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Old February 13th, 2003, 03:59 PM
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WE have just returned from the Feb. 2 sailing. The ship is beautiful, food great, crew fantastic, cabin gorgeous with lots of closet space. BUT!!!! We were in Baja 551,deck 11, outside. It has an extremely noisy pipes problem. We listened to the sound of a very loud dishwasher going through cycles 24 hours a day for the entire cruise. UNACCEPTABLE, AGGRAVATING
We had the steward, the head of passenger services and an engineer listen to and acknowledge the problem. They would not move us because the ship was full and said nothing could be done while the cabin was occupied. Well, when would it ever be unoccupied? Spoke to people from cabins 533,537, 541 all had the same complaint. They offered the couple in 533 a set of earplugs. The nerve! Don't know how many others on Baja deck suffer the same problem.
PLEASE!!! If you have booked this cabin or know of someone who has, change to another ASAP.
Also, if you have personal choice dining and want to eat between 6:15 and 8 make a reservation the first night for the whole cruise or you will wait for an hour or more. They hand out vibrating pagers that do not go any further than the Atrium Save yourself the headache.

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Old February 13th, 2003, 07:10 PM
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Default Re: Coral Alert!!

Do you know if any of the other decks had the same problem? I see by the deck plan that all of these cabins are inside - do you know if the outside cabins near by had the same problem? Thanks.

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Old February 13th, 2003, 08:56 PM
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At Coro Princess Baja deck there's no such room number as 511, 533, 537 or 541.
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Old February 13th, 2003, 09:00 PM
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Sorry, Baja 511, 533, 537, 541 are inside cabins. I could not find them at first time.
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Old February 13th, 2003, 10:25 PM
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Our cabin Baja 551 was outside , 533,537,541 are inside. I don't know if other decks or cabins had the problem. No one from the ship offered any explanation,but the man in 533 thought it came from the piping of the Lotus pool which is on Lido deck and in that section of the ship.
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Old February 14th, 2003, 11:57 AM
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I'M A LITTLE CONFUSED ALSO, THERE IS NO B 551 ON THE BAJA DECK ON THE STAR PRINCESS ARE YOU SURE YOU WERE NOT IN B 531? AND IF YOU WERE IN THAT AREA YOU WOULD SEE THAT 2 DECKS ABOVE YOU IS THE HORIZON TERRACE, I FOIND IT TERRIBLE THAT YOU COULD THE PIPES FROM 2 DECKS UP. WAS EVERYTHING ELSE OK DINING ETC?
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Old February 14th, 2003, 12:02 PM
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EXCUSE MY FAULT THERE IS A B 551 AND I DID MAKE A MISTAKE S O R R Y,
BUT I'M STILL CONFUSED ON THE NOISE 2 DECKS UP.

AGAIN SORRY I HAD TURNED TO THE STAR PRINCESS INSTEAD OF THE CORAL.



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Old February 14th, 2003, 05:32 PM
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23bchhp wrote:

> WE have just returned from the Feb. 2 sailing. The ship is
> beautiful, food great, crew fantastic, cabin gorgeous with lots
> of closet space. BUT!!!! We were in Baja 551,deck 11,
> outside. It has an extremely noisy pipes problem. We listened
> to the sound of a very loud dishwasher going through cycles 24
> hours a day for the entire cruise. UNACCEPTABLE, AGGRAVATING

Thank you for that information. We are also on Baja deck but in B205. Hopefully being in the front of the ship might help being away from that noise. However, we have some friends that are in the back of the ship on that deck. I wonder if this is just a midship problem?
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Old February 14th, 2003, 05:59 PM
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How were the shows? Is this description accurate?

From the Spring 2003 Captain's Circle Magazine:

BEHIND THE SCENES
CORAL PRINCESS FEATURES TWO NEW PRODUCTIONS, "TRIBUTE" AND "CURTAIN UP"

Passengers onboard Coral Princess will be the first to enjoy two new
original productions developed for the ship's inaugural season. Carrying on
Princess' long-running reputation for providing some of the most
unforgettable performances at sea, the new shows-"Curtain Up" and "Tribute"-
take advantage of the many unique and innovative features of Coral Princess'
two main show lounges.

"Curtain Up" celebrates Broadway music, from Gershwin to Andrew Lloyd Webber
and features shows from such stage classics as "Cabaret," "Phantom of the
Opera," "Sunset Boulevard," "Evita," "Grease" and "Oklahoma." Presented in
the ship's Princess Theater, the show offers the audience an unusual
twist-the show's cast never leaves the stage! Instead, all costume changes
are performed onstage as they continue to sing and dance.

"Tribute" was inspired by television's Saturday night variety shows of
yesteryear and celebrates some of popular music's top stars, including the
Rat Pack, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and an assortment of "divas"
including Aretha Franklin, Cher, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross and Madonna.

As the first show created specifically for the Coral Princess'
state-of-the-art Universe Lounge, "Tribute" was designed to use all of the
theater's capabilities, including an expanded stage area that features three
revolving platforms with 16 elevated sections, high-tech projection video
screens, live broadcast capability and advanced sound and lighting systems.

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Old February 14th, 2003, 10:02 PM
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Thanks for all the information. I'm extremely worried now because we're booked
on Aloha Deck A 607 which is very close to the Lotus Pool above.

Hoping very much that people on that deck will respond to this alert. Sailing in May.
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Old February 15th, 2003, 12:31 PM
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We're booked in B439 on Baja deck for a May cruise. Any indication that this noisy pipe problem exists at that location? Or will we be dealing with elevator noise that's equally aggravating?
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Old February 15th, 2003, 01:16 PM
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It should read below the Lotus Pool.
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Old February 15th, 2003, 01:18 PM
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Default Re: Re: Coral Alert!!

I don't know if the problem exists in that section.
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Old February 15th, 2003, 01:22 PM
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I only know that the problem exists in the 551,533,537,541 area becaused we discussed it.
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Old February 19th, 2003, 04:44 PM
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Default Re: Re: Re: Coral Alert!!

We are booked on the Dolphin Deck with a balcony, right above the life boats, does anyone know if this deck is noisy?
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Old February 22nd, 2003, 04:01 PM
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FYI- Do not expect any satisfaction from the Head Maitre'd about changing tables or times- He was a real &*%$#(fill in your own) on our cruise(debarked today)-Otherwise it was a perfect cruise on a perfect ship Regards Jack
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Old February 26th, 2003, 10:23 AM
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Just got back from the 2-12-03 sailing of the Coral Princess. My parents were assigned stateroom E604 (obstructed outside). This room had a terrible noise and vibration problem beginning at the door. The vibration was so bad that the lamps next to the bed flickered. When we complained, my parents were first offered earplugs, then a temporary inside just for that night. When we complained we were told that the ship was full, but sometimes people leave the cruise in the middle of the trip for whatever reasons. Luckily someone did get off at the first stop in Montego Bay and my parents were offered a different room and a better room at that. We had the Chief Engineer and other people look at the noise and they told us they could not figure out what the problem was. They said it could not be fixed during the cruise. It was probably related to the exhaust pipes that run through that area. If you are going on Coral Princess, stay away from E604 and adjoining rooms. Interestingly, we walked by that room at the end of the cruise to see if it was still noisy and it was as bad as ever, and found out that they put someone else in that room!
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Old March 2nd, 2003, 05:53 PM
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After reading this post and knowing we had a cruise coming up in April on the Coral Princess, I sent a letter, dated Feb 19, to the President of Princess cruises with my concern about this problem. Surprisingly, I received an answer already - their letter was dated April 23rd. Their letter states, "Our Dispatch Department receives a report, after every sailing, of any problems involving cabin occurrences. We have double checked, with the Ship's Dispatcher, the cabin in which you will be accomodated. We are pleased to advise that there have been no complaints about category 'AA', Baja 205."

Now that covers my cabin but it did not address the cabins that you posted in your message. I wonder if those cabins were ever reported? It probably would be a good idea to send a letter about your experience to Princess in case the Dispatch Department was remiss in reporting the problems you experienced. I'm sure the passengers on subsequent cruises would benefit but never know to thank you. The address is:

President
Princess Cruises (Corporate Headquarters)
24844 Avenue Rockefeller
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

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Old March 3rd, 2003, 08:57 PM
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we just got back from the feb 12th sailing. our cabin was on the aloha deck and the smoke alarms would go off in the middle of the night! not once but a few times. they explained i t away, saying the ship was new! it's a beautiful ship, but the service is definitly lacking. i sailed on celebrity, and the service was impeccable. on this ship they would let the dishes and glasses pile up around the pool area, we had to ask them to clean up!!!!! there were even coke cans rolling around the deck!!!!!!!!
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Old March 4th, 2003, 12:51 PM
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Default was this for PC or traditional dining?

I know if the ship is full it is almost impossible to switch traditional dining around..
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Old March 4th, 2003, 02:54 PM
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Well, I'll give them 50 more days to clean up their act. (G) I can understand some bugs having to be worked out with a new ship but one would think the inaugural cruise would have been for that. Sorry to hear your comments. Although most of our cruising is with Princess, our last cruise was on the Celebrity Constellation and I have to agree with you about their service. I'm hoping the Coral can compete ship-wise but they don't have that wonderful Thalassophopy (SP?) pool on the Coral.

We'll be on the Coral, as I said in 50 days. Then in September we'll be on the new Pacific Princess. We are thinking about the Star in Feb 04 but they better have their act together or we'll start looking elsewhere. Princess still seems to have a good value and itineraries that I want to experience. I won't go across the Atlantic even if the cruise was free.
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