Sun or Coral Princess?

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#1
Western Canada
132 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
We booked a 10-night cruise on Sun Princess for Dec. 28, 2006 and got only an Oceanview room w/ balcony. The mini-suite and suites couldn't fit 4 people which we were disappointed in. We found that for 189sq feet was a little small for 4 people, so we cancelled and booked for a Mini-suite on Coral Princess a day earlier, on the same length, for 306 sq feet. However we only paid about $300 less. So would it of been worth it to stay on Sun Princess in a smaller cabin? Or did we make a good decision? Which ship in general is better, Sun or Coral?
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Past:
1. Disney Magic - 7-day Eastern Caribbean - 8/2/03-15/2/03
2. Coral Princess - 10-day Rountrip Panama Canal - 29/12/06-8/1/07
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Future:
No Cruise Planned! (Yet)

#2
San Francisco Bay Area
12,316 Posts
Joined Apr 2004
You made a great choice.. Conde Nest Traveler magazine rated the Coral Princess the number one large Princess ship.. She is a great lady..
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#3
Miramar, Florida (Near Ft. Lauderdale)
535 Posts
Joined Sep 2004
Don't change your mind...we'll have a great time on the Coral. I have heard mainly good things, as Largin suggests.
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6) Radiance of the Seas 4/2006
7) Coral Princess Panama Canal--12/29/2006
8) Star Princess Western Caribbean--3/31/2007
9) Grand Princess Western Caribbean--3/29/2008
10) Crown Princess Western Caribbean--03/27/2010
11) Island Princess Panama Canal--12/20/2010
12) Emerald Princess Caribbean--12/18/2011
13) Grand Princess Caribbean--12/29/2012
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#4
Lincoln CA USA, 95648
12,739 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
I do like the Sun Princess, and think the Coral (or Island) Princess is even better.
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#5
Western Canada
132 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Thanks a lot, we were worried that we made a mistake. And yep, we will have a great time Still can't wait!!!!
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Past:
1. Disney Magic - 7-day Eastern Caribbean - 8/2/03-15/2/03
2. Coral Princess - 10-day Rountrip Panama Canal - 29/12/06-8/1/07
(d/m/y)

Future:
No Cruise Planned! (Yet)

#6
WARRENVILLE,IL,USA
381 Posts
Joined Jan 2002
Good choice ! You will love the Coral and her Panama Canal itinerary. She is our favorite ship so far and the trip was also our favorite.
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#9
Beautiful Gulf Coast Fl
481 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Been on the Sun liked her--leave Thursday on the Coral--will write back and tell you the difference.
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#10
CAPE CORAL, FL, USA
934 Posts
Joined Sep 2000
Also been on the Sun. Looking forward to the Coral on 4/3.
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#11
Western Canada
132 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Well, I'm glad we switched. Thanks for your reviews, I'm really looking forward to them. Soo excited!!!
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1. Disney Magic - 7-day Eastern Caribbean - 8/2/03-15/2/03
2. Coral Princess - 10-day Rountrip Panama Canal - 29/12/06-8/1/07
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Future:
No Cruise Planned! (Yet)

#12
Toronto, ON, Fort Lauderdale, FL
4,273 Posts
Joined Oct 2004
I been on both the Sun and the Coral. I have to say that I enjoyed both, but overall the Coral is my favourite Princess ship. If only Princess would build more Coral/Island Princess ships.
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#14
24,991 Posts
Joined Jul 2001
Originally posted by TorontoTL
I been on both the Sun and the Coral. I have to say that I enjoyed both, but overall the Coral is my favourite Princess ship. If only Princess would build more Coral/Island Princess ships.
These are my thoughts exactly - I would sail either in a heart beat but prefer the Coral/Island Princess.
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#15
Cary, NC USA
1,919 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Been on the Sun and Dawn and have the Coral and Sea booked! I've heard so many good things about the Coral that I think it will be my favorite with the Sun class coming a very very close second!
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