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Coral Princess Cruise Review to South America

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4.5 out of 5
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Coral Princess

34 Night Antarctica Cape Horn & Brazilian Grand Adventure (Ft. Lauderdale To Santiago)

Sail date: December 02, 2019

Ship: Coral Princess

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: C507

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

The second leg of the cruise with a new Captain, Captain Todd McBain, made all the difference in the world. He has to be, without a doubt, one of the best Captains working for any cruise line in the world. If we could go on any cruise in the world with Captain McBain, we would certainly do so. Princess Cruise Lines needs to clone this Captain. While that of course is an unrealistic suggestion, I would suggest that Captain McBain be asked to "train" other Captains, younger and older, to provide a similar experience with guests on all Princess ships. He may not be one of a kind, but he certainly comes close.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Excellent and efficient process

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
While all meals varied in appeal just as on any cruise ship, the staff always made the dining experience a pleasant one.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
For a 34-day cruise, there might have been more varied activities for persons of all ages and interests. It seems that much of what is offered is generational and even at the age of 67 I felt that much of the entertainment was for my parent's generation and not mine. Maybe it is a reality of Princess Cruises, but I always feel on the outside of what is offered as entertainment and activities. While it did not affect my overall great experience on the Coral Princess, I chose to ignore much of what was offered.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Need more generation options

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent service from staff in all venues and settings. Our room steward was one of the best we have encountered. The staff certainly made the cruise a most memorable experience.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
While we selected an interior cabin for the price provided, the décor of the ship needs to be updated to be more cheerful for a more inviting environment. The lighting and colors could be altered to provide for a more pleasant and welcoming cabin. While not exactly "dark and dingy," improvements in lighting and décor would be a welcome addition.

Ports of call

Basseterre, St. Kitts

5 out of 5
Have been to St. Kitts previously and did not participate in any excursions. One of our favorite Caribbean islands.

Fort-De-France, Martinique

4 out of 5
Had not previously visited Martinique and would not necessarily select it for a return trip. Nothing special but always enjoy visiting new places.

Salvador De Bahia, Brazil

5 out of 5
A surprise since I did not expect much for this location. Did not take an excursion but a great stop for walking around and exploring.

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

5 out of 5
Visits to Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf were great and memorable experiences.

Montevideo, Uruguay

5 out of 5
Our favorite port on the cruise. Unfortunately the weather prevented a second visit but would certainly return to Montevideo.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

4 out of 5
While the rainy day made for a dismal day, our city tour was certainly a disappointment. This one experience was underwhelming for sure.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Good and easy experience overall. However, on-shore staff seemed to give conflicting directions which made it somewhat confusing. Overall, the disembarkation was fine.
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