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#22
New Hampshire
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Originally posted by reiddg
I just thought of another question. We typically sign up for the Sanctuary for the entire cruise. I've read on other threads that the day you go through the locks, the charge for the Sanctuary is $60 for the day. The Sanctuary would be a great place to observe the ship going through the locks. However, we have a canal boat tour once we're in Fuerte Amador that starts at 8:30 AM and I'm guessing that this tour and the Coral Princess going through the locks happen on different days but can anyone confirm that? I don't mind paying extra at the Sanctuary but it wouldn't make sense if we're off on a shore excursion.

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We did this cruise from San Francisco to Fort Lauderdale in late October/early November. The sanctuary pool was deserted almost every day and I am not surprised as it is such a small pool and in my opinion, not worth the price. The no additional charge indoor lotus pool is larger and was never that crowded and you could always get a chair. It was always very quiet. Of course we only counted six or seven kids on the entire ship. I liked that pool because it had stairs. The main pool on the lido deck is the largest, was a little busier, but you could always get a chair. It is not covered and has no steps, just ladders. You do have the noise from MUTS.

It is not worth it to pay for the sanctuary to use while observing the canal. Here is a little known fact---the stern of Deck #10 (Baha) has a very large area with chairs (some in the shade and some with sun) and plenty of room for observation. It is no charge and there were only a handful of us there both during sail away and during the canal transit.
#23
Southern Californai
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The sanctuary is fantastic for the canal. They served us breakfast mimosas and lox and bagels that was fantastic and lots of cold wash cloths and very comfortable chaise lounges with a covered area to block out direct sun. They had assorted pastries and quiches and cold drinks were delivered all day long .A great lunch was served in the afternoon. Later in the day they had sweets and smoothies. They also have the ship photographer come and take your picture with the locks in the background. They area also has a private bathroom for guest which is a nice convenience.
#24
St. Petersburg, FL
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Thanks, Fat Albert & Tip. Watching from the stern of Deck 10 is an interesting point. What I'm wondering though, is this when the ship goes through the Atlantic locks or the Pacific locks?

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#25
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That is what I am talking about going through the locks, you can purchase a pass for the sanctuary for the day, it will provide you all the service and amenities for the day. We enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere in the shade and had great service for cold/frozen wash cloths and we were served breakfast and lunch and a great photograph. If you go to deck 10 it will be hot,sunny and no chair to sit. The canal is 8-10 hrs long for the passage from one end to the other a long time to stand and no service available for refreshments.
#26
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Not to be argumentative with Mr. Albert, but we found that there were somewhere between fifteen to twenty loungers on Deck Ten with most of them unoccupied. Yes, some were in the sun, but some were in the shade under cover.

You could check out the stern of Deck Ten a day or too before hand and see if it meets your needs. If not, you could always pay for the Sanctuary. Of course, we were just down the hall from the Deck Ten location and had no problem going back to our cabin to use the facilities or get refreshments out of our refrigerator. Then again, some folks like to be waited on hand and foot\!
#28
New Hampshire
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Originally posted by CPCruisers
What is open on the ship during the transit? Fat Albert mentioned no service available for refreshments??
All food and drink areas were open. I honestly don't remember about the shops or casino.
#29
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Originally posted by reiddg
Thanks, Fat Albert & Tip. Watching from the stern of Deck 10 is an interesting point. What I'm wondering though, is this when the ship goes through the Atlantic locks or the Pacific locks?

Thanks!
We were on the stern of Deck 10 several times throughout the day and this included both the Atlantic and Pacific sides.
#30
Apple Valley, CA
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Originally posted by vmom
Returned from the Coral full transit 12/6 through 12/21 cruise.
Does the Coral have the new flat screen TVs. That are much bigger than the older ones?
Does it have the new pillow top mattress?


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#31
St. Petersburg, FL
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Originally posted by tip
Not to be argumentative with Mr. Albert, but we found that there were somewhere between fifteen to twenty loungers on Deck Ten with most of them unoccupied. Yes, some were in the sun, but some were in the shade under cover.

You could check out the stern of Deck Ten a day or too before hand and see if it meets your needs. If not, you could always pay for the Sanctuary. Of course, we were just down the hall from the Deck Ten location and had no problem going back to our cabin to use the facilities or get refreshments out of our refrigerator. Then again, some folks like to be waited on hand and foot\!
Thanks, guys - that answers my question. We'll have to decide which one we want to do. They both sound good.
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#32
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"Not to be argumentative" "Some folks like to be waited on hand and foot rolling eyes" Yes I can "always pay for the sanctuary" You get enough in there . The idea of being on a cruise ship and having being waited on is really out of the ordinary isn't it? The comment regarding no refreshments is if you go to the front of the ship through passageway on deck ten to view the canal their is no crew member that comes there to ask for service request. I have been through the canal many times and I have been to the area described it is nice but not something I would do for hours.
#33
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Originally posted by Fat Albert
"Not to be argumentative" "Some folks like to be waited on hand and foot rolling eyes" Yes I can "always pay for the sanctuary" You get enough in there . The idea of being on a cruise ship and having being waited on is really out of the ordinary isn't it? The comment regarding no refreshments is if you go to the front of the ship through passageway on deck ten to view the canal their is no crew member that comes there to ask for service request. I have been through the canal many times and I have been to the area described it is nice but not something I would do for hours.
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#34
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We returned from the 12/6 - 12/21/2017 Panama Canal cruise on Coral. On the morning we were about to enter the first lock, the door that opens up to the very front of the ship on Caribe Deck (Deck 10) that is normally locked was open to public. We found that from 5.30am onwards people already started to gather there. It was an exciting anticipation especially to wait and experience passing through the first lock. However, since there are three locks, and the entire process would take the most part of the day, don't worry if you find you can't get the "best spot". There will be openings later throughout the day; and in other parts of the ship that you could still view what's happening. Some people like to stay and watch from inside the Horizon buffet restaurant which is at the very front of the ship - It's comfy with air-condition and no Panama humidity - but you may not be able to take super good pictures through the tinted glass. Other times you can still sit comfortably on the Deck 7 Promenade and enjoy the great views of the huge man-made Gatun Lake when the ship is not going through any of the three locks.
#35
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Originally posted by reiddg
Club Class Mini Suites are a new revenue stream for Princess. It costs more than normal mini-suites but they offer you other amenities not offered in the mini-suites. In the MDR, there's a separate check-in, wait staff, and menu (although it sounds like very little is different on the menu). Here's a link to the description of the offering on Princess' website: https://www.princess.com/learn/ships...ms/club-class/

We've been in mini-suites before but not the Club Class. The Club Class mini-suites are located midships, which we prefer. Looking forward to trying it. I will review the cruise and Club Class afterward.
I'm on the same cruise as you and have a midship mini suite, so
I'll be interested to see what you thought of Club Class.
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#36
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Saw on another thread that their 15 day CP cruise did't offer a wine package.

Was this the case on your recent cruise? Hope it was just an oversight or I may me lugging a case from Total Wine.
#37
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Originally posted by crawford
Saw on another thread that their 15 day CP cruise did't offer a wine package.

Was this the case on your recent cruise? Hope it was just an oversight or I may me lugging a case from Total Wine.
No - I bought the premiere beverage package for my upcoming 15 day PC cruise.
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#38
Crozet, VA, USA
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Originally posted by reiddg
No - I bought the premiere beverage package for my upcoming 15 day PC cruise.
Are you referring to all drinks? I was interested in the wine package.

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#39
St. Petersburg, FL
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Originally posted by crawford
Are you referring to all drinks? I was interested in the wine package.

Thanks.
I'm referring to all drinks. I'd never seen a wine only package on any of the Princess cruises I've been on. I didn't know it existed.
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#40
Crozet, VA, USA
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Originally posted by reiddg
I'm referring to all drinks. I'd never seen a wine only package on any of the Princess cruises I've been on. I didn't know it existed.
Yes, they have wine packages that vary depending on the number of days on the itinerary,