1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Coral Princess
On our 9th cruise with Princess, we were very happy with our Panama Canal transit. While the cruise does take several days to get to the canal and stops in some very questionable ports along the way, it all ends up being worth it as the transit is a "bucket List" experience. The Coral Princess is an older ship, but the size is good for this crowd - older retirees with plenty of time on their hands. We never felt cramped or crowded except for the transit day when everyone wanted to have spot on the top decks on the front of the ship. The service on this ship is excellent both in the cabins and in the public spaces. Servers were always prompt and courteous. The venues were of sufficient size so we did not have to arrive and hour early to get a seat. The food was above average in quality and presented very well. Some nights in the MDR were long, but that was usually because our table mates ordered multiple appetizers and they were served one at a time (multiple main courses were served at the same time). The highlight of the ship was the entertainment. We were most pleased with Ryan Ahern (pianist), Mark Eddie (musician and comedian), and comedian Keith Bender. The other featured entertainers were also well above average. The biggest let sown were the Princess singers and dancers. They only performed 3 times, but none was great. The theater house band was la great 7 piece group that could and did play each night with a different performance. In summary, we were completely satisfied with the cruise as it met our expectations at a reasonable price.

Panama Canal is worth the trip

Coral Princess Cruise Review by 7960Ken

1 person found this helpful
Trip Details
On our 9th cruise with Princess, we were very happy with our Panama Canal transit. While the cruise does take several days to get to the canal and stops in some very questionable ports along the way, it all ends up being worth it as the transit is a "bucket List" experience.

The Coral Princess is an older ship, but the size is good for this crowd - older retirees with plenty of time on their hands. We never felt cramped or crowded except for the transit day when everyone wanted to have spot on the top decks on the front of the ship.

The service on this ship is excellent both in the cabins and in the public spaces. Servers were always prompt and courteous. The venues were of sufficient size so we did not have to arrive and hour early to get a seat.

The food was above average in quality and presented very well. Some nights in the MDR were long, but that was usually because our table mates ordered multiple appetizers and they were served one at a time (multiple main courses were served at the same time).

The highlight of the ship was the entertainment. We were most pleased with Ryan Ahern (pianist), Mark Eddie (musician and comedian), and comedian Keith Bender. The other featured entertainers were also well above average. The biggest let sown were the Princess singers and dancers. They only performed 3 times, but none was great. The theater house band was la great 7 piece group that could and did play each night with a different performance.

In summary, we were completely satisfied with the cruise as it met our expectations at a reasonable price.
7960Ken’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Coral Princess price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB
As expected, a good size room with plenty of storage for a 16 day cruise. The bathroom is not large, but okay for 2 people. The only complaint is the shower curtain that tries to stick to you while you shower. It should either be replaced with a door, or use a curved track that keeps it off you during your shower.
Aloha Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews