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Old December 19th, 2007, 10:07 PM
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We met some very wonderful people on this cruise, from this website. I am glad that someone thought of these message boards, because without the ideas and advise from people who have gone and done before, I think there'd be alot of disappointed cruisers!

We were in Dolphin 419. It was a lovely room, but, was glad that I'm not too particular about stains. The couch's upholstery was badly stained, as well, as the carpeting. When I went to slide my luggage under the bed, I found a hyperdermic needle, and it didn't look as tho the carpet had been vacuumed. Ever. Other than that, our room was very nice, and our Miss Ramona, was killer. She always had ice in our bucket, and didn't mind how messy our room was...and there were days, I'll tell ya!!

The staff is outstanding. The only people I was miffed with, were the 2 guys at the Purser's Desk, when I gave them the needle. They just shrugged it off. Whatever. I never had a problem with any of the staff. The bartenders were awesome, the servers; fabulous, and our waiters in the International were outstanding. I am glad, now, that our TA talked us into going for assigned seating, because we met some of the most wonderful people. The food was fantastic. If I had a complaint, (overcooked Ahi, and an overcooked New York) our waiters were more than happy to bring me another dinner. I had requested that a cheese plate with crackers be set at the table, before I arrived, since I like having wine before dinner, I had a cheese plate everynight. There were nights I wanted 2 things on the menu, and they combined it for me, instead of serving me 2 dinners. Their dedicated service and fabulous sense of humors were so delightful and we appreciated all they did to make our dinners memorable, every night.

We were able to go to all the ports on our destination. First stop was Hilo. We ddn't plan anything, and ended up going to Hilo Hatties and doing our shopping. 2nd stop was Kona. Getting on the tenders took waaay to long. Long lines and even longer just waiting and sitting in very stuffy and cramped quarters.We did the Kona Scuba Tour. It was alot of fun, and the driver/narrator was very knowledgeable about the area. We stopped at some National Park, and there were turtles! Our first encounter with them. Then, we went to a small coffee roasting farm, and then, snorkeling. The waters were a bit chilly, but again, we saw turtles, and this time, we were able to swim with them. What a thrill! Great tour, great time, great part of Kona to see. We then stopped in Honolulu. That was a fabulous time, because it was our longest day in port. My husband went to Pearl Harbor and then we met up, walked the beach, watched the beautiful sunset at the Royal Hawaiian, and had some beers in some taverns along the way back to the ship. Maui was AWESOME!!! This is my favorite island of all. We shared a cab with some other travellers, and went to Whaler's Village to snorkel at Black Rock. Again, chilly waters, but beautiful sea life. We hung out at the Sheraton, had a fabulous lunch, walked the beach, rode the bus back to Front St. We hit it just in time for happy hour, so happy we got!!!! FABULOUS day here. Kauai was blah. It was raining when we got into port, and we were supposed to zipline, but I bowed out. My husband went, and was soaked the whole time. He had fun, but, I know myself...so was glad I skipped out. The only complaint I have about the islands, not enough time in the ports. I understand the reasons why the time is so short, but would rather haul @ss to get to the islands, and spend a night at each. Oh well.
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There was always something going on...bingo, casino, art auctions, shows, etc. I wouldn't go on Princess again, only because of my age group, and I just wasn't really "wowed" by the whole ordeal.

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Well a tiny bit of bad, with a lotta good, sounds like you had a real nice cruise!!! BUT, that needle situation, and the way they responded was not what I would have expected.....welcome home!
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My husband and I are planning on taking this cruise 4/1/08. Can you tell me how you felt about the 10 sea days? Was there enough to do on board ship to not be BORED??? Any dos or don't for the ship OR Hawaii itself?

Would appreciate your feedback!
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My husband and I are planning on taking this cruise 4/1/08. Can you tell me how you felt about the 10 sea days? Was there enough to do on board ship to not be BORED??? Any dos or don't for the ship OR Hawaii itself?

Would appreciate your feedback!
Sorry but I also wanted to ask about how many formal nights there were and also how difficult was it to pack for 15 days? Is there a "self service" laundry on board?
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Hi,
OK. I'm going to try and not get too wordy, and answer your questions. I wrote a reply that looked like it was 7 pages long!
You didn't specify your ages, but my husband (51) & I (44) found that it wasn't too long at all. There are all kinds of activities on the ship, from 7 a.m. to about midnight. They have a library, and you can check out books and games there. They have a sports bar, but they share it with cigar & cigarette smokers. My husband enjoyed all the shows at 7 p.m. (Our dinner seating was at 8 pm). While he was there, I played in the casino, or listened to the band in the Explorer's Lounge (Rock The Boat).
I recommend that you get a seating for dinner. Even if you don't eat there every night, at least you have a reservation, and you don't have to wait in line. The waiters are fabulous, and even tho we had brought our own wine, there were nights that my jr. waiter matched a wine from their collection. I didn't think they were too terribly expensive, and he was right on with his recommendations.
Packing...that's a hard one. I so over packed, it was silly. They do have laundry on each of the room floors, at the end of the halls. That's where you will find the irons and boards. It's $3.00 for wash and dry. They also have soap, dryer sheets, etc. in the laundry rooms. There are 2 formal nights. The 2nd seemed to be more "formal" than the 1st night. More evening gowns and tuxes. I took a black dress and heels and wore it both of the formal nights. My husband had 2 suits. I'm not sure of what the weather will be like, but be sure to take a sweatshirt, for those walks around the outside of the boat. The winds can be brutal.
Do plan your excursions thru Princess. With the amount of time that you have in each port, which isn't very long to really explore, it seems like if you try and do it on your own, it's difficult. You have to be back on the ship at a certain time, and if you aren't on a Princess excursion, they will NOT hold the ship for you. Oahu is the only port where you really have time to relax. Don't have to be back to ship until 11:30 pm.
Do walk the whole ship. Inside and out. You will be amazed at all the nooks and crannies you can find. The best, for me, was up front, at the spa. They have a fabulous pool, it's quiet, adults only, and great places to find your niche. I found myself napping alot!! 8) The main outdoor pool is nice, but hard to people watch. Bernardo was my barboy there. Outstanding young man. They have a fabulous Hawaiian band that plays outside there.
Don't pass up a coke sticker. Only one of you needs to get it, but it's good to have. That's when you get all sodas you want for free. The sticker is like $50 bucks, I think, but, like I said, if you buy a soda at a time...it's insane. You can, however, bring sodas onto the ship. We learned that when we went to Hilo. Stopped at Long's and got sodas and mixers, and was allowed to bring aboard-no problems-no questions.
Don't compare this cruise with other cruises you have taken. I have noticed that the main "topic" of conversations were of people that compared, and to me, I wouldn't be able to really enjoy what Princess offers, if I was always comparing. My husband has never been to the Islands, while I have been there many, many times. I wanted him to enjoy it on his terms, and not from what I have done or seen before. So, Maui was the only Island where I took over! We took a cab (we split it with 3 other people and it costed us $5/pp and that was including a nice tip. He dropped us off at Whaler's Village, where there is excellent shopping, wonderful restaurants and outstanding snorkelling. We walked down to the Sheraton, rented a cabana and snorkel gear for the day. (They have little rental booths on the beach). We had a fabulous fish taco lunch at the restaurant there at the Sheraton, but there's a Duke's and a Hula Grille that has outstanding food and awesome people watching, and scenery. We took the metro bus back to Lahaina for $2/pp and were dropped off in front of shopping central.
The Princess has a hair dryer in the room, and also supply you with shampoo, conditioner and body soap. They supply you each with a beach towel for the pools. They have an inroom safe. I brought along an extension cord, but ended up not having to use it. We put our luggage under the bed, and I thought the room (we had a mini suite) was perfect size.
One more thing, I highly recommend taking Bonine with you. It's a dissoveable tablet for motion/sea sickness. I took it in the morning, with my breakfast, and I was good to go for the whole day. I would take another at night, if the boat was really rockin.
If you have anymore questions, don't hesitate to ask!
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