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Coral Princess

60 reviews
Traveller (247)
Common Areas (1,222)
Dining and Bars (396)
Itineraries for this ship
Itinerary
16 Night Cruise to Antarctica
Departure date
Friday, 18/12/20
Route
Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Stanley, Cape Horn, Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego), Punta Arenas, San Antonio (Chile)
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Overview

About
Passengers: 2,000   |   Crew: 895
Passengers to crew: 2.23:1
Passengers to space: 46:1
Launched: 2003   

Decks

  • Deck 16
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
Additional decks
Deck 16 layout
 
Amenities
Center Court
Splash Pool
Shuffleboard
Deck Chess Set
Shuffleboard

Cabins

Balcony
Cabin size: 217 - 248 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 18
Accessible rooms: 8
Maximum passengers: 4
Number of cabins: 527

Activities & entertainment

Activities (31)
  • Aerobics
  • Arts and Crafts Classes*
  • Beauty Salon*
  • Center Court
  • Dancing Classes
  • Deck Chess Set
  • Deck Parties
  • Disco and Dancing
  • Fitness Center
  • Fitness Classes*
  • Game Shows
  • Hot Tubs (5)
  • Internet Café*
  • Karaoke
  • Lotus Spa*
  • Platinum Studio*
  • Pools (4)
  • Princess Links
  • Shuffleboard
  • Shuffleboard
  • Solo travelers Get Togethers
  • The Gym
  • The Library
  • The Sanctuary*
  • Thermal Suite*
  • Trivia
  • Ultimate Ship Tour*
  • Wine Tasting*
  • The Sanctuary*
  • Teen Lounge
  • Youth Center
Entertainment (9)
  • Live Music
  • Comedy Shows
  • Explorer's Lounge
  • Movies Under the Stars
  • Nightly DJ
  • Outdoor Movies
  • Princess Theater
  • The Princess Casino*
  • The Universe Lounge
Dining (16)
  • Bordeaux Dining Room - American
  • Provence Dining Room - American
  • Horizon Court - Casual
  • Churchill Lounge - Clubby Lounge*
  • Amuleto - Cofee and Lite Bites*
  • International Café - Coffee & Pastries*
  • La Patisserie - Coffee & Pastries*
  • The Bar & Grill - Fast Food
  • Ice Cream Bar - Ice Cream
  • Sabatini's Italian Trattoria - italian*
  • Crooners Bar - Martini Bar*
  • Princess Pizzeria - Pizza
  • Lido Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Lotus Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Wheelhouse Bar - Pub*
  • Bayou Café & Steakhouse - Southern*
* May require additional fees
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normanpeters wrote a review Apr 2020
Hailsham, United Kingdom36 contributions30 helpful votes
We did the Santiago - Buenos Aires trip as it was somewhere we always wanted to go - hoover, on boarding the ship at Santiago it was clear this must be their oldest ship with the tiredness showing The ship was not full as lots of far eat travellers could not join the ship due to regulations- but if the ship was full this would be crowded The tours offered where VERY expensive but luckily most stops you could arrange your own very easily ( For example the Rock Hopper Penguin 4x4 tour princess ordered as 198USD PP when on leaving the ship you can do exactly the same one for 75USD each Princess never fail to amaze me with everything being offered at an extortionate cost, for example drinks and soft drinks. Every night you retune to your room to find leaflets and printouts with "so called special offers for various things you don't want" Regretfully after this experience it will be the last Princess cruise we will take They offered free internet for the passengers after 2 days, but those of us who paid for the duration of the cruise now has to fight with the post cruise customer services for refunds Bye Bye Princess !
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Socalsailors wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions
Feb-Mar. cruise around the Horn, Buenos Aires to Santiago. You would think this to be a value experience but by the time we added it all up, the cost came to over $14000. If we had used an all inclusive cruise line, it might have been similar. This ship was supposed to have been renovated in 2019, but wear and tear already shows less than a year later. The itinerary is always the beckoning call with Princess. They do have that going for them. But in this time of crisis (the virus) with two of their ships in trouble I was amazed that they did little for this ship. Never a mention or temperature taking while people coughed and hacked and wore masks. Anyway, that will be our last Princess cruise.
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patriciaulku wrote a review Mar 2020
Columbia, South Carolina45 contributions13 helpful votes
While the world is reeling from the sagas of coronavirus and cruises, we could not have been luckier with our choice in February to South America. A point well take was that we were required to wash our hands for 20 seconds to enter the dining room with a steward watching to make sure the cleaning was done right. Our stateroom with a balcony was very fine with a king size bed that had one of the best mattresses I have ever slept on. Large TV that got major American news stations and provided updates on all tours with lectures. Entertainment included classical violin, piano, nightly extraordinary name performances in the theater, art lectures and auctions, many dining areas and bars with entertainment, elegant lobby - in fact, for us, a deligtful experience all around. Personnel in all areas were helpful, courteous, and kind. We were more than satisfied with our choice.
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mabel j wrote a review Feb 2020
115 contributions17 helpful votes
spent Christmas 2019 and new years 2020 on Coral Princess sailing South America from Buenos Aires to Santiago with 3 days of Antarctica peninsula cruising. Captain Todd McBain and his staff were great and for the most part, it was a smooth sailing through wind storms and high waves. we missed Montevideo, our first stop after BA, due to high winds. Falklands were mainly a stop to see birds and penguins. the sailing around the cape and scenic cruising in and out of the various islands of the Antarctica peninsula were scenic and Princess had 3 naturalist lecturers on board. scenery became a bit repetitious of glacier after glacier but we were fortunate to have 2 good sunny days to view the icy landscape practically devoid of whales, seals and penguins. we enjoyed naturalist Mark Harris the most and attended all his lectures about marine mammals, etc. "Alaska on steroids" was his most common phrase to describe Antarctica. Mark has a very positive view of life and we appreciated his humor and lively delivery of the various subjects such as sharks, turtles and penguins. we saw many glaciers and some impressive sized icebergs but no glaciers calving like in Alaska. we felt that the remoteness of Antarctica is not really worth the money and flight time of 14 plus hours. unless one must see Antarctica, not having a chance to land on the continent is a quasi claim that we visited this continent. we had problems with our balcony room from day one with wind noises and air coming through the sliding balcony door. the wind was forcing air through the fixed door and the sliding door. we told our room steward and we did not get any response for over a day. we called the front desk personally and at the end of the 2nd day and they finally sent maintenance staff to look at the problem. he noted the problem and said that he has to return later. he also noted that our room was cold. we had set the thermostat to the highest setting but no heat came out. maintenance told us to call front desk and ask also for HVAC repair. now we have 2 issues of cold air coming in and no heat. maintenance came in the afternoon of the 3rd day and put weather seal around the top the door and about 3 inches down the side where the wind came in. we experienced more wind storms on our way to the Falklands and the wind noise and air came in again but now lower than the previous location. we asked for a maintenance manager to inspect the problem and he acted like this was a rare occurrence. when the actual repair person came, he added 4 more inches of weather seal between the fixed and sliding doors. this finally fixed the wind noise and air intrusion. when we asked him about this type of repair, he said that he has to service 7 sliding doors that day the same way. we were really disappointed on Princess' maintenance when the sliding doors for all balcony rooms would have this type of problem sooner or later. we normally enjoy eating in the main dining room for dinner, but Coral Princess's main dining food and menu were uninspired and we found eating in the buffet more enjoyable. we did have one special dinner for new years' eve where they served 2 tasty lobster tails. the afternoon tea between 3-4 is still very good and had excellent scones served with jam and cream. one of the staff held 2 lessons in Spanish and we wished there were more. Princess stage performances were good and we had to arrive 30 minutes early just to get seats in a packed theater for the early performances. the gym was equipped adequately and we used it 12 times over 16 days since there were only 4 ports for a 16-days cruise. although it was start of summer down south, Antarctica was about 32-35 degrees Fahrenheit. we had warmer temperatures in Chile. embarking and disembarking were well done along with efficient tendering. Coral Princess and this particular cruise itinerary is at most a 3-1/2 stars. interesting but not too satisfying for excitement, novelty and quality of food.
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Riever wrote a review Feb 2020
Northumberland, United Kingdom1,240 contributions190 helpful votes
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We only booked this cruise as a way to get to Antarctica. We were extremely impressed with Princess's organisation for boarding and disembarkation also with the cleanliness and hand washing regime. The excellent knowledge of the three expert lecturers on board and the sheer enthusiasm of Capt Todd McBain taking us to unchartered waters, whales and wildlife made the whole Antarctic experience for us. We also enjoyed the gym, the library (both of which probably kept me sane during the long boring bits of sailing) and being able to book a table for dinner at a time to suit us. The food was ok, we weren't expecting fine dining. So glad we booked a balcony cabin, which was very comfortable and spacious on the starboard side so we had fantastic views and we were so lucky with the weather that we had four full scenic cruising days. Lots of cheesy entertainment and extras we weren't interested in and designed to relieve you of your money; casino, art auction, diamonds, shopping etc., so just avoided them. We enjoyed our experience overall and it was a great way to achieve our desire to see Antarctica but personally don't get the whole cruising thing. Each to their own.
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16 Night Cruise to Antarctica
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