1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
We had friends going on this cruise and joined them. We are getting more and more disappointed in the nickel-and-diming done by Princess. Everything seems to cost more every time we cruise. They have taken away "Happy hour". ... Read More
We had friends going on this cruise and joined them. We are getting more and more disappointed in the nickel-and-diming done by Princess. Everything seems to cost more every time we cruise. They have taken away "Happy hour". The Elite Lounge used to have $5 for any drink, now its over $6 for crappy syrupy drinks. No more coffee cards, so they don't roll over - use them or lose them. If you have more than one entree at specialty dining, more money!!! Entertainment was poor, badly spaced and repetitive. The Cruise Director was quite inefficient. However, her staff were fabulous. We only did one Princess Shore excursion, to a luau. This was a large event with other companies participating. Princess had the worst tables with bad visibility. International Cafe was good with excellent service as was the Crooners Bar. However the bar in the Universe Lounge did not have a good bartender, more often than not the drinks tasted like they had no alcohol in them. I think it is time to look elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
After 20 cruises on Princess chips, this cruise was such an awful experience that I cannot recommend Princess to anyone anymore. This was a 60 day cruise around the north Pacific. It was round trip from Los Angeles, so it was very ... Read More
After 20 cruises on Princess chips, this cruise was such an awful experience that I cannot recommend Princess to anyone anymore. This was a 60 day cruise around the north Pacific. It was round trip from Los Angeles, so it was very convenient for west coast travelers. We were able to stop at the following ports: Ketchikan, Juneau, Hoonah, Kodiak, Yokohama, Hiroshima, Tianjin, Incheon, Shanghai, Okinawa, Keelung, Hong Kong, Cai Lan, Chan May, Phu My, Manila, Guam, Honolulu, and Nawiliwili. Most of the passengers were Captains Circle elites. After that, most of the passengers were Captains Circle platinum. Surprisingly, there were a few children onboard. SHIP Years ago, my very first cruise was on the Coral Princess. I really like the Coral Princess. I think the size is ideal. I like the wide, wrap around promenade deck, but unfortunately (due to the weather) it was closed for much of the cruise. I think the casino (and all its lights, noise and smells) should be moved to a deck below the medical center. Don’t worry; the gamblers will find it. And please put the “art gallery” space to good use. No one ever goes in there. Princess can still have their “art” auctions without and “art gallery” onboard. The “library” was just a place for passengers to exchange books. I had to find wi-fi in Okinawa and Honolulu in order to download more e-books, since the Princess internet service could not do it. Some days the internet service did not work at all. CABIN We were in a forward balcony cabin on the Dolphin deck. After 60 days, our hallway was a big family! It was unsettling to have to leave our amazing and adorable cabin steward behind. The cabin itself was in pretty good shape, but ready for some new carpet. We had to have some emergency repairs done on the balcony door. The door seal was broken and the wind blew in like a siren. We had some pretty strong winds. WEATHER And speaking of wind, the weather on this cruise was pretty awful. Alaska was rainy. When we left Kodiak the really good stuff began, and the ship was really rocking and rolling. Our progress was so slow that we had to skip our first port in Japan, Kushiro, and head straight to Yokohama. After a port day in Yokohama, we had a “sea day” anchored in the Yokohama harbor, followed by another port day in Yokohama. The crew TRIED to find entertainment and shore excursions on short notice. When we left Vietnam we raced to avoid a cyclone, and the return across the Pacific was often bumpy. EXCURSIONS We did Princess shore excursions in Tokyo, Hiroshima, Tianjin, Incheon, Hong Kong, Da Nang, Ho Chi Min City, Taiwan, Manilla, and Guam. Our Chinese guide to the Great Wall did not speak English. The Hong Kong guide actually lost us. The other tours were great and worth the investment. DINING We always choose anytime dining and we never had trouble getting a table for two. The service however was so slow it seemed like the waiters were staging a work slow-down. Even in the Horizon Court, it was possible to eat an entire mean without anyone asking if you want a beverage. Best to get your own! The food was pretty awful. The menus repeated and repeated. First they ran out of bananas. On the eight days between Guam and Honolulu, they slowly ran out of fresh fruits and vegetables (lettuce!). On the last morning of the cruise, my “fig compote” was a bowl of crunchy dried figs! Honestly, the best meals on the ship came from the hamburger grill on the pool deck. ENTERTAINMENT I love Elua and we were so lucky to have them on board from Guam to Los Angeles. But otherwise, you wonder who decides what entertainment and when. The enrichment lectures were embarrassing. The production shows were all old repeats. I had seen most of the movies. The scheduling was crazy. If you wanted to attend anything in the Princess Theater or Universe Lounge you needed to find a seat EARLY. SORRY PRINCESS This was not a great cruise. It was a great disappointment. I did not come back new. I was relieved to get off the ship. The rumor was that three people died on this cruise. Perhaps they were lucky. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
The itinerary of 60 days from LA to LA, beginning in Alaska, going through Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Guam , and finishing up in Hawaii before heading back to LA was the big draw. However, the many ... Read More
The itinerary of 60 days from LA to LA, beginning in Alaska, going through Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Guam , and finishing up in Hawaii before heading back to LA was the big draw. However, the many operational calamities that befell the ship took away much of the shine of the trip. Two skipped ports, one from not having ordered a fuel barge, very poor communication to the passengers - more like last minute surprises, immigration catastrophes, running out of food items, burst pipes drenching cabins, loss of internet service for days, mediocre entertainment offerings, the list goes on. While Princess tried to maintain a happy face, many passengers were unhappy, vowing never to sail Princess again. The Coral has many sea days behind her, and her age is definitely showing. I believe a trip to dry dock for renovations is on her calendar,and none too soon. Embarkation and disembarkation were Princess smooth. The cabin was as expected, although I hope new mattresses are planned for her. Sleep was not comfortable due to terrible mattresses, and 60 nights is a long time to sleep on a bad mattress. The food was ok but repetitive; but not surprising for a cruise of 60 days. Service was very good. Ship excursions remain expensive and heavily booked, many with filled with people with limited mobility issues who neglected to acknowledge warnings about activity levels and steps/climbing warnings, and who came with their scooters anyway, expecting to be accommodated. The ports we visited were wonders to see. We only wish we could have also seen the omitted ports The enrichment speakers were below average save one, Chris Impey who is a marvelous speaker and who was enlightening and entertaining. Humberto, the port lecturer left much to be desired. His talks were rambling and filled with confusing information, such that one had to stand in line to speak with him at his desk for much clarification. Overall, the trip itself was one to remember. The Coral was ok if great things were not expected; it was transportation. Will we sail with Princess again? Yes, as many other cruise lines face similar issues. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
I chose this cruise for the ports in Asia that were offered. One port in Japan was missed because of weatherr, another port in Japan was missed due to the poor organization of fuel delivery causing us to sit at anchor for a full day. The ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the ports in Asia that were offered. One port in Japan was missed because of weatherr, another port in Japan was missed due to the poor organization of fuel delivery causing us to sit at anchor for a full day. The crew seemed to try to accommodate us, but their leadership was sorely lacking. Little things like the wine prices suddenly hiked when the menu prices were still the original price. Laundry was a disaster. Most of the passengers were Platinum or Elite members and it seemed like Princess could care less in how we were treated. The entertainment was lacking. It was necessary to be in the theatre an hour ahead of showtime in order to get seat and then the show was mediocre.The food was repeated too often and was just average. Head waiter was very good, assistant waiter was lacking and seemed to want to visit with other tables and not pay attention to her duties. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Princess Cruise Lines markets this type of a cruise as a "Grand Adventure." The problem was that there was nothing "grand" about it what-so-ever. Aside from the amazing ports of call the on board experience was mediocre ... Read More
Princess Cruise Lines markets this type of a cruise as a "Grand Adventure." The problem was that there was nothing "grand" about it what-so-ever. Aside from the amazing ports of call the on board experience was mediocre at best. There was nothing innovative or unique at all, just a 7 day Caribbean or Mexican Riviera cruise recycled week after week. Every sea day at 10 a.m. (there were 39!) the co-called cruise director would announce over the ship's P.A. system in a flat, monotone voice we luck passengers were in for a day full of "Effy sales...bingo...on board outlet sale...Princess Pop Choir rehearsal." But when we were stuck on the ship at an anchorage in Tokyo Bay for 24 hours and not allowed off the ship because Princess couldn't get the ship fueled (we missed the stop at Osaka!) the cruise director did announce that "bingo was cancelled but a special event was planned." The "special event" ended up being a vegetable carving demonstration...i kid you not! Not once in 60 days did I see the cruise director "out and about" and actually being a proper "cruise director." But the biggest problem with the cruise was how organized and chaotic everything was. And this was entirely the fault of the ship's captain, staff captain and hotel general manager. The captain made very few announcements and was never seen except at the events he was required to attend. The few announcements he made were only to deliver bad news (there was a lot of it), but he made sure to blame "corporate," over and over again. Because of the lack of leadership in all aspects of the cruise I have never seen morale so low among the crew members on a cruise ever before. the staff captain ate several times in the ships' buffet while in port and was mean and nasty to the crew members working there and did not acknowledge us passengers in the very least. If the had a complaint for any reason, big or small instead of trying to solve it on the ship you simple got a form letter from the hotel general manager informing you to contact "Princess Cruises Customer Relations Department upon your return home." I booked this cruise over a year before the embarkation date and was looking forward to a cruise of a lifetime but now cannot express how disappointed in Princess Cruise Lines for the joke of a "Grand Voyage." P.S. my Captain's Circle level on Princess is the highest "ELITE." Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
Earlier this year we did the 94-day World Cruise on the Pacific Princess and expected that since this was a 60-day cruise the onboard activities, food and entertainment would be similar. Unfortunately Princess treated it like a 14-day ... Read More
Earlier this year we did the 94-day World Cruise on the Pacific Princess and expected that since this was a 60-day cruise the onboard activities, food and entertainment would be similar. Unfortunately Princess treated it like a 14-day cruise. Choose this cruise for the itinerary which was very good except that Beijing should have been an overnight. Rough weather between Alaska and Japan resulting in missing 2-ports. This first one due to weather and and the second one because fuel ship ran into weather. Princess knew fuel ship wasn't going to make it but didn't advise us until we were anchored in Bay away from Port. Would have spent overnight in Tokyo rather than sitting on ship anchored in Port. Most of the entertainment and evening on-board activities were scheduled around first seating dining. We had second seating dining which meant we missed many of the activities/entertainment. Very poor scheduling. Entertainment was average and not nearly as good as the Belinda King singers and dancers that were on the Pacific Princess. Menus were repeated around 5-times. We're eventually told Princess only has 13 different menus. Longer cruise means duplicated menus. Also ran out of lettuce, and berries before Guam. Thus were served shredded cabbage for 5-days until we arrived in Hawaii. In summary, would not take a long cruise on any Princess ship except for the Pacific Princess. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
The itinerary sounded so good. Alaska, Asia and South Pacific. Unfortunately we missed the first port in Japan due to weather. A second port was missed because of lack of fuel in the second biggest port in Japan - Yokohama. What an excuse! ... Read More
The itinerary sounded so good. Alaska, Asia and South Pacific. Unfortunately we missed the first port in Japan due to weather. A second port was missed because of lack of fuel in the second biggest port in Japan - Yokohama. What an excuse! The ship left the pier as scheduled only to drop anchor 45 min. later where we remained overnight ( no commend or explanation from the bridge ) only to return to the pier the next day to refuel. At times we weren't sure if the captain was actually on board, only heard from him when he had bad news for the passengers. The rest of the top brass seemed to hide and never interacted with passengers. Princess entertainment was of very poor standard. The production shows lacked of talent and stage settings ( another cost cutting by Princess? ). The local folkloric performances were the highlights. Dining - hmmm outdated menu with 3 week rotation in dining room. Food was poorly prepared and waiting staff showed minimal interest and care for passengers, also long waiting times. Complained to the Ex-Chef several times in writing, never heard from him.On board activities were mediocre of cheapest nature( ring tossing, 60 sec. challenge, egg drop, ping pong, trivia etc. ) Shore excursions overpriced and poor group organisation before tour departure. At times the sewer smell near the theater was overwhelming. Musty smell and wet carpet on several decks caused water leaks. Princess Patter at times showed wrong dates, venue and times for activities, as well as the shuttle bus information for the disembarkation port ( Mami not LAX ). On a positive note - the Horizon Food Court staff was very attentive, friendly and provided service with a smile. The food quality and variety was enjoyable ( theme nights like Ramen, Mongolian and National ) and well received. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
This was an amazing 60 day cruise that went much faster than we thought. We loved the ports in Asia (all but one in Vietnam) - Enjoyed the activities on board. Liked the smaller ship as you got to know more people. As we were ... Read More
This was an amazing 60 day cruise that went much faster than we thought. We loved the ports in Asia (all but one in Vietnam) - Enjoyed the activities on board. Liked the smaller ship as you got to know more people. As we were headed to Asia there were Typhoons in the area where we were headed and our Captain with the LA office took our safety into account and we did not get to one of our ports of call. This was a smart move as we did hit rough seas and had we gone to the port it would have been a disaster. As we embarked for our cruise it went smoothly. Princess does well in this area. And at the end of our journey disembarkation went even better. Our cabin was in the front of the ship and on the port side and during the weather we did have waves came over our balcony as we were on deck 8. We are pleased and happy with our 60 day cruise. SUGGESTION Do NOT plan excursions for Sunday's in Asia as this is their holiday and there were way too many people Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We chose the Coral Princess Circle-the-North-Pacific cruise because it offered us the opportunity to visit several countries that were still on our Bucket List: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines. We enjoyed it despite two ... Read More
We chose the Coral Princess Circle-the-North-Pacific cruise because it offered us the opportunity to visit several countries that were still on our Bucket List: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the Philippines. We enjoyed it despite two cancellations---Kushiro (weather-related) and Osaka (logistical issues). The itinerary would have benefited from fewer Alaskan ports, Icy Strait Point being the exception, as it is still authentic and pristine. I also enjoyed the day spent cruising in Glacier Bay. Most of the Asian ports were very interesting, Manilla being the standout. It seems surprisingly prosperous, notwithstanding all the negative media reports. Filipinos are industrious and ingenious. They are not yet inured to tourism. Their cuisine is eclectic and deliciousThe Coral Princess is well proportioned and appointed, although she's starting to look a bit worse for wear. I very much enjoyed the Hawaiian Ambassadors, Tiki Dave and Leialoha who accompanied us on the last two weeks of the voyage. They are engaging and talented. Their passion for the about Hawaiian culture is infectious. And Humberto, the port lecturer for the Asian itinerary, was equally informative and inspiring.Our accommodation was adequate. We had a standard cabin with a balcony, which I wish had been cleaned more often. The room itself was very well maintained Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
This was our 30th cruise on Princess and the worst we’ve been on.☹️ The itinerary was 60 days round trip from LA to Asia. The ship itself was poor. On the embarkation day there were fewer than 50 books in the library! Not ... Read More
This was our 30th cruise on Princess and the worst we’ve been on.☹️ The itinerary was 60 days round trip from LA to Asia. The ship itself was poor. On the embarkation day there were fewer than 50 books in the library! Not acceptable! The entertainment director told me it was because people hadn’t returned the books. That is not true. There were none to begin with. The food was relatively boring-lots of stews from the previous day’s meats. Fish dishes were not specifically named as on other princess ships. Few production shows on the first half of the trip-2 in 25 days. Some type of MAJOR problem led us to remain in Yokohama harbor for 24 hours and then go back to the terminal to refuel causing us to miss Osaka. Comments and requests made to entertainment director unanswered after several written requests. The fire head sprinkler sprayed after a testing and continued to drip the rest of the cruise leaving a wet carpet. A note from from the previous people stated it had happened to them as well. 60 days of dripping with no fix! We got truffles as an apology. The dining rooms were poorly managed-sometimes a 30 minute wait with many empty tables. When my husband mentioned it to the maitre dee, he replied with “I’m the manager” The disembarkation for the tours were disorganized and inefficient. Several of the tours were expensive-$200 each to the Great Wall with a tour guide that told us nothing about the wall-she had never heard of the Yangtze River! Comments made to the tour desk were never answered. The room television is very antiquated-looping movies and repetitive TV show. 4 and 5 times of the same. We did likeMiranda the cruise director and Sarah the orchestra manager. Sarah is so talented and really gets into the music! Reymond our room steward was terrific. The one that took over-not so much. We will never cruise on Coral Princess again-no matter why the itinerary is. Read Less
Coral Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.1
Entertainment 4.0 3.9
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.1
Family 5.0 4.1
Shore Excursion 3.0 4.0
Enrichment 4.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 4.2

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