LasVegasRoller

LasVegasRoller
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Coral Princess

December 2016 - Coral Princess to Panama Canal, Central America

Panama Holiday Cruise

This was a 10 day cruise from Dec 18-28 on Coral Princess.  We celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza onboard the festively decorated ship. It made a great venue for family reunions. There was an impressive wall of gingerbread houses specially designed for the holidays.  On the first formal night, the photographers used the gingerbread houses as a background.  The photo was beautiful!  There were great photos specials onboard, including an all inclusive package for $199 per cabin. This allowed you to keep all photos taken by the ship photographers.   We had 2 relaxing days at sea, then we went to Aruba, Columbia, the Panama Canal, Costa Rica, another sea day, Grand Cayman, and a final sea day, before returning to Ft Lauderdale.  This is an older refurbished ship, but was very comfortable and well-kept.  The food in the dining room was excellent.  We had early fixed dining and never had to wait.  However, those with "anytime dining" always had a long waiting line beginning at 5:30 PM.  The Lido buffet had good selection, however, the food was eclectic, often with no specific theme. There was great entertainment, including 2 pianists, an electric violin duo, a magician, and a singing and dancing  revue team.  The Shopping Specialist onboard, named Todd, gave excellent lectures and his VIP discount for all passengers got us better discounts and better prices in the Princess recommended shops.  Columbia was the best place to buy emeralds, and there were rings and other jewelry in all sizes, quality, and prices.  I would definitely recommend this itinerary.

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Norwegian Epic

June 2014 - Norwegian Epic to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Epic vacation

I had a Haven Spa Suite Cabin 14139, which gave us the ability to use the spa facilities and thermal pools as much as we wanted, while still having access to all the amenities of the Haven area on Floors 16 and 17, including a butler.  The concierge service was the best!  Ryan and Roel were very hands on in getting dinner and show reservations for us, and they were always on the dock each morning to ensure we got to our tour buses.  We also received priority tendering back to the ship after our tours.  On port days, Haven guests also had use of an express elevator.  With almost 5000 people on the ship, this is a great perk! The Haven Restaurant served great food, and there never was a wait.  The Haven Staff was the best on the ship.  

 

I also ate in 3 Specialty Restaurants.  Cagney's Steakhouse had great steaks, but slow service.  The Cucina Restaurant was one of the worst Italian food restaurants I have ever been to.  I ordered spaghetti and sausage, which was not served with a red sauce, but instead an olive oil which did not have enough sauce.  The service was also very slow.  This was not worth the $15 per person up charge. The French Restaurant, Le Bistro, had great food and fast efficient, friendly service.  For an extra $10, we ordered a great lobster tail meal, which came with 2 tails.  The staff, including the management made great effort to make all dining experiences positive and memorable.  

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LasVegasRoller's Tips

Coral Princess Coral Princess - Great photo packages. If you buy the all inclusive photo package, pick up your photos daily, so you don't miss any and it is easier than looking for them all at the end of the cruise.
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands - Great shopping promenade. I did not take a tour, I just took a cab into town. 10 Euros each way. If you are 2 or more people, this is cheaper than taking the ship' s shuttle bus at $12 each. The shuttle had a large wait, but none for a cab.
Cannes, France - I took the Nice and Monte Carlo Tour. Buy your lunch and souvenirs in Nice. Everything is much cheaper there.
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy - I took the Pisa Climb Tour. Going to the top of the Pisa Tower is a fantastic view, plus the bells at the top are a great photo op. However, the tour dies not allow very much free time and I did not have time to see the inside of the Cathedral or other buildings.
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - I took the tour of Rome and the Vatican. It was a full day. If I did this again, I would focus on the Vatican. We ran through the museum and Sistine Chapel due to time constraints that I did not feel I could fully appreciate or enjoy the sites.
Barcelona, Spain - We spent an extra say after the cruise. It rained, so we went to the Picasso Museum. You can easily spend 4 hours here. It has Picasso's portrait sketches and paintings from when he first started art as a young boy. I loved his pigeon paintings as well.
Naples, Italy - I took the 4 hour Pompeii Tour. Very interesting, but a lot of walking, and hot in the summer.
Norwegian Epic Norwegian Epic - This is a huge ship with only 2 areas with elevators. Plan your travel around the ship well to minimize waiting for elevators. They are almost impossible on port days when getting off the ship and at dinner time.

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received a helpful vote on their Coral Princess cruise review - Panama Holiday Cruise

received a helpful vote on their Coral Princess cruise review - Panama Holiday Cruise

received a helpful vote on their Coral Princess cruise review - Panama Holiday Cruise

received a helpful vote on their Coral Princess cruise review - Panama Holiday Cruise

shared a quick tip for Coral Princess"Great photo packages. If you buy the all inclusive photo package, pick up your photos daily, so you don't miss any and it is easier than looking for them all at the end of the cruise."

reviewed their Panama Canal, Central America cruise on Coral Princess and gave it 4 stars!

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Epic cruise review - Epic vacation

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