Interesting trip to Hawaii

Star Princess Cruise Review to Hawaii
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

4.2 out of 5
Star Princess

15 Night Hawaiian Islands (Los Angeles Roundtrip)

Sail Date: October 25, 2017

Ship: Star Princess

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Cabin Number: E217

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 11 months ago

Review Summary

Great ship and service, but I'm headed back to Carnival for future cruises. Hawaii is not suitable, in my opinion for partial day visits. In most cases there are tons of places to go but either not enough time or no affordable ways to get there.

Embarkation

3 out of 5
I'm still a bit perturbed that Carnival corp allows its subsidiary lines to ignore the trips taken on their sister lines when it comes to status and perks. It discourages potential customer from varying their cruise experiences.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The food on this ship is really good in the main dining rooms and specialty restaurants. The buffet on the lido deck is so-so. But in some cases it isn't very good at all. You can tell that the people cooking the american standard breakfast items don't eat them. The bacon is hard and brittle and not one day was the french toast soft enough to cut with a fork. The service in the main dining rooms is great and the scheduling choices are flexible. The service on the lido deck is pretty good too.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
They seem to plan lots of activities and some were interesting. Others were the typical cruise fare, Art seminars, Jewelry promotions etc. There weren't any high energy activities outside the lounge, in there it was due to the great 4 piece band and singer (Fusion). Not sure why but the ship seems to shut down at 11:30pm. As an example of how the activities could be better, the ship has a rear skybar with an excellent view and a lighted floor dance area. They didn't even see fit to post a DJ there for a single evening. It was used during the day by a few people but at night when the lounge acts ended at 11:30 this would have been the perfect spot for the party crew but it was manned by a couple of bartenders that liked it really quiet.

Entertainment

4 out of 5
As usual they book qualified musicians, singers and dancers for the cruise. I wish they were more party oriented but I guess that is what the Carnival line specializes in.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Great people, they seemed to be happy to work on the ship. No need to say anything more

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
A really beautiful ship it was in great shape and I saw no malfunctions or items that would suggest a lack of attention or neglect. The MOTS screen was put to good use.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Better than average accommodations. The walk in closet area made my day.

Ship Tip

Be flexible and bring something to entertain yourself with in case the events on board are not to your liking.

Ports Of Call

Hilo, Hawaii

5 out of 5
They allowed local tour guides to visit the dock and collect passengers for day excursions. We were entertained by an expert guide with loads of information.

Honolulu, Oahu

2 out of 5
The ship sponsored excursions were about the only tours available. They have a couple free shuttles to Hilo Hatties or WalMart, but they only go to the shopping area and back. You have to rent a car to get out and see the island, taxis were only point to point. No independent tour agents were allowed on the docks. We didn't get to see anything except the shopping area near the docks.

Nawiliwili, Kauai

4 out of 5
I was able to find a tour provider but you really had to look hard and travel to a shopping area to find them. No independent tour agents were allowed on the docks.

Lahaina, Maui

3 out of 5
No independent tour agents were allowed on the docks. I think some of the local taxi drivers were talking deals but they only had minivans available so the prices turned most people off. We didn't get to see anything except the shopping area near the docks.

Ensenada, Mexico

5 out of 5
Typical of the non American cruise destinations. Lots of excursions available at the docks. Plenty of shopping opportunities and the usual natural attraction surrounded by vendors. Of course the food and drink were featured everywhere.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
They were quick to get us off the ship and our luggage was easy to find.
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