Our trip on the Tahitian Princess was an amazing experience!! We never imagined we would get to travel to Hawaii and Tahiti in one trip. The ports were the best part of this honeymoon. On most of the Hawaiian Islands we rented a car in lieu of taking the ships excursions. We found this to be much more affordable and we were able to see things we wanted to see on our own time. We booked one snorkel trip through princess, but our other excursions were booked through other tour organizations. For most of the ports of call, there are local tour groups waiting to take you on most excursions you could want.
The ship itself was beautiful, but it was much smaller than any other cruise ship we have previously been on. There was not much of a variety of things to do at night but we were so tired from touring the islands, that by the time the evening shows were over, we were ready for bed. The food in the main dining room was good, but the specialty restaurants were great!!! The buffet on the deck was okay, but we preferred to get food from the grill or eat in the main dining room for lunch. Room service had a fairly limited menu. One thing that we loved most about the more intimate size of the ship was the fact that we could meet people easily and the embarkation and disembarkation were the smoothest we've ever had. With all of these positive aspects of the trip, especially the ports, I would definitely sail on this ship again. However, our biggest disappointment for the trip was the customer service. We felt that while the ship itself was beautiful, many of the crew members were "not on the same page." We were often told different answers when we had questions about activities or policies on the ship. We also felt that while on other cruise ships and cruise lines the service has been impecable and the crew had often gone "above and beyond" , it was not the case on this voyage of the Tahitian Princess. We were not the only ones disappointed with the service on the ship, many other passengers felt this way as well. Between the dining room, and the crew at the pursers desk, we felt that we not given the quality service we had expected.
While the ship was small, it was beautiful!!! It had an antique feel to it. The rooms and public areas were clean and easily accessible. However, there is only one pool and a very small casino. The specialty restaurant, Sterlings was fabulous! The food in the main dining room was good, the service on the other hand was not. We were on our honeymoon, a party of 2, and the tables that were much larger parties in our section, often got their appetizers before our orders were even taken or our drinks came out. There is not much variety, it is either the specialty restaurants, the main dining room, or the buffet area which also had a grill and pizza. My favorite part of the buffet, was about 4:00 when paninis were made to order. Other than that, I wouldprobably recommend dining in the main dining room for lunch and breakfast if you are on the ship. The stateroom was clean and the size was comparable to our rooms on other cruise ships. However, due to the rough seas and small size of the ship, if you have any tendencies to get seasick, I suggest booking a cabin in the middle of the ship. As I said before, we were very disappointed with the service and lack of assistance/information many of the crew members provided for us. The three shows on the ship were great, given the small size of the ship. My favorite was when the children on Raiatea were brought on the ship to show us their native dances. The comedian was also very funny. The most disappointing area of entertainment was the poolside music. The first band on the ship was not very good, then the two musicians brought on after them for the remainder of the trip (4 days at sea!) were okay, but played the same songs over and over again. We went to several activities which were not organized well, there was a crew/passenger volleyball game that seemed to be for the crews enjoyment, due to the fact that it was the same people who played in every game and took volleyball/pool time away from the passengers. The crossing the equator ceremony also seemed to be more fun for the crew than it was for the passengers.