Coral Princess Cruise Review by Patricia Brannan
- Sail Date: March 2006
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
TIP: Put your pink Princess luggage tags on BEFORE you leave your home airport. One of my bags had to be delivered in Jamaica and Im sure the Princess tag would have made the recovery easier for those looking for the bag. It turned up and all was well.
We changed our Personal Choice dining to open dining and we were glad. This was my husbands first cruise; my second. On line check in helped speed the check-did because there was so much to do, a set schedule for us wasnt possible. This is an older cruise. We are in our 50s, but the cruise definitely had an older passenger list. At midnight, most everything is closed except for the Casino.
The mini-suite we had was great. Cant say enough about the service. Bordeaux dining was great; food was okay. Horizon was great, anytime 24/7 eating and service there was awesome for a buffet. Tipping was taken care of with the $10.00 per day per person charge and eliminated a lot of the who/what to tip questions. The seasoned cruisers that we spoke with found this method more convenient than the envelopes for special people. On the other hand, we did meet some cruisers who still opted for tipping those who provided special service. The only person we tipped was the room service steward when he brought breakfast.
All the shows were great. We made them all. Everyone put in 110%.
Ocho Rios was awesome. Get off with your bathing suit because you will be climbing the Falls (if you can). We caught a cab from Freddy Taxi Service. Ask for him if you can. He took us all around the island for $80.00 and we gave him a $20 tip. Had a great van; air. Stopped at a jerk center and the Wassi Pottery Factory; roadside vendors and lots of cultural Ya Mahn talk.
Back to the restaurants, since thats where you spend most of your time on board. All the raves about Sabatini'ss: just so-so, all 16 courses. And they rushed you through dinner. The Bayou had great service, (Emil was very attentive; Leonardo, the waiter, made the event very pleasant, but the food was just so-so, too. We wouldnt go back to either restaurant again. The cruise directors were a little hokey. They all had show biz backgrounds and they were a little hokey, but lots of energy and everyone had fun at their direction.
All the wait staff work very hard and rotate stations. We thought this was a great trip. We put a deposit on our next cruise while on board this trip.
Micol was great at the travel desk. The rain forest tour in Costa Rica was great. We did not tour in Cozumel or Grand Cayman. There was too much to do on your own.
If you dont have a great time on this trip, it would be your own fault. Take Dramamine with; my husband was sea sick a little and the pills helped. Saw a few men with the patches behind their ears. Have fun!
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