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Nice relaxing way to Hawaii. 10 sea days, may not be for everyone, but very relaxing. Just fantastic enrichment activities with Lecturer Sharon, on the volcanic, flora, whales, etc. Tiki Dave and his wife were amazing. played and Ukelele ... Read More
Nice relaxing way to Hawaii. 10 sea days, may not be for everyone, but very relaxing. Just fantastic enrichment activities with Lecturer Sharon, on the volcanic, flora, whales, etc. Tiki Dave and his wife were amazing. played and Ukelele classes (ship has some , but may need to bring one. his wife did Hula lessons and Lei making. Final night, an incredible Uk and Hula show from fellow cruisers. Dave lectured on each island, very informative for those who have not attended. 2 lobster dinners for 2 of the 3 formal nights. We preferred 5:15 dining, but our group wanted 7:30, so a bit later than normal. had NFL sports on the big screen and in the room on ESPN. News channels were MSNBC, CNBC, and Fox. lots of moves on room tv, day after they were shown on big screen. Entertainers were excellent. Ventriloquist, comedian, illusionist, new magic/illusion show based on Schwartz music from Wicked etc. and a 70's show. House band from UK ;Atomic was fantastic (did Queen tribute etc) . House orchestra, did some shows in atrium as well and they were great. Usual balloon drop and champagne toast nights. Main theatre is smaller than other cruiselines, so must get there early to get a seat for the 2 evening shows. Kayle cruise director was very good. Lots of trivia contests and Voice of the ocean going on suduku and crossword in library every day, fair book selection, look for personal books left on last day of cruise. borrowing of ship/s books on honour system. Elite snacks every night in Fusion. even played some paddle tennis and ping pong when winds were not high. weather leaving LA was cooler than expected, 50-60's a few days. had at least 2 rough high wind days, made for 10-15 ft swell and waves, other days great. Been to islands several times, so did tours on our own. Kauai walk to nice beach 10 min from ship beside Marriott. there is a hop on hop local bus for $25. Maui, did local whale watching with Maui Ocean adventures, excellent 2 hour tour, 1/2 price from ship on smaller Zodiac vessel. then took $2 local bus from Lahaina for Whaler's Wharf and walk to Kaanapali beach, swim/snorkel by black rock Sheraton, catch bus behind Wharf cinema center across street from tender dock (note long line at end of day for tender, so recommend come back early) In Hilo, walked 2.5 miles from dock into downtown, partly along road, but not too bad, there are shuttles to Wed local market and to Walmart. Honolulu, took free shuttle to Hilo Hatties, to Ala Moana center, then many local buses to all over area, took bus to Diamond head state park, and walked up to top, 600 feet elevation gain and 1.3 miles, so not easy but rewarding view of Waikiki. $1 entrance/ then there is a hoho trolley system and took it back to Waikiki. watched sunset, swam, but beach is quite rocky, than before, due to hurricaine damage. free shuttle also to Walmart. Arizona memorial tour is actually free if you go to nps website and book a time, can taxi over or trolley over, can pay for Mighty Mo tour as well if you wish. Food presentation good and food quality also good. Would not rate as high as Royal, Celebrity or HAL, still acceptable. Also almost 0 children on cruise, average age maybe 70 Aloha any other questions can email me kruzinsathotmail.com Mahalo Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We selected this cruise because I wanted to have a string of at sea days to relax and enjoy the ship. Princess cruises have fabulous itineraries and our cruises have been dedicated to touring the ports on other cruises leaving scant time ... Read More
We selected this cruise because I wanted to have a string of at sea days to relax and enjoy the ship. Princess cruises have fabulous itineraries and our cruises have been dedicated to touring the ports on other cruises leaving scant time for enjoying the ship itself. Princess is a favorite because it is a cruise liner in the traditional sense. No mountain climbing or amusement park at sea. Just a beautiful, well laid out ship with a lot to offer for people from every walk of life in the style of yesterday with the all the trappings of of today's designs and interests. Beautiful Piazza, clubs, lounges, great entertainment. Our cabin, A-753 was one of two of the largest and we spent our days at the Lotus Spa enjoying treatments, reading on our balcony, enjoying the fine dining, shopping, taking in shows & trying out new experiences we hadn't had time for before. The Chef's Dinner was totally amazing. So from the start. The ship was beautiful. We embarked without a hitch and by the time we finished signing up for treatments, enjoying lunch at the International Cafe and exploring some we found when we arrived at our room that our Steward Tina had already had our bags inside and waiting for us to unpack. She offered help which was very kind. As Suite and Elite members we had many treats awaiting us and the expanse of the room was wonderful. Where we had thought a dining table and extra area wouldn't be used we quickly found out the more space you have, the more you can fill it up! The cabin was beautiful and although extra large the bar fixture with television in the living room was the same as the full suite we usually take so it was somewhat awkward in that it face the corner of your room instead of the living area itself. Needless to say when we watched a DVD with friends we were cuddled on the couch nearest the sliding glass door and our friends moved the chairs to that side as well. The Tv could not be seen from the other side of the couch! Still all in all, it was a hiccup that was easy to live with. The beds are glorious, the bathroom and whirl tub inviting and we couldn't have been more please. After the drill we relaxed a bit with some drinks and treats and got ready for dinner at the Crown Grill. Let me just say I have never been in a Crown Grill I haven't adored and this one was much more elegant than any of the other ships I had been on and almost twice as large. It looked like a NY Steak House and we dined on our favorite Onion Soup and a Fillet for me, Rib Eye for him! The vegetables, the dessert, the service, the food, it was all what we had expected and more. What a treat. As to other dining, we were once again happy to be at the Club Dining Room where the service was extraordinary. The wait staff was efficient, friendly and knowledgable. The extra items they served there proved to be what we mostly dined on! There's a feel of gaiety in Club Dining when Suite people get to meet each other and enjoy sharing stories and making friends. It's one of the best features Princess has added as far as I'm concerned. The food, which I always thought was okay on Princess was now good and really good! Each meal from service to the food itself was a delight. In the mornings we enjoyed our Suite Breakfast at Crown & Grill and I would have to believe that this is where all our weight came from! The eggs benedict were always perfect. The danish, the salmon, fruit, waffles, mimosas, Nemosas and Bloody Marys were all fabulous. The staff there was always happy, funny and engaging. It was a great way to start off our morning. As for the other venues, we really liked Share. It was our first time there and the "tasting" was extensive, varied and delicious. My favorite is the International cafe. I love their sandwiches and salads and my husband enjoyed their cakes and cookies as well. My favorite lunch place. As for activities, there were so many different offerings for people that no one could be bored. Games, crafts, music, dance, entertainment. You'd have to be totally dull not to find something to do. We like to "do" the Lotus Spa. I love the pampering and the Salon. We enjoy our treatments and opted for 90 minute treatments since we had so many sea days. They offer a new package. Where we did 3-2-1 twice over each they offered a package of ten so we could each have five and then whatever we added had the discount applied. After treatments we would meet in the Thermal room and enjoy that venue as well. So it was approximately over two hours later that we'd emerge and it took up a large part of the day. I also like to get my hair done at the salon after and their staff is always the best we've had. As a five star hotel needs to offer the best in personnel, so does a ship line for those people who know what to expect and want to receive it. They did not let us down. The staff we all friendly, fun and a joy to be with! Before I forget if you haven't done the Chef's table, cough up that money and do it! You feel like you're in a Michelin rated restaurant between presentation, foods and service. It was the biggest surprise for me of the entire trip. Their chefs are incredibly talented and this dinner is their time to shine....to provide a meal they can not do for the thousands they serve. It was too good to be true! And people always ask me about Princess tours vs. saving money and taking other tours. I say, in for a penny, in for a dime. Spend the money. Princess tours are generally well thought out and provide many different options. Face it, a cruise isn't going to introduce you in depth to an area. It's like a poo poo platter in a Chinese restaurant. You get a taste of what you are most interested in and if you want to go back and visit one day, you can! We opted for the Helicopter tour on Hilo which included a land tour of their most recent volcanic eruption. It was amazing. We learned a lot from our guide and totally felt immersed in the activity, legend and rhythm of the area. Couldn't have had a better tour. Enjoyed a lunch at a winery in between & picked up a strange critter on the road to take home to the tour's children. Our small tour group of six got on so well, we did another tour together and did a few more things throughout the cruise. Pearl Harbor's tour was okay, but where I usually choke up, read the names of all the brave heroes who have died and find myself totally part of the historical event, it just didn't happen for me. I'm not sure if it was the tour or the way it was set up or that we couldn't get onto the platform of the Arizona. But i'm glad i went. We also did the Luau that night and although I am glad I went to it I found it to be very commercial and not authentic. It is however, one of the highest rated on trip advisor and expedia and was offered by Princess so I went. I'm glad I experienced it but felt that there had to have been another luau somewhere that I had seen so many times in movies and in history books. The Maui tour we opted for was Whale watching & it was the most active day they said they had. We were fortunate to see so many whales and baby whales all over including twenty feet from our boat! Great and amazing. The last Island is of course known to most as the Jurassic Park/World island although I ventured more to South Pacific. We had a great tour, a sandwich lunch in a park and after we jumped on another helicopter and got to take in the amazing beauty of the Island that has captured so many hearts. I might have sang bali hai but we got back to our cabin and ordered up Jurassic World so we could see on tv what we had seen in real life. As of Ensenada I say nada. We didn't do a tour, I had no interest and the town was kind of nasty. But that's okay, my friends who did the Princess wine tour there loved it! Princess tours are great. And the best part of the tour is of course that Princess will not leave without you when you're on their tour. There had been something about tenders stuck at the ship in Maui that couldn't get near to the door to disembark because of the waves and some type of medical emergency. But as I listened to some of those passengers complain i could only think, Princess doesn't control a sudden rough current and their job when it happens is to keep you safe,, even if you're onboard the tender for thirty minutes. They wanted an apology. Let them go to church. Sometimes I just had to laugh at some of the expectations of other passengers but we all come from different places so it is what it is! Princess did a great job of handling the crisis. Everyone was safe and onboard ship. I don't want this to sound like a puff piece so here is my complaint. Even though I receive free internet with my husband for our level I still value it. And others had to pay. Princess knew that their internet wasn't working well at all. It would take over 30 minutes to download an email if you could! Most times you didn't get anything no matter where you were. It was an old system which didn't deliver. I believe they should have informed people about this. They were wonderful in crediting back your minutes. On land you could find a wifi to hook into and get some things done, but they should have been up front about it. That is my one take away that wasn't positive. I totally enjoyed this trip. I loved having the time to do the things on the ship I wanted to do. Seeing the shows in the theater (when you could get in), the entertainment at the clubs, a martini at the piazza. It was all good. They moved the elite lounge to the Fusion club and it was rather dark and cut up in there so I didn't use it this time but it didn't matter. You don't have to do everything! Yes, I love the happy hour and enjoy it on all the other ships but there was so much to do if you didn't do this. You just couldn't get bored. The people are great, the ship is beautiful, the rooms are fabulous, the food was great. What else could you want? Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Having just completed a New Year trip from hell on P&O Azura along with 2,000 drunk brits we hoped we would that it would not be emulated by noisy drunk Americans and it wasn't. From the start our fellow passengers were polite ... Read More
Having just completed a New Year trip from hell on P&O Azura along with 2,000 drunk brits we hoped we would that it would not be emulated by noisy drunk Americans and it wasn't. From the start our fellow passengers were polite well mannered charming people from all over the USA enough to make me feel ashamed to be British. Everything on the Emerald was right including an eclectic and plentiful entertainment package to a level of staff courtesy and helpfulness throughout the ship accompanied with good quality food. On the note of high level of service the dining and bar staff were excellent and our cabin attendant was well above average. We have done this trip before with Princess and we were not disappointed with the high level of enjoyment we had previously. Could your staff and management pass on a few tips to P&O on how to run a cruise properly. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This was our first cruise out of a 'pacific' port and we loved it - we will definitely be back. The ease of flying into LA was perfect. We landed, ate breakfast at Planet Hollywood in the International Terminal at LAX (before ... Read More
This was our first cruise out of a 'pacific' port and we loved it - we will definitely be back. The ease of flying into LA was perfect. We landed, ate breakfast at Planet Hollywood in the International Terminal at LAX (before security) and then took an uber to the port. Embarkation was a breeze - our room wasn't ready so we just explored the ship. Pros: Our cabin D734 was amazing - very private balcony, great location near pools and buffet. Our steward (Paolo) was the best. Buffet - we eat primarily in the buffet for all meals and were never disappointed. Same food as available in the dining room with more options and flexibility. Seating always available. The hours are superior to other cruise lines. We enjoyed the food! Ship: Ruby is a classic princess ship with some new updates - wall-mounted TVs in the rooms with ondemand content was great - we watched a new release movie every night. There are some really nice murals and updates on deck 15 - instagram-worthy backdrops! I love the variety of places to get away and make a spot to read a book, play games or just walk. We enjoyed the golfing green to ourselves on multiple occasions. Other 'super ships' we have been on - you can't even see the ocean from the ship, such a drag. Photos: All inclusive photo package was a nice option - it's always hard to pick a few photos. We knew we were going to do it so we took full advantage of all photo opportunities. The photography staff is always so nice and we have some wonderful family photos with ALL of us. The price is a bit high at $249 and the 'digital copies' are actually just scans (which I could have done at home...) but still was worth it for us. ************************ Cons: Shows: The magician and other popular entertainment was in the Explorer's lounge which would fill to capacity 30 minutes before the show started. We missed out on multiple entertainment options due to this - they should move to larger venues for the popular events. Salty Dog Grill: Menu and food was good but service was not great. Confusing and didn't run efficiently (had to provide your order multiple times to multiple people, served cold due to confusion). Kids program: I wish they would allow the parents to join the children for craft activities. I don't leave my child at the program but we would have loved to participate in some of the activities they had planned. ************************ Excursions: We booked an excursion through Princess for each port (Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta). All went well and met our expectations. Cabo San Lucas - whale watching from speed boat (zodiac). The seas were rough so we were told we could get a full refund or go for half a tour and half price. No guarantees on seeing a whale since we were only allowed to go about a mile out. In the first 10 minutes we saw two whales fully breach - it was amazing. The landscape of Cabo is beautiful. We then went back to the marina and walked to The Office for lunch and played on the beach. We took a water taxi back to the Marina.Our favorite port by far! Mazatlan - Estuary bird-watching - Very fun tour - up close experience with Pelicans and other birds. Our tour guide (Polo) was amazingly educated in birds and we enjoyed a nice boat ride, tractor ride on the beach and then lunch on the beach. Vendors on the beach damper my personal experience but they are friendly and walk-away when told 'no thank you' - you just have to do it 100000 times. Puerto Vallarta - Kid Dolphin Encounter (4-8 yo). My son loved this - I thought it was 'ok'. Not very coordinated - we were put on a bus and it drove off without any guide or idea of where we were going or how long. It took about 30 minutes. Upon arrival to the dolphin encounter visit everything went fine - my son was the only child so it didn't take long (about 15-20 minutes overall). It felt rushed and short. The photos were good (you couldn't take your own) and the cost was less than $200 USD for all the photos and a video. We ended up back on the ship at the pool after the excursion. The port offered mostly shopping (walmart, sam's club and a shopping mall directly across the street) Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
I thought everything on the cruise was great. This was my first cruise, so I have nothing to compare it to. The food at the buffet was acceptable. I only ate at the buffet for breakfast. Nothing really spectacular, but nothing was poor ... Read More
I thought everything on the cruise was great. This was my first cruise, so I have nothing to compare it to. The food at the buffet was acceptable. I only ate at the buffet for breakfast. Nothing really spectacular, but nothing was poor either. The only issue I had with the Horizon buffet is finding a seat in the dining area. There are two sides for the buffet, and both sides are really busy and packed with people. I had to either eat really early to get a seat, or wait for someone to finish eating, then swoop down on the table to get it. Or, the alternate is to take your food outside to the pool area to eat, but it could get pretty cold and windy out there. Dining for dinner in the DaVinci or Michaelanglo dining rooms were wonderful. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. The inside basic cabin that my wife and I were in on the 8th floor was acceptable. It was clean and the bed was super comfortable. The bathroom was very small, but that's to be expected on a cruise ship. It fulfilled its purpose. I thoroughly enjoyed all the activities on the ship. We did dance lessons, trivia games, attended concerts, used the fitness center, walked laps on the ships deck, etc. Our favorite staff on the ship was a guy who claims to be from Serbia, who has a strong accent. He was the host for most of the trivia games, bingo, and was even the announcer for the disembarkation process. Loved that guy. He's so funny! Embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. The cruise staff got this down to a science! All in all, a wonderful experience. I will be returning to Princess Cruises soon! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
This itinerary has been on our bucket list for a long time. The enrichment activities provided by Chris Roberts and Dr. Angel Colon were most enjoyable and greatly increased my awareness on the topics covered. Please continue these ... Read More
This itinerary has been on our bucket list for a long time. The enrichment activities provided by Chris Roberts and Dr. Angel Colon were most enjoyable and greatly increased my awareness on the topics covered. Please continue these enrichment lectures with fine speakers like these two gentlemen. The crew was awesome and provided perfect service as well as exhibiting tremendous good morale. Special thanks to bar staff, Shailesh, Komang, Edgar, Mario, Geraldine & Sheila. Thanks to IC staff as well including Papa Ver, Anoop, Lito and Yehven. We loved the numerous spaces for the passengers to sit, eat something or have a drink. Our faves were the Wheelhouse bar (biggest fave), Crooners, the IC, MUTS, Explorers bar. The Blue Jade band was the best entertainment and dance band we have heard so far on a ship. We closed the Wheelhouse bar every night due to them. The ship's band was the best we have experienced to date as well. The theatre really need two more exits. Many somewhat disabled people took a lot of time using the two available exits making me really hope that there would be no emergency that required the theatre to vacate. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We selected this cruise as we wanted to do the full transit of the Panama Canal. We had previously been on the Coral Princess for partial transit and enjoyed the ship. This time did not disappoint. The service was top notch all the way ... Read More
We selected this cruise as we wanted to do the full transit of the Panama Canal. We had previously been on the Coral Princess for partial transit and enjoyed the ship. This time did not disappoint. The service was top notch all the way around. In the main dinning room the food was very good with amply selection. Club Class dinning was worth the extra money with no wait to be seated and excellent service. The extra menu item each night was a plus and cooked to perfection. We didn't use the buffet so cannot comment on this. The ports were nice with lots to do within walking distance on most. Ship tours were very good. Ship was in good shape considering it was last cruise before dry dock only showed some wear but they were continously painting and cleaning. Only complaint was slow internet. I would definitely recommend this cruise on the Coral Princess. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
If you like smaller older ships with a full promenade deck, service with a smile, and a full transit of the Panama Canal this is the cruise for you. We chose this itinerary as it left from Los Angeles, a direct 2 hour flight on Southwest ... Read More
If you like smaller older ships with a full promenade deck, service with a smile, and a full transit of the Panama Canal this is the cruise for you. We chose this itinerary as it left from Los Angeles, a direct 2 hour flight on Southwest Airlines from El Paso for us. I cannot compare to the itinerary that begins in Fort Lauderdale but we loved this one that visited Fuerte Amador at the Pacific end of the canal, a full day transit through the old locks, and Cartagena after the transit; for us the other ports were "icing on the cake". On arrival in LA we had a smooth journey, using Execucar, to San Pedro where we stayed overnight at the Doubletree Hotel. The hotel food is enjoyable and they provide a shuttle to the port. Our shuttle was at 10:30 am and we quickly gave luggage to the porters, checked in at the cruise terminal and were through security and onboard before noon. On boarding we were given a list of places open for embarkation dining with their times -- it included one of the main dining rooms! We chose the International Cafe then headed for our mini-suite cabin D711. Robert, our cabin steward, arrived with the sparkling wine, and the cruise began! I located the Maitre D' and ensured that we had a table for two. We use early traditional dining, on this ship it was at 5:15 pm in the Provence dining room. After our first dinner we met with the head waiter to request low sodium meals. He provided us with the menus for the next day, we made our selections for the starter and main course, and he delivered them to the galley where the chef's worked their magic. All our dinners were delicious. Lunch for us was usually at the International Cafe or the wonderful freshly made individual pizza at Sabatinis. Pizza and a Grolsch beer became a favorite treat. We had two pub lunches on this cruise. I will not review the enjoyable varied evening entertainment as it was as described in Princess literature. On sea days we really enjoyed the port and enrichment lectures. The port lectures were invaluable to visualize how we would get off and back on the ship and gave glimpses of Princess excursion sights. The enrichment lectures on this cruise were on the History of Medicine and Surgery -- fascinating! On the first sea day at 10:30 am we had our Cruise Critic meet and greet with about 50 members attending. Several of the senior officers welcomed us including the Captain, Maitre D', Executive Chef, Entertainment ,Hotel and Bar Directors. They were all very gracious and obviously worked as a good team. This was reflected in all the crew members that we had contact with. Part of the fun at this Meet and Greet was a gift exchange of items that represented us in some way. For the first time we used shorter Princess excursions in all ports except for Cartagena. As the ports were new to us, and we have joint issues, we decided to mostly do bus tours in Mexico with short stops to see sights and buildings. People were on time when getting back to the bus and the excursions went smoothly and were as described. We live near the Mexican border in southern New Mexico so the culture and foods in Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco were not new to us. What was new was the tropical setting! Due to the unrest in Nicaragua we decided prior to the cruise not to do an excursion but went to the San Juan Del Sur Victoriano Hotel for coffee, use their internet, and view the bay. Many locals were using the beach as it was a Sunday. Choosing an excursion in Costa Rica was a challenge for us as we had both spent several weeks there independently. We eventually decided to do the very enjoyable Macaw Sanctuary and mangrove boat ride; the guide was excellent and we felt we had experienced Costa Rica in a new way. In Fuerte Amador we wanted to visit the colonial part of Panama City and could not locate a local guide. The Princess tour took us on a bus ride through the city to the old city (Panama Viejo) and then back to the colonial part (Casco Viejo) that is undergoing restoration where we had a walking tour. It is always fascinating to see the history of modern cities and how they are restoring areas. We had chance to do a little shopping, pick up a cold soda at the farmacia, and visit restrooms in shops ($1 pp) then back to the ship. Next morning we were up at 6 am to begin the canal transit. I highly recommend you read or watch videos on the history of the canal and attend the ship lectures to put the transit into context. We had a perfect sunny day with a slight breeze in the mid 80s. The locks are fascinating and an engineering marvel. We had a map of the canal from a guide book that was very helpful and another I had downloaded from the internet. I found it to be an exciting day. Cartagena was our last port. I had arranged for an 8 person tour with Dora a year in advance and it exceeded our expectations! http://www.cartagenatour.com I had requested a tour for slower walkers and we had the humorous and highly knowledgable Mercedes as our guide. What a great day as we began at the monastery La Popa overlooking the city, had short visits to the fort and old dungeons that have been converted to artisan stores, then a stroll around the old town and it's churches and plazas. I had the most blissful iced coffee from a jeep at the dungeon area (they use purified water and ice) as it was very hot. One of those memories that stick with you while on a fabulous tour. Two days later we were in a cold (46F) Fort Lauderdale. Debarkation was very easy as we were on a debarkation tour to the Everglades and had used Easy Check valet service for our bags. We were first in the US immigration line and also had a Global Entry card so it was very quick. It was interesting to see the Everglades from an air boat but the reptiles were well hidden due to the unusually cold weather. In all it was a great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Transit through the Panama Canal is really interesting. It was sunny every day but oppressively Hot during excursions in the afternoon. Service is excellent and the fellow passengers are very friendly. The food is fine, not gourmet ... Read More
Transit through the Panama Canal is really interesting. It was sunny every day but oppressively Hot during excursions in the afternoon. Service is excellent and the fellow passengers are very friendly. The food is fine, not gourmet except if you want to pay extra. The coffee card is not transferrable from Cruise to cruise anymore. Ship is impeccable. The Internet was spotty but I understand that the ship is in for refit and upgrade to Internet services right now. I really recommend this excursion if you want a relaxing trip with several Sea days. It is definitely a more senior crowd that takes this cruise. The entertainment by and large is excellent, especially the production shows. There is a good variety of guests entertainers and also groups in the lounges. I recommend taking a snack on excursions as our for our trip in the jungle of Costa Rica turned out to be 6 1/2 hours with no lunch. We were on a train and had a boat ride through the mangroves and it was well worth it but we were really hungry. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
B423 Coral Princess, 06Jan-21JAN2019, San Pedro to Fort Lauderdale via Panama Canal - Bucket Trip :D. First the bad, yes the ship shows signs of wear, but what do you want for a ship going into refurbishment after our trip? The crew was ... Read More
B423 Coral Princess, 06Jan-21JAN2019, San Pedro to Fort Lauderdale via Panama Canal - Bucket Trip :D. First the bad, yes the ship shows signs of wear, but what do you want for a ship going into refurbishment after our trip? The crew was working on things so unless you are a real nit picker, it really was not that bad (about a dozen seats in the theater were broken? Rusted out areas?) but I did not mark anything down. Hopefully the next group will have a fresh ship. Bedding, our bed had one mattress that had a 3 inch or so dip, BEFORE putting weight on it. But the steward had that changed out within a few hours of our complaining. Smaller ship than we are used to, so there was some adjustment for the strange traffic patterns like elevators and passageways, but nothing that an intelligent person should mark down since it was a matter of learning routes and knowing where things are. The international cafe was in an odd area, small, and not as good as the other ships we have been on, that was worth a quarter point off. The Atrium (Piazza) was poorly designed for the few entertainment venues held there, more of a nexus for the stairs, shops, and services. Anytime dining tended to have a line, but then this trip was mostly older folks who eat early. The good. The aft pool was covered, nice for the cooler days and help prevent sunburn during the hot days. Horizon Buffet, small, but a nice linear layout with a large selection of hot items (I ate more hot lunches on this trip instead of just making a salad). Usually the buffet also had several ethnic dishes and often a curry dish I liked, and several times large shrimp from the grill. And after about 2PM, chips, guacamole, and salsa (on the days they left out the quac, I asked and received it). Had good to great service there. Dinner was mostly great, food was much better than our last trip on the Caribbean. Granted there were ho hum days, but even then I had a lot I liked (2-7 appetizers and all but two times a main + desert?). Actually gained some weight on this trip[ despite all the stairs I did (up to 38 flights a day). We got the same table every night and the table assigner started telling us “Go to your table”, loved it! Our server, Lorina, was excellent Evening main shows were mostly ranged from very good to excellent (“On the Bayou” and “Encore” were excellent), one good, and two fair (the comedian, Scott Wyler, and juggler, Mark Nizer, were not very good). Still lacking late morning and early afternoon music. One thing I enjoyed were the enrichment lectures by Dr. Angel Colon, ranging from various medical breakthroughs in history to art and environmental. And the Blue Jade Band was very enjoyable. Actually had several tours we took that we enjoyed a lot. Embarkation and disembarkation all went very smooth and fast (but then we are elite level). Due to lack of formatting in this, I am just going to finish and say - GREAT TRIP, well worth the cost, all the pluses and minuses added up to a 5 star trip. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We had a terrific cruise through the Panama Canal. We'd only been on the royal class ships and weren't sure if we'd like the small ship - we loved her and she is now our favorite. The ship has lots of public seating areas ... Read More
We had a terrific cruise through the Panama Canal. We'd only been on the royal class ships and weren't sure if we'd like the small ship - we loved her and she is now our favorite. The ship has lots of public seating areas and I always found a seat where I wanted one. The staff were cheerful and helpful. The cruise director was funny and his staff were personable and entertaining. There was a very nice vibe in the ship because of the staff. Food was good (although sometimes 'just' good and not fantastic). The band in the Wheelhouse was fantastic. Blue Jade played a good variety of music and we enjoyed watching more accomplished dancers glide over the floor. The female vocalist has a lovely voice - I could (and did) listen to her all night! The itinerary was interesting with good excursions. My favorite were the sea days though :-) I've already put this cruise on the 'do it again' list! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Always wanted to do this one. Being able to take 15 days to travel to Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Columbia was icing on the cake. The on-board experience was excellent. We spent a good deal of time at one club, the service ... Read More
Always wanted to do this one. Being able to take 15 days to travel to Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Columbia was icing on the cake. The on-board experience was excellent. We spent a good deal of time at one club, the service and friendly demeanour of the crew made us feel we were in a favourite neighbourhood pub. On shore trips were also great. Our state room steward went out of his way to attend to our every need. I had a malfunction of my running shoes, a glue repair was required. Ronald was able arrange the fix, and did so free of charge. My wife requested distilled water, and and extension cord for her Cpap machine, it was present at check in. When we checked in to board, everything was streamlined and effortless. From the time we checked in until we were in our cabin was less then 30 minutes. Well done on our return as well. Disembarkation was very efficient, and clearing customs slick. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Had a GREAT 7-day cruise to Mexico on the Ruby Princess. Met a nice couple from Canada. So here is a shout-out to LEO and Sandy if you read this "HEY"... We went with the Club Class upgrade this time and really enjoyed the perks ... Read More
Had a GREAT 7-day cruise to Mexico on the Ruby Princess. Met a nice couple from Canada. So here is a shout-out to LEO and Sandy if you read this "HEY"... We went with the Club Class upgrade this time and really enjoyed the perks that came with the upgrade. The dining and staff were outstanding. Our room steward was excellent and made the on-board experience a memorable one. He always would greet you with a warm and pleasant smile. Stayed on-board at Mazatlan and had a great spa day. They say there is a first time for most things and yes this was my first spa day. Let me just say it was worth every penny. I felt so good I even bought the wife some product for us. Movies under the stars was a nice evening out on deck watching a movie on the jumbo screen. All in All to sum it all up Great Food, Great Staff, and Great Time..... Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
My brother & his wife are avid cruisers & invited us along. I never thought I would enjoy a cruise so the first time he asked us to join them for a 2018 cruise I turned him down. My sister & Mom went on that cruise with them ... Read More
My brother & his wife are avid cruisers & invited us along. I never thought I would enjoy a cruise so the first time he asked us to join them for a 2018 cruise I turned him down. My sister & Mom went on that cruise with them & my sister came back with such great stories of her experiences I immediately signed hubby & I up for this cruise. Embarkation & disembarkation went smooth & fast. I had heard Princess has these down to a science & though I had no previous cruise experience to draw from I have to say it went very smoothly. There was plenty of activities to choose from onboard the Ruby Princess. I dare say if you can’t find something you’d like to do on a Princess Cruise you’re probably a grump who doesn’t like anything anyway. The dining was excellent we tried the Crown Grill & Curtis Stone for specialty dining, both were as described by Princess. All of our other dinners were in the Michelangelo dining room & were excellent as well. Our Head waiter was amazing, José Fernandez, my sister-n-law has a lot of food allergies & he made sure she got what she needed each & every night. José even worked with one of the chefs to create a bread for her that was palatable. No easy trick since she is allergic to yeast, dairy, eggs & sugar. They could only use the ingredients they had on hand after all, there was no running to the store. Our last morning on the ship before disembarking José met us in the buffet as we ate breakfast & brought her 2 slices of the bread they had created that she liked to go with her breakfast. All staff we encountered were great - it takes a special kind of person to do a job like that. You work very hard & have to be able to keep the smile on your face even when people are unreasonable. Most every passenger we interacted with was polite, decent & reasonable. I felt somewhat like I was living in a shopping mall with a bunch of other Canadians for a week : D We ate at the buffet for every breakfast & most lunches & enjoyed the selection it offered. The cruise director, (Natalie from Australia) & her assistant cruise director Yessy from Peru were stand outs for me also. I bumped into Yessy a lot doing trivia, karaoke & then working with her in the Princess Pop Choir & I absolutely loved her. If she’s not a Cruise director soon instead of an assistant I’d be surprised. She has unparalleled energy & just the right amount of excess personality required for the job. All three of my favorites were in higher profile positions but I would like to say that ALL OF THE STAFF on the Ruby Princess were exceptional. We’re already booked in on another Princess cruise to the Caribbean next year, hoping to take our kids & grandkids with us on that one. I came back new! Between the two of us we did 4 different excursions booked through Princess, all were excellent & as described. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Outstanding Cruise on the Ruby Princess. Great service from the cabin steward to the head waiter, all outstanding. We had a great room location - L309 - this was an ideal location for accessing the Lotus Spa, the Sanctuary and adults only ... Read More
Outstanding Cruise on the Ruby Princess. Great service from the cabin steward to the head waiter, all outstanding. We had a great room location - L309 - this was an ideal location for accessing the Lotus Spa, the Sanctuary and adults only pool, and the stairs to access the piazza and dining. We loved the enrichment programs such as the cooking demonstration and galley tour. The banter between the Head Chef and Maitre De was hysterical. We really enjoyed the shore excursions - we took in Whale watching in which we got a lot of great photos of humpback whales, seals, and dolphins and an old town city tour of Puerta Viarta. It included Tequila tasting at an organic farm and distillery, a lunch at El Set that had great food and spectacular views. The weather was perfect and the ship was beautifully decorated for Christmas. The food was fantastic and the staff was extremely accommodating to Julia's dietary restrictions. We highly recommend Princess Cruises and the Ruby Princess! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
I was not sure what to expect. I was worried I would be bored out at sea. However, that was not the case! There was so much to do and it took careful planning each day to make sure I had my fill of interesting entertainment. I ... Read More
I was not sure what to expect. I was worried I would be bored out at sea. However, that was not the case! There was so much to do and it took careful planning each day to make sure I had my fill of interesting entertainment. I absolutely loved the phone app! It made planning easier. The food was amazing in every venue. The wait for Anytime Dining was at most 10 minutes some nights. Our cabin had an attentive steward. The beds were extremely comfortable. Everything was clean. Ports were easy to get on and off the ship. I chose to walk around Cabo San Lucas and then in both Matzalan and Puerto Vallarta, I found a taxi driver to give me a local city tour. I was not disappointed. I had so much fun that I am plan to come back in a month and do the same cruise again, then setting my sights on an Alaskan cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The full transit Panama Canal cruise has been on my bucket list for a while! I just celebrated my 70th birthday and so this was my wonderful birthday present!! We live in San Diego and had several choices for this cruise but Princess ... Read More
The full transit Panama Canal cruise has been on my bucket list for a while! I just celebrated my 70th birthday and so this was my wonderful birthday present!! We live in San Diego and had several choices for this cruise but Princess came highly recommended by friends and the 3 for Free sale clinched the deal!! We had free grats, +$300 onboard credit from the sale. We also had Carnival stock so another $250 OBC. Then we discovered that Princess also gives military credit for serving at least 3years no matter how long ago you served. DH served when he was 17 and is now in his 70s so another $250 for that service added up to a wonderful $800 OBC to start!! We had a driver take us up the day before the cruise and stayed at the Doubletree San Pedro on Hilton pts. The free shuttle got us to the pier by about 10:30 . We were booked into a full suite so got on board by 11:30 and our cabin was ready!! A nice touch at check in was a note saying that even if the suite was not ready we should feel free to drop off our luggage there! I have to say that the suite and suite perks on Princess are amazing!! I cannot list all of them here but we will be booking suites on Princess whenever we sale again!! Our balcony was delightful with 2 cushy lounge chairs, a coffee table between, a round dining table and 2 arm chairs. We enjoyed suite breakfast on our balcony,breakfast at Sabatinis with mimosas and capuccino,complete bar set up,elite/suite Happy Hour lounge, and many more!! We thought Club Class dining was also amazing!! We had wonderful service and several nights of extra dishes that we enjoyed. There were several pasta extras but the 2 most outstanding were the surf and turf with filet mignon and the baby lamb chops(my all time fave!!) We ate some breakfasts and most lunches at the buffet. It was here that I thought Carnival actually did a better job. I really like the separate stations on Carnival for Chinese, Indian, BBQ and Deli with sandwiches made to order. Princess did a nice job having smoked salmon and white fish for breakfast and the "sushi" offerings were nice too. Princess had Mongolian wok only once on the dinner buffet where we ordinarily would not eat at night while some Carnival ships have it as a regular lunch station. As for entertainment, we also missed Carnival's Comedy Club. We really like good comedians and having a few in the main theater with one show on a few nights was not enough for us. I did think that the singers, dancers and production show cast were great on this ship!! We particularly enjoyed the Down on the Bayou show!!! The juggler/comedian from Cirque du Soleil was also a nice surprise!! We enjoyed the gym, stretch class, and i had a wonderful Thai Herbal Wrap in the spa! We liked the movie selections and I suppose my only other "complaint" was that trivia to us is about facts and the trivia on Princess often included silly riddles.DH loves trivia but did not enjoy it on the Coral Princess! We had fun in all the ports! My highlight was the Embera Village tour from Fuerte Amador! It was like going back in time and I highly recommend it!! DHs highlight was the private tour we took in Puntarenas to see the monkeys and macaws. We thought the ports offered a good variety of nature, history, beach and unusual experiences!! Old Town in Cartagena made me think I was back in a small town in Italy!! All in all we will book on Princess again but will also book on Carnival which may seem strange to the elite Princess cruisers but we just like things about both these wonderful cruise lines!! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
The last time I cruised with Princess was for my 30th anniversary and have cruised other cruise lines since. The best move I made was to come back to Princess to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The service was outstanding and every staff ... Read More
The last time I cruised with Princess was for my 30th anniversary and have cruised other cruise lines since. The best move I made was to come back to Princess to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The service was outstanding and every staff member we met courteous and ready to meet all your needs. The ship was in very good condition considering it was an older ship. The bed was very comfortable and the room looked like it had updated carpeting. The food in the main dinning room had a good selection for you to choose from and the quality seemed good. The buffet was smaller than other ships I have been on but the quality and variety seemed good. I booked all my excursions from princess and there seemed to be a good selection. All the tour guides were knowledgeable. The tour we took in cartagena at the avery was excellent if you want to see beautiful birds. I was a little concerned that there would not be enough on the cruise to keep me entertained for 15 days but princess did a could job of always having a variety of things to do. I was extremely happy with this cruise and my decision to come back to Princess. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was our 5th Princess Cruise. Overall we have been happy with all of our Princess Cruises so when we decided to do our bucket list Panama Canal Cruise, Princess was our first choice. We picked the Coral Princess based on our timing ... Read More
This was our 5th Princess Cruise. Overall we have been happy with all of our Princess Cruises so when we decided to do our bucket list Panama Canal Cruise, Princess was our first choice. We picked the Coral Princess based on our timing with being in San Diego to spend Thanksgiving with our daughter and her husband and being able to take a quick flight to LA for the cruise. The Coral Princess is a nice smaller ship. We never had to wait for elevators and wherever we went onboard there was never a crowd. We’ve been on the Regal and Royal and they are huge so being on the Coral was nice to navigate on and never took long to get anywhere onboard. We did like the promenade deck and did our daily walks there as well as an evening stroll. Many newer ships do not have a full walk around promenade so we really were glad it has remained and maintained the old sailing feel. Overall the food in the main dining rooms was very good. Sometimes there was a bit of a wait for the food but hey, we have nothing but time. Loved our cabin C317. The balcony is about 10’x10’ and is amazing to stretch out on. We watched a lot of the canal from there. Entertainment and the Princess band was top notch! The Sanctuary is on the stern and a bit small but over all we enjoyed our afternoon sea days we booked. They were very accommodating in us being comfortable and if the day was too cold or too much sun we were able to cancel the day of. Staff as always was great. We’d sail the Coral again . All in all a very nice cruise! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Ever since hubby went on his first cruise two years ago, he's been constantly on the lookout for bargain cruises that might fit our budget. (We're based in Asia, and the steep air fare to/from the embarkation/disembarkation ports ... Read More
Ever since hubby went on his first cruise two years ago, he's been constantly on the lookout for bargain cruises that might fit our budget. (We're based in Asia, and the steep air fare to/from the embarkation/disembarkation ports is an important factor in calculating overall cost.) A big plus was that this cruise was long on sea days, which are both busy with onboard activities, and relaxing. The ship was repositioning from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires, but we sailed only on the first leg (16 nights), from L.A. to Santiago. The itinerary allowed us a taste of two metropolises new to us: Lima (2 days) and our disembarkation city Santiago. We didn't go on any ship's shore excursions, choosing instead to spend our port time walking around the areas where the shuttle bus dropped us off. Actually, we had bought the "Salsa and Salsa" excursion for Cabo San Lucas, but we were informed the day before that it had been canceled. No reason was given for the cancelation. This was the first time we chose a mini-suite class cabin, and we very much enjoyed the larger sitting area and especially the bathtub shower instead of the tiny shower stall we've endured up till now. The mattress and bed linens were extremely comfortable. Each of the three table lamps had a built-in USB connector. There's a thermostat control in the sitting area and another in the "bedroom" section. A second large flat-panel TV is in the sitting area, but unfortunately there's no on-demand video. I did notice some mold in the shower tile grout. The bathrooms are dated due to ship age, but even so are in good condition. Everything in the cabin felt clean, clean, clean. The balcony did not get much use, due to cooler temperatures than we expected and very windy conditions. Having cruised on two other Princess ships of the same class, we were by now thoroughly familiar with the basic deck plan. Our Deck 9 cabin was just two decks above the Princess Theater, and four decks below and on the opposite end from the Horizon Court buffet--a good hike to burn off some calories. Our cabin steward Remus, though young and a bit shy, was diligent about keeping our ice bucket filled and requested wine glasses replaced. We ended up spending a lot of time in the aft Vista Lounge, doing zumba, line dancing, merengue and Argentinian tango classes, occasional Bingo, and game shows. (Don't miss the side-splitting Liars Club game show!) In the Princess Theater, we thought the "Born to Dance" production show with the Star Princess performers was outstanding! As this was an Argentine-bound cruise, there were several Latin America themed entertainers. Professional Argentinian tango dancers Fernando and Cecilia were onboard for the entire cruise to give progressive lessons and as well as to perform in the Piazza. An instrumental group of varying number performed tango music daily, also in the Piazza. "Duo Olé," billed as a "musical flamenco" act, was very good. There were a couple of other acts and shows that we're glad we didn't miss. Overall, we felt that the entertainment was pretty good. As for other areas of the ship, the library and Internet center are combined in one room, with the computers taking over most of the space. The library's few shelves were almost bare of books. Plan on bringing your own reading material, and maybe even consider donating your paperbacks to the empty shelves. Dining: Love the pizzeria. Chef made pizza with a couple of cheeseless slices for me, no problem. For vegans, the lunchtime selections in the Horizon Court were pretty much limited to salad and fruit, as almost every dish contained fish and/or dairy. Occasionally I'd find a vegetable curry there, but only after we'd already had dinner in one of the dining rooms. We opted for anytime dining but were lucky to find a table with a great wait staff in the Capri Dining Room on the first night. From the first night, I was shown the menu for the following night so I could pick out dishes for the next dinner that would fit my dietary plan. However, a few times I was happy just to have a nice salad, some avocado slices, and a baked potato. As for dessert, sorbet every night is just fine with me, but chef went out of his way to make something special in addition....a fruit parfait, poached pear, chocolate muffin, or several times a whipped concoction that I have to trust was made from aquafaba! The dining service was always EXCELLENT. Finally, a couple of pros on this particular cruise: The very entertaining Captain Michele "Nevertheless, bye bye!" Tuvo, which whom we also sailed last year.Unfortunately for passengers who continued to Buenos Aires and later, Capt. Tuvo also disembarked at Santiago. And also cruise directors Fernando, Veronica and Nat; A+ for availability and personality. They constantly kept us entertained. As for Cons: Being bombarded daily with wasteful ads for the EFFY store and the art auctions. Does anybody appreciate these two cruise ship "features"??? Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Great price and great itinerary. First time in south America and enjoyed the heck out of it. we enjoyed this trip and met a lot of friendly people. Embarkation process went smoothly even though our bus from the airport was late arriving to ... Read More
Great price and great itinerary. First time in south America and enjoyed the heck out of it. we enjoyed this trip and met a lot of friendly people. Embarkation process went smoothly even though our bus from the airport was late arriving to the port. Disembarkation also went smoothly. Our waiters (Renato and Nikki) at Portofino Dining Room are very professional and the Head waiter Sebastian was superb. These people took care of us for 30 days. Our cabin was always very clean. Our steward (Michael) always go out of his way to make sure our cabin was cleaned and sanitized. All ports were exciting even though lots of guest were scared to go out to one specific port because of the letter sent to all guests by the ship. My wife and I are planning to take another 30 day cruise this coming April 2019. Have a happy New Year to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Yes; I am/was a first-time cruiser. While I was a bit concerned that a big ship would feel crowded (wasn’t), I booked this at the urging of friends who think highly of the Princess Cruise Line. I was not disappointed in the least with ... Read More
Yes; I am/was a first-time cruiser. While I was a bit concerned that a big ship would feel crowded (wasn’t), I booked this at the urging of friends who think highly of the Princess Cruise Line. I was not disappointed in the least with this adventure. I had an exceedingly comfortable mini-suite and one terrific cabin steward (thanks, Chris, for your diligence and sense of humor). The dining options were great — appreciated the any-time dining option, the International Cafe and the Horizon Buffet, especially, as I tend toward a ‘movable feast’. I really enjoyed the tapas and the Filipino dinner at Horizon. Wait staff, all around, were gracious and helpful. I also enjoyed a few traditional dinners with newly-made friends. A thank-you to Hernando (I believe his name) for the lectures pertaining to ports-of-call. You had an good influence on what excursions I chose, especially in Peru. Segue: I heard a number of complaints re the cost of excursions through Princess. Yes, I’m sure one can lower the cost by hiring a private tour, but I was not-at-all disappointed with our guides, transportation and destinations. Really recommend the tour of the archaeological museum in Lima, moving to the Pachacamac ruins next, followed by a lovely (seriously) lunch at a hacienda and a Paso horse demonstration. Also recommend a tour of Islas Ballestas off the coast of Paracas. Nature in action there - seals, Humboldt penguins, cormorants, etc — and a wild, slightly-wet ride to get there. Fun! I appreciated all the forms of entertainment on the ship, esp the Latin and classical music. Looked forward to trivia times and the commaraderie there (thanks, Gabi, for being such a pleasant and low-key host — you had a tough crowd, sometimes!) So, I may appear to be gushing in this review but my impressions are sincere. I’d book another re-positioning ship with Princess again. And, wouldn’t mind having Captain Tuvo as our ‘fearless leader’ again — professional and a sense of humor! Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We booked air fare and transfers with Princess to simplify our process. The embarkation in LA process was good up until boarding the ship. It took 2.5 hours to board. Standing on cement for my wife was difficult as she had hip surgery ... Read More
We booked air fare and transfers with Princess to simplify our process. The embarkation in LA process was good up until boarding the ship. It took 2.5 hours to board. Standing on cement for my wife was difficult as she had hip surgery 10 months ago. I would have liked some hydration stands especially if the weather got warmer. The disembarkation from ship to airport was great. However, the airport in Buenos Aires was painful 3.5 hours of lineups, suitcase drop-off, security, immigration, and boarding. The ship was clean and had lots of sanitizing stations. As seniors ,we chose the early seating as it fit our schedule better and we like sit down meals. It also enabled us to catch the early perfrmances in the Princess Theater. Our normal routine was to have breakfast in the Horizon Court (buffet), then go to the International Cafe for soup, salad, and/or sandwhich for lunch. We did try the speciality reastaurant, the Crown Grill. For activities we played duplicate bridge, played trivia, and enjoyed the Spa We did Princess and private tours at the Ports. CABO SAN LUCA - MEXICO Our Princess tour Salsa and Salsa got canceled. We took the tender to the port and caught the elevator up to the 2nd floor and enjoyed a couple of beers from the Wizzle Restaurant. This got us away from the street hustle and noise. PUNTA ARENAS - COSTA RICA We booked a private tour through Alvaro of Odyssey Tours. It was called 10 in 1 adventures. It was very good. Two of our favorites were watching the guides feed chicken to the crocodiles and watching the sunset at the top of a restaurant sipping an Imperial beer (local Costa Rican beer) CALLAO – PERU (LIMA) Lima is supposed to be a gastronomic delight with two of the top 10 restaurants in the world. We bought 3 pairs of alpaca socks (best socks for those that have cold feet) This is a two day stopover. We took a Princess excursion one day to the President’s square and the Indian Market. There are 11 million people that live in Metro – Lima It was nice to get out of the bus considering it was bumper to bumper traffic (30 minutes at each stop). We canceled our private tour because we were worried about our safety. We were told that taxis have no regulations so the drivers may not be taxi drivers. SAN MARTIN – PERU (PARACAS) We booked a private tour through Rocio of Bahia Tours. We were picked up at the Port of San Martin by a taxi. The driver took us to the boat center. We then boarded a slipper (an open passenger speed boat) and began by going to see the Candelabra – a huge figure in the sand. Next we continued to Ballestas Islas (Peru’s answer to the Galapagos). The colonies of birds, such as, Humboldt penguins, comorrants, terns and the sea lions were phenomenal. When we got back to shore the same taxi driver had our English speaking guide who took us on a tour of Paracas National Park. Part of which is going through a desert which doesn’t get any rain. Then we did a pisco tasting. COQUIMBO – CHILE (La Serena) We took a private tour through Mayorista tours. The Pisco in Vicuna – Cabel distillery (was great) . We stopped for 15 minutes at the La Serena market and stopped for 15 minutes at the Lighthouse monument SAN ANTONIO - CHILE We booked the City Drive tour through Princess. As the Chilean kids were on summer vacation we were in an area of their vacation homes and we were also on the Poet’s Route. We saw the second largest swimming pool in the world PUERTO MONTT – CHILE We booked a private tour through Puerto Montt excursions via Denis Putrov. His email is www.puertomontt-excursiones.com/en Some of the highlights were travelling alongside Lake Llanquihue, seeing the Osorno volcano, enjoying the beauty of Esmerelda Lake (Chile’s Lake Louise), enjoying some Chilean sweets in Cassis restaurant in Puerto Varas, and visting the Angelmo fish market. It was a great private tour. AMALIA GLACIER, We were fortunate enough to see it as most days it is fogged in PUNTARENAS – CHILE We arrived on Christmas Day and walked up to the main square as we had canceled our Princess excursion to Magdelena Island. (Falkland Islands is a better place to see penguins) We did stop in a souvenir shop. Chilean Peso is the best money, although USD are nice, USHUAIA – ARGENTINA Here we realized how close we were to Antarctica. We took the $10 USD double decker bus ride. It lasts 1 hour and the first one leaves at 1:15 PM. We enjoyed it. CAPE HORN Another treat as we did not have rough seas as we rounded into the Atlantic Ocean. The desolate island with no trees and cool temperatures (even in summer" time") STANLEY – FALKLAND ISLANDS We got lucky. We connected with the game warden or caretaker of Volunteer Point Sanctuary. Derek Pettersson knew the shortcuts so we got to the site first so we were able to walk among the penguins without stressing them too much. The sanctuary had King, Gentoo, and Magellan penguins His tour included a lunch. His email is drp@horizon.co.fk . The roads are only for “4 x 4 ing”. Your body will be bounced around. PUERTO MADRYN-ARGENTINA We walked the streets along the beachfront. First we walked 4 blocks to the turismo information where they said the best thing to do is to go 17 km down the road. Then, we went to the adjacent 2 story mall and walked 3 blocks west to the town square. We stopped in at a supermarket on the way MONTEVIDEO- URUGUAY We went on the Princess city tour knowing that the city streets would be empty on Jan 1. Our tour guide said some of the inhabitants partied until 7 am. Don’t know about currency although we did use USD to get a fridge magnet. We drove by their 80000 people soccer stadium BUENOS AIRES -ARGENTINA If you have extra days before boarding in Buenos Aires, we enjoyed the Princess excursion City Drive (saw Eva Peron’s Mausoleum) and Tango Show at La Ventana and a Princes excursion to Tigre Delta. The Opera House is supposed to phenomenal. As soccer season had not started a Boca Junior or River Platte game would be fun The traffic around the terminal is slow because a freeway is being constructed. Also when you get to the terminal you will be shuttled to the ship. Many guests stayed longer by going to the Sofitel Hotel. Argentina Peso is the best currency in Argentina, Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Our fourth journey to the islands from Los Angeles. No big issues, just fun, relaxation, and good food. Worth the trip. We have never been on the Emerald Princess, same configuration as the Ruby. So it’s nice to know desk layouts ... Read More
Our fourth journey to the islands from Los Angeles. No big issues, just fun, relaxation, and good food. Worth the trip. We have never been on the Emerald Princess, same configuration as the Ruby. So it’s nice to know desk layouts in advance, I heard folks complain about the ships condition, worn out, rusting, the general garbage folks like to dump. I’m a long time cruiser. I really didn’t see too much damage, yes rusting was occurring in some areas on the outer hull, but not on the decks were we can walk around and view, the chairs and couches were in a needing for replacement. But the ship was very clean. I was looking forward to gelato, but no the equipment that displays the product was broken. Disappointing. But stuff happens. Another large issue was crappy internet. Days of blackout. Took 50 minutes to send one email. I guess I’m glad I was on vacation. Tried to seek some help from the Internet folks, I purchased the premium internet package due to a family issue we had, hoping to keep a link going back to home. But no it didn’t work out. Was given some stupid fix they were seeking to solve the outage. Effected much of the ship operations too. The ports were excellent we did have weather and princess offered umbrellas. We had some rain off and on. Overall the trip and the ship were excellent. Quick summary... Problems... Internet had serious issues. The gelato bar was closed due to equipment failure. Some harsh weather/seas first few days. Pros Staff were fantastic, Main dining food was much better. Some menu changes did occur. Horizon grill was good and tasty. They now sell crown grill steak, lobster, and other items in the main dining for $19 each! Clean ship, didn’t feel crowded, and airy. Tea time was once again great. Fast embark and debark — really fast. Ship is going into dry dock in early April. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise because of the Places it was stopping at. Love all the excursions we went on and they were all booked through Princess. The only suggestion I would have is to have more slot machines in the non smoking casino. ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Places it was stopping at. Love all the excursions we went on and they were all booked through Princess. The only suggestion I would have is to have more slot machines in the non smoking casino. Specialty dining at the Crown Grill was excellent. The rib eye steak was so good and cooked perfectly. The waiters were extremely helpful and efficient. The employees were all extremely helpful and friendly. I also like the fact that Princess had washers and dryers. That made it great for us because we had to board a plane home. It was nice that we could text our party on our phones without signing up and paying for wi hi. USS Arizona was my favorite excursion and it was a beautiful day! The tour guides for all the excursions were extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of where we visited. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
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