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Bob Hersey

Age: 55

Occupation:Retired Airfield Firefighter

Number of Cruises: 17

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Coral Princess

Sailing Date: n/a

Itinerary: Panama Canal


Introduction -
This was our first 10 day cruise and our first time to the Panama Canal.  Before she was put into service, Coral Princess experienced a  number of problems.  She had a one month delay in delivery, a very rough crossing and a noticeable roll problem.  In spite of these difficulties Coral Princess proved to be one of the very best cruises, of the 17, that we have taken.  It was the only cruise, in recent memory, where we didn't encounter any problems.  Neither of us were sick or injured and we returned with everything we set out with.  By all accounts, a glorious cruise on a lovely lady.

Ports of Call -
Ft. Lauderdale - Nassau - Panama Canal - Limon, Costa Rica - Grand Cayman - Cozumel.

Our Review:
Our cruise on Coral Princess was in doubt when Princess cancelled the first two sailings.  Suddenly, we were moved up from the forth sailing to the second.  We were carefully watching the bridge cam to see if Coral would leave St. Naizare, France.  Shortly before Christmas she sailed to Ft. Lauderdale for her maiden voyage on January 3, 2003.  We didn't notice any appreciable difference in service or amenities because of the delay.  On the contrary, if we hadn't known of the delay and the rush to put her into service, we would have believed that she had been sailing for years.

Our ten day cruise on Coral began a day early when we flew down to Ft. Lauderdale on Delta and stayed at the Sheraton Yankee Clipper Hotel.  We had a good flight and a pleasant stay at the hotel but the weather was unseasonably cool.   On Monday, January 13th we departed for the pier around noon and boarded the ship.   Boarding was a pleasure.  Except for a momentary misplacement of our Passports we boarded quickly.  We opted not to use the Platinum check in desk (there was only one) but instead, went to the Aloha Deck check in.  There were fewer people in that line.

After pausing for a welcome aboard photo and a photo for our boarding card we entered through Deck 5, the lower level of the Centrum.  We then took the lift to Deck 12 and found our cabin A623 - a standard outside cabin with a private balcony.  We were upgraded to category BB from the best available outside cabin with balcony.  Although small, the cabin was pleasant enough.  Because the ship is new, everything was sparkling clean.  Oddly, there were not a lot of wardrobe aids.  Except for shelves and clothes rack there were no dressing hooks or belt or tie racks.  The wardrobe was not very well thought out.

In our cabin we found a letter from Fleet Medical Director, Dr. Grant Tarling regarding the recent outbreak of Norwalk Like Virus (NLV) aboard other passenger ships.  The letter goes on to explain that Princess meets vessel sanitation standards and explains simple ways to help prevent the spread of disease.  The letter also went on to say that if any passenger experiences symptoms that they should report to the medical center and that there would be no charge for treatment.  To our knowledge, there was no reports of NLV onboard our sailing.

The safe was too small.  The knobs on the drawers were flimsy.  One broke off but was quickly fixed the next day.  The balcony was small measuring 4.5 ft. by 9 ft.  It was the most private of balconies.  The balconies below us were visible from above.  Some of them were the mini suite balconies.  They didn't afford any privacy.  As for the mini suites, they were not much larger than our standard outside cabin and in our opinion, were not worth the extra cost.  They had a small couch and two TVs, each side by side facing opposite directions.

Shortly after we arrived in our cabin our cabin steward came by and introduced himself.  He was 36 year old Dodo from Bangkok.  We mentioned that we were Platinum Club members and would like to have the use of bathrobes, which he promptly brought.  Dodo would turn out to be one of the best cabin attendants that we have every had.  He was courteous and always happy to provide us with the very best of service.

A word about the beds.  They were marginally comfortable with a 4 inch foam mattress on a rip-rap of nylon springs.  The one drawback was that they were too narrow.  They would not have configured well as a double bed.  The pillows were wonderful.

The cabin was especially well lit.  A good deal of thought went into the lighting design and switching.  The temperature of the cabin was comfortable and easily controlled.  Everything in the cabin worked except the telephones wakeup call feature.  When we missed a wakeup call we found that the system was not working and had to make arrangements for a wake up call from the purser.

We set out to the Horizon Court for a light lunch and made a point to do a mini tour of the public areas while working our way to lunch.  There is nothing about the Coral Princess that made us want to say, "Whoa".  The ship is lovely but there is nothing distinctive about it, unless you count the two jet engines on the funnel which were placed there as a purely decorative feature to tout that the ship is propelled by gas turbine engines.  If you didn't know what ship you were on, you wouldn't know that you were on the Coral.  The interior design is a big yawn - boring and uninspiring.  The absence of artwork was all too evident.  The most boring of the public areas?  The pool deck.

The Horizon Court served a typical buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinner.  We ate several breakfasts and most lunches there.  The food was good but the variety was lacking.  The most noticeable of drawbacks was its size.   The serving area was small and always crowded.  The flow of pedestrian traffic resulted in clogged isles.  Bob's favorite was the hot soups and deserts and Hellen's favorite was the sushi, severed on only two days.

Outside the Horizon Court on pool deck, deck 14, was the pool bar.  Next to the bar was Princess Pizza.  In all of our encounters with shipboard pizza this was without a doubt the very best pizza that we have had.  It was made fresh, hand tossed, topped with the familiar toppings, baked and served hot.   This was truly a wonderful spot and should please pizza lovers.

Following lunch we thought that we should check on our dining room seating.  We wanted to meet with the maitre d¢, Generoso Mazzone, to make sure that we were seated a a round table of eight or more on the main, fixed seating.   We met with the waiter assistant who told us that the maitre d¢ would be available at 5:30 in the Provence Dinning Room.  We met with him and found that we were indeed seated at a large round table right in the middle of the dinning room.  We opted out of Personal Choice dinning in favor of fixed seating.  Personal Choice dinners ate in the Bordeaux dinning room one deck below us.  We were seated at table 158.  Our table mates were two couples from Oregon traveling together and a couple from Manchester, England.  All were older that us.  We had a very pleasant time with them and enjoyed their company.  Our waiter Remus was from Romania.  He was a pleasant enough fellow but his service missed the mark.

When we returned to our cabin all of our bags were waiting for us.  We hastily unpacked.  It was a cool day in Ft. Lauderdale so we decided not to go to pool deck for a swim.  After we unpacked, we prepared for the lifeboat drill at 4:30.  Our lifeboat station was the Explorer Lounge.  Shortly after, we sailed from Port Everglades on our way to ten glorious days on Coral Princess.

Our first day was a port call at Nassau.  We took a taxi to Atlantis and toured the "Dig", a fanciful interpretation of the Lost City Of Atlantis legend.   We had never been to Atlantis so we wanted to see for ourselves just what everyone was talking about.  It's a beautiful piece of property and we are glad that we went.   Our $25 apiece to tour the Dig would have been better spent elsewhere.  It was not that interesting and certainly not worth the price.  We would recommend a land based taxi over the water taxi.   It's a dollar more per person each way than the water taxi but it's quicker, less crowded, no noxious fumes and drops off at the hotel entrance.  It was a cool day with on and off showers.  Had it been better, we would have headed for the beach but instead we went back to the ship.

Back on board we sought out Princess Links for a game of golf.  Well, put-put golf.  Located on Sun Deck (15) this tiny little space offers nine holes of miniature golf.  It was fun and we enjoyed our game.  We promised each other to return again but we never did.

Following Nassau we had Wednesday and Thursday at sea while making our way to our second port of call - the Panama Canal. 

We used the day to lounge about the pool and start working on our tans.  Coral Princess has a new program called Scholarship@Sea.  It boasts the only onboard pottery kiln.  Candace Resnick demonstrated the use of the pottery wheel and taught a fellow passenger the art of pot making.  There was a fee to cover the cost of materials.

Wednesday night was the first formal night and Captain Philip Pickford's welcome aboard cocktail party.  Captain Pickford did not attend the receiving line but did say a few words about the ship and the future of Princess Cruises midway through the party.   The party was very well done.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and came away feeling that we were indeed welcome guests.

Following dinner we went to the Princess Theater to see "Da Beat", the first of three production shows.  Introduced by cruise director, Paul O'Loughlin, the show was nonstop high energy singing and dancing.  Good but not great.  We would later enjoy the production show "Dance" much more.  The third show, "Tribute, Tribute, Tribute", premiered Wednesday, January 22nd in the Universe Lounge.  It was the best of all.  Following "Da Beat" we were then rip roaringly entertained by funny man Bill Acosta in the Universe Lounge.  We don't remember laughing so hard.  All of the shows were backed by the Princess Orchestra under the direction of Gordon Hough.  They were perhaps the finest shipboard orchestra that we have every heard.

By Thursday (a day at sea) we were well on our way to improving our tans.  Hellen used the morning to attend the Brain Waves Quiz, the culinary demonstration and the skin care clinic.  Bob spent the better part of the day at poolside.  We watched as Patricio Balquiedra turned a block ice into a noble bald eagle.  At 2:00 the pool games began.  Hellen volunteered to be one of three judges.  She was given a gold medal, a pen that lights up and a travel clock.  She had a fun time judging the contestants.

Jay Johnson of the TV show "Soap" performed in the Princess Theater.  We had seen Mr. Johnson before on another cruise.  Much of his show was what we had already seen.  Following his show we went to the Universe Lounge to see Comedian Rick Starr.  That evening we left a wake up call on the auto phone for 5:30 in order to be out on deck early enough to watch as we entered the Panama Canal.  We also ordered coffee.  The room service menu didn't allow for service before 7:30 AM but we penciled in 5:30 and sure enough, our coffee arrived on time unlike our wake up call which never arrived.  After checking with customer services we were told the system was not working.

As we awoke Friday morning we first went out onto our deck to see if we were near the canal.  As it were, two pilot boats were along side.  We hastily finished our coffee, dressed and went up on deck to stake out our spot to view our entry into the canal.  We feared that we might be too late for a good vantage point but we weren't.   We entered the locks of the canal around 6:30.  A member of the Panama Canal Commission could be heard over the loudspeaker giving a narrative of the canal and our position in it.  After about an hour, we retreated to the Horizon Court for breakfast and by way of a window seat continued to observe our passage through the locks.  

We were booked on the Grand Tour of Panama.  By now, Coral Princess was in Gatun Lake.  The weather was warm and sunny.  We disembarked Coral by way of tender and arrived at a nearby pier where we boarded a bus for the observation platform adjacent to the canal.  We were treated to a fascinating narrative about the canal as we watched the container ship, Yong Tai from Hong Kong pass through the canal.  After this stop, we boarded our bus for a brief trip to The Hotel of the Americas, our jumping off point to our boat ride on Gatun Lake to the Embera Indian fishing village.  This reenactment of Embera life gave us insight into their culture and way of life.  It was especially enjoyable for us.  One of the highlights of our cruise.

Coral Princess was Christened at 12:30 this afternoon by the president of Panama, Her Excellency Mireya Moscoso.  We knew that by taking the tour we would miss the Christening but was pleasantly surprised when we returned back to the ship.  As we boarded, we noticed a large crowd gathered at the bottom of the gangway.  We inquired and discovered that they were waiting for President Moscoso to disembark.  We went on board and stationed ourselves at the bottom of the stairs that let up to the Centrum decks.  Shortly, Madam President made her way down the stairs and right past our position.  Hellen said to her, "hello Madame President", at which she replied, "Enjoy your cruise".Before dinner that evening we stopped by the Internet Cafe on Deck 8 to check our e-mail.  The cafe proved to be a very useful tool to get e-mail out to family and friends.  The service was reliable and reasonably fast.  There was always a seat at one of the dozen or so terminals.  The cost was $.50 a minute.  An advantage of being Captain's Circle Platinum Club members meant that we were able to use the cafe free of charge.  Each day our charges for the service were deducted from our shipboard account.

Following dinner we went to the theater to catch Kenny James, a Star Search grand champion.  He was entertaining and talented.  Following the show we took up our favorite spot in the Crooner's Lounge and was happily entertained by resident crooner, Jere Ring.  Sitting down with Jere was a nightly ritual.  No one would ever accuse Jere of being bashful.  He was a hoot.  It was here that we got to meet and know Rita and Mel.  Jere looks a lot like Dennis Quaid.  When we saw Jere the next morning in the lift I asked him if anyone ever mentioned that Dennis Quaid bears a striking resemblance to him.  He was caught off guard.  He laughed at my observation and the way I phrased the question.

At dinner that evening we learned that our Costa Rican Adventure tour had been cancelled.  The aerial tram was out of service.  We hastily beat a path to the shore excursion desk and booked a 7:15 tour to Tortuguero Canal known as the Amazon of Costa Rica.  It was a fascinating trip down the canal.  As our boat made its way down the river we discovered howler monkeys, sloths, birds of all sorts and a crocodile.  It was an exciting tour.  We were blessed to get the first tour as we were told that by the time the river gets saturated with boats, much of the wildlife retreats into the jungle.

Coral sailed at 6:30 that evening but before leaving, we shopped in the market on the pier in Limon.  We learned that Limon is Spanish for lemon.  Something about a group of men gathering at the lemon tree for midday drinking.  The town that grew up around the tree was called Limon.

A word about the food and service in the Provence Dining Room.  We found the food to be excellently prepared.  It was tasty, served hot and we were offered a good variety of choices.  If you love fish, you will love the menu on the Coral Princess.  In addition to the nightly selections, sirloin steak, broiled salmon, chicken breast and fettuccini may be ordered anytime.  The deserts were outstanding but the choice limited to three.  At least three ice creams were on the menu.  New York style cheese cake, Princess Dream, ice cream sundaes, sugar free deserts and fruit could be ordered anytime.  Executive Chef Michele Cossoli from Lago D'lseo, Italy has done a marvelous job with the food on Coral Princess.  Except for the beef, we could find nothing wrong with the taste or presentation.  Michele's specialty, cold water lobster (Maine lobster).

The service at our table was not up to par.  Our waiter, Remus from Romania, was friendly enough but had trouble remembering everyone's order.  He mixed them up more than once.  Wine and water glasses sat empty a good deal of the time and on most nights, we were the last to leave the dinning room.  Another fault of our waiter was that he sometimes would let his assistant present the entrées.  We've never had this happen before.  It's always been the waiter who serves the dinner.  The dinning room captain, who served our section, was nearly invisible.  It's been our experience that the captain makes his presence known early on and then assists with such chores as removing the shell from the shrimp or lobster.  Our waiter was tasked with this job.   We also learned  that punishment for being late for work or for not performing up to standard meant banishment to the Horizon Court for the breakfast meal.  We saw our waiter there more often than we cared to.

One night, we opted to go to the alternative restaurant - Sabatini's.  It was nice but we were plied with too much food.  The dinner was leisurely enough (2 and 1/2 hours) but we had hoped that we could escape the hubbub of the dinning room.  Unfortunately, we just exchange one set of hubbub for another.  The only two choices were the entree and the desert.  Bob had the lobster and Hellen the capon.  All of the other courses came to the table on cue - each waiter responsible for his own course.  Oddly, there didn't seem to be a lot of traditional Italian dishes.  At $15 each we felt that we got good value for our dollar but would only recommend Sabatini's with caution.  The food was nice but not great.  Nothing out of the ordinary.  We had heard that the better of the alternative restaurants was the Bayou Cafe.  We didn't go but talked with folks who did.  Go for lunch, drinks are included.

Following dinner we made our way to the the Universe Lounge for the comedy of Steven Scott.  He was good but not great.  After the show it was island night deck party.  We were so tired from the day's activities that we passed on the limbo and conga line.

Sunday was a day at sea.  We were heading for Grand Cayman.  The weather was poor - cloudy and cool so following Mass I used the time to video tape the ship and shoot some digital pictures.  Hellen went to Kitty Bartholomew's mosaic class.  Ms. Bartholomew is known for her show on Home & Garden TV.  Hellen is a fan and enjoyed the presentation and a chance to pose for a picture with Ms. Bartholomew.

As Captain's Circle members with Platinum Club status we were invited by Captain Pickford to a special luncheon held in our honor.  We arrived a few minutes after 12:30 in the Provence Dinning Room and was greeted by Nicky, the Captain's Circle hostess.  We were seated with two couples and Richard from the purser's department.  One couple was from England and were on their 34th Princess cruise.  The other couple, he a golfer and she a scuba diver were on their 6th Princess cruise.  All in all about 30 Platinum Club members were in attendance.   We were given cocktails before lunch.  The luncheon of Potpourri of Seafood Cinderella, Medallions of Fresh North Sea Halibut and a Princess Fantasy Delight were masterfully prepared by Chef Cozzoli.  A ship's photographer took a group picture of our table and following lunch, we were presented with the picture, signed by the captain, chef and other members of the ship's crew.  A very nice surprise and a treasured memento.

Because the weather was bad, we retreated to the comfort of the Lotus Pool.  This pool has a retractable roof and the pool area is air conditioned.  The roof was closed due to the poor weather.  Both pools on Coral are fresh water but only the Lotus Pool is heated.  One of the hot tubs in the Lotus Pool area had an annoying way of "stinging" the legs with scalding hot water.  Midway through the cruise we noticed that the jets for this pool had been shut off.

Captain Pickford had his wife and three children on board.  Their two boys, roughly ages 8 and 10 were frequent visitors to the Lotus Pool.  This day was no exception as the two redheaded lads were having a swim with their father and mother.    Knowing that the captain wished to spend some personal time with his family we and others didn't make a point to notice the captain thereby affording him the privacy that they were seeking.

A major problem with Coral Princess is its propensity to roll, that is rock from side to side.  This is most evident in the Lotus Pool.  The sea was rough this day and deck attendants had their hands full trying to contain the water that was splashing out of the pool.  The squeegees and water vacs were constantly trying to dry up the water.  A section of the floor in front of the bar was closed off due to the excessive water on the deck.  So bad was this problem that water was overflowing the deck and running down the side of the ship to the decks below.  A major problem.   Hellen became ill from the ship's movement.  She went to dinner but ate only crackers, apples and ginger tea.  The chef was kind enough to mince some ginger which Hellen put in her tea.  It saved the day.

The show in the Princess Theater that evening was the second production show, "Dance".  Starring Laurie Miller, Doug Crawford, Deneice Tame, and Scott Chamberlain "Dance" featured the aerial artistry of Anna & Rick.  The Princess Dancers were outstanding.  We really enjoyed this show very much.   After the show we went to the Crooner's Bar but found that Jere was no longer entertaining there.  He had left the ship on Saturday.  It wasn't the same without him.

Grand Cayman had received 30 inches of rain the day before we arrived.  As a consequence, we were unable to anchor in South West Sound.  The sea conditions were not favorable for tendering so Coral made her way to the leeward side of the island.  We weren't sure if we would be able to tender from there.  I had a scuba excursion booked and Hellen was going in to Georgetown for some shopping.  I went to the Princess Theater, the staging area for shore excursions, and waited to be called.   While I was waiting it was announced that my excursion had been cancelled due to bad weather.  I returned to the cabin.  We then decided to take the tender to shore and see if we could arrange for an island tour.  Once ashore, we hooked up with Mr. Shirley Delbert and his ten passenger van.  For $20 each he took us on the grand tour.  We had been to Grand Cayman many times in the past but we have always missed the Turtle Farm, the rum cake factory and Hell.  Not this time.  We had a nice tour and it helped to salvage the day.   We ran into an old friend - Royal Caribbean's Nordic Empress.  We sailed her in 1991.

Coral sailed for Cozumel at 3:00 so we were back on board early.  It was formal night and the repeat passenger's cocktail party - The Captain's Circle.  Captain Pickford was absent from the party but Staff Captain Alan Wilson represented the captain.   It was a nicely done affair.  Plenty to drink and good company.  It has been our experience that Princess takes good care of its repeat passengers and this night was no exception.  It was especially nice when Hellen's name was called as one of the three door prize winners - a bottle of Champaign.  We brought the bottle to the dinner table and our waiter served it to our table mates.

We went to the Universe Lounge to see Ed Alonzo of the TV show "Saved by the Bell".  He was performing a comedic magic show.  Not funny and his magic was uninspired.  He grossed out the audience when he sliced his arm with a knife.   After the show, we went to the Explorer's Lounge for a nightcap and then to bed.

The weather in Cozumel was beautiful - warm and sunny.  When we were approaching San Miguel we noticed that the ship wasn't head for the International Pier or the Puerta Mayo Pier but rather it was headed in a downtown direction.  It turned out that we were berthed at Punta Langosta Pier.  This is a new pier for us, not having visited Cozumel in over two years.  It was very conveniently located with the Punta Langosta Mall across the street.

We had booked the Swim With The Dolphin excursion at Chankanaab Park.  In a word - wonderful.  We had so much fun swimming with Triton and Titan, two male dolphins.   This was the highlight of our cruise.  Following the dolphin swim Hellen stayed on at Chankanaab while I took a taxi back to the ship's pier for a scuba excursion.   I arrived early.  Three other divers showed up for the tour and soon we were in taxis headed for the Sand Dollar dive shop just off of the Palancar Reef.  The last time I was in Cozumel I dove with this operator from the same boat - Roman Holiday.   The dive was great.  A two tank dive to the Columbia and Santa Rosa reefs.   It doesn't get much better than that.  After the dive I returned to the ship and made it just in time to shower and dress for dinner.

Following dinner we went to see the comic Marty Allen of the Allen and Rossi comedy team that I grew up with.  I remember them from the Ed Sullivan show.  Marty was now performing with his wife, Karon Kate Blackwell a song stylist and pianist.  She was terrific.  Marty's act was stuck in a time warp - circa 1960 but he was still funny.

Wednesday was our last day of the cruise before disembarking in Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday.  It was a day at sea so we made the most of it.  In the morning I made a walk-a-round with my cameras and Hellen began packing.  After lunch we spent the afternoon pool side trying to get the last of the sun and polish off our tans.  We watched the pool games and listened to Sugar Cane, the pool band.  At 4:00 we made our way down to our cabin and finished packing.

We spent the evening at dinner taking pictures of our table mates, exchanging addresses and enjoying that last of our delicious meals in the Provence Dinning Room.  After dinner we went to the Universe Lounge for the show "Tribute, Tribute, Tribute".   We were the first passengers to see this show.  The producer and choreographer were in attendance and following the performance, were called to the stage by Cruise Director, Paul O'Loughlin to take the audience's applause.  It was a wonderful show and the staging was magnificent.  After the show we went back to our cabin to finish packing and to put our bags out in the hall.

Well, it finally arrived, our disembarkation day.  We were sad to leave.  It was such a wonderful cruise.  We had a great time.  One of our very best.   We had an early flight from Ft. Lauderdale to Boston so we got our breakfast early in the Horizon Court.  We had red tickets for early disembarkation.  Rather than wait in the Platinum Club lounge in the aft of the ship we opted to spend the waiting moments in the dinning room.  We had coffee while we waited.  We were the first called, around 8:45.  We went to the baggage claim area in the terminal, collected our bags and made our way out onto the street and took a taxi to the airport.  $10 cab fare plus tip.  We arrived at the airport in plenty of time for our flight to Boston.  We checked in at the e-ticket kiosk and were told that our bags were headed for the inspectors.  When we got home we found that one of our bags was opened for inspection.  On our flight down, we didn't lock our bags but secured them with plastic ties used to bundle wire.

Summary -
Our Cruise aboard the brand new Coral Princess was probably one of the best cruises we've had.  There is nothing about Coral that catches the eye or the imagination but the service and helpful staff more than make up for any shortcomings in the ship's stale design and ordinary decor.  We were royally entertained by the ship's bands and production team.  The shows were great.  We met some nice people and that made our enjoyment of the cruise more delightful than it otherwise would have been.  The Panama Canal was special because it was a new port call for us and it was the occasion of the ship's Christening.  We will always have the memory of being onboard when Coral was christened.  Costa Rica was new too us as well.  It's a beautiful country with a marvelous eco-system of rain forest and rivers.

The weather could have been better but it wasn't.  Nassau and Grand Cayman were cold, cloudy and rainy but that didn't detract from our enjoyment of the other fine days we had.  We would happily recommend the Coral Princess.  We would go again if we could.  What impressed us the most was that even though she was delivered late by the shipbuilder, everything was in place and worked well.  There was a genuine cohesiveness about the crew that made it appear that they had been serving aboard Coral for a lot longer than they had.  Except for the excessive roll, there is really nothing bad that we can say about Coral Princess.  We enjoyed our cruise and if you choose to sail Coral Princess we hope that you will enjoy her as much as we did.
Bon Voyage!


Bob & Hellen Hersey
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Our Photos - Coral Princess Photos At Yahoo

- Rankings -
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good - Platinum Club benefits, friendly staff, excellent cabin steward, delicious pizza and ports of call.
The Bad - excessive roll, pool deck ambiance, dining room waiter and narrow beds.
The Ugly - There really wasn't much to describe as ugly on Coral Princess.  An all time first for us.

Overall Rating -     * * * *
Seamanship and safety of the vessel: * * * *
Sanitation * * *
Food Service In The Dining Room * *
Food Quality In The Dining Room * * * *
Food Variety In The Dining Room * * *
Food Service In The Horizon Court * * *
Food Quality In The Horizon Court * * * *
Food Variety In The Horizon Court * *
Stateroom Amenities * * * *
Stateroom Comfort * * * *
Stateroom Attendant * * * * *
Room Service * * * *
Production Entertainment * * * *
Headliner Entertainment * * *
Show Band * * * * *
Pool Band * *
Lounge Entertainers * * *
Cruise Director * * * *
Cruise Staff * * * *
Ports of Call * * * * *
Shore Excursions * * * *
Meet and Greet - N/A
Reservations * * * *
- Rating Schedule -
* Poor
** Fair
*** Good
**** Excellent
***** Outstanding

- Ship Facts -
Operated By: P&O Princess Cruises, Los Angeles
Port Of Registry: Hamilton, Bermuda
Official Number: 733720
IMO Number: 9229659
Call Sign: ZCDF4
Classification Society: Lloyd's Register of Shipping, London
Class Notation: A1 Passenger Ship
91,627  Gross Tons.
53,394  Net Registered Tons.
964.3 Ft. Ship Length.
Moulded Breadth: 105.6 Ft.
Total Breadth (Wings): 126 Ft.
Total Height Above Keel: 203.4 Ft.
2292 person, double occupancy cabins.
2 dining rooms.
International Crew: 981 persons
Propulsion Type: 2 Synchronous Electric Motors
Diesel Engines: 2 Diesel Electric Wartsila 16V 46C
Output of Main Engines: 40,000 kW
Manufacturer of Main Engines: Wartsila N.S.D. Italia S.p.A
Thrusters: 3 Bow Rolls Royce
                3 Stern Rolls Royce
Propellers: 2 Fixed Pitch, Six Blades
Rudders: 2 Semi-Balanced Splade Rudders
Stabilizers: 2 ACH Engineering
Fuel Capacity: 1938 t (Heavy Fuel Oil)
                        1786 t (Marine Gas Oil)
Fresh Water Capacity: 2199 t
Cruising Speed: 21.5 Knots
Maximum Speed: 23.4 Knots
Built By: Chantiers de L'Atlantique, Shipyard of St. Naizare, France
Year Built: 2002
Inaugural Sailing: January 3, 2003
Christening Date: January 17, 2003
Godmother: Her Excellency Mireya Moscoso, President of Panama

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