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This was our 12th cruise with Princess and very disappointing. Why ? well a principle reason for cruising is the dining and can only give the food on the Coral as "poor" it was over salted, over cooked and unappetising. We tried the "Anytime Dining" and as an example probably the best meal was the last - New York Strip only that after the 1st course the waiters disappeared (for the Baked Alaska parade0 and the "applause for the Chefs - meanwhile we were looking at empty tables and had to wait some 25 minutes for the main courses to arrive. Buffet in the Horizon was limited, apart from the omelettes at breakfast resulted in having corn flakes with fruit - hardly top notch dining ! There were banana's at the buffet that after 5 days or so were "black" and they stayed on display for the whole cruise. Poor ! especially when we docked in Puerto Rico - the banana capital of the world - surely someone could have nipped ashore and bought a box of bananas! The only saving grace were the ships staff, from steward(ess) to bar/entertainment who were all magnificent. Cabin kept spotless. 5 ports in 15 days - and early departures. Aruba at 12.30 and last tender at San Juan at 3.30 - then had to wait till 7.00 pm before ship departed ! a more reasonable 5.00 last tender would have been reasonable (or saving $$ on fuel !) Princess seem to be "cutting back" on many small items, eg end dates on coffee cards, have to ask for shower cap from steward, no longer provide shower gel, conditioner, lotion in Spa containers - the big bottle dispenser shower gel is terrible - sourced from Poundland ? Shore Excursions - took 2, Cartagena and Costa Rica - the "scenic train and boat ride" at $100 pp expensive and train not very scenic - back yards of razor wire infested slums. Overall disappointed - ums up by fact wife lost 6lbs 1 not very good advert ! Come back new - yes indeed

Disappointing to say the least

Coral Princess Cruise Review by silvertreveller

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This was our 12th cruise with Princess and very disappointing. Why ? well a principle reason for cruising is the dining and can only give the food on the Coral as "poor" it was over salted, over cooked and unappetising. We tried the "Anytime Dining" and as an example probably the best meal was the last - New York Strip only that after the 1st course the waiters disappeared (for the Baked Alaska parade0 and the "applause for the Chefs - meanwhile we were looking at empty tables and had to wait some 25 minutes for the main courses to arrive.

Buffet in the Horizon was limited, apart from the omelettes at breakfast resulted in having corn flakes with fruit - hardly top notch dining ! There were banana's at the buffet that after 5 days or so were "black" and they stayed on display for the whole cruise. Poor ! especially when we docked in Puerto Rico - the banana capital of the world - surely someone could have nipped ashore and bought a box of bananas!

The only saving grace were the ships staff, from steward(ess) to bar/entertainment who were all magnificent. Cabin kept spotless.

5 ports in 15 days - and early departures. Aruba at 12.30 and last tender at San Juan at 3.30 - then had to wait till 7.00 pm before ship departed ! a more reasonable 5.00 last tender would have been reasonable (or saving $$ on fuel !)

Princess seem to be "cutting back" on many small items, eg end dates on coffee cards, have to ask for shower cap from steward, no longer provide shower gel, conditioner, lotion in Spa containers - the big bottle dispenser shower gel is terrible - sourced from Poundland ?

Shore Excursions - took 2, Cartagena and Costa Rica - the "scenic train and boat ride" at $100 pp expensive and train not very scenic - back yards of razor wire infested slums.

Overall disappointed - ums up by fact wife lost 6lbs 1 not very good advert ! Come back new - yes indeed
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