Christmas 2009 through the Panama Canal: Coral Princess Cruise Review by Pam Longhurst

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Pam Longhurst

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Christmas 2009 through the Panama Canal

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This was our fifth Princess cruise and we have never cruised with anyone else. All our friends in the USA think they are the best. However this one we felt a little disappointed.

As always the ship was spotlessly clean.However we believe that the choice of food in the evening in our dining room had been drastically reduced and the service on our table on some evenings was truly diabolical. On many occasions we had to ask for refills of our drinks and on one night it took 90minutes before our first course arrived. In contrast the service in the Horizon Court was as good if not better than ever. Friendly cheerful staff greeted us at any time of day or night and tables were cleared efficiently without interruption or fuss. They were attentive and shared conversation with us whilst doing a superb job. The entertainment was ok but we loved Billy and Collette.The WAKE SHOW should be bottled and shipped to the world media. A real tonic and great start to every day.

As always More there was so much to do but the Panama transit and Cabo San Lucas were our favourites. Excitement broke out on the ship as we cruised away from Acapulco when many dolphins followed us but this was exceeded by the whales as we left Cabo. How priviliged we were to see such beautiful creatures especially as we never expected to see them. Christmas and New year celebrations were good but were better in 2005 and 2007 on the Sea Princess. Maybe because the guests on the Coral were mainly from Mexico and the USA whereas the Caribbean roundtrips attract younger people with families from England. Less

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Cabin review: c425

Ideal as it was further out being in the middle of the ship. We were with our friends next to us so opened up our balcony door in order to have cocktails together on sailaways. Very relaxing. Shower room seemed smaller than on any of our other ships.

Port and Shore Excursions

The divers were incredible but the rest of our trip to see the highlights of Acapulco was a nightmare! we were in traffic on the coast road for nearly 4hours looking at shops and hotels. During this time we travelled less than 20 miles there and back.

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Been to Aruba before and it was stunning. However we arrived on Christmas day and most shops were closed. Disappointed but not Princess's fault

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What a beautiful and relaxing harbour. Six of us wondered around for 4hrs, shopping, passing time bargaining for presents and searching for big sombreros. One of the highlights of the cruise and would go back tomorrow.

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