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My husband and I, along with my father and his wife wanted to do an Alaskan cruise together. We chose this particular one because 1) it traveled north, we wanted to see the landscape change and the days become longer, 2) we wanted to visit Vancouver prior to our trip, 3) we wanted to travel around the particular date we chose, 4) we wanted a smaller ship (not the Royal) and the Coral had good reviews, 5) the pricing was very good for that ship, on those dates, on that route. At the time of booking Princess was offering a $300 shipboard credit, and the travel agency we booked through offered us an additional shipboard credit, so together we were able to cover our shore excursions, ship gratuities, and still have a bit more left over for extras. The booking through our agency was more time consuming than expected, but I don't have anything else to compare with. In all, the cruise exceeded our expectations. We had a fabulous time with little to no complaint to speak of. The food was amazing and plentiful. My husband and I committed to taking the stairs the entire time on the cruise to try and offset the extra calorie intake. This made for excellent exercise. The entertainment was fabulous. We especially enjoyed Duo Casiopia and Tempo Quatro. The Broadway musical type productions were also top notch. One surprise was bringing Megan Brunning on board at Juno. She is a world renown soprano. My father is 87 and had a great time. He loved the food and entertainment. He could do as much or as little as he chose to do. We were also surprised at how much space the ship seemed to have and how uncrowded we felt. We booked our ship excursions through Princess using our shipboard credit. In Ketchikan we went to the Totems and thought it very interesting. We also did the Lumberjack show. I hated it - it was long, boring, and cheesy, but my husband thought it was great - maybe a guy thing. My dad and his wife had no comment. In Juno we drove out to Mendenhall glacier. Be forewarned that there ir no food or drink at the visitors center other than water from a drinking fountain. Seating is limited to that in the theater or on a padded benches. My dad complained about this as he had to wait the 2 1/2 hours for the return trip. Also, don't expect to get up close and personal to the glacier by foot unless you have 5 hours to hike there. In Skagway we drove up the mountain and that was a good choice because we could stop and get out if we wanted to and snap photos or look at the view. We purposely chose not to take the train as we didn't want to be locked in there for two hours. I do recommend getting off at the ports, but honestly, I enjoyed the ship more than the excursions. A huge surprise were the stop our ship made of Glacier Bay and College Fjord with their magnificent beauty!

Alaskan cruise exceeded our expectations!

Coral Princess Cruise Review by dancearizona

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2019
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Premium Balcony
My husband and I, along with my father and his wife wanted to do an Alaskan cruise together. We chose this particular one because 1) it traveled north, we wanted to see the landscape change and the days become longer, 2) we wanted to visit Vancouver prior to our trip, 3) we wanted to travel around the particular date we chose, 4) we wanted a smaller ship (not the Royal) and the Coral had good reviews, 5) the pricing was very good for that ship, on those dates, on that route.

At the time of booking Princess was offering a $300 shipboard credit, and the travel agency we booked through offered us an additional shipboard credit, so together we were able to cover our shore excursions, ship gratuities, and still have a bit more left over for extras. The booking through our agency was more time consuming than expected, but I don't have anything else to compare with.

In all, the cruise exceeded our expectations. We had a fabulous time with little to no complaint to speak of. The food was amazing and plentiful. My husband and I committed to taking the stairs the entire time on the cruise to try and offset the extra calorie intake. This made for excellent exercise. The entertainment was fabulous. We especially enjoyed Duo Casiopia and Tempo Quatro. The Broadway musical type productions were also top notch. One surprise was bringing Megan Brunning on board at Juno. She is a world renown soprano.

My father is 87 and had a great time. He loved the food and entertainment. He could do as much or as little as he chose to do. We were also surprised at how much space the ship seemed to have and how uncrowded we felt.

We booked our ship excursions through Princess using our shipboard credit. In Ketchikan we went to the Totems and thought it very interesting. We also did the Lumberjack show. I hated it - it was long, boring, and cheesy, but my husband thought it was great - maybe a guy thing. My dad and his wife had no comment. In Juno we drove out to Mendenhall glacier. Be forewarned that there ir no food or drink at the visitors center other than water from a drinking fountain. Seating is limited to that in the theater or on a padded benches. My dad complained about this as he had to wait the 2 1/2 hours for the return trip. Also, don't expect to get up close and personal to the glacier by foot unless you have 5 hours to hike there. In Skagway we drove up the mountain and that was a good choice because we could stop and get out if we wanted to and snap photos or look at the view. We purposely chose not to take the train as we didn't want to be locked in there for two hours. I do recommend getting off at the ports, but honestly, I enjoyed the ship more than the excursions. A huge surprise were the stop our ship made of Glacier Bay and College Fjord with their magnificent beauty!
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Cabin Review

Premium Balcony
Cabin B2 C408
Our cabin was fantastic! The design and use of space was outstanding, particularly in the bathroom and closet area. Even though it was a small space, I never felt crowded or lacking space for anything.
Surprisingly, it was a king size bed and was super comfy. We also had a desk and chair area as well as a mini fridge. My parents next door complained that the chair was uncomfortable and they wish they had two arm chairs, but that issue did not bother either myself or my husband.
The huge slider going out to the balcony was fabulous as it afforded a full view, and the blackout curtains worked great, especially as we traveled north. We had a premium balcony, but in retrospect, now I feel we didn't need the extra depth, as when we did go out we hung out at the railing. I think a regular size would have sufficed, plus I think the longer dividers between cabins actually obstruct the view a bit. I was very glad we had a cabin with a balcony giving us the option to stay in our cabin and see the views inside or outside, and there were so many!
I liked that the cabin is pretty much mid ship and accessible to everything from here. Overall it was a great cabin!
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Glacier Bay National Park
    No one got off the ship because the experience was on board. Instead, we picked up two naturalists who remained on board all day to tell us about what we were seeing as the ship cruised through the bay. The same thing happened on the following day when we went through College Fjord. Both days had magnificent view both from our cabin and from all parts of the ship. I did enjoy being able to relax and view the scenery from bed, balcony, or on our stateroom TV, but also have the choice to go to another part of the ship to enjoy the scenery.
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  • Vancouver
    We arrived two nights prior to embarkation. We contracted a taxi service to take us to Stanley Park and it worked out wonderfully. Our guide was funny and engaging, and the price was a fraction of what it would have been for all of us to have taken the tour bus through the park.
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