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Coral Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Thanksgiving Panama Canal cruise

Coral Princess Cruise Review by gssjwt321

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2010
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

Generally, the ship and Princess compare very favorably to Celebrity. One thing that can be improved is the food. We ate in the Bordeaux dining room at "anytime dining." We enjoyed eating when we felt like it with different people most evenings. We met a lot more people that way and had different conversations each night. The lobster, shrimp and fish dinners were excellent. The beef was tough to us and to other couples we dined with. Some of the offerings did not sound appetizing. Also, the hot lunches in the Horizon buffet dining were not very tasty. We did not pay extra to eat in any of the specialty restaurants on board.

The ship left Port Everglades on Thanksgiving Day. We were able to get on the ship easily before noon even though we were told we couldn't board until 1PM. Getting on was quick and so was getting off. Very efficient. We were able to get off first because we took all our own bags off with us.

We took 4 shore excursions booked through Princess. We were happy we booked the Princess tour in Costa Rica because our bus got caught in a traffic jam and flood caused by 8 inches of rain! Our bus and 2 others were almost 2 hours late past sailing time and Princess held the ship for us because we booked through Princess. We had almost taken a private tour and were so glad we didn't!! The minute we were back on the ship, they sailed away.

We booked this cruise last minute on Monday and left port on Thursday. Saved a lot of money and were upgraded 2 classes. We had the last cabin at the back of the Coral Princess on the Aloha deck. It was very quiet and comfortable. We had to walk a long way to the restaurants at the front of the ship but it helped us burn off some calories and get some exercise.

The shows and entertainment in the Princess Theater were very nice.


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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BD A722

Aloha 722 Last cabin at back of ship. Long walk to all the restaurants. No room for a sofa in the cabin and there was 1 desk chair and one small uncomfortable chair. We had sofas on both Celebrity ships in the past. Balcony small but OK. Tiny shower in bathroom. Big closet.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Ocho Rios

We took the shore excursion to White River. It was not interesting and then they took us to a store and hovered over us and tried to get us to buy expensive coffee and souvenirs. They did not let us go in the other stores. We should have done the Duns River Falls because everyone that went there enjoyed it.


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