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Emerald Princess Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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1,737 Reviews

Great way to experience Hawaii

Emerald Princess Cruise Review by mhunsberger

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2019
  • Destination: Hawaii

We wanted to experience Hawaii without long cramped flights. We knew princess cruises are well done and thought it would be a great alternative. It was!

As expected, the service on Princess is outstanding. The crew has a culture of helpful friendliness. Our cabin Steward (Sahu), waiter (Sretten) and assistant waiter (Tek) were all outstanding. Duke, our cruise director, has a wonderful sense of humor and was the most accessible cruise director we've had in a while.

On board evening entertainment was first rate (afternoons a bit sparse). Meals and cabin (club class mini-suite) were as good as we have come to expect from Princess.

Got a chance to see the 4 major Hawaiian islands. Great exposure to the best of each. The stop in Ensenada checked the box to become an international cruise.

We took an independent helicopter ride on the big island that was well worth it. We had enough time after to explore on the hop on hop off bus.

Oahu was the mandatory pilgrimage to Pearl Harbor for the fist time in Hawaii. Moving, as it should be.

Kauai was a tour to Waimea Canyon and the Fern Grotto. Amazing scenery. Well run excursion.

On Maui, we took and Uber to Kaanipali Beach. Beautiful!

In Ensenada, we took a shore excursion to a former casino and a former winery. The tour guide spoke broken English and did not get the group together before speaking. Could have been better.

Overall, great trip.


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Cabin Review

Cabin Club Class Mini-suite D504

Mini-suite was great for 15 day cruise. Bigger bathroom with tub/shower is worth it. Club Class amenities are also a pleasant upgrade. Dining flexibility with the best of the service staff.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Los Angeles

Good starting/ending port. Princess did not offer pre-cruise transfer and lodging package like they do in Vancouver.

Helicopter Tour

Awesome way to see the only active volcanoes in Hawaii. Really helpful after attending the enrichment presentation on board.

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Mighty Mo

A must for first timers in Hawaii. Moving experience.

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Waimea Canyon

Amazing scenery. Well run trip.

View All 136 Waimea Canyon Reviews
Maui

Kaaniplai Beach is amazing. Easy transport with Uber.

Winery Tour

Tour guide spoke broken English and did not get the group together when speaking, so many missed waht she was saying.

View All 64 Winery Tour Reviews

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