Not Disappointed: Ocean Princess Cruise Review by landboater

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Not Disappointed

Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: Hawaii
Embarkation: Other
The Ocean Princess is a refreshing alternative to the mega ships that abound. It's nice to walk around the ship and see familiar faces (people we have met) instead of being squashed by throngs of strangers.

The cabin stewards, internet staff, and dining room staff are superior to those on other ships that we have been on.

The entertainment was amazingly good, considering the smaller number of performers.

The food was typical-overly fancy for midwesterners, complete with limp bacon.

The cabin was spacious, and we were able to put our luggage under the bed. The balcony had fairly nice, adjustable lounge chairs. The balcony door seal was faulty on the last night, possibly due to strong winds, so it made a loud moaning noise. We found a crew member but he was unable to do anything except create a shrill whistle instead. We ended up sleeping with the door propped part way open.

The book exchange in the library was nice, since we had 5 days at More sea. We played bingo & trivia besides using the casino, shuffleboard, and ping pong. Table tennis was a disappointment. The person in charge knew nothing about it, and she managed to damper the fun of tournament play by requiring spouses to first compete against each other, thus eliminating one. It's always more fun playing against someone different. She also ignored us for the first tournament, offering the paddles to people who were walking by, while we were waiting in what appeared to be a line. Dancing on this ship is very challenging because it rocks a lot more than mega ships. It's best not to wear heels. It's sometimes challenging just walking around, so I would not necessarily recommend this ship to people in their 70's and above.

The excursions were expensive, and in Hawaii, the same excursions are available independently, at nearly half the cost.

This ship was not as conscientious about hand sanitizers as other ships. They rely more on signs advising people to use their cabin bathrooms rather than communal.

The ship had a very nice mixture of ethnic groups, all congenial and much better than those that cater mostly to Europeans. There were only about 5 children on the cruise. This ship has no facilities for children. Although the cruise director always announced that children could not be seated in the first 3 rows for performances, no one ever enforced that rule.

The fifties night was a huge disappointment, but not unlike other cruise ships unfortunately. Hardly any dancing; just hula hoops, the hokey pokey, Elvis contest, & the teaching the hand jive. (Nothing reminiscent of a sock hop.)

The pool was nice but the rocking ship created huge waves which limited being able to use the pool. There should have been more efforts to control the hogging of lounge chairs by people who were not actually using them. (Some would go sit on loungers in the sunny area while leaving their towels in the shady area, on other loungers.) It was good to be able to retreat to our balcony.

Passengers tended to agree that time seemed to pass quickly. It was a lot of fun watching the whales from our balcony, in Maui. We brought a buffet supper to our balcony so we could keep watching the whales before the ship started moving away. Less

Published 03/12/13
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Cabin review: BB7042 Balcony

This was a nice mid-ship room. The balcony contained fairly new, adjustable lounge chairs & a table. There was a loveseat, desk, & bed. It would have been nicer if the television had been visible from the loveseat. There was a refrigerator which was handy. The sliding balcony door had a minor seal problem. You can see your neighbors on the balcony.

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Port and Shore Excursions

It was very rainy in Bora Bora, so the Island Drive, Anau Lookout & Bloody Mary's, was not as fun as it might have been. There are also a lot of potholes, making the bus feel like a jeep ride. Bloody Mary's was overly crowded due to the wesather. It was difficult getting the attention of the employees. We stopped at a nice place where pareus are made, modelled, and sold. Poverty in the area is evident, as is damage from past hurricanes. The natural scenery is otherwise great. The afternoon glass bottom boat ride had to be cancelled due to weather.

Island Tour

This was the Akaka Falls, Macadamia Nut Farm, and Tropical Gardens tour. It was difficult to find the meeting place. However, the tour took us to many unexpected places in addition to those mentioned. We also saw Rainbow Falls, the Rain forest Zoo, Wailoa River State Park, a black sand beach, etc. We got back an hour later than planned, but luckily we had no other tour booked. It was a great tour. Later we took a free shuttle to Hilo Hattie's to do some shopping.

Princess was disappointing, not planning any excursions until the day before disembarkation. So we had already rented a car since we had 13 hours before our flight. The rental was cheap but the Thrifty car was a mess of dents and scratches! We wasted a lot of time recording them before we could move. A second car offered was no better. Waikiki is a big disappointment; the beachside bars are noisy, and there is nothing romantic about it any longer. The Dole Plantation was fairly fun, shopping (too expensive), the train ride, and eating (very good). Waimea Waterfall Park was lovely, with a nice hike, ancient sites, plants, birds, and a place where people could swim. Laniakea Beach was absolutely wonderful with big green sea turtles sunbathing (while being protected by conservation volunteers.)
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Wailua River

The tour operator was grumpy. He was blaming the passengers for his own lack of assistance and guidance. He was nowhere around when we were all directed onto his bus. This made him mad! He made sure that we all knew that he is 75 years old. We had to sit for a long time on the stationery bus, and later, we had to sit for a long time on the tethered river barge. We were all initially directed to the wrong barge. The river was ok, a bit boring. There were entertainers to help with that but they were only visible by those in the middle. We stopped at the Fern Grotto where the entertainers again performed. It was crowded; there were other boatloads there. It was difficult to get photos with so many people.

Whale Watching

We saw moms with calves, males fighting, and lots of whale action. The boat was crowded, so it was impossible to move away from an area where a fellow passenger had gotten seasick. (We could no longer hold onto the railing, etc.)

The Island Drive, Kia Ora & Belvedere, was nice, as was walking from the pier. However, the tour bus was NOT air conditioned. We found a fairly secluded shoreline where we could wade amongst tropical fish. There were also a few shops.
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We were very disappointed that no pre-cruise excursions were offered here. We caught a free hotel shuttle to town on the morning of our departure, and the market place was a lot of fun. It would have been nice to see more of the area. It was unfortunate that the timing of the cruise landed us in Papeete on a Sunday, when everything including transportation is closed down. The market place is said to be open on Sunday, but the cost of a taxi (the only available transportation) was higher than what we would have spent at the market. The sunset was gorgeous as was our hotel's black sand beach.
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