Great Cruise but Frump Factor was High: Grand Princess Cruise Review by Cabin Insider

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Great Cruise but Frump Factor was High

Sail Date: November 2013
Destination: Hawaii
Embarkation: San Francisco
We set sail from San Francisco on Monday November 25th.

Embarkation was fast and smooth.

This was our second Princess Hawaii cruise - our first was out of San Pedro.

We spend very little time in our cabin so we usually book an inside one and did so for this cruise.

Our cabin was exactly as shown in the photo.

We were not disappointed.

Love the duvets and pillows although bed was a little hard.

However, we slept well.

As always, we take extension cords to accommodate our portable air purifier that we place next to the bed, laptop and to charge our Kindle, etc.

The seas were rough our first night out which is to be expected at this time of year.

This was not a problem for us but the constant banging created by the roughness meant little sleep for one night.

Of course, Princess can do nothing about Mother Nature.

We signed up for Anytime Dining and the experience great. More

Early in the cruise, we discovered two wait staff that we enjoyed.

As a result, we ate at that table every night.

Meals wee wonderful.

Due to health issues, my husband is required to eat a salt-free/lactose free diet.

We contacted Princess about 6 weeks before our voyage about this issue.

Their dietitian contacted us and assured us that his needs could be met.

Any my husband's needs were met beyond all expectations.

When we arrived in our cabin, there was a letter waiting for us with directions on how he should proceed.

Each evening, the Head Waiter presented the menus (lunch and dinner) for the following day.

Together, he and my husband selected appetizers, soups, salads, vegetables, entrees and desserts that were prepared for him salt-free.

On those days when the ship was in port and the dining room was closed, my husband met with the Head Waiter and Chef in Horizon Court and a salt-free meal was prepared.

For anyone who has special dietary needs, Princess goes out of its way to help.

Of course, it is important to give plenty of notice.

With respect to meals, I enjoyed all my selections.

Of course, some meals were more sensational than others.

It was great to have Fettucine Alfredo available every night - loved the parmesean basket.

It always amazes to read poor reviews about the food.

it makes me wonder what five-star restaurant caters to these poeple at home.

If I don't have to cook, I am ecstactic..

If I don't have have to make my bed, I am even happier.

What does trouble me is the dressing down of cruise passengers.

The "Frump Factor" was particularly high in this cruise.

More than 50% of diners showed up in causal and not "smart causal" attire on formal nights.

In our opinion, blue jeans and T-Shirts have no place in the dining room on formal nights.

Many women were exquisitely dressed only to be accompanied by guys who looked like they didn't care.

They told anyone who would listen that they were on vacation.


Well we were also on vacation and took care to dress appropriately.

My husband brought his tuxedo and I brought my cocktail dresses.

To do otherwise would have been disrepectful to other passengers who also care.

Unfortunately, there were lots of women too who dressed like "Walmartians."

Princess has a dress code and we wish that it would enforce it.

Either enforce it or get rid of it.

The Maitre D' should direct passengers who are inappropriately dressed to the buffet line at Horizon Court.

Beyond that, we thought the level of service and the quality of the food was higher than other Princess cruises.

The ship is a little worn but it's going into dry dock for some maintenance.

We are sorry that we couldn't go ashore in Maui because of rough seas.

However, we are grateful that the Captain put passenger safety first.

The entertainment was first rate especially singer Heather Sullivan.

The Princess singers and dancers put on some great shows too.

we enjoyed Motown and British Invasion.

Although we have seen similarly titled shows on other cruises, these two were different - wonderful costumes. Less

Published 12/17/13

Cabin review:

Cabin was as presented.Comfortable and cozy.

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