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Bob Finch

Age: 55

Occupation:Realtor

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Coral Princess

Sailing Date: n/a

Itinerary: Alaska

My wife and I just completed a 14 day Vancouver roundtrip to Alaska. There was a delay at departure because the US customs implemented a new process where all passengers pass through one hall instead of having separate inspectors for each ship. This caused some chaos but I am sure they will work it out. The Coral Princess is a really beautiful, spacious and well laid out ship. You never feel crowded. There was always deck chairs available. The various lounges and bars were never crowded. We opted for the anytime dining but usually made a reservation because we really like one waiter (Chatree) and always asked for his area. The Food was very good with great variety. Our waiter openly offered us extra king crab legs and lobster. Just ask if they don't offer. The horizon buffet was a little confusing layout at first but manageable once you get the hang of it. The entertainment was ok but not great. The bars and lounges had acts and musicians that were mostly boring. The casino was very large and pretty good. It has an London England theme. Princess is very good at communicating with their passengers. They pump the shopping at their recommended stores a little too much. The art auctions were a joke. I don't think they sold a single ugly painting. Tenders were very well done with no waits at all. The ship has the usual Princess cruise director and staff. They are lively and funny if you like English music hall humor.

If I had any complaints it would be that the beds and pillows were very uncomfortable. I recommend bringing your own pillow. The showers are small but I suspect that the people who complain are overweight. Most of the whales you'll see are in the buffet line!! The coffee I found tasteless so we bought a small jar of Folger's crystals and would add that. They sell an all you can drink soft drink for $25.00. We just bought a couple of six packs on shore which we kept in out fridge. We also bought beer which the security staff were not interested in. We brought wine and champagne on board which princess allows. Hard liquor we bought at the "Patisserie" bar on board. They sell a 40 oz. for $22.00. Pretty cheap! In all a great ship and great cruise. I highly recommend it. If you are Canadian pay your bill in US funds or travelers cheques. If you let them charge your Visa they use an extremely high exchange rate. BIG RIP OFF!!!

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