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We have cruised a lot and this was my third on Princess so I knew what to expect. Did not expect the upgrade to balcony, and loved it, even on cold days (in and out of Vancouver, brrr). The ship does need some work and refurbishment and it took a couple of days to work out the kinks with the long wait times for anytime dining and the buffet. That said, it was still a very enjoyable cruise. Wish they would bring back the little daily news summaries and cross word puzzles and the library is way too small. Love the little international cafe in the atrium for a quick nosh. The guitarist and the Hawaiian couple were good for entertainment and I enjoyed the lei making classes. The naturalist did a wonderful job, very knowledgeable and lively speaker. This is a good middle of the road cruise and would not hesitate to recommend Princess. We did not take any of the ship excursions since we prefer to do our own thing. Hawaii has beautiful public beaches and efficient, cheap public transportation. We always get souveneirs at the ABC stores and Walmart and they are every where. The staff is very hard working and will do what they can to help you if you have an issue. Loved our room steward. Very much appreciated the self service laundries.

It was Hawaii, what's not to love?

Grand Princess Cruise Review by dwolfe

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2015
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We have cruised a lot and this was my third on Princess so I knew what to expect. Did not expect the upgrade to balcony, and loved it, even on cold days (in and out of Vancouver, brrr). The ship does need some work and refurbishment and it took a couple of days to work out the kinks with the long wait times for anytime dining and the buffet. That said, it was still a very enjoyable cruise. Wish they would bring back the little daily news summaries and cross word puzzles and the library is way too small. Love the little international cafe in the atrium for a quick nosh. The guitarist and the Hawaiian couple were good for entertainment and I enjoyed the lei making classes. The naturalist did a wonderful job, very knowledgeable and lively speaker. This is a good middle of the road cruise and would not hesitate to recommend Princess.

We did not take any of the ship excursions since we prefer to do our own thing. Hawaii has beautiful public beaches and efficient, cheap public transportation. We always get souveneirs at the ABC stores and Walmart and they are every where.

The staff is very hard working and will do what they can to help you if you have an issue. Loved our room steward. Very much appreciated the self service laundries.
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