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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.  

1st time on Princess Cruise Line

Coral Princess Cruise Review by cruisininpa

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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.
 
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