Coral Princess is a luxurious way to escape completely, with all the amenities for an amazing cruise. It features an impressive array of dining options, such as specialty restaurants Sabatini's Italian Trattoria and the Bayou Cafe & Steakhouse, as well as a European-style casino, a cigar lounge and retro martini bar.
- Cabins 1000
- Crew 900
- Passengers 1970
- Decks 15
- Launch Year 2003
- Registry Bermuda
Coral Princess, Our Panama Canal Adventu...
"Coral Princess, Our Panama Canal Adventure. We all have our own dream of the perfect holiday; ours was to cruise through the Panama Canal on a luxury ocean liner I start with the Los Angeles Hilton as this is a cruise review, the previous four days having been spent touring the National parks in a RV which will be covered in a separate review. Day one. Dress code Casual 74F After spending a very comfortable night in this very splendid hotel and a leisurely breakfast we boarded our transfer coach for the 45-minute ride to the port, our luggage already preceding us to the ship, surprise number one instead of waiting in line for our exit visa from the United States you inserted your passport into a machine and within 20 seconds it is read and a visa issued. Surprise two the embarkation desks, fifty or more, eat your heart out Southampton, this is how its done. In twenty minutes of leaving the coach we boarded and were escorted to our suite. Bath and shower, separate dining area, twin TVâs so you could watch from anywhere within the cabin including the balcony, which held four chairs and a table and was large enough to seat four adults for evening meal, usual hair dryer, fridge, safe, fruit basket & ice bucket. Now I could really get used to this life. Day Two Dress code Formal. Sea Day 74F A sunny sea day, breakfast in the cabin, soaked up some rays on the balcony till lunch, joined in Pictionary team challenge, lost, visited casino, lost. Donned Tux and joined fellow guests for our evening meal, wonderful. Saw late show and finish the evening in the Wheelhouse Bar Country & Western night. Day Three Dress code Casual Cabo San Lucas Mexico 84F Took a ships tour today along the Baja Peninsula, dramatic desert scenery & coastline. Visited a Glass Blowing factory and Cacti Mundo where over 750 different cactus are grown, very pleasant stroll round this beautifully kept garden, on to San Jose del Cabo for an hour & half sight seeing & shopping, worth seeing the mission church and the tree lined Plaza, our final stop the flea market alongside the quay, tip offer one third, accept half. Day Four Dress code Casual at sea 84F Full day today the wife off to the gym for a workout, so took up golf putting challenge, watched the Fruit & Vegetable carving demo, had a couple of hours playing bridge, then made a complete ass of my self trying to line dance. Ended up on a high note went to the wine tasting enjoyed them all, time for a nap. Day Five Dress code Casual Acapulco 90F Took a tour by mini-bus, driver was brilliant took us all over including a stop at the cliff divers, well worth the $15 each of us paid, pick these up dock side. Lazy evening went to movies Jennifer Aniston in something forgot the film, drinks in Crooners, Sinatra, Crosby, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis & Nat King Cole knew every one, so how old am I? Day Six Dress code Casual Huatulco 91F With such a short time here (5 hours) not much time to explore but I remember this as a sleepy fishing village, today it is becoming one of Mexicoâs major tourist destination and certainly worth a visit, nine beautiful sandy bays framed by the backdrop of the majestic Sierra Madre del Sur high peaks. Back on board by 1.pm we relaxed before getting ready for the eveningâs Rock & Roll party and Dancing thru the Decades in the Universe Lounge, what a great fun packed evening had by all who joined in. Day Seven Dress code Casual At Sea 84F After my antics on the dance floor till the early hours of the morning, a lay-in was called for and a lazy day on our balcony, room service supplying whatever food & drink we required, free of charge. Day Eight Dress code Casual Puntarenas 82F Early start today full day ships tour to sky walk in southern rain forest, suspended high above forest floor these four bridges put you in the tree tops, so many wonderful sights. Birds, mammals & all types of creepy crawlies, as well as flowers & fauna, A full lunch sitting down overlooking the valley & waterfall, a wander round beautifully landscaped gardens, a stop on way back, a little shopping & a drink, made a perfect day. Country & Western night in the Explorers Lounge. Day Nine Dress code Formal At Sea 85F Breakfast in the Horizons Buffet such a choice but settled for full English and a bowl of fresh fruit, took in a lecture on the Animals of the Panama, watched a fascinating demo on decorations made from Marzipan. Had a go at Battle of the Sexes Shuffleboard, tried my hand at shooting a few balls in the basketball court, made two out of ten which did not qualify me for a prize, but made us a new friend who never made one basket. Off to the hairdressers for a trim & shave for tonightâs Captains party, drew the line at having my remaining teeth Whitened, but at $179 surely a good deal. Day Ten Dress code Casual Panama Canal 82F My birthday and what a way to enjoy it. Pat had ordered a Champagne Breakfast served in our cabin, a warm basket of Pastries, Smoked Copper River Salmon with Lingonberry cream cheese & Lemon Brioche, Fresh Wild Forest Berries, Alaskan King Crab with tomato & cheese Gratin washed down with half a bottle of French Champagne at $25 for the two of us, bargain of the week. I could write pages on the wonder of the transit of the canal, however much better for you to Google Panama Canal and see for yourselves the spectacle of these ships making their passage through this waterway. Ashore at Cristobal a vast array of shops and a local market place is right on the dock, a dancing display is given by the children and though lasting well over the hour certainly well worth watching. Day Eleven Dress code Casual At Sea 85F Time for Pat to pamper herself, a half day in the Lotus Health & Beauty Spa, back, neck & shoulder massage, pedicure, facial. Reflexology the full Monty. While I entered the slots tournament, $20 gives you 1000 credits you play for one hour or till you lose them, winner is one with most credits after time is up, Interesting features in this Princess Casino very low stakes on table games at certain times, means most can try the game without losing to much, and with slot machines starting at 1 cent, an hours play cost less than $5 the percentage payout much higher than most ships we have been on. Day Twelve Dress code Casual Aruba 89F Yeah right, now whoâs idea was this? A full days tour on a Quad bike, not recommended for anyone with less meat on their butt than a week old dog bone like mine. Still a good trip, thru Frenchmenâs Pass to the 19th-century Balashi Gold Mine, after exploring the old workings & liquid refreshments we continue on trails thru Arikok National Park, spotted wild goats, donkeys, iguanas & loads of birds, parked at the very top of Yamanota Hill for a suburb photo shoot, down to the Baby Natural Bridge (the collapsed original Bridge is still worth seeing) another gold mine (Bushiribana) and return to ship via National Park again. Island Night Tropical Deck Party round the pools. Day Thirteen At Sea 84F Three team quizzes today, brain waves, brunchtime trivia & outburst, funny as more & more people join in as the cruise nears its end, 9 holes in the golf-simulator, off to horse racing. Decided to eat in Sabatiniâs with friends we had met, $15 extra but the Lobster was out of this world, certainly this restaurant compares with the best we have eaten in. Day Fourteen Dress code Formal Ocho Rios 93F Chose to do our own thing here, picked up a mini-bus with seven others and for $20 each we saw Dunnâs River Falls, Coyaba River Gardens, Fern Gully, Dolphin Cove & the Green Grotto Caves all worth another look. Gala Dinner Cocktail Party tonight-fabulous time. Day Fifteen Dress Casual At Sea 83F Chilled out on our balcony today, fancied a steak so went to the Bayou Steakhouse to eat this evening but ended up with Jambalaya, while Mrs T had Shrimp Creole both were awesome settled in with a couple of bottles of wine & listened to Jazz. Day Sixteen Port Everglades 79F So ends this part of our holiday. Some useless facts, the ship is 91,627 tonnes, 965 ft long, 126 wide & 203ft high & has an A1 rating, it pays $245,600 to transit the Canal, the highest recorded & was up until this year the largest ship through, now overtaken by a Mansk Container ship with just a clearance of 1 foot either side. The Coral Princess is by far the best ship we have ever cruised on."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of October 2006