Coral Princess Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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5 out of 5

Fantastic Holiday aboard the Coral Princess

Sail Date: March 17, 2013

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 503

We recently spent 10 days on the Coral Princess on the Panama Canal Cruise. The ship was stunning, the staff friendly, extremely helpful, professional and truly seemed to love their jobs. They really could not do enough for you! We visited, Aruba, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica and Grand Cayman. Our excursions to all of these ports with the exception of Columbia were fantastic. They were well organized, informative, fun and were more than we could have asked for with the exception of Columbia and this had nothing to do with Coral Princess. We found the street vendors to be very aggressive with their approach, there were so many tours taking place that you couldn't hear your guide and there were just too many people. The other excursions were great. The restaurants on board were very good quality and had a wide variety of dishes. The entertainment was very good and we enjoyed each of the shows we attended. The photographers were exceptional as well as our cabin stewart Adelo. Our days at sea were very relaxing and we met lots of great people. Sadly we had a man overboard which resulted in a death. The ships captain and crew handled the situation with the utmost concern and professionalism. Everything from embarking to disembarking was very organized and exceptionally easy. We will definitely be cruising with Princess Cruise lines in the future and in fact ,we can't wait. This cruise is considered the "bucket list cruise" so the age of the passengers was older than we expected, but we were able to meet many great people of all ages and the crew couldn't do enough to help those with physical limitation from what we observed.
Ship Quality
beautifully maintained and up to date
Food and Dining
wide variety, great presentation, excellent quality
Cabin / Stateroom
we had a mini suite with balcony, we had lots of storage and the room was well maintained and everything we could ask for.
Service and Staff
The staff seemed to truly love their jobs. Always smiling, never went past without acknowledging you. I don't think I opened a door myself once.
We found the entertainment very good. There was a good variety including the ships dancers, comedians, illusionists, pianists, movies, and lots of activities daily. More than enough!
Children's Programs N/A
Onboard Activities
There was definite something for everyone.
Destinations and Excursions
Loved our excursion in Aruba, Grand Cayman, Costa Rica and Panama. Was not a fan of Columbia but this had nothing to do with Coral Princess
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
The staff at the port and the park and go parking were friendly and helpful.
Oranjestad, Aruba
BEAUTIFUL. Wasn't expecting such beauty.
Cartagena, Colombia
Wouldn't travel to Columbia again.
Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal) FANTASTIC, the only way to really see the way the canal works up close. The ferry was very comfortable and we learned a lot
Colon, Panama
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
The rainforest tour with the gondola, boat and walking was absolutely beautiful we saw the most amazing plants, trees, birds and animals. Very informative.
George Town, Grand Cayman
Dolphin Encounter and Sea Turtle Sanctuary were so much fun!!

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