264 Princess Coral Princess Cruise Reviews

This was our first cruise with Princess and our first time to Alaska. We did a cruise tour - cruised first then spent a few days on land. Mid-May was a great time to go for several reasons: -We were the only ship in all of the ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Princess and our first time to Alaska. We did a cruise tour - cruised first then spent a few days on land. Mid-May was a great time to go for several reasons: -We were the only ship in all of the ports, so we didn't have to deal with practically any crowds or lines anywhere in the towns we visited. -The weather was incredible. It didn't rain the entire trip until the day we flew out of Anchorage. It got into the 40s at times but the highs were always high-60s to the low 70s. -Prices for flights and the cruise itself were cheaper than the rest of the season. -We got to see Denali. Mid-May was a bad time to go because: -Only one species of salmon were running in a small area, so the animals weren't out. We did see a ton of moose from our train ride into Denali and while we were there, and a couple of black bears. Bald eagles were everywhere around the Inside Passage. We saw a bunch of sea lions and the tops of a couple whales from the boat. You likely have to go on an excursion to see a lot of animals. Princess employees were everywhere. On the boat, it was easy to get service. On land, seasonal employees also were at every step. It was amazing to see how Princess had everything in order, from bus transfers to excursions to restaurants at the lodges. For the cruise, we were easily some of the youngest people on the boat. The average age had to have been about 50, and we pretty much counted on our hands how many under-40s we saw. But we enjoyed it because we got to meet so many great people and families from all over, especially a lot from Australia. So it's certainly not a party atmosphere. The shows weren't exciting, and the food was standard (although our servers were great). We had credit for Sabbatini's and it was easily the best cruise meal I had ever eaten. So that's worth a little money if the dinner menu in the main dining rooms don't look good. And there are several other great options but for extra $$. The ship wasn't huge, so it was easy to get around and not get lost. They always had a BOGO happy hour during the day and that is when beer should be purchased and even taken back to the in-room fridge. Oh, and stick to drinking local/Alaskan/Pacific Northwest adult beverages. Speaking of, the wine package was really good and we got to take bottles back to our room if we wanted. For sea days, there were some good activities and music, and a naturalist announcing if there are animals around the boat. HINT: instead of going to the top of the boat where so many people are, going to the back of the boat around deck 10. There are lounge chairs and sometimes there are better views. Plus less people fighting for a good view of animals. As for the excursions, there were so many to choose from and several were very expensive. But we didn't know if we'd ever return to Alaska so we wanted to do as much as we could and it was worth it. In Ketchikan, we took a taxi for $10 to the Rain Bird hiking trail and it was the best $10 we ever spent. In Juneau, we went kayaking near Mendenhall which did require a lot of physical effort but the scenery was amazing. Plus it was a way to shed the pounds we already gained. We also went to the salmon bake at night which was great since not a lot of people were there and the food was fantastic. In Skagway, the dog sledding was a great experience all around including the drive and haul to get up the mountain to the camp. Try and get a front row seat in the sled. Also, the scenic tour to the U.S./Canada border was worth it as well and we got to play in the snow on a mountain with incredible views (some went to the suspension bridge and said it was even better). This really was a cruise for those who have always wanted to go to Alaska and maybe are retired or the kids are all grown up and moved out of the house. Very relaxing. We still loved it and I hope to get on another Princess ship again. As for the land tour, disembarking was so simple. The train in Whittier is right next to the ship and we were on it about 15 minutes after leaving our state room. For the train ride, bring a couple things to do. Although the scenery is still amazing and lunch wasn't bad at all. And Princess has some great lodges (we stayed in two). I would stay in both Denali and Mt. McKinley lodges again if I could. Unlike the cruise, you have to pay for everything on land instead of putting that on the cruise card, so plan ahead financially here too. Also, Princess takes care of your heavy bags, but they sometimes arrived pretty late into our room when we arrived, so definitely pack what you need for that day just in case. We were able to ride horses and go horseback riding on the land tour, but there are several things to do outside of excursions that it's really easy to go it alone. Once it was done, Princess took us to Anchorage and had us stay at Captain Cook Hotel so we had plenty of time to enjoy the city (especially its food) before our flight the next night. Doing a cruisetour (instead of just a cruise) is a must for Alaska. If we went back, we would easily book something similar and possible get up to Fairbanks or the Kenai. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our second Princess cruise; previously in 1992. I am in a wheelchair and previously was able to disembark using the tender; not so now. Even when at the dock most Princess shore excursions would not accept wheelchairs, unlike ... Read More
This was our second Princess cruise; previously in 1992. I am in a wheelchair and previously was able to disembark using the tender; not so now. Even when at the dock most Princess shore excursions would not accept wheelchairs, unlike previously. We went ashore anyway and got our own tours with private operators. They were very accommodating...one had three of us in wheelchairs....and gave us a better, more personalized tour for less money!! We went to the same "tourist spots" as the big tours but when asked, they took us to out of the way places and explained life in their countries. Bill Fall, a presenter on the cruise had very good sessions on what to expect while ashore and gave EXCELLENT presentations on the new and old Panama canals. The shows and activities were as expected, good musicians, magician, comedians and variety shows. Food was very good....buffet and dining room...but the extra restaurants were a bit pricey with a $25 extra charge for a meal no better than the regular free meals. Drinks were expensive...a charge for everything except regular coffee, iced tea and water. Unlike our first cruise, this one we were searched upon each boarding and not allowed to bring drinks aboard. There is a charge for internet....by the minute or package deals for bigger minute bundles. The staff were always trying to sell something....jewelry, clothing, pictures, books, drinks, paintings etc Gratuities....tips...are charged for each transaction and are also set "by the day". I had heard before we went that Princess was "chincy" .Maybe if they charged a bit more for each fare they could cut out the "chincyness". The ship itself is well looked after and very fancy. Nice pools, fitness and games areas, show theaters and lounges/bars, spas, kids zone etc but the AC is set so cold that many of the areas require a sweater or wrap to enable you to stay long. We liked the cruise but are likely to explore different companies for our next one. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
First Cruise with Princess Pros Clean ship refurbished in 2013. Much older crowd than we expected. Great service and food in the Horizon buffet. Liked the more formal table settings than other lines we had been on and good variety Nice ... Read More
First Cruise with Princess Pros Clean ship refurbished in 2013. Much older crowd than we expected. Great service and food in the Horizon buffet. Liked the more formal table settings than other lines we had been on and good variety Nice rooms - we had a nice Ocean View on deck six right near the casino that had a large window and did not pick up any casino noise. Good service by room steward. Cons We selected Anytime Dining and were disappointed with the service when we choose to sit with groups of 6 or more the first 4 nights. Dinner took over 2 hours with a lot of time between soup/salad and entrées. We switched to a table for two at the same time (5:15-5:45) and the service was very good. In Colon,. Panama we choose to take the ships excursion to the Pacific (full transit). We needed to get a police escort when we returned to the ship because it ran late. We met for our tender at 9:00 and did not get back to the ship until 6:45. This is a high priced $179 each excursion and is advertised as 6 1/2 hours. If you choose it be ready for some very time consuming and boring (after one lock they are all the same) time in the four locks on the Pacific side. Lunch was very disappointing so bring some snacks Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Embarkation, we were in the terminal by noon and check-in was swift then we have to wait at the terminal for more than hr. before we were allowed to board the ship. We reserved two balcony cabins C 314 and 316 on the Coral Princess for a ... Read More
Embarkation, we were in the terminal by noon and check-in was swift then we have to wait at the terminal for more than hr. before we were allowed to board the ship. We reserved two balcony cabins C 314 and 316 on the Coral Princess for a Panama Canal Partial Transit Cruise on Feb 5th cruise. This was our 14th Princess Cruise and first time on the Coral Princess. The ship was built 2002 a beautiful vessel bit worn out. Our Cabins were in the forward section on the port side. Shower is bit small. Hot water in the shower and faucet were infrequent and temp range from cold to warm. The Captain made an announcement that hot water system in not working and they are making repairs. Even after repair hot water in the shower was not very warm until we reached Grand Cayman. The cabin itself was spacious. My wife’s 2 aunts in their 80 were cruising on the Princess for the first time was impressed by the ship facilities. My wife and I are platinum members.In Princess they provide excellent and courteous service for repeat passengers. We ate in the Provence dining room. Being Vegetarian the head waiter Erno and waiter Manual paid more attention about my meal choices and provided me with alternative menus. Overall the cruise was great; we plan to cruise again with Princess. The Panama Canal cruise itineraries were great. The shows in the Theater were excellent, music in the public lounges were enjoyable. We celebrated my wife and her cousin’s birthday on this cruise. While on the ship I was a victim to Norovirus,I was isolated by the ship Dr for 24 hr. Part of the problem the dispensers to clean the hand at the entrance to the dining room didn’t work all the time. The last 3 days of the cruise the ship operated on CODE: RED which means no one was allowed help themselves with food or beverages. The entire shore excursion we did it ourselves through private tour operators. In Aruba we got all wheel drive taxi owned by John Roger, an excellent tour guide for 4 hr. He took us to all the places the tourist normally never visited. In Cartagena we had Dora’s tour. Our guide said spoke good English but he didn’t explain the history behind the dungeon, the fort, we were bit disappointed. In Porto Limon we arranged tour with price fixed in advance. The tour itself was excellent, the tour operator Mr. Eduardo Humphrey is not trust worthy. At the end of the tour he demanded $30/person than agreed price and implied if we didn’t pay we have to find our own transportation to the ship. Overall this is an excellent cruise and I will recommend this ship and Panama Canal cruise. Negative. Our state room carpet was worn out stained in several places; one can see the water mark.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2015
Have just return from a Great Cruise , good facilities : except the shower was a bit on the small size, with excellent food and good ports of call . Big issues was that we felt concerned by the lack of Discipline of the passengers by the ... Read More
Have just return from a Great Cruise , good facilities : except the shower was a bit on the small size, with excellent food and good ports of call . Big issues was that we felt concerned by the lack of Discipline of the passengers by the crew. There was a split of 85% + of Americans who ignore the Dress Code and the placing of Sunbeds on deck. The cruise offers 2 x Formal nights the remainder being Smart Casual. Formal to some passengers was trouser, polo shirts and some in braces ??? Smart casual was shorts . The information that the cruise line give out about dress both prior to the cruise and in the daily news letter is very specific . I did question with reception about the dress code , they passed this on to the Maitre De who advised me by phone that it was impossible to observe this Dress code as some passengers would not follow the rule and it was impossible for him and the Restaurant Staff to do anything about this. Hard luck if you follow the directive then ..... Flying from UK with weight restrictions and taking Evening Suits was a waste of time . On deck Sunbeds were moved to any spot people chose regardless of whether they blocked walkways and door ways . So if any emergency was to happen and the crew admit they have no control of passengers who chose to ignore rules and common sense if you have to evacuate the ship your life could be in danger !!!!!!!! Much as we enjoyed the experience we WOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH PRINCESS CRUISES AGAIN. Sorry Princess our lives are to precious to take the risk . You need to sort out Crew Training and get ALL passengers to observe and follow the rules you have in place. Read Less
Sail Date January 2015
We have travelled on the Island Princes, sister ship to the Coral before. identical layout, nice mid size ship, easy layout, ample room in theater, 2 pools, one enclosed. We stayed on Aloha deck forward Port side, 6 cabins from the ... Read More
We have travelled on the Island Princes, sister ship to the Coral before. identical layout, nice mid size ship, easy layout, ample room in theater, 2 pools, one enclosed. We stayed on Aloha deck forward Port side, 6 cabins from the front of the ship. We're able to walk out on a bow deck to view transit through the Canal. It was interesting to watch from there or our balcony. Many newer ships are eliminating bow decks to squeeze in suites. Don't do this Princess, it is nice to have an observation area forward outside. Nicely appointed mini suite, plenty of counter space and storage areas in bathroom, tub and shower, ample closet and drawers, couch. Excellent cabin steward. This was a quiet area of the ship. Nice balcony. Could use new bathrobes, most were shrunk to "mini" size. Typical Princess food, waiters very good, seasoned staff who take pride in their jobs. We typically eat in the dining room for most of our meals. Buffet area layout works well, nice omelet station, ample seating. 2 pools, one covered. Both adequate for lap swimming. Appreciate covered area in case of cool or rainy weather. Many newer ships are eliminating covered pool except for high end guests. Princess, do not change this feature. Typical ship entertainment, nothing to brag about. Guest lecturer on board well versed in ports of call, able to discuss economic impact of new canal, very interesting man to converse with. Did ports of call overview, presentation a bit corny but get him 1 on 1 and extremely interesting and approachable. Excursion on Aruba just okay. Cartegna excellent. Jamaica walked off and hit local beach for small fee--changing room, bathrooms just okay. Stayed on ship in Panama and did half transit both directions. Costa Rica had a nice local craft shopping area inside cruise port gates. Nice items for sale. There are lovely little sitting areas outside the wheel house lounge where you can sit and watch the sea. Many newer ships are eliminating this which is sad. Nice size library on this ship with comfy chairs to sit and read. Would take this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
I would like to begin this review stating that this was our(my husband and myself) first trip on Princess Cruise Line. We have sailed 9 times on Royal Caribbean and once on Norwegian. Embarkation was very smooth and we were able to access ... Read More
I would like to begin this review stating that this was our(my husband and myself) first trip on Princess Cruise Line. We have sailed 9 times on Royal Caribbean and once on Norwegian. Embarkation was very smooth and we were able to access our cabin when we got on the ship which was around 12:30 pm. We found our cabin to be a nice size with ample closet and drawer space. There also were several shelves in the area where the safe was that held a good bit of clothing. The closet was apart from the main cabin area, adjacent to the bathroom, which made it seem as though it was a separate room. We liked this very much. The bathroom shower however, was not a good experience. It was not only smaller that we've had before, but the configuration made it very awkward to use. I realize that all cruise ship showers are small but this was just not well designed. And the shower curtain wasn't effective as water kept leaking out to the bathroom floor. I read years ago on cruise critic that clothespins with the spring clip attached to the bottom of the shower curtain help to keep it from moving inward and attacking you. It worked somewhat, but not enough to keep the water in or the curtain from hugging us while we showered! All cruise lines should follow Royal Caribbean's idea of having a shower door instead of a curtain. Yes, the shower is still small but with the rounded door, it gives the area a little more space. We did have a wonderful cabin attendant, Morvin, who in our opinion, was very efficient without being intrusive. A very soft spoken man & well mannered, who did a terrific job of keeping our cabin in order and kept us in clean towels our entire trip. Can say enough nice things about this man. We had early seating(5:30) in Provance dining room. Our waiters were Alex and Oliver. Very nice and polite, but we just didn't feel the connection that we usually have with our waiters, especially on a longer cruise like this one. Food was good, nothing remarkable.....we did, however, think the lobster served on the second formal night wasn't good at all. We always look forward to this dinner but no need for seconds this time! We usually had our breakfast in the Horizan Court, which was nothing ourstanding but good and fresh so we were satisfied. You can also have breakfast in the dining room, which was good or grab something quick like doughnuts(loved the cro-nuts) at the International Cafe which was adjacent to the Casino. They also served sandwiches & other things for lunch or a late night snack and were yummy! The food here is complimentary but there is a fee for coffee and other drinks. The entertainment was very good in our opinion. Kudos to the Princess singers and dancers. They are very talented. We enjoyed their productions very much. The two comedians were both great as was the young man who played the saxophone. The magician was good but not great. Bobby Brooks Wilson was terrific. He is the son of the late Jackie Wilson. He sang and danced......the best show of the cruise. One major disappointment was the size of the casino. It truly was the smallest casino we have ever seen on a cruise ship. Can't understand that. A lot of passengers were in there each night but there clearly weren't enough slot machines for each passenger to have a turn playing. They really need to address this issue. On the other hand, Sabatini's Italian Restaurant( a "for fee" venue) was practically empty each night. Only 1 or 2 couples were ever in there! It's quite large and really a wasted space that could be used to enlarge the casino. No real need for this restaurant, in our opinion. We did a couple of ship sponsored tours and they were just okay. The best being in Cartegnia, Columbia. Walking along the cobbled streets and visiting the churches and other landmarks were really impressive and we are so glad we did this tour. The tour in Limon, Costa Rica took us through a very impoverished area which was heartbreaking to see. I think they need to do away with this. Better to see the beautiful scenery in another area. And, before our tour, we took a walk close to the pier just to see what the locals had to offer in handcrafted items. We were practically attacked by these people wanting us to buy and take tours with them. Also, in walking a little further, we came upon people with limbs missing laying on the sidewalks, up against the buildings begging, including homeless people. This should not be allowed in such close proximity to the cruise port. We feel very bad for these people but very uncomfortable just the same. Aruba was a disappointment...just very touristy with pushy people selling their items. Not what we expected. The Panama Canal was quite interesting. We were able to see so much just from our balcony and from various areas of the ship. Did not participate in any tours. We did however get off the ship in Colon where we stopped to pick up the passengers who did do the tours of the Panama Canal. It was a nice little area with some good shops and a casino that we, along with our friends stopped in to see. We were really taken with the grocery store there and found it to be very interesting and enjoyed looking at the products sold there. Good experience. Cruise Director was Bob was personable but didn't win us over as we are spoiled by our experiences on RC having Richard Spacey and Allen Brooks as cruise directors early on. Sorry. To summarize, it was a enjoyable cruise, the ship is nice and the crew as well, but we will be going back to Royal Caribbean. We were glad to be able to see what Princess had to offer and compare them with RC.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Travelled 1st time to Panama Canal & 1st time with Princess. Comparing with other cruise lines I'd say quality of food was lower (menu was far too fancy) & level of gratuities (20% + tax on every drink as well as $11.50 per ... Read More
Travelled 1st time to Panama Canal & 1st time with Princess. Comparing with other cruise lines I'd say quality of food was lower (menu was far too fancy) & level of gratuities (20% + tax on every drink as well as $11.50 per day each as standard) far too high. There was loads of entertainment with nightly shows very professional & cruise staff couldn't do enough for you so felt very much 'at home'. Only point of not from a British beer drinker there was nothing available on tap albeit plenty choice of bottled lagers Pro’s Good quality ship Very attentive staff Good nightly entertainment – artists very professional & all in English. Had singers dancers & comedians Got auto gratuities removed which was no problem Alaskan amber bottled beer was excellent (albeit limited supply as left overs from previous Alaskan cruise) Movies under the stars – excellent atmosphere to watch films on the large outdoor screen from 21:30 in the warn night air Took soft drinks package (inc moctails)which was well worth it & saved money Con’s Drinks Very pricey + tax & tip on every drink which meant beer (bottle) was £4 and G&T was £6 (at converted rate of 1.6) No beer on tap & mostly bottled lager (had Guinness in cans) Food Breakfast & lunch in buffet restaurant was good with plenty choice & reasonable quality Dinner – menu choice was poor & quality def not up to P&O nor Celebrity. Managed to get something suitable but only a few courses lived up to the standards expected Tours In the main done our own thing but ones we did take can have no real complaints except the pittance we received for a snack on the all day panama trip Main complaint in the fact we booked an Everglades tour for Saturday 18th which dropped us off in Miami airport. This was cancelled & didn't receive notification until Thursday 16th by letter which was too late to arrange an alternative ourselves. The tour staff offered us a similar trip which ended in Hollywood airport with no help from the princess tour staff on how we would get from Fort Lauderdale airport to Miami airport not offering alternative tours. Most unhelpful We did end up booking a Fort Lauderdale trip for Saturday 18th which I’ll update later on how we actually got transferred to Miami Entertainment Nightly was good & always something happening in the 2 * main bars however, daily was fairly limited around the pool area. The outdoor large screen showed movies some days but in general the pool area was quiet with the princess staff not fully motivated to create the atmosphere we expected. We even hadNFL games shown some days which we should have expected from a USA focused cruise line. Sailaways are normally a highlight but only once (from Jamaica) did the band play & good atmosphere created All in all it was a good cruise, very relaxing & the highlight was worth the trip in itself. The only downside was the weather around the mainland Columbia, Panama & Costa Rica areas where it was wet on occasion but we were warned on arrival that October is during the rainy season. Best time for this cruise would be January thru April. Princess is more focused on the American market but that didn't detract from our enjoyment Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Great itinerary, food was good, not great. There were a couple really great items, The build your own pizza, great, but only out two days... The chocolate lollipop at Served during champagne fountain, great, but again only served once. ... Read More
Great itinerary, food was good, not great. There were a couple really great items, The build your own pizza, great, but only out two days... The chocolate lollipop at Served during champagne fountain, great, but again only served once. And one night at dinner they had a chocolate dome with pistachio which was perhaps the best dessert I've ever Had on a cruise. ( I have been on at least 12 cruises ) this was my third with Princess. A big disappointment was the captains circle welcome party for return Guests. It wasn't a reception, it was a sales pitch held in the theater, they Handed out a coupon at the exit! I have never felt like that on any cruise. The tv In the cabin same thing, between every show, and for extended periods constant Commercials for future cruises. I take cruises to RELAX, I really felt like I was in a Used car dealership. Cabin steward was very poor, ice was delivered after like 9pm Nightly? Soft drinks not refilled when requested. One morning breakfast arrived One hour early? The daily news letter arrived too late on several nights after turn down and after going to bed. One night there was no turn down at all. Also several times I would "bolt" the door, yet the steward would tap and then walk in? So the bolt doesn't assure privacy? Final issue is the thermal suite, I take this option on every cruise I Take, I have taken it on all three with princess and every celebrity cruise I have Taken as well. This one was the most disappointing. There were three steam rooms And one sauna plus two nice showers. Not once during the cruise did all of the Rooms work. The sauna wasn't usable on any day, the tiles so hot that you could Not sit even without a dry doubled up towel, at least one of the three steam rooms Was always down every day. And the special showers were constantly Malfunctioning. My impression was once it was sold no one cared. Yes I Complained twice at the spa, not impressed at all. Final issue was platinum studio, it was very nice, attendant very nice, prices... Oh my god! $200 for an 8x10 photo. Session was fun, after reviewing photos Then you see prices, welcome back to the car lot. Prices on photos taken around the ship, $25 for 8x10 not cheap but .... In studio cheapest package $599. Almost as much as the cruise for one person. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
My husband and I cruised for 7 nights from Whittier, Alaska to Vancouver, B.C. (one-way south bound). This was our 6th cruise, all of them week-long cruises, but our first with Princess. We spent two nights pre-cruise at The Hotel Captain ... Read More
My husband and I cruised for 7 nights from Whittier, Alaska to Vancouver, B.C. (one-way south bound). This was our 6th cruise, all of them week-long cruises, but our first with Princess. We spent two nights pre-cruise at The Hotel Captain Cook, which we booked through Princess. We had a great experience in Anchorage, which is a really clean, charming town. We also enjoyed the 2+ hour train ride to Whittier. You can stand on the outside platform between the train cars and soak up the gorgeous scenery. One really nice touch was the cruise line collecting our luggage from our hotel room and then depositing it outside our cabin door on the ship. It made traveling from hotel to train to ship very easy. Boarding the ship was a breeze. Within 5 minutes of stepping off the train from Anchorage, we were stepping onto the ship. Can't beat that! We had about 7 hours until the ship set sail, but not to worry, our cabin was ready and the buffets and bars were open. The weather was so nice and sunny and our luggage made it so quickly that we were in the pool enjoying cocktails by mid-afternoon. The pool area was very nice and clean, and was rarely crowded, except during movies. They show "Movies Under the Stars" here and give out blankets and popcorn in the evenings. Our kids would have loved it, but they did not sail with us this time. Our mini-suite was clean and quiet. It seemed longer and more narrow than other mini-suites I've traveled in, but was nicely appointed, made good use of space, and felt spacious and comfortable for two. Our room steward quietly went about his job and was always courteous, although we didn't interact with him much. We dined in the buffets for breakfast and lunch, but always in the Bordeaux Dining Room for dinner. We never had to wait for open seating, as we discussed with the head waiter our time/table preference and gave him a tip. All the wait staff were professional and friendly, although sometimes meals took awhile. It wasn't an issue, since we drank more wine and cocktails and relaxed; the whole purpose behind the cruise. All of the food was good, although I didn't like a few things I ordered. This was never a problem, I just asked for something else. I will say that the best thing I ate on the cruise was the Glacier Bay pizza special with white sauce, garlic, and four cheeses. Amazing!! The pizza on the ship was better than expected. We also ordered room service in our cabin a few times, and everything was fine. The Coral Princess is not as big a ship as we have sailed in the past, and that is actually how I prefer it. The ship is well maintained, albeit a bit outdated with the décor. The public spaces never felt cramped, and it is easy to find your way around this ship pretty quickly. We swam in the nice outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, worked out at the gym, ran on the running track (Deck 7), went to the Spa, and even played bingo. We never went to any of the shows, as those are not our thing, nor did I really visit the casino. The gym can be pretty crowded in the mornings. We booked two shore excursions through the cruise line. They were both nice, although pricey. You can walk off the boat and book your own tours to save money, which we have done in the past. There are tons of excursion vendors when you stop in all the ports, of course. Alaska is gorgeous and we especially loved seeing the glaciers calve in Glacier Bay. You are at the mercy of the weather in Alaska, and we had both good and bad weather. It poured in Ketchikan! It would have been nice to have some type of cover when waiting in line to re-board the ship, as we stood in the driving rain. Bring your umbrella there! I was curious to see how Princess would do in comparison to other cruise lines. It didn't feel any fancier or more upscale than Royal Caribbean, but it was very nice. There were very few children, which was a bonus for us this trip, but that might have something to do with the destination. I informed Princess about our anniversary before we set sail, and they gave us a nice 8x10 photo frame, a voucher for a free 8x10 photo, and a bottle of wine. Nice touch! Overall, a very positive experience. I would definitely sail with Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
We booked this cruise tour to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Princess seemed to have the advantage over other cruise lines due to owning their own lodges on the land tour so that played a major factor into our choice of cruise lines. We ... Read More
We booked this cruise tour to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Princess seemed to have the advantage over other cruise lines due to owning their own lodges on the land tour so that played a major factor into our choice of cruise lines. We did a 7 day northbound cruise and a 4 day land tour ending in Fairbanks. We have no regrets! Our cabin steward was wonderful and met every need. I booked everything online thru Princess with a few phone calls to confirm everything was done correctly and it worked out perfect for us. We were in Cabin A505 which was a great location and protected during our nasty weather so we were still able to be on our balcony where the people in the mini suite next door were not. The cabin was a little smaller than we have had on Royal Caribbean and I didn't like having a shower curtain vs. a door like we had on Royal. Closet space and storage was very spacious. The food was good but we didn't think it was as good as we had had on Royal Caribbean and the service from some of the waiters was definitely not up to par. We often sat with dirty dishes in front of us while the wait staff would walk by and never pick them up. It was often difficult to get them to bring you juice, coffee, etc. and one night at dinner I ordered coffee and never received it even though the rest of the table did. They really pushed the drink specials in the dining room. One waiter would come by first and then another one would come by and try again. I felt like it was a timeshare presentation. The entertainment was far better than we had experienced on other cruise ships but we did notice that the bars and shows were not well attended and things ended early which probably was due to the fact that you were often up early for excursions and to take in the beautiful scenery. In my opinion this is not a cruise for children even though there were a fair number of them here with their parents and grandparents. Too much time is spent sitting on buses, trains, etc. traveling from one place to the next. Overall it was a good experience.   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed our balcony with room service breakfast and afternoon glass of wine. Weather was lovely. Gentle breeze., calm sea, almost no rain. Unlike the previous review of the same cruise, we thought the food was excellent. He down ... Read More
Thoroughly enjoyed our balcony with room service breakfast and afternoon glass of wine. Weather was lovely. Gentle breeze., calm sea, almost no rain. Unlike the previous review of the same cruise, we thought the food was excellent. He down graded the cruise based on service in anytime dining room. We were escorted to another dining room every evening because we wanted a table for 2. My husband is hard of hearing and can't manage a conversation with more than 4, and we found service for more than 4 takes too long. We also found a couple bathroom stalls closed and at least one else elevator out of service the entire trip. Can't comment on entertainment as we only went to the comedian show one night. We don't do bars or dancing so can't comment on that either. There were people of all ages this trip which we enjoyed. Our last cruise was in February and predominantly seniors. We thought service very good and everyone very friendly. Only complaint with food was the desserts. Everything very lovely but tasteless. Need some good American pies and cakes. Bed lumpy, mattress and pillows should be retired. We booked this cruise at the last minute for just a getaway after a stressful couple of months and it served us well in that regard. Didn't do any excursions. Just our own walking tours. The embarkation could have been handled more efficiently. Lines long and moved slowly. Would have been nice to have been offered water or snacks during the wait. Got a great last minute deal so no complaints there. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Pros; Great day in Glacier Bay as we enjoyed beautiful weather and got to see both Margerie and John Hopkins Glacier. Highly recommend a balcony when on an Alaskan cruise. Coral Princess didn't seem crowded except a couple of nights ... Read More
Pros; Great day in Glacier Bay as we enjoyed beautiful weather and got to see both Margerie and John Hopkins Glacier. Highly recommend a balcony when on an Alaskan cruise. Coral Princess didn't seem crowded except a couple of nights when we tried to get into the dining room at 7 p.m. and had an hour wait I think the time in ports was pretty good so made good use of time. Embarkation went smoothly as well as getting off the ship. Overall very organized. Cabin steward did his job well though seemed less personable Some meals were quite good: my favorite was Chef's night. Servers in dining room (Bordeaux) were hit and miss. Some were wonderful. For the most part enjoyed food in the Horizon Buffet. Servers pretty prompt with serving coffee, iced tea, orange juice. Entertainment o.k. didn't spend too much time at this. Naturalist talks were nice though my husband didn't have positive feelings Ranger being on board for Glacier Bay Exercise work out area very nice. Remember to pack ear buds so you can listen to the TV while exercising. There is a plug in spot. It took me a while to find it. Cons The cons are enough that my husband doesn't plan to cruise with Princess again (our third cruise with them) Some high pressure sales techniques the first night at dinner to buy drink packages. Seemed a little misleading in how it was promoted. Since we are experienced cruisers and not big alcohol consumers we avoided alcohol package. Also can live without coke for a week so didn't go with that package. Also high pressure in the dining room to order wine for dinner. Some of the servers seemed a big miffed if we chose not too. Quality of the photo paper has gone down considerably. We didn't buy any photos because we were trying to find ways to save money. Asked for robes to be in our rooms when we filled out our preferences before the cruise. Had to ask for them again. We had trouble both with the shower and the sink in our room. The sink stopper was replaced and my husband had to make the shower work. Waited quite a while for someone to show up. We didn't use any cruise excursions as we always find them to be expensive and we needed to keep within budget. Highly recommend renting a car in both Skagway and Juneau. I can't speak to the land package offered by Princess as we did our own land tour prior to the cruise. The food could be somewhat hit and miss though overall I would say it was good. Many of the servers seemed like they were just doing their jobs but not expending any extra energy. This wasn't true of all servers. Entertainment venues were usually pretty full. I think the shows lasted about 30 minutes. Didn't like how the cigar smoke smelled from the smoking area. It wasn't contained and could smell it when we were in the area.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Fell short of hopes and expectations.  We have been on 7 cruises now with this one. And on various ships and lines. But 3 of ours have been with Princess. Never before have I felt this pressured to buy, buy, buy! Nor been bombarded with ... Read More
Fell short of hopes and expectations.  We have been on 7 cruises now with this one. And on various ships and lines. But 3 of ours have been with Princess. Never before have I felt this pressured to buy, buy, buy! Nor been bombarded with what I felt was not very high quality of the items. I felt like we were almost captive on the ship with the short shore stops, and slow leisurely cruise speeds. I was literally pissed off when at Glacier Bay the National Park Rangers aboard announced we couldn't actually enter Glacier Bay because there was "about 1000 seals on the ice flows having or nursing pups." Well, why wasn't such information disseminated before that so folks can plan accordingly? A later or earlier voyage could have availed to be able to actually see what we sailed to see. Oh, but then, they might have trouble filling the ship if people knew these details. After all, seals rearing pups in Glacier Bay probably isn't a new occurrence, I should think. And if you are thinking you will get anywhere as close to calving Glaciers as the video and brochures show, bring some hellish high powered lenses and viewing equipment. No one I talked to saw any calving activity our brief stay there. Nor at College Fiord either. Not that the ship can control glacial movement. But the ship did stop in College Fiord so a small raft with people in survival suits could take video and stills of ice floating and a lone black bear that made a mad dash for cover as the raft headed towards it on shore. Guess that is where they get the video and pictures they try and sell you aboard. Humm... While the cabin and accommodations were nice, I felt they were a bit tired looking. And I have been on more "ship shape" ships over the years. We did encounter a few of the crew who misdirected us to the places on the ship we were trying to find. Not a lot, but several times this occurred. Along the way towards the end of our adventure with this Sea-Land cruise, we found out that Carnival Corporation owns several of the ships we thought were under different ownerships. http://www.beyondships2.com/faq---who-owns-the-various-cruise-lines.html I told my wife that if I ever do return to Alaska (and I'd Love to) it will be in our RV where I can spend more time with the locals and get to know Alaska. More touring, less herding. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We did the cruise tour DBX "On Your Own" from Anchorage up to Denali State and National Parks and then down to Vancouver, stopping in Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. This was our first cruise and we really didn't know what ... Read More
We did the cruise tour DBX "On Your Own" from Anchorage up to Denali State and National Parks and then down to Vancouver, stopping in Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. This was our first cruise and we really didn't know what to expect. The entire land and cruise portion was so well organized by Princess that we were truly able to relax and have an amazing experience. We were among the youngest of the group, but were still able to easily find things that interested and excited us. The land tour is a must, particularly if you are interested in seeing Denali, which to us was one of the reasons why we traveled to Alaska. Since the roads and cell service are scarce in rural Alaska, we appreciated being escorted to and from our destinations safely and by experienced guides. Once on the ship, we were pleasantly surprised by the size of our room, the service, and the quality of the food. Having never cruised before, these were two things we were concerned about. We splurged on a balcony room, which we felt was worth it, given the amazing scenery passing by at all times. We enjoyed both eating areas and although we did not participate in most of the organized activities on board, we found a few things that appealed to us. One turn-off for us was the emphasis placed on shopping. We had come to Alaska to experience natural beauty, adventure, and inspiration. Yet, Princess was encouraging us to buy, buy, buy at every port of call -- even going so far as to hold shopping presentations on how we should spend our money and providing maps of shops in the port. Not to mention the sky-high prices of Alaska to begin with. To me, this is missing the point of traveling Alaska. As such, we avoided most of the downtown areas of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan and their cheap, tacky tourist traps. We were pleased to find many opportunities to venture out into the wilderness and experience what Alaska really has to offer. We appreciated Princess's attention to cleanliness and the dispensers of Purell around the ship -- but why no antibacterial soap in the bathrooms? For fear of getting sick (despite the Purell), I hardly touched any surfaces outside of my state room. All in all, we appreciated the Coral Princess experience and especially appreciated the freedom we were able to enjoy to pursue our own interests outside of swiping the credit card for cheap tokens in town. Alaska itself has so much natural beauty to offer that it's a good thing you do not have to go far or look hard to find it. It was certainly the trip of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
We arrived one day early, and spent the night at a hotel that had a shuttle to the port terminal. Most hotels provide shuttles (may be a small charge). However, in future, I'd plan to arrive (from Ottawa, Canada) on the day of the ... Read More
We arrived one day early, and spent the night at a hotel that had a shuttle to the port terminal. Most hotels provide shuttles (may be a small charge). However, in future, I'd plan to arrive (from Ottawa, Canada) on the day of the cruise. It's only a short ride from the airport to the port terminal. Embarkation was fast and efficient. We arrived about noon, and were in our room in under one hour. Bags arrived in early afternoon, and had lunch around one. Passengers who boarded later said there was no lineups and came through as quickly as we did. Entertainment was okay, not great. There's music at the different lounges and in the atrium usually from five or six until... A great three piece string orchestra, as well as a great pianist. The other performers (3 different groups) were okay, but tended to lean too much toward 'crooners' and 50s and 60s music - often too low keyed. There was the typical comedy, variety, music and illusionist shows. Good, entertaining, worth taking in, ...but, again, not great. Food: Lots of variety at the buffet; and a great omelette station that wasn't usually busy. The dining room always had something with the appetizers or main course that would appeal. A couple of times I order something that didn't really satisfy. The staff are very accommodating, and brought something else. Ports: Ocho Rios: Did the raft ride on Martha Braie River. Slow moving river, and enjoyed: One word: relaxing. Unfortunately, it's a 90 minute ride from ship...chance to see some of the country side. Lemon: Take time to shop in the dock area. No hassle from people as you browse, and there's quite a variety. We did the banana plant and rainforest train ride...worth doing. Cartegenia, Colombia: Wow! What can I say...you think peddlers hassle you on some of the island, well, the experience here is unbelievable. The guide dropped us in front of a "good" emerald store. The peddlers in the area were such that after five minutes, I just got back on the bus to wait. But, in spite of the peddler experience, it's worth doing the old city excursion because there is so much history, and some of the older structures (fortress, cathedral) are amazing. Panama: Don't bother an excursion if you've taken this cruise to see the locks. There's lots to see from the ship; you have a front row seat to the action, and it's an amazing show!!! Panama: Don't bother an excursion if you've taken this cruise to see the locks. There's lots to see from the ship; you have a front row seat to the action, and it's an amazing show!!! Aruba: Absolutely beautiful island. There's no need to do an excursion unless you want to snorkel. It's safe to walk, and there's lots to see within walking distance. A few final notes...Hats off to all staff. Some say that automatic gratuities has caused the quality of service to decline. Not so on this cruise. Cabin steward and dining room staff were absolutely phenomenal in taking care of our needs and providing help whenever needed. We found all the staff to be very friendly as we moved about the ship. The ship shows some signs of wear around certain areas and some of the furniture in the stateroom We had a balcony, and found it's worth it when you're in the Caribbean. Finally, the big question....would we sail Princess again? Probably would, but given all the options out there, we'll most likely try another cruise line just so we can compare.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Our cruise to the Panama Canal and four other ports of call was a great mid-winter break. The best part was the canal itself. We booked the optional tour that takes passengers through the rest of the canal and actually into the Pacific ... Read More
Our cruise to the Panama Canal and four other ports of call was a great mid-winter break. The best part was the canal itself. We booked the optional tour that takes passengers through the rest of the canal and actually into the Pacific Ocean. The guide on this tour was excellent and expanded upon the narration given on the ship as it entered Gatun Lake. There was plenty to do on the sea days. The other ports - Aruba, Cartajena, Limon, Costa Rica and Grand Cayman provided plenty to see and do. Shore excursions booked through the ship in Cartajena and Limon were great ways for first-time visitors to get a feel for the areas. The mini-suite was spacious and provided a larger closet and bathroom than a more traditional balcony cabin. The balcony was large and inviting, although it did not appear that it had been cleaned recently. Our cabin steward was excellent. Many lodging establishments are eliminating top sheets on beds in favor of duvets and this ship was no different. The problem arises when you are in the tropics and this is much too heavy a cover when sleeping. Fortunately, when we asked, our steward was able to put a top sheet on our bed. This was plenty to keep us warm while sleeping. The food was good in all free venues (we didn't try either specialty restaurant), however the waited service as lacking. Slow service and no beverage refills were the norm rather than the exception. Even when we mentioned we were in a hurry to get to a show, this appeared to have little effect. On the final sea day, a special English pub lunch was offered. The server seemed totally out of it, even though all four of us ordered the same thing. We were never offered a beverage or the included dessert. Fortunately, the cafe was still open with an excellent dessert selection. It seems as though when open dining and pre-charged tipping became more popular, service standards declined. When you had the same waiter for the entire cruise and left him a tip in an envelope after your final dinner, he had the incentive to provide excellent service to earn the maximum gratuity. This level of service seems to have declined with the guaranteed tip. Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
My wife and I (60'ish) just returned from the Coral Princess 11 night partial Panama Canal cruise. We flew out of Michigan a day early to avoid an approaching ice storm that would have delayed us many hours, which put us in a bind for ... Read More
My wife and I (60'ish) just returned from the Coral Princess 11 night partial Panama Canal cruise. We flew out of Michigan a day early to avoid an approaching ice storm that would have delayed us many hours, which put us in a bind for a room in Ft. Lauderdale. We ended up getting a great room at the Westin Diplomat on my Starwood Preferred Guest points which saved the day. We had a confirmed room for the next night at the Sheraton Airport Hotel which is very near the cruise port. You'll read some negative reviews of this Sheraton, but we found it to be super clean, and the staff could't have been more friendly and cooperative. The Hotel Shuttle took us to a nearby mall where there were a number of dining options in the evening and then took us to the port the next morning. It's not a resort hotel, it's a business hotel, so don't expect luxury, but don't be afraid of it. Cab rides in the area are costly. The Coral Princess is an older ship, but is in good repair and very clean. We had a balcony stateroom on Deck 10. Not real roomy, but adequet. The only down side is the tiny shower. I'll be sporting bruised elbows for weeks after banging into the soap dispensers and grab bar for 11 days. Our cruise was sold out, so there were a lot of people around. It wasn't really a problem, but finding a quiet spot to sit and read on sea days was tough. Fortunately we had some great balcony days. The bars and shows were very crowded at peak times. We were never unable to get served and generally found a spot to sit in most venues, but it was tight. As on other cruises, this one was short on activities of interest to men. I don't get seaweed wraps and steam massages. My wife loves them, but I got a lot of reading done. The average age of passengers on this cruise appeared to be well north of 60 years old, with many approaching their 80's. I don't think we saw any children or younger teenagers, and the youngest couples appeared to be in their mid-30's. The service level on the Coral Princess was excellent to great. We didn't encounter a single grouch. We were lucky enough to get a great cabin steward who seemed to anticipate our needs. She was invisible unless we needed her, and then she almost magically appeared and handled things. Bartenders were friendly, the front desk service people were efficient, helpful and very friendly. On this cruise we took one excursion with a group from our Cruise Critic roll call and three ship tours. Like we've experienced in the past, ship tours are too costly, too big, and too packaged for our liking. Our roll call group didn't do as much this cruise and we just didn't have time to do the research and start some of our own. We skipped any tours in Aruba because we had recently been there and had rented a car and pretty well seen everyting of interest. Our favorite port was Cartagena, where we wished we had much more time, and our least favorite was Ocho Rios. If we ever land in Jamaica again on a cruise, we'll probably just stay on the ship. For this cruise, we chose early fixed dining and ended up getting seated with some great folks. It's always a crap-shoot, but we got very lucky this time out. We just don't do "formal" nights any more. We used to go all out and do the tux/gown thing, but we're way over that. I wore a black suit with no tie and my wife wore dressy pants-suits. We didn't feel out of place at all. The number of tuxedo's on this cruise was quite small. You'll get mixed reviews on the dining. I don't think that the Coral Princess dining is up there with previous Princess cruises. I thought the entree selections were less than great. We did have a lobster night that was outstanding, and there was plenty to eat. We did all of our breakfasts and most lunches in the Horizon's buffet. Again, not great, but the variety up there was good and the food plentiful. The pizza by the pool is great, the burgers and hot dogs, not so great... We didn't go to any of the specialty restaurants this time because we enjoyed the company of our dining companions so much. Our server was friendly, but a bit overworked. He always seemed rushed and clearly had to many tables and too little help. On other Princess cruises in the past, I seem to recall the waiters having multiple assistants. Not here. And no bar service outside your table waiter. Princess left a LOT of money that we would have spent on drinks in our pockets because we just couldn't get drink service. The food was ok, it just wasn't great or even really, really good. The entertainment we were able to see was fair to good. They have an absolutely horrible Mowtown tribute production show that must have been choreographed in about 1990, and the other ships-cast production shows weren't much better. There are some very talented kids in the cast, they just are wasted with the dreck they have to perform. The other acts (comic, mentalist, etc.) were ok to very good. And I should mention that the piano player and string group who performed nightly in the central area was outstanding. We chose the self-exit option and carried our own luggage off the ship and grabbed a cab rather than wait for the ship's transfers. We did it for a couple reasons. One, we didn't have to put our luggage out early the night before and secondly, we wanted to beat the crowd to the airport in case there were weather delays. We walked off the ship at about 7:10 am, blew through customs with virtually no wait and were on our way. The cab ride to the airport was about $20 with tip. We did the right thing, because we no sooner arrived at the airport than we learned that our plane was held up elsewhere for a maintenance issue and we would be departing at least a couple hours late. As it worked out, we were able to grab the last two seats on a two-hour earlier flight and make our connection in Detroit. And our luggage made it with us the whole way as well. The things I liked about this cruise were the cleanliness of the ship, the friendly crew and the great bunch of folks we met through Cruise Critic Roll Call and our dining partners. We also liked having four sea days. We didn't have any huge negative issues. We'll likely do Princess again, but we'll go for the larger ships.   Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Just back from a Panama Canal Cruise on the Princess Coral. Although it was a very good cruise, there is a few things that I feel need to be Mentioned. This was our 5th cruise (4 with Princess and 1 with Carnival).What we realized is that ... Read More
Just back from a Panama Canal Cruise on the Princess Coral. Although it was a very good cruise, there is a few things that I feel need to be Mentioned. This was our 5th cruise (4 with Princess and 1 with Carnival).What we realized is that we like the bigger boats better then the smaller ones for the following reasons: The international Cafe is not located beside the Atrium as with the bigger boats, and there is not much seating around the Atrium on the Coral, for just relaxing with a coffee or a drink listening to music. There is not much outside table and chairs for eating outside the Horizon Court buffet as it is at the front of the boat instead of the back. Also there did not seem to be as much variety at the buffet as on the bigger boats. The staff both in the buffet and the room stewards did not seem nearly as friendly and talkative as on previous cruises on bigger boats. They were a lot older and did not seem to have the enthusiasm or personality as the younger ones. The entertainment was also not near as good as on previous cruises on the bigger boats. On previous cruises we attended every show. On the Coral we went to only 3 of the 11 shows. The meals in the dining room were as always very good and up to Princesses high standards, but as mention above some of the wait staff didn't exactly seem thrilled to be there. The Lotus pool which is supposed to be a adult only pool, had kids in it most of the time and although it has a retractable roof, they never opened it, which made for a hot area. I realize that the boat needs to be this size to transit the canal, and none of the above caused us not to enjoy our cruise, it just made us realize that we enjoy the addition space and the atmosphere of the big boats. the people on board this cruise were mostly 60 plus, which was not an issue, but worth mentioning. These are all just things we realized as the cruise progressed and thought it should be included in our review. We still had a wonderful cruise and will continue to cruise with Princess in the future. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
Absolutely loved this cruise. Chose anytime dining. Wait staff was excellent. The shore excursions we chose were excellent. We went snorkeling in Aruba and loved the Rum Punches on the trip back to the ship. We took a partially guided ... Read More
Absolutely loved this cruise. Chose anytime dining. Wait staff was excellent. The shore excursions we chose were excellent. We went snorkeling in Aruba and loved the Rum Punches on the trip back to the ship. We took a partially guided tour of the Old City in Cartagena, then toured independently. Tip: Hard Rock Cafe provides a complementary beer for cruise ship passengers. We took the tour on the ferry through Miraflores Locks. I would definitely recommend this tour. It is a completely different perspective on the smaller boat. We were running late and actually had a police escort back to the ship. In Costa Rica we took the aerial tram tour and the canal tour. Saw lots of wild life. Very enjoyable. That evening the boat tipped. Pretty scary. We were told there was a glitch with a stabilizer. It was the talk of the trip. "Where we're you when the ship rolled?" Lots of broken dishes, the bars lost a ton of alcohol. But the crew cleaned it all up. I would describe it as "an earthquake at sea." The last stop was Jamaica. I really enjoyed the tube trip and my husband zip-lined. We have cruised with other cruise lines. Princess provides a lot of activities. The service is excellent. Many staff members remembered our names. We were always greeted with a big smile and a warm "Hello." Loved afternoon tea. Also, the British Pub luncheons were delicious. On the last sea day we enjoyed the galley tour and cooking demo. The head cook was hysterical and I learned a few tips from him. Earlier in the week we took the back stage tour, that was very interesting too. We discovered the Crooner's Lounge the second to last evening. The crooner was excellent- wished we had discovered this earlier in the week. Having 5 days at sea, we were pleasantly surprised we had so many choices for activities on board. The only complaint was they kept announcing a poster contest. We spent 3 hours making an elaborate poster for the contest. We were beyond shocked at the poster which won the contest. Perhaps they should explain the criteria for the selection process. There were a number of posters which were far more creative than the one that won. I am assuming the winner knew someone on staff. The lines were long and wait was long when boarding. Could improve on this. Once on the ship, everything was wonderful. I would definitely recommend this cruise and will definitely consider Princess for my next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2014
First let me say our travel agent in Barbados has to make our arrangements with agents in Santo Domingo who do not speak English so that most of our special requests were lost in translation in spite of repeated phone calls and Emails. ... Read More
First let me say our travel agent in Barbados has to make our arrangements with agents in Santo Domingo who do not speak English so that most of our special requests were lost in translation in spite of repeated phone calls and Emails. Princess Management PLEASE look at this. Our family ages were from 15months to 73 years. Kudos to our Dining room waiters Chris and Denmark ,Table184 When we first went to dinner we were split up in spite of request to be seated together. This was rectified the following evening. The ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas and the programes for the teenagers and 8 year old good. The evening Shows were awful. Lacked any imagination at all We have travelled on several cruise lines and Coral Princess`s shows were by far the worst.Having said that movies under the stars were good and I found movies in cabin good and destination lectures very informative. Our cabinD421 was very comfortable and spacious. Did not like the fact that before we had disembarked on our return from breakfast approx 8.00am. the bed in our cabin was already made up for the next passenger Dinner was average but we did enjoy our breakfast in sabatinis Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
We have sailed Princess before and been very happy with great food and entertainment. This cruise was very nice but we did not feel it was up to par with the one to Alaska. That could be because now I am on a gluten free diet and while the ... Read More
We have sailed Princess before and been very happy with great food and entertainment. This cruise was very nice but we did not feel it was up to par with the one to Alaska. That could be because now I am on a gluten free diet and while the dining room head waiter was extremely helpful and made suggestions to tell me what the chef could fix for me or how he could adapt the meal to be gluten free, we did not always eat in the dining room. The food choices in the Horizon Buffet were numerous for the average eater but I did not see anything gluten free other than some of the fish, cheese, salad and fruit. That was pretty limiting for that amount of time on a ship. The gluten free pizza cooked to order was good for the first two slices. After that, I didn't like the taste. I know I read on a review that the person on a GF diet loved the pizza. I didn't. It is possible she had them put meat on it that gave it more flavor. I just had some veggies on it as I am trying to keep my meat consumption down. There was one GF dessert each day. Some were very good. Some were OK and some were not very good. Everyone has different tastes though. The entertainment was very good. My husband and I saw the magician, the mentalist and a comedian. They were all very good. The vocalists, singers and dancers were also very good. We didn't care for the very first show of the cruise. We feel there was more talent there than that show revealed. We went to Aruba, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Jamaica. We were very disappointed with the snorkeling tour, arranged through Princess, in Aruba. The catamarans were too crowded, the snorkeling site had a few other cruise boats and everyone descended in the same place. Plus, there were divers over the wreck that was supposed to be one of the high points of the excursion. I realize that the hurricane did a lot of damage to the reef but I would assume that Princess knew that so there would not be much to see. There wasn't. The boat did not have a mask cleaner and the masks fogged up almost immediately, even cleaning it in the ocean. The fish were nothing special and the wreck was very crowded, not to mention dive bubbles coming up into your face. I think the write up of the excursions could have a little more detail in them. The excursions in Panama, Costa Rica and Jamaica were a lot of fun and I would recommend them. We arranged our own tour in Cartegena, Colombia, with Dora de Explorer. It was a small tour of 13 in a very comfortable, air conditioned bus. Dora was wonderful. She wanted to make sure that everyone on the bus enjoyed themselves as much as possible. I would recommend her in a heartbeat. If you are interested, you can read more about that tour on Trip Advisor. Going through the Canal was an amazing experience. The port lecturer gave information about it before and during our journey through the locks. It was great. We went on a boat on Gatun Lake and saw three kinds of monkeys and birds. The excursion in Costa Rica was a tram ride through the rainforest and a boat ride to see wildlife. We saw a family of howler monkeys, two small caiman crocodiles, a turtle, birds, an iguana and a sloth. That was also wonderful. It included a very nice lunch (which almost all was GF for me.) We went tubing down a river in Jamaica and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The ride was very relaxing and safe. The innertubes are very tough. As our tour guide said, the water was 'refreshing.' The river guides who accompanied us were very social, personable and funny. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
The best part of this cruise was the people. The ship is large enough not to feel crowded, but small enough that you can see folks you met at dinner walking about. A few items that I would have liked to be a better experience: 1) FOOD - ... Read More
The best part of this cruise was the people. The ship is large enough not to feel crowded, but small enough that you can see folks you met at dinner walking about. A few items that I would have liked to be a better experience: 1) FOOD - it was just horrible--anytime dining was the best, but the quality of the food was poor. Salty, undercooked, overcooked and just not a wide variety. I would have rather paid a fee for a good steak then have them serve meat that wasn't filled with filler (burgers at grill - disaster);. Pizza station was great, make you own pizza-wonderful. Speciality Bayou Cafe worth the 20 pp for a GREAT steak--filet and strip outstanding--Sabitinis Lobster 3 ways--undercooked and not work 25--strip steak was good. Italian night served all German food--Mexican night had American food. Cold for the most part most nights. 2) STAFF/SERVICE--EXCELLENT--Princess know how to train the staff. Only had on issue where a bar server wouldn't go up on the 15th deck to get drinks cause it was too far to go--otherwise--best service I have seen in a long time. 3) ROOMS-Balancy room was good size and closet good size. Bathroom way too small-a full size person (140 lbs) could not even turn around in that shower. 4) PEOPLE-wonderful mix of americans and Europeans--all age; majority was over 50, but that made it even better--be an old soul and you will meet the most amazing people. 5) Excursions-stay away from the all day Panama boat transit--we we suck on the boad for almost 11 hours and it cause the ship not be able to leave port. --Again this is where I think Princess has got customer service down--got a 65% refund to all and didn't even have to request it. Surprisingly Cartenga was very enjoyable city tour--its was really hot and humid but the bus had great air conditioning. . Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We took this cruise because of its itinerary and because we wanted to become Elite with Princess before our March, 2014 31 day "Around the Horn" cruise on Golden Princess. We are experienced cruisers and are also Elite with ... Read More
We took this cruise because of its itinerary and because we wanted to become Elite with Princess before our March, 2014 31 day "Around the Horn" cruise on Golden Princess. We are experienced cruisers and are also Elite with Celebrity Cruise Lines. We like to cruise out of LA because we can drive to the port or, in this case, to the airport. We parked our vehicle at LAX and met Princess representatives at Delta arrivals for our bus ride to the ship. Or transition was very smooth and professional and we were able to walk right to the check-in counter and were on the ship in five minutes. We were quickly shown to our cabin and greeted by our steward--who was fantastic. The ship met all of our expectations and then some. There were never any lines or too many passengers crowded into one place. Seating was always available for show and in lounges. This ship is perfectly sized in our opinion. Dining is always important and we had early seating. We may not do early seating next time because it is just a bit early if you've been ashore on a tour, etc.. The food was good but it seems that this is an area where all cruise lines are cutting back some. We used the International Café for morning coffee and purchased a coffee card--a very good deal if you like specialty coffees and, the coffee at the Café is the best on the ship. The staff at the Café was amazingly good. A pastry here was usually adequate but sometimes we went to the Horizon Court for breakfast. Their selections were also adequate and there was always abundant fruit, juice, etc. and the service very friendly and almost instantaneous. We rarely ate lunch other than an occasional slice of pizza or a hamburger or hot dog from the grill. The soft-serve ice cream was also good. Dinner time was delightful with our table mates and the great service. As I mentioned, I think the evening dining experience as far as food goes is not what it once was. That being said, they've tried to push their specialty dining rooms, The Bayou and Sabatini's. These two restaurants have large dining areas taking up a lot of space but, from what we saw, few diners. The $20 a person extra charge brings you what I believe is the same meal you used to get in the regular dining room. We did not use these specialty restaurants and we heard mixed reviews about them from other passengers. On longer cruises we always look forward to the Scholarship at Sea presentations. This is the area that Princess really let us down. There were two presenters. There was a male and female who were astronomers, and they were very good. The other presenter who seemed to be on every day was a complete zero. He was supposed to lecture on the Mayans, Aztecs and other Latin American history and historical figures. We are former teachers and could not stand the way he murdered the English language. He also could not pronounce Spanish words and gave out a lot of personal opinion as fact. As an example, he said the Mayans had extraterrestrial help building their monuments and that the Mayans tried to save the people of Atlantis. He also was the narrator during the Canal transit and gave preposterous information--too much to list here. (An example, he pointed out an alligator on the bank of the canal and said it weighed 4,800 pounds.) We were very disappointed that Princess would have a "lecturer" of such poor quality on their ship. Back to the positive. The entertainment was varied and excellent. They have two venues for shows on the Coral and they are both good places to see a show. The production shows were amazing and the individual entertainers were excellent. The lounge performers were first rate as were the other bands and groups that played throughout the ship. Good stuff. Disembarkation was smooth but a little prolonged. Because of our level with Princess we were able to take our time getting out of our cabin and we had a special lounge to wait for our group to leave. They had coffee and juices and pastries for us there as well. We had taken, through Princess, an extra night in Ft. Lauderdale at the Embassy Suites so as not to be rushed as far as the airport goes. Princess handled the transportation to the hotel and gave us a cab voucher for the next day's trip to the airport. The cab voucher was nice as it enabled us to go to the airport when we wanted rather than take a bus with a lot of other people who weren't necessarily on our schedule. With the exception of the one lecturer, the trip was a huge success and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We highly recommend Princess and the Coral Princess. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
This was our second cruise with Princess Cruises and following a city break in Vancouver we set sail from Canada Place and in the early evening set ail for Los Angeles passing Stanley Park on our port side and then under the Lions Gate ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Princess Cruises and following a city break in Vancouver we set sail from Canada Place and in the early evening set ail for Los Angeles passing Stanley Park on our port side and then under the Lions Gate Bridge. The start of a very enjoyable 18 days of cruising. We were in cabin A528 on the Aloha Deck having decided prior to the cruises that the port side would be the preferable side to view our ports of call as well as the transit through the Panama Canal. We had the late dining option in the Provence Dining Room where the table service was just fair and the table location directly near a cold downblast of air conditioning. However, the food was good and our table companions engaging. so much so that we missed many of the late entertainment showings. We even had the pleasure of the ship's first engineer for most of the cruise and his interaction helped make up for the general poor table service. We visited the Bayoux Restaurant on one occasion and would definitely recommend that as a paid dining extra. The Promenade Deck on the Coral Princess goes all the way round, is wide with nice wooden deck chairs and well used by fellow passengers to help get rid of some of those excess pounds gained at the Horizon and other dining venues. The ports of call on this journey were good and the shop sales on board on the 'at sea days' were better than usual as this ship was relocating from one cruising area (Alaska) to another (Panama & Western Caribbean). Staff were friendly. Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
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 4.0
Family 5.0 4.0
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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