Coral Princess Cabins: The Best & Worst Rooms on the Ship

Coral Princess is one of the older ships in the Princess Cruises fleet, and one of the smallest too. She was built to the older Panamax dimensions, meaning she is capable of sailing the original Panama Canals (larger canals have since been built).

Coral Princess Panama Canal

The Coral Princess cruise ship also has a few quirks, including some related to her accommodations.

This means you need to be a little bit careful when selecting your stateroom for your cruise. It’s not that these rooms are bad, just that some may be better than others.

And there are some types of cabin you might be expecting on Coral Princess which simply aren’t available, or are very limited – so securing one might be tricky. If you’re hoping to book a connecting stateroom, or an aft-view balcony, you’ll be disappointed!

I’ve spent several hours studying the Coral Princess Deck Plan in detail – So read on to learn everything you need to know about Coral Princess’ accommodation, including the best and worst staterooms on this ship.

Coral Princess Cabin Types

There are eight main types of cabins on Coral Princess. I’ve listed these in a handy table so that you can compare the sizes…

AccommodationSleepsSize (incl. balcony)
Interior2 to 4156 to 166 sq. ft.
Oceanview2 to 4162 sq. ft.
Premium Oceanview2 to 4212 sq. ft.
Balcony2 to 4210 to 234 sq. ft.
Premium Balcony2 to 4248 sq. ft.
Mini Suite No Balcony2 to 4300 sq. ft.
Mini Suite2 to 4280 to 302 sq. ft.
Suite2 to 4470 sq. ft.

Not every ship in the Princess fleet has Oceanview rooms, but Coral Princess does. In fact, it’s also one of the few ships to have Premium Oceanview rooms, and Mini Suites without a balcony too.

Of all the Princess ships, this one (along with sister ship Island Princess) has the widest choice of base category.

However, the decision of which room you should book is a lot more than just picking a cabin type.

There’s a lot to consider, as within each type there are different categories, some of which are better than others, and then you also need to think about the location on the ship as well, and how close you want to be to certain facilities (or how far away, if you want a quieter room).

Because there’s a lot to think about, I’ve made a checklist that tells you everything you need to be aware of. And you can get it free here:

Coral Princess Inside Cabins

Coral Princess Inside Cabins

On most cruise ships, the most ‘basic’ accommodation you can book is an interior or inside cabin, and Coral Princess is no different. These rooms are on the inside of the ship, as the name suggests, which means you don’t have any windows for natural light. 

They’re normally designed for two people but there are some that can sleep four. Inside cabins tend to be the smallest on a ship, and that’s generally correct with Coral Princess, although there are some that are very slightly bigger than some of the Oceanview cabins.

These rooms are ideal for anyone who either doesn’t like to be woken up by sunlight, and thinks they may get a better night’s sleep without any windows. Or for anyone who just isn’t too bothered by having a nice view. After all, there are plenty of open decks where you can go when you do want to see the sea.

And interior cabins are the cheapest available, which frees up more of your budget for onboard activities or even for your next cruise. There are some wheelchair-accessible interior cabins on Coral Princess, and they’re some of the most spacious rooms on the ship that aren’t suites.

Beds are flexible – they’re normally twin beds that can be converted into a double – while the cabins that sleep up to four will have Pullman beds that are more suited to children but can support some adults so long as you’re not too heavy.

Pullman beds are either fold-down from the wall, or they’re hidden in the ceiling, and on Coral Princess, it’s the fold-down from the wall version. These aren’t as good, because people in the twin beds can bump their heads on the Pullman even when folded up.

I took this photo of a Pullman bed in an inside cabin on Ventura, but it’s the same thing on Coral Princess…

Pullman bed

Coral Princess Inside Cabin Grades

Every cabin on Coral Princess has a two-letter code that tells you the grade. The first letter makes clear the cabin type, while the second character (a mix of numbers and letters) tells you where it is on the ship, and what sub-type of room it is.

Inside cabins begin with I, and the second letter runs from A to F. A is considered the best due to the location, while F is the worst. Costs vary, so an IA will cost more than an IF – if you want the best location, you have to pay a little more.

GradeSleeps up toAverage size (sq ft)
IA2156
IB4156
IC2156 – 166
ID2156
IE2156 – 166
IF4156

Coral Princess Oceanview Cabins

Coral Princess OceanView Cabin

If you want to enjoy a view from your room, or the thought of no natural light leaves you feeling a bit cramped, then an Oceanview is the next step up. Cheaper than a Balcony, you tend to get just a little more space than an Interior cabin, but more importantly some view of the ocean.

Bear in mind that some of the Oceanview cabins on Coral Princess have an obstructed view, either caused by the lifeboats or other obstructions at the aft of the ship. These are cheaper, so if you’re not so worried about the view and just want some sunlight, these could be ideal.

There are also Premium Oceanview cabins available on Coral Princess, which are larger rooms situated towards the front of the ship. There are only a handful of these available, but if you want a better view (being higher) and more space, they’re a good option without having to upgrade to a Balcony.

Coral Princess Oceanview Cabin Grades

This table shows the different grades of Oceanview rooms on Coral Princess:

GradeTypeSleeps up toAverage size (sq ft)
O5Premium Oceanview2212
O6Premium Oceanview2212
OBOceanview2162
OCOceanview2162
ODOceanview2162
OEOceanview2162
OVOceanview Obstructed4162
OWOceanview Obstructed2162
OYOceanview Obstructed2162
OZOceanview Obstructed2162

Note that families only have the option of the obstructed view with this room type. Interestingly, the larger, Premium OceanView rooms are just for couples. I suppose that’s because if you are a couple, you wouldn’t want to pay extra and then have to contend with the awkward Pullman beds that you would likely bash your head on in the night.

Coral Princess Balcony Cabins

Island Princess Balcony room

Looking for a little more space again, and the chance to soak up some fresh air from the comfort of your own room? That’s when you want a Balcony cabin. These have sliding doors opening onto your own miniature veranda where you’ll have a couple of chairs and you can sit and relax with a view.

Within the Balcony category, there are a couple of different options available – Balcony and Premium Balcony. Premium Balconies have more space and are in some premium locations, although Coral Princess does have regular Balcony cabins that have aft views too.

There are also obstructed-view Balcony cabins on Coral Princess, so if you don’t mind the lack of view and just want a private space to enjoy the sea air, these are the cheapest Balcony cabins on the ship.

Coral Princess Balcony Cabin Grades

GradeTypeSleeps up toAverage size (sq ft)
B1Premium Balcony4248
B2Premium Balcony4248
BABalcony4248
BBBalcony4210 – 234
BCBalcony4210
BDBalcony3210 – 234
BEBalcony2210 – 234
BFBalcony2210
BYBalcony Obstructed2210
BZBalcony Obstructed2210

Coral Princess Mini Suites

Coral Princess Mini Suite

The Mini Suites on Coral Princess are a middle step between a Balcony stateroom and a full-size suite.

This has some plusses and some drawbacks – you get more space, and you get a few extra benefits, but not as many as if you were to make the step up all the way to a full suite. However, you’re also not paying the same price as you would be for a Suite, so there is that to consider as well.

The perks you get in a Mini Suite on Coral Princess are:

  • A separate sitting area in your suite, with a sofa bed and a coffee table
  • A curtain so that you can separate the sofa bed from the main bed area, creating two bedrooms
  • An extra TV – the usual one facing the bed, and a second in the sitting area
  • A better bathroom that has a bathtub and a massage shower
  • An upgraded bed, that has better pillows and a plump mattress topper
  • Additional balcony chairs – up to four (instead of the normal two)
  • A glass of sparkling wine as you board the ship

There are some Mini Suites on Coral Princess that don’t have a balcony, but instead are oceanview only. Obviously, these don’t come with any balcony chairs.

They’re a good choice if you want the benefits that come with a Mini Suite, but your budget doesn’t quite stretch to one with a balcony.

Take a look at this video to see what the unusual cabin type of Mini Suite with No Balcony looks like…

Coral Princess Mini Suite Grades

GradeTypeSleeps up toAverage size (sq ft)
M1Club Class Mini Suite3280 – 302
MBMini Suite4280 – 302
MDMini Suite4302
MEMini Suite4302
MYMini Suite No Balcony4300

Club Class Mini Suites

If Mini Suites are a halfway house between Balcony cabins and Suites, then Club Class are a two-thirds house. They’re a premium subclass of Mini Suites that have some additional perks, despite not being any larger.

Coral Princess Club Class Mini Suite perks:

  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation queues at the start and the end of your cruise
  • An even comfier bed
  • Bathrobes provided for each guest for the duration of the cruise (don’t steal them!)
  • A half bottle of red wine and a half bottle of white wine in your Mini Suite on embarkation day
  • Evening canapes served in your room (on request)
  • Access to an exclusive seating area in the Main Dining Room, with additional menu options to choose from.

If you’re thinking about making the step up to a Mini Suite or a Club Class Mini Suite, it’s worth taking the time to consider whether these extra benefits are worth it to you. And if they are, then you might also want to pay a little more for a full-sized Suite.

If the perks aren’t something you want to pay more for, then it’s not worth booking a Club Class Mini Suite, although you may prefer the extra room that a regular Mini Suite gives you compared to a Balcony cabin.

Coral Princess Suites

Coral Princess Suite

If you want to really live the high life, or you just want the most space to be able to relax in the privacy of your own room, then a Suite is the way to go. Coral Princess has some pleasant Suite options, giving you all of the perks of a Club Class Mini Suite, as well as a long list of additional extras as well.

However, Coral Princess does only have two classes of suite – the least of any ship in the Princess fleet.

Coral Princess Suite Perks:

  • Priority queues for embarkation and disembarkation, and for shore excursions/tenders
  • Priority lines for booking shore excursions and for guest services desks
  • Priority booking for the speciality dining venues
  • Access to the Club Class Dining area of the Main Dining Room with its extra menu choices
  • Access to the exclusive Lotus Spa Thermal Suite
  • An upgraded room service menu to choose from
  • Your boarding drink is upgraded to Champagne
  • A free mini bar in your room, a fruit bowl (topped up on request) and a fresh vase of orchids in your suite for your arrival
  • A free mimosa served at breakfast every day
  • A twice-daily ice service
  • Tea served in your suite
  • A cruise card wallet
  • Complimentary use of umbrellas as necessary
  • Free laundry, dry cleaning and shoe-shining
  • One free private portrait photograph taken by the ship’s photographer

Coral Princess Suite Grades

Here are the different suites you can choose on Coral Princess…

GradeTypeSleeps up toAverage size (sq ft)
S5Premium Suite3470
S6Vista Suite3470

So, which is the best? Read on to find out…

Premium vs Vista

There are just two types of Suite on the Coral Princess, which is a more limited range than there are on other Princess Cruises ships – even more so than sister ship Island Princess, which had a third class (Penthouse).

Not only that, but both the Premium and Vista class of suites on Coral Princess are the same size, and they come with the same perks. So which is better?

Honestly, the only difference is location. The Vista Suites are situated towards the aft of the ship, but they don’t have aft views. The Premium Suites are therefore slightly better since they’re in the middle of the ship.

If there’s a major price difference between them, I’d suggest you book the Vista since you essentially get a very similar suite and only a marginally worse location.

Special Cabin Types

Coral Princess Aft Rooms

Most people covet an aft room because of the views you can enjoy. Looking out of the wake is pretty exciting, and you’re sheltered from a lot of the winds that stream past the ship while you’re sailing too. Plus the rooms tend to be larger, so you’re getting more space and a wonderful view every morning.

But Coral Princess is not designed for aft views – the rear of the ship doesn’t have any balconies at all. Because of that, you’re very limited in your choices if you want an aft view. And if you’re looking for a balcony, you’ll need to look elsewhere on the ship.

On the Coral Princess, the aft-facing rooms are:

  • OD Oceanview cabins on Deck 11
  • OE Oceanview cabins on Deck 8

Coral Princess Accessible Rooms

accessible room

While the public areas of the ship are fully accessible for wheelchair users, not every cabin is really suited. There are a selection of dedicated accessible cabins though, which have wider doorways, more floorspace around the bed to allow a chair to manoeuvre, and a wet room.

These are really popular and will often book up quickly, so if you’re interested then you should definitely try to book in advance. And if you don’t need an accessible cabin, try not to book them so that those who do require the space don’t miss out.

The accessible cabins on Coral Princess are:

  • Interior Cabins – Decks 5
  • Oceanview Obstructed Cabins – Deck 8
  • Balcony Cabins – Decks 10 and 11

Coral Princess Connecting Rooms – There Aren’t Any!

Connecting rooms are designed for any groups that are travelling together that either can’t fit into one cabin, or that want a little more space.

They’re two cabins side-by-side that have a door between them. This door is locked by default, so that any guest can book these rooms without a stranger wandering in. But if you book both rooms you can have this connecting door unlocked so that you can wander between the two rooms freely.

And yet, Coral Princess is a very rare ship in that she doesn’t have any connecting cabins at all! So if you wanted to share two cabins as a group, you can’t open a door between them.

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Coral Princess Cabins to Avoid

Now that we’ve run through every type of accommodation you can book on Coral Princess, it’s time to pick out those individual cabins that maybe aren’t the best choice.

Obviously, I haven’t stayed in every room on Coral Princess. I mean, who has? But, what I have done is spent many hours scouring cruise forums and Facebook groups as well as the deck plans.

I’ve found the rooms on Coral Princess that people haven’t been too happy with, and made a note of them for you here.

But remember that a lot of this is subjective, and some of these might actually be a good choice for you. None of the recommendations here are down to a ‘bad’ room. These are all tips based on the location of the rooms, and what surrounds them.

With that clarified, here are the Coral Princess cabins you might want to avoid.

1. Cabins That Are Under the Lido Deck

A311 to A623 (Deck 12)

A common thread you see on forums and Facebook groups about cruise ships is problems with the noise from pool decks. There are a lot of rooms that are situated directly underneath the wooden decking of the pools, and when guests wake up nice and early to secure themselves and deck chair, they will often scrape it along the floor to get it into position.

And that sound carries through the floor.

What was interesting was that it wasn’t just complaints about the passengers in the morning that I read about, but also about crew working late to clean the Lido, scraping the deck as they cleaned it as late as almost midnight.

When the guest in question complained they did get an apology, as well as a credit to their onboard spend account, so that should show it’s not a super-regular thing. But if you are someone who appreciates a lie-in then definitely consider booking a room that isn’t underneath the scraping deck chairs.

2. Balcony Cabins Near the Front of the Ship

A209 & A214, B205 & B206, C205 & C206, D205 & D206, E207 & E208

A few cruise lines have balcony cabins situated in a forward position on the ship, but they’re rendered completely unusable while the ship is sailing because of the high winds – barring some that have special reinforced panels in place.

Balcony cabins near the front of the ship on Coral Princess

While Coral Princess doesn’t have forward-facing balconies, it does have some that are situated close to the front of the ship. These balconies may be out of bounds during particularly high winds, but even when you are allowed to use them I saw a couple of people saying that it wasn’t a pleasant experience – it was too breezy to be able to relax.

If your idea of a balcony is one where things are peaceful, a mid-ship location may be a better choice.

The good news is that, on Coral Princess, there are only a few of these rooms. The ones on deck 12 (Aloha) are certainly the worst because other balconies near the front of the ship on lower decks are sheltered by either Oceanview rooms or Mini-Suites with ocean views.

3. Cabins That Can Make Seasickness Worse

A209 to A321 and A618 to A722, B201 to B310 and B618 to B737

If you’re someone that’s worried about potentially getting seasick, then you’ll want to avoid cabins where you will feel the motion the most. Those are the cabins on the higher decks towards the front and aft of the ship.

Aim for a mid-ship room on a lower deck if you are concerned, as you’ll feel the rocking of the ship less.

4. Cabins Directly Adjacent to the Laundry

B711, C710, D720, E717

There are a handful of laundry rooms on Coral Princess, meaning guests don’t have to cart their dirty clothes up many floors in the elevator. However, there are a couple of staterooms that are directly adjacent to these rooms, and you may want to avoid them.

And there are two reasons – firstly, the obvious noise of the machines. This isn’t terrible but it can also cause vibrations in the room. This is less of an issue for B711 and E717 as while they are next door to the laundromat, they run perpendicular and so the machines aren’t all sharing a wall with the rooms – unlike the other cabins I’ve listed above.

The other issue is just traffic – you may have a lot of noise from people coming and going, especially as each of the cabins I’ve listed is between the laundromat and the lift.

5. Obstructed View Rooms if a View Is Important to You

Any OV, OW, OY or OZ Oceanview cabin or any BY or BZ Balcony cabin

There are a number of Oceanview cabins and Balcony cabins that have an obstructed view. Most of the obstructions are caused by the lifeboats but others are just due to the layout of the ship.

Cabins behind lifeboats on Coral Princess

This isn’t a problem if you don’t want a view and only want some natural sunlight – you’ll still get that, and you can save money. But if you want a good view, it’s best to book an unobstructed room since you don’t know just how much you’ll be able to see.

In this video, my friends Richard and Helen from Visit With Us discuss whether booking an obstructed view on a Princess cruise ship is a good idea or not.

6. Overlooked Balconies

C311 to C415, C505 to C633, D311 to D415, D505 to D623

Decks 9, 10 and 11 of Coral Princess have a tiered design. This means that if you book certain cabins on Deck 9 (Dolphin Deck) or Deck 10 (Caribe Deck), then your balcony will be overlooked from above.

Coral Princess overlooked balconies

This isn’t a problem for everyone. But, if you book one of these rooms then be sure that you’re fully dressed before heading out onto the veranda!

These overlooked balconies do have their advantages though, as they tend to be much larger than those on higher decks. So you may decide that the compromise in terms of privacy is worth it for the extra space.

larger balcony
Larger balcony on Coral Princess

Coral Princess has ‘bump outs’ in the design – wider points where the cabins stick out more. This location doesn’t have the same issues as the recessed areas – but you also won’t get the extra balcony space.

7. Cabins With Late-Night Noise

Plaza Deck (Deck 5)

If you’re someone who likes to get an early night, you may wish to avoid the staterooms on Deck 5 of Coral Princess.

They are all situated underneath the casino and nightclub, which are two popular venues for people to while away the hours in the evening. The noise can carry down into your room, and if you prefer silence then you might struggle to shut it out.

It’s not an issue if you’ll be joining people in the casino or nightclub – in fact, you might prefer the proximity at the end of the night – but for ‘early-to-bed, early-to-rise’ folks, you may prefer to look elsewhere on the ship.

The Best Cabins on Coral Princess

1. Premium Suites

The best accommodations on Coral Princess are the Premium Suites, and if you want the most spacious room and the full list of suite perks, these are the ones to go for – unless the Vista Suites are significantly cheaper (they shouldn’t be).

Coral Princess doesn’t have suites in the typically ‘best’ locations since there are no aft-facing suites on this ship. But the mid-ship location means its easy to reach every different feature of the ship without walking end-to-end, and the suites themselves are comfortable and attractive.

2. The Cheapest Cabins

The cheapest cabins on Coral Princess are some of the inside cabins, especially those situated towards the front of the ship. They’re not the biggest, and they’re a decent walk from many of the amenities, but for someone who plans on spending a very small amount of time in their room they are ideal.

Take a look at this video for a tour of an Inside Cabin…

You’ll save a lot of money – often paying half of what a guest in a Premium Balcony or Mini Suite may be paying – which can go towards all your onboard experiences or even your next cruise holiday.

3. Aloha Deck Rooms if You Enjoy the Pool or Have Kids

There are a handful of cabins situated at the rear of the Aloha deck towards the aft, all of which are Balcony cabins. And they’re perfect if you have kids, as they’re situated close to the kids clubs – meaning those walks at the start and end of the day can be very short.

The Sanctuary Pool is also close at hand, so you can drop the kids at the clubs and then go relax for a while. Or, just one flight of stairs up, you can enjoy the Spa and the pools, so you never have far to travel to get changed.

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To Conclude

There really aren’t any bad cabins on Coral Princess, but depending on your preferences for noise, location and how prone you are to feeling seasick, there may be some that are better for you than others.

I took a lot of this feedback from Facebook groups and forums, and by reading Coral Princess reviews, so it’s always a good idea to check those out yourself too. You can even ask about a specific room – someone on the groups will normally be able to tell you about their own experiences, and people love to share their own Coral Princess cabin photos too.

Remember to check out the Coral Princess deck plans if you want to do your own research too – it’s always worth checking where your room is before you confirm.

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Coral Princess Accommodation FAQs

When was Coral Princess last refurbished?

Coral Princess may be an older ship but she was refurbished as recently as January 2019. The refurb updated the decor in many areas of the ship, including some of the bars and restaurants, and crew areas too.

How many cabins does Coral Princess have?

Coral Princess has 1,000 cabins in total including 6 suites. She has a maximum guest capacity of 2,000 making her one of the smaller ships in the Princess fleet, due to the Panamax spec she was built to.

What class is Coral Princess?

Coral Princess is part of the Coral Class, the smallest class of ship for Princess Cruises. The only other ship in the class is the Island Princess, which was built one year later.

Is Coral Princess a MedallionClass ship?

Yes, Coral Princess is a MedallionClass ship. All Princess Cruises ships have received the MedallionClass upgrades, which allows guests to use their medallion as their room key, or to add purchases to their account, or track their travelling party around the ship.

What is the best deck on Coral Princess?

There’s no single answer – the best deck depends on your preferences. Decks 9 to 11 have only cabins above and below them, which tends to make for less noise. Higher decks will have a better view, but are also worse if you tend to get seasick.

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