nmoglin

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Coral Princess

December 2015 - Coral Princess to Panama Canal, Central America

Lovely Canal Cruise

Very nice cruise.  The ship is a bit tired looking in places but spotlessly clean, well maintained and comfortable.  We had a suite and an adjacent veranda stateroom.  Both were very comfortable and the layout of the suite was far superior to suites we have had on Oceania and Holland America -- particularly the split bath and the separation between the living and sleeping areas.  On both Oceania and Holland America a suite is really just a large room.  The suites on the Coral and Island Princess are designed to live as two distinct "rooms"--one for sleeping and one for entertaining.  Service was very good overall but there was a greater "push" to purchase specialty drinks and extra cost add ins than we were used to based on other cruises we have taken.  We booked the Sanctuary for the whole cruise and that eliminated the issue everywhere but the main dining room where the "hawking" of after dinner drinks was a bit too intrusive for our taste.

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nmoglin's Tips

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - Nicer than Colon but not anywhere I would want to spend time. Get out and see the rainforest -- it is why you came to Costa Rica in the first place!
Colon, Panama - Colon is really a nasty spot--even the locals acknowledge that it is a dump. Get off the boat at Gautun and see something of the canal and spend as little time in Colon as possible.
Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal) - You can see the whole canal but you need to get off the ship at Gautun and take an excursion--either a boat ride to the Pacific or the antique train which runs along side the canal. Both are fun.
Coral Princess Coral Princess - The Sanctuary is a must if you want to get away from the crowds around the Lido. But because Princess doesn't allow one to book the Sanctuary in advance, there is something of a crush to make reservations upon boarding.

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