Sail Date: December 2018
I chose this cruise due to the fact that it ended in Los Angeles, started in the USA (in this case I took a transfer from Miami airport to Fort Lauderdale but did not hang out in Florida). It was a good choice for me economically and for ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to the fact that it ended in Los Angeles, started in the USA (in this case I took a transfer from Miami airport to Fort Lauderdale but did not hang out in Florida). It was a good choice for me economically and for relaxation purposes. Both embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. I knew it would be a calmer cruise with few ports. For this vacation, that is what I wanted. The service staff were very nice and did a good job, I loved the production cast shows, and the magician Trigg Watson. They played movies under the stars, in a theater, and in the rooms, that were fairly recent like withing that year (it was great the selection).I really enjoyed the anytime dinner option, along with tea time everyday. I also had personal pizzas made at Alfredo's a few times and that was very nice. The shore excursions I went on were eco tours with crocodile sightings being a highlight in both Costa Rica and Hualteco and I enjoyed both immensely. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary. I loved the itinerary, but wish we would have chosen other staterooms on a different deck. Overall the ship needs overhauled. Quite disappointed in the ... Read More
We chose this cruise to celebrate my parents 50th wedding anniversary. I loved the itinerary, but wish we would have chosen other staterooms on a different deck. Overall the ship needs overhauled. Quite disappointed in the photography....same 2 backgrounds offered for the first three nights of the cruise. One of those was a white background and it was offered another 2 nights. How many photos with a white background do people need/want?!? The entertainment was ok, the best part was trivia with Hammertime. Trivia with Yris was lame for those not from Mexico -- really all her trivias had bonus questions for Mexicans. There was not as much offered as I would have expected on such a long cruise. NYE was something I was looking forward to on the ship, and I was disappointed. I went to the deck party, but instead of the Princess band hyping us up for the New Year, they played slower songs. Certainly not the hopping party I expected. There were too many children with not enough to do, the playing around in the elevators and running up and down the halls was disruptive and impacted our enjoyment. Do not take your children on a cruise of this length with so few port days without planning something for them to do, Princess will not do it for you. For notes on my cabin, please see that section. It alone has me questioning any future cruises with Princess. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
We choose this cruise for the itinerary. But wish that we had chosen another ship. the Coral Princess seems tired and worn out. The staff was GREAT and really enjoyed the good, clean entertainment. The port of calls were excellent and I ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the itinerary. But wish that we had chosen another ship. the Coral Princess seems tired and worn out. The staff was GREAT and really enjoyed the good, clean entertainment. The port of calls were excellent and I think that Princess worked hard (and succeeded) in making the trip through the Panama Canal very memorable. The narrator through out the crossing, Chris, was excellent as were his daily seminars about the upcoming ports and offered shore excursions. The fact that the Princess photographers were allowed to go off the ship and take pictures of the travelers on our balconies. That was great. The food was good, but as vegetarians, we didn't sample a lot of what was put out. The buffet was always attractive and clean. The nightly entertainment was very good. There was only one performer that was not to our liking, but that should be expected when such a wide variety of shows was offered. We appreciated the self laundry. There were lots of machines and the area was kept very clean. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This was our 5th Princess Cruise. Overall we have been happy with all of our Princess Cruises so when we decided to do our bucket list Panama Canal Cruise, Princess was our first choice. We picked the Coral Princess based on our timing ... Read More
This was our 5th Princess Cruise. Overall we have been happy with all of our Princess Cruises so when we decided to do our bucket list Panama Canal Cruise, Princess was our first choice. We picked the Coral Princess based on our timing with being in San Diego to spend Thanksgiving with our daughter and her husband and being able to take a quick flight to LA for the cruise. The Coral Princess is a nice smaller ship. We never had to wait for elevators and wherever we went onboard there was never a crowd. We’ve been on the Regal and Royal and they are huge so being on the Coral was nice to navigate on and never took long to get anywhere onboard. We did like the promenade deck and did our daily walks there as well as an evening stroll. Many newer ships do not have a full walk around promenade so we really were glad it has remained and maintained the old sailing feel. Overall the food in the main dining rooms was very good. Sometimes there was a bit of a wait for the food but hey, we have nothing but time. Loved our cabin C317. The balcony is about 10’x10’ and is amazing to stretch out on. We watched a lot of the canal from there. Entertainment and the Princess band was top notch! The Sanctuary is on the stern and a bit small but over all we enjoyed our afternoon sea days we booked. They were very accommodating in us being comfortable and if the day was too cold or too much sun we were able to cancel the day of. Staff as always was great. We’d sail the Coral again . All in all a very nice cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Going thru the process of checking in and boarding in Los Angeles was the easiest and most pleasant of all the cruises that I have taken. I never slowed down from the time I checked my bags until I was having my picture taken for ID as I ... Read More
Going thru the process of checking in and boarding in Los Angeles was the easiest and most pleasant of all the cruises that I have taken. I never slowed down from the time I checked my bags until I was having my picture taken for ID as I entered the ship. Food was subpar in dining room. The food in the buffet at times was better. It is too bad that there is very few that dress for formal nights. Trip was on wife’s bucket list. Half of ports were a waste of time. The ship does need a little TLC. A lot of the furniture needs to be upgraded or replaced. The service crew in the buffet was attentive and was eager to serve and was very pleasant the entertainment was mediocre except for the last night comedian he played the piano like he should have been in a concert hall except for the fact that he was a great comedian. He was able to entertwine the two together with great success. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
The last time I cruised with Princess was for my 30th anniversary and have cruised other cruise lines since. The best move I made was to come back to Princess to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The service was outstanding and every staff ... Read More
The last time I cruised with Princess was for my 30th anniversary and have cruised other cruise lines since. The best move I made was to come back to Princess to celebrate our 50th anniversary. The service was outstanding and every staff member we met courteous and ready to meet all your needs. The ship was in very good condition considering it was an older ship. The bed was very comfortable and the room looked like it had updated carpeting. The food in the main dinning room had a good selection for you to choose from and the quality seemed good. The buffet was smaller than other ships I have been on but the quality and variety seemed good. I booked all my excursions from princess and there seemed to be a good selection. All the tour guides were knowledgeable. The tour we took in cartagena at the avery was excellent if you want to see beautiful birds. I was a little concerned that there would not be enough on the cruise to keep me entertained for 15 days but princess did a could job of always having a variety of things to do. I was extremely happy with this cruise and my decision to come back to Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Chose the cruise based on desire to cruise through the old locks of the canal as well as wanting to visit the ports. First time having anytime dining so hard to compare service versus traditional dining. Food was better than previous ... Read More
Chose the cruise based on desire to cruise through the old locks of the canal as well as wanting to visit the ports. First time having anytime dining so hard to compare service versus traditional dining. Food was better than previous cruises on the Emerald and Diamond. Enjoyed the Chef Table experience and Chef Eddie and Maitre D’ Daniele hosted an exceptional meal and event. Rating would have been higher, but ship is showing it’s age. Dry Dock in January is needed and should enhance overall appearance of the ship. The Coral being a smaller ship made it very convenient to navigate the decks. Enjoyed Chris Roberts presentation for each of the ports and effort put in on day cruising through the canal. Enjoyed the entertainment except for comedian on day one. Female rock singer was very good and I enjoyed her very much but obviously too loud for a lot of passengers. Enjoyed having the International Cafe back on a cruise as I missed it on board the Diamond this summer on cruise around Japan. Would like to commend Rafael of the Patisserie Bar. He mad excellent coffee drinks in the morning and prepared great cocktails at night. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
The transit through the Panama Canal was magnificent, and we enjoyed most of the ports. We had Anytime Dining, but except for the first night, we had the same table and the same servers every night. The dinners in the Bordeaux Main ... Read More
The transit through the Panama Canal was magnificent, and we enjoyed most of the ports. We had Anytime Dining, but except for the first night, we had the same table and the same servers every night. The dinners in the Bordeaux Main Dining room were excellent, and our waitstaff were the best we have ever had on any cruise. Dinner in the Bayou Café was 3 hours long, yes, 3 HOURS!!!, because apparently our order was ‘lost’, and it required HOURS to fix the problem. A free bottle of wine would have been nice compensation for wasting HOURS of our time. And the food in the Bayou Café was no better than the food in the Main Dining Room. The ‘Scenic Train Ride’ in Puntarenas, Costa Rica was MUCH shorter than it was the first time we took it several years ago; however, to offset the much shorter train ride, there were additional shopping stops so that we would have more time to buy trinkets, and I suppose that Princess/Carnival gets a percentage of the money spent at the additional shopping stops. Even with the negative experiences, overall the cruise was very good, we had a great time, and are looking forward to our next Princess cruise. ________________________________________ Now I would like to present an overall evaluation and description of our experiences with Princess over the past 27 years: My wife and I have been cruising with Princess since 1991 (26 cruises, 247 days), and since Princess was acquired by Carnival Corporation in 2003, we have noticed a slow, gradual degradation in the overall quality of Princess cruises, primarily due to monetization, the attempt to squeeze every possible nickel out of passengers. And if you don’t believe me, just ask other longtime Princess cruisers, because I have asked them, and most of them agree that Princess cruise quality has significantly degraded over the years. Now, having said the above, I want to add that we will continue to cruise with Princess because, having tried other cruise lines, we still think that Princess offers the best value, even with the degradation in quality. However, if my wife and I were young and just starting to cruise, we would do a very careful evaluation of other cruise lines, and maybe focus on another one, instead of Princess. At our age (75), it would take us too long to achieve another cruise line’s equivalent ‘Elite’ status. And don’t tell me (in a whiny voice), “If you don’t like Princess, then use another cruise line.” Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go through the Panama Canal and it went the right direction for us. The staff was great. They always had a smile and would answer your questions or concerns. The steaks could have been better they ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to go through the Panama Canal and it went the right direction for us. The staff was great. They always had a smile and would answer your questions or concerns. The steaks could have been better they were tough.But the other food was very good.If you like rolls this is the place they were very good. The two times we had room service it was alway on time and hot.. When we did the arts and crafts they could have had more so more people could have done them. Getting off and on the ship was very easy. I would say the best we had in many years. The art auctions did not run over time, I think that many have been a first for us. We liked that very much. There is the ice cream bar that was good as well. The cabin where clean and neat. I would most definitely recommend this crusie to others Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2018
The full transit Panama Canal cruise has been on my bucket list for a while! I just celebrated my 70th birthday and so this was my wonderful birthday present!! We live in San Diego and had several choices for this cruise but Princess ... Read More
The full transit Panama Canal cruise has been on my bucket list for a while! I just celebrated my 70th birthday and so this was my wonderful birthday present!! We live in San Diego and had several choices for this cruise but Princess came highly recommended by friends and the 3 for Free sale clinched the deal!! We had free grats, +$300 onboard credit from the sale. We also had Carnival stock so another $250 OBC. Then we discovered that Princess also gives military credit for serving at least 3years no matter how long ago you served. DH served when he was 17 and is now in his 70s so another $250 for that service added up to a wonderful $800 OBC to start!! We had a driver take us up the day before the cruise and stayed at the Doubletree San Pedro on Hilton pts. The free shuttle got us to the pier by about 10:30 . We were booked into a full suite so got on board by 11:30 and our cabin was ready!! A nice touch at check in was a note saying that even if the suite was not ready we should feel free to drop off our luggage there! I have to say that the suite and suite perks on Princess are amazing!! I cannot list all of them here but we will be booking suites on Princess whenever we sale again!! Our balcony was delightful with 2 cushy lounge chairs, a coffee table between, a round dining table and 2 arm chairs. We enjoyed suite breakfast on our balcony,breakfast at Sabatinis with mimosas and capuccino,complete bar set up,elite/suite Happy Hour lounge, and many more!! We thought Club Class dining was also amazing!! We had wonderful service and several nights of extra dishes that we enjoyed. There were several pasta extras but the 2 most outstanding were the surf and turf with filet mignon and the baby lamb chops(my all time fave!!) We ate some breakfasts and most lunches at the buffet. It was here that I thought Carnival actually did a better job. I really like the separate stations on Carnival for Chinese, Indian, BBQ and Deli with sandwiches made to order. Princess did a nice job having smoked salmon and white fish for breakfast and the "sushi" offerings were nice too. Princess had Mongolian wok only once on the dinner buffet where we ordinarily would not eat at night while some Carnival ships have it as a regular lunch station. As for entertainment, we also missed Carnival's Comedy Club. We really like good comedians and having a few in the main theater with one show on a few nights was not enough for us. I did think that the singers, dancers and production show cast were great on this ship!! We particularly enjoyed the Down on the Bayou show!!! The juggler/comedian from Cirque du Soleil was also a nice surprise!! We enjoyed the gym, stretch class, and i had a wonderful Thai Herbal Wrap in the spa! We liked the movie selections and I suppose my only other "complaint" was that trivia to us is about facts and the trivia on Princess often included silly riddles.DH loves trivia but did not enjoy it on the Coral Princess! We had fun in all the ports! My highlight was the Embera Village tour from Fuerte Amador! It was like going back in time and I highly recommend it!! DHs highlight was the private tour we took in Puntarenas to see the monkeys and macaws. We thought the ports offered a good variety of nature, history, beach and unusual experiences!! Old Town in Cartagena made me think I was back in a small town in Italy!! All in all we will book on Princess again but will also book on Carnival which may seem strange to the elite Princess cruisers but we just like things about both these wonderful cruise lines!! Read Less
Coral Princess Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 4.2

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