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Coral Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Christy’s cruising adventure to Panama

Coral Princess Cruise Review by Kiliki63

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Mar 2019
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

The cruise on the Coral Princess from March 17- April 5 2019 was fabulous from the time we started the cruise! The crew, staff, and all aboard made you feel like part of their family! By the second day I think most of the crew knew me by name and called my parents mom and dad! We were greeted by name each nite going into the dining room by name and they arranged it so we didn’t have to call for reservations each morning! They knew we liked a certain waiter and table. My dad is the adventuresome person so he did all the different land tours and came back with many adventures, ( I am disabled and make the choice not to do them, even though a lot of people still do). Fuad Amal’s the people were so extremely friendly and the local market literally right off the ship is so very nice and clean! The local people welcome you by introducing themselves and welcoming you to their little shopping area! It was so pleasant! The Panama Canal, this was my 4th time through, is even more exciting, I really took the time to watch the mules, (five million dollars a piece) as they GUIDE NOT PULL the ship into the locks. Then watch as the ships go up up up!!! It’s really exciting to know you are expierencing a part of history! After the locks we anchored in Gatun Lake where the Coral Princess spent the night and around 11 am the next day we headed back out the canal to the Pacific side again! It was just as thrilling! Each stop we made was wonderful, three stops in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and we weren’t able to stop in Nicaugua due to high winds and seas, but that just gave us an extra sea day!! The sea days you can be busy with activities 24/7 or do nothing 24/7 and just relax and unwind! That is what makes cruising so wonderful, once you are onboard, it is up to you on how you want your vacation to be! Some people need the constant activity, others like me, love to relax, face a chair towards the ocean and be lucky enough to see the pod of over 15 whales, many turtles, flying fish, and many schools of dolphins! The ocean is filled with many wonders! The Coral Princess has a beautiful library and game room, cigar room, internet rooms, casino, laundry facilities, Movies under the Stars, and movies during the day while you tan, there are areas for children, and playrooms for kids and teens! You can eat eat and eat some more, the old cruise joke is you go on board as a passenger and leave as cargo, I sometimes believe it after the incedible pastries and desserts they have on board. They have a very nice menu in the dining room and they also offer you a choice to pay to have a better cut of a steak, lobster if that is what is sounding good to your appetite that night! Whatever your request I know from expience a Princess staff member will either take care of it or find someone who can do it for you. Visit Maria in Calypso store, she has a heart of gold! If you should run into Rafeal, Thomas ( both from Poland ) and Edwin from Bulgaria )some of the Head waiters from the dining rooms, they are the best!!!!!! Just their smiles and laughter will make you smile!!!!! Happy Cruising!! I was traveling with my parents and yes we will be cruising MANY more times with Princess!!!

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Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MD C219

The cabin was very nice and we had three adults in the room! Each of us had plenty of space for the 19 days for our clothes and the clothes we bought on board and the purchases we bought on in the countries we visited! The balcony did need some repair on the painting near the doorway but other then that if a light needed replacing it would be done within 1-2 hours!!!! Great room location!!!!!b

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Los Angeles

All we did here is come to board the ship since we live only about one hour away! The boarding process was very quick and the staff at the desks were so very friendly

Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

Very nice port and a really nice shopping right off the ship in a closed in building! There were dancers and musicians to entertain us! My dad went on an all day tour up into a lake area and had lunch and had a great tine

Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

The shopping directly RIGHT off the ship was wonderful with extremely friendly people! There were two places that I counted to get food or drinks and areas to sit down! Local people very friendly and NOT PUSHY

This was the first time the tour was offered and it is for people who want to see parts of Manzanillo and don't want to walk! It's 2hours long and the bus was nice, it did have air conditioning, and our tour guide was so very kind and with some of the small winding streets we went on to see some "fancy hotels" I was glad I wasn't driving the bus!!!!!

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