Coastal Cruise on Princess: Coral Princess Cruise Review by zoomer-b

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Coastal Cruise on Princess

Sail Date: May 2012
Destination: USA
Embarkation: Los Angeles
My husband and I took this cruise to find out if it was 'cruising' we didn't like or if the cruiseline on our first cruise that wasn't to our taste. This being our 2nd cruise, we found the latter reason to be why we did not enjoy our first cruise.

If you are a first-timer and considering a cruise, please be aware that not all cruiseships are the same. They may appear to be so in that they all have a multitude of restaurants, etc. What is different is the atmosphere on board. Our first cruise was for 12 days in the Mediterranean and we were disappointed. I felt bored and unsettled. Part of the problem was that we were 'newbies' and didn't know how to 'cruise'. The other reason was because the layout was such that the ship was too quiet. Many areas seemed isolated.

This trip was very different. We found the Princess Coral to have just the right amount of activity. In comparing a much newer HAL ship to the Princess Coral, we found the atmosphere had to do with More how the Coral's Atrium was the focal point to most everything. It gave us a feeling that people were out and about without feeling crowded. Most meeting places had some sort of activity available allowing you to either join in or just sit back and watch. None of the activities were more than 45 minutes as a rule.

As far as the cabins/restaurants went, we were very happy with both. We had a mini-suite (I like a bathtub to soak in at night) that was very spacious, as far as cruiseships go. It had a very large closet and the bed was high enough to store the suitcases. The bed was also very comfortable.
For meals, we ate most of them in the 'Anytime' dining restaurant. The food selection was such that it offered something for every diet. We dined with one gentleman that required gluten-free food and the Princess was very accommodating. For quick/lighter meals we stopped in at the buffet and found a wide variety of food that was well prepared.

In closing I would say, if you are cruising for the first time, don't jump into the longer cruises, where you may have many sea days. Pick a short one to get the feel of cruising. We didn't and are sorry for the mistake. Less

Published 05/18/12

Cabin review: C417

Princess Coral mini-suite: Ample size as far as cuiseships go. A full sofa with television in sitting area and another TV viewable from the bed. Nice deep bathtub. Great closet space (roughly 6 feet). Balcony was small as ours was curved.

Port and Shore Excursions

We thoroughly enjoyed San Francisco. The port was very close to Pier 39 (walkable)which has all kinds of shops/restaurants/etc. The port was also close enough for anyone wanting to venture out on their own without booking a tour. The cable-car loop is at Fisherman's wharf (walkable)that will take you up to Union Square. There is also bike-rentals nearby allowing you to bike to the Park if you so choose. Overall, this is a lovely city to visit as it is laid out in such a manner that a tourist can get around without too much difficulty (or expense).

Victoria is another port where the ship is not too far from the downtown harbour area. There are shuttle buses available for those not wanting to walk. If you enjoy walking, it would take roughly 1/2 hour to get to the harbour. Victoria's inner harbour is laid out in such a manner that everything is walkable. They have outside entertainment/good shopping/and views that are breathtaking. For those wanting to see the Buchard Gardens, you can either book a tour or arrange something on your own. This is a city well worth seeing. Very laid back and safe.
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