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Coral Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
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984 reviews
52 Awards

Perfect Combo of Cruising and Group Conference

Review for Coral Princess to the Panama Canal & Central America
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GalinAZ
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2015
Cabin: Interior
approaching the lake at the last Atlantic lock

I have only taken three cruises in the past though I've traveled extensively by air and auto. I went on this cruise alone (for privacy and paid the premium), and had a single inside stateroom, as part of a group of 30-40 people particpating in a conference.

The most noticeable feature of this cruise is that its like being in an assisted living home. The average age was well over 65 and you encounter people in wheelchairs, walkers and with oxygen tanks around every corner. Very few children and hardly any 20-40 year olds. That said, it was quiet by 9pm, not crowded, and I met some very interesting people with a wealth of life experience. Here's a recap.

1. Flew from home to Ft Lauderdale and stayed the night before at the Comfort Inn & suites near the port. Perfect choice, CVS Pharmacy next door was handy for last minute shampoo, bug spray and suntan lotion.

Cabin Review

Interior

Cabin IB

Loved the room since I had it all to myself! Plenty of space, I brought waaaaay too many clothes. Wake up service was wonderful since I didn't bring a watch. Steward was attentive and prompt. Plenty of room for getting ready, lots of convenient lighting. Suprised at the number of TV channels, handy for checking weather and overview of upcoming day. Would have been easy to share, though not with someone I'd just met.

Port Reviews

Grand Cayman (Georgetown)

good shopping here for wrapping up trip

Puerto Limon

too short a walk and not very far into the forest

Colon (Cristobal)

Excellent views of canal, lake and operation of the canal.

Cartagena (Colombia)

knowledgeable guide, plenty of opportunity to explore, comfortable transportation, shopping

Aruba

relaxing and great beach, no hawkers, no one walking around offering drinks

Aruba

not worth it, not maintained and surrounded by construction fence.

Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

I didn't do anything here, why pay someone to go around FL?

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