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The overall cruise was great. This was our 7th cruise (5 with Princess and 2 with Celebrity). My wife and I feel the food on Princess is considerably better than on Celebrity. The Coral Princess ship is one of the smaller ships which was built specifically to go through the canal and as such there are a few disadvantages over the larger ships. We found that by selecting a dining time we were able to walk right in to our table while the "anytime diners" had to suffer long lines particularly for the early dining hours. Because of the smaller ship and dining facilities we were put in a 8 place table setting even though we requested a 2 place. The other drawback is you need to get to the show about a half a hour early in order to get a good seat. The shows however were well worth it. Even though these points might be considered inconvenient by some people the overall experience of the smaller ship is a great one. All of the staff working on the ship were excellent with one exception. The lady that worked the future booking, I believe her name was Bernadette, was a bit snippy and didn't want to devote much time to your questions. Oh well, you always get people like that no matter where you are. Nevertheless, everyone else was friendly and excellent to cruise with. We particularly liked our room attendant (Ray) and Christian and Roldolfo in the dining areas were excellent as well. We liked the fact that twice a day there were happy hour prices in the bars as opposed to Celebrity that had none. The showers are small, but understandable considerably the limited space. We also liked the fact that on this cruise the people weren't always bugging us to purchase meals at the specialty restaurants, the spay treatments, etc. This too was unlike Celebrity that pestered us all the time. If you have experienced a full transit through the Panama Canal we would certainly recommend it. It is essentially a once in a lifetime experience. We found the food to be superb and with lots of variety both in the restaurants as well as the Horizon buffet. A few tips that I would like to share with you: 1) Take along one of the Yeli travel mugs to fill with coffee, water or whatever your drink you'd like. No spilling, the keep the temperature of your drink and they are certainly much larger than the ship board cups and glasses. 2) A few layers of kitchen plastic wrap is great to seal your liquids from leaking on the airlines. Simply cut a piece and fold it over several times and place it over the mouth of the bottle then screw the lid on. Then it doesn't leak in the non-pressurized compartments on the plane. 3) We saw some of the people traveling with others would hang a tiny white board on their door for their companions to write a message on which provides a convenient to tell the others where you will be. I'm not sure you can buy these, but I am guessing if you do a search on the internet you can find them.

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Coral Princess Cruise Review by Bwana Tom

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The overall cruise was great. This was our 7th cruise (5 with Princess and 2 with Celebrity). My wife and I feel the food on Princess is considerably better than on Celebrity. The Coral Princess ship is one of the smaller ships which was built specifically to go through the canal and as such there are a few disadvantages over the larger ships. We found that by selecting a dining time we were able to walk right in to our table while the "anytime diners" had to suffer long lines particularly for the early dining hours. Because of the smaller ship and dining facilities we were put in a 8 place table setting even though we requested a 2 place. The other drawback is you need to get to the show about a half a hour early in order to get a good seat. The shows however were well worth it. Even though these points might be considered inconvenient by some people the overall experience of the smaller ship is a great one. All of the staff working on the ship were excellent with one exception. The lady that worked the future booking, I believe her name was Bernadette, was a bit snippy and didn't want to devote much time to your questions. Oh well, you always get people like that no matter where you are. Nevertheless, everyone else was friendly and excellent to cruise with. We particularly liked our room attendant (Ray) and Christian and Roldolfo in the dining areas were excellent as well.

We liked the fact that twice a day there were happy hour prices in the bars as opposed to Celebrity that had none. The showers are small, but understandable considerably the limited space. We also liked the fact that on this cruise the people weren't always bugging us to purchase meals at the specialty restaurants, the spay treatments, etc. This too was unlike Celebrity that pestered us all the time.

If you have experienced a full transit through the Panama Canal we would certainly recommend it. It is essentially a once in a lifetime experience.

We found the food to be superb and with lots of variety both in the restaurants as well as the Horizon buffet.

A few tips that I would like to share with you:

1) Take along one of the Yeli travel mugs to fill with coffee, water or whatever your drink you'd like. No spilling, the keep the temperature of your drink and they are certainly much larger than the ship board cups and glasses.

2) A few layers of kitchen plastic wrap is great to seal your liquids from leaking on the airlines. Simply cut a piece and fold it over several times and place it over the mouth of the bottle then screw the lid on. Then it doesn't leak in the non-pressurized compartments on the plane.

3) We saw some of the people traveling with others would hang a tiny white board on their door for their companions to write a message on which provides a convenient to tell the others where you will be. I'm not sure you can buy these, but I am guessing if you do a search on the internet you can find them.
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Some previous passengers have complaint\ed about the condition of the ship and the rooms. We found both to be in excellent condition. I don't think those people understand what it is like for a ship to be at sea constantly and how hard that is on a vessel, or maybe they just complain about everything in general. The room and accommodations were excellent. It would have nice to have a little larger shower, but the ship was small and you have to make concessions in that case.
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