1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Ocean Princess
This cruise was our 15th wedding anniversary gift to ourselves. We are both 66 so this review is from a "seniors" prospective. Overall, this was the best cruise we have ever taken. The service aboard this ship was just about as good as it gets; friendly, smiling faces; respectful, and accommodating. We flew tourist the whole trip departing Pensacola, FL to DFW, LAX and then on to Papeete. Departing flight was Papeete to LAX, ATL, to PNS. All the flights went smoothly with no hiccups. Luggage transfer was efficient and timely; no complaints there. We had flown first class to Hawaii and didn't think the service in First Class warranted the extra cost so this time we took Air Tahiti's Economy Class. The service in Economy was excellent! They served two "real" meals with complimentary beverages (even beer!)going to Papeete and upon returning, a snack upon boarding and breakfast. Very happy with Air Tahiti's service. Hint: Take a neck pillow for sleeping in the airports and on the plane; noise canceling headphones, and comfortable shoes for standing long periods of time going through security and immigration/customs. Tahiti and the Cook Islands are beautiful; our favorite being Moorea. Least favorite was Bora Bora; not so much the beauty of the Island but the conditions in town (dirty, trash in the streets, un-neutured animals running wild although not vicious), abandoned vehicles, etc. Plus Bora Bora is EXPENSIVE. Note: The more exclusive resorts on Bora Bora do not allow unregistered guests onto their property to have dinner or cocktails, even cruise ship passengers. The highlight of our cruise was our Vow Renewal Ceremony. The Captain performed the ceremony in the ship's library and the experience far exceeded our expectations. I recommend it highly. The Captain is very friendly and hands-on. You will see him throughout the ship through the entire cruise greeting passengers and interfacing with his crew. We were very impressed with the Captain. We have never seen a Captain so visible on any of our other cruises. Room and Cabin service were excellent. Food in the Buffet and Main Dining Room are more than adequate although not what I would call true gourmet. The wait staff at Table 58 was outstanding and all menu items were beautifully presented. No disappointment there. The ship is small by most standards but beautifully maintained and always clean. The gift and jewelry shops are smaller. We bought my Black Pearl from the jewelry shop on board. The staff is friendly and accommodating and the jewelry well displayed. Our balcony stateroom was comfortable for the two of us. The bathroom is small but no smaller than most other cruise ships. The balconies could have been a little more private, but that didn't keep us from enjoying our balcony for breakfast and cocktails in the afternoon and evening. The Tahitian people are gracious and friendly. The local markets are your best bets for gifts to take home. This is a cruise you will never forget.

Tahitian Princess - South Pacific

Ocean Princess Cruise Review by Jaglady

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2006
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
This cruise was our 15th wedding anniversary gift to ourselves. We are both 66 so this review is from a "seniors" prospective. Overall, this was the best cruise we have ever taken. The service aboard this ship was just about as good as it gets; friendly, smiling faces; respectful, and accommodating. We flew tourist the whole trip departing Pensacola, FL to DFW, LAX and then on to Papeete. Departing flight was Papeete to LAX, ATL, to PNS. All the flights went smoothly with no hiccups. Luggage transfer was efficient and timely; no complaints there. We had flown first class to Hawaii and didn't think the service in First Class warranted the extra cost so this time we took Air Tahiti's Economy Class. The service in Economy was excellent! They served two "real" meals with complimentary beverages (even beer!)going to Papeete and upon returning, a snack upon boarding and breakfast. Very happy with Air Tahiti's service.
Hint: Take a neck pillow for sleeping in the airports and on the plane; noise canceling headphones, and comfortable shoes for standing long periods of time going through security and immigration/customs.
Tahiti and the Cook Islands are beautiful; our favorite being Moorea. Least favorite was Bora Bora; not so much the beauty of the Island but the conditions in town (dirty, trash in the streets, un-neutured animals running wild although not vicious), abandoned vehicles, etc. Plus Bora Bora is EXPENSIVE. Note: The more exclusive resorts on Bora Bora do not allow unregistered guests onto their property to have dinner or cocktails, even cruise ship passengers.
The highlight of our cruise was our Vow Renewal Ceremony. The Captain performed the ceremony in the ship's library and the experience far exceeded our expectations. I recommend it highly. The Captain is very friendly and hands-on. You will see him throughout the ship through the entire cruise greeting passengers and interfacing with his crew. We were very impressed with the Captain. We have never seen a Captain so visible on any of our other cruises.
Room and Cabin service were excellent. Food in the Buffet and Main Dining Room are more than adequate although not what I would call true gourmet. The wait staff at Table 58 was outstanding and all menu items were beautifully presented. No disappointment there.
The ship is small by most standards but beautifully maintained and always clean. The gift and jewelry shops are smaller. We bought my Black Pearl from the jewelry shop on board. The staff is friendly and accommodating and the jewelry well displayed.
Our balcony stateroom was comfortable for the two of us. The bathroom is small but no smaller than most other cruise ships. The balconies could have been a little more private, but that didn't keep us from enjoying our balcony for breakfast and cocktails in the afternoon and evening.
The Tahitian people are gracious and friendly. The local markets are your best bets for gifts to take home. This is a cruise you will never forget.
Jaglady’s Full Rating Summary
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Rates
Service
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Ocean Princess price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.