Star Princess Cruise Review by PBK49
- Sail Date: October 2019
- Destination: Hawaii
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Vancouver to Vancouver Boarding and demark and daily weather conditions
The best place to stay if coming in a day before the cruise to Hawaii is the Pan Pacific Hotel. This is a 5 star hotel with great location. Cost by taxi from Vancouver International Airport to the Hotel was a fixed cost of $36 Canadian. Leaving the hotel for boarding the ship is very simple and less stressful. Call the hotel bellmen and they will assist you in attaching the cruise luggage tags and then transport them right to the ship for processing and loading on your ship. Taking their elevator down to the CS level leaves you less than 500 steps from the start of the cruise ship check in process.
Checking in is a 3 step process: security screening, US customs and then cruise check-in. Check in starts at 10.30 and I would recommend getting there sooner than later. People with disabilities are processed quicker and a Nexus cards speeds up the US customs process. We did it all in less than 30 minutes.
The ship left the port at 4.30pm. The captain warned us that the seas would be rough the next 24 hours with swells to over 4 m.
It rained all day of the check-in process but stopped by 7pm. Recommend to take warms clothes for the first 2 sea days and bring some seasick medicine – you can buy some on ship and the medical center on the ship and also offer some assistance.
Day 2 (first sea day)
Overnight the seas were quite rough and remained rough most the day with some easing late in the day. Mostly cloudy in the early morning then clearing to some clouds, temperature remained below 60F. All the pools were closed but people still watched the movies under the stars and ate in the outside areas.
Day 3 (second sea day)
Seas have calmed down with the temperature rose up to 66F today and mostly cloudy skies with some sunny periods. Winds still persistent. One hour back tonight for time change.
Day 4 (third sea day)
It was a perfect sea day with calm seas, sun/clouds and light winds with temperature of 72F. One hour back tonight for time change.
Day 5 (fourth sea day)
It was a fantastic sea day and sunny skies with great temperatures of 76. No hour change tonight.
Day 6 (fifth sea day)
Last sea day before Honolulu and the weather was great with temperatures around 82F mostly sunny with calm waves and light winds. There was a one-hour time change night – behind.
Day 7 (Honolulu, Oahu)
We had a great day with excellent weather 85F humid with some clouds. Did island circle tour by Tours by Locals – tour guide Marie – excellent island tour.
Day 8 (Nawiliwili Kauai)
Hot and sunny day 87F humid, mainly sunny with isolated brief showers. Did the Waimea Canyon / South Side Tour by Tours by Locals – tour guide Noah Friedberg.
Day 9 Lahaina (Maui)
Hot and sunny day 89F humid, mainly sunny with isolated brief showers. Did the road to Hana and the helicopter ride back – great tour - Tour by Princess Cruise Line. This is our favorite Hawaiian island.
Day 10 Kona (the Big Island Hawaii)
Today was cloudy, humid with sun and temperatures around 78F with passing showers. We did a Kona side island tour with Tours by Locals – tour guide Scott who was very good.
Day 11 Sea day
Today was cloudy, humid and windy with some sun and temperatures around 78F. Seas were a bit rough today.
Day 12 Sea day
Seas were rough last night and today. Sunny today with clouds, windy with a high of 75F.
Day 13 Sea day
Seas were a little rough today with sunny skies and temperatures around 70F
Day 14 Sea day
Foggy, cloudy, windy with some sun and a temperature of around 65F
Day 15 Sea day
Rough seas with cold, foggy, cloudy windy day around 58F.
Day 16 Vancouver – time to leave the ship, head to the airport and fly back to Toronto (Burlington home). Rainy cold day. Getting off the ship was well organized and took very little time. We able to easily get a taxi to the airport which is the fastest and least expensive option.
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