We've cruised with Princess before and four other cruise lines. We have Princess as our vacation of choice. We actually have done this cruise before on the Grand Princess. And, will be sailing on the Star Princess at least three more times before she is reassigned later this year. When living in France and Singapore we went with local cruise lines, but they didn't compare to Princess in terms of Ship accommodations, itinerary, food or staff services.
We selected a cabin with an unobstructed view. We have made this cruise before on the Grand Princess, and going this early in spring, across the Pacific Ocean, at 20+ knots or 23 miles per hour, you don't really sit out on your balcony for very long. Once you are in the islands and the warmer climate, a balcony is very worth while. But, we had chosen extensive shore excursions, so we wouldn't be sitting of a balcony anyway.
We lived in Hawaii for about a year back in 2008 so we already know much of the history and culture. But, Dr. Anne, the naturalist's talks about culture, history, fish and animals and details about each island were excellent, and we learned even more.
Tikki Dave and his wife are wonderful entertainers, trainers [hula and ukulalee] as well as making nut necklesses. Great fun, but mostly they provided hours of entertainment.
Other entertainers, the commedians, impersonators, singers and the production shows were supurb. Overall, the Star Princess is feeling her age, will be getting a spruce up this summer, but she is still a wonderful experience with a wonderful crew. Great food in the Princess fashion of excellence and we're already booked 3 more cruises on her because she still shines in the Princess tradition which is as good as it gets on the seas. Hope to see some of you in March-April and again in September aboard the Star Princess, you won't be disappointed.
The cabins in this area have unobstructed views. However, we didn't know that they also have two bunk beds mounted on the walls next to the queen bed which made getting into and our of bed very difficult. On the positive side, the cabin was very convenient on the Plaza deck, just a few steps from the Piazza, International Café, Vines Wine Bar, Capri Dining room, Internet Café and Library. We could go the other way about 50 feet and get to the elevators [lifts] directly to the Princess Theater or the Horizon [Lido] deck, with very little competition for elevator traffic.
Whale watching gave us excellent off shore views of Maui and we saw some whales up close. Getting near the end of the season and the activities were less than we've seen before but still worth the experience. Still a beautiful experience and still plenty of time to explore the shops and great lunch on shore.View All 70 Whale Watching Reviews
City tour was great: some around the city of Hito, then to a nice waterfall and on the the Macadamia nut plantation, tasting and shopping. On around the shore with great commentary about the history and culture of the island. Well worth the doing.View All 21 City Tour Reviews
We took the Isand Shore excursion through Honolulu, to
Diamond Head crater, inside, on around past Hanauma Bay [closed for cleaning on Tuesdays], past Kailua Town and view of Kaneoha Town from Pali Point high in the Koulau Mountains where King Kamahmaha finally conquere the last island to unit the Hawaiian people. Great overall tour.View All 32 Great Island Circle Tour Reviews