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We have been on 12 cruises before this, half of them on Princess, but we had never been on a cruise with so many sea days before (10) and were a little worried we'd get bored. We were never bored, but we were relaxed and enriched. We absolutely loved the Hawaiian Ambassadors, Rowena and Brian, and their presentations, hula and ukelele lessons, and warm, friendly attitudes. There was always something to do, or we could just read or explore the ship. The Star was beautiful and the service and food were terrific, as has always been the case for us on Princess. We had some minor irritations with crowded conditions in the buffet and Piazza areas, and a couple times could not get seats at the theater. The long line to get back to the ship's tenders in Lahaina was unexpected, but part of the problem was rough seas and wind, so the tender trips were limited. We both really loved our Princess excursions: Vocanoes National Park on Hawaii, Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Grove Farm Homestead on Kaua'i and historical/cultural walking tour in Lahaina, Maui. We had a few exceptional tour guides, we learned a lot, and enjoyed our time ashore. There was apparently an outbreak of Norovirus that the ship's crew had to deal with by using extra sanitation procedures. We did not get sick, but we were quite careful about washing our hands and not touching surfaces unnecessarily. What really bothered us was the large number of people who still cough or sneeze into their hands! PEOPLE, USE A HANDKERCHIEF OR YOUR UPPER ARM--NOT YOUR HANDS, PLEASE! We saw so many that coughed on their hands then touch doorknobs or rails, thus spreading whatever they had. We also got a report from our tablemate who witnessed several people leaving the bathroom without washing their hands. Ugh. We were happy with our choice of traditional dining, early seating, at a table for 6, which gave us 4 nice new people to get to know at dinner. Our balcony room was fine, though we think we felt a bit more ocean movement than usual because we were crossing open ocean, our stateroom was quite a bit forward, and high (deck 12). We really enjoyed the theater and other entertainment around the ship: comedians, singers, musicians, dancers--all great! We even attended all of the lectures by a noted forensic specialist on crime solving methods like DNA and fingerprint analysis. We were surprised to see these included on the ship's schedule, but found them very interesting. There was a small annoyance at debarkation. They called our color group to leave the ship before all of that group's luggage actually made it to the claim area, so we had a 20-minute wait while they brought out the rest of it.

Great Relaxing Cruise to Hawaii

Star Princess Cruise Review by whippetwanderer

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2016
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We have been on 12 cruises before this, half of them on Princess, but we had never been on a cruise with so many sea days before (10) and were a little worried we'd get bored. We were never bored, but we were relaxed and enriched. We absolutely loved the Hawaiian Ambassadors, Rowena and Brian, and their presentations, hula and ukelele lessons, and warm, friendly attitudes. There was always something to do, or we could just read or explore the ship. The Star was beautiful and the service and food were terrific, as has always been the case for us on Princess.

We had some minor irritations with crowded conditions in the buffet and Piazza areas, and a couple times could not get seats at the theater. The long line to get back to the ship's tenders in Lahaina was unexpected, but part of the problem was rough seas and wind, so the tender trips were limited.

We both really loved our Princess excursions: Vocanoes National Park on Hawaii, Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Grove Farm Homestead on Kaua'i and historical/cultural walking tour in Lahaina, Maui. We had a few exceptional tour guides, we learned a lot, and enjoyed our time ashore.

There was apparently an outbreak of Norovirus that the ship's crew had to deal with by using extra sanitation procedures. We did not get sick, but we were quite careful about washing our hands and not touching surfaces unnecessarily. What really bothered us was the large number of people who still cough or sneeze into their hands! PEOPLE, USE A HANDKERCHIEF OR YOUR UPPER ARM--NOT YOUR HANDS, PLEASE! We saw so many that coughed on their hands then touch doorknobs or rails, thus spreading whatever they had. We also got a report from our tablemate who witnessed several people leaving the bathroom without washing their hands. Ugh.

We were happy with our choice of traditional dining, early seating, at a table for 6, which gave us 4 nice new people to get to know at dinner. Our balcony room was fine, though we think we felt a bit more ocean movement than usual because we were crossing open ocean, our stateroom was quite a bit forward, and high (deck 12). We really enjoyed the theater and other entertainment around the ship: comedians, singers, musicians, dancers--all great! We even attended all of the lectures by a noted forensic specialist on crime solving methods like DNA and fingerprint analysis. We were surprised to see these included on the ship's schedule, but found them very interesting.

There was a small annoyance at debarkation. They called our color group to leave the ship before all of that group's luggage actually made it to the claim area, so we had a 20-minute wait while they brought out the rest of it.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BF A222
This is a very adequate standard sized balcony stateroom with no couch or tub. All was as expected and very comfortable. We did have one slight problem with the toilet becoming very slow to flush, but it was fixed after one phone call to passenger services.
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