Coral Princess Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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3 out of 5

Coral Princess Alaska Cruise

Sail Date: June 19, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The ship was lovely as was our balconey stateroom although the bed was hard & the temperature in cabin didn't reflect the thermostat setting. Cruising Glacier Bay with the Park Rangers on board was the highlight of the itinerary. Crew was friendly but not well-informed of areas of service outside their own. Food was good & plentiful but not as special or as tasty as we'd hoped for. Loved the warm pools. Our main pet peeve was that there was no dress code enforcement particularly on "Formal Nights" in the dining rooms. Too many men didn't even wear jackets or ties, much less suits or tuxedos and few women were in cocktail or formal attire. The cruise line needs to either enforce the dress code or eliminate it.

Pros: Itinerary, Scenery, Ship Interior Design & Balconey Cabin

Cons: Beds were hard, Food was OK but not delicious, Formal night was a joke, Crew didn't seem to know about ship services outside their own area.

Recommends Coral Princess? Yes!

Food and Dining
Food on menus for dining rooms did not live up to expectations. Too many items weren't as tasty or as special as they sounded. Dining rooms were very nice but unless one had a reservation for dinner in "Free Dining Option" dining room any arrival after 6pm had to wait until 7:30pm to be seated.
Cabin / Stateroom
Balconey stateroom size, decor & amenities were great overall but the mattress was really hard and room-controlled thermostat didn't really work well. Room was warm even on coldest setting.
Service and Staff
Staff was very friendly, but wait staff in dining room seemed harried & not as attentive & sharp as one would expect. Also crew did not seem to know about other areas of ship services & information outside their own.
Ship Quality
Ship was lovely and clean. Had to ride different elevators to access the wide public hallways leading to public areas or walk down long, narrow stateroom hallways.
The 2 big production numbers were really enjoyable & the singers were terriffic. A band/group called "Indigo" that played in the lounges was amazingly. The other lounge acts were pretty mediocre. There were plenty of activities to suit a variety of interests. The outdoor movies would have been great except for the wet and damp weather.
Skagway, Alaska
Enjoyed taking the self-guided walking tour. Town is very picturesque. Didn't dine or shop. Took Whitehorse Railway trip to summit. It was enjoyable & very scenic. Recommend the earliest departure.
Don't Miss: Walking around the town.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Enjoyed the Lumberjack Show. Took a float plane ride to Misty Fjords. It was scenic but not sure it was worth the money.
Don't Miss: Not sure
Juneau, Alaska
Visiting the Mendenhall Glacier/Visitor center & walking to the waterfall is a must. It was raining pretty hard, so we limited our activities. Would have taken the aerial tram if weather had been better. Some people enjoyed Whale Watching & the Zip Line excursions.
Don't Miss: Mendenhall Glacier

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