10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ThqEELxwY Here is the utube video of two of the four songs sung by the Princess Pop Choir. This was taken by Thuy, a guest, on her cell phone. We joined the pop choir and practiced an hour a day. It ... Read More
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ThqEELxwY Here is the utube video of two of the four songs sung by the Princess Pop Choir. This was taken by Thuy, a guest, on her cell phone. We joined the pop choir and practiced an hour a day. It was fun and games, mostly. We performed in the atrium on the last day at sea on our 10 day Panama Canal Cruise. We were told the performance would be filmed and put in the video that was being sold for $50, but there was a wedding going on and the people filming were at the wedding instead. Don't get to the embarkation early. We arrived at 11:00 and had to sit in a big building for hours before we could board. Don't eat too much at the buffet and then have your photo taken afterwards. You will look like a stuffed sausage. We ate dinners in the dining room where portions were small and stylishly designed, and felt perfectly full afterwards. Plan your excursions at home where you have plenty of time. The people at the excursion desk don't seem to know what to suggest, and the desk is only open a few hours. The weather was hot and humid in Cartegena and Panama, so you might want to think about air conditioned transportation. If you go on an excursion in Panama, you will miss the ship going out of the locks after being in Gatun Lake. Book a full day excursion in Panama, or you will be stuck waiting in Colon where the food and entertainment are poor after you are on the half day excursion and waiting until 4 p.m for the boat to arrive to pick you up. If you sit on the front row during the magician"s show at night, you might find yourself in the act or included as a participant. We had a great time, there were 7 of us in our party. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
My parents chose this itinerary as a Panama Canal cruise was on my father's "bucket list" (he's in his early 70's). As I normally make all my parents' travel arrangements and the cruise fare offered by ... Read More
My parents chose this itinerary as a Panama Canal cruise was on my father's "bucket list" (he's in his early 70's). As I normally make all my parents' travel arrangements and the cruise fare offered by Princess last October was exceptional for us Canadians, it was agreed that I would join them. This was the 5th cruise for my mom and I (our 2nd on Princess) and my dad's 4th. We were very lucky that, last December, we were upgraded from a balcony stateroom to a mini suite on the Dolphin deck. The extra space was a big plus with three adults and I'd highly recommend it. We arrived at the port at approx 12pm. The check in process was smooth but we waited in the seating area until our assigned boarding time at 1pm. Our stateroom was ready when we arrived. Our stateroom attendant, Florentino, was superb: he provided me with a topper for my sofabed on the first day without my asking and was always friendly and accommodating. The ship is well maintained despite its age. We had no difficultly obtaining deck chairs on the Lido deck, even on sea days, although I must admit that I found the sound level on that deck high most of the time. The pizza, hamburgers and fries on the Lido deck were consistently good, as was the bar service. We always ate breakfast at the Horizon Court and it was standard buffet fare: plenty of selection but unless you chose to eat outside, it was often difficult finding a table between 8:30 and 9am. I always enjoy the offerings at the International Cafe Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this itinerary primarily because of the opportunity to go through the Panama Canal locks. The rest of the itinerary was fine. We used the ship's shore excursions for the ports except for Cartagena (private tour). ... Read More
We chose this itinerary primarily because of the opportunity to go through the Panama Canal locks. The rest of the itinerary was fine. We used the ship's shore excursions for the ports except for Cartagena (private tour). Surprisingly, the ship's excursions turned out pretty well with the exception of the one in Panama. Although the guide was very good, the trip itself was not great. If you have difficulty walking or balance problems, this excursion is not for you. It included a walk through the "rain forest," a stop at the canal locks, and a boat ride on Gatun Lake looking for wildlife. The walk in the rain forest was difficult due to numerous tree roots, fallen logs, narrow areas and a very uneven path. We did not see any wildlife during this portion of the trip. All of the other excursions were very good. The Veragua rainforest in Costa Rica was a highlight of the trip. We took the aerial tram through part of the rainforest, climbed the stairs to view the waterfall, and saw animal life in the rainforest. Great excursion! In Ocho Rios we went to see the Falls, but we did not climb them. We walked along side to view them. Then we went to the gardens which are worth visiting. We booked this trip on board just to have something to do. It turned out to be a surprisingly enjoyable excursion. Since we had never been to Aruba, we booked a tour of the island which also included a visit to the ostrich farm. We saw the lighthouse and the natural bridge, too. Some passengers toured the island on three wheeled motorbikes (booked independently), and loved it. Our cabin did have a balcony and the air conditioner in the room worked very well. However, be prepared for a shower the size of a narrow phone booth with a shower curtain that surrounds you when you are showering. The room showed that it needs some sprucing up. Take your own hair dryer as the one in the room is attached to the wall. Also, there are only two outlets in the room and one in the bathroom for an electric shaver. We enjoyed most of the entertainment. The production numbers were very good. We missed the comedian's act, but other cruisers said that he was very funny and they enjoyed him. No one really cared for the sword swallower and his associate. They were not worth seeing at all. If you have a chance to see and hear Daniel Oliver in the atrium area on 7, do so. He is wonderful! The food - meh. The Horizon Court was unappetizing. We tried to have most meals in the dining room. The food in the dining room was average. Sometimes it was cold or undercooked. The selections were ordinary as well. Dining room staff was very helpful and attentive. They work very hard. There were activities on board as well. From Zumba to Bingo, trivia, craft projects and photography workshops. These were very good. The photographers really explained how to use your camera. They were very accommodating when it came to showing people how to use their specific camera. If you have camera questions, this is a worthwhile thing to attend while on board. I am not sure if we will cruise with Princess again. It depends if there is an appealing itinerary available. We really loved seeing the different cities, but found the shipboard experience to be just average. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
The shores excursions were hit & miss at best. We didn't bother getting off in Aruba since the ship was only docked for a few hours in the morning. In Cartegna, we did the Old City Walking Tour & Las Bovedas. It was ... Read More
The shores excursions were hit & miss at best. We didn't bother getting off in Aruba since the ship was only docked for a few hours in the morning. In Cartegna, we did the Old City Walking Tour & Las Bovedas. It was interesting but could have used a bit more time. During the Canal partial transit, we took the ship's tour (RAINFOREST & GATUN LAKE AND LOCKS CRUISE) that included viewing the canal operations. The tour guide decided to leave the viewing of operations until on our way back to the ship. But, we arrived back at 4:10pm, the building closes at 4:30pm and the observation deck closed at 4pm. The tour guide was so surprised at this you would think they had never done this tour before; there was plenty of useless crap on the tour that could have been cut short to get us back before the observation deck closed. The traffic in the canal zone is terrible because traffic stops when the locks open; the tour operator should know this. Should have demanded some compensation from Princess, but didn't. In Limon, we did the Rainforest Walk, Canal Cruise & Countryside which was much better than what was done at the canal. The ship is getting a bit worn in places and needs some very simple repairs, such as glueing back down carpeting in places. There was stuff not working in the spa, which was surprising since it isn't cheap to use. Princess needs more adult late-night entertainment. The stage productions are much better on Norwegian and the adult late-night entertainment (e.g., comedy club) is better on Carnival. We do love the Movies under the Stars which is a nice way to end the evening. We did the stargazing activity twice and both times you could barely hear the guide due to loud microphone wind noise. (Isn't it always windy up top when the ship is underway???) And it is hard to see where he was pointing. Maybe this whole thing works much better in port and with just a few people? It was a nice diversion in good weather. Princess is reasonably organized in embarkation / disembarkation and getting passengers off onto shore excursions. Too bad the excursions aren't better on this itinerary. During the transit, we went to the far back deck (on Baja) and it wasn't crowded and allowed you to see the locks in operation, especially with a ship behind you and another in the other channel. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Very disappointed in my first Princess Cruise. The ship had a sewage smell in many of the hall ways from day one. Very off putting. It was possibly a health hazard as well most of our group ended up with a severe upper respiratory ... Read More
Very disappointed in my first Princess Cruise. The ship had a sewage smell in many of the hall ways from day one. Very off putting. It was possibly a health hazard as well most of our group ended up with a severe upper respiratory infections before the cruise was over or after we got home. There were also times when a strong scent of solvent was present in some areas. The buffet area was shocking. Very limited and repetitious. Dining in the dining rooms was much better. Activities were about average but in a different location most days. This made there ship map a great idea. Use it often. Also loved the daily activity app. Wish more cruise lines would adopt this and do away with some of the paper. Loved the card and game room. Enough room to accommodate multi-guest without interfering with other players. Casino area very small. Hard to get beverage service without getting management involved. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Was very excited to go to Columbia, Panama, and Costa Rica. The Coral Princess is an older ship and the cabin bathroom was unbelievably small. The Cabin and restaurant serving staffs were excellent, friendly, and professional. The front ... Read More
Was very excited to go to Columbia, Panama, and Costa Rica. The Coral Princess is an older ship and the cabin bathroom was unbelievably small. The Cabin and restaurant serving staffs were excellent, friendly, and professional. The front desk Passenger staff was not. Twice we were given the wrong information and missed a function entirely. The food was good, and there were several wine tastings that were fun also. The Excursions that were booked through Princess were great. Four were excellent with very knowledgeable guides, and the 5th was average but fun. I was VERY disappointed in the way children were allowed to scream, run, and jump all over furniture and passengers; you could NOT get away from their bad behavior. None of the Princess employees said anything to the parents or children; it was dangerous and horribly stressful. NOT AT ALL what I had planned a cruise for. Although I booked several Spa treatments, the Spa was not good either. It was a traffic thorough fare; no Sanctuary of tranquility and for the high price it should have been. There was noise and a constant barrage of people trying to sell you overpriced products. It did not even have a jacuzzi or pool for private Spa Customers. I do not plan on traveling Princess again. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We chose this Panama Canal cruise because it started and ended in the same port, Ft. Lauderdale. All of the ports on this itinerary were new to us, a great adventure. Embarkation was fine, we were even on the ship in advance of our ... Read More
We chose this Panama Canal cruise because it started and ended in the same port, Ft. Lauderdale. All of the ports on this itinerary were new to us, a great adventure. Embarkation was fine, we were even on the ship in advance of our anticipated boarding time. The disembarkation was terrific because we chose to use EZ Check that took our bags from outside our stateroom and delivered them to our home airport baggage claim. We opted to take an Uber to the Ft Lauderdale airport for $11 (not including tip) instead of the Princess arranged airport shuttle to the airport. The service (bar stewards, wait staff, cabin steward, etc.) on the ship was terrific. Calls to passenger services were slow to be answered. There are only a limited number of indoor comfy seats to relax and watch the water moving by. The Horizon dining room fits that description but it is a heavily used room and not well suited for lingering. The ship’s lounges are nice, but are in the interior of the ship and don’t offer ocean views. The Coral Princess carries nearly 2000 passengers and I felt we were all together at every turn. This seemed most true as we waited in queue for anytime dining. People started lining up before 5pm for first seating that happened at 5:30. One night we started standing in line about 6:30, waited about ½ hour, and when we made it to the front of the line, we were given a beeper and told that we could be seated in about another 30 minutes. That was an optimistic estimate of our wait time. Interestingly, on most occasions, once seated, there were many empty tables around us. Meals in the Horizon buffet were fine. The food in the Bordeaux dining room did not live up to the level of service and presentation that was offered there. Couple examples, I had a couple different veal dishes, they tasted the same. Dinner companions criticized the red snapper and the signature chef’s pork belly entrée. The desserts, however, were terrific. The inability to better schedule dinners had a negative domino effect for taking advantage of the on board entertainment. Getting seats together for our group of four at the first performance of a show required that we show up at least 30 minutes before curtain time. We missed several shows because we didn’t finish dinner in time to secure seats. The shows we did see were good. Shore excursions: Aruba - Princess excursion = snorkeling from the Jolly Pirate. (I don’t see this option listed on upcoming cruises) It was terrific - small group on the “pirate” ship - approximately 30 people. Cartagena - – Princess excursion = "Old City" & Historical Museum of Cartagena tour. There were 3 cruise ships in port on the day we were there and lots of excursions include the Old City. The streets there are narrow and the temperature was HOT. It was very crowded. We were probably more focused on not losing sight of our tour guide in the crowd and missed much of interesting architecture. Bottom line, I’m glad to have seen Cartagena, but probably would have been better had we arranged a private tour. Panama Canal – Princess excursion = Panama Canal & Locks Transit by Boat. This was what we had really been looking forward to. The description in the brochure suggests that this is a 6 hour excursion. Our tickets said that the tour could range from 7 – 11 hours. Actual transit time is dependent on the Panama Canal Authority. In fact, the Coral Princess departure from Panama was delayed because we were so late returning from this excursion. The bus trip from the tender departure to the Gatun Lake location where we boarded the ferry was longer than I expected. There were 7 busses that transported passengers to the ferry. The ferry was packed. Chairs were lined up in tight rows. You really didn’t have room to walk around to see different views of the canal. There was a mediocre lunch served on board. You had to go through a buffet line and return to your seat to eat. Bottom line, I’m glad to have seen the canal, but the day was long. The excursion description says that the return bus trip is 1 hour 15 minutes. It was much longer than that. Traffic in Panama City was terrible. Limon Costa Rico. No excursion – just got off the ship and walked around the city market. Grand Cayman – No Princess excursions. I went to a few shops in Georgetown before finding Diver’s Down dive shop just a couple blocks to the north of the pier where the tender docked. I joined a group to snorkel above a wrecked ship just outside their doors. That was a treat. My husband had made arrangements with a local guide to go fishing. All in all – a nice day away from the crowds. Would we go again? Not on this cruise. I will pay particular attention to comments about crowds and will avoid cruise line excursions - just too much herding. This was a very different experience than we had on the Celebrity Millennium from Alaska 5 years ago. On that ship I always wondered where all of the other 2000 people were. That environment was far less dense - maybe had to wait 10 minutes for a dinner table once, otherwise were always seated immediately. The Cosmos lounge on the Millennium is a great comfortable place to watch the scenery. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
Our prior experience with Princess has been on one Alaska cruise and two 28 day repositioning cruises - one across the Pacific and one across the Atlantic. In fact our Alaska cruise was on this same ship - the Coral Princess. It was ... Read More
Our prior experience with Princess has been on one Alaska cruise and two 28 day repositioning cruises - one across the Pacific and one across the Atlantic. In fact our Alaska cruise was on this same ship - the Coral Princess. It was about 10 years ago and I believe the ship is showing some of it's wear and tear now. Overall the staff, especially the room steward and servers, were most courteous and professional and the two tours we experienced were well done. Perhaps the 28 day cruises automatically have better entertainment, entertainment directors, menu selections, food quality, internet connections, etc. than the 10 day cruises because they are longer trips so it may be unfair of us to compare our experiences on this cruise with our prior ones. Nonetheless those are the areas we felt this trip was lacking. And we did hear similar comments from fellow passengers. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our seventh cruise on Princess, and eleventh overall. Our last with Princess was the Pacific Princess in 2008 and as with previous trips, all was good and up to expectations. Since that cruise, we've been on Regent Seven Seas ... Read More
This was our seventh cruise on Princess, and eleventh overall. Our last with Princess was the Pacific Princess in 2008 and as with previous trips, all was good and up to expectations. Since that cruise, we've been on Regent Seven Seas and Oceania plus a small ship in Alaska. Our impression on the Coral princess is that the ship needs refurbishiing; she's showing her age. Plus the qulity of the food has dropped since 2008. Is that due to the Carnival effect? We booked a suite for the larger space and the additional amenities and services promised. Some of these never appeared even when requested. Perhaps due to more recent experiences with Regent and Oceania, but the Coral Princess staff gave the impression that volume was their focus. The only time we felt positive vibes was from the staff in the speciality restaurants, especially Sabatini's. Overall, we were disappointed in this experience and are not likely to book swith Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
My first disappointed, price and dealing with customer service from princess directly. Yes, my fault not to have an agent. I went with my parents both over 80's dining experience wasn't great during the night we ended in ... Read More
My first disappointed, price and dealing with customer service from princess directly. Yes, my fault not to have an agent. I went with my parents both over 80's dining experience wasn't great during the night we ended in late dining, when we try to get table earlier we were rejected in the MD. I did have to talk with several people before we were allow in AT ... first night queue for dinner about 40 min Service in the buffet area in general good but with room for improvement. I enjoy a lot our cabin and the ports of this trip, highlights Cayman Islands great beaches :) Panama Canal was good also althought very over price excursion with no choice for private providers. Next time check for Celebrity .. great prices and destinations. Very similar entertainment and dining experience more enjoyable. My parents had great time and it is all that matter. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Comparing this cruise to othes that I made before, here are my commrnts: the ship was quite nice , not a new one, the cabin (mini suite) was big enough for 3 people and comfortable.it was everything that was good. the cabin service ... Read More
Comparing this cruise to othes that I made before, here are my commrnts: the ship was quite nice , not a new one, the cabin (mini suite) was big enough for 3 people and comfortable.it was everything that was good. the cabin service was not so cooperative, my requests were complied lukewarmly the food was common, no big enough choise, nothing that I can say was delicious or very tasty, the dining room stuff were not too personal the entertainment was very poor: few shows, not proffesional, by the ship's stuff. no variety of entertainers and repeated entertainment at lounges . the shore excursions were good and interesting. guides in tours had knowledge and passes it to the group very interesting way. It is our third cruise with princess and it was the worst . if it was my first i am sure that i would not cruise with princess more. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
The ship is old and dated. The staff, other than a few people, were the worst, and we are Elite with Princess. Our cabin was okay. Our dining experience was made superior for breakfast and lunch by the two servers we had. The food was okay ... Read More
The ship is old and dated. The staff, other than a few people, were the worst, and we are Elite with Princess. Our cabin was okay. Our dining experience was made superior for breakfast and lunch by the two servers we had. The food was okay for the most part. The entertainment was above average. I have to give them kudos for their selection of entertainers. Our cabin steward did not deserve to have the job. We had to ask for soap, toilet paper, kleenex, our cabin vacuumed, etc. etc. This man was a totally lazy individual. Princess goofed when hiring him. When my wife requested the tp he handed her a fresh roll. She had to tell him to put it on the tp holder. What is tragic is the poor cabin service stems from the lack of supervision. It goes up hill to the people in charge. We called for dining reservations for anytime dining and requested a particular table. We were told you cannot reserve a table, you can only request a table. I guess it depends on how much you tip when you first enter the dining room. This situation is another management issue. We have never had this kind of response regarding anytime dining on any Princess ship. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It was 21 days of just mediocre food and service. Ports and tours were good but the entire cruise was affected by terrible service and institutional type meals. Embarkation was very well ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It was 21 days of just mediocre food and service. Ports and tours were good but the entire cruise was affected by terrible service and institutional type meals. Embarkation was very well organized. Vancouver was an excellent port and everything went well. Disembarkation was another excellent experience. We were off the ship and on our way to the airport in less than an hour. Could have booked an earlier fight. Entertainment was okay but repeated on second leg of cruise, Menu was repeated too often and food was of poor quality and presentation. Buffets were just okay. The ice cream bar was very good. Maintenance was non existent. I was injured by an exposed set screw on a laundry room handle. It was reported and never repaired. Cabin furniture was old and worn--pictures are available. We are platinum members and probably will not be making Princess our first choice in the future. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We did the pre tour of Alaska first and joined the ship in Whittier. Princess were well organised on the tour and handled our luggage well. The embarkation process was smooth and quick. Luggage waiting on board and we went straight ... Read More
We did the pre tour of Alaska first and joined the ship in Whittier. Princess were well organised on the tour and handled our luggage well. The embarkation process was smooth and quick. Luggage waiting on board and we went straight to lunch before exploring. Cabins were comfortable, great walk in wardrobe with plenty of hangers. Ship was quite easy to get around, but it did have some of those lifs that only went to certain floors, but on the positive side it made you walk more. We had pre-booked th 8:15pm dining sitting but on boarding this had been changed to 7:30. This was a shame as it didn't align us with the shows, unless we went late and we didn't see many. What we did see, wasn't anything to write home about. Though others raved. The dining experience was OK, but only 2 other guests turned up for our fixed dining, so they were the only ones we got to chat too. Previously ships, there had been 8/10 people per table and we all moved around and it worked well. Buffet breakfast and lunch was good. As were the snack bars. Service was good, had no issues. Had some great excursions, they weren't cheap though. Overall we felt the ship was a little bit flat. It didn't excite us Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We chose to go on the Coral Princess as the ports were what we wanted and the prices better than the other ships leaving the same time. This was our first Princess cruise and with the exception of another (Ruby Princess that followed) ... Read More
We chose to go on the Coral Princess as the ports were what we wanted and the prices better than the other ships leaving the same time. This was our first Princess cruise and with the exception of another (Ruby Princess that followed) will be our last. Most of our fellow passengers were content so it must be my wife and I that did not have a wonderful experience. Perhaps we were expecting a more informative and relaxing entertainment. A string quartet and a Broadway show would have been nice as opposed to a hip hop productions meant for a younger audience. The food was not to our liking. I am allergic to sea food and 80% of the offering in soups, salads and entrees were seafood so my options were limited. In addition, the food was not well prepared or served at the correct temperature. Most of the food in the Lido was warmed over and appeared not to be fresh. I could be wrong, but it did not taste as if prepared recently, The service was excellent. Our room Stewart, dinning room servers and customer receptionist were great. I must admit, our views are probably not in the majority. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our 21st cruise and our 3rd on Princess. I wish you could give 1/2 stars because I would have rated the cruise 3.5 but it did not deserve 4 stars. Remember that average or average plus is not the same as bad. Pros: The public ... Read More
This was our 21st cruise and our 3rd on Princess. I wish you could give 1/2 stars because I would have rated the cruise 3.5 but it did not deserve 4 stars. Remember that average or average plus is not the same as bad. Pros: The public areas were quite nice, the beverage package was a much better deal than the one on Celebrity, the Norman Love desserts were delicious, desserts in general were very good. i loved the escargot and the goat cheese soufflé appetizers and the lobster entree. Our mini suite had excellent storage and it was one of the most comfortable beds I've ever had on a cruise. The 2 nights that we spent in Vancouver with the tour to Victoria and Buchart gardens was outstanding. Cons: We had anytime dining and dined at 6PM (we had young children in our group). Dinner usually took at least 2 hours. The assistant waiters were responsible for getting the cocktails and my husband's request for Kahlua and cream resulted in some strange deliveries. The breakfast and lunch buffets were not as good as others we have had. Our cabin though spacious was "tired". When we were in port, we had to guess what deck we were leaving from. No announcements were made. There was no track so we had to walk outside on the Promenade deck. There was a horrible odor on the starboard side. Fortunately we were port. On 2 occasions members of our group ordered the salmon from the "always available" menu and it was so over cooked as to be inedible. Bottom line is there is a reason that Princess wins "best itinerary" awards but none for ships or food. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our third time on a Princess Cruise ship and our 21st cruise so far. The Coral Princess was a bit disappointing because of its “tired” look and feel in about 60% of the ship. The only reason we choose Princess for this ... Read More
This was our third time on a Princess Cruise ship and our 21st cruise so far. The Coral Princess was a bit disappointing because of its “tired” look and feel in about 60% of the ship. The only reason we choose Princess for this cruise was the itinerary and the fact that our good friends were also joining their children who took a similar cruise on their honeymoon 10 years ago. The good parts were the size of the mini-suite and the amount of storage space in the room. Although the rooms are indeed looking a bit tired, we did have a very comfortable mattress. The Universe Lounge, Wheelhouse Bar, Explorer’s Lounge and Sabatini’s all looked like they were either fairly new or just refurbished. The Universe Lounge was a very nice place to relax and the Bayou Show was terrific. There was one nice thing in the Horizon Court Buffet, it you like your eggs made to order, you place your order and they give you a ticket with a number. You give this ticket to one of the roaming table waiters and they bring you your eggs! No waiting in line. This is a great idea. The bad parts were not all that bad but could have been much better. We had no hot water in our room (D506) on the first day but once we reported this to our room steward, the problem was corrected! The Horizon Court Buffet was adequate but we missed the little things like no skim milk by the coffee, (you had to get it back by the cereal which was the other end of the room!). No sandwich station at lunch, what’s up with that? Not enough seating – always a problem at the buffet. The elevators were another source of confusion. Only one set of elevators went to most floors. They also block the use of the central elevators during embarkation and disembarkation at ALL ports. All very confusing to the point of folks on the last day still saying, “how do I get there from here?”. The scenic cruising to Yakutat Bay and Glacier Bay were two of the highlights of the cruise. Having the park rangers aboard the ship while in Glacier Bay was a nice touch. The excursions we choose were all fairly expensive but well worth the money, in my opinion. If you get the chance to go whale watching and to Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, take it. I would also highly recommend the nature walk and crab feast in Ketchikan. The White Pass train ride from Skagway was also full of beautiful scenery and breathtaking vistas. We also booked a hotel for two nights and an all day excursion to Vancouver Island, Butchart Gardens and Victoria. The hotel was the Four Seasons and that was simply top notch in every way. The excursion was a bit of a hassle at first since Princess made a typo on the reservation letter they gave us when we got to the hotel. The date they had printed was for our departure day and NOT the following day as it should have been. It took a few hours before they realized that it was a typo but it finally was corrected. I would suggest that anyone planning to book this post-cruise hotel and excursion, check with Princess before you leave home to confirm that they have the correct information. The excursion itself was great but a very long day. It started at 8:45 AM when we boarded the bus. We then stopped at 4 other hotels to pick up a handful of other passengers. From there the bus drove 45 minutes to the ferry port where we proceeded to board the ferry (on the bus). Once loaded we were free to leave the bus and roam the ferry which was very large. They had a full cafeteria and buffet lunch/dinner as well as a small snack bar. The ferry ride was an hour and 35 minutes. We then boarded the bus and drove to Butchart Gardens which was about 40 minutes away. We had two hours in the Gardens, if you get the chance to see this, don’t miss it. The bus then took us to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. The city itself is pretty magnificent and very European. After an hour and a half here we got back on the bus to drive back to the ferry terminal, which was about 50 minutes away, to catch the 7:00 PM ferry. The ferry ride back was another hour and 35 minutes so we returned to Vancouver around 8:50 PM. This time we were the first hotel stop so we arrived back at the hotel by around 9:30 PM roughly 13 hours after we left. We now had to get up at 5:00 AM to catch our flight home. A very long day! All-in-all I would rate this cruise somewhere in the middle of the 21 cruises we’ve taken to date. Certainly not the best or the worst but glad we did it. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Alaska was the draw, it is a great destination. Did the land portion after the cruise and enjoyed it as well. Princess is changing and not for the better. This is our third Princess cruise and next time I think we will try another company. ... Read More
Alaska was the draw, it is a great destination. Did the land portion after the cruise and enjoyed it as well. Princess is changing and not for the better. This is our third Princess cruise and next time I think we will try another company. No more midnight buffet, chocolate buffet, baked Alaska parade, lines and waiting for the any time dining, personalized service on the decline too. It's just not special anymore even though we love cruising. Enjoyed the shore and land based excursions and some of the educational talks. Husky Homestead with Jeff King of Iditarod fame was great. 32 puppies to hold and enjoy, plus a superior talk from Jeff. Alaska is worth the trip and Princess does make the land portion run smoothly. Embarkation, on and off at the port locations and disembarkation went very smoothly. Delays and lines were minimal even though the ship was full. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
One week on land, one on the ship to fulfill a dream of seeing Alaska. The land portion was excellent. Nice accommodations and got to see so much! The ship seemed much more about Botox and art auctions than Alaska. The naturalist was ... Read More
One week on land, one on the ship to fulfill a dream of seeing Alaska. The land portion was excellent. Nice accommodations and got to see so much! The ship seemed much more about Botox and art auctions than Alaska. The naturalist was hard to hear in most public areas and because it was cold and rainy, the top deck was not usable, making other viewing areas very crowded and difficult. A map of the ship detailing the many offerings would have been really helpful but was not provided. A listing of the tv stations, including which one featured the naturalist also would have been helpful. Food was very good and plentiful of course. Coffee was not great and unavailable one morning while water was shut off. Indoor pool closed for repairs during the last day at sea. "Princess at Sea" communication was nice. Turn phone on airplane mode with wifi on and it gave a list of activities as well as ability to text although still no map. Disembarkation involved many people sitting in corridors on the floor for long stretches. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
This was a repositioning cruises. This was the longest trip I had been on. I like a lot of fun activities. A lot of games. This trip everything was laid back. The entertainment was ok. We had anytime dining. Sometimes we couldn't get ... Read More
This was a repositioning cruises. This was the longest trip I had been on. I like a lot of fun activities. A lot of games. This trip everything was laid back. The entertainment was ok. We had anytime dining. Sometimes we couldn't get in until 7:30-8:00pm when most of the show were on. We had great service, cabin was clean. Staff was great. Our excursion were rushed. One port we when on excursion had to get back on boat when it was over no time to look at anything else. Aruba excursion off road 4 wheel was great.. The guides were great. Cartagena hop on hop off bus NEVER DO THAT AGAIN. Had to wait for 1;30 for next bus. Costa Rica great train ride with river cruise. Nicaragua didn't do an excursions. Cabo San Lucas toke a cruise and scenic ride thru town. Los Angeles Chinese Theatre and Olvera Street Farmer Market, didn't have a lot of time. Victoria, BC we when to Butchart Garden. Victoria is a beautiful place I would love to go back. This was not a trip for children. I think there may have been maybe 5 to 6 children on this cruises. When we got to LA half of the people on the boat disembark. and about that many came on for a 4 day trip and there were lots more children. It was like the cruise stopped in LA. We had the same shows, food we started all over again. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Our adult, single daughter fought for her life a year ago. After 10 weeks in the hospital and many days recovering at our home, her health has improved significantly. We all needed a way to leave the dark days, stress and a year of ... Read More
Our adult, single daughter fought for her life a year ago. After 10 weeks in the hospital and many days recovering at our home, her health has improved significantly. We all needed a way to leave the dark days, stress and a year of sacrificing behind with a memorable vacation. She loves tropical weather; my retired husband and I enjoy visiting new destinations. We may never go to Central or South America again, so we chose a Panama Canal cruise for three of us in a mini-suite. The cabin was OK, the balcony very nice. At night, the sofa became our daughter's bed. The mattress was the usual 2" thick and it was disgusting to see urine stains on it and it's cover. With the sofa opened, the cabin was crowded. Our wonderful room steward brought a 2nd mattress to make it more tolerable. We chose anytime dining, but found it deceptive. We either stood in line for 30" or made reservations with limited choices of 5:15 or 8:30. We like to sit by ourselves and the maître 'de asked 'why'. Dining staff seemed stretched, were not sociable and didn't appear to like their job. We saw too many lower ranked dining staff in the dining room and buffet area criticized in front of diners. The white coat staff acted like bullies to workers as well passengers not properly attired . We would have liked a comedian nightly, not the usual musical entertainment. Shore excursions took most of the time at a destination. The itinerary was 2 days at sea, 4 days at ports, 1 day at sea, a port and the last day at sea = boring days at sea, too little port time. This was our 4th Princess cruise and least enjoyed. Read Less
32 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Glad we went on this cruise but we will not do it again. My husband & I along with sister & husband with several friends booked this cruise as we thought seeing the Panama Canal would be a great experience. Think best way to rate ... Read More
Glad we went on this cruise but we will not do it again. My husband & I along with sister & husband with several friends booked this cruise as we thought seeing the Panama Canal would be a great experience. Think best way to rate is pros & cons for us as others may have a different set of priorities. Pros: We live in Key Largo, FL so driving to the port was easy, no dealing with airports. The embarkation was very easy for us as we had a suite so had priority....but our friends did not & they went through very quickly also. Our suite was ready for us when we got on about 1 pm. The service by both our cabin steward and waiters in the eating venues were great. The cleanliness of our suite and all common areas was always up to par. Service staff was always friendly and helpful. We enjoyed the production shows but didn't make any of the others as they either conflicted with eating times or were too late for us. I loved all the food I had and the selection but my husband did not (read cons.) The person, Bill, who gave the talks before we reached each port was very informative. We enjoyed the trivia games but need some easier categories! Cons: This itinerary should be changed by eliminating Aruba as you go way out of the way to get there but yet only have a few hours there. Other option would be to add a day. My husband is a very picky eater & had to settle for salad quite a few days. He is a plain chicken & pasta kind of guy (does not do pork, lamb, seafood,etc), but the chicken or pasta if it was there had "fancy" sauces or seafood added. We ate in the buffet more often to give him more choices but that did not help often. Other cruises we have been on always have several days of carved turkey or meatloaf to cover the more plain eaters. They did have turkey & meatloaf together on the last night in the dining room! We had one service problem as they had a special $3 Irish Cream promotion where you got the shot glass....one of our friends had the drink program ($50 a day) & was given the glass. The waitress plus her boss came back shortly after to take back the glass as not allowed to those with the package. BAD Customer Service......could have told him she made a mistake but allowed him to keep the glass (probably cost fifty cents as they order millions of them). We had 4 sea days with limited things to do during that time unless it had to do with selling you something: art auctions, spa demonstrations, jewelry exhibits, etc). I know you don't go on a cruise for the TV but on sea days can use something. They of course show old Love Boat episodes (but even though they have 9 years worth to us they do the same ones over & over). They should have a few just music channels. Disembarkation was quick once you got off the boat but had to sit much to long in the lounges....told due to only 3 Custom Officers available. Excursions: ARUBA - snorkeling canceled due to high winds. CARTAGENA - did a wonderful private tour of the area. PANAMA - did the Panama canal & Locks Transit by Boat - WAY TOO LONG & UNORGANIZED. It is adverised as 7.5 hours....ours was 10. An hour & 30 minute bus trip at both ends, the we sat on the bus outside the marina for almost an hour before we could get on smaller boat. The boat was advertised that there was air conditioned & covered space but that was only for about 1/2 of the people so we had to be in the hot sun the entire tour. LIMON - We had to cancel as my husband was sick. GRAND CAYMAN - Wonderful private tour to see stingrays & snorkel. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
My wife and I are Elite cruisers with Princess and, although we've cruised the Panama Canal several times, we wanted to see the new construction. So, we booked a ten day cruise that would allow us to do so. We were among the 40 most ... Read More
My wife and I are Elite cruisers with Princess and, although we've cruised the Panama Canal several times, we wanted to see the new construction. So, we booked a ten day cruise that would allow us to do so. We were among the 40 most Princess-traveled cruisers on board. We're not new at this. Embarkation was OK. However, we were quite surprised as we boarded the Coral to find it smelling like a sewer. We've never encountered this problem before on 40 plus cruises, most with Princess. The putrid smell persisted over the entire ship--public areas, hallways, cabins and elevators. I have photos of the water and sewage draining from the overheads in the hallway onto the saturated carpets. One of our table mates said the "water" had fallen in her hair. Ugh. The odor was nauseating, unhealthful and always noticeable. Our neighbors on Baja deck had black water coming from their bathroom tap on one occasion. I contacted the front desk with a complaint regarding the odor and, with three days left in the cruise, we asked if we would like to move to another cabin. Where? The odor was everywhere. The person I spoke with talked as if he hadn't noticed the smell. Impossible. If we had been first-time cruisers we would not set foot on a Princess ship again, it was that bad. Obviously, Princess was more interested in profit than protection of its passengers. We felt our health and safety were actually at risk on this voyage. All of the crew were fantastic, as always. Room steward, dining, bar service, etc.. Service was excellent. My wife has some food problems and our head waiter took care of her on a personal and expedient manner. The food was the normal Princess fare: Pretty good. The food and service in the specialty restaurants is exceptional. The crew at the International Cafe were fantastic. Friendly, prompt and personable. No problems with any of the crew, ever. We signed up for one ship shore excursion to see the new construction going on in the Canal. It was listed as a 4 1/2 hour excursion which is about our limit. It started at 9:00 as all who were taking it had to meet then. It didn't leave until almost 11:00 and then we were told we couldn't board the ship until 5:00. That made it an 8 hour excursion and the actual highlights of the new construction could have been done in 45 minutes. Definitely a waste of $200. That was the only planned excursion we took as we had been to each of the other ports as well. The entertainment was OK. We've cruised Princess so often that it seems like the same acts are recycled through the ships fairly regularly. We're not much into the production shows although everyone we talked with said they were very good. Disembarkation was smooth and quick as we chose the walk-off option. We wanted to get away from the odor as fast as possible. Finally, we had already booked two much longer cruise with Princess before this trip. One in October and one next year. We will not cancel these trips. They are on different ships of the Princess fleet and the perks that Princess provides us at the Elite level are extra special. The overall rating was "average" as the crew, etc., were great. It's difficult to knock the entire crew due to the one, huge, negative of the sewer smell. A cruise is always what you make of it. However, external conditions such as the sewage problems on this trip are beyond a passenger's control. It would seem the cruise line would make extra efforts to assure that things like this do not effect the enjoyment of the moment. I'm sure there were first time cruisers on this voyage who will not choose Princess again. The odor and sewage conditions were that bad. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2016
This review should probably get a 3.5. Better than average although not good enough to be rated a 4 for very good. The good news: the ship is pretty; she shows her age but wears the years well. Our inside cabin was lovely, well designed ... Read More
This review should probably get a 3.5. Better than average although not good enough to be rated a 4 for very good. The good news: the ship is pretty; she shows her age but wears the years well. Our inside cabin was lovely, well designed and quite roomy with lots of closet and storage space. The negative: a very small shower stall. We are not ample people and showering was a challenge! We especially enjoyed the wrap around Promenade Deck, which was great for walking. And the aft outdoor space on decks 10 and 11 was terrific - not much used, they were like large private balconies; every passenger, upon discovering them, said "don't tell anyone! Let's keep it our secret!" However, folks in cabins nearby were subjected to the doors to those decks constantly slamming shut. Beware. Overall, the staff was very pleasant. Especially kind and helpful was our cabin steward, Fidel on Baja Deck, who always greeted you with a smile and was quick to please. Equally delightful was Carmen, who was tending bar in the Explorers Lounge, and the maitre d in Sabatini. Leah, who served us in the Bordeaux Dining Room, was excellent. Special kudos to our lecturer, whose name escapes me just now, who spoke so knowledgeably and warmly about our ports of call; he was a font of priceless information and detail and was a pleasure to listen to. A surprising plus for us were the outstanding singers and dancers who starred in four different shows - well rehearsed, well performed, truly first rate. In the minus column, for us, was the food which was, at best, akin to banquet style food you would get at a commercial, chain hotel. For the most part, not very good. We were occasionally surprised and what that said was that the kitchen could turn out excellent fare when they put in the effort. But it didn't happen 75% of the time. The food was not bad but it was really just average. And not at all consistent. Most times the meat dishes, although requested medium/rare, were overcooked; the chicken dishes were frequently tough. We dined at Sabatini (a specialty restaurant for which you pay a supplement) twice; the first time it was fair and the second time it was very good. Go figure. We also stopped in one afternoon for pizza (no surcharge) and it was excellent. The buffet on the Lido Deck was uninspired and just plain dull. We were also very disappointed in the lack of enrichment activities on board: there was lots to do if your idea of enrichment was learning to fold napkins or how to count your calories - and there were games galore, like Bingo or Trivial Pursuit. But if you wanted something more substantive it was non existent. Joining the Book Group was difficult; I don't know how many copies of the chosen book were available, but they were gone in a nanosecond and lots of folk who would have loved to participate in the reading and discussion were shut out. Princess again? Maybe. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2016
We sailed on the 6 day cruise immediately after ship completed a two week dry dock. The last time we sailed on Princess was four years ago to the PanamaCanal. Boarding was easy since we could not dock until 1pm since the ship was late ... Read More
We sailed on the 6 day cruise immediately after ship completed a two week dry dock. The last time we sailed on Princess was four years ago to the PanamaCanal. Boarding was easy since we could not dock until 1pm since the ship was late leaving dry dock. Fortunately our hotel (Roadway FLL) provided transfer and advised late time, adjusted transfer schedule and let us stay at hotel until 1pm. Probable not so nice for those who went directly to ship. Food A plus good variety and great service, we had room service for coffee etc. Always on time Any Time dining C it,s not anytime dining reservations can only be made day of and 5:15pm or 7:30pm. Without reservations usually 30-45 minute wait Ship itself had problems.with thrusters late to Cozumel. Arrived in evening and stayed overnight and next day, cancelled Honduras and we're going directly to Costa Maya but high winds prevented docking there. So trip was basically an at sea cruise. Problems with hot water lack of, other passengers complained of no water. And no toilets for a day. Entertainment DD many one persons shows and their new production MotorCity was so loud I wished I had a hearing aid same for one of the performers. No Captains Circle re igniting n at all. Read Less
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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