We are on the Coral Princess leaving FL on the 27th - 6th jan Panama. I'm told the cruise is fully booked. Does anyone have any experience of any problems?. I'm a bit concerned that the ship will be too busy , long queues and wait times and will there be enough sunloungers???
Any tips on avoiding queues and best times to sunbathe would be most appreciated
Thanks again for all the advice you guys have given me over the past few weeks!
We were on the Golden at the beggining of November and it was fully booked. We never noticed that the lines were any longer than on any other cruise. You might want ot get to the restaurant a when it opens if you are doing the anytime dinning. As for sunbathing, you will want to stake out your lounge chair early (by 11 am) when at sea. They seem to go quickly. If you are in port and get back early you shouldn't have a problem getting a good spot. As for the shows, you deffinatly want to get there about 10 to 15 min early for a decent seat.
After the first full day you should have a good idea on when you want to get to things to get a good seat.
Celebrity Mercury - Hawaii
Princess Golden - Meaxican Riviera Oct/Nov '07
Norwegian Star - Mexican Riviera Oct '06
Carnival Ecstasy - Catalina/Mexico April '02
Disney Wonder - 3 day Bahamas Nov '99
IMO Princess is much, much better at crowd control than any of the other lines. I've sailed all of the "Grand" ships at capacity, and never noticed any really bad lines for any of the activities. I wouldn't worry too much about a Princess ship at full capacity. Just plan ahead a little bit, and you'll get along just fine.
Both of my Princess cruises were at capacity and never felt overcrowded.
Explorer of the Seas October 2013
Caribbean Princess July 2006, May 2010 & November 2012
Monarch of the Seas November 2008
Crown Princess November 2007
Celebrity Zenith November 2005
Enchantment of the Seas August 2004
I've sailed on the Coral 3 times (last was this past April and I'm scheduled to take her sister ship - the Island next November for the 2nd time) ... so far. You won't have any problem with crowds even during holiday season. No matter what the season, the shows tend to fill up early I've heard, but I don't go to them just as a matter of choice.
Highly recommend you take the ferry boat excursion in the Panama Canal - outstanding (and I don't like shore excursions) ... you go through the other 2 locks all the way to the Pacific Ocean and get an entirely different perspective of them being in a much smaller boat. Do not take the train - it goes lickedy split (so fast you can't take pix) and then you get long bus rides on both ends - big waste of money.
I cruise the Emerald Princess, Eastern Caribbean on April 16, 2012