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PMack March 8th, 2003 06:44 PM

Coral Princess
 
I just got off the Golden Princess and one of the officers stated that the Coral Princess's engines died in Cozumel.... does anyone know anything about this??


PM

Donna March 8th, 2003 09:01 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 
When was this?


Frank March 9th, 2003 01:12 AM

Re: Coral Princess
 
Doesn't sound right - it's not scheduled for Cozumel. It's doing round trips from Fort Lauderdale stopping at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Limon, Costa Rica, Gatun Lake Cruising,
and Orangestad, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles

Frank-in-CA

PMack March 9th, 2003 10:04 AM

Re: Re: Coral Princess
 
This officer stated that this occured this last week. He was a pretty high up person so it sounds realistic. I know the Coral was not scheduled for Cancun but it was scheduled for Cozumel but he stated that the problem occured near Mexico and it is easier to do repairs in a larger city as well as easier air transporatation.

PM

PMack March 9th, 2003 10:06 AM

Re: Re: Coral Princess
 
I can only explain what this high up officer stated...possibly it was the closest port with decent transporation for service and passengers. He had know reason the stretch the truth, we were telling him the problems we had with the Coral in early January.

PM

nini March 9th, 2003 04:46 PM

the Coral bridge cam did say..
 
it was in Cozumel last week... I thought that was odd. maybe this is why.

CruzNut March 9th, 2003 06:27 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 
The February 2 and 22 cruises on the Coral were scheduled to Cozumel on the 9th day. The Coral had 3 different itineraries available on different dates.

Has anyone heard any thing else about this?


Frank March 10th, 2003 10:25 AM

Re: Re: Re: Coral Princess
 
What problems did you have with the Coral in February?
Frank-in-CA

PMack March 10th, 2003 03:54 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 
We initially planned on being the third cruise of the Coral Princess...but due to the delays we were on the initial voyage on january 3rd. The ship had real problems with the stabilizers, even in calm waters the ship was very unstable. The service was good but many people had problems you would expect on the initial voyage...plumbing problems, our telephone never worked...very loud noises in each room...we found out it was due to the way they manufactured the rooms..I was able to stop most noises by using the rubber doorstops in the ceiling. All of the food on this voyage was supplied in France...so the beef was very poor the eggs were very yellow. The air conditioning was very erratic.

We endured and will not go on the ship again.


PM

norm March 11th, 2003 08:06 PM

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PM,

We initially planned on being the third cruise of the Coral Princess...but due to the delays we were on the initial voyage on january 3rd. The ship had real problems with the stabilizers, even in calm waters the ship was very unstable.

Something tells me that "unstable" is the wrong word in this context. Stability is a measure of a ship's ability to right herself if she starts to rock. If the ship were unstable, she would have flipped over.

Do you mean that you felt a lot of motion? That's possible, especially if she has a stabilizer problem, but it's not due to instability.

Norm.

Karin March 16th, 2003 08:23 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 
I've not heard anymore about the pipe noise on the coral. Is it going to be fixed?
We're sailing May 31st. (Alaska)

Karin

Mich March 17th, 2003 12:24 AM

Re: Coral Princess
 
Hi,

We were also on the Coral Princess for the inagural voyage and did not experience any problems at all. The stabilizers did have problems for the first 3 days, but this was not as bad as some have previous stated. FYI - The Coral went thru a very nasty storm on its way to Fla in January. Force 11 gale for days and peaked at force 12 for 30 mins so they say. Anyone who has been thru a force 11 storm will know what it is like. The ship, according to many officers and staff handled it really well. To turn the ship around, repair the countless of broken TV's that were destroyed and stand there with smiling faces waiting for 1900 or so, extremely critical passengers is a true credit to Princess. They also had Coral tested during sea trials to a heal of 38deg - this would be amazing to watch, so I think to say that the ship was not stable is as Norm has said, not right. Princess were up against the wall with the previous cancellations so my hats off to them to get me away on time.

Stabilizers - the ship had a very very slow roll for the first 3 days but these ships are more like floating boxes with rich cats racked and stacked as you are probably aware. To actually feel any motion on these things is a bonus. Once the stabilizers kicked in, nothing, not a ripple, not a rock to sleep, nothing. I may as well have been in the Bellagio in Vegas. This is part of big ship cruising I know so Coral will be a beautiful addition.

The Cabin noise - research has stated that Baja cabins in the high 5's were experiencing noise problems. I had a contact in the Pursers Office and he said that a few psgrs were having problems, but they new about it, so I would think that they would have this problem rectified by now. We were a party of 6 on Caribe deck in Balcony suites and junior suites. The Cabins are lovely, plenty of room for storage, and the only issue is the shower, it is small, do not drop the soap, unless you are one of the lucky ones with a full size bath - hot property.

I am an ex travel industry professional - ex being the operative word, but I still have this tendancy to creep around places like I am still the critic that I once was. If you need any specific info re Coral I would be happy to help.

You are in for a trip, the Coral Princess is a great ship and you will have a great time. I am very jealous as I would love to do Alaska. I found the staff pleasant and attentive, the food was wonderful. Not being an American I do not get the connection between French food and bad beef. Yellow eggs, I ate eggs everyday and they were all pretty perfect to me and I also had my fair share of beef and have no issues. Perhaps he is from Texas. All in all it was a real treat to be on the inagural voyage. Princess lived up to expectations again. I love Princess. We are off to Europe for some river cruising for a while, then some small ship cruising around the So Pac.

Hope this helps some and have a great trip to Alaska.

Mich

Nan March 17th, 2003 02:35 PM

Re: Re: Coral Princess
 
Mich, Thanks so much for the encouraging review. Most that I have seen have been more like yours than PM's unhappy one. Thank goodness! We sail her out in July.

Anysys March 17th, 2003 03:01 PM

Re: Re: Coral Princess
 
Thanks for the great review on the Coral Princess. We leave on 3/24 with another couple. I agree most reviews have been like yours. Thanks

Mich March 17th, 2003 05:35 PM

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Hi Nan and Anysys, (?)

No worries, you are in for a real treat. The Coral is truely beautiful and I have a 2 important tips.

If you plan on getting hair etc done for the formal nights, book the day of boarding. The Spa is extremely popular on these nights so booking is essential. I was lucky enough to be wandering around on the day of boarding, peering into all spaces and stumbled into the spa. While there I booked for all of us firls for all the formal days and it worked out beautifully, besides earning brownie points with the rest of our gang. It is worth it.

The Horizon buffet can get really busy. We only ate there twice due the sight of 100s of psgrs lining up for food is to much for me to bear, but when we did the food was great. Tip - send a scout to secure a seat and protect it with your life if you plan on eating at busy times.

The Explorers lounge has one of the best Jazz musicians I have ever seen or heard. A true treat.

You all have me back at Princess web site looking for a South Pacific cruise now.

I have written a more in depth report at www.cruise-chat.com.

Have fun,
Mich
Australia

Anysys March 17th, 2003 06:25 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 
Mitch
What a great review. I can't wait until next Monday. Thanks again

Frank March 19th, 2003 01:21 AM

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Mich:
Which South Pacific cruise are you taking? We're taking the new Pacific Princess (R3) from San Francisco to Tahiti in September. Glad to hear about your experience on the Coral as we leave for a cruise on her from Ft Lauderdale to San Francisco in 5 weeks.

We are also looking at the Star Princess for a cruise from New Zealand to your country that embarks 1/31/04.
Frank-in-CA

Mich March 19th, 2003 03:48 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 
Hi Frank,

Which cruise, we have no idea.

We are looking at the following -

One of the Princess SoPac on the old Renaissance Ships -
Copenhagen to Russia and return -
A river cruise thru France - but with the war and all -
Sailing a catamaran around the Whitsundays -
Or - saving all our pennies and doing the Cape to Cape on the Royal via Antartica. This would be my cruise of choice - been to both capes, but not Antartica and I truely loved the Royal, but the timing is all wrong at the moment.

We are not in any hurry to decide-

A cuise from NZ to Oz would be a good choice. I will have a look at the itin. It is smack in the middle of the Aussie summer and just at the end of the long summer break for school children and workers. Generally speaking December 18 or so to January 26 most Aussies take holidays. A good time to travel.

San Franciso to Tahiti on R3 - wow, I love Ren. I did 2 cruises with her, Asia and Carribean on the small ships. Loved it. This sounds like a eating extravaganza - San Fran - the home of the finest food in the US and Tahiti - home to great cheese and wine - and those beautiful polynesians.

From R3 to Coral - big difference. Coral as you have noticed hit a chord with me. She is a very fine large ship. I do like the thought of smaller ships at the moment. Really small like for 2.

Have a great cruise, sorry cruises, please feel free to email me if you want any specific info re ports in the So Pac. Happy to help. Do the NZ to Australia - it would be fun, just a slog to get here.

Regards,
Mich.

Frank March 19th, 2003 04:19 PM

Re: Re: Coral Princess
 
>From R3 to Coral - big difference. Coral as you have noticed hit a chord with me. She is a very fine large ship. I do like the thought of smaller ships at the moment. Really small like for 2.<

We'd have an interesting experience going from the Coral, to the R3 and if we book the Star, an even bigger ship than the Coral. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Glad to have the choices and the experiences.

>. Do the NZ to Australia - it would be fun, just a slog to get here.<

We will only do this cruise if I can get business class FF seats. As you say, it is too long a way to go coach.
Frank-in-CA

Mich March 19th, 2003 04:24 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 
Hey Frank,

Sounds great - only Biz Class - I have done the Aust - Usa trip 3 - 4 times per year for the last 15 years and have it down pat. At last I use miles to upgrade and get the miles back for the trip. The only way to fly if you can.

Mich

Peter March 23rd, 2003 03:31 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 
Hi,

My fiance and I will be getting married on the Coral Princess on the April 13th voyage, rountrip FT Lauderdale. I am looking forward to cruising with Princess as in the past we have cruised with RCL and loved it. We are in our late 20's and we are wondering what the average age was for this cruise?

My Fiance is Australian and I am a Canadian and we had a hell of a time trying to find out what documentation she would need to enter Panama. We heard cases on our last cruise where a girl was denied boarding for not having the proper documentation for the ports ahead. This was a concern as we are getting married so it would be nice if she could come along. Anyhow, after numerous calls to princess officials (who by the way didn't really know the answer and every time you called you got a different answer) and many calls to the Australian, Canadian, and Panama consulates we decided to get a visa for Panama(30$us) to make us feel more certain we won't have any trouble. Does anyone see any other issues or items that we should be prepared for before we leave. We leave Saint JOhn, NB Canada on April 9th so i would appreciate some help before we depart.

So far princess has been very helpful!!

Peter

Mich March 23rd, 2003 03:51 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 
Hi Peter,

I am also Australian and travelled on Coral on the inagural cruise Jan 3. I have to be quick as I am on the run, but I also got a visa, 30$ for peace of mind.

You are in for a great cruise, the ships great, say g'day to all the Aussies on board. They are fun, we tend to hang together dont we.

Regards,
Mich.

Peter March 24th, 2003 04:19 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 

Hi Mich,

Thank you for the reply, glad to see you got the visa to. Looks like we did the right thing. Were there alot of Aussies on board? We cruised twice before with RCl and I don't think we came across one. We love the Aussies, they sure know how to have fun.

What did you do in Costa Rica?? We don't want to do a tour and we would like to pay for a taxi to take us to the rainforest. Did you by any chance hear anyone else do this or is it dangerous?

Thanks again

Peter

Frank March 24th, 2003 08:21 PM

Re: Re: Coral Princess
 
Just jumping in here but I hear that the tram rain forest tour is very good. It takes you along the tree tops and you get to see a lot of flora and fauna.
Frank-in-CA

Mich March 24th, 2003 10:49 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 
Dear Peter and Frank,

We did the tram tour and the river boat tour - full day but worth it. The aerial tram is fun, but we have a great one in Cairns so I was a little disappointed as we were in the rainforest, not above it. Good for rainforest experience though. I did not hear of anyone having problems with taxis, though it is a hike.

The river trip was great for spoting animals, monkeys, birds, crocs etc. Highly recommend this.

Aussies on board - quite a few, the casino, gift shop, coffee lounge in the atrium, photo studio, they are everywhere. You will hear them, they love to say g'day. Mostly working in the guest services areas. Except, Captain Pickford who is an Aussie as well. Do make yourself known especially your wife. They always come thru for me. You know, that last minute gift that I forgot to get for a member of our party - No worries Mich, I will go and open up and get that chain for you - ah love it.

Have a great trip,
Mich

Mich March 24th, 2003 11:04 PM

Re: Coral Princess
 
Dear Peter and Frank,

We did the tram tour and the river boat tour - full day but worth it. The aerial tram is fun, but we have a great one in Cairns so I was a little disappointed as we were in the rainforest, not above it. Good for rainforest experience though. I did not hear of anyone having problems with taxis, though it is a hike.

The river trip was great for spoting animals, monkeys, birds, crocs etc. Highly recommend this.

Aussies on board - quite a few, the casino, gift shop, coffee lounge in the atrium, photo studio, they are everywhere. You will hear them, they love to say g'day. Mostly working in the guest services areas. Except, Captain Pickford who is an Aussie as well. Do make yourself known especially your wife. They always come thru for me. You know, that last minute gift that I forgot to get for a member of our party - No worries Mich, I will go and open up and get that chain for you - ah love it.

Have a great trip,
Mich

lisaeric April 4th, 2003 08:43 AM

Re: Re: Coral Princess
 
I noticed your posting, we're also sailing on the May 31st voyage, but taking a land tour ahead. We are counting down the days!!!


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