Embarkation: We flew through our embarkation. Everything was ready for us when we arrived at the port around 1:30 pm. Less than 10 minutes getting registered and assigned our sea passes. Great job Princess!
Cabin: We booked a mini-suite aft on the port side. It was a standard mini-suite. It seemed not as roomy as our mini on the Emerald Princess. There was a love seat in the living area, instead of a full sofa. I slept fine on the mattress, but my husband complained to me about the mattress. He said it wasn't up to cruise standards. We have always loved sleeping at sea. The cabin was very quiet.
Dining: We ate in the MDR about half the time for dinner. We did not eat breakfast or lunch in the MDR. We were not impressed with the menu at any of those seatings. We enjoyed the buffet much more. They seemed to have a theme each evening on their menu. We were able to try new items at dinner. We did not go to the specialty restaurants.
Entertainment: We only went to see the comedy shows. They were great and shouldn't be missed. We also went to hear the naturalist lectures. They were very informative for first time visitors to Hawaii.
Ports: We enjoyed Maui and Kauai as far as scenic beauty goes. We went to the Maui Ocean Center and had lunch there overlooking the beach. Their restaurant has great seafood. We had their Mahi Mahi for lunch. It was awesome. Kauai was like a garden island. It was so beautiful to just drive all around the island. We also went to Pearl Harbor and Volcanoes National Park. Both sites should not be missed. We did not take any Princess shore excursions. We opted to rent cars at our ports.
Medical Staff: My husband became quite ill on Day 2 of our cruise. The Medical Staff was awesome! Special thanks to Dr. Lynn Smith. Also, to Lizel, Felicity and Allison for all the great care they gave us during his stay at the Medical Center onboard.
Disembarkation: We walked off for our disembarkation. It was no problem at all.
Summary: This was our first cruise to Hawaii. I was concerned about being sea sick crossing most of the Pacific Ocean. But that didn't happen. Yippee! It was a little rough at times on the way to Hawaii, but coming back was pretty calm. Captain McBain was awesome! He kept us informed twice a day. There was an outbreak of the Norovirus and the ships crew went into action to keep it under control. Captain McBain constantly thanking his crew and passengers for our efforts in containing the nasty bug.
We had a fabulous time.