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Coral Princess: Alaska cruising at its best
Originally built to transit the Panama Canal, Coral Princess from Princess Cruises offers a relaxing way to explore Alaska, partly because the ship is narrower and more compact than many ships competing for your vacation dollars. Walking around the ship is easy because the ship's layout is user-friendly, and when you're scenic cruising in Glacier Bay, it's easy to stroll between the port and starboard sides of the ship to take in 180-degree views.
Who will like sailing on Coral Princess
Coral Princess is mainly for more mature cruisers, over the age of 60. There are younger cruisers who are here for the experience, too.
Where Coral Princess sails
Home port: Vancouver, British Columbia
Destinations: Coral Princess sails to Alaska from Vancouver in summer with calls in Glacier Bay National Park, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan. Or she sails from Vancouver to Los Angeles with stops in wine regions along the coast. Coral Princess also sails through Mexico, the Panama Canal and Caribbean ports, including Aruba and Cartagena, Colombia.
This 100-second video from Princess shows Coral Princess traversing the Panama Canal.
Where I went & what I loved
Having had a chance to experience dining on my balcony in Alaska was a real treat, especially when I had a champagne brunch while cruising in Glacier Bay. Another highlight from my Alaskan cruise on Coral Princess was booking time at The Sanctuary during our scenic cruising day in Glacier Bay.
The [email protected] program offers different classes and lectures. There are also other enrichment programs, mostly about the local Alaskan wildlife, history of the region and a narrated tour of Glacier Bay while scenic cruising. I decided to take a ceramics class one day, which was a relaxing way to spend a couple hours on the ship. Keep an eye out for announcements in the Princess Patter, the daily activities newsletter delivered to your door each evening.
Although most passengers on the Coral Princess are older, there is the Fun Zone available for kids, while Remix caters to teens.
The two biggest venues on the ship are the Princess Theater and the Universe Lounge, where there's karaoke, Vegas-style shows and other evening activities. The Explorers Lounge gives more of a nightclub vibe, and the retro Crooners Bar offers martinis. And, of course, Movies Under the Stars has become a Princess Cruises staple, so make sure to check for listings and showtimes.
There are two formal nights on the ship with tuxedos and ball gowns; however, the rest of the cruise is considered to be "smart casual," which is high-end casual clothes, but no tie or jacket is required. Dining rooms will not permit entry with jeans or shorts.
Carrie Finley-Bajak sailed on Coral Princess on a press/blogger trip as a guest of Princess Cruises. See Cruiseable's Ethics & Disclosure policy.
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Top highlights on this ship
- Balcony staterooms are almost a must to enjoy Alaska.
- Bayou Café and Steakhouse features live jazz music and flavorful New Orleans-inspired cuisine.
- Signature Princess Cruises features on board include The Sanctuary, Movies Under the Stars and Ultimate Balcony Dining
- Relax in the four pools and five hot tubs.