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My husband and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon 49 years ago, and we thought it was time we went again. This cruise on the Crown Princess seemed appealing, as we enjoy sea days and it was convenient for us and my husband's brother and his wife, who traveled with us. We live in the Los Angeles area and rode to the port with Uber, arriving early, about 11am. We were on board in practically no time, found our rooms already made up, and went to have a quiet lunch in the dining room. The ship is well laid out with good passenger flow. We didn't find congestion to be a problem. There were always places to sit around the ship and lounge chairs around the pool. We sometimes found elevators to be slow, but we usually used the stairs anyway. Food on the ship was good. We almost always ate breakfast in the Horizon Court and enjoyed the variety there. I particularly liked the made-to-order omelets and the muesli. We ate one morning in the dining room but found variety lacking. The dining room was excellent, however, for lunch and dinner. We used anytime dining, showing up about six and rarely had to wait much time at all. The service was excellent and the food tasty. I had one meal with grisly, tough lamb chops but can't complain about anything else. We found it amusing that butter was the topic of conversation at many of the meals, as it is now served to each person by a waiter instead of having it in a bowl on the table. Some of our table mates were quite miffed by the change, but we understand the desire to curb waste. We occasionally used the International Cafe and the Triton Grill, which always pleased. The meal we had in the Crown Grill was the best of all, of course. All four of us ordered one of their steaks, but we showed interest in the lobster as well, so we were served both. We enjoyed much of the entertainment on board, especially the music. There were some very fine musicians providing a variety of music throughout the cruise. We attended many of the shows in the theater, skipping a couple that we had seen before, and smaller-scale shows in the Explorer's Lounge. Most were good. A group of young Hawaiian dancers came on board and performed the night we were on Oahu that impressed us. We particularly liked the Enrichment and Destination lectures. The three-part presentation on Route 66 was a hit. The theater was always full for that one. Service was great from most everyone. Our steward Hank was outstanding. He actually supplied our robes before we went to bed the first night. Usually we have to wait at least a day to get them. He was eager to please and kept our room clean and well supplied. We did some shopping on board, as we had on-board credit, and found some disinterest in the sales people there, but generally all the staff we came in contact with were pleasant and helpful. The only excursion we purchased was on Hawaii, the big island, to Akaka Falls, a botanical garden and zoo, and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. Our tour guide/driver was fun and interesting and we enjoyed it. The falls and surroundings were particularly beautiful. On the other islands we either walked about or took public transportation. Our debarkation in Los Angeles was the smoothest we have ever experienced. We were told to be in the Wheelhouse bar at 8:30. At exactly 8:30 our group was called to collect our luggage and go through customs, and at 9:00 we were entering our Uber vehicle.

Enjoyable cruise; good service

Crown Princess Cruise Review by Cache Trekker

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2016
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Interior
My husband and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon 49 years ago, and we thought it was time we went again. This cruise on the Crown Princess seemed appealing, as we enjoy sea days and it was convenient for us and my husband's brother and his wife, who traveled with us. We live in the Los Angeles area and rode to the port with Uber, arriving early, about 11am. We were on board in practically no time, found our rooms already made up, and went to have a quiet lunch in the dining room.

The ship is well laid out with good passenger flow. We didn't find congestion to be a problem. There were always places to sit around the ship and lounge chairs around the pool. We sometimes found elevators to be slow, but we usually used the stairs anyway.

Food on the ship was good. We almost always ate breakfast in the Horizon Court and enjoyed the variety there. I particularly liked the made-to-order omelets and the muesli. We ate one morning in the dining room but found variety lacking. The dining room was excellent, however, for lunch and dinner. We used anytime dining, showing up about six and rarely had to wait much time at all. The service was excellent and the food tasty. I had one meal with grisly, tough lamb chops but can't complain about anything else. We found it amusing that butter was the topic of conversation at many of the meals, as it is now served to each person by a waiter instead of having it in a bowl on the table. Some of our table mates were quite miffed by the change, but we understand the desire to curb waste. We occasionally used the International Cafe and the Triton Grill, which always pleased. The meal we had in the Crown Grill was the best of all, of course. All four of us ordered one of their steaks, but we showed interest in the lobster as well, so we were served both.

We enjoyed much of the entertainment on board, especially the music. There were some very fine musicians providing a variety of music throughout the cruise. We attended many of the shows in the theater, skipping a couple that we had seen before, and smaller-scale shows in the Explorer's Lounge. Most were good. A group of young Hawaiian dancers came on board and performed the night we were on Oahu that impressed us. We particularly liked the Enrichment and Destination lectures. The three-part presentation on Route 66 was a hit. The theater was always full for that one.

Service was great from most everyone. Our steward Hank was outstanding. He actually supplied our robes before we went to bed the first night. Usually we have to wait at least a day to get them. He was eager to please and kept our room clean and well supplied. We did some shopping on board, as we had on-board credit, and found some disinterest in the sales people there, but generally all the staff we came in contact with were pleasant and helpful.

The only excursion we purchased was on Hawaii, the big island, to Akaka Falls, a botanical garden and zoo, and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory. Our tour guide/driver was fun and interesting and we enjoyed it. The falls and surroundings were particularly beautiful. On the other islands we either walked about or took public transportation.

Our debarkation in Los Angeles was the smoothest we have ever experienced. We were told to be in the Wheelhouse bar at 8:30. At exactly 8:30 our group was called to collect our luggage and go through customs, and at 9:00 we were entering our Uber vehicle.
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Interior
Cabin IC E316
We chose an inside cabin E316, which we found very convenient. This cabin and one other were surrounded by space used by the crew, and we weren't sure what kind of noise to expect. We discovered it was used to store luggage on the last night of the cruise before being taken off the ship, and we heard absolutely nothing until that last night when there were two or three muffled thumps before we went to bed. We were never disturbed by noise otherwise on the cruise. The only complaint was cool water in the shower on the last morning. We do like the "walk-in" closet and having our clothing hanging there as we exit the bathroom. The thermostat worked well and we were able to keep the cabin comfortable. The bed was terrific.
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