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We sailed on the 2/5/06 Island Princess Cruise to Hawaii. This was our honeymoon and we hoped for a fun-filled, exciting trip aboard the Island Princess. This was our first Princess Cruise but third cruise overall. The ship, public rooms, staff & service were incredible. Our cabin steward went above and beyond the call of duty and the welcoming "Happy Honeymoon" sign and balloons were a nice touch. The transfer and services from LAX to the Pier were deplorable. The busses were full each time they went by are terminal and the luggage truck could never put any luggage on. It was an incredibly disorganized process and something Princess should be ashamed about. This was a black eye on the whole Princess cruise experience. Now, if you are younger (under 50) and looking for a similar age group on a cruise, this is not the place to go. It truly felt like a floating nursing home while we were onboard. The activities are also geared to the geriatric majority. Many of the older patrons were rude, downright snobby and generally gave the impression they were better than the younger folks on board. It was not uncommon to be pushed out of the way by an older cruiser at the buffet, bars, or even in line for the dining room. I have never experienced such poor behavior by people in my life. It was also extremely frustrating to listen to the continuous complaints and issues about every aspect. Even on one of our shore excursions we had to listen to all the complaining. I hope the cruise line keeps a record about chronic complainers as many of the people were discussing areas to complain about so they could write letters and get credits or cash back. It was despicable. The transfer from the ship to the airport was again unacceptable. Princess needs to focus some of their efforts on fixing these critical areas. I am sure that Princess is a great cruise line, we just did not get the chance to see that greatness on this cruise.

Island Princess - Hawaii

Island Princess Cruise Review by EW Perry

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2006
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We sailed on the 2/5/06 Island Princess Cruise to Hawaii. This was our honeymoon and we hoped for a fun-filled, exciting trip aboard the Island Princess. This was our first Princess Cruise but third cruise overall.
The ship, public rooms, staff & service were incredible. Our cabin steward went above and beyond the call of duty and the welcoming "Happy Honeymoon" sign and balloons were a nice touch.
The transfer and services from LAX to the Pier were deplorable. The busses were full each time they went by are terminal and the luggage truck could never put any luggage on. It was an incredibly disorganized process and something Princess should be ashamed about. This was a black eye on the whole Princess cruise experience.
Now, if you are younger (under 50) and looking for a similar age group on a cruise, this is not the place to go. It truly felt like a floating nursing home while we were onboard. The activities are also geared to the geriatric majority. Many of the older patrons were rude, downright snobby and generally gave the impression they were better than the younger folks on board. It was not uncommon to be pushed out of the way by an older cruiser at the buffet, bars, or even in line for the dining room. I have never experienced such poor behavior by people in my life. It was also extremely frustrating to listen to the continuous complaints and issues about every aspect. Even on one of our shore excursions we had to listen to all the complaining. I hope the cruise line keeps a record about chronic complainers as many of the people were discussing areas to complain about so they could write letters and get credits or cash back. It was despicable.
The transfer from the ship to the airport was again unacceptable. Princess needs to focus some of their efforts on fixing these critical areas.
I am sure that Princess is a great cruise line, we just did not get the chance to see that greatness on this cruise.
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