28 DAY Round Trip from San Diego,CA to HAWAII, TAHITI & MARQUESAS
(NOV. 23, 2012 to DEC. 21, 2012)
We were a group of 4 couples traveling Round Trip from San Diego, CA. We all live in San Diego and looked forward to not having to deal with the airlines. The check in and embarkation went smoothly with no delays. This was my husband and my 7th cruise. First on Holland America. (Other 6 cruises were on Royal Caribbean, Princess, Norwegian, Carnival and Celebrity)
Our group was probably the youngest on board(our ages 60-65). Average age was about 80ish. Our cabin(757)on Deck A was nice and we were very happy with the service from our room attendant(bringing us fresh towels 2 times daily) We also liked that the ship had 3 laundry rooms aboard on such a long voyage.
In our opinion the entertainment was average. With the majority of the passengers being on the older side the activities were somewhat limited to the older generation. Bingo, golf putting games, cooking classes, crafts, chess, pub trivia, beginning computer classes, stretching classes and art shows.
The shore excursions available on the Hawaiian Islands were very good. On Bora Bora we went on the "Bora Bora Island Discovery" tour and the "Shark and Ray Encounter" which we all enjoyed.
The food and service in the Dining Room was quite good. My husband and I usually ate our breakfasts and lunches at the buffet which was above average. We did not try any of the specialty dinning rooms so have no opinions. The 4 ladies in our group enjoyed "high tea" every afternoon. It was excellent.
Our biggest complaint was that we missed 3 of the 7 islands due to weather. I personally think that Holland should not run this South Pacific cruise this time of the year or at least let people know that there is a good chance that they will miss islands. To make up for the missed islands we were given 1 glass of wine or 1 glass of inexpensive champagne. We were lavishly credited $9.16 per person for missing Kiritmati Island; $13.11 per person for missing Raiatea Island; and $11.46 per person for missing Rangiroa/Polynesia. Wow, how generous! We spent a total of 20 sea days out of a total of 28 days. Needless to say it was not the best experience. Also, as everyone looks forward to when traveling to Polynesia/Bora Bora, we had maybe 2 days total that we could enjoy the beautiful blue waters that the South Pacific is so famous for. The food and service was not bad. This is the last cruise we will take for 28 days. 14 days seem to agree with my husband and myself.