Ocean Princess Cruise Review by J.R.: Tahitian Princess - South Pacific
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Tahitian Princess - South Pacific
Destination: South Pacific
Embarkation: Tahiti (Papeete)
This was our 10th cruise- first on a small older ship. We loved the convenience and lack of crowding and lines of the the Tahitian Princess. Embarkation and Disembarkation were quick and efficient. We plan to schedule our next Princess Cruise on a sister ship. We had a balcony room on the 6th floor. Room was decent size and Balcony was private and roomier than balcony we had on Coral Princess. The shower was very small- even for a cruise ship. Our room steward was was great- we rarely saw him, but our room as serviced very well.
Food: - was plentiful but mediocre. We did dine in both specialty restaurants- we enjoyed the atmosphere and service. The steak house was our favorite (dined there twice)- steaks were well prepared. We dined in the steak house the night that lobster was served in the main dining room - we requested and were served lobster as well. The lobster was well seasoned and delicious. There is only assigned dining times on this ship for the main dining room. More
Islands and tours: All the islands are beautiful. Moorea was our favorite. We were disappointed we were unable to tender in at Raratonga- due to rough seas and had an extra day at sea. We were told this happens 50% of time. We booked all our tours through the ship- all were great. We could have booked on shore for less, but chose the security of Princess approved tours. They do fill up quickly, so be sure to book before sailing to get the tours you want. Be aware the the tour office is very inflexible- once the tour is closed- there are no changes- even for the same tour, same island, and same day- with just a request for switch in time ( when there were openings). You will also be told you are on a waiting list- when actually there is no waiting list.
Onboard: We did not go to any of the shows, but heard favorable comments from fellow passengers. The casino is very small, but was rarely crowded. There were plenty of lounges on the pool deck. There is one small [pool and hot tub- they did not seem to be crowded. The staff was friendly and accommodating (with exception of tour desk)
All in all it was a wonderful cruise and I would recommend.
Our only bad experience was the flight home. We spend 7 hours in a crowded unairconditioned airport in Papeete- Tahiti Nui was 2.5 hour late taking off, The flight was packed- seats are very small with no leg room. After 8.5 hours in the air we arrived at LAX- waited 2 hours for luggage to arrive in baggage claim- only to find that Tahiti Nui did not reschedule for missed connections. We booked our air through Princess- and were referred to them. Princess was absolutely NO help- claiming they are not a full service agency and wanted to charge us $700+ to change our flights. The airlines claimed they couldn't change our tickets because we booked through Princess. Finally, Delta rescheduled our flights. We were up over 72 hours with 2 overnight flights- but we finally made it home. We will not book air through Princess again. Avoid Tahiti Nui air is possible. Less
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