4 Princess Crown Princess Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Hawaii

We wanted to cruise to and around Hawaii, but we didn't want to spend extra time in the air getting there. The embarkation was good, the disembarkation was a nightmare, so I averaged them and still came up with a "terrible" ... Read More
We wanted to cruise to and around Hawaii, but we didn't want to spend extra time in the air getting there. The embarkation was good, the disembarkation was a nightmare, so I averaged them and still came up with a "terrible" rating. The ship's crew was VERY CONSCIENTIOUS about cleanliness, having a hand sanitizer machine to use in exchange for the hostess handing you a plate! The number of passengers with colds was staggering and since so many passengers were elderly, I was glad they were so diligent. The passengers were much older than what we are used to. On Carnival cruises, we were some of the oldest passengers. On this Princess cruise, we were some of the youngest, being in our early 60's. Food is one of the most important aspects to us on all cruises. The food was good, but we weren't crazy about the head chef's "international flare". The late-night ice cream and pizza closed at 10:00 pm. It's just as well, the pizza wasn't that good anyway (wasn't as good as Carnival's). The Shore Excursion Office was not on top of their responsibilities. For every shore excursion, I had to ask several staff members the same question to find out whether or not I could take my scooter, even though I completed the disability information sheet prior to arriving and they should have had the answers on file to their questions they asked me. The casino needs two Pro-Poker electronic tables, as there was almost always a waiting list to play and sometimes, eight people were waiting. All in all, the cruise was wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I was nervous at how many "at sea" days were on this 15-day cruise. By the end, I wanted more "at sea" days! The strengths of this cruise were the friendly, talented staff, the daily events, and the communication of ... Read More
I was nervous at how many "at sea" days were on this 15-day cruise. By the end, I wanted more "at sea" days! The strengths of this cruise were the friendly, talented staff, the daily events, and the communication of the ship's staff. The one low point was the Platinum Studio. We got home and they shipped our pictures and they were sub quality for a very expensive price. And they have not returned my calls/emails, except to say they would "get back to me". The food varied from good to average. The desserts were awesome, as was the coffee and pastry at Cafe International. The violin/cello trio was amazing, as was the rock group. Disco night was especially fun. And I enjoyed the Princess Pop Choir, directed by a very talented staff member. The cruise consistent of older seniors, perhaps because of price/length of cruise. I would take this exact cruise again on this ship. We had a blast! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This is our 3rd cruise to Hawaii and the best. Loved the Crown Princess. It was well maintained and looked fresh. Serving staff were efficient, friendly and courteous. Although this was a medium to large ship with over 3000 passengers ... Read More
This is our 3rd cruise to Hawaii and the best. Loved the Crown Princess. It was well maintained and looked fresh. Serving staff were efficient, friendly and courteous. Although this was a medium to large ship with over 3000 passengers it never felt crowded. The entertainment, especially the Princess Theater Singers and Dancers, were excellent. Embarkation and debarkation were efficient and we were on and off quicker than we've ever been on a cruise. Our only issue was with our excursion in the port of Honolulu. We wanted to experience a "real" Hawaiian luau and the Polyneisian Cultural Center is one the most popular attractions on Oahu. So we looked at the excursions for this event. There were two and they were $120/person different in price. The more expensive one said that it was a traditional luau with the pig roast in a pit with Hawaiian Hulu dances as well as a late night Hawaiian Stage show. The less expensive one said it included a complentary buffet type "luau". We selected the expensive one to get the traditional luau. When we got to the venue after a 90 minute drive and we were broken into gourps of about 20 and assigned to a tour guide. Our guide as a lovely young women who was a student at the local Brigham Young University. She was nervous and it appeared as if this was her first experience as a guide and being foreign born had some issues with the English language but despite that we had a nice tour with her. Unforturnately we only got the complimentary buffet luau with another 1000+ people cramed into a large ampitheater at folding type picnic tables where we were herded in groups to one of the 20 or so buffet tables each of which was about 10 feet long with lots of salads and a couple of selections of shredded and BBQ pork. There was a series of dancers during the dinner and you could see them if you were not seated with your back to them. I think our guide took us to the wrong building for the luau since there were serveral other buildings where one could eat. One was a very nice prime dining experience which is where we probably should have been taken. The next day we went to the Princess Excursion Desk and talked with a nice young man about the issue. We tried to explain what had happened and asked why we had paid over $120 more for an excursion that essentially was the same as the less expensive one except for the Hawaiian Stage show. This was an excellent show but not worth $240 for the both of us. After some time the Excursion Desk staffer seemed to understand our question and disappointment. He said he would contact the excursion provider and get back with us. He never contacted us before we debarked 6 days latter in LA and we've had no word yet. This is the second time we have not had a pleasant excursion experience with Princess, the first being on Aruba 3 years ago. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Princess caters to the older generation very well overall. Food is varied and very good. The staff is always friendly and helpful. Highlight on this cruise were the two enrichment speakers. In particular Peter Varley discussions on ... Read More
Princess caters to the older generation very well overall. Food is varied and very good. The staff is always friendly and helpful. Highlight on this cruise were the two enrichment speakers. In particular Peter Varley discussions on weather, climate change, and similar topics were outstanding. In addition, the Route 66 series by Gary Shahan was most enjoyable as well as his presentations about Pearl Harbor and the formation of the islands. Disappointed that cabins were set up with fold down beds without being told in advance. Auditorium only accommodates 750 on a ship with 3500 passengers so even with two shows, less than half can see the show. Shore excursions in Maui seemed disorganized - long lines and long waits in the sun just to get on the bus. With 11 days at sea, Princess kept us busy with various Trivia games and shows. We were somewhat surprised that the weather on deck was cool making it difficult to enjoy a stroll on the deck and the swimming pool. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Crown Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.5 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.7
Enrichment 4.0 3.4
Service 4.5 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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