Island Princess Cruise Review by BueBayou
- Sail Date: December 2006
- Destination: Hawaii
Around noon on day 3, I got sick, spilling my guts by both ends, running a fever, dehydrated. When I called the medical center, I was told to wait in my room until they call me and tell me to come down. When they did, my husband got me there in a wheelchair, I was too weak to walk. After a lot of paperwork, I was told I had an 'acute gastroenteritis'. All in all, the doctor (from South Africa) spent about 80 seconds with me and yet managed to be impatient and rude, like I was interrupting his vacation. Sure I understand he was busy that night but that's no excuse to his poor attitude. In the bed next to mine was a 70 year-old woman. A young male assistant (med student?) was rudely barking numerous questions to her. It turned out the lady was seasick, not guilty-of-something. I was confined to my cabin for 48 hours and complied until the last minute. The next day I was told to go down again at the med center (temperature taken, tip of IV removed). The nurse (from New Zealand - forgot her name) was nice. When the doc saw me, he opened the door to a room with 3 words: wait in here. Never bothered to ask: feeling better this morning? My point is that, on a ship, the med team should be prepared to deal with common situations such as seasickness & gastroenteritis without 'loosing it'. Apparently Celebrity has a much more caring approach, shows more consideration to its passengers (details in Norovirus thread). Enough with that bad experience.
When husband & I were in top shape again when we arrived in Hawaii. We had reserved a rental car in each port, it was so nice to visit at our own pace. Hardly any people when we were at the beautiful Botanical Garden in Hilo. In all ports, we just drove along the coast, walked on post-card beaches, marveled at spectacular views. In Maui we considered that tendering was taking so long we figured it would be 12:00 by the time we picked up the car ,not much time left if we were to be back by 4:30. So we canceled the car, stayed on the ship and finally enjoyed the pool on a warm day.
The food was generally very good everywhere. There is so much choice, such a large variety every day, that it seems impossible not to find something you like at each meal. One night we told our waiter that the beef was so-so. He told us to leave it and suggested the raviolis. Delicious. The pastries/desserts were excellent. It was our first time with anytime dining and were happy with it. Bayou Cafe (more than Sabatini) is worth the extra charge. Unforgettable oysters Sieur de Bienville, tender porterhouse steak, tasty jambalaya.
We haven't seen all the shows but enjoyed most of them. Kevin Hughes was very funny. Princess dancers/singers are talented people. Island has a great gym and we used it quite often. The crossing back to L.A. didn't seem as rough, but still very windy and bumpy. Disembarkation was speedy.
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