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We chose this cruise because we had heard great things about the Princess Cruise Line and Princess' Panama Canal Cruise. This was our first time on Princess Cruise Line and we were shocked and dismayed at the Coral Princess’ condition when we embarked at Ft. Lauderdale. Our stateroom had dirty windows leading to the balcony. The balcony had paint on the floor and chairs along with debris on the balcony floor. There was a drill bit under the vanity (this was dangerous with bare feet) and construction trash in one corner. The biggest problem was a half inch of water on the bathroom floor. We spoke to our Room Steward about the water and he immediately cleaned the water using towels and called technical services. About a half hour later, he told us the problem was fixed. We thanked him and considered the matter closed. We went to dinner and the show and returned to the stateroom around 10:00PM and found there was not only water in the bath, but that it had now spread to the carpet and was heading for our unpacked luggage. We moved the luggage and contacted Customer Relations, which took a while since they were very busy. The Night Customer Relations Manager came to the room, had someone come to vacuum the water and arranged for a plumber to repair the toilet. After the plumber visited (now about 1:00AM) the Night Customer Relations Manager said a valve was broken and there were no replacement parts on board the ship. We were stunned at this news since there were over 1000 of these toilets on the ship and no replacement parts. I asked about another cabin and he said there were no cabins available. He explained we could dry flush the toilet or use one of the public toilets on this ship and left. We were appalled at this response since we never had an experience like this on any of our previous cruises on other lines. We decided during the night to disembark at Cartagena and head back home. In the morning, we went to Customer Relations to see if they could help us arrange travel back home. This is when we met the daytime Customer Relations Manager. He asked why we wanted to leave the ship, we explained our situation, and his response was genuine surprise and he explained that what we had was not a “Princess Experience”. He asked if he could have a day to resolve our problem, this was fair and we agreed. His calm professionalism was evident during the day; he provided regular updates, provided us with a key to an empty stateroom in our area where we could use the toilet, and found another potential stateroom for us to use. By 5:00PM that evening Technical Services scavenged parts from an unused stateroom to use to fix our toilet. He also provided compensation for our inconvenience and dinner at one of the restaurants. He not only saved our cruise, he saved the relationship with Princess Cruises. Was there a bright spot on this cruise? Absolutely, the Crew was phenomenal. Despite dealing with a ship with many problems (we were not alone), we found the Captain and Crew terrific even though many of them were exhausted from dealing with a poorly serviced ship. Our Room Steward, Dinner Waiter, the Cruise Director and staff, and the Buffet staff were wonderful. We know we were not the only people with problems on this cruise from talking with other passengers. There were electrical problems throughout the ship, such as the movie under the stars screen not working until the last day at sea. When something did not work properly, it was described as being “dry docked”. We feel that Princess management should be ashamed of themselves for sending out a ship that was clearly not ready for passengers. The excursions were excellent. Princess did a good job of vetting their tour operators. The destination expert did a great job of discussing each port's history and highlights. The dinning experience was above average due to our Wait Staff. The entertainment was mostly individual entertainers backed by the ship's band. We were surprised that there were only two (2) real shows on a 15 day cruise. We had experienced a much higher percentage on other cruise lines. We found ourselves spending a lot of our evenings in the lounges due to the good entertainment there and the Cruise Director's and Staff's trivia shows. We had breakfast on our balcony one day and really enjoyed that. The window to the balcony was not cleaned until day 12 of the cruise and the balcony was never cleaned; however, once we could flush we had a great time on the remainder of the cruise. Because of the Captain and Crew we will give Princess Cruise Lines another try, but certainly not on a ship heading out of dry dock.

Coral Princess unprepared for passengers following ten (10) day dry dock

Coral Princess Cruise Review by GFL

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We chose this cruise because we had heard great things about the Princess Cruise Line and Princess' Panama Canal Cruise. This was our first time on Princess Cruise Line and we were shocked and dismayed at the Coral Princess’ condition when we embarked at Ft. Lauderdale.

Our stateroom had dirty windows leading to the balcony. The balcony had paint on the floor and chairs along with debris on the balcony floor. There was a drill bit under the vanity (this was dangerous with bare feet) and construction trash in one corner. The biggest problem was a half inch of water on the bathroom floor. We spoke to our Room Steward about the water and he immediately cleaned the water using towels and called technical services. About a half hour later, he told us the problem was fixed. We thanked him and considered the matter closed.

We went to dinner and the show and returned to the stateroom around 10:00PM and found there was not only water in the bath, but that it had now spread to the carpet and was heading for our unpacked luggage. We moved the luggage and contacted Customer Relations, which took a while since they were very busy. The Night Customer Relations Manager came to the room, had someone come to vacuum the water and arranged for a plumber to repair the toilet. After the plumber visited (now about 1:00AM) the Night Customer Relations Manager said a valve was broken and there were no replacement parts on board the ship. We were stunned at this news since there were over 1000 of these toilets on the ship and no replacement parts. I asked about another cabin and he said there were no cabins available. He explained we could dry flush the toilet or use one of the public toilets on this ship and left. We were appalled at this response since we never had an experience like this on any of our previous cruises on other lines.

We decided during the night to disembark at Cartagena and head back home. In the morning, we went to Customer Relations to see if they could help us arrange travel back home. This is when we met the daytime Customer Relations Manager. He asked why we wanted to leave the ship, we explained our situation, and his response was genuine surprise and he explained that what we had was not a “Princess Experience”. He asked if he could have a day to resolve our problem, this was fair and we agreed. His calm professionalism was evident during the day; he provided regular updates, provided us with a key to an empty stateroom in our area where we could use the toilet, and found another potential stateroom for us to use. By 5:00PM that evening Technical Services scavenged parts from an unused stateroom to use to fix our toilet. He also provided compensation for our inconvenience and dinner at one of the restaurants. He not only saved our cruise, he saved the relationship with Princess Cruises.

Was there a bright spot on this cruise? Absolutely, the Crew was phenomenal. Despite dealing with a ship with many problems (we were not alone), we found the Captain and Crew terrific even though many of them were exhausted from dealing with a poorly serviced ship. Our Room Steward, Dinner Waiter, the Cruise Director and staff, and the Buffet staff were wonderful.

We know we were not the only people with problems on this cruise from talking with other passengers. There were electrical problems throughout the ship, such as the movie under the stars screen not working until the last day at sea. When something did not work properly, it was described as being “dry docked”. We feel that Princess management should be ashamed of themselves for sending out a ship that was clearly not ready for passengers.

The excursions were excellent. Princess did a good job of vetting their tour operators. The destination expert did a great job of discussing each port's history and highlights. The dinning experience was above average due to our Wait Staff. The entertainment was mostly individual entertainers backed by the ship's band. We were surprised that there were only two (2) real shows on a 15 day cruise. We had experienced a much higher percentage on other cruise lines. We found ourselves spending a lot of our evenings in the lounges due to the good entertainment there and the Cruise Director's and Staff's trivia shows. We had breakfast on our balcony one day and really enjoyed that.

The window to the balcony was not cleaned until day 12 of the cruise and the balcony was never cleaned; however, once we could flush we had a great time on the remainder of the cruise. Because of the Captain and Crew we will give Princess Cruise Lines another try, but certainly not on a ship heading out of dry dock.
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Our stateroom had dirty windows leading to the balcony. The balcony had paint on the floor and chairs along with debris on the balcony floor. There was a drill bit under the vanity (this was dangerous with bare feet) and construction trash in one corner. The biggest problem was a half inch of water on the bathroom floor.

The window to the balcony was not cleaned until day 12 of the cruise and the balcony was never cleaned; however, once we could flush we had a great time on the remainder of the cruise.
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