Sail Date: March 2019
The entire trip was magical! Cruising the Canal ocean to ocean was the experience of a lifetime. Our cabin was comfortable and the food was very good - lots of choices and well prepared. The staff was personable, no matter what their job ... Read More
The entire trip was magical! Cruising the Canal ocean to ocean was the experience of a lifetime. Our cabin was comfortable and the food was very good - lots of choices and well prepared. The staff was personable, no matter what their job function, and they bent over backwards to ensure we had a great trip. The entertainment included outside folks, who were very good, and they were supported by cruise personnel. Some of the excursions were average at best, but we thoroughly enjoyed Cartagena, Huatulco, and Panama. Weather caused us to bypass our port in Nicaragua (San Juan del Sur), which was a shame, but better safe than sorry. We received lots of information about the ports prior to arrival and info about ship happenings through their Princess @ Sea app, their Princess Patter daily newsletter and their morning TV show called the Wake Show. Would highly recommend having a balcony to avoid the crowds on deck while cruising through the canal and the perks of Club Dining were very nice and well worth it. Despite several days at sea, we were never bored and found lots of activities to participate in. While embarking and disembarking are not the most exciting parts of a cruise and are often frustrating and long processes, Princess agents were well organized and the processes were streamlined, painless, efficient and completed fairly quickly with little wait times. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
We wanted to see the original Panama Canal locks and the experience did not disappoint. Although the Coral is small and older, she has been dry docked and the common rooms looked very new and clean. However, I wish they would redecorate ... Read More
We wanted to see the original Panama Canal locks and the experience did not disappoint. Although the Coral is small and older, she has been dry docked and the common rooms looked very new and clean. However, I wish they would redecorate the state rooms as they are the same décor as years ago. But our stateroom was kept very clean and our steward was exceptional and attentive to our every request. All the staff were friendly --we never experienced any negativity. The food in the main dining room, buffet, and poolside was great. We had no need to eat in the specialty restaurants. I especially love the dinner rolls and desserts!! The entertainment was very good. The broadway production, Silk, was excellent and Encore was superb. The comedians we really enjoyed, too, as well as Bayou. Only one entertainer, the juggler, didn't meet our expectations. I would have liked some more activities during sea days as I don't play bingo, trivia, shop, or use the spa. But I enjoyed the library and learned Sudoku so my time was enjoyable. We also joined people in trivia at times and enjoyed the cruise games hosted by the assistant cruise directors. We also found a casino machine that we enjoyed. It was the quietest cruise we've been on as the majority were retired couples who didn't care to party into the night. That suited us perfectly so it wasn't a problem as it might be for younger people. We only did one excursion. We used Ricky Ricardo in Costa Rico and were satisfied with him. It is the hot, dry season there so the rain forest wasn't very impressive. The monkeys and crocodile safari were very entertaining. We took a taxi and went to the Miraflore Locks in Puerto Amador and we were happy we did as we enjoyed the museum and the I-Max film narrated by Morgan Freeman showing the building of the new and old locks. It was a day well spent. In the other ports, we taxied to the old towns. In Puerto Vallarta we took the city bus to the Malecon which was an experience in itself as the bus drivers drive fast and furious! We love the Malecon and the vibe there. Embarkation and debarkation couldn't have been better! We have priority embarkation and we walk off with our luggage so we were one of the first people to disembark. All in all this was another great cruise with Princess. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
I loved this ship, the crew, the ports and all of the knowledge I learned from the onboard specialist. So informative. Also loved disembarking at my home port! The Coral princess was in excellent condition for as old as she is! Everyone ... Read More
I loved this ship, the crew, the ports and all of the knowledge I learned from the onboard specialist. So informative. Also loved disembarking at my home port! The Coral princess was in excellent condition for as old as she is! Everyone had a fantastic time. I planned this trip one and a half years in advance for my 60th birthday, so worth the wait!! Some cruise ships do not stop in Panama City, this was a plus, great tour and learned even more about the building of the Canal. The cruise itself was seamless, great service and guest entertainers. Not so much the onboard dancers and singers. The thing that is great about cruising is you can choose the entertainment that best suits you in different venues on the ship. The Coral had many nice big showrooms and lounges. We spent a lot of time playing trivia, one of our favorite things to do and they had the best staff ever! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
Our ship had been in dry dock and arrived later than planned. There are very long lines outside. When we finally got in, after waiting over an hour......we then had to wait in the hall......yes, there were chairs, but not enough.....some ... Read More
Our ship had been in dry dock and arrived later than planned. There are very long lines outside. When we finally got in, after waiting over an hour......we then had to wait in the hall......yes, there were chairs, but not enough.....some people gave up their chairs to people who needed it (not all disabilities are visible) and sat on the concrete floor.....that was not a good beginning! We choose this cruise because we wanted to experience all the locks of the Panama Canal.........it is an amazing experience. Throughout the day we had a guide on board who gave wonderful information This trip had 3 tender ports, that always takes more time with getting to shore. We had a cabin on the C deck.....this was our 21st cruise.....and the cabin was not cleaned; debris on the floor, full trashcans and a dirty bathroom/toilet.......our room carpet was not replaced,it was dirty....... I found my steward he was very apologetic and took care of it..... This time I was also disappointed by the food. We went to the any time dining room, loved our waiters and headwaiter. I am a vegetarian and every night they make sure I get something I like.....except a few nights they just gave me steamed vegetables.... But the barista knew my name and what kind of coffee I liked....the chef at the International Cafe would get my croissant.....I felt spoiled. We were a little disappointed that we only had 4 shows with dancers....There were a lot of comedians on this trip.....not my thing. But I had a great trip, beautiful places....the excursion in Costa Rica: waterfalls and animal sanctuary, were amazing...and yes, we’ll keep cruising. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This itinerary has been on our bucket list for a long time. The enrichment activities provided by Chris Roberts and Dr. Angel Colon were most enjoyable and greatly increased my awareness on the topics covered. Please continue these ... Read More
This itinerary has been on our bucket list for a long time. The enrichment activities provided by Chris Roberts and Dr. Angel Colon were most enjoyable and greatly increased my awareness on the topics covered. Please continue these enrichment lectures with fine speakers like these two gentlemen. The crew was awesome and provided perfect service as well as exhibiting tremendous good morale. Special thanks to bar staff, Shailesh, Komang, Edgar, Mario, Geraldine & Sheila. Thanks to IC staff as well including Papa Ver, Anoop, Lito and Yehven. We loved the numerous spaces for the passengers to sit, eat something or have a drink. Our faves were the Wheelhouse bar (biggest fave), Crooners, the IC, MUTS, Explorers bar. The Blue Jade band was the best entertainment and dance band we have heard so far on a ship. We closed the Wheelhouse bar every night due to them. The ship's band was the best we have experienced to date as well. The theatre really need two more exits. Many somewhat disabled people took a lot of time using the two available exits making me really hope that there would be no emergency that required the theatre to vacate. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
Transit through the Panama Canal is really interesting. It was sunny every day but oppressively Hot during excursions in the afternoon. Service is excellent and the fellow passengers are very friendly. The food is fine, not gourmet ... Read More
Transit through the Panama Canal is really interesting. It was sunny every day but oppressively Hot during excursions in the afternoon. Service is excellent and the fellow passengers are very friendly. The food is fine, not gourmet except if you want to pay extra. The coffee card is not transferrable from Cruise to cruise anymore. Ship is impeccable. The Internet was spotty but I understand that the ship is in for refit and upgrade to Internet services right now. I really recommend this excursion if you want a relaxing trip with several Sea days. It is definitely a more senior crowd that takes this cruise. The entertainment by and large is excellent, especially the production shows. There is a good variety of guests entertainers and also groups in the lounges. I recommend taking a snack on excursions as our for our trip in the jungle of Costa Rica turned out to be 6 1/2 hours with no lunch. We were on a train and had a boat ride through the mangroves and it was well worth it but we were really hungry. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We selected this cruise as we wanted to do the full transit of the Panama Canal. We had previously been on the Coral Princess for partial transit and enjoyed the ship. This time did not disappoint. The service was top notch all the way ... Read More
We selected this cruise as we wanted to do the full transit of the Panama Canal. We had previously been on the Coral Princess for partial transit and enjoyed the ship. This time did not disappoint. The service was top notch all the way around. In the main dinning room the food was very good with amply selection. Club Class dinning was worth the extra money with no wait to be seated and excellent service. The extra menu item each night was a plus and cooked to perfection. We didn't use the buffet so cannot comment on this. The ports were nice with lots to do within walking distance on most. Ship tours were very good. Ship was in good shape considering it was last cruise before dry dock only showed some wear but they were continously painting and cleaning. Only complaint was slow internet. I would definitely recommend this cruise on the Coral Princess. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Always wanted to do this one. Being able to take 15 days to travel to Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Columbia was icing on the cake. The on-board experience was excellent. We spent a good deal of time at one club, the service ... Read More
Always wanted to do this one. Being able to take 15 days to travel to Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Columbia was icing on the cake. The on-board experience was excellent. We spent a good deal of time at one club, the service and friendly demeanour of the crew made us feel we were in a favourite neighbourhood pub. On shore trips were also great. Our state room steward went out of his way to attend to our every need. I had a malfunction of my running shoes, a glue repair was required. Ronald was able arrange the fix, and did so free of charge. My wife requested distilled water, and and extension cord for her Cpap machine, it was present at check in. When we checked in to board, everything was streamlined and effortless. From the time we checked in until we were in our cabin was less then 30 minutes. Well done on our return as well. Disembarkation was very efficient, and clearing customs slick. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
If you like smaller older ships with a full promenade deck, service with a smile, and a full transit of the Panama Canal this is the cruise for you. We chose this itinerary as it left from Los Angeles, a direct 2 hour flight on Southwest ... Read More
If you like smaller older ships with a full promenade deck, service with a smile, and a full transit of the Panama Canal this is the cruise for you. We chose this itinerary as it left from Los Angeles, a direct 2 hour flight on Southwest Airlines from El Paso for us. I cannot compare to the itinerary that begins in Fort Lauderdale but we loved this one that visited Fuerte Amador at the Pacific end of the canal, a full day transit through the old locks, and Cartagena after the transit; for us the other ports were "icing on the cake". On arrival in LA we had a smooth journey, using Execucar, to San Pedro where we stayed overnight at the Doubletree Hotel. The hotel food is enjoyable and they provide a shuttle to the port. Our shuttle was at 10:30 am and we quickly gave luggage to the porters, checked in at the cruise terminal and were through security and onboard before noon. On boarding we were given a list of places open for embarkation dining with their times -- it included one of the main dining rooms! We chose the International Cafe then headed for our mini-suite cabin D711. Robert, our cabin steward, arrived with the sparkling wine, and the cruise began! I located the Maitre D' and ensured that we had a table for two. We use early traditional dining, on this ship it was at 5:15 pm in the Provence dining room. After our first dinner we met with the head waiter to request low sodium meals. He provided us with the menus for the next day, we made our selections for the starter and main course, and he delivered them to the galley where the chef's worked their magic. All our dinners were delicious. Lunch for us was usually at the International Cafe or the wonderful freshly made individual pizza at Sabatinis. Pizza and a Grolsch beer became a favorite treat. We had two pub lunches on this cruise. I will not review the enjoyable varied evening entertainment as it was as described in Princess literature. On sea days we really enjoyed the port and enrichment lectures. The port lectures were invaluable to visualize how we would get off and back on the ship and gave glimpses of Princess excursion sights. The enrichment lectures on this cruise were on the History of Medicine and Surgery -- fascinating! On the first sea day at 10:30 am we had our Cruise Critic meet and greet with about 50 members attending. Several of the senior officers welcomed us including the Captain, Maitre D', Executive Chef, Entertainment ,Hotel and Bar Directors. They were all very gracious and obviously worked as a good team. This was reflected in all the crew members that we had contact with. Part of the fun at this Meet and Greet was a gift exchange of items that represented us in some way. For the first time we used shorter Princess excursions in all ports except for Cartagena. As the ports were new to us, and we have joint issues, we decided to mostly do bus tours in Mexico with short stops to see sights and buildings. People were on time when getting back to the bus and the excursions went smoothly and were as described. We live near the Mexican border in southern New Mexico so the culture and foods in Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco were not new to us. What was new was the tropical setting! Due to the unrest in Nicaragua we decided prior to the cruise not to do an excursion but went to the San Juan Del Sur Victoriano Hotel for coffee, use their internet, and view the bay. Many locals were using the beach as it was a Sunday. Choosing an excursion in Costa Rica was a challenge for us as we had both spent several weeks there independently. We eventually decided to do the very enjoyable Macaw Sanctuary and mangrove boat ride; the guide was excellent and we felt we had experienced Costa Rica in a new way. In Fuerte Amador we wanted to visit the colonial part of Panama City and could not locate a local guide. The Princess tour took us on a bus ride through the city to the old city (Panama Viejo) and then back to the colonial part (Casco Viejo) that is undergoing restoration where we had a walking tour. It is always fascinating to see the history of modern cities and how they are restoring areas. We had chance to do a little shopping, pick up a cold soda at the farmacia, and visit restrooms in shops ($1 pp) then back to the ship. Next morning we were up at 6 am to begin the canal transit. I highly recommend you read or watch videos on the history of the canal and attend the ship lectures to put the transit into context. We had a perfect sunny day with a slight breeze in the mid 80s. The locks are fascinating and an engineering marvel. We had a map of the canal from a guide book that was very helpful and another I had downloaded from the internet. I found it to be an exciting day. Cartagena was our last port. I had arranged for an 8 person tour with Dora a year in advance and it exceeded our expectations! http://www.cartagenatour.com I had requested a tour for slower walkers and we had the humorous and highly knowledgable Mercedes as our guide. What a great day as we began at the monastery La Popa overlooking the city, had short visits to the fort and old dungeons that have been converted to artisan stores, then a stroll around the old town and it's churches and plazas. I had the most blissful iced coffee from a jeep at the dungeon area (they use purified water and ice) as it was very hot. One of those memories that stick with you while on a fabulous tour. Two days later we were in a cold (46F) Fort Lauderdale. Debarkation was very easy as we were on a debarkation tour to the Everglades and had used Easy Check valet service for our bags. We were first in the US immigration line and also had a Global Entry card so it was very quick. It was interesting to see the Everglades from an air boat but the reptiles were well hidden due to the unusually cold weather. In all it was a great cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2019
B423 Coral Princess, 06Jan-21JAN2019, San Pedro to Fort Lauderdale via Panama Canal - Bucket Trip :D. First the bad, yes the ship shows signs of wear, but what do you want for a ship going into refurbishment after our trip? The crew was ... Read More
B423 Coral Princess, 06Jan-21JAN2019, San Pedro to Fort Lauderdale via Panama Canal - Bucket Trip :D. First the bad, yes the ship shows signs of wear, but what do you want for a ship going into refurbishment after our trip? The crew was working on things so unless you are a real nit picker, it really was not that bad (about a dozen seats in the theater were broken? Rusted out areas?) but I did not mark anything down. Hopefully the next group will have a fresh ship. Bedding, our bed had one mattress that had a 3 inch or so dip, BEFORE putting weight on it. But the steward had that changed out within a few hours of our complaining. Smaller ship than we are used to, so there was some adjustment for the strange traffic patterns like elevators and passageways, but nothing that an intelligent person should mark down since it was a matter of learning routes and knowing where things are. The international cafe was in an odd area, small, and not as good as the other ships we have been on, that was worth a quarter point off. The Atrium (Piazza) was poorly designed for the few entertainment venues held there, more of a nexus for the stairs, shops, and services. Anytime dining tended to have a line, but then this trip was mostly older folks who eat early. The good. The aft pool was covered, nice for the cooler days and help prevent sunburn during the hot days. Horizon Buffet, small, but a nice linear layout with a large selection of hot items (I ate more hot lunches on this trip instead of just making a salad). Usually the buffet also had several ethnic dishes and often a curry dish I liked, and several times large shrimp from the grill. And after about 2PM, chips, guacamole, and salsa (on the days they left out the quac, I asked and received it). Had good to great service there. Dinner was mostly great, food was much better than our last trip on the Caribbean. Granted there were ho hum days, but even then I had a lot I liked (2-7 appetizers and all but two times a main + desert?). Actually gained some weight on this trip[ despite all the stairs I did (up to 38 flights a day). We got the same table every night and the table assigner started telling us “Go to your table”, loved it! Our server, Lorina, was excellent Evening main shows were mostly ranged from very good to excellent (“On the Bayou” and “Encore” were excellent), one good, and two fair (the comedian, Scott Wyler, and juggler, Mark Nizer, were not very good). Still lacking late morning and early afternoon music. One thing I enjoyed were the enrichment lectures by Dr. Angel Colon, ranging from various medical breakthroughs in history to art and environmental. And the Blue Jade Band was very enjoyable. Actually had several tours we took that we enjoyed a lot. Embarkation and disembarkation all went very smooth and fast (but then we are elite level). Due to lack of formatting in this, I am just going to finish and say - GREAT TRIP, well worth the cost, all the pluses and minuses added up to a 5 star trip. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2019
We had a terrific cruise through the Panama Canal. We'd only been on the royal class ships and weren't sure if we'd like the small ship - we loved her and she is now our favorite. The ship has lots of public seating areas ... Read More
We had a terrific cruise through the Panama Canal. We'd only been on the royal class ships and weren't sure if we'd like the small ship - we loved her and she is now our favorite. The ship has lots of public seating areas and I always found a seat where I wanted one. The staff were cheerful and helpful. The cruise director was funny and his staff were personable and entertaining. There was a very nice vibe in the ship because of the staff. Food was good (although sometimes 'just' good and not fantastic). The band in the Wheelhouse was fantastic. Blue Jade played a good variety of music and we enjoyed watching more accomplished dancers glide over the floor. The female vocalist has a lovely voice - I could (and did) listen to her all night! The itinerary was interesting with good excursions. My favorite were the sea days though :-) I've already put this cruise on the 'do it again' list! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our 5th Princess Cruise. Overall we have been happy with all of our Princess Cruises so when we decided to do our bucket list Panama Canal Cruise, Princess was our first choice. We picked the Coral Princess based on our timing ... Read More
This was our 5th Princess Cruise. Overall we have been happy with all of our Princess Cruises so when we decided to do our bucket list Panama Canal Cruise, Princess was our first choice. We picked the Coral Princess based on our timing with being in San Diego to spend Thanksgiving with our daughter and her husband and being able to take a quick flight to LA for the cruise. The Coral Princess is a nice smaller ship. We never had to wait for elevators and wherever we went onboard there was never a crowd. We’ve been on the Regal and Royal and they are huge so being on the Coral was nice to navigate on and never took long to get anywhere onboard. We did like the promenade deck and did our daily walks there as well as an evening stroll. Many newer ships do not have a full walk around promenade so we really were glad it has remained and maintained the old sailing feel. Overall the food in the main dining rooms was very good. Sometimes there was a bit of a wait for the food but hey, we have nothing but time. Loved our cabin C317. The balcony is about 10’x10’ and is amazing to stretch out on. We watched a lot of the canal from there. Entertainment and the Princess band was top notch! The Sanctuary is on the stern and a bit small but over all we enjoyed our afternoon sea days we booked. They were very accommodating in us being comfortable and if the day was too cold or too much sun we were able to cancel the day of. Staff as always was great. We’d sail the Coral again . All in all a very nice cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
The last time I cruised with Princess was for my 30th anniversary and have cruised other cruise lines since. The best move I made was to come back to Princess to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The service was outstanding and every staff ... Read More
The last time I cruised with Princess was for my 30th anniversary and have cruised other cruise lines since. The best move I made was to come back to Princess to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The service was outstanding and every staff member we met courteous and ready to meet all your needs. The ship was in very good condition considering it was an older ship. The bed was very comfortable and the room looked like it had updated carpeting. The food in the main dinning room had a good selection for you to choose from and the quality seemed good. The buffet was smaller than other ships I have been on but the quality and variety seemed good. I booked all my excursions from princess and there seemed to be a good selection. All the tour guides were knowledgeable. The tour we took in cartagena at the avery was excellent if you want to see beautiful birds. I was a little concerned that there would not be enough on the cruise to keep me entertained for 15 days but princess did a could job of always having a variety of things to do. I was extremely happy with this cruise and my decision to come back to Princess. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
The full transit Panama Canal cruise has been on my bucket list for a while! I just celebrated my 70th birthday and so this was my wonderful birthday present!! We live in San Diego and had several choices for this cruise but Princess ... Read More
The full transit Panama Canal cruise has been on my bucket list for a while! I just celebrated my 70th birthday and so this was my wonderful birthday present!! We live in San Diego and had several choices for this cruise but Princess came highly recommended by friends and the 3 for Free sale clinched the deal!! We had free grats, +$300 onboard credit from the sale. We also had Carnival stock so another $250 OBC. Then we discovered that Princess also gives military credit for serving at least 3years no matter how long ago you served. DH served when he was 17 and is now in his 70s so another $250 for that service added up to a wonderful $800 OBC to start!! We had a driver take us up the day before the cruise and stayed at the Doubletree San Pedro on Hilton pts. The free shuttle got us to the pier by about 10:30 . We were booked into a full suite so got on board by 11:30 and our cabin was ready!! A nice touch at check in was a note saying that even if the suite was not ready we should feel free to drop off our luggage there! I have to say that the suite and suite perks on Princess are amazing!! I cannot list all of them here but we will be booking suites on Princess whenever we sale again!! Our balcony was delightful with 2 cushy lounge chairs, a coffee table between, a round dining table and 2 arm chairs. We enjoyed suite breakfast on our balcony,breakfast at Sabatinis with mimosas and capuccino,complete bar set up,elite/suite Happy Hour lounge, and many more!! We thought Club Class dining was also amazing!! We had wonderful service and several nights of extra dishes that we enjoyed. There were several pasta extras but the 2 most outstanding were the surf and turf with filet mignon and the baby lamb chops(my all time fave!!) We ate some breakfasts and most lunches at the buffet. It was here that I thought Carnival actually did a better job. I really like the separate stations on Carnival for Chinese, Indian, BBQ and Deli with sandwiches made to order. Princess did a nice job having smoked salmon and white fish for breakfast and the "sushi" offerings were nice too. Princess had Mongolian wok only once on the dinner buffet where we ordinarily would not eat at night while some Carnival ships have it as a regular lunch station. As for entertainment, we also missed Carnival's Comedy Club. We really like good comedians and having a few in the main theater with one show on a few nights was not enough for us. I did think that the singers, dancers and production show cast were great on this ship!! We particularly enjoyed the Down on the Bayou show!!! The juggler/comedian from Cirque du Soleil was also a nice surprise!! We enjoyed the gym, stretch class, and i had a wonderful Thai Herbal Wrap in the spa! We liked the movie selections and I suppose my only other "complaint" was that trivia to us is about facts and the trivia on Princess often included silly riddles.DH loves trivia but did not enjoy it on the Coral Princess! We had fun in all the ports! My highlight was the Embera Village tour from Fuerte Amador! It was like going back in time and I highly recommend it!! DHs highlight was the private tour we took in Puntarenas to see the monkeys and macaws. We thought the ports offered a good variety of nature, history, beach and unusual experiences!! Old Town in Cartagena made me think I was back in a small town in Italy!! All in all we will book on Princess again but will also book on Carnival which may seem strange to the elite Princess cruisers but we just like things about both these wonderful cruise lines!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. This was not a transcanal cruise, but a partial transit with a night spent at anchor in Gatun lake. The ship personnel went above and beyond with service excellence. The Maitre d' arranged for the ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed this cruise. This was not a transcanal cruise, but a partial transit with a night spent at anchor in Gatun lake. The ship personnel went above and beyond with service excellence. The Maitre d' arranged for the Roll Call group to have a special lunch that included an incredible seafood risotto and an amazingly beautiful and delicious dessert. Thank you Daniele! We took one Princess shore excursion to the ruins of Izapa from Puerto Chiapas. It is a small Mayan site but interesting and the tour guide was very good. We also used the Princess transportation to Antigua, Guatemala (Antigua on your Own) and the accompanying guide on the van was very informative about Guatemala and was available for anyone who wanted to walk around the city with him. We chose to explore the city on our own. The time in the Panama Canal and Gatun lake was enhanced by the commentary of Chris Roberts who also did the presentations about all the ports. He is excellent, very concise information and beautiful pictures. In Punta Arenas we took a tour with Thumbs Up Tours we booked independently. It was excellent. Our guide, Marcos found macaws and toucans in the wild we were able to photograph through his spotting scope. The boat trip to view crocodiles and shore birds was followed by a lunch at a hillside restaurant with great views and concluded with a quick drive through the town. A delightful day. Overall, we were delighted with this cruise and the itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
My wife and I chose the Coral Princess for several reasons: the itinerary allowed us to travel round trip from Southern California, home for us; We had sailed on her sister ship, the Island Princess twice before and enjoyed the ship's ... Read More
My wife and I chose the Coral Princess for several reasons: the itinerary allowed us to travel round trip from Southern California, home for us; We had sailed on her sister ship, the Island Princess twice before and enjoyed the ship's size and layout; and we wanted to sail through the historic locks of the Canal before experiencing the new locks. Two highlights of the trip to us were the excitement of sailing through the historic locks and the quality & friendliness of the crew. We had been familiar with the construction and operation of the Canal for years, but to actually see this 100+ year old wonder in operation is amazing. No wonder a Canal transit is on so many bucket lists! There are many good viewing locations on the ship. We spent much of our time on the viewing area on Deck 10, forward of all the cabins. There are two unmarked doors at the end of the halls on either side of the ship. Open and go through both doors (they can be heavy from their weight and air pressure) and you are in open space overlooking the bow. The area was popular, but never overcrowded. We also spent a lot of time on the balcony of of our cabin on Caribe deck (C222). Good views of the Canal operations, including the Mules (the locomotives which guide, not pull, the ship through the locks). The Canal experience was enhanced on our cruise when we followed the brand new US Navy stealth ship Michael Monsoor as we sailed through the locks on our second day in the Canal. The Monsoor is just the second ship in its class. This was our ninth cruise on Princess, so we have become familiar with the personable and professional service we receive from the crew. But this cruise went above and beyond what we have come to expect. Every single crew member we encountered went above and beyond what we expected to ensure we had a wonderful time on board. The Coral is an older ship, but very well maintained. And its (relatively) smaller size makes it easy to get around and never felt crowded. We tried two experiences for the first time on this cruise. We had portrait photographs taken in the Platinum Studio during the cruise, and we ordered the Ultimate Balcony Dinner on the night we were anchored in Gatun Lake in the Canal. Both experiences were incredible. The Platinum Studio Shoot is totally different than the mass production photos taken by the other ship photographers. There were taken in a professional studio on board. Our photographer was Nataliia, a lovely young lady who has been with Princess for several years. She proved to be not just an expert photographer, but an outstanding artist as well. My wife had very specific ideas of how the portraits should turn out (as a former model, she is very knowledgeable of studio photography). Nataliia understood everything my wife was looking for and delivered a perfect product. She took several dozen exposures during our shoot, which we then reviewed at a private appointment the following evening. My wife pick out the shot she wanted almost instantly, Nataliia had gotten it perfect! Even the proof we took off the ship with us is wonderful, and the glass mounted final print we received a couple of weeks after we got home was beyond beautiful. The Balcony dinner was an elegant event right in our cabin. Our waiters, Toniano, assisted by Ajay, were excellent. They were both very pleasant, efficient and sensitive to our privacy. They always seemed to know exactly when to serve the next course, when our glasses needed to be refilled or when plates needed to be cleared. Since it was very warm and humid this evening, we asked them to set up the table inside our mini-suite. At first, we were concerned that might be crowded, but it turned out to be a perfect, intimate setting. The meal was fabulous! The menu is delivered to your cabin at the beginning of the cruise. There are only a few choices to make, although I understand from other reviews,that you can make other selections. There are other posted reviews which describe the details of the dinner, so I will not do that here. Rather, I will just mention that the dinner was wonderful, the dishes were all excellently prepared and served, and Toniano and Ajay were outstanding. We only attended a couple of shows during the cruise, spending most of our evenings in Crooners listening to the piano playing of Daniel Oliver. Chinzal and Putu took excellent care of us in Crooners, keeping our glasses full and engaging in delightful conversation. We did go to two production shows: "On the Bayou" in the Universe Lounge (great show, not so great venue for it) and "Encore" in the Princess Theater. Both shows were excellent and should have been done in the Princess Theater. Our favorite show was "Flamenco Express", with Jose and Leticia dancing beautifully and romantically. They did two shows a few evenings apart, first in the Princess Theater then in the Universe Lounge. Their show was much better suited for the Universe Lounge, smaller and more intimate. They also invited a few members of the audience, including my wife, up on stage in the Universe Lounge to dance with them. My wife was thrilled and did a great job with them as she is an excellent dancer. As usual, we reserved Traditional Early Seating. were assigned a table for six with two other couples about our age and dispositions, so we enjoyed their company, Our waiter, Manuel, was excellent. He remembered our preferences after the first night and was always ready with recommendations on that night's menu if asked. We enjoyed conversing with him on a number of subjects, including his home life in India, experiences he has had over his years working for Princess, and other subjects not related to the cruise. He is a very intelligent and insightful individual Our cabin was a standard mini-suite, which we have become use to on Princess ships. There is plenty of room and John, our room steward, kept it spotless for the duration of the trip. We found both embarkation and disembarkation to run smoothly and well organized. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This was an amazing 60 day cruise that went much faster than we thought. We loved the ports in Asia (all but one in Vietnam) - Enjoyed the activities on board. Liked the smaller ship as you got to know more people. As we were ... Read More
This was an amazing 60 day cruise that went much faster than we thought. We loved the ports in Asia (all but one in Vietnam) - Enjoyed the activities on board. Liked the smaller ship as you got to know more people. As we were headed to Asia there were Typhoons in the area where we were headed and our Captain with the LA office took our safety into account and we did not get to one of our ports of call. This was a smart move as we did hit rough seas and had we gone to the port it would have been a disaster. As we embarked for our cruise it went smoothly. Princess does well in this area. And at the end of our journey disembarkation went even better. Our cabin was in the front of the ship and on the port side and during the weather we did have waves came over our balcony as we were on deck 8. We are pleased and happy with our 60 day cruise. SUGGESTION Do NOT plan excursions for Sunday's in Asia as this is their holiday and there were way too many people Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
I traveled with 3 other relatives, ranging in age from 53 - 75 yrs. old. We wanted to go to Alaska and see the glaciers along with the totems and the scenery. We all had a great time, though it also helped that our weather was nearly ... Read More
I traveled with 3 other relatives, ranging in age from 53 - 75 yrs. old. We wanted to go to Alaska and see the glaciers along with the totems and the scenery. We all had a great time, though it also helped that our weather was nearly perfect the whole trip. This was the 1st time on a cruise ship for all of us and we were leery if it would meet our expectations, if we would be bored, not like the food, and so on. What a shock! The ship gives you so many options of things to do from educational to entertainment to spa treatments, if you have a bad time it's your own fault. I did everything I possibly could that was offered while onboard to learn about Alaska. And I did alot of excursions when we off the ship. The food was good and they would switch up the menu, the rooms were clean, the bed was comfortable, every employee was extremely polite, everything was very well organized from getting on to getting off. It was a great experience. I loved it and so did my relatives! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Alaska was on our bucket list. Princess does it best. This cruise fills in a lot of blanks....scenery, wildlife, shore tours, glaciers, whales, etc. , along with the great Princess pampered touch and dining service. The Coral Princess ... Read More
Alaska was on our bucket list. Princess does it best. This cruise fills in a lot of blanks....scenery, wildlife, shore tours, glaciers, whales, etc. , along with the great Princess pampered touch and dining service. The Coral Princess was the perfect fit for this cruise. We did not suffer from overcrowding or claustrophobia. Embarkation and Debarkation went smoothly without long queues or standing for any length of time, The Provence Main Dining at the early sitting worked wonderfully for us with six of us sharing the same table each night exchanging details of our daily excursions and activities as well as getting further acquainted. We were able to catch the early 7:30pm shows most evenings. Entertainment was varied and well received throughout the voyage. Comedian Eric Lyden got us going the first night with his version of cruising hysteria. On the third night we were enthralled and mesmerized by Master Illusionist and Americas Got Talent Finalist Jonathan Hawley's Magic. In all it was a great voyage. Our balcony stateroom on the starboard side provided great picture taking views for the northbound cruise. We had a sense of royal treatment throughout. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Embarkation and disembarkation was very efficient. Ship decor was beautiful and ship was very clean. Our inside cabin was spacious and very comfortable. Had a flickering ceiling light, notified front desk and it was promptly fixed. ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation was very efficient. Ship decor was beautiful and ship was very clean. Our inside cabin was spacious and very comfortable. Had a flickering ceiling light, notified front desk and it was promptly fixed. Dining options were good. I thought the variety and food quality in the buffet was better than in the main dining room. Entertainment was great and enjoyed Libbey Riddles and her story of the Iditarod very much. Service and employees always had a smile and were helpful and friendly. Ports were interesting, did not do Shore excursions as we were on a tight budget. Enjoyed the bus transport from Whittier to Anchorage. The bus driver was very informative. We had a late flight leaving Anchorage, enjoyed the availability of the hospitality center in Anchorage, and able to walk around Anchorage. The airport in Anchorage was easy to navigate and shops and eateries stayed open late into the night. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My husband and I had been on one cruise, many years ago during the Love Boat era, and absolutely hated the entire experience. We decided that we wanted to see the glaciers before they retreated entirely and the only way to do that was by ... Read More
My husband and I had been on one cruise, many years ago during the Love Boat era, and absolutely hated the entire experience. We decided that we wanted to see the glaciers before they retreated entirely and the only way to do that was by sea. I researched Alaskan cruises and settled in on the Coral Princess for its size and itinerary. We booked in late May 2018 for the August 29th cruise. We booked a guarentee rate Mini-Suite. We were assigned D314 about three weeks before the cruise. Day 1-Vancouver: Our Princess EZAir flight was direct from DFW to Vancouver. We arrived at noon. While it seemed to take forever to get through Canadian customs, we still had plenty of time to meet the Princess bus that took us to the ship. We arrived at the ship at around 3:30 and were on board and in our room by 4. We grabbed a quick sandwich at the International Cafe to tide us over until dinner. We grabbed our camera and headed up to the the Lido deck for the sail away. Since we had the Premium Beverage Package we found the bar and were a little disapointed that they did not have the Sea Witch Beers on this boat; Alaska Brewing Beers were the local craft beer. Note: There are a lot of craft beers at the bars that do not appear in the menu; just ask the bartender what he has in stock. We were in the traditional dining room for the early seating, We had a table for 6 right by a window. Our table mates were two sisters on their annual vacation; the other diners never showed up. Our head waiter was a charming young woman from eastern europe and her assistant a young man from the Philipines. They were always full of information on the daily menu. The food in the MDR was consistantly delicious the entire cruise. I really enjoyed the soups, my husband the desserts. We attended the Cruise Directors presentation and overview in the Princess Theater and then headed to where the music took us...first the Wheelhouse, then the Atrium, finally Crooners. We walked the Promanade deck and headed to bed. The bed was one of the new Princess mattresses and it was wonderful; We probably would have overslept if our bodyclocks had adjusted! Day 2: At Sea-The PBP included coffee from the International Cafe. I went down and had them fill our travel mugs. We had to wait for the MDR to open at 7:30 for breakfast; I was dissappointed with breakfast in general. The MDR had limited selections and the entrees seemed on the cool side to me. The mornings we went to the Horizen Buffet it was crowded and forget about made to order eggs, you will wait a lifetime for them. The mornings we were in port were the absolute worst when it came to breakfast! The sea day itself went by quickly, as there were plenty of activities throughout the ship. We enjoyed the Martini demonstration and Pasta demonstration. The musicians on board were great and varied. There was a classical quartet, a South American dance band, several soloists that played a variety of styles, a modern jazz/rock cover band. You could find music to suit your style by just looking through the Patters. The first formal night had photographers everywhere and you could avoid them if you wanted to. They weren't pushy just numerous. We were getting the hang of the cruise by now. We were pleasantly surprised at how few people were out and about on the decks...as we had nearly perfect weather the whole trip. We went to most of the early shows after dinner and then did the Movies Under the Stars or went one of the bars. Our favorite ended up being Crooner's, mainly because it was bright and the music did not overpower you like some of the other bars. You can also get snacks: peanuts and olives! Day 3 Ketchikan: This was a short stop and I booked an excursion on line for an Electric Bike tour of the Tongass Rainforest. This was one of our favorite excursions. We walked to the Ketchikan Kayak Company and they drove us to Knudston Bay where we were outfitted in rain gear and we biked about 5 miles down the "road to nowhere" where we hiked through the rain forest and came out on beach at low tide, there were the most amazing assorment of sea creatures in the tidal pools inculding a large red starfish. We hiked back and our guide helped us identify the edible berries along the way. There were plenty of salmon snacks ready for us when we returned to their base camp. When we got back to town we went in search of the outstanding coffee we had and some of the salmon goodies. Our guide was telling us about the unique signage in town and once we were aware we started noticing it more and more...but quick...the boat is leaving too soon! Day 4 Juneau: We booked a Princess excursion because we were worried about the logistics/timing. We did the Mendenhal Glacier Canoe and Brewery Tour. We were greated by our guide at the end of the ramp and small group of 8 were taken to Skaters Lake where were outfitted in rain gear and given a quick paddling lesson and off we went in our 10 person canoe to view the glacier upclose and personal. Great trip, great views. We then had a private tour of Alaska Brewing and flight of their delicious beers. The dining rooms were all open seating due to the late port call. Day 5 Skagaway: This was a charming town and I wish we would have just hung around the town and did the National Park Service activities. We did an excursion to Caribou Crossing Dog Camp. It was ok, not nearly as attractive as the pictures. The trip had spectacular scenery and our first views of snow capped mountains. Day 6 Glacier Bay National Park: This is the highlight of the trip, what we came for!! The National Park sends out Rangers and there is commentary about what we were seeing on the public decks and on the TV in your room. There were programs in the Princess Theater and other spots around the ship. It was the only day we were cold! Day 7 College Fjord: This was almost a repeat of day 6 except the weather was even better and there were no rangers. SUMMARY: This trip had the best of both worlds: interesting ports and plenty of at sea days. The dinner service in the MDR was exceptional, there were always lots of choices and I can't say there was anything that was disappointing at dinner. Breakfast was a different story. Lunches were hit or miss; we are not buffet people so we didn't go unless we had to. The grill on the Lido deck had OK fare, but too much like an amusment park quality, we had pizza at Satorini's twice and enjoyed it very much and took sandwiches to go from the International Cafe. The Premium Beverage Package worked out well for us since we are big coffee drinkers, big beer drinkers, enjoy wine with dinner and like to hang out for cocktails at night, not to mention the bottled water we took with us on excursions and drank throughout the day. We enjoyed the shows and Movies Under the Stars; but the musicians were the highlight of the entertainment options. We appreciated the low limit Craps table and event entered the slot tournament. We found that we encountered the same people over and over and by the end of the trip had made several good aquaintances that we will be keeping in touch with. The ship was clean and well maintained. The service was good. We were hardly ever in our room except to sleep, but the steward did a good job keeping it neat and tidy. The bathroom was fine...it is small yes, but honestly how long are you going to be in there? The other common complaint is about all the sales pitches; I am not a shopper so I guess I tuned it out, but I did not encounter anyone directly trying to sell me anything. No one is forcing you to buy the pictures they take so smile and move on! LAND TOUR: The land tour began at Whittier where we boarded the train to Talkeeta. The train ride was very scenic and relaxing. At Talkeeta we saw Denali for the first time and I fell in love with Alaska! Talkeeta was a sweet town that the TV Show Northern Exposure was based on. We enjoyed a nice lunch and walk about before we took the free shuttle to Princess McKinley Lodge. This lodge was my favorite of the three. The rooms are all in separate buildings and the lodge has a large deck that provided views of Denali. There was an area with many firepits and at 5 PM they fire them up and people just hang out. There is a Treehouse Builders tree house on this property and a number of naturalist talks and adventure movies to see. We went on a trail ride which was an adventure unto itsself. The food on the land portion is fairly priced at the lodges (I didn't know that you could purchase a food plan in advance) and it ended up costing us approx. $100 per day for the two of us. We were here for two nights and then we were transported to the Princess Denali Lodge. This lodge was not the same quality as the other two Princess properties, it seemed old and dated and the main lodge reminded me of a bus station not a relaxing place to gather. I had booked our excursions on line and we went fly-fishing and played golf. We went to Denali National Park on the free shuttle and saw the sled dog program and hiked the first day. The second day the Land tour included a National Park Bus Tour that lasted 6 hours and took you into the park itself. There was an upgraded 12 hour tour but this was adequate since we had other plans. We really enjoyed our time at Denali and would return on our own in the future to spend time doing what we wanted. The final day they transported up to Fairbanks via bus and had arranged a Riverboat Discovery, it was interesting and not something I would normally do but it gave us enought information that we would definately visiit Fairbanks on a return trip. The Princess Fairbanks lodge was the nicest of the three, it was new and had hiking trails and outdoor activities. The down side to this time of year is that they were shutting down for the winter and one of their dining rooms was closed and it caused a big wait around dinner. We just hiked over to a local place and had a great time watching football with the locals! LAND TOUR SUMMARY: Princess has the logistics down to a science. They handed out our packets with room keys and Princess Patters and other information on the bus before you got off. Our luggage was always there waiting for us. The food on thier properties was reasonable and surprisingly local, each lodge had extensive Chef;s Gardens. Be prepared to walk! Each property was unique and had its own personality. FINAL THOUGHTS: Alaska was so much more than I was expecting. There is so much more to explore and the cruise itineray is not enough to get the true flavor of a state this big. I am glad we spent the extra time and money to do the land tour. We will definately be going back to visit again! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose this cruise ship because it sails along the inside passage in Alaska, and it is the only ship that has the permission to approach glaciers. The weather was not cooperative, yet we still got to see the beauty of Alaska. In terms ... Read More
We chose this cruise ship because it sails along the inside passage in Alaska, and it is the only ship that has the permission to approach glaciers. The weather was not cooperative, yet we still got to see the beauty of Alaska. In terms of the ship itself. The embarkation and disembarkation was smooth, including all disembarkations for daily visits. The ship is not overly large, which is a blessing. It is also not new, but well maintained and very clean. We traveled with two teenagers, and the accommodations are a bit of challenge. We booked a room with a window and two bunk beds. We were then upgraded to a room with a balcony, but only one bunk bed and a trundle. For two people, this room would have been awesome. Spacious and convenient. However, for four people, it was a bit of a tight squeeze, especially when the trundle was open. We hardly spent any time in our room, and it all worked out well, but for our next cruise we may re-visit the accommodations. The dining was excellent. We actually liked the buffet, and had breakfast there every day. Great assortment of yummy dishes. We also enjoyed the dinners. The food was delicious and the service precise and friendly. Our kids loved the endless pizza, ice cream and burger bars. We did not eat in the specialty restaurants. There was no need. We enjoyed all the entertainers on board. Even our teenagers raved about Howley Magic. In general, all entertainers were fabulous. We went to every show every night. The days at sea were also fun and full of activities. We enjoyed the martini and the fruit demonstrations the most. Miranda, the cruise director, is a wonderful presence, and seemingly does not sleep. The service was lovely, professional and friendly. One exception was the service for the afternoon tea. We went only once because we could not get our server to refill our tea cups or get extra goodies. He was the only cranky person on board, and we did not come back. The ports were well selected, and we were able to explore each port within the allocated time. We especially enjoyed the salmon hatcheries in Kechikan, the hanging gardens in Juneau and the glaciers. This was our first cruise with our children, and as mentioned, they are teenagers. We were worried about them being bored. They both told us that it was the best vacation ever. They enjoyed exploring the ship, the food and most of all Alaska itself. We also enjoyed the ship very much. The promenade deck is a real one and circled the entire ship. It was one of the highlights of the day to walk around and look for whales. The only suggestion is to perhaps hold an early session on good passenger behavior at sea or senior citizens behaving with respect to others. I was amazed at how many elderly passengers felt absolutely no qualms about pushing me and my kids out of the way in the buffet line, or using their canes to shove people in the theater. I understand that the sailing population is an older one, but manners should not be left on shore. Coral Princess, however, was a truly lovely experience for us all, and we would sail with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We chose Princess Cruise to Alaska because of their reputation and presence in that area. We found our mini suite to be clean and comfortable with ample room for the two of us. The Bordeaux dining room was very pleasant, the service first ... Read More
We chose Princess Cruise to Alaska because of their reputation and presence in that area. We found our mini suite to be clean and comfortable with ample room for the two of us. The Bordeaux dining room was very pleasant, the service first rate and the food was excellent making dinner each evening a real treat. There was more than enough to do on board, we particularly enjoyed the evening entertainment in the Princess Theater. Our on shore excursions were well done and enjoyable. We took the narrow gauge railroad trip back into the mountains from Skagway, from Juneau we made a trip to the Mendenhall glacier and later went on a whale watching boat ride. There were quite a number of whales in the area. Our third trip was a trail hike on a temperate rain forest island. This cruise is ideal for people interested in nature and wildlife. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
This was my first time on a cruise. Embarkation was organized and quick, as we entered the boat we felt the energy and fun that awaits us. Our room door was decorated with balloons to help celebrate my buddy’s birthday as well as a card ... Read More
This was my first time on a cruise. Embarkation was organized and quick, as we entered the boat we felt the energy and fun that awaits us. Our room door was decorated with balloons to help celebrate my buddy’s birthday as well as a card placed in the room for her with a special treat at the dinning room. Everyone was so wonderful and happy to serve with a smile. They worked hard to make sure are stay was as pleasant as could be The food was outstanding, one will never go hungry there Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Great cruise. Wonderful side excursions. The sailing was very smooth with no rocking. The food was plentiful and delicious. Staff was excellent, especially our steward and the entertainment staff that ran the trivia contests (a ... Read More
Great cruise. Wonderful side excursions. The sailing was very smooth with no rocking. The food was plentiful and delicious. Staff was excellent, especially our steward and the entertainment staff that ran the trivia contests (a favorite of mine). We travelled with a party of 37 including 5 children under 10 years old, and the ship made our dining as group very easy. Boarding and leaving was handled very quickly and smoothly. The bar service was prompt. The entertainment shows were well done and the cruise director kept us informed of everything that was up coming. Our stateroom was fine, except the shower was a bit small. The ship décor was delightful and there was a great ease of access to all decks through the elevator system. The nature and art lectures were very informative and helpful. The dining rooms were run most efficiently and served a wide variety of food. The Horizon buffet was excellent for breakfast and lunch. Read Less
Coral Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
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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