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Age: 71

Occupation:retired

Number of Cruises: 14

Cruise Line: Princess

Ship: Sapphire Princess

Sailing Date: 2011-04-27

Itinerary: Hawaii

Not do again, Too many days at sea 4.5 each way. Ports, ships service, cabin, and food overall good. This cruise had many seniors 80-90 (geriatic cruise) who had much personal service available. Pre boarding with electronic complance of documents effective, use of EZ Air good, EZ check for departing luggage service great idea, however canceled due to security concerns by NTSB. Lot of HEAVY people who ate their way to Hawai and back. Not possible for some to fit in shower (my view) so watch out for hot tubs occupancy.

Dinner decent selection, warm, service fair. Anytime dinning not anytime. recomend advance reservations, for several days advance. Walkins limited. Must wear long pants, no shorts. They push drinks and bottled water, and urge coffee card purchase. Buffet dinning in Horizon Bfst, lunch decent. Fresh fruit limited to canned peaches, pears, apricots. Fresh pinapple available, must cut away quartered husk. Coffee in Horizon way too strong, however in dinning room same coffee was decent. Matter of brewing strength by staff in dinning, we usually diluted with water. Fresh made omlettes, Belgin waffles good. Service in Horizon very good as this cruise had many, many seniors of limited mobility, and staff literally put food selected on tray and accompanied to table, for many seniors, who took advantage. Several wheel chairs, scotters, walkers.

Cabin, normal Ocean view. Shower as usual, cleanliness and service very good. Suggest booking cabin in center of ship as 2 days rough seas each way.

Not enought to keep you busy, music hi brow, strings abound, need more selection as 50-80's date Cruise director near invisible, staff worked hard. Entertainment sub par. Decent shows were in Explores lounge limited capacity and full many nights, some seniors went to repeat performances, and no room for first timers, Shows should have been in Sappire theatre. Some craft activities were charged for materilas. Art auctions too many and boring.

Did my own thing by renting car, as previous visit and easy to drive around. Booked Luau and whale watching on web, saved $$. If visiting Arizona memorial need to get there early or book thru cruise excursion as tickets are no charge, but limited time slots. best shopping in HNL, or Maui, look for ABC, or Hilo Hatties stores HNL. Maui. Be well aware of ship departing times, as few people were left at pier 45 minutes after posted departing time. Not ships fault, just plain stupid to think ship will miss port depart slot and next Island distance to be covered.

Enjoyed most, however never again 14 days to Hawaii, rough seas 2 days each way. BTW tip: If seasick try buying inhaler on board ship store called "Quezze Ezze" $20 well worth if needed. Met many nice people and shared experiences. Princess needs to improve entertainment quality, and please get somone who speaks good ENGLISH for anouncements. Many Brits and French on cruise as Euro is up.

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