Coral Princess Cruise Review by CalAlta Boy
- Sail Date: June 2019
- Destination: Alaska
- Cabin Type: Balcony
This was our very first cruise. We have friends in Anchorage that we wanted to visit so we took the 7 day cruise up to Whittier, visited them for a week and flew home from there.
We have always been skeptical about cruises but this generally exceeded our expectations. Comments in no particular order:
1. The ship was quite modern and comfortable.
2. The embarkation process is a little laborious but we are Canadians getting on a U.S. ship. Disembarkation is a snap. Either way, luggage appears and disappears from your cabin door lickety-split.
3. Our room was slightly bigger than expected and the cleaning was quick, regular, friendly and very efficient.
4. The buffet dining area was excellent. Good variety and top quality/ 10/10.
5. We chose the anytime dining option versus the schedule facility. The food here was typically good as was the service. On the first night we had to line-up for 40 minutes which was annoying and one other night we were sent to the designated dining area where, for the only time on the cruise, the experience was shabby. Cold, tasteless food and poor service. Don’t accept being part of their “overflow” strategy.
6. We really didn’t partake in a whole lot of the Ship’s entertainment offerings but what we did take in was fine.
7. We received a complementary reservation at the Italian Restaurant one night and this experience was first rate.
8. We found the constant presence of the Ship Photographer to be quite invasive at first but a short “No” was enough and they quickly moved on.
9. We did a small boat excursion in Ketchikan – 6/10
10. The guided Kayak trip we did in Juneau – 8/10
11. The bus tour to see the Canadian Suspension Bridge into BC and the Yukon was light on content but the guide was excellent – on balance 7/10
12. My biggest bug was that everything service above the basic dining options and the entertainmen seemed to be extra, extra, extra. I would have gladly paid an extra $500 per person for the cruise so that I could have a latte every morning, or tried a more exotic beverage. Charging for a glass of Pepsi seems cheesy.
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