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  1. Can anyone enlighten me as to the cost and the Reservation Process on the Coral Princess for the Sanctuary on the morning that we will be going through the Panama Canal locks on a 15 day Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles cruise? Thank you😁
  2. I'm looking at a cruise on Coral Princess and I see options for balcony and premium balcony cabins. Other than a larger balcony, are there any differences in these cabins? Is there any additional seating in the premium cabin?
  3. We are ready to book Alaska the southbound Anchorage/Whittier to Vancouver on the Coral Princess land/sea trip Aug 2020. Since this is a one way trip, any advice on cabin layout for optimum viewing? Any suggestions would be appreciated
  4. I've just uploaded my vlog from scenic cruising at Glacier Bay on the Coral Princess. There is a very different mood on the ship in this part of the world than on any other cruise I've been on, it's quieter and there's a sense of respect for the beauty and wonder of the area. It was an amazing day! Passenger services told me that there weren't any special things happening in the Sanctuary that day like there were when I went through the Panama Canal. I sort of regret not going to see for myself but find it hard to believe that they wouldn't make it similarly special (mimosas, photos, hot chocolate, a small buffet spread). Has anyone been in the Sanctuary for Glacier Bay and can you tell me if they do those things? For the Panama Canal passage it was $60 for the day instead of the normal $40.
  5. Hi all, I'll be heading out on the Coral on Wednesday and will be providing a photo review. Let me know if you'd like photos of anything in particular or have questions. The blog will be here: https://cruisingrobsblog.blogspot.com/
  6. At the moment the price on Grand Princess is about 20% less than Coral for the same itinerary (Whittier to Vancouver) and same room class that I would book. I am thinking that Coral is probably a little nicer however is it worth 20%???
  7. We will be cruising on the Coral on Sept. 29 to Panama Canal and will be traveling with 2 other couples. My question is what bars are open when boarding where could meet? Another question is which dining rooms are open for lunch when boarding? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  8. I wanted to share my vlog from the second day of my southbound voyage of the glaciers on Coral Princess, scenic cruising at Glacier Bay. The ship didn't arrive to the glacier until mid-afternoon so the morning was packed with all kind of activities from a movie and bingo to a martini presentation in the piazza. People always talk about getting out early to claim chairs, but I found that the actual struggle was to get a spot at the railing where there weren't windows between me and the view. I had been on the Coral just a few months prior and found that so many things had changed. The muster drill changed from an announcement from the Captain to a song, they added hand washing stations at the entrance of the buffet (loved this!), the internet went from pay-per-minute to unlimited package pricing, and they did away with happy hours (boo!).
  9. Will be on the Coral sailing to Alaska in May of 2020. Does anyone know what time the buffet opens for breakfast? One of the things I liked about the Royal in Alaska was the early availability of food; very helpful for the early port times. Thanks.
  10. (By bi-polar i don't mean anything to do with bipolar disorder, but literally that reviews seem to run very positive or very negative) We are newbie cruisers heading to alaska and i moved us from the royal to the coral b/c i thought we'd want to see the full inside passage and have the smaller ship/more deck space. Hard to tell how important that will be for us but hubby loves to take photos so seemed like the better fit. Am seeing reviews where people either love the coral or find it very lacking (run down, bad food, bad service, etc.) We reserved what looked like a nice room with a big balcony in both cases but the royal would have been ~500$ less in total so secondguessing myself. I'm sure we'd have a good time on either but mainly wanting to know if I made a mistake I should be mindful of in the future. Should we be prepared for a sad, tired ship? Thanks in advance!
  11. As the Coral Princess does not have a Vines wine venue, is there a bar within the main atrium that tries to satisfy that niche with an expanded wine list available by the glass? It's really one of our favorite venues and will be missed on an upcoming cruise.
  12. Hello All, Will be on the Coral sailing to Alaska soon. Does anybody know if they have an omelet station for breakfast? and where it is located. Also, is Sabatinis open for breakfast for everyone or for just those in suites? thank you
  13. On Wednesday, July 24 (tomorrow, as of this writing), we will be embarking on the Coral Princess in Vancouver BC, heading north to Alaska. The itinerary is: July 24: Embarkation (Vancouver) July 25: At Sea July 26: Ketchikan July 27: Juneau July 28: Skagway July 29: At Sea, Glacier Bay July 30: At Sea, College Fjord July 31: Disembarkation (Whittier/Anchorage) You can follow our adventures here. If you have any questions, fire away and I'll answer them as best I can!
  14. I've just posted a vlog of my Coral Princess embarkation day in Whittier, Alaska. This was the beginning of a 7-day Southbound voyage of the glaciers that I booked on a crazy Drop & Go sale ($298, solo). The embarkation process at this port is very different from all the other cruises I've been on. I enjoyed the new song Princess has for the muster drill and was SO HAPPY to find out that they upgraded from the pay per-minute internet to offering a three-tiered package. I think the internet pricing might be a transitional thing that will phase out when ships are upgraded to Medallion, I would like to know what the pricing looks like on Medallion ships if anyone can share!
  15. We are in C537 to Panama on November 17th. I read a post showing partial covered balconies, but can’t figure out if our balcony is covered. I called Princess and the rep didn’t know. She went to check, but didn’t get back to me after 20 minutes so I gave up. Anyone know if that balcony is covered?
  16. We are thinking about booking on the Coral and wondered if anyone has been on the ship since the dry dock in Jan 2019. What improvements were made like adding big screen TV's that are interactive etc. and any other upgrades to the staterooms. Thank you.
  17. Hi All, I have not cruised for 8 years and am a little rusty. We are going on an Alaskan cruise out of Vancouver(roundtrip) in September on the Coral. Would anyone have the menus/movies/patters? We are so excited! Any pics would be much appreciated. Do they still have theme nights in the Horizon Court Buffet? We ate most of our dinners there while on the Ruby 8 years ago. I also read somewhere that there is no International Cafe(like on the Ruby) on this ship? thank you
  18. Which dining room on the Coral Princess is open on embarkation day? Which dining room is open on embarkation day on Coral Princess?
  19. Does the Coral Princess have a good library? I'm going to be on her for 34 days, including 19 sea days and I'd like to know whether I need to load up my Nook.
  20. After all the good advice I have had on these boards we are ready to book our cruise. We will do the 15 day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to LA. Wondering about cabin choice. We will be looking for a balcony cabin and assume we should get covered or partially covered. Does it matter which side of the ship we’re on..... port side or starboard? Appreciate any advice!!!!!!!
  21. Hi all. Could you please provide info for the sanctuary? I believe it is an extra cost... but what does it include? thanks
  22. Earlier this month we sailed the 7 night Voyage of the Glacier (Northbound) itinerary on board the Coral Princess. She was our third Princess Cruise (having previously sailed on the Royal and Crown, links are to our reviews of those), but this was our first time in Alaska. We sailed in a standard Balcony cabin on the Baja deck, and spent a few days before the cruise in Vancouver, and a couple of days after in Anchorage. I thought the Coral was a fantastic ship for sailing Alaska, and wanted to share a quick review and few thoughts. There was lots we liked: The amount of outside viewing space. Even at the busiest, peak times - e.g. cruising Glacier Bay - there were always good spots to stand on deck to take in the views and enjoy the experience. We moved round the ship to take in the 360 views and were always able to find empty, prime spots - no glass to look through, no standing behind other people. There was a real sense of space. Fantastic and just what we wanted for Alaska. Our second balcony. Out cabin was towards the rear / aft of Baja. Thanks to this website and these forums, we knew there were unmarked / little advertised open deck areas at the rear. This became our second, aft facing balcony. It was never busy, I don't think we ever saw more than a dozen people out there. It was fantastic for taking in panoramic views and just relaxing. Thank you Cruise Critic and Princess forum for making us aware of it! The Bayou Cafe and 'On the Bayou' show: We had a great meal, helped by friendly and professional waiters, in the Bayou Cafe and enjoyed the cajun-twist on the steakhouse experience. As luck would have it, we booked the meal for the same night the 'On the Bayou' show was on, so had a New Orleans themed evening. Good food and good fun. The overall ambience on board was peaceful and relaxing. There seemed to be less 'going on' than on the Royal or Crown when we sailed on them in the Mediterranean. Whether that's because the Coral is a smaller ship, or Alaska attracts a different passenger type, I'm not sure. It's not a problem, just meant the cruise was a relaxing, scenic one. Food on board was generally good - we certainly didn't go hungry! Service was sometimes slow in the Main Dining Rooms (on a couple of nights waiters apologised for delays, although never explained why) and we had one night where our main courses didn't quite hit the spot, but overall we ate well and enjoyed the food across all the restaurants. There were many more hits than misses. Crooners cocktails - we had some very good drinks here, including excellent Bourbon cocktails. On one evening, the crowd persuaded the lounge singer to swap the intended playlist for Irish drinking songs. Great fun! The Park Ranger presentations and commentary for the Glacier Bay cruising. One other positive comment: more modern music selection. The music being played both live by the various singers, duos and bands and across the PA as background music seemed to be a more modern, up-to-date selection. We liked this. I know the Coral is an older ship, without some of the features of the Royal-class, but that seemed to match Alaska and our expectations well. This wasn't a party cruise, it was a cruise to be amazed and stunned by the beauty and scale of Alaska. We also enjoyed cruise ship spotting. My our count, we saw 15 other cruise ships of all sizes and brands, including the Ruby Princess passing us at sea, and a close pass of the Royal Princess in Glacier Bay. A few notes on ports and excursions. We organised all our tours via Princess. I know that means you pay a price premium over independent / local tours, but when we're travelling we like to remove any stress or uncertainty. In Ketchikan, we explored the town ourselves on foot in the morning walking along Creek Street, to the Totem Heritage Center and can recommend it as somewhere to learn about this aspect of Alaskan culture. The town is small and very walkable. In the afternoon we did the 'Lighthouse, Totems and Eagles Boat tour' and thought it was a lovely, relaxed boat ride to see some of the local area (and we did indeed see a lot of Eagles). In Juneau, we were off the boat early for a quick walk round the small town. We did the Helicopter Trek with 2 hours on the glacier. While it was a real splurge for us, it made for an amazing memory. We're physically fit, but have no experience of ice / glacier hiking or use ice-axes or ice crampons. Even so, the two guides had us feeling like pros by the end of our time. Absolute highlight and strongly recommended. The helicopter flight itself over the ice-fields was great too. After a late lunch back on board, we took the Mount Roberts Tramway and explored the trails for about 90 minutes making it as far as the Father Brown cross, but it was too hot to go any further. In Skagway, we did the White Pass and Yukon Railroad. Our coach took us back across the Canadian border into the Yukon, and then the scenic train ride took us back to the Coral. This was another amazing experience, with beautiful views as the little train curved its way through the mountains. We ended up on a very small group for this tour - only a dozen or so - and we had an entire carriage to our little group, which was lovely. Finally, when we arrived in Whittier we did the 26 Glacier Boat Tour. It might seem odd to get off one boat that has cruised glaciers to board another, but the smaller ship meant it got closer. The sound of chunks of ice bouncing off the hull of the boat was another amazing memory. Frankly, we'd recommend all of the above to anyone planning their excursions for the rest of this year or next. We were very lucky with the weather - we were in Alaska during the much-reported heat wave and had not a single cold, damp or wet day the entire time. We were also able to see huge amounts of wildlife despite not doing any specific wildlife tours: Dolphins, Puffins, Bald Eagles, Harbour Seals, Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Stellar Sea Lions, Sea Otters, Salmon etc. Our luck continued to seeing glaciers calving too. As with anything, there were a few small things that could have gone better. If you really look for it, there are signs the Coral is an older ship (e.g. you can see signs of where parts of the Balcony have been repaired over time, and the Cabin shower was one of the smallest I've ever used). And the information from Princess about how the disembarkation tour worked with luggage was poor and disappointing (collect your own luggage, check it in with the tour operator, collect from tour operator, load onto the transfer bus yourself didn't make for an entirely relaxing end of cruise). But these small details didn't stop it being a wonderful cruise. Overall, we had a great time, and can recommend both Alaska and the Coral Princess to all. As Brits, we won't be returning too quickly - it's a very long flight! - but would love to return someday. Princess, again, did a good job for us and we put down our Future Cruise Deposit. Now to choose where we want to sail next year... Happy to answer any questions.
  23. Hi, I am looking at booking a cruise on Coral Princess, Jan 2021. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone that has recently sailed on this ship. We have sailed on Crown, Emerald and Royal. Royal being one of our favourite ships. We like a mini suite, not interested in club class as we like to dine with different people. When was Coral last updated? is she due a refit soon? Are the TV s on the wall in the mini suite like they are on Royal? Looking at mini suites on D deck D 404 or D406 . Any useful info or photos fully appreciated. We hope to get this cruise booked very soon. Thank you in advance 🙂
  24. I got an AMAZING last-minute deal on the Coral Princess, $298 as a solo passenger for a guaranteed interior cabin for a 7 day southbound voyage of the glaciers. Here is the first part of my vlog for that trip, traveling from Seattle to Whittier by flying Alaska Airlines and taking an ACT transfer bus from Anchorage to the ship. The start of another wonderful vacation! Pre-Cruise Transfer
  25. Were the Coral Princess Fiesta Deck Oceanviews added during one of the drydocks, or are they original to the ship? Do they have the extra big picture windows like the Island Princess Fiesta Oceanviews have? If anyone has any pics, I’d love to see them, please. I’ve scoured the Internet and haven’t found anything.
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