We did the Bon Voyage experience so we boarded about 11 am.The lunch was good, although a few people thought the Salmon was very fishy and not very good. The Beef was excellent.
Our room steward, Jose, was quite possibly the best Steward we have ever had so we tipped him a little extra. The service in the Dining room was also very good.
Most of the food was good, although the Veal Scallopini was once again very awful gray meat with a few mushrooms underneath and underneath that, a little sauce. Not browned at. I didn't order it as I have had it twice before but one in out party insisted and they regretted it. The Veal Cordon Bleu, served on another night, was well browned and very good.The chocolate deserts on this trip were the best I have had on Princess, very deep chocolate favor. Even the Princess Love Boat Dream was excellent(It hasn't been in the past). Most of the fish dishes were good. The Sea Bass at one lunch was outstanding.The infamous Barramundi was dry and over cooked.
We tried the Crown Grill and found the lobster in the Main Dining room were twice as large and better.There used to be a "supplement for "Maine Lobster" of $9.00. The charge is gone but so is the Maine lobster. Go figure.I have about had it with the Princess Specialty restaurants as they seems to not serve a better quality of food. Many people complained that their steaks and Racks of Lamb were cooked raw on one side and well done on the other. Perhaps they are defrosting the meat right before they cook it? The deserts on the Crown Grill were terrible. The Mile High cheese cake is no more and instead you get a Cheese cake parfait about the size of a baseball.The Black and Blue Onion Soup was very good and the fillet Mignon looked good. Salads are not as good as the main dining room.
I liked the production shows and the show with the Saxophone guy. The rest were just OK.
A friend commented that he had been on the Golden from Los Angeles, and found the Star Hawaiian theme very weak compared. We had no Hawaiian Band on deck but the Golden evidently did. The rock band on the open pool are was not to my liking and a bit puzzling when they average age of the passengers was about 75.
The ports were great, especially enjoyed Hilo where we charted Marylou's tours. She was very good and took us to the Volcanic Park, a coffee roaster and some wonderful water falls among many other things. Highly recommend.It would have been nice to have more than 4 hours in Ensenada.
Keep in mind that the ship leaves Honolulu at 10 pm so it is impossible to attend the Luau at the Hawaiian Cultural center and not have to leave early.
Being elite, we took advantage of the free Laundry service and found it excellent. Having experienced the slow internet on prior cruises, I did not use it this time.
Room service seemed to always arrive 15 minutes BEFORE the earliest time you checked ( ie 8-8:30 came at 7:45), so keep that in mind if you order breakfast in your room.
Over all we had a great time.