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Coral Princess Cruise Review
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Coral Princess - Alaska

Coral Princess Cruise Review by SanDiegoSue

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  • Sail Date: Jun 2007
  • Destination: Alaska

We took a June 4, 2007 northbound Alaskan cruise on the Coral Princess, visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and College Fjords. Embarkation was nicely done, with no waits when we boarded at about 1 pm for a 4 pm sail-away. However, the ship was held up until 7 pm because a busload of 30+ people was late arriving. No problem; we met our Roll Call cruisemates at the Lido Bar and had a great time. The full day of cruising is a wonderful way to leisurely see the ship and decide what types of activities, if any, to join. My husband really enjoyed the photoshop elements classes; the instructor was quite good, he said. Formal night was not really very formal. Most men wore business suites and the women black cocktail dresses or other nice dresses. Frankly, we didn't think the Princess food was very good, so it didn't match the "formal" theme. The staff on the Princess were always cheerful and helpful. Well trained! Our minisuite on the Caribe deck was spacious, clean and comfortable (except for the bed). We loved our balcony and spent a fair amount of time out there, as the weather was quite nice. Ports were basically tourist shops, one after another. Ketchikan and Skagway are cute little towns, though. We enjoyed our flightseeing of Misty Fjords in Ketchikan (with Michelle of Island Wings), and the helicopter flight and dogsledding on Denver Glacier in Skagway. Princess did a remarkable job in Glacier Bay. The narration by the park ranger was outstanding and the captain is excellent at maneuvering the ship. College Fjords had more glaciers to see. We lucked out with weather. Some people were actually in the outdoor swimming pool in Glacier Bay. Food in the dining room (anytime dining) was only poor to fair. Seafood was generally overcooked and dry. The Beef Wellington was pretty good, however. The pizza on the Lido Deck is excellent. The string quartet was quite good, as was the singer in the Crooner's bar. Comedians were also good.

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