230 Vancouver Princess Coral Princess Cruise Reviews

Not what was expected. Very unfriendly staff. Outdated vessel. Very small. Not well kept. Food was worse than hospital food. Balcony very dirty. Not a lot of activities on-board for 4 day duration. Age group 50-85. Disembarkment process ... Read More
Not what was expected. Very unfriendly staff. Outdated vessel. Very small. Not well kept. Food was worse than hospital food. Balcony very dirty. Not a lot of activities on-board for 4 day duration. Age group 50-85. Disembarkment process very early. Shops with expensive prices. Atrium is a small hole in the vessel. Elevators are old and dirty. Not sailing again with a Princess. The staff seem to agree that Royal Princess have higher standards in food, cleanliness and ship entertainment. The cocktails were very overpriced. Coffee tasted like water, looked muddy. Tea was better option. Same breakfast menu every single day. Buffet posts and glass were extremely dirty. Staff around ship couldn’t answer badic questions, but gave honest responses, “sorry, I can’t answer that, maybe someone else knows”!!! I would spend a few hundred more and get a better experience with an alternate cruiseline. Many seniors with books in hand and ready for relaxation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This cruise came about when my wife and I wanted a quick getaway. We were were on the Ruby last year in Alaska and were looking to take it's repositioning trip south but the Coral itinerary (stopping once in Astoria) was better so ... Read More
This cruise came about when my wife and I wanted a quick getaway. We were were on the Ruby last year in Alaska and were looking to take it's repositioning trip south but the Coral itinerary (stopping once in Astoria) was better so that was that. The ship does have a few odd perks. Buffet is forward instead of aft, restaurants are also forward. International cafe is open to the casino, a definite negative. Almost everything else, however, is a strong positive. Ship was in good condition, most of the crew was great and entertainment was wonderful. We spent a lot of time listening to music in the Wheelhouse bar, mostly the jazz band but had plenty of dance music options. Princess stage entertainment was great. Bayou steakhouse was a strong negative. First, who decided that a cajun steakhouse was a good idea? The venue had no idea what it wanted to be. Second, service was poor with an invisible head waiter and inattentive waiter. Finally, my NY strip was tough beyond belief. I have never sent any dish back in my life until I tried to eat the steak. It was properly cooked medium rare but still not worth eating. My wife's filet was not properly cooked but the waiter never stuck around long enough for us to report the problem. Service took forever and I was charged for a bottle of wine I never ordered (ultimately resolved with 3 trips to the service desk.) This was one negative in an overall very positive experience. Main dining room was good (waits for mytime dining a bit long) and all other venues we tried were great. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This re-positioning cruise was awesome. The 4 day itinerary was the perfect way to revitalize your spirit and mind. The Coral is a smaller ship but has all the amenities of say the Regal. It is new enough that the carpet still has ... Read More
This re-positioning cruise was awesome. The 4 day itinerary was the perfect way to revitalize your spirit and mind. The Coral is a smaller ship but has all the amenities of say the Regal. It is new enough that the carpet still has spring to it and the rooms are clean and rust free. The food was excellent. The main dining rooms were large with a lot of ramps for passengers that need assistance. The buffet had many delicious dishes to choose from. The deserts were outstanding and the fruit was sweet and fresh. The cruise staff was outstanding. The passenger games were funny and the staff kept the party going. The art staff was awesome. They gave different lectures on various artists that were interesting and informative. Their knowledge of the artists and their work was impressive. The auctions were fun and the pieces being sold were a outstanding value. This is a trip I would do again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose this cruise very last minute as our land trip to Napa fell through. The price for the cruise was a deal we could not pass up so we left for Vancouver. Upon entering the cruise port Princess was there and graciously welcomed me ... Read More
We chose this cruise very last minute as our land trip to Napa fell through. The price for the cruise was a deal we could not pass up so we left for Vancouver. Upon entering the cruise port Princess was there and graciously welcomed me back. It had been a while not choosing Princess. We were so glad we are back!!! The entire experience exceeded our expectations mainly due to the outstanding service we received in all venues. The Crooners Bar with Allan and Pankey was incredible. So fun and energetic. I miss them so much! Robert our room steward and Dani our traditional dining server. All are just awesome. The food was excellent. We ate in the traditional dining room each evening and for breakfast. We also love the pizza. Just like we remembered-so awesome. Exceeded expectations. Enjoy if you go on the Coral Princess and say hello to Allan and Pankey from T and T! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My husband and I needed a worry-free escape from stressful jobs, one that, once we left the house, was completely taken care of. On this 4 night cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles, we were able to afford a Club Class Mini Suite with ... Read More
My husband and I needed a worry-free escape from stressful jobs, one that, once we left the house, was completely taken care of. On this 4 night cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles, we were able to afford a Club Class Mini Suite with Princess transfers at the Vancouver Airport and an overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel. The transfers and hotel stay were well worth the price for us. As soon as we left Customs, a Princess Rep whisked us to a cab and handed a voucher to the driver. At the lovely Four Seasons we were upgraded to a magnificent one bedroom suite with a breathtaking city view. Our luggage was picked up from our suite at 8am the next morning and we didn't have to think about it again until it was safely delivered to our cabin in the very early afternoon. As others have mentioned, embarkation in Vancouver was a mess. There were 3 ships in Port disembarking when we arrived at about 9:45am, and we were herded here, there, and everywhere while the port employees tried to figure out what to do with us and where we were supposed to go. Once we cleared Customs and Princess had more control over the situation, things were much more organized. We were safely on board and in our cabin before 11:30am. Our cabin was very clean, spacious, and in good order. The tub/shower combination in the bathroom was worth the price of the suite. Our cabin steward Jeffrey was perfect in every way and greatly enhanced our experience. Our luggage was delivered very promptly. We couldn't have been happier with Club Class Dining. The separate area of the Bordeaux Dining Room was very peaceful and the service most attentive. The food was good and the extra dish often noteworthy. We never had to wait for a table, and our beverages of choice were instantly at hand. My husband enjoyed the variety of the buffet, but the quality of the food and lack of substantial vegetarian items made it a no go for me. We had Room Service a couple of times. The menu was small as were the portions, but the service was very friendly and you could order as much of any item as you wanted. I had pizza from the Lido Deck on the last day and wondered why I had waited so long. It was really good. The Coral Princess is very clean and well maintained. The crew is pleasant and seemed to work well together as a team. We enjoyed the less frantic atmosphere of a smaller ship, and found plenty of areas to enjoy the solitude of the sea away from others. I thoroughly enjoyed the Thermal Suite in the Lotus Spa. The heated beds were so relaxing, and I'm glad I invested in a pass. It was well worth it to me. It was too cold for us to brave Movies Under the Stars, but the movies also played on the televisions in our cabin and in the Princess Theater. We indulged in Premiere Coffee Cards and are glad we did. Although there could be long lines at the International Cafe, especially in the mornings, my husband greatly enjoyed the specialty frozen beverages available. I enjoyed an after dinner latte in Club Class more than once, along with an occasional Mocktail. Disembarkation in San Pedro was a breeze. We enjoyed a final Club Class breakfast with the same attentive service we had received during the rest of the cruise. We were not rushed or hurried in any way. After a leisurely meal we made our way to the quiet Platinum Lounge until our group was called. Once off the ship, our luggage was easily located and a Lyft quickly obtained for our short trip home. We thoroughly enjoyed our time aboard the lovely Coral Princess and hope to be cruising again before too long. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I chose this cruise because I needed a small break. It was perfect to leave from my home port. The stop in Astoria was uneventful. I would have liked to stop in Seattle or San Francisco, anywhere but Astoria. The people at my dining ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I needed a small break. It was perfect to leave from my home port. The stop in Astoria was uneventful. I would have liked to stop in Seattle or San Francisco, anywhere but Astoria. The people at my dining table were wonderful. we ranged in age from 48 - 82 and had a great camaraderie. The games were hilarious at times. The staff were awesome. They upgraded me to a balcony which I loved. I sat out there in the mornings with my tea and just listened to the sound of the waves and was at peace. I was able to see some whales blow but not emerge or breach. Dani, Christopher, and Carlos took great care of me in the dining room. The food was bland. I heard this complaint from several guests onboard. I don't know if they don't season the food because they think most of the guests are elderly and cannot tolerate it. The worst food on the ship was a veggie burger up on 14. It was soggy and fell apart and tasted terrible. I found the heat inside the ship to be way too high. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My second cruise on the Coral, this time in a balcony A610. A great location with covered balcony allowing us to step out even in the rain and not get our feet wet! This cabin was on the port side, a fantastic location to view the ... Read More
My second cruise on the Coral, this time in a balcony A610. A great location with covered balcony allowing us to step out even in the rain and not get our feet wet! This cabin was on the port side, a fantastic location to view the glaciers. Embankment was smooth and efficient. Sailaway was under sunny skies for a 7 day Alaska cruise-last of the season. We had the beverage package, gratuity and OBC as perks for this sailing. Very convenient for all drinks including specialty coffees and bottled water. Was very wet and stormy in Juneau, Skagway was phenomenal as was Glacier Bay. We were unable to dock in Ketchikan which was very disappointing. Activities on board were great but many overlapping so had to choose. Could have had more variety in entertainment comedian twice ventriloquist twice and on show was the Piano bar Don Juan show. Great show. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We picked this cruise to see Alaska, especially the inside passage and Ketchikan. Although scheduled, the cruise skipped both. That was extremely disappointing. Princess did nothing to make up for it. The staff were excellent, friendly ... Read More
We picked this cruise to see Alaska, especially the inside passage and Ketchikan. Although scheduled, the cruise skipped both. That was extremely disappointing. Princess did nothing to make up for it. The staff were excellent, friendly and efficient, especially in the bars and restaurants. The food varied from good to poor, but there was a lot of it. The drink “packages” were overpriced, I don’t recommend them. The room service menu was surprisingly limited. The Coral Princess ship was nice. We had taken this cruise before on other ships, and the ports and shore excursions were excellent, but on this cruise we took no excursions primarily because of the bad weather. Embarkation was easy and quick, but disembarkation was a nightmare. Customs was easy, baggage collection was easy, but the line to get a taxi took two and a half hours! Standing in the cold with 2,000 of my best friends for that length of time was miserable. Overall, of ~20 cruises I’ve taken, this was the poorest. Good luck. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
To saii with friends to a remote and réputés destination. Cruise was perfect and excusions were Nice, instructive, Skagway and mainly Ketchican have too much boutiques and jewel stores that kind of diminish the natural beauty of the ... Read More
To saii with friends to a remote and réputés destination. Cruise was perfect and excusions were Nice, instructive, Skagway and mainly Ketchican have too much boutiques and jewel stores that kind of diminish the natural beauty of the surroundings. Ship is not the youngest of the fleet and decoration is a little kitsch but clean, with good service every where on the ship. Food is good in buffets, uneven at Anytime Dinner. Naturalist and yes the captain are good communicators. Land portions was fine but food offer is ordinary, too salty, too rich, too abundant calories wise. The offer of senior portions, and "Healthy" food would better the offer. All motor coach or railway transportation are well organized...Princess is a leader in this aspect. A forgotten jacket at Fairbanks Princess Hotel was brought at the airport before departure flight...personal and quality of service of great quality. To be noted the quality of naturalist Rachel Cartwright as a speaker, writer and animator. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The ship itself and the staff were great. Accomodation was good. Entertainment other than the 2 shows was very poor. The game shows and karaoke and especially the ventriloquist were infantile. The stops at Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan ... Read More
The ship itself and the staff were great. Accomodation was good. Entertainment other than the 2 shows was very poor. The game shows and karaoke and especially the ventriloquist were infantile. The stops at Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan were just opportunities for the cruise line to sell souvenirs from their own stores. Some of the tours were very good. We felt pressured into buying continuously on the ship. Expensive souvenirs, art and photos. Food was very good. Formal evening again just an opportunity to sell photos. The cruise of the glacier bays was stunning. Made up for a lot of the other stuff. We also felt we were in a retirement home. So many people who couldn’t move themselves. Breakfast was good and choices were fine. A lot of fried salty food but there were alternatives if that’s not for you. Embarkation was terrible. No fault of the ship. The US customs were very slow and didn’t care at all and the process took 2 hours Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Excellent cruise. Staff were professional and the ship was spotless. Food was excellent. Scenery was wonderful. Highly recommend taking the the tour of the ship. The cost is $120 but is worth every cent. You will see all the behind the ... Read More
Excellent cruise. Staff were professional and the ship was spotless. Food was excellent. Scenery was wonderful. Highly recommend taking the the tour of the ship. The cost is $120 but is worth every cent. You will see all the behind the scenes of the ship and as a surprise you receive photos of the tour, a Princess bath robe and cooking apron, a picture frame and a personalized note pad. One of my favourite experiences on board.I did not purchase any of the beverage packages and was never lacking for anything to drink. There is included orange juice for breakfast and coffee, tea and water. Other drinks such as sodas would have to be purchased. The entertainment was very good with a mix of comedy, singing and chorus shows. Very happy with the overall cruise The only thing I would add is that we took the Denali rail Land tour afterwards and this was not good value for money spent. The train speed was very slow (approx 25 mp) making it a very long trip. The Princess Denali Lodge was dirty with very limited time to enjoy the park and the Princess Staff aggressively pushed the Wilderness Wildlife Tour upgrade on the train which turned out to be a major disappointment. Avoid that tour at all costs. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I read the reviews and thought it was best cruise for our first cruise together. This cruise exceeded our expectations, ALASKA IS BEAUTIFUL!, we will definitely be back but will do it in reverse order, land first, water second. From ... Read More
I read the reviews and thought it was best cruise for our first cruise together. This cruise exceeded our expectations, ALASKA IS BEAUTIFUL!, we will definitely be back but will do it in reverse order, land first, water second. From embarkation to disembarkation, the staff of Princess Cruise was on point. Our steward Inri, always had a smile and made our stay much more pleasant. They had really good and diverse entertainment, Symphonie was exceptional. The food at the Horizon was outstanding and well prepared and we loved that we could get a slice of pizza, burger etc., on the deck. The anytime dining was the way to go, we weren’t tied to a specific time, it allowed us to explore enjoy more of our time on the ship. The only negative was the internet package, it was not consistent and only one device at a time could use it, it should’ve been accessible to both of us, we each had only one device. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My husband and I did the Alaskan cruise followed by a land tour with stays at the Princess Denali Lodge and Fairbanks Lodge. We wanted to see the glaciers, but also see the northern lights and visit the arctic circle. We had hoped to learn ... Read More
My husband and I did the Alaskan cruise followed by a land tour with stays at the Princess Denali Lodge and Fairbanks Lodge. We wanted to see the glaciers, but also see the northern lights and visit the arctic circle. We had hoped to learn more about the Alaskan people and those that “live off the grid” as well as learn more about Alaska’s history. Our suite was beautiful and spacious and was best part of the cruise. The enrichment presentations were basic and repetitive. The talks were about mammals and sea life. Unfortunately, the lectures never focused on Alaska’s history, Aurora Borealis, or the glaciers and how global warming is causing most of the glaciers to recede. It was not until there was a surprise Northern Lights show during the early am hours through the College Fjord glaciers, that the Princess Cruise videographer spoke for a few minutes before a mammal talk, that there will be a dvd for sale with the nights light show along with pre-recorded Aurora Borealis events. We missed the Northern Lights that night as we were asleep. The Deadliest Catch excursion was great and I was pleasantly surprised. The Best of Juneau excursion was long and it was surprisingly warm. The glacier was sadly disappearing. The Yukon tour which included an extension bridge was also very long in duration. Again very warm which, of course, had nothing to do with Princess Cruises, but global warming. I forgot to add that the glacier viewing from the cruise ship was beautiful, but not as dramatic as one would think by viewing brochures. The Marjorie glacier I gather was grand at one time, but now it was just stagnant. I understand that it is one of the glaciers that is not receding. The College Fjord was far more spectacular with larger pieces of icebergs floating along side the ship. The land tour was very good. Weather remained quite warm, but overcast in the evening which prevented the Aurora Borealis from being viewed fully. We were only able to see a portion of Denali, but quite impressive. The highlight was the plane ride from Fairbanks into the Arctic Circle. Learned a lot about “living off the grid” and sustainable living in Alaska. I would of loved to have learned about the lifestyle of First Nation, Alaskans, and Indian tribes on the cruise before the land tour. Lastly, there are many fires that are still occurring in Alaska, so smoke may be present. In fact, we could smell the smoke in the plane on our flight to the Arctic Circle. We also could see the Rampart fire from the plane. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Alaska is our "happy place" and we see something new every time and we love to go up there. Departing out of Vancouver is easy and we maximize our time in the Inside Passage (as opposed to departing from Seattle where we spend 36 ... Read More
Alaska is our "happy place" and we see something new every time and we love to go up there. Departing out of Vancouver is easy and we maximize our time in the Inside Passage (as opposed to departing from Seattle where we spend 36 hours in open water before getting to the calmer, inside passage views.) We take the train from downtown Seattle and enjoy the views of the Sound as we head north. We take this same train when we arrive in Vancouver. We experienced a long wait in Vancouver going through US immigration but after that our Platinum status got us on board quickly. The room was ready and the steward very helpful. We've been to the ports of call many times so we have favorite shops all along the way. This time we only did whale watching out of Juneau but we understand the Ketchican trip saw bubble-net-feeding. We also like the White Pass Railroad in Skagway and the bear expedition out of Haynes. We're "anytime" diners (far, far, easier than having a set dining time and the same faces at every meal), and we met lots of interesting people not to mention a lot of Aussies and first-time cruisers. Foodservice seemed to be an ongoing issue. It took two hours or more to get in and fed on several occasions. The food was as expected--good but a bit too "fancy" for our palates. The wait staff was usually quite friendly and helpful, but not always. When one diner complained her steak was too tough, the waiter pulled out a 6" switchblade and gave it to her. She didn't complain after that. Princess has lower priority with the Inside Passage ports so they always doc well away from town but don't always provide shuttles from the boat to town. Holland America parks right downtown in most ports. Our cabin was nice with a great view and two flat-screen TVs but no curtain or another divider between the sections which would have been essential if we had brought along another passenger. We were disappointed in the entertainment--only one full-ensemble show (which was great) and the comic wanted us old people dead. We got in his way. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Alaska was a bucket list destination for us, not just a cruise but also a land tour. Princess Cruises offers cruisetours incorporating a cruise with a land tour. We selected the Connoisseur Tour as it included most meals on the tour as ... Read More
Alaska was a bucket list destination for us, not just a cruise but also a land tour. Princess Cruises offers cruisetours incorporating a cruise with a land tour. We selected the Connoisseur Tour as it included most meals on the tour as well as the services of a tour director. The additional cost above their unescorted tour is approx $900.00 per person. The cruise part of out trip was very good, no problems and delivered what we expected. Rooms on the ship were a bit dated and could do with a refurbishment but the ship amenities and facilities were certainly up to scratch. we sailed Club Class and had no waiting times in the dining room or any specialty restaurants. Ports of call were all interesting, the towns quirky, Glacier Bay and College Fjord were spectacular. The land portion of the tour however didn't live up to expectations. First the tour director. Our director did not deliver any real value or insight during our tour. Her input included handing out check in information envelopes at each lodge and making dinner reservations at the lodge restaurant on the first night at 2 of the 3 lodges. All of this could have been easily managed direct by the lodge check in staff on our arrival. Apart from the 2 dinner reservations and a couple of pre-arranged tour group meals (not arranged by our director anyway), we were left to arrange our own meals direct with the eateries at each lodge which often meant putting our name on a list and waiting up to 1 hour for a table to become available. On one very cool night we were even placed at an outdoor table for dinner - not acceptable. Given that we had paid to be on a Connoisseur tour, we expected better service than that. We should have had pre-tour bookings for all meals rather than have to take our chances with all the other travellers at the lodge. Princess really need to review their staff numbers and facilities to make sure they can actually cater for the very high number of guests that they happily pile into their lodges. Regarding the lodges, they are all owned by Princess and staffed with seasonal workers from across the globe, some who do not have a very good grasp of the English language. In general, the service received at the lodges was below expectations. The cleanliness of the rooms left a bit to be desired - we even found hair and eyelashes on the pillows in one of our rooms - suggests the bedding was not changed! They are also located in relatively remote areas away from other shops/restaurants etc so there is no real alternative but to eat, drink and spend all your money at their lodges. My advice is to NOT take a Connoisseur tour but rather one of their unescorted tours which includes basically the same itinerary and you're not locked in to 3 course dinners each night (after waiting for a table) - buy and pay only for what you want. You'd save money. The tour direct too is not worth the additional cost, doesn't deliver any value or enhance your experience. Another word of advice, don't take the last cruisetour of the season. Pricess started closing down services in the Fairbanks lodge while we were still there for a couple of days post-tour. It was like we were the last house guests and were in their way of closing down for winter. In summary, cruise great, land tour average to below expectations. Maybe if you want to do a land tour of Alaska, do your homework of local tour operators that run land tours and book with one of them. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Heard the Princess cruises to Alaska were the best. So we divided to see if it was true. The cruise was everything we expected and more. The highlight of our trip was seeing the glaciers. Everyone on the ship was pleasant and helpful. ... Read More
Heard the Princess cruises to Alaska were the best. So we divided to see if it was true. The cruise was everything we expected and more. The highlight of our trip was seeing the glaciers. Everyone on the ship was pleasant and helpful. Our cabin was large and we had lots of room. The embarkation was very easy and painless. When we got on the ship we could immediately go to our cabin. The buffet was ready when we boarded and was plentiful and good. The excursions were good. We went on several and were pleased with the transportation and the content of the excursions. Good choices for the excursions. The food on the ship was outstanding and a good variety. The waiters and staff was always very attentive and the service was very good. The spa was nice and the massage I received was wonderful. Overall the cruise more than met our expectations and we are glad we chose Princess. We would go again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
First time doing Princess Cruises, have done Norwegian, Celebrity, as well as many Carnival cruises. Cruise ship is designed well, easy to access everything. Balcony view was good, room design works well with lots of closet space. ... Read More
First time doing Princess Cruises, have done Norwegian, Celebrity, as well as many Carnival cruises. Cruise ship is designed well, easy to access everything. Balcony view was good, room design works well with lots of closet space. Bathroom shower could be a little larger (couldn't fit well). Room Stewart was A#1, welcoming very helpful. Food was great, good selections updated daily. Portions were fine. Service was #1. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Would have given 5 Stars if not for Land Tour promotional pkg. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Seems some Princess Cruises promotions include "Cruisetour Cash" to be spent on the Land portion of your cruise EXCEPT they book you into a hotel that does not accept it. !!!!! What's with that???? We were the only couple in our group that had "Cruisetour Cash". We were the only couple that was booked into Bear Lodge. Bear Lodge DOES NOT accept "Cruisetour Cash". Bear Lodge is NOT a Princess Hotel. Seems everyone else was booked into a Princess hotel that would have accepted the cash. Even the two Tour Bus drivers thought it was odd driving only one couple to a separate hotel. Did Princess do this Intentionally???? I think YES !!!! Odd as we booked 8 months in advance and were told there was no room left at the Princess Hotel.? Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise because of the timing, it was perfect for our vacation days off and we always wanted to go to Alaska. I haven't been on a cruise for awhile and forgot about the hidden fees when searching, the cruise lines should ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the timing, it was perfect for our vacation days off and we always wanted to go to Alaska. I haven't been on a cruise for awhile and forgot about the hidden fees when searching, the cruise lines should be more up front on the mandatory fees such as: Taxes & Port Expenses, not when you book it, also don't waist your time buying the wifi internet, its very expensive and very slow, when it works, about 50% of the time. We ate at the buffet most of the time, what could I say, It was a buffet, I'm not a fan of buffet food to start with so lets say it was okay, one of the reasons I don't care for any buffet is that people with illness, poor hygiene and made to wash there hands before entering the dinning room (it really shows how disgusting some people are), although I remember two nights in particular which we had Shrimp cocktail one night and Pho soup on another night, both where outstanding, the rest of the time it was okay, we did eat at the restaurant on two nights and it was better than the buffet but nothing to write home about. The most important thing you should remember is stay away from the Casino, I must say we love to play the slots and we did have fun doing so, but the problem is just in case you happen to win, don't expect the casino to credit your account, we spent a total of $90.00 dollars and when we decided to quit playing we had a credit of between $35.00 - $45.00, we did have a casino employee explain to us that we had to use our ship card to charge our credit card in order to play, and there would be an accounting of all transaction both charge and credit, on the statement that was put next to our door the night before leaving the ship showed the charge but not the credit, I asked the employee at the info desk and they told me the casino is closed and will not open until the ship departs on the next cruise, but not to worry because they will send me a check in two weeks for the credit, it's been almost a month and no check, I asked why is it so easy to charge my credit card when playing the slots and for every extra thing I purchased on the ship but difficult to credit back money, the look I got was like a deer staring into the headlights of a car. All in all the trip was nice, we loved Alaska and all it had to show us, the food at the restaurants on shore where awesome, the people where great and very friendly, and the sites where amazing. A must if you never have, next time we will travel via air and ferry boat (more bang for the buck) Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Overall, we really enjoyed the cruise, but the disappointment in all of Princess's cutbacks in service left a bad taste. We are Platinum members and will cruise on Princess again but my wife and I agreed that we are reaching our limit ... Read More
Overall, we really enjoyed the cruise, but the disappointment in all of Princess's cutbacks in service left a bad taste. We are Platinum members and will cruise on Princess again but my wife and I agreed that we are reaching our limit on how far we will put up with Princess's cutbacks. First the good aspects which were substantial: We really like the ship. The Coral Princess is comfortable, not crowded, in good shape even though it is not new. We really enjoy the Lifeboat (aka Promenade) deck that circles the ship. The new Princess ships have no such deck and are more crowded in general. This ship had a library and game roon which got quite a lot of use by families. On this cruise there were considerably more local aspects than on our previous Alaska cruise nine years ago: sled dog puppies on board, a well-known female Iditarod racer, lumberjack show, Alaska folk singer, naturalist, and really fantastic National Park rangers in Glacier Bay. These really added to the experience. We did the Princess 5-night land tour after the cruise and greatly enjoyed that also. Saw quite a lot of wildlife including many Grizzly bears in Denali National Park. Now the disappointments: In the buffet there was often not enough variety of food to fill all of the serving areas. The food was good and the variety was reasonable, but it just did not look bountiful. The main (complimentary) dining room menus used to have four courses: appetizer, soup/salad, entree, and dessert. The first two courses have been combined into one. And on the area of the menu that lists items available every evening, steak was always listed in the past. Now that is some form of hamburger. The training of the dining room waiters is apparently nonexistent. We had waiters who seemed as though they were taken off their jobs as deckhands and given waiters' uniforms. They were nice people but it was like we were eating in a cheap diner. When we described this to the head waiter he gave us tables with better waiters in succeeding nights and he was aware of the situation but said he could do nothing. Finally, the balcony staterooms used to have two chairs. One has been removed, so now one person has to sit on the bed. Why???? Is it to encourage us to upgrade to mini suites? This was not a fluke. It has been true on our last two cruises and in the recent Princess brochure the floor plans of the staterooms have been changed to show only the desk chair. These items are rather minor in themselves and cruisers may not notice, or be bothered by them. But they are worth mentiononing. Finally, overall we had a really great cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We cruised from Vancouver to Alaska, followed by the Princess tour to Denali Park. From beginning to end it was a fantastic trip. The cruise line lived up to every expectation. We chose a cabin with balcony on the Emerald deck which was ... Read More
We cruised from Vancouver to Alaska, followed by the Princess tour to Denali Park. From beginning to end it was a fantastic trip. The cruise line lived up to every expectation. We chose a cabin with balcony on the Emerald deck which was nice with a comfortable bed....my only suggestion is that it needed a more comfortable chair, rather than an armless desk chair. The food was delicious and service outstanding. We chose the 'anytime dining' and the Horizon dining room; also frequented the small cafes for coffee and snacks. We enjoyed the wine tasting, a couple of lectures and shows, as well as the music played in the atrium and lounges. The shopping on board was fun and reasonable. Our rail trip to Denali was beautiful and the overnight lodges were nice. Not seeing Mt Denali, bears, or moose was disappointing, but we loved the charming village of Talkeetna. The entire trip from start to finish was extremely well organized and confusion-free. We highly recommend this ship and would love to sail Princess again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I would highly recommend this trip! The cruise staff were excellent! Food outstanding - and plenty of it!! Entertainment was varied - there was something for everyone!! We really enjoyed our excursions - especially the helicopter ride ... Read More
I would highly recommend this trip! The cruise staff were excellent! Food outstanding - and plenty of it!! Entertainment was varied - there was something for everyone!! We really enjoyed our excursions - especially the helicopter ride to the glacier as well as whale watching, crab eating, zip-lining, and whitewater rafting. The exercise classes available were great as well as the Lotus Spa massage, manicure/pedicures. We had a medical emergency and the doctors and nurses were very knowledgable, professional, kind, caring - especially at 1:00 a.m.!! They made all of the difference in the world to our trip! My sister renewed her 25th Anniversary wedding vows with her husband which was a very touching, beautiful night!! We loved the last night eating in the Bayou dinning room where we got to celebrate all of the workers there! We loved that the cruise staff was diverse and from all over the world!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We had never been to Alaska and found this cruise to be wonderful. All the staff worked very hard to make this a great experience. The ship was a moderate size and somewhat older, but it was hard to tell this, as it was well kept. The food ... Read More
We had never been to Alaska and found this cruise to be wonderful. All the staff worked very hard to make this a great experience. The ship was a moderate size and somewhat older, but it was hard to tell this, as it was well kept. The food was the best of any cruise so far. The entertainment was first class, and not of poor quality as I have experienced on other cruise lines. The two non-disembarked destinations of Glacier Bay, and College Fiord were the highlight and the best experience of any cruise yet. The embarking and disembarking were extremely easy, and made so that it all goes very smoothly. We have decided that we will look for ships of this size rather than the mega ships for our future cruise choices. Choose excursions carefully. most bus tours can't be duplicated off the ship, but the Seaplane rides are available for half the price. We enjoyed this cruise very much. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our third cruise on Princess. We are, or were, loyal to the Princess product. We have sailed others but returned. When our daughter was born we switched to Disney. I was so happy to return to Princess... Disney was great ... Read More
This was our third cruise on Princess. We are, or were, loyal to the Princess product. We have sailed others but returned. When our daughter was born we switched to Disney. I was so happy to return to Princess... Disney was great and served our needs at the time. Disney does exactly what you expect of a Disney product. With that being said, when the kids grow up, it's time to go back to a more refined product. No more mad house of kids running, screaming and pushing you out of the way! We sailed on the Coral Princess. This is a 12 day land and sea trip, 7 at sea, 5 on land. Their website says it was refurbished January 2019. Some parts of the ship maybe, but not the staterooms. The room itself was okay but the bathroom was nasty. Mold in the grout lines... nothing a little Clorox Cleanup couldn't fix. Which is why I didn't understand it. Next is the wait staff... The first nights dining was terrible. Painfully slow, no explanation or recommendation on the menu. Drinks were never refilled, water glasses were constantly empty. I tried to engage in conversation with our waiter without success. I spoke with Andre, the person in charge of our dining area. He was great! He moved us to a new location and our waiters there were great. Rico and Socrates were awesome! With them, it was how I remembered Princess dining. Our first shore excursion was a sea plane ride in Ketchikan. Remember the news a month or so back? The sea plane crashes in Ketchikan... My wife called Princess and inquired about the excursion. Princess assured her it wasn't with that company. We show up on the Coral Princess and there is a letter stating that our excursion has been cancelled because it is with that company. She panics that we won't be able to get a comparable excursion and heads to the excursion desk. Good news, she got a comparable excursion booked. We show up for our sea plane flight and guess what? It is with the very company who just had the crashes! Good news, we went on the excursion and they did an awesome job! Now part 2, our Princess land tour. Wittier AK to Fairbanks via Talkeetna by rail, Princess rail. That's where we are now, Talkeetna. First experience... I go to use the restroom on the train. They already briefed for the men to sit down to use the toilet. I get in there and someone didn't listen. There is urine all over the toilet and seat... I grab some toilet paper and wipe it all up. Then I flush the toilet. Seems like the logical thing to do, right? Something goes wrong and the rinse pump spits water and the toilet valve slams open and close several times really fast. Smelly toilet water splashes out and I'm covered from my chest to my knees! The smell is horrific and all I could do was stand there looking at it. These are like airplane toilets with a tank, not like at home. Now the good part... Princess won't allow you to take any bags except for 1 small tote type bag on the train. My one bag was a camera bag, remember it's Alaska! I have no clothes to change into. We have 5 hours onboard this train plus a 2 hour wait until our room is ready. I am counting the minutes until I can get out of these soiled clothes! Now the icing on the cake. We get to the lodge and our room isn't ready yet but our bags are there. Well, some of our bags are there. My wife's bag is missing and at the time of writing this, still missing. Yeah this sucks but at the moment, thank God it isn't mine that's missing! Now the room... there is 1 king bed. There are 3 of us... The same 3 listed on all of our Princess travel documents. Now we have to go back down to the lobby to get a different room. I'm still in my soiled clothes! We are at the Mt McKinley Princess Lodge. We kept hearing how great it was, in reality, it's a dump! This is, or appears to be, an old ski lodge. It has that "rustic " worn furniture look. I would categorize it as a motel not a hotel. Boy has the Princess product changed. We are loyal to the Hilton brand. The Mt McKinley Princess Lodge is way, way below the Hampton Inn. The difference is, when you book at the Hampton, you know what to expect! You know it's not a true Hilton. There is no executive lounge... but it is still a nice and a clean product. The furniture at the lodge looks like they got another lodges old furniture when they upgraded! This cruise/trip is my wife's bucket list trip. Her 50th birthday wish. She has been planning this trip for over a year. She has poured her heart and soul into planning this trip. She has spared no expense... We have a full plate of excursions. Three plane rides, landing on a glacier, a flight to the arctic circle, whale watching and the list goes on. We're standing in our less than impressive room and she is in tears. She asks me if we should just try to get a room at the Hilton? I can't begin to tell you how heartbreaking it was. Update, as I am writing this, they called to say they have found and delivered the bag. Only a few hour late. Not ready to give them a star back but we are thankful. We have some serious thinking to do about our future cruise company. Princess, you have really disappointed us this time. You have 4 days to redeem yourself! On our second night at the McKinley lodge we decided to try a move one of our excursions. The excursion is in Fairbanks and changing it is strictly a matter of personal convenience. Our next lodge is Denali. Oh my, we're back at a princess product... or at least how I envision one. The Denali lodge is beautiful! The staff is friendly and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was our first cruise and we had a balcony cabin as we didn't want to miss out on seeing anything. We chose the Coral Princess as it was a slightly smaller ship with less people on board. We are from New Zealand and this was our ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we had a balcony cabin as we didn't want to miss out on seeing anything. We chose the Coral Princess as it was a slightly smaller ship with less people on board. We are from New Zealand and this was our first time in Canada and Alaska. This cruise was absolutely fabulous. The scenery was breathtaking, the food was delicious, the bed was comfortable, the crew were always polite and helpful, the entertainment was great. I couldn't fault Princess Cruises from start to finish. The ports had lovely small towns that you could walk around and just enjoy the places. We did not go on any of the excursions. There is always plenty to do on the ship if you choose to. We went to our first art auction which was 2hrs long but weren't tempted to buy anything. We had 2 formal nights and it was nice to see everyone dressed up in the restaurant and at the theatre on the same night. This cruise exceded our expectations and we can't wait to take another Princess Cruise somewhere. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Having traveled on Princess before to Alaska I knew I wanted to do it again. The itinerary was perfect. I loved cruising Glacier Bay and seeing it all from my balcony. A balcony cabin is a must for this scenic cruise. I signed up for a ... Read More
Having traveled on Princess before to Alaska I knew I wanted to do it again. The itinerary was perfect. I loved cruising Glacier Bay and seeing it all from my balcony. A balcony cabin is a must for this scenic cruise. I signed up for a balcony glacier photo and got some of the best pictures without having to fight for the rail on the upper decks. I strongly recommend taking the White Pass railway in Skagway. Such a beautiful scenic ride. The cruise director John was the best I have ever had on a cruise. So much fun. Loved the broadway styled shows they had too. The park rangers and guest speakers were very interesting and added to the experience of seeing and learning about Alaska. Embankment and disembarking were very smooth and easy. Food choices were abundant and we enjoyed eating at various places throughout the day. Will definitely being taking Princess again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Coral Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 4.0
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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