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Karen Lynn December 27th, 2003 11:34 PM

Alaska - Dawn Princess vs Coral Princess
Hi folks.

I'm planning my first cruise next summer (a joint trip with my sister and her family -- also novice cruisers) and the more we read the brochures, the further confused we get. We've decided on a Gulf of Alaska cruise but I'm not sure whether we should go with Coral/Island Princess or Dawn/Sun Princess.

As a group, we're more into learning about Alaska than in playing in the casino while on the cruise. We're not really "formal" folks but can handle dressing up now and then. I definitely want to appreciate the scenery as we travel -- is it worth paying more to get those extra square feet of balcony? Covered or uncovered balcony? Also, we'll need to find my sister a cabin for four (2 adults, 2 older elementary age kids) and any comments about minimum cabin size she'll need to keep marriage and sanity intact would also be appreciated.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

CruiseAholic December 27th, 2003 11:55 PM

Re: Alaska - Dawn Princess vs Coral Princess
Well, I have sailed on both ships (the Dawn Princess several times).

I think that the cabins (I have not done checking, but from my observation and usage) on the Coral Princess are larger.

I have seen childrens activities on both ships, seemed equal to me.

Now....alternative dining on the Coral will be better, in addition to the dining room (traditional or personal choice), you have the buffet, Bayou ($10 pp cover charge) and Sabitinis ($25 pp cover charge)...both the alternatives on the Island Princess (did not do them on the Coral Princess cause MGram wouldn't let me LOL) were OUTSTANDING.

As for a cabin for 4, a 'normal' (non-mini-suite or suite category) will be 2 lower beds and 2 bunks pulled down from the ceiling.

CaribbeanSun December 28th, 2003 07:11 AM

Re: Alaska - Dawn Princess vs Coral Princess
I would also choose the Coral/Island Princess - they are newer ships and fabulous. Though I prefer the alternative dining on the Sun/Dawn Princess--I like the Sterling Steakhouse on that ship.

You will enjoy any of the above but I would choose Coral/Island.

CaribbeanSun December 28th, 2003 07:12 AM

Re: Alaska - Dawn Princess vs Coral Princess
Have your sister try to book a minisuite for 4. The extra space will be much appreciated.

cruiser lover December 29th, 2003 01:08 PM

Re: Alaska - Dawn Princess vs Coral Princess
Has anyone had a mini suite that accommodates four on the Coral Princess? How spacious are they? What are the sleeping arrangements? Thanks for your replies!

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