DH and I are 68 and this was our 6th Princess cruise. Crusing wi our favorite vacation.
We flew in a day early and stayed at the Double tree which is at the marina. Room and staff were very good. They had a shuttle which we took to Vons for supplies.
Embarkation was delayed until 2:30 due to custom problems from the previous cruise. Therefore the waiting area was crowded without enough chairs for everyone. Once on board service was great. The ship shows signs of its age but all in all it is well maintained. There was a lot of rust on the bow which surprised me.
This cruise was 28 days to Hawaii , the Samoas and French Polynesia. Thus many sea days.
On sea days there were plenty of activities including 3 lecturers. On the way to Hawaii there were talks on the ports, culture and art, and intelligence gathering via air. After Hawaii we had an astronomer instead of the art and culture lecturer. The other 2 stayed with the port lecturer doing nature talks on the way home. Also there were many games and crafts. Entertainment was uneven in quality. We had a number of comedians along with musicians and production shows. In Honolulu a Hula school put on a wonderful show and in Tahaiti a local professional group put on a great Polynesian show.Our CD, Billy Hygate, was fabulous, very experienced with a good sense of humor and a wonderful voice. He performed an outstanding Fiddler on the Roof.
We took a number of Princess shore excursions,, in Kauai, Samoa, American Samoa, Tahaiti, and Moorea. We particularly enjoyed our tours in Kauai, Amerocan Samoa and Moorea. The others were okay. We did a private snokeling tour in Bora Bora which was a highlight of the trip, and rented a car in Hilo. In Honolulu we toured Iolani palace and downtown.
Service was uniformly good. Staff was friendly and helpful. Food was better in the MDR . The choices at the buffet were limited especially for lunch and dinner. I enjoyed the grill and the Pizza for lunch as well as the pub lunch. Went to afternoon tea a couple of times, enjoyable.
It was difficult to find loungers in the shade and there were many who left towels on their chairs to save them. The seating in the Vista Lounge is poorly designed for good sight of the stage and a bit uncomfortable. The Wheelhouse had some good high back chairs for reading. On cooler sea days it was difficult to find a comfortable place to sit and read. There are no chairs or loungers on the Promenade Deck, I missed them since this is a place I enjoy being when at sea. They only had a couple of benches. The Promenade Deck seemed rather narrow and did not go completely around the ship.
The cruise was a great experience. We had been to Hawaii before and love it. The Samoas , Moorea and Bora Bora were especially beautiful and the people welcoming and interesting.