Occupation:E Planner / Scheduler
Number of Cruises: 4
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Coral Princess
Sailing Date: January 18th, 2007
Itinerary: Panama Canal
My wife and I booked our cruise last year in order to
celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary at sea this year. We thoroughly enjoyed
our 10-day cruise aboard the Coral Princess.
The crew and staff were the friendliest people we have ever encountered aboard a cruise line before. They did everything imaginable to make you feel at home and comfortable aboard the ship. We opted for the anytime seating for dinner, which was much more relaxed. We met many more people aboard the ship that way. The food choices were varied, well prepared, and delicious. The buffet was open 24 hours for those who could afford to eat to their heart's content and offered a wide menu of food choices. The Cruise Director, Brett Sibord, and his entertainment team did an excellent job of scheduling activities aboard the ship. Liam, Melissa, Rebekkah, Patrik, and the rest of the gang did a great job with the activities. The bands were super. The singers and dancers who put on the revues were outstanding. These performers did a fabulous job throughout the cruise, staging Vegas-style revue shows. The comedians, Billy Vader, and Carl Strong were hilarious. Juggler/Comedian Nick Pike was great. The other headline talents were equally great.
The excursions were well planned and organized. They also had plenty to choose from. The tours got back in time to allow plenty of time for shopping at the port of call. One bad side note: Jamaica, the constant demand for tipping and harassing by the merchants. Be advised. Watch out for scamming tactics by merchants. They will definitely try to scam you out of money. Be aware: do not allow them to carve your name into anything prior to agreeing to a price, etc.
Panama, Costa Rica, and Grand Caymen are beautiful with a lot to see and do. On Grand Caymen be sure to visit HELL and say Hi to Hurricane Ivan. What a Character. Also enjoy the Tortuga Rum cake samples and rum samples. Very nice. The Tulum ruins in Playa del Carmen Mexico were beautiful, but the 40 minute water taxi ride from the ship left a lot of passengers seasick from a very rough passage from the ship to the shore. This was a rough ride on a water taxi going 25 MPH in 25 ft swells. The crew did pass out distress bags to passengers who wanted/needed them. Definitely not a highlight of the tour.
Disembarkation was well planned and organized by the crew of the ship. Tours were planned for people who had later flights from Ft. Lauderdale, to help fill in some of the time.
All in all it was a great cruise, on a great ship, with a great crew. On board we booked another cruise to Alaska for next year, on board the Coral Princess. We would heartily recommend Princess Lines, and the Coral Princess to family and friends who are looking to plan a cruise.