Grand Princess Hawaii Cruise April 23rd - Video and Mini Review
We just returned from the last 4-23-2017 Grand Princess Hawaiian Cruise of the winter season. Overall it was a fantastic cruise. The crew was outstanding and the food this trip was good. There were too many positive aspects of the cruise to list in detail, so the few negative items are alittle easier to focus on for this improvement review.
Our room C607 was flooded by our neighbors overflowing toilet. We noticed it after dinner one night, early in the cruise. An attempt to vacuum the water up helped but we slept with wet carpet and towels on the floor that night. The next day our room steward was going to clean it up and new padding was to be installed while we were out for the day. When we returned,there was a large blower fan sitting in the isle as you walk in the cabin pointing to the bathroom door. This was at 1:50pm. Later that afternoon, our steward returned from his afternoon break (we were onthe balcony) and was packing up the blower to remove it. I stopped him and said “what about the rest of the cabin”? He looked at meas if I was kidding, but the carpet by the desk and balcony door wasstill wet. Someone forgot to monitor our cabin while he was on afternoon break, so now we were still going to have wet carpet going into a third day. Long story short, only after I said something, did anyone from the front office call us to see if everything was ok. A ball got dropped on this issue somewhere.
We attended the Chefs table. I have done this before and it was spectacular! This time everything was fantastic except the “main course”. What a massive let down. It was a Beef Medallion with small soft pieces of lobster and béarnaise sauce on top. The beef was not a filet mignon, but a round flavorless chewy chunk of sirloin. The lobster was softlike it was disintegrating? Yuck! “Nobody” at the table ate allthe meat which should have tipped off someone, but being nice people said the food was good. Only after and away from the table did thereal opinions come out. To be honest, the main course looked like amain dining room offering, so nothing special worth a 95.00 price tag. Finally, they assumed I was married to the lady next to me and gave her a cookbook and I got nothing. Oh well!
The coffee card and“Coffee and Cones” Someone at Princess Corp apparently thinks all passengers like Espresso drinks. The Grand has Espresso machines everywhere, but “Brewed Coffee” in only 1 location and that is deck 5. Coffee and Cones the new venue that is very close to the Horizon ct (where people eat breakfast does NOT have brewed coffee and they don’t even open till 10am. The dining rooms, where people eat breakfast do not have brewed coffee. The bars where people go todrink, do not have brewed coffee. The Nescafe syrup they use is soweak! Due to lack of access, after 15 days on the Grand, I had exactly 2 cups of real brewed coffee. My coffee card which “includes”unlimited brewed coffee, is a waste of money since I don’t drink espresso based concoctions. Luckily I mobile but the demographics on these longer cruises just aren't going to travel to deck 5 for coffee every time. The crew onboard agrees with me and doesn’t get it either.
With those issues aired, I posted a cruise clip-video on youtube that I think shows some of the sights and fun stuff we encountered onboard. Enjoy!
Grand Princess Hawaii Cruise – April 23, 2017