Embarkation - Contrary to other reviews about poor performancein the embarkation process at San Francisco, we arrived at 2:30 and were in our cabin in about fifteen minutes after entering the pier.After many cruises we finally learned that it is wise not to try and be first on board.
Since the ship was four hours late leaving we did not get to experience sailing under and taking pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. (it was dark)The four days at sea to Hilo were filled with bingo, casino, trivia, and of course the World Series as it was in the Vista Lounge, one bar, and the big screen by the swimming pool.We were on an escorted tour hosted by Donna of Zoe's Cruise Tours and were given a gift each day along with scheduling a Slot Tournament, Galley Tour and others making the sea days go by quickly.
Dining - We had the traditional early seating and were fortunate to have four other super crusisers at our table that made our meals really enjoyable. Our waiter Vasko from More
Macedonia was excellent and entertaining. Overall the food was above average and we had lobster more than once.
Tours - Took a tour that included seeing a Macadamia plant, this was a joke. All you could do was look through a few windows and see machinery that is about forty feet away. Of course there was a very nice retail store there.The rest of the tour to Akala Falls and a park plus the city was just fine.Entertainment - The shows each night were some good some not so good. Comics good,singers good, hypnotist, juggler,magician not good.Princess Lines seems to cater the entertainment for the Very senior cruiser.
After leaving the last port (Maui)the next four days got longer and longer. Next was Ensenada for four hours then another full sea day before we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge at about 6:00 AM (dark)
Disembarkation went smoothly.
Overall the cruise was very enjoyable except for the too many sea days in a row for me.
Please note - Princess has a Military credit of $250. on a fifteen day cruise, less credit for shorter cruises. I only found out about this from other passengers, not from our Travel Agent. It must be applied for when booking. Less