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  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Ocean-View-Double-Balcony-Princess-Cruises - The Ocean View Double Stateroom with Balcony offers a furnished balcony patio, a bathroom with shower, spacious closet, desk, TV and twin or queen size bed. This is a shot of Emerald Princess; check with your Cruiseable cruise specialst for precise room details on the ship you're considering.
  • Princess-Cruises-stateroom-balcony - Stay in a luxurious stateroom on your Princess Cruise for a roomy private balcony where you can take in the parade of sights in solitude.
  • balcony-stateroom-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a beautiful ocean view and personal service from crew while staying in a balcony stateroom on your Princess cruise.
  • balcony-stateroom-view-Princess-Cruises - Room with a view: Guests get a private veranda to take in the passing parade of eye candy when they book a balcony stateroom aboard Princess Cruises.
  • Coral-Princess-at-sea - Coral Princess specializes in cruises up and down the Pacific coast from Alaska to the Panama Canal. Some 90% of the staterooms offer guests ocean views, and there are 700 balconies available,
  • Humpback-whale-Princess - A humpback whale off the coast of Alaska during a Princess Cruises sailing.
  • Coral-Princess-traverses-Panama-Canal-4 - Coral Princess is one of two Princess ships specially built to sail through the Panama Canal to Alaska.
  • Princess-Cruises-private-balcony - If you choose a Balcony Stateroom on your Princess cruise, you'll be able to take in the passing seascapes in comfort and in private.
  • Kennecott-Copper-Mines - Explore the Kennecott Mines in McCarthy, Alaska, during a Princess expedition. The Kennecott mill town and copper mines are an extraordinary relic from America's past.
  • sea-kayaking-Alaska - Kayak through the icy blue seas of Alaska, one of the activities offered on your Princess cruise.
  • Coral-Princess-traverses-Panama-Canal - Coral Princess is one two Princess ships specially built to sail through the Panama Canal to Alaska.
  • Harbor-seal-Alaska - During your Princess Cruises sailing to Alaska, you'll have the chance to see a diverse range of Alaskan wildlife, including the harbor seal.
  • Denali-Princess-Wilderness-Lodge-Alaska - Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge sits in the middle of  Denali Nature Park and Preserve in Alaska.  Book it as part of a pre- or post-cruise with Princess.
  • Coral-Princess-Ketchikan-Alaska - Coral Princess pulls away from the pier in Ketchikan, Alaska.
  • Mt-McKinley-Princess-Wilderness-Lodge - During a stay at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, you can take in beautiful views of the Alaska Range. Book it as part of a pre- or post-cruise with Princess.
  • Coral-Princess-at-sea - Coral Princess specializes in cruises up and down the Pacific coast from Alaska to the Panama Canal. Some 90% of the staterooms offer guests ocean views, and there are 700 balconies available,
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Lobster-tail-dish - A  broiled Lobster Tail and King Prawns dish straight from the Princess Cruises kitchen.
  • chocolate-souffle - A chocolate souffle dessert tops off a meal during a Princess Cruises sailing.
  • Princess-Cruises-balcony-dining - Dining with a view for two: Guests who choose a Balcony Stateroom get to soak up the views on their private veranda.
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy Mediterranean fare and attentive service at Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship.
  • International-Cafe-Princess-Cruises - The International Café is a 24-hour cafe you'll find in the Piazza aboard your Princess ship.
  • Pub-Lunch-Princess-Cruises - Enjoy a taste of British pub grub and lift a pint with a friend at the Pub Lunch on your Princess ship.
  • Master-Chef- Alfredo-Marzi - Master Chef Alfredo Marzi, a graduate of one of Paris's top culinary institutes, supervises Princess's culinary offerings.
  • International-Cafe-seating - The International Café aboard your Princess cruise offers guests an easy dining option, no matter the time of day or night. (This is a shot aboard Royal Princess.)
  • Taste-of-Alaska-buffet - While cruising through Alaska, passengers aboard  Princess can try regional seafood specialties in the Taste of Alaska buffet.
  • Sabitinis-restaurant-Princess-Cruises-2 - Sabitini's Italian Restaurant aboard your Princess ship offers guests a wide selection of Mediterranean dishes.
  • Glacier-Bay-Princess-Cruises - A Princess ship cruises through scenic Glacier Bay, Alaska.
  • chocolate-tiramisu.jpg - Chocolate tiramisu mascarpone cream and espresso gelato, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • assorted-chocolates.jpg - Enjoy assorted chocolates, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-and-caramel-tart.jpg - Chocolate and caramel tart, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-hazelnut-bar-with-citrus-cream.jpg - Chocolate hazelnut bar with citrus cream, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • chocolate-pistachio-dome-with-almond-and-pistachio-nougatine.jpg - Chocolate pistachio dome with almond and pistachio nougatine, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • coconut-mousse.jpg - Coconut mousse with dark chocolate cream and crunchy roasted coconut, part of Chocolate Journeys on Princess Cruises.
  • evening-cakes-princess.jpg - Evening cakes available in the Horizon Court on your Princess cruise.
  • afternoon-tea-princess.jpg - Enjoy afternoon tea with complimentary chocolates on your Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-Movies-Under-Stars - Watch the latest films, family fare and sporting events on a 300-square-foot digital screen while relaxing at the pool under a backdrop of sea and stars on your Princess cruise.
  • Boutique-store-Princess-Cruises - Aboard your Princess cruise, check out jewelry and other merchandise from top-of-the-line brands at the boutique store on board.
  • Princess-Cruises-splash-pool - Take a dip in the splash pool aboard your Princess cruise.
  • Chefs-Princess-Scholarship-at-Sea - Learn new cooking skills with seasoned chefs during your cruise. Princess Cruises' ScholarShip@Sea Program offers up to 40 enrichment classes on every voyage.
  • Princess-Cruises-wait-staff - Look for attentive service from the crew's wait staff during your Princess cruise.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-massage - The Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship offers massages, facials, scrubs, body therapy, body wraps, Botox and acupuncture.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa - Make time for serenity during your Princess Cruise. Head to the Lotus Spa to relax and get pampered with a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • Princess-Cruises-captain - The ship's captain and crew frequenty interact with guests during a Princess cruise.
  • Gatun-Locks-Panama-Canal-Coral-Princess - Get a close-up view of the Gatun Locks when Coral Princess passes through the Panama Canal.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired escape.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-2 - Your Princess ship offers passengers a relaxing spot in solitude in the Sanctuary.
  • Princess-Cruises-Movies-Under-Stars-2 - Watch the latest films, family fare and sporting events on a 300-square-foot digital screen while relaxing at the pool under a backdrop of sea and stars on your Princess cruise.
  • Chateubriand-dinner-Princess-Cruises - A Chateaubriand steak with vegetables served to guests on a Princess cruise.
  • Menage-a-Trois-dessert - Try the Ménage à Trois dessert — a raspberry chocolate dish of delicious decadence — on your Princess cruise.
  • naturalist-Alaska-Princess-cruise - On its Alaska itineraries, Princess Cruises gives guests the chance to hear and ask questions of expert naturalists, giving passengers a better understanding of the places they're encountering.
  • Bayou-Cafe-Steakhouse-Princess - Unwind after hours at the Bayou Cafe and Steakhouse, offering live jazz, drinks and dancing on your Princess cruise. You'll also find Cajun- and Creole-influenced dishes such as peel-and-eat shrimp, gumbos and jambalaya.
  • Sanctuary-Princess-Cruises-3 - The Sanctuary aboard your Princess Cruises ship offers guests a relaxing outdoor spa-inspired retreat.
  • Princess-Cruises-production - Princess Cruises offers several sources of live entertainment, such as its renowned production shows.
  • Youth-Center-Princess-Cruises - Bringing your little one on board? The Youth Center aboard your Princess ship offers a venue full of activities, including drawing and face painting.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises - Princess Cruises' Teen Center offers passengers ages 13-17 lots of entertainment and activities suited for their age group.
  • Teen-Center-Princess-Cruises-2 -  The Teen Center onboard your Princess ship gives young passengers lots of ways to stay active and entertained.
  • Princess-Fine-Arts-Auctions - At lovers will want to check out Princess Fine Arts Auctions. They're a fun, fast-paced way for guests to purchase works of fine art — just make sure you do your homework.
  • Princess-Cruises-Lotus-Spa-2 - Rediscover serenity in the treatment room of the Lotus Spa aboard your Princess ship. Treat yourself to a body wrap, body therapy or a number of other spa services.
  • couple-on-aft-rail.jpg - Ramp up the romance with your special someone on a Princess cruise.
  • girl-eating-pizza-on-deck.jpg - A young woman eats pizza on the deck of a Princess cruise.
  • fitness-yoga.jpg - Keep up with your fitness or yoga regimen on a Princess cruise.
  • voice-of-ocean-judges.jpg - Judges during the talent competition The Voice of the Ocean on Princess Cruises.
  • Princess-Cruises-group-fitness.jpg - An instructor leads a fitness class on Princess Cruises.
  • Suite-Princess-Cruises - Choose a Suite on your Princess ship to get a separate sitting area and coffee table, furnished balcony, large walk-in closet, two flat-panel TVs, a twin or queen bed and exclusive amentities. Discuss the room that's right for you with a Cruiseable travel professional.
  • White-Pass-Scenic-Railway - Princess Cruises offers the White Pass Scenic Railway for quick transportation from the ship to your inland itinerary.
  • Glacier-Bay-National-Park-seen-from-Princess - Book a Princess cruise to take in the natural beauty of Glacier Bay, a U.S. national park just west of Juneau.
  • Glacier-Bay-National-Park-seen-from-Princess-2 - From your Princess ship you can take in the grandeur of Glacier Bay, 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines and deep sheltered fjords.
  • Coral-Princess-traverses-Panama-Canal - Coral Princess is one two Princess ships specially built to sail through the Panama Canal to Alaska.
  • Tracy-Arm-Fjord-Alaska-1 - Sail through Tracy Arm Fjord, the magnificent fjord in Alaska near Juneau, on your Princess cruise.
  • Wilderness-Rail-Service - Hop on the Direct to the Wilderness Rail Service to take in the scenery in Princess' glass-domed rail cars on most options.
  • Wilderness-Rail-Observation-Platform - Many Princess Cruises guests extend their stay in Alaska and take in the scenic landscapes on the observation platform of their glass-domed rail car.
  • Mt-McKinley-Princess-Wilderness-Lodge - During a stay at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge, you can take in beautiful views of the Alaska Range. Book it as part of a pre- or post-cruise with Princess.
  • Humpback-whale-Princess - A humpback whale off the coast of Alaska during a Princess Cruises sailing.
  • Harbor-seal-Alaska - During your Princess Cruises sailing to Alaska, you'll have the chance to see a diverse range of Alaskan wildlife, including the harbor seal.
  • sea-kayaking-Alaska - Kayak through the icy blue seas of Alaska, one of the activities offered on your Princess cruise.
  • Kennecott-Copper-Mines - Explore the Kennecott Mines in McCarthy, Alaska, during a Princess expedition. The Kennecott mill town and copper mines are an extraordinary relic from America's past.
  • Denali-Princess-Wilderness-Lodge-Alaska - Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge sits in the middle of  Denali Nature Park and Preserve in Alaska.  Book it as part of a pre- or post-cruise with Princess.
  • Denali-Princess-Wilderness-Lodge-Alaska-2 - Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge sits in the middle of  Denali Nature Park and Preserve in Alaska. Surrounded by forests and wildlife, it offers Princess Cruises guests a comfortable place to stay with phenomenal views of the surroundings. Book it as part of a pre- or post-cruise with Princess.
  • Denali-Princess-Wilderness-Lodge-Alaska-3 - When guests visit Denali National Park, Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge is the most convenient place to stay. The entrance to the park is less than a mile from the lodge.
  • Denali-Princess-Wilderness-Lodge-Alaska-4 - Taking in the scenic landscape from the deck of Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge in Alaska.
  • Denali-National-Park-wildflowers - Explore Denali National Park and Preserve — 6 million acres of mountains, wildlife and pristine landscapes bisected by one ribbon of road — during your Princess Cruises voyage.
  • Alaska-Railroad-Denali-National-Park -  Ride the Alaska Railroad through the vast, rolling Denali National Park en route to your Inland Passage itinerary on your Princess expedition.
  • Coral-Princess-traverses-Panama-Canal-4 - Coral Princess is one of two Princess ships specially built to sail through the Panama Canal to Alaska.
  • Coral-Princess-traverses-Panama-Canal-2 - Coral Princess is one two Princess ships specially built to sail through the Panama Canal to Alaska.
  • Coral-Princess-traverses-Panama-Canal-3 - Coral Princess is one two Princess ships specially built to scoot through the Panama Canal to Alaska.
  • Wilderness-Rail-Service-2 - Wanna race? Princess Cruises allows you to enjoy even more of Alaska by offering its Direct to the Wilderness Rail Service for fast travel.
  • Kenai-Princess-Wilderness-Lodge-view - At the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge in Cooper Landing, Alaska, you can hang out on the deck and take in scenic views of Kenai River valley. Book it as part of a pre- or post-cruise with Princess.
  • College-Fjord-overlook-Princess-Cruises - Take a one-of-a-kind voyage through scenic College Fjord, Alaska, and experience a glacier up close on a Princess cruise.
  • Libby-Riddles-2 - On some Princess Cruises itineraries, guests get an exclusive opportunity to hear Libby Riddles, second from left, as she recounts her journey to become the first woman Sled Dog Race champion.
  • Mt-McKinley-Princess-Wilderness-Lodge-2 - Stay at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge to take in remarkable views of the surrounding forest, mountains and rivers. Book it as part of a pre- or post-cruise to Alaska with Princess.
  • Princess-Cruises-Alaska-helicopter-tour - Helicopter tours take Princess Cruise passengers to glaciers.
  • Princess-Cruises-Alaska-glacier-hike - Princess Cruise passengers on a glacier hike in Alaska.
  • Princess-Cruises-Alaska-ice-calving - Ice calving (where chunks of glacier fall into the water) in Alaska.
  • Princess-Cruises-Alaska-Denali-Lodge - Denali Lodge packages are available from Princess Cruises.
  • coral-princess-in-panama-canal-locks.jpg - Coral Princess en route to passing through the Miraflores & Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal.
  • Coral-Princess-Ketchikan-Alaska - Coral Princess pulls away from the pier in Ketchikan, Alaska.
  • Copper-River-Princess-Wilderness-Lodge - Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, an upscale Princess retreat featuring 85 rooms and suites with spectacular mountain and forest views, is located on 200 acres at the junction of the Klutina and Copper Rivers in Alaska. Book it as part of a pre- or post-cruise with Princess.
  • Tracy-Arm-Fjord-closeup-Princess - Your Princess cruise takes you along the Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska, providing breathtaking views of mountains and glaciers.
  • Skagway-Fancy-Goods - Princess Cruises brings you to the doorstep of Skagway on the Alaska Panhandle, population 920, where you can check out its small-town charm.
  • Libby-Riddles - On some Princess Cruises itineraries, guests get an exclusive opportunity to spend an hour hearing the inspiring story of Libby Riddles as she recounts her journey to become the first woman Sled Dog Race champion.
  • Eagle-Crest-Restaurant-Alaska - A scene from "Northern Exposure"? Nah. A peek inside the Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge's Eagle Crest Restaurant.
  • Mt-Roberts-Tramway - As you leave the Princess cruise ship pier in Juneau, you'll take a short walk to board a tram for the scenic ride up Mount Roberts.
  • Creek-Street-Ketchikan-Alaska - On your Princess Cruises visit to Ketchikan, Alaska, be sure to check out Creek Street and the antique boardwalk on wooden pilings over Ketchikan Creek, home to restaurants, curio shops and, on some days, great salmon viewing.
  • Princess-Cruises-guide-Alaska - A guide has some fun with a young passenger during a Princess Cruises sailing through Alaska's Glacier Bay.

Coral Princess: Alaska cruising at its best

Our review

Snapshot

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.

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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.

Activities

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.

Family

Although most passengers on the Coral Princess are older, there is the Fun Zone available for kids, while Remix caters to teens.

Unwind after hours at the Bayou Cafe and Steakhouse, offering live jazz, drinks and dancing on your Princess cruise
Courtesy of Princess CruisesUnwind after hours at the Bayou Cafe and Steakhouse, offering live jazz, drinks and dancing.

Entertainment

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.

Dress code

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.

Disclosure

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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Carrie Finley-Bajak
I'm a cruise journalist, blogger, CLIA Accredited Cruise Counselor and a columnist for Travel Weekly. Follow me on Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Instagram.

Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Coral Princess
  • Where: Alaska

  • What: Coral Princess
  • Where: At sea

  • What: The Sanctuary
  • Where: Coral Princess
  • 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.

Top dining options on board

Sabitini's

  • Style: Italian
  • Additional cost
  • Open: Dinner

Main dining

  • Style: Continental
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Pub Lunch

  • Style: British pub food
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Lunch

Fast facts

1,974 Passengers [?]
900 Crew
16 Decks
2002 Maiden voyage
95,627 Tonnage [?]
965 Length in feet
122 Width in feet (max beam)
25 speed (mph) [?]

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