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  1. MIke, Thank you for your prompt response. I recently sent a letter to the home office asking for a little more detail on the food served. We will be spending over $20,000 on two trips next year, so want to be sure there is no disappointment. Soups and side dishes are important as well. I will post their response (if they do). Dean
  2. I am allergic to sea food and the WEB seems to concentrate on shrimp, lobster, etc. How can I get sample menus for the meals?
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    Coral Princess Cabin HELP !!!

    I see there are seats on the aft deck. Our cabin (C201) is next to the forward deck. I understand there are no seats there. Any reason why? Dean
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    Coral Princess Cabin HELP !!!

    How much time should we anticipate to check in our luggage when we arrive in Whittier? We are arriving by train at 12:05 on September 10th and leaving again at 12:45 to continue our train ride to Spenser and Grandview before returning to Whittier at 06:05. Will we have time to check in our luggage between 12:05 and 12:45? We can complete the embarkation procedures when we arrive at 06:05. The personnel at Princess was unable to answer this question. Dean and Diane
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    Coral Princess Specialty Dining Question

    [quote name='hpeabody']AFIK Specialty Dining requests must be made once on board. There are exceptions when a promotion is involved and Princess books you at their will. Expect 2 formal nights, the first Sea Day and the last Sea Day, if it is not the night before disembarkation. Note: MDR will likely be open seating on first night of an Alaska cruise such as yours. You then could leisurely schedule your specialty dining by calling the dine line in the morning. I think it closes before 8pm P.S. If you are taking a train to the cruise I advise that you call Princess and inquire as to what your train accommodations are. If you can and your tour permits it request a domed window car (And try to get confirmation) I was once put in an overcrowded Alaska Railroad dining car for 9 hours, it was hell. I had not even thought about checking before the trip.[/QUOTE] We are scheduled for a train ride on the day of embarkation(September 10th) which leaves Anchorage at 09:45 and arrives in Whittier at 6:05 pm. Your comment concerns me. Should we reconsider the long ride. We could get off in Whiter at 12:05 as opposed to extending our trip to see Spenser before returning to Whittier.
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    Excusion timing

    How long should one expect to be able to leave our ship after it arrives in port. For example we arrive in Ketchikan at 09:30 am. Can we make an appointment for an excursion (not offered by Princess) at 10:00? We have never sailed with Princess before, but the other cruise lines normally allow the passengers that signed up with them to depart first before they allow their other passengers to leave. If this is true with Princess, this makes it difficult to plan our excursions.
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    Coral AK formal nights?

    I will probably be better off financially to rent a tux and eat at the normal dining room on lobster night. Thanks to all for your comments.
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    Coral AK formal nights?

    We will not take any evening dress clothes on our trip. We will be on a land trip prior to the cruise and will not pack any dressy clothes. I assume that on the formal nights we can eat at the buffet. My only question is will my wife miss the lobster dinner by skipping the formal nights?
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    Secrets on the Coral Princess

    I do not know how "secret" it is, but I am told that there is an entrance to a small deck just outside our stateroom (C201) located on the Caribe deck. The door (so I am told) has a "crew only" posted, but passengers are allowed to use it (again I am told). ..I called Princess and on two occasions, they did not offer any more details. I suppose I will find out when we sail on 9/10 from Whittier to Vancouver.
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    How are Forward Mini -Suites on Coral?

    I like the idea of the larger staterooms in the mini suites w/o balconies. The outdoor area is convenient and will work for us. I promise not to go out in my underwear. We are on the September 10th cruise from Whittier to Vancouver. Dean
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    How are Forward Mini -Suites on Coral?

    Thank you for your info. Looks great. I will pretend that this is our balcony and enjoy any privacy we have. I ,like the views in that they are circular and we can see both sides of the ship. Dean
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    How are Forward Mini -Suites on Coral?

    I am confused about the "open deck" We are booked for C201. Is there a door near our stateroom? How large is the "open deck" Are there chairs? Thanks Dean
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    Best minisuite on the Coral?

    We are in C201. The WEB is unclear as is the Princess personnel as to the availibility to the door next to our stateroom. I was told by someone that it is restricted to ship crew. Passengers are not permitted to gain access to the platform this way. Comments please
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    Best minisuite on the Coral?

    Is there any advantage to having a cabin on either the left or rights side of the ship? We are planning on taking the Coral Princess from Anchorage to Vancouver on September 10. Since we are sailing south the views would be on the port side( I think). Is it important which side you are on?
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    Lido Deck movies

    I was wrong about this information coming from Princess directly. I read it from another source. Cruiseadvice is a travel agent that has a fantastic WEB site on all cruise ships including the Coral Princess. Their WEB says that you have to rent headphones for the LIDO movies It appears as if they have to update this info if it is no longer true.