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The Coral Princess is small compared to the large mega ships. STATEROOM:The mini suites are narrow and have no amenities compared ot minis on RCCL, Costa, Cunard, etc. The cabins are very narrow including the bathroom and closet space, drawer space is pretty sparse. The cabin was not what we expected as far as size, decor, and overall appearance and utilitarian aspects. with the  two of us in the cabin, it was a tight fit. Luggage was stored, which we always do, but this would have been unbearable without it out of the cabin. So, cabin is nothing to get excited about. suites are not as large as on other ships but better than the mini. Separate tub and shower, walk in closet, wet bar is small and square footage was not the same value as on other ships but better for the longer voyages such as our 14 day. FOOD: The food is OK. BUFFET:The buffet is terrible and I mean awful -- dried out meats, small in size, no specialty items such as Chinese station, Mexican, or any other special item stuff, soup, salad and entree and basics nothing great. Buffet on Horizon Court is one that you visit once and never again. No ice carvings, tray to table services and it is very small and uncomfortable. Plus the food stunk in the buffet, so pass on the buffet. DINNING ROOM: Our service was excellent A+ The service made the dining room. We had Viorica from Romania serving us and she is without a doubt one of the  best ever. Request her if at all possible. The dining room food starts out bad but much better as time went on. The chef was German so we missed the Italian chefs. The food is OK to good, nothing too great. The dining room had a distinct odor as well, like mold. Could never in the 14 days put my finger on the smell, but it was present and my 80 year old grandmother could smell it, so it was there like it needed to be aired out. The linens and tableware are just "OK". the tables are missing the candle and the dining room is missing the ice sculptures and decor we used to see on Princess, but again the staff in the dining areas made up for the food and the lace of ambiance etc. No theme night except one with Italian food but no Mexican or Port of Call themed foods as you see on RCCL, Celebrity, Costa or Cunard, so it is just what it is. Overall the dining room lunch was a daily adventure when not in port because of the buffet's poor quality and was a "C"  for average. ALTERNATIVE DINNING: We frequented at lunch and dinner the Bayou Cafe. Service is great, $10 per head surcharge and a lot of fun. No one was in there but the salon staff and our table of 5 both nights we dined there and the food is good -- not to be compared to Oceanliners the Celebrity Constellation but good and different to see a Cajun change to jazz things up a bit. But nothing spectacular. ITALIAN ALTERNATIVE: Was mismanaged a bit as our reservation was made in the early AM and our table was not ready upon arrival. On the Coral, you may only book your alternative dining the same day so it is different from other lines we have sailed. The food was good in this restaurant but you can see I forgot the name so it was not excellent but good. SALON: Hair coloring, massage, and nails are all great. Good staff and lots of fun. Similar to most ships. EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION: We sailed through customs on our way out and  had no problems embarking, so fantastic A+. SHOWS: No shows except for a few music groups. The large production groups were canceled and we found out as a member of the cruise staff dined with us each night with their family so we had the inside scoop - the performers were  not "ready" so the performances were canceled. Entertainment was terrible really, as the only ting going on was the DJ with less than a handful of passengers. Island Night was awful with no steel band or island buffet or anything similar to other experiences on Princess, but we were told that they were budgeting and it it was noticeable, especially in the areas of food and beverage. Shows get a C- and themed parties C-. CAPTAINS PARTIES: We are Captain Circle members and the cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were plentiful but not much seating, so we bribed the attendants for chairs for those older passengers in our party. Great service though once again made up for the lack of seating in the public areas as the staff did their best to pull it together. Champagne waterfall was pretty bad as no place to stand except crowded in a huge mess and in formals. This is not the way to go and the champagne was terrible. But again the staff made up for the problems, etc. CASINO: We are Las Vegas types and the casino was great. Won money and they did not close it when we did great!! Not really big but Craps, Roulette, Black Jack, Poker and plenty of slots all paying here and there so lots of fun. AIR CONDITIONING: There is a huge problem with the air conditioning in the cabins and in the public areas. Crews attempted to fix it several times but to no avail, so bring your fans as if sailing through the Canal It gets hot and when trying to dress for formal night in the mini suite it is cramped and hot so it is uncomfortable. Overall, the staff is great, however we will not sail Princess as it is not the same line as yesterday.. it is not as exclusive as it once was and after 18 cruises all with Princess, RCCL, Costa, Cunard and Celebrity there are too many other ships to sail. But we had a great time.. I would definitely book early if going Princess or on a special as not to spend tons of money for this cruise is not worth it. Happy sailing!!!

Coral Princess - Central America/Panama Canal

Coral Princess Cruise Review by JIMMILLERLIVE1

Trip Details
The Coral Princess is small compared to the large mega ships.
STATEROOM:The mini suites are narrow and have no amenities compared ot minis on RCCL, Costa, Cunard, etc. The cabins are very narrow including the bathroom and closet space, drawer space is pretty sparse. The cabin was not what we expected as far as size, decor, and overall appearance and utilitarian aspects. with the  two of us in the cabin, it was a tight fit. Luggage was stored, which we always do, but this would have been unbearable without it out of the cabin. So, cabin is nothing to get excited about. suites are not as large as on other ships but better than the mini. Separate tub and shower, walk in closet, wet bar is small and square footage was not the same value as on other ships but better for the longer voyages such as our 14 day.
FOOD: The food is OK.
BUFFET:The buffet is terrible and I mean awful -- dried out meats, small in size, no specialty items such as Chinese station, Mexican, or any other special item stuff, soup, salad and entree and basics nothing great. Buffet on Horizon Court is one that you visit once and never again. No ice carvings, tray to table services and it is very small and uncomfortable. Plus the food stunk in the buffet, so pass on the buffet.
DINNING ROOM: Our service was excellent A+ The service made the dining room. We had Viorica from Romania serving us and she is without a doubt one of the  best ever. Request her if at all possible. The dining room food starts out bad but much better as time went on. The chef was German so we missed the Italian chefs. The food is OK to good, nothing too great. The dining room had a distinct odor as well, like mold. Could never in the 14 days put my finger on the smell, but it was present and my 80 year old grandmother could smell it, so it was there like it needed to be aired out. The linens and tableware are just "OK". the tables are missing the candle and the dining room is missing the ice sculptures and decor we used to see on Princess, but again the staff in the dining areas made up for the food and the lace of ambiance etc. No theme night except one with Italian food but no Mexican or Port of Call themed foods as you see on RCCL, Celebrity, Costa or Cunard, so it is just what it is. Overall the dining room lunch was a daily adventure when not in port because of the buffet's poor quality and was a "C"  for average.
ALTERNATIVE DINNING: We frequented at lunch and dinner the Bayou Cafe. Service is great, $10 per head surcharge and a lot of fun. No one was in there but the salon staff and our table of 5 both nights we dined there and the food is good -- not to be compared to Oceanliners the Celebrity Constellation but good and different to see a Cajun change to jazz things up a bit. But nothing spectacular.
ITALIAN ALTERNATIVE: Was mismanaged a bit as our reservation was made in the early AM and our table was not ready upon arrival. On the Coral, you may only book your alternative dining the same day so it is different from other lines we have sailed. The food was good in this restaurant but you can see I forgot the name so it was not excellent but good.
SALON: Hair coloring, massage, and nails are all great. Good staff and lots of fun. Similar to most ships.
EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION: We sailed through customs on our way out and  had no problems embarking, so fantastic A+.
SHOWS: No shows except for a few music groups. The large production groups were canceled and we found out as a member of the cruise staff dined with us each night with their family so we had the inside scoop - the performers were  not "ready" so the performances were canceled. Entertainment was terrible really, as the only ting going on was the DJ with less than a handful of passengers. Island Night was awful with no steel band or island buffet or anything similar to other experiences on Princess, but we were told that they were budgeting and it it was noticeable, especially in the areas of food and beverage. Shows get a C- and themed parties C-.
CAPTAINS PARTIES: We are Captain Circle members and the cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were plentiful but not much seating, so we bribed the attendants for chairs for those older passengers in our party. Great service though once again made up for the lack of seating in the public areas as the staff did their best to pull it together. Champagne waterfall was pretty bad as no place to stand except crowded in a huge mess and in formals. This is not the way to go and the champagne was terrible. But again the staff made up for the problems, etc.
CASINO: We are Las Vegas types and the casino was great. Won money and they did not close it when we did great!! Not really big but Craps, Roulette, Black Jack, Poker and plenty of slots all paying here and there so lots of fun.
AIR CONDITIONING: There is a huge problem with the air conditioning in the cabins and in the public areas. Crews attempted to fix it several times but to no avail, so bring your fans as if sailing through the Canal It gets hot and when trying to dress for formal night in the mini suite it is cramped and hot so it is uncomfortable.
Overall, the staff is great, however we will not sail Princess as it is not the same line as yesterday.. it is not as exclusive as it once was and after 18 cruises all with Princess, RCCL, Costa, Cunard and Celebrity there are too many other ships to sail. But we had a great time.. I would definitely book early if going Princess or on a special as not to spend tons of money for this cruise is not worth it.
Happy sailing!!!
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