We have been on several Canal Cruises around the holidays before and once we had sailed on the Coral Princes which been beautifully and traditionally decorated for the Christmas Season, lots of Red and Green. Have made a couple of others in more recent years only to be disappointed either no decorations or more modern decorations in Silver and Gold that just looked more like a department store. The Coral was simply a beautiful site that we enjoyed totally.
The food in the dining room was simply beyond Good more on the Terrific scale. The beef was beyond anything I have had in recent years anywhere. Prime Rib prepared to perfection and tender beyond belief. A night or two later we had Roast Beef which was also prepared exactly to the Med. Rare request we had made and the meat was so tender I didn't need my knife, I cut it with my fork. I don't ever recall Roast Beef being that tender. A couple nights later we had Chateaubriand which I can only say was even better than the other two servings of Beef. Each night the food was really wonderful to our taste.
The staff that represented the Princess Cruise Line was friendly and responded very quickly to any request. This includes the staff on the Lido Deck as we entered there were hostess greeting us who always carried a big smile and offered kind words. The Dining Room Staff were also most friendly offering their recommendations each evening as we arrived for dinner. They immediately set about their task of providing our request from the menu. Couldn't have been more attentive.
My only complaint about the Dining Menu was the Parmesan cheese basket has been discontinued for the Fettuccine Alfredo. That has long been one of our favorites. Even though, we managed to eat the Alfredo Appetizer 9 out of 10 nights, but would have been better with the Baskets. The Room Stewardess we had was one of the hardest working we have ever had on any cruise line and I think there was only one occasion when we attempted to enter our room and she hadn't completed all her work and moved on and that was our fault for returning to collect a forgotten item.
The entertainment was all very good and we enjoyed it greatly. As for the ports and excursions. We've been to most ports in the Caribbean several times and taken excursions in most of them so that is of little concern to us. We enjoy the cruising aspect and meeting and talking with new Friends. Mealtimes are great times to meet new folks and exchange ideas....
The cabin itself was most comfortable and the upgrade in the beds were immediately noticeable. The most comfortable cruise ship bed we can recall. Now if you could just add a couple square feet to the shower, that would be most helpful. I dropped the soap in the shower and being 6'3" I had to turnoff the shower and get out of the shower stall in order to bend over and retrieve the soap then get back in close the curtain and begin all over again. Some of the folks I saw on the ship I could only imagine how they ever made their way into the shower. Everything else within the cabin was more than adequate. We managed to stay busy to the point the only time we were in the room was to get ready to go out or get ready to get into the most comfortable bed since home.