This was our first 10-day cruise and our first time to the
Panama Canal. Before she was put into service, Coral Princess
experienced a number of problems. She had a one-month delay in
delivery, a very rough crossing and a noticeable roll problem. In
spite of these difficulties Coral Princess proved to be one of the
very best cruises, of the 17, that we have taken. It was the only
cruise, in recent memory, where we didn't encounter any problems.
Neither of us was sick or injured and we returned with everything
we set out with. by all accounts, it was a glorious cruise on a
Ft. Lauderdale - Nassau - Panama Canal - Limon, Costa Rica -
Grand Cayman - Cozumel.
Our cruise on Coral Princess was in doubt when Princess
cancelled the first two sailings. Suddenly, we were moved up from
the forth sailing to the second. We were carefully watching the
bridge cam to see if Coral would leave St. Naizare, France. Shortly
before Christmas she sailed to Ft. Lauderdale for her maiden voyage
on January 3, 2003. We
didn't notice any appreciable difference in service or amenities
because of the delay. On the contrary, if we hadn't known of the
delay and the rush to put her into service, we would have believed
that she had been sailing for years.
Our ten-day cruise on Coral began a day early when we flew down
to Ft. Lauderdale on Delta and stayed at the Sheraton Yankee
Clipper Hotel. We had a good flight and a pleasant stay at the
hotel but the weather was unseasonably cool. On Monday, January
13th we departed for the pier around noon and boarded the ship.
Boarding was a pleasure. Except for a momentary misplacement of our
Passports we boarded quickly. We opted not to use the Platinum
check in desk (there was only one) but instead, went to the Aloha
Deck check in. There were fewer people in that line.
After pausing for a welcome aboard photo and a photo for our
boarding card we entered through Deck 5, the lower level of the
Centrum. We then took the lift to Deck 12 and found our cabin A623
- a standard outside cabin with a private balcony. We were upgraded
to category BB from the best available outside cabin with balcony.
Although small, the cabin was pleasant enough. Because the ship is
new, everything was sparkling clean. Oddly, there were not a lot of
wardrobe aids. Except for shelves and clothes rack there were no
dressing hooks or belt or tie racks. The wardrobe was not very well
In our cabin we found a letter from Fleet Medical Director, Dr.
Grant Tarling regarding the recent outbreak of Norwalk Like Virus
(NLV) aboard other passenger ships. The letter goes on to explain
that Princess meets vessel sanitation standards and explains simple
ways to help prevent the spread of disease. The letter also went on
to say that if any passenger experiences symptoms that they should
report to the medical center and that there would be no charge for
treatment. To our knowledge, there were no reports of NLV onboard
The safe was too small. The knobs on the drawers were flimsy.
One broke off but was quickly fixed the next day. The balcony was
small measuring 4.5 ft. By 9 ft. It was the most private of
balconies. The balconies below us were visible from above. Some of
them were the mini suite balconies. They didn't afford any privacy.
As for the mini suites, they were not much larger than our standard
outside cabin and in our opinion, were not worth the extra cost.
They had a small couch and two TVs, each side by side facing
Shortly after we arrived in our cabin our cabin steward came by
and introduced himself. He was 36 year old Dodo from Bangkok. We
mentioned that we were Platinum Club members and would like to have
the use of bathrobes, which he promptly brought. Dodo would turn
out to be one of the best cabin attendants that we have every had.
He was courteous and always happy to provide us with the very best
A word about the beds. They were marginally comfortable with a
4-inch foam mattress on a rip rap of nylon springs. The one
drawback was that they were too narrow. They would not have
configured well as a double bed. The pillows were wonderful.
The cabin was especially well lit. A good deal of thought went
into the lighting design and switching. The temperature of the
cabin was comfortable and easily controlled. Everything in the
cabin worked except the telephones wakeup call feature. When we
missed a wakeup call we found that the system was not working and
had to make arrangements for a wake up call from the purser.
We set out to the Horizon Court for a light lunch and made a
point to do a mini tour of the public areas while working our way
to lunch. There is nothing about the Coral Princess that made us
want to say, "Whoa". The ship is lovely but there is nothing
distinctive about it, unless you count the two jet engines on the
funnel which were placed there as a purely decorative feature to
tout that the ship is propelled by gas turbine engines. If you
didn't know what ship you were on, you wouldn't know that you were
on the Coral. The interior design is a big yawn - boring and
uninspiring. The absence of artwork was all too evident. The most
boring of the public areas? The pool deck.
The Horizon Court served a typical buffet style breakfast, lunch
and dinner. We ate several breakfasts and most lunches there. The
food was good but the variety was lacking. The most noticeable of
drawbacks was its size. The serving area was small and always
crowded. The flow of pedestrian traffic resulted in clogged isles.
Bob's favorite was the hot soups and deserts and Hellen's favorite
was the sushi, severed on only two days.
Outside the Horizon Court on pool deck, deck 14, was the pool
bar. Next to the bar was Princess Pizza. In all of our encounters
with shipboard pizza this was without a doubt the very best pizza
that we have had. It was made fresh, hand tossed, topped with the
familiar toppings, baked and served hot. This was truly a wonderful
spot and should please pizza lovers.
Following lunch we thought that we should check on our dining
room seating. We wanted to meet with the maitre d', Generoso
Mazzone, to make sure that we were seated at a round table of eight
or more on the main, fixed seating. We met with the waiter
assistant who told us that the maitre d¢ would be available at
5:30 in the Provence Dinning Room. We met with him and found that
we were indeed seated at a large round table right in the middle of
the dinning room. We opted out of Personal Choice dinning in favor
of fixed seating. Personal Choice dinners ate in the Bordeaux
dinning room one deck below us. We were seated at table 158. Our
table mates were two couples from Oregon traveling together and a
couple from Manchester, England. All were older that us. We had a
very pleasant time with them and enjoyed their company. Our waiter
Remus was from Romania. He was a pleasant enough fellow but his
service missed the mark.
When we returned to our cabin all of our bags were waiting for
us. We hastily unpacked. It was a cool day in Ft. Lauderdale so we
decided not to go to pool deck for a swim. After we unpacked, we
prepared for the lifeboat drill at 4:30. Our lifeboat station was
the Explorer Lounge. Shortly after, we sailed from Port Everglades
on our way to ten glorious days on Coral Princess.
Our first day was a port call at Nassau. We took a taxi to
Atlantis and toured the "Dig", a fanciful interpretation of the
Lost City of Atlantis legend. We had never been to Atlantis so we
wanted to see for ourselves just what everyone was talking about.
It's a beautiful piece of property and we are glad that we went.
Our $25 apiece to tour the Dig would have been better spent
elsewhere. It was not that interesting and certainly not worth the
price. We would recommend a land-based taxi over the water taxi.
It's a dollar more per person each way than the water taxi but it's
quicker, less crowded, no noxious fumes and drops off at the hotel
entrance. It was a cool day with on and off showers. Had it been
better, we would have headed for the beach but instead we went back
to the ship.
Back on board we sought out Princess Links for a game of golf.
Well, put-put golf. Located on Sun Deck (15) this tiny little space
offers nine holes of miniature golf. It was fun and we enjoyed our
game. We promised each other to return again but we never did.
Following Nassau we had Wednesday and Thursday at sea while
making our way to our second port of call - the Panama Canal.
We used the day to lounge about the pool and start working on
our tans. Coral Princess has a new program called Scholarship@Sea.
It boasts the only onboard pottery kiln. Candace Resnick
demonstrated the use of the pottery wheel and taught a fellow
passenger the art of pot making. There was a fee to cover the cost
Wednesday night was the first formal night and Captain Philip
Pickford's welcome aboard cocktail party. Captain Pickford did not
attend the receiving line but did say a few words about the ship
and the future of Princess Cruises midway through the party. The
party was very well done. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and came
away feeling that we were indeed welcome guests.
Following dinner we went to the Princess Theater to see "Da
Beat", the first of three production shows. Introduced by cruise
director, Paul O'Loughlin, the show was nonstop high-energy singing
and dancing. Good but not great. We would later enjoy the
production show "Dance" much more. The third show, "Tribute,
Tribute, Tribute", premiered Wednesday, January 22nd in the
Universe Lounge. It was the best of all. Following "Da Beat" we
were then rip roaringly entertained by funnyman Bill Acosta in the
Universe Lounge. We don't remember laughing so hard. All of the
shows were backed by the Princess Orchestra under the direction of
Gordon Hough. They were perhaps the finest shipboard orchestra that
we have every heard.
by Thursday (a day at sea) we were well on our way to improving
our tans. Hellen used the morning to attend the Brain Waves Quiz;
the culinary demonstration and the skin care clinic. Bob spent the
better part of the day at poolside. We watched as Patricio
Balquiedra turned a block ice into a noble bald eagle. At 2:00 the
pool games began. Hellen volunteered to be one of three judges. She
was given a gold medal, a pen that lights up and a travel clock.
She had a fun time judging the contestants.
Jay Johnson of the TV show "Soap" performed in the Princess
Theater. We had seen Mr. Johnson before on another cruise. Much of
his show was what we had already seen. Following his show we went
to the Universe Lounge to see Comedian Rick Starr. That evening we
left a wake up call on the auto phone for 5:30 in order to be out
on deck early enough to watch as we entered the Panama Canal. We
also ordered coffee. The room service menu didn't allow for service
before 7:30 AM but we penciled in 5:30 and sure enough, our coffee
arrived on time unlike our wake up call, which never arrived. After
checking with customer services we were told the system was not
As we awoke Friday morning we first went out onto our deck to
see if we were near the canal. As it were, two pilot boats were
along side. We hastily finished our coffee, dressed and went up on
deck to stake out our spot to view our entry into the canal. We
feared that we might be too late for a good vantage point but we
weren't. We entered the locks of the canal around 6:30. A member of
the Panama Canal Commission could be heard over the loudspeaker
giving a narrative of the canal and our position in it. After about
an hour, we retreated to the Horizon Court for breakfast and by way
of a window seat continued to observe our passage through the
We were booked on the Grand Tour of Panama. by now, Coral
Princess was in Gatun Lake. The weather was warm and sunny. We
disembarked Coral by way of tender and arrived at a nearby pier
where we boarded a bus for the observation platform adjacent to the
canal. We were treated to a fascinating narrative about the canal
as we watched the container ship, Yong Tai from Hong Kong pass
through the canal. After this stop, we boarded our bus for a brief
trip to The Hotel of the Americas, our jumping off point to our
boat ride on Gatun Lake to the Embera Indian fishing village. This
reenactment of Embera life gave us insight into their culture and
way of life. It was especially enjoyable for us. It was one of the
highlights of our cruise.
Coral Princess was christened at 12:30 this afternoon by the
president of Panama, Her Excellency Mireya Moscoso. We knew that by
taking the tour we would miss the Christening but was pleasantly
surprised when we returned back to the ship. As we boarded, we
noticed a large crowd gathered at the bottom of the gangway. We
inquired and discovered that they were waiting for President
Moscoso to disembark. We went on board and stationed ourselves at
the bottom of the stairs that let up to the Centrum decks. Shortly,
Madam President made her way down the stairs and right past our
position. Hellen said to her, "hello Madame President", at which
she replied, "Enjoy your cruise".
Before dinner that evening we stopped by the Internet Cafe on
Deck 8 to check our e-mail. The cafe proved to be a very useful
tool to get e-mail out to family and friends. The service was
reliable and reasonably fast. There was always a seat at one of the
dozen or so terminals. The cost was $.50 a minute. An advantage of
being Captain's Circle Platinum Club members meant that we were
able to use the cafe free of charge. Each day our charges for the
service were deducted from our shipboard account.
Following dinner we went to the theater to catch Kenny James, a
Star Search grand champion. He was entertaining and talented.
Following the show we took up our favorite spot in the Crooner's
Lounge and was happily entertained by resident crooner, Jere Ring.
Sitting down with Jere was a nightly ritual. No one would ever
accuse Jere of being bashful. He was a hoot. It was here that we
got to meet and know Rita and Mel. Jere looks a lot like Dennis
Quaid. When we saw Jere the next morning in the lift I asked him if
anyone ever mentioned that Dennis Quaid bears a striking
resemblance to him. He was caught off guard. He laughed at my
observation and the way I phrased the question.
At dinner that evening we learned that our Costa Rican Adventure
tour had been cancelled. The aerial tram was out of service. We
hastily beat a path to the shore excursion desk and booked a 7:15
tour to Tortuguero Canal known as the Amazon of Costa Rica. It was
a fascinating trip down the canal. As our boat made its way down
the river we discovered howler monkeys, sloths, birds of all sorts
and a crocodile. It was an exciting tour. We were blessed to get
the first tour as we were told that by the time the river gets
saturated with boats, much of the wildlife retreats into the
Coral sailed at 6:30 that evening but before leaving, we shopped
in the market on the pier in Limon. We learned that Limon is
Spanish for lemon. It was something about a group of men gathering
at the lemon tree for midday drinking. The town that grew up around
the tree was called Limon.
A word about the food and service in the Provence Dining Room.
We found the food to be excellently prepared. It was tasty, served
hot and we were offered a good variety of choices. If you love
fish, you will love the menu on the Coral Princess. In addition to
the nightly selections, sirloin steak, broiled salmon, chicken
breast and fettuccini may be ordered anytime. The deserts were
outstanding but the choice limited to three. At least three ice
creams were on the menu. New York style cheesecake, Princess Dream,
ice cream sundaes, sugar free deserts and fruit could be ordered
anytime. Executive Chef Michele Cossoli from Lago D'lseo, Italy has
done a marvelous job with the food on Coral Princess. Except for
the beef, we could find nothing wrong with the taste or
presentation. Michele's specialty, cold water lobster (Maine
The service at our table was not up to par. Our waiter, Remus
from Romania, was friendly enough but had trouble remembering
everyone's order. He mixed them up more than once. Wine and water
glasses sat empty a good deal of the time and on most nights, we
were the last to leave the dinning room. Another fault of our
waiter was that he sometimes would let his assistant present the
entrees. We've never had this happen before. It's always been the
waiter who serves the dinner. The dinning room captain, who served
our section, was nearly invisible. It's been our experience that
the captain makes his presence known early on and then assists with
such chores as removing the shell from the shrimp or lobster. Our
waiter was tasked with this job. We also learned that punishment
for being late for work or for not performing up to standard meant
banishment to the Horizon Court for the breakfast meal. We saw our
waiter there more often than we cared to.
One night, we opted to go to the alternative restaurant -
Sabatini's. It was nice but we were plied with too much food. The
dinner was leisurely enough (2 and 1/2 hours) but we had hoped that
we could escape the hubbub of the dinning room. Unfortunately, we
just exchange one set of hubbub for another. The only two choices
were the entree and the desert. Bob had the lobster and Hellen the
capon. All of the other courses came to the table on cue - each
waiter responsible for their own course. Oddly, there didn't seem
to be a lot of traditional Italian dishes. At $15 each we felt that
we got good value for our dollar but would only recommend
Sabatini's with caution. The food was nice but not great. It was
nothing out of the ordinary. We had heard that the better of the
alternative restaurants was the Bayou Cafe. We didn't go but talked
with folks who did. Go for lunch, drinks are included.
Following dinner we made our way to the Universe Lounge for the
comedy of Steven Scott. He was good but not great. After the show
it was island night deck party. We were so tired from the day's
activities that we passed on the limbo and conga line.
Sunday was a day at sea. We were heading for Grand Cayman. The
weather was poor - cloudy and cool so following Mass I used the
time to video tape the ship and shoot some digital pictures. Hellen
went to Kitty Bartholomew's mosaic class. Ms. Bartholomew is known
for her show on Home & Garden TV. Hellen is a fan and enjoyed
the presentation and a chance to pose for a picture with Ms.
As Captain's Circle members with Platinum Club status we were
invited by Captain Pickford to a special luncheon held in our
honor. We arrived a few minutes after 12:30 in the Provence Dinning
Room and was greeted by Nicky, the Captain's Circle hostess. We
were seated with two couples and Richard from the purser's
department. One couple was from England and was on their 34th
Princess cruise. The other couple, he a golfer and she a scuba
diver were on their 6th Princess cruise. All in all about 30
Platinum Club members were in attendance. We were given cocktails
before lunch. The luncheon of Potpourri of Seafood Cinderella,
Medallions of Fresh North Sea Halibut and a Princess Fantasy
Delight were masterfully prepared by Chef Cozzoli. A ship's
photographer took a group picture of our table and following lunch,
we were presented with the picture, signed by the captain, chef and
other members of the ship's crew. It was a very nice surprise and a
Because the weather was bad, we retreated to the comfort of the
Lotus Pool. This pool has a retractable roof and the pool area is
air- conditioned. The roof was closed due to the poor weather. Both
pools on Coral are fresh water but only the Lotus Pool is heated.
One of the hot tubs in the Lotus Pool area had an annoying way of
"stinging" the legs with scalding hot water. Midway through the
cruise we noticed that the jets for this pool had been shut
Captain Pickford had his wife and three children on board. Their
two boys, roughly ages 8 and 10 were frequent visitors to the Lotus
Pool. This day was no exception as the two redheaded lads were
having a swim with their father and mother. Knowing that the
captain wished to spend some personal time with his family we and
others didn't make a point to notice the captain thereby affording
him the privacy that they were seeking.
A major problem with Coral Princess is its propensity to roll,
that is rock from side to side. This is most evident in the Lotus
Pool. The sea was rough this day and deck attendants had their
hands full trying to contain the water that was splashing out of
the pool. The squeegees and water vacs were constantly trying to
dry up the water. A section of the floor in front of the bar was
closed off due to the excessive water on the deck. So bad was this
problem that water was overflowing the deck and running down the
side of the ship to the decks below. This is a major problem.
Hellen became ill from the ship's movement. She went to dinner but
ate only crackers, apples and ginger tea. The chef was kind enough
to mince some ginger that Hellen put in her tea. It saved the
The show in the Princess Theater that evening was the second
production show, "Dance". Starring Laurie Miller, Doug Crawford,
Deneice Tame, and Scott Chamberlain "Dance" featured the aerial
artistry of Anna & Rick. The Princess Dancers were outstanding.
We really enjoyed this show very much. After the show we went to
the Crooner's Bar but found that Jere was no longer entertaining
there. He had left the ship on Saturday. It wasn't the same without
Grand Cayman had received 30 inches of rain the day before we
arrived. As a consequence, we were unable to anchor in South West
Sound. The sea conditions were not favorable for tendering so Coral
made her way to the leeward side of the island. We weren't sure if
we would be able to tender from there. I had a scuba excursion
booked and Hellen was going in to Georgetown for some shopping. I
went to the Princess Theater, the staging area for shore
excursions, and waited to be called. While I was waiting it was
announced that my excursion had been cancelled due to bad weather.
I returned to the cabin. We then decided to take the tender to
shore and see if we could arrange for an island tour. Once ashore,
we hooked up with Mr. Shirley Delbert and his ten-passenger van.
For $20 each he took us on the grand tour. We had been to Grand
Cayman many times in the past but we have always missed the Turtle
Farm, the rum cake factory and Hell. Not this time. We had a nice
tour and it helped to salvage the day. We ran into an old friend -
Royal Caribbean's Nordic Empress. We sailed her in 1991.
Coral sailed for Cozumel at 3:00 so we were back on board early.
It was formal night and the repeat passenger's cocktail party - The
Captain's Circle. Captain Pickford was absent from the party but
Staff Captain Alan Wilson represented the captain. It was a nicely
done affair. Plenty to drink and good company. It has been our
experience that Princess takes good care of its repeat passengers
and this night was no exception. It was especially nice when
Hellen's name was called as one of the three door prize winners - a
bottle of Champaign. We brought the bottle to the dinner table and
our waiter served it to our table mates.
We went to the Universe Lounge to see Ed Alonzo of the TV show
"Saved by the Bell". He was performing a comedic magic show. Not
funny and his magic was uninspired. He grossed out the audience
when he sliced his arm with a knife. After the show, we went to the
Explorer's Lounge for a nightcap and then to bed.
The weather in Cozumel was beautiful - warm and sunny. When we
were approaching San Miguel we noticed that the ship wasn't head
for the International Pier or the Puerta Mayo Pier but rather it
was headed in a downtown direction. It turned out that we were
berthed at Punta Langosta Pier. This is a new pier for us, not
having visited Cozumel in over two years. It was very conveniently
located with the Punta Langosta Mall across the street.
We had booked the Swim With The Dolphin excursion at Chankanaab
Park. In a word - wonderful. We had so much fun swimming with
Triton and Titan, two male dolphins. This was the highlight of our
cruise. Following the dolphin swim Hellen stayed on at Chankanaab
while I took a taxi back to the ship's pier for a scuba excursion.
I arrived early. Three other divers showed up for the tour and soon
we were in taxis headed for the Sand Dollar dive shop just off of
the Palancar Reef. The last time I was in Cozumel I dove with this
operator from the same boat - Roman Holiday. The dive was great. A
two-tank dive to the Columbia and Santa Rosa reefs. It doesn't get
much better than that. After the dive I returned to the ship and
made it just in time to shower and dress for dinner.
Following dinner we went to see the comic Marty Allen of the
Allen and Rossi comedy team that I grew up with. I remember them
from the Ed Sullivan show. Marty was now performing with his wife,
Karon Kate Blackwell a song stylist and pianist. She was terrific.
Marty's act was stuck in a time warp - circa 1960 but he was still
Wednesday was our last day of the cruise before disembarking in
Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday. It was a day at sea so we made the most
of it. In the morning I made a walk-a-round with my cameras and
Hellen began packing. After lunch we spent the afternoon poolside
trying to get the last of the sun and polish off our tans. We
watched the pool games and listened to Sugar Cane, the pool band.
At 4:00 we made our way down to our cabin and finished packing.
We spent the evening at dinner taking pictures of our table
mates, exchanging addresses and enjoying that last of our delicious
meals in the Provence Dinning Room. After dinner we went to the
Universe Lounge for the show "Tribute, Tribute, Tribute". We were
the first passengers to see this show. The producer and
choreographer were in attendance and following the performance,
were called to the stage by Cruise Director, Paul O'Loughlin to
take the audience's applause. It was a wonderful show and the
staging was magnificent. After the show we went back to our cabin
to finish packing and to put our bags out in the hall.
Well, it finally arrived, our disembarkation day. We were sad to
leave. It was such a wonderful cruise. We had a great time. It was
one of our very best. We had an early flight from Ft. Lauderdale to
Boston so we got our breakfast early in the Horizon Court. We had
red tickets for early disembarkation. Rather than wait in the
Platinum Club lounge in the aft of the ship we opted to spend the
waiting moments in the dinning room. We had coffee while we waited.
We were the first called, around 8:45. We went to the baggage claim
area in the terminal, collected our bags and made our way out onto
the street and took a taxi to the airport. $10 cab fare plus tip.
We arrived at the airport in plenty of time for our flight to
Boston. We checked in at the e-ticket kiosk and were told that our
bags were headed for the inspectors. When we got home we found that
one of our bags was opened for inspection. On our flight down, we
didn't lock our bags but secured them with plastic ties used to
- Summary -
Our Cruise aboard the brand new Coral Princess was probably one
of the best cruises we've had. There is nothing about Coral that
catches the eye or the imagination but the service and helpful
staff more than make up for any shortcomings in the ship's stale
design and ordinary decor. We were royally entertained by the
ship's bands and production team. The shows were great. We met some
nice people and that made our enjoyment of the cruise more
delightful than it otherwise would have been. The Panama Canal was
special because it was a new port call for us and it was the
occasion of the ship's Christening. We will always have the memory
of being onboard when Coral was christened. Costa Rica was new too
us as well. It's a beautiful country with a marvelous eco-system of
rain forest and rivers.
The weather could have been better but it wasn't. Nassau and
Grand Cayman were cold, cloudy and rainy but that didn't detract
from our enjoyment of the other fine days we had. We would happily
recommend the Coral Princess. We would go again if we could. What
impressed us the most was that even though she was delivered late
by the shipbuilder, everything was in place and worked well. There
was a genuine cohesiveness about the crew that made it appear that
they had been serving aboard Coral for a lot longer than they had.
Except for the excessive roll, there is really nothing bad that we
can say about Coral Princess. We enjoyed our cruise and if you
choose to sail Coral Princess we hope that you will enjoy her as
much as we did.
Bon Voyage! Bob & Hellen Hersey Portsmouth, New
Our Photos -
- Rankings -
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
The Good - Platinum Club benefits, friendly staff, excellent
cabin steward, delicious pizza and ports of call.
The Bad - excessive roll, pool deck ambiance, dining room waiter
and narrow beds.
The Ugly - There really wasn't much to describe as ugly on Coral
Princess. An all time first for us.
Overall Rating - * * * *
Seamanship and safety of the vessel: * * * * Sanitation * * *
Food Service In The Dining Room * * Food Quality In The Dining Room
* * * * Food Variety In The Dining Room * * * Food Service In The
Horizon Court * * * Food Quality In The Horizon Court * * * * Food
Variety In The Horizon Court * * Stateroom Amenities * * * *
Stateroom Comfort * * * * Stateroom Attendant * * * * * Room
Service * * * * Production Entertainment * * * * Headliner
Entertainment * * * Show Band * * * * * Pool Band * * Lounge
Entertainers * * * Cruise Director * * * * Cruise Staff * * * *
Ports of Call * * * * * Shore Excursions * * * * Meet and Greet -
N/A Reservations * * * * - Rating Schedule -
* Poor ** Fair *** Good **** Excellent ***** Outstanding
- Ship Facts -
Operated by: P&O Princess Cruises, Los Angeles Port Of
Registry: Hamilton, Bermuda Official Number: 733720 IMO Number:
9229659 Call Sign: ZCDF4 Classification Society: Lloyd's Register
of Shipping, London Class Notation: A1 Passenger Ship 91,627 Gross
Tons. 53,394 Net Registered Tons. 964.3 Ft. Ship Length. Moulded
Breadth: 105.6 Ft. Total Breadth (Wings): 126 Ft. Total Height
Above Keel: 203.4 Ft. 2292 person, double occupancy cabins. 2
dining rooms. International Crew: 981 persons Propulsion Type: 2
Synchronous Electric Motors Diesel Engines: 2 Diesel Electric
Wartsila 16V 46C Output of Main Engines: 40,000 kW Manufacturer of
Main Engines: Wartsila N.S.D. Italia S.p.A Thrusters: 3 Bow Rolls
Royce 3 Stern Rolls Royce Propellers: 2 Fixed Pitch, Six Blades
Rudders: 2 Semi-Balanced Splade Rudders Stabilizers: 2 ACH
Engineering Fuel Capacity: 1938 t (Heavy Fuel Oil) 1786 t (Marine
Gas Oil) Fresh Water Capacity: 2199 t Cruising Speed: 21.5 Knots
Maximum Speed: 23.4 Knots Built by: Chantiers de L'Atlantique,
Shipyard of St. Naizare, France Year Built: 2002 Inaugural Sailing:
January 3, 2003 Christening Date: January 17, 2003 Godmother: Her
Excellency Mireya Moscoso, President of Panama