Right from the start our cruise got off to a wonderful start: The new Brisbane Cruise Terminal works well as the whole process from arrival to being on board having a delicious lunch in the dining room only took 30 minutes. The ship is in impressive condition given that it is 20 years old. The decore was very much to our liking. It is an elegant ship with staff keeping it in sparkling condition. Every staff member we interacted with was helpful and as happy as us to be finally back cruising.
Our cabin was a fully obstructed ocean view cabin that we found very comfortable (especially the bed) and (surprise) a water view even if it was over a lifeboat. We had no complaints. The room steward was friendly, efficient and kept our cabin spotless. We ate in the dining room most nights for dinner and occasionally for breakfast; other meals were taken in the buffet. We tried to book one of the speciality restaurants at the last minute on two occasions but they were booked out both times - best to book early if you don't want to miss out. No meal was a disappointment and some dishes were outstanding. We found plenty of variety in the buffet and the small plates on offer were a great idea. W e love a good coffee and the Coral Princess did not disappoint - a big cup at the International Cafe (really a mug size) cost $4.50 which we were happy with. Unfortunately the takeaway coffee for the same price was way too small. We were happy to do our own thing on board - reading, watching a movie, playing table had tennis or shooting baskets rather than attending organised events. We only went to one evening show and enjoyed it. Our cruise had 3 ports of call: Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas. We had been to all three before. We went ashore at Cairns and Port Douglas and enjoyed a delicious lunch of wild barramundi on both occasions rather than go on any excursions. At the end of the cruise we elected to walk off with our luggage after a very leisurely breakfast in the dining room. We wore a mask on board but it did not concern us. Would we repeat the cruise? Absolutely.