I hear that a lot of the balconies on the Coral Princess are visable from above. Is there anywhere on the ship where balconies aren't that visable from the above? I was reading something about the "pushed out" balconies. I sailed the Navigator a little while ago and never had a problem with smoking in the hallways, cabin(smelling like it), on the balcony, casino or on deck. I have been reading reviews on the Coral Princess where people claimed it was extra bad in all the areas that I mentioned above. I did read that there were No Smoking signs in certain areas of the ship, but they were ignored by passengers and not enforced by the crew. It is really that bad or is it just bad weeks at times? Also, tell me about the size of the shower on the Coral Princess? The reviews that I read make the showers seem smaller than Navigator o/t Seas. I am not a size 1. Is the Coral Princess still in good condition?
I will try to offer up some limited help. I was on the Coral Princess about 4 months ago.
The ship entered service in 2002 so it is not an old ship. I have cruised a couple dozen times on various ships and saw nothing wrong with the Coral.
I am a non-smoker and saw nothing to complain about as far as smoking goes. It may be slightly worse or better at times, all depending on the mix of passengers but, as stated, I saw nothing out of the ordinary re/ smokers.
Regarding the shower size in comparison to the shower on the Navigator, I haven't sailed the Navigator but have sailed it's sister ship the Mariner. I personally can't remember any major difference in the showers on the Mariner vs. the Coral--- maybe there was some slight difference. I am not too small at 200 lbs and had no problem washing both sides so thats all that mattered to me.
Re/ balconies, here is where you need to be very careful if you want privacy. A lot of the balconies are " tiered " or staggered, thus allowing the people in the balcony above you to look right down into yours. I was on Aloha deck, A-218. This is completely covered and a few doors back from the area where the officers have their quarters. This section was very quite at all times and would recommend this area highly.
Go to the Princess website, click on ships, click on Coral Princess and it will have a side view of the ship. Look closely and you will see that ( in general ) the balconies toward the front and the rear are covered, with the balconies mid-ship are uncovered and tiered, or staggered. If you do want privacy, you need to closely study the cabins and book a specific cabin. Otherwise, you may have a lot of " company " from above on your balcony.
I would be happy to sail the Coral again but would do as before and book a specific cabin.
Hope this helps.
There are some photos in the photo gallery section of this board that may help you. If you get out the deck plans of the ship (in a brochure or on the Princess website), you can look at these photos and figure out what is covered from above and what is open to those above you.
If you go into the photo gallery section and go to SEARCH, put in ISLAND PRINCESS (sister ship of Coral -- same deck plan) and then there are two galleries that have especially good shots of the balconies. Those two galleries are: "Island Princess" by Mike Mulling on 9/16/03, and "Island Princess Balconys" by Alaska Bound on 9/10/03. Then do a second search and put in CORAL PRINCESS. Choose the gallery called "Coral Princess Cruise" by Stephanie on 6/30/04.
Again, the deck plans and balconies are the same for Island Princess, so any of these photos will be very helpful to you in determining what balconies have privacy from above.