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4.7

Stunning Alaska! by DrDennis

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

My wife Kim had been after me for years to take an Alaskan Cruise, but I really didn’t have an interest....wasn’t on my bucket list! I’m a “throw the bathing suit, flip flops and shorts in the suitcase” kinda guy! Give me some sun, the beach and scold drink and l’m a happy camper. However, I finally acquiesced and we were off to Alaska. I am now one of those people who have done a complete 180. I truly can now recommend an Alaskan Cruise. I would also recommend doing a cruise/land package. And do it with Princess...they have their own trains to take you into the interior and their beautiful lodges are in the National Park.

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4.9

Trip of a lifetime by Utridoc

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Trip of a lifetime! We went as a large family Parents and brothers and sisters and in-laws, created lasting memories

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Good ports of call, service at reasonable price. by rbilinski

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Selection of ports of call was good. Of course would have suggestions like give more time in Aruba or less time in Colon., but over all nice variety.

Service on the ship was good especially dining area and stateroom. 

Entertainment has some interesting shows especially dancers and some individual performance, but could use a bunch more easy to set up group activities like quick dance lessons with reviews. Such activities draw large groups. On the other hand setting up just dancing in bar brings a few couples with some ballroom dancing experience to show off their "skills" to totally shot down rest of people from even entering the floor.

Over all organization of the cruise was good and I would recommend to others.

Of course we aware of the way cruises operate trying to make you feel like you are on a shopping trip and need to buy, buy and more buy ....

Also know how you want to organize your activities at ports of call. I don't recommend many of organized excursions as they are overpriced comparing to what locals offer.

As expected vast majority of people were retired and many, many either overweight or with disabilities, but that should not matter unless your goal is to meet someone. 

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4.7

Panama Canal Nov 2019 by tasomer53

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess

Hats off to Coral Princess crew and staff. Excellent service and a very enjoyable cruise. The canal is a must see.

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4.6

One of best cruises by RetiredRay

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Coral Princess, 06 Jan-21 Jan 2019, San Pedro to Fort Lauderdale via Panama Canal. First the bad, yes the ship shows signs of wear, but what do you want for a ship going into refurbishment after our trip? The crew was working on things so unless you are a real nit picker, it really was not that bad (about a dozen seats in the theater were broken? Rusted out areas?) but I did not mark anything down. Hopefully the next group will have a fresh ship. Bedding, our bed had one mattress that had a 3 inch or so dip, BEFORE putting weight on it. But the steward had that changed out within a few hours of our complaining. Smaller ship than we are used to, so there was some adjustment for the strange traffic patterns like elevators and passageways, but nothing that an intelligent person should mark down since it was a matter of learning routes and knowing where things are. The international cafe was in an odd area, small, and not as good as the other ships we have been on, that was worth a quarter point off. The Atrium (Piazza) was poorly designed for the few entertainment venues held there, more of a nexus for the stairs, shops, and services. Anytime dining tended to have a line, but then this trip was mostly older folks who eat early. The good. The aft pool was covered, nice for the cooler days and help prevent sunburn during the hot days. Horizon Buffet, small, but a nice linear layout with a large selection of hot items (I ate more hot lunches on this trip instead of just making a salad). Usually the buffet also had several ethnic dishes and often a curry dish I liked, and several times large shrimp from the grill. And after about 2PM, chips, guacamole, and salsa (on the days they left out the quac, I asked and received it). Had good to great service there. Dinner was mostly great, food was much better than our last trip on the Caribbean. Granted there were ho hum days, but even then I had a lot I liked (2-7 appetizers and all but two times a main + desert?). Actually gained some weight on this trip[ despite all the stairs I did (up to 38 flights a day). We got the same table every night and the table assigner started telling us “Go to your table”, loved it! Our server, Lorina, was excellent Evening main shows were mostly ranged from very good to excellent (“On the Bayou” and “Encore” were excellent), one good, and two fair (the comedian, Scott Wyler, and juggler, Mark Nizer, were not very good). Still lacking late morning and early afternoon music. One thing I enjoyed were the enrichment lectures by Dr. Angel Colon, ranging from various medical breakthroughs in history to art and environmental. And the Blue Jade Band was very enjoyable. Actually had several tours we took that we enjoyed a lot, the Getsemani walking tour was very informative. Embarkation and disembarkation all went very smooth and fast (but then we are elite level). Due to lack of formatting in this, I am just going to finish and say - GREAT TRIP, well worth the cost.

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4.3

Bit different for us, but worth it by alhawk1

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Overall, glad we took the cruise since Alaska is a special experience, though admittedly we prefer the tropics. We were impressed with the ship and crew. Although we did no excursions on the sea portion of the cruise, we did take a couple of excursions at Denali National Park. The first was simply a ride on a bus into the Park. We saw little wildlife (though we'd come very close to a moose grazing when hiking it the day before), but could have seen anything at any second (it is Alaska, after all) but was an interesting tour that went well above the line that personal vehicles are allowed to go. We also took a flight to the Arctic Circle that I would not recommend. It cost us approximately $1,000 to fly plus $24 to be given the materials to make 2 sandwiches on a bumpy bus ride (if you do it, don't get something sloppy like tuna). Not the fault of Princess or the tour operators, but going to a 75 degree place is something that can be done anywhere. The presentations at Coldfoot and Wiseman pretty much just reinforced what we already knew. Although there were some beautiful scenes visible from the plane, we never saw Denali due to haze from fires in Canada and the temperature in the plane was hot enough that it was hard not to sleep (plus it was 1am when we returned). It was also pretty hot in the cabin where the presentation was given so, again, sleep was pretty likely.

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5.0

Panama Canal Partial by sk8rsmom22

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Of all the cruises we have taken this was by far my favorite.  The crew were delightful, the activities plentiful and fun.  The food was wonderful as were the ports of call.  For this trip a balcony if fine.  Although when you go through the canal you want to be forward on deck.  We were on board for Halloween and the cruise staff put on a wonderful party.  Some passengers knew to dress up in costumes which was fun to see.  If ever we are onboard at this time of year I will bring a costume.  The decorations were delightful. Our first port was Aruba where we went snorkeling.  The water was warm and beautiful.  We explored the Old Town of Cartagena.  I wish we had gone to the fort as it looked like a great place to explore.  We stayed on the ship for the transit of the canal instead of taking a shore excursion and meeting up with the ship later.  The shore excursion that we took for Limon, Costa Rica was to a Rain Forest that is being restored.  The butterfly exhibit was delightful and so beautiful.  We made our own plans in the Grand Caymans.  The weather had turned to rain.  Lots of rain!  We headed out to the Turtle Farm as it is a favorite place of ours.  The majority of people did not venture out to visit with the turtles but we did and had a fantastic, wet time.  Back in Fort Lauderdale we went to a Alligator Farm.  It was fun to ride in the air boat and see the alligators in the wild.  Upon return we were ale to hold a baby alligator.  Most people just touched it but if you are there for the experience I say hold the baby.

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5.0

Panama trip by herbstm2

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Princess cruise always does a outstanding job, only cruise line for me. The food is great, drinks always fun , the crew through out the ship are all stars.

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4.0

Amazing by rasivad

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

It was great. Alaska is amazing. There is so much to see. If you love the outdoors than Alaska must be on your bucket list.

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4.6

Fantastic time by jjredpepper

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Had a wonderful time. Have cruised the last 4 cruises on the same ship, so this was a treat getting to explore a different ship!

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4.6

Wonderful Relaxing Panama Cruise by tasomer53

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

The 15 day west to east Panama Cruise was well worth the time and cost. We left San Fransisco, sailed to Cabo san Lucas, San Juan Nicaragua, Puntarenas Costa Rica, Fuerte Amador Panama, Panama Canal old locks transit, Cartagena Columbia, then to Ft. Lauderdale Florida. We had sunny days and calm seas. The ports we had to tender to were easy quick and efficient. The weather from Costa Rica to Cartagena was hot 30C and humid and this was the dry season in November. Just have loose cotton clothes. My wife bought a hand fan which worked well. And of course drink lots of water. Going through the old canal was a thrill of a lifetime. Both on shore and on ship there were tours, videos, and special speakers who provided the canals history, construction and use today. For us, this was a trip of a lifetime in a world we need to see.

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4.0

Really like the layout of this ship and enjoyed the cruise with one big noticeable exception. by Kennicott

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Coral Princess in the Caribbean----The Good, Bad and the Ugly.

VERY GOOD:

---We found the Coral Princess to be a vessel I really like, particularly the decor throughout most of the public space and lounges, sea and marine pictures everywhere, dark rich oak beams and molding backed up with lighter backgrounds. I'm tired of pastels and nonsensical modern art hung everywhere on ships. Excellent lounges, lots of room with rich furniture where peace and quiet is found, which makes it a simple enjoyment just to sit and relax in one. Also, super is the abundance of getaway nooks and crannies throughout the ship. The passenger to space ration is great but actually is even better than the numbers suggest. Nice to have some elbow room for a change, for instance the three elevator and stair towers were not ever crowded, even during the first boarding day. Contrast this to the new Royal Princess, where the stairway towers were claustrophobic with consistently long elevator waits; for instance a midship public stair case is non existent. Maybe Princess should begin having the French build and design their ships (Coral) rather than Italians (Royal). Like the good old days of yore, the Coral has a complete wrap around teak promenade deck, fairly wide in many stretches where old fashion reclining deck chairs are provided. The two level Lotus Spar area is great at no extra charge, two well heated hot tubs by the pool and lots of quiet areas above and below, to read and relax in. 

GOOD: 

---The specialty restaurants, particularly Sabatini's, but also the Bayou Cafe and its special "Crab Shack" luncheon were exquisite.  Meals in these venues, which you pay extra for, represent top of the line gourmet dining. Well staffed by knowledgeable and friendly personnel and your dining experience takes place in a wonderful, quiet, well decorated environment.  Unfortunately, the main dining room(s), are not so good, stink. 

---Ample public hot tubs, five in all, the three by the main pool though were usually a little on the cool side and occasionally youngsters using them as swimming pools was not good.---We had a mini-suite, nice decor and fairly large balcony on deck nine. Our cabin attendant was pretty good and very amenable and friendly even though he was probably burden by way too many cabins to service which often does not translate into fine personal service. Complimentary laundry service was excellent.  

---Staff, for the most part were very friendly all over the ship and tried to help, whatever the need or problem. Unfortunately, some areas like in the main dining room, were grossly understaffed.

---Horizon Court, the main buffet area had adequate seating, unlike on the new larger ships, Regal and Royal. Food was mediocre but the friendly and helpful staff partially made up for  lack of exceptional quality food. In this case the buffet did not appear to be understaffed, so, in all, it made for a worthwhile dining experience. In fact, out of frustration we abandoned using the Main Dining Rood and chose this venue for dinner instead whenever we decided not to eat in the specialty restaurants.

---TV--Nice to have MSNBC and BBS and not just FOX News--One of the things we like about Princess they understand not all guests are cut out of the same political persuasion cloth.

---Internet and library--Very fast and ample bandwidth and easy to use, staffed by an internet guy who knows his stuff. Wish the rates were lower but then, not all that bad if you are an elite like we are as you get some free time plus a good deal on more time if you buy it the first day or so. Library is very large for the size of ship, perfect layout for an exploration type voyaging ship.---Interdenominational Church Services---Two Sunday services on sea days this voyage. Really enjoyed both, thanks so much for the opportunity to fellowship, Princess.   

---Enrichment lectures---One of the things I like best about cruising is the theme lecturers the three lines we frequent usually have on board. Princess used to be super great at this, slipping a little though as of late. During this cruise they had---Dr. Dean Papavassiliou, an historical expert on the Caribbean as well as the famous Pacific navigators, his presentations brought on an impressive crowd. But the only other lecturer they had was a half retired airline captain---Captain Ted McCourt---His subject was not anywhere close to the theme of the voyage, so why was he there? Perhaps because everybody, almost, had to fly to get to or from the ship, so maybe it was an okay subject for some, attendance indicated few were interested though. For me, I was born and raised and made my career in the airplane game, so I found his lectures of interest. His creditability could be challenged from time to time due factual errors, but then subjects this complex are very hard to make a delivery on without making mistakes here and there. Other than that, I leaned a bit, would dearly have loved to hear a rebuttal though to some of his points as they were certainly argumentative. In short, his presentations were not ideally suited for the average cruiser booking this voyage. Only a few guests are airplane buffs, industry types and age old pilots like myself. Princes should have put on another cruise specific lecture, instead.

BAD:

---Theater, okay for daytime lectures, I attended many in the theater, but that is it. For evening shows, count us out. No balcony but good steep stadium seating, unfortunately all isles have only two stairways so that those wanting to sit in the higher levels at mid-theatre had to tip-toe past up to 12 already seated if they were caught having to work into the middle of a row. First comers for the evening shows usually showed up very early, then they took the isle seats and were generally "very" reluctant to even standup in order to allow somebody else to occupy a vacant seat beyond them in the same isle. One nice feature was the little tables on each seat which pulled up, sort of like some first class airline seats do, don't know what they were there for though unless you brought your own drink, no service and hard to get to if there were waiters. All in all, for the big shows, the theater was terrible, we never did take in a top line performance due to this jumble, too bad as some shows were pretty good, we were told.         

---Over the last 15 months we have been on 5 cruises counting this one, Regent, HAL, Princess, Regent, Princess, 115 sailing days. 5 captains. Coincidentally, on each voyage unique circumstances developed, such as man overboard one time, un-commanded turn on another requiring emergency reverse thrust and dropping the anchor to avoid hitting the beach, etc. The situation was somewhat the same on this voyage as a lady went missing for the better part of a day, the crew scoured the vessel, of course all passengers were aware due all the announcements asking her to call. Turned out she had been hiding. Anyway, except for this captain, the other four captains were exemplary in their efforts to familiarize the guests with all developments thusly reducing the anxiety factor originating over concern for a fellow passenger. This captain was anything but a plethora of information. A day after the lady was found the ships grapevine made everybody aware she had not went overboard. On other occasions the captain would come on and attempt to explain what was going on with missed ports, etc. but most often one had to read between the lines in order to figure out what he wanted to say and what had happened. Very nice person if you meet him at a Captain's Circle event but he needs to do a lot of work on articulation and diplomacy. Perhaps, put him under the tutelage of the captain who commanded the Royal Princess in September 2014, for a stint.

UGLY:

---Princess has now completely adopted the business model of all the large mainstream cruise lines, we are witnessing what is either going to be the success or the degradation of this trend. From a profit motive standpoint it is likely to last. The concept leans toward building more and more very large vessels. The Royal Princess is 3.5 times the size of the Titanic and can hold 4610 passengers, the Coral, about 2000, to procure a vessel like these huge investment dollars are required. In order to fill up these ships most lines have adopted a policy of getting passengers on board for a very low initial fee. Then charging extra for just about everything except the basic stateroom and food served in the main dining rooms and the buffet areas, also there are pizzerias and hamburger grills with no extra charge. The ships function more or less like large floating resorts, with all sorts of premium type restaurants and other meal venues where additional payments are required, not to mention all the boutiques and other retail outlets trying to sell you something. By cutting down the size of, quality of, and service within the main dining rooms and other no extra charge areas, guests are more or less forcibly channeled into the nickel and dime game. 

----Up until this voyage the Main Dining Room on Princess was still tolerable, this time though, either we experienced a fluke or cost cutting has caught up with Princess rendering their product in the MDR undesirable for us. We have never ran into a situation like this before even though the "hand writing was on the wall" that it was bound to come. In my opinion this results from understaffing of both service and kitchen personnel. Each time we tried to use the MDR we were told there was a 40 minute wait time. They gave us a pager, but on the three occasions we decided to carry on and eat in the MDR the wait was only 10-15 minutes, which was not a problem. We don't like traditional seating for a variety of reasons, one of which is we hate being relegated to eating at either 5:30 PM or 7:45 PM., even if we secure a table for two, we usually try to get there by 6:30 using anytime dining. The principal problem(s) trying to eat dinner in the MDR was the lack of service and poor quality meals. For instance, there used to be a sommelier to take your wine order immediately after being seated, this practice gave way to no sommelier--instead head waiters were given extra training in wine selection then that gave way to what you have now, wine only if you are lucky enough to get someone's attention and forget about ordering a bottle to be carried over for the following evening, they will lose it for sure. You usually sit there waiting and watching a harried flurry of activity by the understaffed help forging a losing battle trying to keep up. Made dressing up in my tux on formal nights and trying to dine there a joke. So, in order to continue enjoying the cruise we made do, by booking dinner in one of the excellent specialty restaurants on board whenever we felt inclined to really enjoy dinner or simply going up to the Horizon Court buffet.

I have a theory that there will be a drift completely away from providing MDR service on the major cruise lines in the future. Instead cruisers will experience more of and larger specialty extra charge venues and expanded no extra charge buffet area service. We only use Princess, HAL and Regent. Regent being an all inclusive voyage, but ironically, the food and service in the specialty restaurants on HAL and Princess are much better than those on Regent which you can hardly ever get into due no extra charge. However, the MDR on Regent is far superior to those on HAL and Princess. 

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Panama Canal Cruise by Rajan

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

Having not read details about the ship, we found it smaller than the other ships we had cruised in. The ship lack a little maintenacne, e.g, the left sink in the men's room on deck 14 next to the Horizon Buffet restaurant had cracks. Next they make us put some chemical solution to protect us from bacteria. I am not sure if any body recognizes the fact, the chemical that might kill bacteri amight really harm the passengers, becuse if you pickup bakery items such as bread or fresh fruits, you are using your hand and not silver ware to eat. We have traveled mostly on Royal Caribbean and they have special wash rooms to wash and dry your hadns before you enter the restaurant

Our fellow dinner mates had even worse proble. They were on deck 9 in a mini suite and half the deck smelled of seage, which the maintenance people did not take care of during the whole cruise

The room attendant and dining room staff did a very good job and special mention had to said

Disembarkation, we were delayed by about 30 minutes. Our luggage was there but the customs line was big. We cleared in less than 10 minutes since we had Global Entry and made it on time to atch our flight back

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4.4

Amazing Two Week Cruise by ljmurray49

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: South America

A most interesting itinerary. Very relaxing cruise with amazing scenery in the sail by trips. Saw minimal wildlife.

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4.1

Aged but not to be missed by knightaudit

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

This cruise is one that should be done to see the wonder that is the Panama Canal. Going at Christmas was extra Special.

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Quick shore visits by tomporter413

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

The first 2 days were Sea Days and then when we finally stopped in port it was for 5 hours and then off again. The excursions were short. We did as much as we felt we could but you certainly aren't going to learn much about each port.

The evening dining, in Anytime Dining, was a very long line (35-45 minutes) because there was nothing else to do. I'd suggest assigned dining so you have a time to be there and a chance of getting in. We tried to make reservation, as we have on other cruise lines, and that was not an option.

The shows were very entertaining. We didn't find "other" activities such as watercolor painting or lectures that we've experienced on other cruise. 

Getting on board and off in Ft.

were very simple and a pleasure.

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4.9

Fantastic snow covered mountains by LindaArthur

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

We thoroughly enjoyed our Alaskan cruise with the Coral Princess. Great food and entertainment. Helpful and friendly staff and a very enjoyable and relaxing cruise.

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One more off the "bucket list" by SusanaO

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Panama Canal, Central America

This cruise was something my father wanted to do for many years (he is 92). It turned out to be one that we all enjoyed. The staff was amazing and we all felt we had the best room steward. The food was excellent and the ship was always clean. I was happy to find it wasn't a big ship since my father has limited mobility and it made getting around the ship much easier. I will say that the staff was always very helpful and accommodating which made my father feel less of a burden (that was his fear). We were able to find shore excursions that my father could take but for the most part, we were a little disappointed in the areas closest to the ports. Aruba was the only port we all agreed was attractive and fun (even though we came to port on a holiday when the majority of businesses were closed). The entertainment on the ship lacked, with the exception of their staff talent show which was the best show of the entire trip. One thing was evident, Princess did an excellent job hiring, their staff was great, always happy, ready to meet your needs and interesting when engaged in conversation!

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3.6

An interesting South America cruise by bjornarisberg

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Coral Princess

Interesting itenerary with a nice ship - good layout. Cabins are great and food ok. Lack of high quality enrichment lectures and destination talks must be considered before booking Princess cruises on this type of cruises.

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4.0

Alaska Cruise by curlsb2c

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Coral Princess / Destination: Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

I would definitely not bring young children or teens on the coral princess. Geared to a much older crowd. If you are like me and rather be casual all day even at dinner then don't bother bringing formal wear. There are only 2 formal nights and there are other places to eat those days. On the other nights we were perfectly fine in jeans in the dining room. Dress in layers. Balcony had plenty of space for two people and their belongings.

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