Headed to Hawaii on Grand Princess Feb 17th, 2015

Here at CruiseTalk we are excited to announce our next cruise blogging opportunity.   We are headed to Hawaii on the 15 day Round Trip to Hawaii cruise on the Grand Princess from Los Angeles.   Here’s a look at the itinerary:

Princess Cruises
Grand Princess
15-Night Hawaiian Islands, Los Angeles R/T
Day Date Port Arv Dep
Tue 02/17/15 Los Angeles, California – Embark – Times subject to change   04:00 PM
Wed 02/18/15 At Sea    
Thu 02/19/15 At Sea    
Fri 02/20/15 At Sea    
Sat 02/21/15 At Sea    
Sun 02/22/15 Hilo, Hawaii 09:00 AM 06:00 PM
Mon 02/23/15 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 07:00 AM 11:00 PM
Tue 02/24/15 Kauai, Hawaii 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Wed 02/25/15 Maui, Hawaii 07:00 AM 06:00 PM
Thu 02/26/15 At Sea    
Fri 02/27/15 At Sea    
Sat 02/28/15 At Sea    
Sun 03/01/15 At Sea    
Mon 03/02/15 At Sea    
Tue 03/03/15 Ensenada, Mexico 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Wed 03/04/15 Los Angeles, California – Disembark – Times subject to change 07:00 AM  


This itinerary is very similar to the cruise we took 10 years ago on Celebrity Infinity from San Diego.  However this cruise will have a full day in Ensenada in lieu of the second day on the Big Island in the port of Kona.

This will be our first cruise with Princess and we are excited to be able to experience the amenities and activities that Princess offers.   We love the fact that with the Princess Aloha Spirit program, the Hawaiian experience begins from the moment we will step on board in San Pedro, Port of Los Angeles with Hawaiian themed entertainment and enrichment activities.  Elua, the husband and wife team of Faline and David will serve as musical and cultural ambassadors to unique islands of Hawaii, teaching hula and ukelele lessons and providing great Hawaiian music through out the cruise.   The cruise will also feature Hawaiian themed movies, lei making classes and Hawaiian themed deck parties.   On board in Honolulu, the ship will feature a hula performance by one of the islands’ most prestigious hula schools.  Princess features Hawaiian themed menus and buffets on all of their Hawaiian, so guests can get a “taste of Hawaii” as well.

Unlike my last cruise to Honduras and the Yucatan, we do not have any specific excursions planned.  We have visited Hawaii several times and want to enjoy the cruise aspect of this cruise rather than the touring options.   So instead of booking excursions, I have compiled a list of easy and inexpensive (or free) things to do in each port.   We’ll still get to experience a bit of the islands, just in a more laid back way than a bustling excursion every day.

Our ship the Grand Princess should be a treat too.  Grand Princess, the first of the Grand Class ships, no longer has the “shopping cart handle” Skywalkers lounge on the aft of the ship.   When originally built, the lounge was constructed of steel, where as subsequent builds of the same class utilized aluminum.   The weight of the steel construction caused the ship to sail bow high and created drag and vibrations.  Princess removed the lounge during dry dock in 2011 and added a new night club on deck 15 called, The One5, after the deck location.   The ship features many of the elements for which Princess is known including Movies Under the Stars,  indoor and out door pools, specious lounges and multiple dining venues.

Tune into our blog starting Feb 17th where we will be posting daily updates and reports about the Grand Princess Hawaii cruising experience.