Ocean Princess Cruise Review by Jaglady
- Sail Date: November 2006
- Destination: South Pacific
- Cabin Type: Balcony
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.
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