled departure time from Cozumel) that we actually arrived there. In the meantime, we weren't even sure what was going to happen, were they going to turn around and go back? Were they going to find another port to stop at for repairs? A lot was up in the air that day without much communication. I should mention that the engineers were able to fix the issue (I assume temporarily) which allowed an increase of speed to allow us to get to Cozumel. They decided to overnight there and then spend the next day there as well which we were told gave them enough time to completely fix the issue. This also meant that they had to cancel Roatan... Now when booking a cruise, for some people the ports of call are more important than others. We are those people. We had done a similar itinerary a few years ago and could not wait to get back to Roatan and Costa Maya. We did not care if we did anything at Cozumel and in fact had just planned to shop that day. To cancel our stop in Roatan because of the ships issues, was very deflating. Still we tried to make the best of things as we had Costa Maya to look forward to. We woke up the morning of our scheduled stop in Costa Maya only to find ourselves far offshore being tossed about. The captain came over the PA system and explained that due to rough seas, swells, etc. that we would not be able to dock there. Safety is the first priority, we can't control the weather, etc. etc. etc. The captain continued to state that there were no alternate ports of call so we were just heading back to Ft. Lauderdale. So now, we are on the 4th day of a cruise where we have missed the only two stops that we actually wanted to go to all of the while on a ship that offered a very rough ride for most of our time on it, either due to technical issues or due to weather. To top it off, we are just going home now but instead of traveling at normal speed to get back, we are going to go very slowly because we have an extra day now to make it back. Very slowly through rough seas. It was on this day that my kids and I finally broke and we took turns being ill in our stateroom. I've never been close to being seasick in my life but we all lost our lunch that day. Again, I'm not an expert on these matters but with an extra day to make it back to Ft. Lauderdale could we have not gone faster through the rough seas to get out of them or perhaps taken a more circuitous route that would have gotten us out of rough water? It was an entire day of rough seas. Alternatively, if the forecast predicted poor weather in Costa Maya, why go there to begin with? Why not find another port to make it to? This is why I do not buy the whole "can't control the weather" excuse they seemed to constantly want to reinforce to us at every opportunity they had (the whole crew at that point was speaking the same mantra). I never expect them to control the weather, I just expect them to use the tools at their disposal to avoid it as best as they can, and I can't begin to imagine that they actually did that in this case. The final sea day was mostly uneventful as far as the weather/technical issues went. The ship seemed to be operating fine at that point. Probably the most excitement we had was when someone spotted a makeshift raft with about 12 people on it north of Cuba and the captain decided to go and see if they needed help. We got to within 300 yards of them (my best guess) and they did their best to ignore us. The logical conclusion was that they were trying to get into the US but since they did not want the help of the ship, we continued on our journey to Ft. Lauderdale. At about 6am on disembarkation day, we were awoken by what felt like an earthquake going through the room. For a good 30 seconds, if not longer, our entire room shook, glasses were clanking all over the place, the whole ship seemed to shudder loudly. My daughter woke up screaming because it was so loud. This apparently is the docking process. I can't recall ever docking so violently before but there you have it, the icing on the cake. So for compensation, Princess provided $100 per person in shipboard credit and half off of what you paid for this cruise, as a future cruise credit to be booked by the end of this year (can travel after 2016, just have to use the credit by the end of the year.) The problem that I have with this is that I have no desire to ever sail with Princess again so I'll lose $1500 in compensation. Even if I did want to sail with Princess again, our family takes other vacations as well. We enjoy going to Disney, we have a trip planned for Europe next year, we would have to rearrange our plans to take a cruise on a cruise line that failed us in the first place. I don't know if this is always the case, but the vast majority of our fellow cruisers on this itinerary were retirees. They would seem to be in a better position to be able to take advantage of this form of compensation than those who are still working full time and have younger children in school. It would have been nice if they would have offered a choice of compensation but I'm not surprised that they didn't. Considering we spent 6 days on the Coral Princess, with a total of 6 hours ashore in Cozumel, and the majority of the time the ship was not very stable, either due to technical or weather issues, it really felt like a disappointing cruise to nowhere. You always hear that "Hey at least you are on a cruise" or "There are no bad cruises" and I've tried to be fair in my review here but this was a very poor experience for us and I can't recommend the Coral Princess nor Princess as a cruise line to anyone that might ask. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
On the January 30th 2016 cruise this was truly the cruise from hell. First the cruise was late getting to port from dry dock and left the port 90 minutes late. At this time there were no pools or hot tubs. Some rooms had no operating ... Read More
On the January 30th 2016 cruise this was truly the cruise from hell. First the cruise was late getting to port from dry dock and left the port 90 minutes late. At this time there were no pools or hot tubs. Some rooms had no operating toilets or A/C. Some had sinks that would not drain. Some, like me, had sinks that had hot water coming out of the cold tap. Many of the casino slot machines were either not operating or having issues. The ship was not pristine, but dirty in places. On Sunday they had an issue with one of the thrusters and had to stop in the ocean for repairs. This took a couple of hours. Then at 3 am Monday we lost a propeller. This took 14 hours to fix and we missed Cozumel that morning. We finally made it to Cozumel at 7 pm and stayed until 5 pm the next day. We did not go to Roatan. We did not go to Costa Maya due to bad weather. We got the pools and hot tubs on Tuesday. On Wednesday I lost hot water in my shower, but it was back the next day. Princess gave everyone on the ship a 50% credit based on the base rate everyone paid for their rooms, but only $27 for the taxes. Nothing was refunded on the port fees, even we did not go to 2 of the ports. This was basically a cruise to nowhere. Many of the public restrooms were inoperable. Some complete floors had not A/C for much of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
Embarkation: Very smooth. It took no more than 10 minutes from check-in to entering the ship whether you were Elite or otherwise. Cabin: Our cabin had a nice-sized balcony, far bigger than the one we had on the Royal. The bedding and ... Read More
Embarkation: Very smooth. It took no more than 10 minutes from check-in to entering the ship whether you were Elite or otherwise. Cabin: Our cabin had a nice-sized balcony, far bigger than the one we had on the Royal. The bedding and TV were new, but the TV remote didn’t work properly. Our cabin steward was average. We had to ask him for soap for the shower (not everyone likes body wash) and lotion, which was not provided. Due to mechanical problems, we had no water on arrival until the evening, then until the following day, we had no hot water. We received no notices in our cabin about this, yet the ship kept filling our “mailboxes” with adverts about “champagne art auctions”. The ship’s priorities were clearly askew. Food: The MDR food was quite good, with outstanding waiters. Desserts were on the dull side. Due to the “technical difficulties” the ship had no ice cream the first day. The lunch buffet was decent. The layout of the buffet on this ship was roomier than that of the other older ships, but there is no place to eat outside, unless one eats by the pool. We ate at the Bayou Café one night. Those at the table who had steak were happy, but the waiter informed me the gumbo had meat in it (I don’t eat meat). The only other options were fried catfish (no biggie, to be sure) and shrimp, which was last night’s MDR choice. I took the shrimp, but it had meat in the rice. What bugged me the most was that some at the table complained about their dessert, and were surprised with desserts from Sabatini’s, but I was never offered fish from there (they have an excellent bronzini there)…..and yet I was charged for dinner. Entertainment: I only attended the production shows, which were OK. The dancing in the show “Dancing” was good, but the singing subpar. My traveling companions went to the Billy Joel-type singer and comedian and enjoyed them. They didn’t like the magician. Trivia was fun and smoothly run. Pool: There were never enough pool chairs or towels. This did not seem to be a chair-hog issue, though, they were clearly in evidence. Two pool attendants told me there weren’t enough chairs on the ship. I saw numerous people pull up straight back chairs by the pool. Gym: All brand new equipment! WOW! The square footage of the gym made it hard to fit all of the equipment--no room for stretching compared to other ships. The wraparound promenade was great for fast walking and early morning or evening jogging. My partner, who is an avid jogger, however, that jogging on the promenade felt that jogging is dangerous at any time! What a pleasure to have a deck which goes totally around the ship on one level! Ports of call: Now the fun starts! The captain must have gotten so many complaints about not speaking to the passengers (who realized we were traveling in circles) without any explanation, he made an announcement at 7:00am. I’m sure waking many passengers up, on Day 3 to tell us we had problems. No one still knew whether the cruise would continue. We arrived in Cozumel at 7:30 pm (about 12 hours late). The captain was reactive in telling the passengers we had mechanical trouble. He later told us we’d miss Roatan, and on the next day, we found out we’d also miss Costa Maya, but this time, due to high seas. We were promised 50% of what we paid, plus $100 OBC for a future cruise. Too little, too late, especially for those who didn’t have water or deck chairs. Possibly, the captain held back information due to corporate direction. However, I feel that was not the best way to handle this. Disembarkation: We left around 9:40 am. It was the fastest I’ve ever seen. Not a single person in line at Immigration. It’s possible everyone wanted off the ship fast! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
We too had a poor experience. I took my 81 year old mother and her friend on a cruise while they were visiting me. As previous reviewers have mentioned vacation time is precious and while I have never sailed princess before I expected ... Read More
We too had a poor experience. I took my 81 year old mother and her friend on a cruise while they were visiting me. As previous reviewers have mentioned vacation time is precious and while I have never sailed princess before I expected better. I occupied a mini suite B201 and my mother & Friend balcony cabin B315 Overall cabin size good, although I missed the balcony in the minim suite and would opt for less floor space and a balcony on a future cruise. The advertised big picture window was equivellant to just a standard window on other cruise lines. I pre booked two cases of water to be in the cabin. Took three days and lots of phone calls to get them. Not acceptable. Finally after several phone calls it was delivered with my first of several apology letters. The Good The cruise staff (Miranda) and the house band Xtasea were excellent. Entertainment overall very good, although the "New Show" being debuted wasn't great. Fitness staff excellent. The Bad & Ugly On embarkation a strong smell of sewage in the atrium area especially deck 6 and 7. Public restrooms not working in these areas THE ENTIRE CRUISE. Public restrooms in other areas never fully functional. Two of three stalls locked for maintenance. Hand sinks in public restrooms not working (Including the one near the buffet) a public health concern. Refrigeration not working (using time instead of temperature because cold plates were not functional on the buffet lines). Some bars had only warm bottled water (Because as the bartender explained the refrigerators were not cooling.) A/C's in some areas not working No Pool for several days No jacuzzi's for several days. Buckets collecting water leaks in hallways entire cruise. 12:30am water pipe broke with a flood of water coming down in the hallway outside my mothers room. Followed by a shop vac which woke up several cabins.(Yes I have pictures). Bartenders very slow, especially at one particular pool bar, which led to everyone going to a different bar making life difficult for the good staff, who were now working twice as hard. Inconsistent stocking of bars. Ship was just not ready to sail. Got into Cozumel area at 5:30am according to my cell phone and observations. Captain sailed back out to sea then made an announcement that due to the engine problems and slow speed we had not yet arrived (We are not all gullible, honesty is always the best policy). Continued to sail around in circles for an entire day and missed a port day. Missed Roatan due to engine issues Cozumel a day late (Not the reason for anyone to choose this itinerary) Missed Costa Maya (Due to weather?) Big Movie screen not working until the last day Not enough deck chairs. Balcony Cabin only had one chair on balcony for several days. Food poor compared to Celebrity. Ordered Rare steak on the last day. waiter gave me a very well done steak and laughed saying here is your rare steak. Would you like to wait for me to change it! Although paying double for a single fare only received half the OBC compared to other cabins! Given a 50% discount on My Cabin expense only for a future cruise. Since I cannot see may mother choosing to sail princess again (This was a gift to her) the discount on her cabin is useless. The potential for this ship is endless. The public areas really are lovely. The running of operations sub standard and antiquated. Anytime dining a joke. Never possible to make reservations and waiting in line was a given. I have sailed another line with engine issues. We were given notice before embarkation, a credit for the missed port, and kept accurately informed throughout the process. Issues happen and unavoidable, how they are handled is the Key to success. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
My Dh and I, ages 56 and 50, just returned from a 6 day adventure on the Coral Princess. We were in mini suite, D328. Embarkation: great, we arrived at the time Princess recommended, walked through, checked in and photo taken and we ... Read More
My Dh and I, ages 56 and 50, just returned from a 6 day adventure on the Coral Princess. We were in mini suite, D328. Embarkation: great, we arrived at the time Princess recommended, walked through, checked in and photo taken and we were in our cabin within 20 minutes. Cabin: Pros: plenty of room, great bed, bedding, bathtub and most storage we have ever had on a ship, larger balcony. Cons: shower curtain, yuck. Uncovered balcony, shower is hard to get the hang of and no hot water from Saturday u til Monday afternoon. Public areas: not crowded and plenty of room except on the pool decks:Chair hogs were out in full force. Plenty of deck attendants around, but no one removing towels. We went out Tuesday morning at 8:15 am, put our towels and books down. There was 2 chairs beside of us with personal items in them. We went to eat breakfast and we're back in our chairs before 9:00am, the chairs remained empty until we went to our cabin at 3:00pm. This is so annoying and I know it is a problem on all ships. Food: I have had better. Horizon Court Buffet. I found very little that I liked and found it was poorly laid-out. Large salad bar, but main courses seemed like a mish-mash of leftovers, fruit was hard, not ripe, and sandwich meats looked like they were just old. Bordeaux Dining Room:Was okay. We ate there on three nights. The 2nd formal night had large lobster tails and jumbo prawn entire'. If was large and fresh and very good. Crab Pot: it took forever to be served and I thought that was because they were steaming each pot fresh. Ours was cold and had been sitting. What should have been a great meal was disappointing. Bayou Cafe and Steakhouse: Filet and seafood were excellent, jumbalya appetizer was great, but did not care for the Cagun sides. We would have preferred a more traditional steakhouse. Pizza and Burger Grill were very good. Coffee: was bad in the buffet and room service. Not fresh brewed. I guess they want you to buy it or a coffee card. Shows: we only watched the singer, sang Billy Joel, he was great. Movies Under the Stars: showed a great selection of fairly new movies, but the pool deck scream did not work until Wednesday, so they were showed in a louge and in rooms. Smaller ship, I thought the staff was great, no problems other than mechanical issues with the ship on weather related issues at Costa Maya. This ship was just out of dry dock and had many problems. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I am a seasoned cruiser having cruised with several cruise lines and I'm an elite member with Princess. Overall this cruise was somewhat disappointing. I agree with all that was said in the previous review by Rebel2386, except that I ... Read More
I am a seasoned cruiser having cruised with several cruise lines and I'm an elite member with Princess. Overall this cruise was somewhat disappointing. I agree with all that was said in the previous review by Rebel2386, except that I thought the quality of the food in the main dining room and the buffet was not up to the usual standard of Princess. There wasn't a lot of taste, spice, seasoning in the food to make it shine. Presentation was good but flavour lacking. There was little to do on sea days. Trivia was the only thing that interested me. The port lecturer was quite good, but I didn't enjoy the guest presenters and their subjects (as per rebel2386's review). Were they catering to the older age demographic????? There was nothing happening after 10 at night anywhere.... I was glad to get off in LA and I don't usually say that after a cruise. We went on to do an Alaskan cruise a week late with Carnival and it surpassed the Coral Princess in food and entertainment. I will travel with Princess again. I'm putting this one down to a one off. At least I hope so! Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
No matter how old you are, if there is any live in you, you don't want to go on this cruise. The whole atmosphere on this cruise was old, old, old, from the piped in music to the entertainment. A constant barrage of music, originally ... Read More
No matter how old you are, if there is any live in you, you don't want to go on this cruise. The whole atmosphere on this cruise was old, old, old, from the piped in music to the entertainment. A constant barrage of music, originally performed by people now all dead. What really turned me off is all the people that took their naps in all the public places. Everywhere you went on this ship there were people sleeping in chairs, head back, mouth open and snoring. Not a pretty sight. I am 71 years old myself and if I feel sleepy I go to my cabin This was my first princess cruise, also the last. The food was boring, same O, same O every day. The hallway to my stateroom smelt musty, and there always were fans running, drying off something or other. They were working on some water pipes and our toilet wouldn't flush 5 times and it would take a couple of hours to have running water again. The cabin next to us was being remodeled and for 3 days we had tapping and banging noise all day. As soon as that was done, they started scraping paint right above and below us and we had that noise all day long. We had booked a junior suit, hoping for some quite reading time, but no such luck. It really was all very disappointing the whole ship has such a tired feel to it. I felt sorry for the few younger people on board. Thankfully there were port days, we could not wait to get off this ship, even for a few hours. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
I’m sorry to say that had this cruise been our first on Princess, it would have been our LAST. We’ve had 5 positive experiences, so we had little doubt that our 6th would be problem-filled, but it certainly was. Princess has joined the ... Read More
I’m sorry to say that had this cruise been our first on Princess, it would have been our LAST. We’ve had 5 positive experiences, so we had little doubt that our 6th would be problem-filled, but it certainly was. Princess has joined the Carnival/Costa “family” – and I’m afraid the result is NOT good. THE GOOD (MOSTLY): Cabin We’re both on tight budgets, so opting for an interior cabin was a must, however we never felt “2nd class”. Our room steward, Dante, did an excellent job of keeping our environment clean and looking good with his twice-daily visits. As you’ll read later, he maintained his good spirits, despite “challenges” from the ship’s faulty equipment. We ordered morning coffee from room service and it was always delivered piping hot and on-time by Clifford. Food We’re not partial to sit-down dining, so we used the Horizon Court exclusively. We got to choose from a wide variety of menu items, sample new ones, and return to the buffet for more of the ones we liked. The food was always fresh, and well-presented. If there’s a down-side to dining on a Princess ship these days, it’s the desserts. They’ve taken the “economic” route. Most of their dessert offerings were “pre-fab” items that had been made onshore and frozen. The soft-serve ice cream (served at a venue off one of the pools) was really ice-water. It lacked the rich taste of the soft-serve offerings from Dairy Queen, McDonald’s, etc. Perhaps Princess should brand it as a “diet” dessert. Entertainment The onboard specialty acts (comedian, pianist, illusionist) were great, as were the singers and dancers, but I got the feeling that much of the singing and music was pre-recorded. The ship offered an internet lecturer as part of it’s “enrichment” program and he was a joke. His lecture was supposed to be about developing websites as a means of aiding one’s business, but he focused on the “quick buck” business of registering domain names that others would buy from you. What should have been a 10 minute discussion, ran on for 5 sessions. I gave up after 3. If Princess offers these “experts” any sort of compensation for their “work”, the cruise line is being ripped off. Another cruise line offers guests the services of a Microsoft-trained computer expert. Princess’ offering looked like a bargain-basement version, and was a complete waste of passengers’ time. We’re not drinkers, so we didn’t partake of the ships’ lounge offerings. Those who did seemed pleased. Speaking of drinking, a mid-cruise check of our billing showed mixed drinks. A visit to Customer Service rectified this, but passengers would be well-advised to check their onboard account frequently. Shore Excursions We chose an excursion that included the Skyride and Bobsled in Jamaica – combined with a climb of Dunn’s River Falls. What a great day! However, the Falls are really not for those who have heart problems, breathing problems, or whose joints don’t work as well as they once did. We also purchased a shore excursion in Panama that included a visit to the Visitor’s Center at the Canal, and a boat ride on Gatun Lake. The Visitor’s Center trip was worthwhile, but our guides did little to earn their $$ at that stop. It was pretty much self-guided. The Gatun Lake boat ride was interesting, but we saw no wildlife – our bad fortune. I realize that Princess has no control over that. My only complaint was our difficulty in understanding one of our 2 guides. His accent was extremely thick. We switched guides (and buses) halfway thru the trip – problem solved. I assume Princess contracts with local tour companies for these excursions, but they could do a better job of insisting that guides are good communicators. THE BAD Our cruise was marred by what the captain called “norovirus”. We were not alone. News reports indicated that several other ships, on various cruise lines, were also stricken to a greater or lesser degree. One of us spent three days in our cabin – eating nothing but bread and Jello. To it’s credit, the ship adopted numerous measures to help lessen the spread of the virus. We chose not to report the incident, and it’s a good thing we did. Reports from other passengers indicated that the ship’s medical department charged them hundreds of dollars for diagnosis and remedies. Our dose of unpleasantness came in our cabin, when the fire sprinkler directly over our bed erupted on a Monday afternoon. We brought it to the attention of our cabin steward, who immediately changed the bedding, which was soaked right down to the mattress pad. We also contacted onboard Customer Service. When no further eruptions occurred the next day, we assumed the matter had been addressed by the ship’s maintenance personnel. On Wednesday, the sprinkler erupted again – same procedures. Customer Service was notified a second time. When it happened again on Thursday night, and we had to report the incident a third time, the Customer Service agent said she’s “take it to a higher level”. Apparently, that’s’ what it took because the eruptions stopped. Through it all, our cabin steward maintained his cheerful and cooperative attitude. While they were pleasant, Customer Service personnel apparently had no ability to address the problem after the first two reports. As I’ve pointed out to Princess management after we returned, had this happened in a land-based hotel, we’d have changed rooms, or changed hotels. Onboard a sold-out ship, those aren’t options. THE UGLY I would have thought that Princess management would have made a serious offer of restitution for the problems we experienced. Not so. We were offered complementary dinners at one of the ship’s upscale restaurants while we were onboard. We declined. Upon notification after our cruise, Princess management offered us each a $100 credit toward a future cruise and $50 in onboard credit. This, after 3 days of being drenched from above by an obviously faulty sprinkler. I have to wonder how that sprinkler would have performed in the event it was really needed! We have also declined this offer and will take action involving our attorney. As I said at the outset, had this been our first Princess cruise, it would have been our last. Suffice it to say that we’ll think long and hard about traveling with them again. I sense that now that Princess is part of the Carnival/Costa family, we’ll see continued belt-tightening.   Read Less
Sail Date January 2014
For starters, let me say everyone should visit the Panama Canal, via a Cruise Ship. It is one of the most spectacular places on earth. However, be cautious of the WHOLE Itinerary. Our itinerary looked great, Aruba, Cartagena, Panama, ... Read More
For starters, let me say everyone should visit the Panama Canal, via a Cruise Ship. It is one of the most spectacular places on earth. However, be cautious of the WHOLE Itinerary. Our itinerary looked great, Aruba, Cartagena, Panama, Costa Rica, and Jamaica with 4 days at Sea. When the shipped Docked in Aruba, we were there for 4.5 hours. We didn't have enough time to really enjoy the island. PLUS, the Tour Guide never shut up. He spoke aimlessly about nothing. Caratgena was nice, but the shore excursion added to much fluff. We didn't need to pay to see local cultural dancers for 10 minutes, break dancers for 10 minutes, and a torture chamber on vacation. I would avoid the Palace of Inquisition. When our tour guide explained how they would tie the ropes to a certain part of the man, then stretch them out, let's just say I didn't need to hear that. Colon, Panama was nothing more that a supply stop. We also had to wait for those folks that did shore excursions. The Panama Canal was AWESOME!!!!!!! Limon, Costa Rica. The Shore Excursion described was NOT the one we got. While we visited the Banana Plantation, the Scenic Drive and Photop was NOT what we expected. It was nothing more that the bus racing to get back on time. We were shown some beautiful coastline, but NO stopping. It was awful. Jamaica was OK. We had been there several times, so this was no biggie. The Photo Team was fantastic. Very informative and ALWAYS willing to answer questions. Some of the Cruise Director's Staff, including the Cruise Director herself, were terribly boring. Some of the Junior ones were great! The Wait Staff, for the most part was Horrendous.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
I expect the tour itinerary I book and pay for to be honoured by my cruise operator. The failure to call at Costa Rica due to the danger of a civil servants strike is not acceptable. The ship is registered in Bermuda as such I would expect ... Read More
I expect the tour itinerary I book and pay for to be honoured by my cruise operator. The failure to call at Costa Rica due to the danger of a civil servants strike is not acceptable. The ship is registered in Bermuda as such I would expect the captain to take advice from HM Foreign Office which is responsible for such matters relating for this colony. I have checked HM Foreign Office web site and no travel advisory was issued by this ultra conservative body in relation to the issues in Lemon. The company’s choice Princess Cays as an alternative port was in my view was a cynical attempt by Princess to increase its revenues; as everything in Princess Cays is owned by and for the profit of that company. Frankly, there is no comparison between a private beach resort and what I had booked for. I understand that other cruise ships called at Lemon on the day we were diverted. The ease displayed in re-arranging the visit to Grand Cayman totally dispels the crew’s contention that arranging another venue at short notice would be impossible. A very poor show... I will cruise again but not with this company; they ripped me off. On the rest of the cruise the entertainment was good but oh boy they were short average about 45 minutes and lacked variety. It was either Magic, or song and dance or hypnotist. there was no mixing of acts to put together a proper variety show. Also don't trust there daily programme in the Princes Patter newsletter. My partner and I had planned to watch a film which was cancelled from the 'movies under the stars' which was replaced by an American Football match at short notice. The restaurant food was mainly very good but the buffet was very mixed some days excellent others it was far from good. Read Less
Sail Date November 2013
This was our first cruise. After hearing the raving reviews from friends and strangers alike my wife and I decided to try a cruise. First let me say that we are independent experienced travellers and the thought of a cruise gave us mixed ... Read More
This was our first cruise. After hearing the raving reviews from friends and strangers alike my wife and I decided to try a cruise. First let me say that we are independent experienced travellers and the thought of a cruise gave us mixed feeling. Anyway we did it book or 10 day Panama Cruise and anxiously awaited the trip, we booked almost a full year in advance so we had a lot of expectations. Well we got to Ft. Lauderdale 5 days early and had plenty of time to relax in the south of Florida, went to Key West etc. The day of embarkation was excellent, we arrived early and had no lineups to deal with and we were in our cabin before noon. This was great! Its was then that it went down hill, you see I had ordered a dozen roses to be in our stateroom when we arrived. Paid 60.00 US for this a week in advance, and guess what? Right, they were not there, nor were the chocolate covered strawberries or the drinks that I had ordered and paid for. The flowers arrived three days into the cruise and the strawberries shortly after that and even then only after several discussions with the front desk. Needless to say the moment was lost. The ship itself was splendid, the cabin was small but nice. I would not even consider a cruise without a balcony though! Thank goodness for the balcony. The staff was very nice, although the stewarts and anyone other than officers and entertainment staff had less then stellar english comprehension. I must say I felt that throughout the cruise I was being nickled and dimed to death. To charge extra for soft drinks and icecream, no really! Why not just make it all inclusive like at the resorts. Thats really the competition. I know some of you will say I don't drink, and I agree however we don't all eat the same amount either. Which brings me to the food, other than the Lobster night (one out of 10), the food was just ok! We go out to eat a fair bit and are used to better. The ship has a "shopping expert", I call it person on the take. Which provides little service to the passengers other than to fill her own and or the cruiselines pockets. Our first port was Jamaica, we had a White water tubing adventure booked, which we were looking forward to. Almost totally spoiled by the disembarkation process, I do not appreciate 1.5 hour lines ups much less in hallways, and stairway. This was absolutely ridiculous. It continued throughout the trip line ups and hurry up and wait. The ship has a "shopping expert", I call it person on the take. Which provides little service to the passengers other than to fill her own and or the cruiselines pockets. I also was not aware that when a ship is in port, that basically the ship is closed. Yes thats right for you people that have not been on a cruise before, you pay full price for a 10 day cruise and if the ship is in port for 5 days, the ships shops, and attractions are CLOSED. Just another cruise line cash grab. You see they want you off the ship so that you can spend money in the shops that they make deals with on shore. That right, those places that they advise you to shop in get charged a fee, 10,000.00 per quarter, in one case for a store owner to be on the ships list. Not only does the store pay the cruise line 10,000.00 but they also pay 5% to the ships "shopping expert?" Needless to say if you think you are getting the best deal in the shop recommended by the line, forget it. The entertainment was nice but other than the first couple of nights we missed out because the entertainment was held before dinner. I like to have a dinner and then go to a show not the other way around. Zero flexibility on a cruise. We like to do our own thing and this is really not possible on a ship. If you like structured vacationing, standing in line, and being ripped off, then cruising is for you. If you are an independent individual with a mind of your own, then cruising is likely not for you. This will likely have been our last cruise, (may do Alaska, as it's likely the best way to see Alaska) but thats it. Read Less
Sail Date January 2007
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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