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Sail Date: April 2018
We picked this cruise as the dates were close to our special anniversary and we decided it would be interesting to experience the new Panama Canal Locks as well as taking an excursion through the old locks. During our cruise, we were ... Read More
We picked this cruise as the dates were close to our special anniversary and we decided it would be interesting to experience the new Panama Canal Locks as well as taking an excursion through the old locks. During our cruise, we were blessed with fairly good weather, some partly cloudy days, a shower or two, and the temperatures were warm, but not as hot and overly humid as we had expected. Because it was a 10-day cruise, there were not many children onboard and the the majority of passengers seemed to be retirement age and older. The port stops included Falmouth, Jamaica, Cartagena, Columbia, the Panama Canal, Limon, Costa Rica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman. As we had been to Jamaica twice on past cruises, we opted to just stay within the port complex in Falmouth, including a visit to Margaritaville and a few of the shops where we purchased some souvenirs. Because some of the port visits were limited in time, we choose Princess Excursions on this trip. Our visit in Cartagena, Columbia was quite early in the day, which was probably for the best as it was already starting to get a bit warm and sticky when we finished our tour and returned to the ship. Our Panama Canal experience was as expected, the highlight of the trip. The one negative during the ship's entering the locks was the narrator. She did not seem to be very well prepared in her presentation and did not hold our interest. The small boat excursion through the old locks was a full-day, and included a rather long bus ride both ways, but we felt it was definitely worth doing.. In Limon, Costa Rica we took an excursion on the pontoon boat through the Tortuguero Canal to see the various wildlife living along the waterway. We were fortunate to spot several monkeys, sloths, lizards. exotic birds and a crocodile. The stop in Grand Cayman was a return visit for us. Since it had been 20 years when we were last there, we noticed a lot of building had taken place. Our excursion included a visit to Seven Mile Beach, which certainly looked different with more resorts along the beach than we recalled The ship was overall in good condition, however, some areas did appear to need some updating. The bed was one of the most comfortable we've had on our previous cruises. Our cabin steward was very friendly and attentive, as were most of the staff and crew members we encountered. Meals, which of course, are subjective, were for the most part, quite good. There were some items that seemed a little off, both in the buffet and pizza venue. Our dinner in Crown Grill and the Ultimate Balcony Dinner we treated ourselves to were outstanding. We also ate in Planks, and the food was tasty, but certainly not the very best barbecue-type food we have had. We did not have a chance to try Planks this time. Overall, the entertainment was good. We particularly enjoyed the Bravo production show and the entertainer, Tom Franek, whose talent with the piano was outstanding. The activities in the Piazza and on deck were fun and we really enjoyed people watching at both venues. One of our favorite spots on the ship was the International Cafe, which we visited quite often for coffee and bite to eat. Unfortunately, there were 3 medical emergencies onboard and those folks had to be taken off the ship. Only one of these emergencies set us back a couple of hours, but we never missed a port. The propulsion problem that is talked about all the time on the Caribbean Princess was really a non-issue as far as we were concerned, and the captain made his best effort to keep us on schedule and kept us informed of any changes that were necessary We enjoyed this cruise and met some wonderful people onboard. We would recommend the Caribbean Princess to anyone considering a cruise on this ship. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We took this cruise because it was on her bucket list, also to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. You won’t be disappointed. Everyone on the ship very friendly. Food was just mediocre not much of variety. What is the price with ... Read More
We took this cruise because it was on her bucket list, also to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. You won’t be disappointed. Everyone on the ship very friendly. Food was just mediocre not much of variety. What is the price with the food not normal for a princess. Overall everything was great. Embarkation and disemabarkation went smoothly. The ship is smaller than and older, heard that it was going into dry dock in January. There was a great variety of shore excursions. Something for everyone. Cabin was great, was upgraded to club class. The bed was very uncomfortable, was nothing like what was discribed on the website. The pillows way too soft. We asked for abit firmer pillows but, they said they didn’t have firm ones on the ship anymore. Guess we will have to pack our own. Overall I recommend that EVERYONE should experience panama canal at least once. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We had a great time. Embarkation was smooth. Even though the ship was full it never seemed crowded. We had the last port side balcony on the 8th deck. We were able to see not only out to the side but also to the back. This was great when ... Read More
We had a great time. Embarkation was smooth. Even though the ship was full it never seemed crowded. We had the last port side balcony on the 8th deck. We were able to see not only out to the side but also to the back. This was great when going through the canal. We were even able to reach out and touch the side wall of the Panama Canal in one of the locks. The main anytime dining room was good but we only ate there 3 out of 15 days. The Horizon Buffet had more choices and excellent food. We were very impressed with the Ramon Noodle bar where you picked your own ingredients. They cooked it and brought it out to your table. They did this on 2 different nights. They also did an excellent Mongolian BBQ bar the same way twice. They always got your drinks for you. Each table in the buffet at night had a place-mat, water goblet and your wrapped silverware in place. When you ordered an omelet for breakfast they brought it to your table instead of having to stand there and wait for them to cook it. The entertainment was excellent. The service from the staff was exceptional at all times. Was the cruise perfect? No, but we were impressed. The ship was well thought out. They had a card room where you could go to play games instead of having to find a table at the buffet or some other place to play. The Library was big. All the ports were secondary to going through the canal. We took the train when we anchored in Panama City. It was great. The tenders returning to the ship were slow. We stood over one hour to get back to the ship. Would we do it again? YES. Would we go on the Coral Princess again? Yes. Will we cruise with Princess in the future? Yes. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this particular cruise, as it was a full Panama Canal Transit. This had been on my husband's Bucket List for many years now and when he retired and we had unlimited "vacation time", I booked it immediately The Coral ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise, as it was a full Panama Canal Transit. This had been on my husband's Bucket List for many years now and when he retired and we had unlimited "vacation time", I booked it immediately The Coral Princess is a pretty ship, smaller in size and has everything one needs. I will admit it is looking a bit worn, but kept immaculately clean. The public areas were decorated very nicely and all the seating was very comfortable. Be sure if you want to attend an event or one of the larger production shows, you get into the venue 45-60 min before show time. Usually there are things going on prior to the event in the same venue and a lot of people just stay. Getting a table in the Card Room was difficult at times, but we managed to ask people that were "saving" multiple tables to give one of them up. Many of the tables lift sides were in sad condition and one had to "work" on them to get them to stay up in place. One thing I did notice, is that our mini-suite balcony had quite a bit of rust on the metal parts of the ship and the patio furniture desperately needed to be replaced, It was usable but stained and faded. Plus I hated those plastic tiles that are laid down on the decking, like walking on Lego's! The banister railing had been recently varnished. The inside of our cabin was nice and very clean. Thanks Boylin, for taking good care of us! Some of the minor enhancements that could be looked at are, replacing or re-stretching the carpet, updating the old pictures, retiling the bathrooms. All of the previous items are cosmetic and did not effect my cruise. My biggest complaint was those small TV's with such limited programing to watch!! I know I am not on a cruise to watch TV, but I am a night owl and like to do so after the evening events have wound down!! I guess I was totally spoiled on the Royal Princess that have 50" TVs with On Demand programming!! Oh, the beds are to die for!! No, none, nada, complaints there!! The food and service was really good. In the main dining rooms it was a bit slow, as it seems like they had several new crew and the main waiter and helpers were getting to know each other? The food in Horizon Court was fabulous. I have never had such great tasting breads, meats, and gravies. Not to mention the absolutely fabulous desserts at least 8-10 to choose from, plus the most delicious tasting cookies ever! Try the Peanut Butter they are to die for!! Say hi to Carlos for me! We were on first name basis. Over all the cruise was wonderful. We met so many awesome people, several of which we will keep in contact with! If you are thinking of this itineray, do it! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Always wanted to see the Panama Canal. Everything from the embarkation to the disembarkation was excellent. Food and entertainment were great. Cruise director staff were very friendly and professional staff. Excursions were great except ... Read More
Always wanted to see the Panama Canal. Everything from the embarkation to the disembarkation was excellent. Food and entertainment were great. Cruise director staff were very friendly and professional staff. Excursions were great except for Cartenaga Columbia. Informed excursion staff onboard the ship and they took care of our concerns promptly. Took the shuttle bus to the ft Lauderdale port walked through the terminal and went on to the ship right away. Never even sat down to wait . Our room was great and ready for us to go to right away. All of our meals were Great. Played trivia and game shows pretty much every day. All were great. Our waiter Jesse and junior waitor Shankar were excellent. Always made sure we were taken care of. Disembarking in Vancouver was great considering there were 3 ships in port at same time all getting off. One hour after meeting in our meeting place we on our way home. Would sail with Princess Cruises any time. Never had a problem with them ever. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
I have checked a major item off my bucket list. The Coral Princess is not a large ship but was big enough to accommodate all of our needs. The mini-suite we had was big enough to meet our needs. There are 2 TVs in case there's ever a ... Read More
I have checked a major item off my bucket list. The Coral Princess is not a large ship but was big enough to accommodate all of our needs. The mini-suite we had was big enough to meet our needs. There are 2 TVs in case there's ever a conflict on what to watch. We had any time dining and always the option to go very informal and visit the Horizon Court for full meals or snacks. The promenade deck was a great for walking or jogging but the wind can be a problem at times. You could also venture to the upper decks for walking as well. The ports of call were all as described and made for some interesting sightseeing excursions. We expected some rain as it was nearing the end of the dry season there but only experienced rain one afternoon and for that we were already on our bus ready to return to the ship. A pleasant surprise for me was the Internet Plan was unlimited for the entire cruise with no restriction on the amount of data you could download. The cruise was mostly populated with seniors with only 2 young boys which made it a very quiet cruise Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
New destinations were the best part, through the panama and all the stops. The ship was very smooth. Most of the outside entertainment was superb. The food was so bad, and the deserts looked wonderful, and most often tasted like ... Read More
New destinations were the best part, through the panama and all the stops. The ship was very smooth. Most of the outside entertainment was superb. The food was so bad, and the deserts looked wonderful, and most often tasted like rubber. Even the chocolate was altered, (maybe brown food dye?) Every meat entree was too tough to chew. The spinach pie was paper and no cheese, ? STINGY ON ALL CHEESE. Encourage waste. We reported it and it did not improve. Orange juice stated out GREAT then when they put it on the PAY FOR IT, it got very watered down. Then you could not get a grapefruit without begging. We were locked out of the room many times. The entire lock had to be replaced. The tv was governed too low, except for the commercials. Toilet and water was not working one night. My note on door to not knock was ignored. At the wonderful sound of the strings, they were interrupted by commercial on the ship to buy lottery tickets, as preempted every theater show. (very tacky) Sheer chaos ensued at every stop to disembark. One elevator would not stop on floor 9,...??? Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
This was my fourth cruise with NCL. I was looking for a longer trip, and the 18-day itinerary had a good variety of places I wanted to visit, including the ports of Seattle and San Francisco where I had family to visit, Costa Rica and ... Read More
This was my fourth cruise with NCL. I was looking for a longer trip, and the 18-day itinerary had a good variety of places I wanted to visit, including the ports of Seattle and San Francisco where I had family to visit, Costa Rica and Acapulco which were on my bucket list, and familiar old haunts like Miami and Port Canaveral. The day we spent going through the Panama Canal was both educational and interesting. We covered a lot of territory with delightful days at sea full of fun and exciting entertainment and delicious food. We booked shore excursions with NCL and had very positive experiences. The NCL Sun is in ship shape, and immaculately clean. The staff, with very few exceptions, is friendly to a fault. They really do feel like family, my home away from home. A highlight of sea days was meeting with the Knitters and Stitchers and making new friends with some lovely ladies that are sure to be lifelong friends. I've already booked my next cruise, to Hawaii, for 2019. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars, is because there was such a long delay embarking. That was the first and hopefully last time that will happen. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
Chance to see the Panama Canal on a cruise with several interesting stops. The food was excellent if a little repetitious at times. The entertainment was first class in the theater and in the bars. Colibri gave older people a chance ... Read More
Chance to see the Panama Canal on a cruise with several interesting stops. The food was excellent if a little repetitious at times. The entertainment was first class in the theater and in the bars. Colibri gave older people a chance to dance to their favorites. Katerina related to her audience so well. We upgraded to a balcony cabin and were glad we did so, it was kept spotless every day. The Panama Canal transit was great and so interesting. We were disappointed with our two excursions. The boat trip and divers in Acapulco was mostly looking at houses with just a few minutes watching the divers from a great distance. We saw only 3 divers. The boat was uncomfortable. The canoe trip through the mangrove swamp was extremely uncomfortable and we didn't see any wildlife as we had expected. Embarkation was total chaos. We were put in a large room and given numbers and told to wait. After the numbers ran out, people just walked past all of us and went straight on to the ship. There was no supervision or direction in the room. We could not find any personnel to deal with this problem. Debarkation was not much better. The ticket colors were supposed to help us arrive at the airport in time but all the colors were mixed up in the line. We waited a very long time to get on a bus. We arrived at the airport one hour before the flight and friends arrived 5 hours before their flight. Again there were not enough people to organize this. Overall we had a good cruise and will definitely sail with Norwegian again. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
This cruse started in Seattle where we lived for many years. Its a fun city to explore if you have never been. I recommend you spend at least 2 days min. I've cruised with Norwegian 4 times now. The first three were lots of fun and ... Read More
This cruse started in Seattle where we lived for many years. Its a fun city to explore if you have never been. I recommend you spend at least 2 days min. I've cruised with Norwegian 4 times now. The first three were lots of fun and well thought out by staff. This 4th cruse was not good from start to finish. Embarkation was about 2 hours late and the whole ship was checked into the terminal before boarding began. Disembarkation was late as well, times to leave the ship were delayed and the baggage claim was a total mess. After about 45 minutes searching for our bags we found them in a back room at the terminal with about 100 other pieces of luggage. With all the delays, we missed our shuttle to the airport. After waiting about an hour and a half at the terminal the shuttle company send a extra bus to collect about 12 of us. Once we got on the ship we realized,This ship was not ready to go. We were missing extras we paid in advanced of the cruse. There we no up to date records aboard the ship to confirm what we had paid for, and our printed itinerary's were not accepted as proof. Problems we experienced during the cruse. - The concierge app did not work first few days. -Gym had no staff and most equipment did nor work right. -Paid upgraded dinning was serving cold food, and all food came at random times. -Service was terrible at bars and pool area. Where was the staff? -We were competing with boat staff for seating while dinning and music selection at late night entertainment. I have never seen this before. -Tours were a joke. Example, captains choice snorkeling in Mexico, water was filthy, could see nothing and food was not presented. My wife would not even get into water. -The hop off and on bus tours were oversold. If you goy off, you could not get back on. We were told this is a training ship by the staff. If true, we should be aware of this when booking. This cruse should not be charging gratuities at full rate. Read Less

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