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Star Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1378 reviews
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Easy Cruise from Vancouver to Hawaii and return to Vancouver

Review for Star Princess to Hawaii
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sunchaser2010
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2019
Cabin: Interior

As we live in the Vancouver area we had a friend drop us off at Canada Place port. It took a bit of time and patience to get through security but then is was a quick embarkation. After having lunch we went to our cabin to find our luggage waiting for us. The emergency drill location for us was the Princess Theatre. It was very well organized and no need to bring life jackets. It is well worth it to get the "Coffee Card" to be able to have specialty coffees and a better cup of brewed coffee in the Piazza. We enjoyed the Enrichment Lecturer, George McGuire. He was very informative and entertaining. I did a few of the crafts, played cards and Mah Jong on the sea days. We went on a tour of Honolulu that we arranged at the port. The $50 each price was a lot better than the ship's tours. The Pearl Harbour Memorial was our last stop, before being returned to the ship. We were not able to see the "long movie" (all tickets - they are free, had been already given out) but we checked out the two small museums and they were good - also free. In Nawiliwili we walked to the nearby shops and enjoyed the picnic / park area and boardwalk. We decided not to get off the ship in Lahaina as we had spent quite a bit of time prevously in Maui, and this port required a tender. We enjoyed a peaceful time on the ship. In Hilo, we went to the farmers market and ate lunch at the "Pineapple" Bar. We had Pulled pork sliders and Pineapple cider and ale. The bus back is cheap, but takes a long time so it is better to get a taxi or Uber and share the cost with another couple. Back on the ship we participated in putting, ring toss and paper airplane contests. Daniel Oliver was a great singer and piano player in the Crooners Bar. We really enjoyed this cruise because of all the Canadians on board, over 2,000. A lot of passengers were from the Vancouver area. Princess provided us with a traditional Turkey dinner for our Thanksgiving and had a special trivia and Canadian Name that tune that evening. We chose the Walk-off option so we were off the ship before 8am. We took the Canada Line to Bridgeport station and then a bus home. Sure beats having to fly.

Cabin Review

Interior

We liked this cabin because it is close to almost everything. It is near the front of the ship but even though we had some rough seas, being low in the ship we didn't feel it like those higher up. We would walk through the Art Gallery to the International Piazza. Our dining room was just the other side of the Piazza. Two floors up and we were in the Theatre. Getting on or off the ship was just one floor down, no need to wait for the elevator. As I am sensitive to light, I like an inside cabin. (I still have to cover the light from the TV, the peep hole and at the bottom of the door at night)

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