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We have just returned from our cruise on the Ocean Princess. Started and finished in Papeete Tahiti, and visited Huahine, Rangora, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Moorea. Most people's flights arrive in Tahiti before 6.30 a.m. Princess offer for $39 per person tour of the island leaving the airport at 8.30 and arriving at the ship at noon. Although well intentioned (as you cannot board until noon), but when you are tired, hungry, thirsty, sweaty, and in the wrong clothes this was an ordeal. The smart people pre-booked a cheap hotel in Papeete, went straight there and slept until noon or later. After arriving at the pier with a dozen other tour coaches at noon, and being pretty grumpy with lack of sleep, it was brutal having to stand in line for an hour with no water or refreshments offered. Princess need to address this problem. Again the smart people who booked a hotel room rolled in around 2.00 p.m. and there was no line up. About 700 passengers and crew of 370. Average age around 60, and there were absolutely no children or babies on the ship. Comprising 55% USA, 15% Canadian, 7% French, and 23% from everywhere else. The food - always available, great choice, and as good if not better than any other cruise ship we have been on. The dinner menu was varied, good presentation, and the eight people on our table never had any issues with anything. Some items on the menu and in particular the turbot were as good as anywhere on the planet. The speciality restaurants - we only went to the Steak House, and not the Italian restaurant. Our food was great, others we know had issues especially as you pay extra. There is no ambiance in the room, no white glove service, and we were in and out in an hour and half. The free main dining room is a much better experience (and free!). The coffee package - a definite buy. The general coffee is not good but with the $29 package you get unlimited access to the good stuff plus 15 speciality coffee's. The wine package - for $386.40 we bought the Gold package gives you 12 bottles @ $45 each = $540. Here's the catch, if you order a bottle over $45 you pay the extra which is fair enough, but if you order a bottle under $45 you loose the difference. Of the 12 bottles ordered we had 5 @ $34 so we lost out on $55.00. Wasn't to happy about that as it's not explained upfront, but package is still a good deal. The crew - pleasant, courteous, helpful, happy, what more can you ask for on a vacation. A definite 5.5 stars. The entertainment - varied nightly and was entertaining. The dancers, choreography, and costume was to Broadway standards. The singing was not. Of the two main show singers, one sang flat and the other had no range. Despite this the shows were still highly enjoyable. There was a singer/pianist in the Casino lounge, we honestly thought it was karaoke night it was so bad. The young lady singer and her musical accompaniment who performed at the pool and in the Tahitian Lounge had a beautiful voice, but unfortunately her musician drowned her out. The smokers - here is one major issue Princess need to sort out. Of the 700 passenger maybe only 30 smoked. At the pool outside they were given a small area and did not bother anyone. In the Casino and the Tahitian Lounge on certain nights they were given an area, but of course smoked out the whole place. When they were not allowed there it still smelt of smoke. We like gambling but could not stay in the Casino it was so bad. Why Princess would allow less than 5% of the passengers to smoke inside and offend the other 95% defies logic. The tours - we went on one Princess organised tour (Raiatea 4x4 crater tour), and one pre-booked online (Moorea Alberts ATV tour), and two booked at the dock (Bora Bora 4x4 tour, and snorkel and motu tour). Princess tours are maybe 10% more, but guaranteed, and we and others enjoyed them. Albert's ATV tour was unbelievable. They use new Can-Am 500 cc Outlanders, so easy to drive. Our very knowledgible and charming guide Moana took us places a 4x4 could not go. It was the highlight of the entire vacation. The rest of the time (particularily Raiatea and Rangora) we got a bus or boat shuttle to a beach. The islands - best by far was Moorea which we will return to again and book a beach house. Most disappointing was Bora Bora, as it just did not come up to expectations. It just had the feeling that it was past it's best days. Many resorts closed and in decay. We and many others stayed in Tahiti or went back to Moorea (on the ferry) for a few days after the cruise. We stayed at the Intercontinental in Tahiti for two nights in an over the water bungalow. Very expensive but worth the memories. Summary - it's always easier to write about the few issues that Princess need to address than the zillions of things that they do right. It's a great ship, great crew, and in our opinion the best cruise of the eleven we have been on so far. It will exceed your expectations, so overall 5 stars and highly recommended.  

Ocean Princess will exceed your expectations

Ocean Princess Cruise Review by JackovSpades

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2015
  • Destination: South Pacific
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We have just returned from our cruise on the Ocean Princess. Started and finished in Papeete Tahiti, and visited Huahine, Rangora, Raiatea, Bora Bora, and Moorea.
Most people's flights arrive in Tahiti before 6.30 a.m. Princess offer for $39 per person tour of the island leaving the airport at 8.30 and arriving at the ship at noon. Although well intentioned (as you cannot board until noon), but when you are tired, hungry, thirsty, sweaty, and in the wrong clothes this was an ordeal. The smart people pre-booked a cheap hotel in Papeete, went straight there and slept until noon or later. After arriving at the pier with a dozen other tour coaches at noon, and being pretty grumpy with lack of sleep, it was brutal having to stand in line for an hour with no water or refreshments offered. Princess need to address this problem. Again the smart people who booked a hotel room rolled in around 2.00 p.m. and there was no line up.
About 700 passengers and crew of 370. Average age around 60, and there were absolutely no children or babies on the ship. Comprising 55% USA, 15% Canadian, 7% French, and 23% from everywhere else.
The food - always available, great choice, and as good if not better than any other cruise ship we have been on. The dinner menu was varied, good presentation, and the eight people on our table never had any issues with anything. Some items on the menu and in particular the turbot were as good as anywhere on the planet.
The speciality restaurants - we only went to the Steak House, and not the Italian restaurant. Our food was great, others we know had issues especially as you pay extra. There is no ambiance in the room, no white glove service, and we were in and out in an hour and half. The free main dining room is a much better experience (and free!).
The coffee package - a definite buy. The general coffee is not good but with the $29 package you get unlimited access to the good stuff plus 15 speciality coffee's.
The wine package - for $386.40 we bought the Gold package gives you 12 bottles @ $45 each = $540. Here's the catch, if you order a bottle over $45 you pay the extra which is fair enough, but if you order a bottle under $45 you loose the difference. Of the 12 bottles ordered we had 5 @ $34 so we lost out on $55.00. Wasn't to happy about that as it's not explained upfront, but package is still a good deal.
The crew - pleasant, courteous, helpful, happy, what more can you ask for on a vacation. A definite 5.5 stars.
The entertainment - varied nightly and was entertaining. The dancers, choreography, and costume was to Broadway standards. The singing was not. Of the two main show singers, one sang flat and the other had no range. Despite this the shows were still highly enjoyable. There was a singer/pianist in the Casino lounge, we honestly thought it was karaoke night it was so bad. The young lady singer and her musical accompaniment who performed at the pool and in the Tahitian Lounge had a beautiful voice, but unfortunately her musician drowned her out.
The smokers - here is one major issue Princess need to sort out. Of the 700 passenger maybe only 30 smoked. At the pool outside they were given a small area and did not bother anyone. In the Casino and the Tahitian Lounge on certain nights they were given an area, but of course smoked out the whole place. When they were not allowed there it still smelt of smoke. We like gambling but could not stay in the Casino it was so bad. Why Princess would allow less than 5% of the passengers to smoke inside and offend the other 95% defies logic.
The tours - we went on one Princess organised tour (Raiatea 4x4 crater tour), and one pre-booked online (Moorea Alberts ATV tour), and two booked at the dock (Bora Bora 4x4 tour, and snorkel and motu tour). Princess tours are maybe 10% more, but guaranteed, and we and others enjoyed them. Albert's ATV tour was unbelievable. They use new Can-Am 500 cc Outlanders, so easy to drive. Our very knowledgible and charming guide Moana took us places a 4x4 could not go. It was the highlight of the entire vacation. The rest of the time (particularily Raiatea and Rangora) we got a bus or boat shuttle to a beach.
The islands - best by far was Moorea which we will return to again and book a beach house. Most disappointing was Bora Bora, as it just did not come up to expectations. It just had the feeling that it was past it's best days. Many resorts closed and in decay.
We and many others stayed in Tahiti or went back to Moorea (on the ferry) for a few days after the cruise. We stayed at the Intercontinental in Tahiti for two nights in an over the water bungalow. Very expensive but worth the memories.
Summary - it's always easier to write about the few issues that Princess need to address than the zillions of things that they do right. It's a great ship, great crew, and in our opinion the best cruise of the eleven we have been on so far. It will exceed your expectations, so overall 5 stars and highly recommended.
 
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BD 7108
The cabin - we had room #7108 which included a balcony. The room and bathroom were spotlessly clean. We really liked the fact that you did not have to ask for extra pillows and extra cloth hangars. The shower water pressure was up to North American standards. We never had to ask for our room to be made up, it was always done in a timely manner. Our cabin boy Albert was just amazing and a credit to Princess. Overall we would give house keeping 5 stars.
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