Relaxing Cruise to Hawaii and Back

Grand Princess Cruise Review to Hawaii

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Grand Princess

15 Night Hawaiian Islands (San Francisco Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 14, 2018

Ship: Grand Princess

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: B721

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Highly recommend this trip. We didn't know just how much we would like it, worried about all of the Sea Days, but all in all, it was a truly great trip.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Under the Golden Gate Bridge. Spectacular!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Truly 5 Star.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
They were just okay, but I didn't do many of them, so that's why the OK. I wasn't interested.

Entertainment

2 out of 5
The musicals and muscians bring this score up, as did the magician. The two comedians we heard, were not great...the last one, offensive/devisive and my husband almost walked out.

Children's Programs

We had no children on the cruise.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Loved them all!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The Grand Princess is aging, and you can tell, but it was still a good and clean.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It was roomier than I had expected and always cleaned up so nicely by the steward.

Ship tip

Don't forget to have Tea in the afternoon at the DaVinci. Save room, however. We were never not full on the trip. ;)

Ports of call

San Francisco, California

5 out of 5

Honolulu, Oahu

5 out of 5
A good long time in port allowed for a good visit to many sites. We used the GyPSy app as we drove to Pearl Harbor, then the Dole Plantation, over to the Pali, Hanameua Bay and inside of Diamond Head Crater. A great day.

Lahaina, Maui

5 out of 5
Love this port, but almost down rated it some because we would have liked more time to be able to drive to Hana on our own. We rented a jeep and almost got to Hana before turning around. We used theGyPSy app on a phone to have a guided tour on the road to Hana.

Nawiliwili, Kauai

5 out of 5
We rented a jeep and drove ourselves around. We used the GyPSy app to give us a guided tour of the area. We were on this island 36 years ago, on our honeymoon staying at Poipu Beach. This was where we headed to for snorkeling, which happened to be the only beach not under a "brown water watch" after the torrential rains that Kauai had the week before.

Hilo, Hawaii

5 out of 5
We had an excursion with a local who drove us up to Volcano, where we saw hot lava from the Jagger observatory! He took us to off the beaten paths to see steam vents and explained things that we had never heard about (Pele's tears and hair). Saw the Thursten Lava Tube then he took us to Hilo to the Mauna Loa Nut Factory, Hawaiian Candy Factory and black sand beach, where we saw 4 turtles sunning themselves.

Ensenada, Mexico Did not visit port

This port did not interest us. We just took a nap.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Quick. Easy. Efficient.
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