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This was my first cruise. I was unsure about how the cruise would go and did not expect anything extraordinary. We are a family of four a 14 year od, 16 year old, a mother and a father. We booked a mini-suite on the Caribe level. Embarkation- We arrived at the departure port at about 11:00, since we were staying at a nearby hotel, we got took a complimentary shuttle. The Embarkation process was very smooth. It took a maximum of 15 minutes to get all checked in. Before we boarded the ship, we got out picture taken which was a nice touch. When we entered the ship, it was beautiful, an attendant showed us to the elevator, rode in it with us, showed us to our room, and told us when our luggage should arrive. I was very impressed. Later that day we had some time to explore and then were shown to our muster station and had a lifeboat drill. Layout- First of all, this ship is beautiful. It is fairly easy to navigate. The atrium in gorgeous- it has a great feel, a few neon lights that please the party people, kids, and elderly. The dining rooms all have a first-class feel as well as the other public rooms. Although our cabin was towards the back of the ship, we were never bothered by the sound of the engine or the distance from the center of the ship. Cabin- Our cabin was a mini- suite on the Caribe level. it consisted of a king size bed, a pull-out double couch, and a twin bunk style bed that comes from the ceiling. The mattress on the bunk was foam and very comfortable, we moved the mattress on the pull our couch onto the floor the first night and every night after our cabin steward did this for us since the spring were a little hard but the foam mattress was soft. The king size bed is basically two twin mattresses pushed together this mattress was also comfortable. The extra room was perfect for our family and having a balcony is well worth the money. The closet space was set up very nicely and we never had a problem space problem while aboard. The fitness center over looked the ocean and was well equipped. The pools were amazing and had a kids pool and an adult pool that were beautiful. There were plenty of lounge chair all around this area. Service- Our cabin seward, Jon, was the best. Every time we passed him, or any of the stewards in the hall they greeted us or smiled. We were very impressed by the way our room was magically all cleaned up ( pull out bed put away and bunk put away too, new towels etc.) while we were out of it. He also setup our beds fro nighttime too. He did this by taking all the beds back out, folding the corner of the sheet over, and outing a chocolate on each bed. We were treated like royalty. The service in the dining room and buffet were excellent. The dinning room was like a first class restaurant ( the best one I have ever eaten at. Room service is great too, every night we got milk and chocolate chip cookies in our room...it was a great touch Kid's Program- For teenagers this program is a good way to meet people. You basically go to the teen center until you make friends and then can break away with them and do whatever you want. For all you parents, your kids may want to stay out until 12 , 1, or 2 o'clock. Trust me the boat is a safe place and there is no need to worry. Plus, there is always youth security where the kids are. Also if your children will be roaming the boat alone make sure they have heir own room card- they can buy stuff with it- soda sticker is on it (which by the way is well worth the 26 dollars you pay for it and save all the time of signing for the receipt), and they can get into the room whenever they want. Remember to tell them that they don't have to walk al the way back up to the room to tell you something, they can just call your room on any public phone to get in touch with you for absolutely no money. Ports and Excursion- All the ports were excellent and the scenic cruising day were great too. We recommend to go to the musher's camp. We got to ride with the dog play with them and we learned a lot too. This excursion is great for people of all ages and is a must see in Alaska. We also went on a excursion that was whale watching, glacier viewing and a salmon bake. This excursion really gave you a taste of Alaska. The Mendenhall glacier is beautiful, amazing and also a must see in Alaska. There was a naturalist on board who was very knowledgeable and entertaining during the scenic cruising. Shows- The shows on this ship were excellent. My only tip is to just go with your gut instinct. If a show seems interesting then just go...you can always leave f you don't like it. Overall- This cruise was amazing. Princess is a great cruise line and we will definitely be sailing with them again. In fact, we have already planned a cruise for next summer on the Caribbean Princess!!

Coral Princess - Alaska

Coral Princess Cruise Review by cruiser 4 life

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2005
  • Destination: Alaska
This was my first cruise. I was unsure about how the cruise would go and did not expect anything extraordinary. We are a family of four a 14 year od, 16 year old, a mother and a father. We booked a mini-suite on the Caribe level.
Embarkation- We arrived at the departure port at about 11:00, since we were staying at a nearby hotel, we got took a complimentary shuttle. The Embarkation process was very smooth. It took a maximum of 15 minutes to get all checked in. Before we boarded the ship, we got out picture taken which was a nice touch. When we entered the ship, it was beautiful, an attendant showed us to the elevator, rode in it with us, showed us to our room, and told us when our luggage should arrive. I was very impressed. Later that day we had some time to explore and then were shown to our muster station and had a lifeboat drill.
Layout- First of all, this ship is beautiful. It is fairly easy to navigate. The atrium in gorgeous- it has a great feel, a few neon lights that please the party people, kids, and elderly. The dining rooms all have a first-class feel as well as the other public rooms. Although our cabin was towards the back of the ship, we were never bothered by the sound of the engine or the distance from the center of the ship.
Cabin- Our cabin was a mini- suite on the Caribe level. it consisted of a king size bed, a pull-out double couch, and a twin bunk style bed that comes from the ceiling. The mattress on the bunk was foam and very comfortable, we moved the mattress on the pull our couch onto the floor the first night and every night after our cabin steward did this for us since the spring were a little hard but the foam mattress was soft. The king size bed is basically two twin mattresses pushed together this mattress was also comfortable. The extra room was perfect for our family and having a balcony is well worth the money. The closet space was set up very nicely and we never had a problem space problem while aboard. The fitness center over looked the ocean and was well equipped. The pools were amazing and had a kids pool and an adult pool that were beautiful. There were plenty of lounge chair all around this area.
Service- Our cabin seward, Jon, was the best. Every time we passed him, or any of the stewards in the hall they greeted us or smiled. We were very impressed by the way our room was magically all cleaned up ( pull out bed put away and bunk put away too, new towels etc.) while we were out of it. He also setup our beds fro nighttime too. He did this by taking all the beds back out, folding the corner of the sheet over, and outing a chocolate on each bed. We were treated like royalty. The service in the dining room and buffet were excellent. The dinning room was like a first class restaurant ( the best one I have ever eaten at. Room service is great too, every night we got milk and chocolate chip cookies in our room...it was a great touch
Kid's Program- For teenagers this program is a good way to meet people. You basically go to the teen center until you make friends and then can break away with them and do whatever you want. For all you parents, your kids may want to stay out until 12 , 1, or 2 o'clock. Trust me the boat is a safe place and there is no need to worry. Plus, there is always youth security where the kids are. Also if your children will be roaming the boat alone make sure they have heir own room card- they can buy stuff with it- soda sticker is on it (which by the way is well worth the 26 dollars you pay for it and save all the time of signing for the receipt), and they can get into the room whenever they want. Remember to tell them that they don't have to walk al the way back up to the room to tell you something, they can just call your room on any public phone to get in touch with you for absolutely no money.
Ports and Excursion- All the ports were excellent and the scenic cruising day were great too. We recommend to go to the musher's camp. We got to ride with the dog play with them and we learned a lot too. This excursion is great for people of all ages and is a must see in Alaska. We also went on a excursion that was whale watching, glacier viewing and a salmon bake. This excursion really gave you a taste of Alaska. The Mendenhall glacier is beautiful, amazing and also a must see in Alaska. There was a naturalist on board who was very knowledgeable and entertaining during the scenic cruising.
Shows- The shows on this ship were excellent. My only tip is to just go with your gut instinct. If a show seems interesting then just go...you can always leave f you don't like it.
Overall- This cruise was amazing. Princess is a great cruise line and we will definitely be sailing with them again. In fact, we have already planned a cruise for next summer on the Caribbean Princess!!
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