Enroute to Hawaii & Tahiti on Dawn Princess - Any questions

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#1
Australia
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Hi Everyone,
If you'd like to know anything about this 35 day cruise or the latest on the Dawn Princess, just post here. Something new onboard...a scan of your cruise card on this special computerp near the purser's desk produces a print out of your ship account, so there's no need to bother the purser. A top idea.
We are having our Equator party today (Sunday) and arrive in Hilo in 3 days (April 25).
Hello Bob and Kay. Toni's tour was great...he is so much fun. And yes, he hopped into that famous sandwich.
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2016 Emerald Princess: Tasmania
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2011 Star Princess: S.America-E.Caribbean
2010 Sun Princess: SE Asia
2009 Dawn Princess: Papua New Guinea
2008 Tahitian Princess: Tahiti
2008 Sun Princess: New Zealand
2006 Pacific Star: Vanuatu

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Hi Anna
Did the same cruise last year, so hope you gave a great time.
GooD idea about the printout, especially on a longer cruise
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Hi anna,
great idea with print out will save so much time for passengers and staff

Please keep us posted as we are doing the trip 2013 on sea princess
How's the weather please?

I'd like to know also what' hot and what's not as far as ports and tours go
also any paper work on places or things to see, maps etc etc etc would be great. I'd be happy to pay for postage when you get home

Please keep in touch

B&B
#4
Queensland Australia
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Emerald Princess had this feature when we sailed on her last year. It all worked very well until the printer ran out of paper. It took quite a while before someone realised the problem and loaded some more paper in the printer.

So if you see a very long queue, avoid it and come back later when the paper has been replenished.
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Is 35 days too long ? We have only done the 12-18 night cruises in the past, and seeing as i am in the process of looking at a cruise to hawaii via tahiti and fly home i thought i would ask.

I think i could handle 35 days at sea but not sure about the other half.

35 days at sea means 35 days i am not at work!! gotta love that thought.
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#6
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B&B , Weather has been sunny mostly, a bit of wind up on deck for 7 of the 11 sea days so far and we are 2 days before of Hilo. Today' temps are suppose to be 20-25 which is delightful. Our hottest so far was a day before Apia, Samoa and it was 29 then.
I'll be putting together a very comprehensive review at the end and will keep in touch.

Poppetts,
We've worked up to the long cruises (last one was 28 days) so shouldn't find the extra week too long. I think having ports sandwiched between sea days helps on longer cruises. This is a great itinerary for just that. I'm more the port person, DH is all for sea days, so we get the best of both worlds.
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Completed Cruises:
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2016 Sun Princess: Fiji
2016 Sun Princess: Queensland Coastal
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2012 Dawn Princess: Hawaii & Tahiti
2011 Star Princess: South America
2011 Star Princess: S.America-E.Caribbean
2010 Sun Princess: SE Asia
2009 Dawn Princess: Papua New Guinea
2008 Tahitian Princess: Tahiti
2008 Sun Princess: New Zealand
2006 Pacific Star: Vanuatu

19 cruises - 275 days at sea

Upcoming Cruises:


Golden Princess - Hawaii and Tahiti - August 2017
Regal Princess - Canada and New England (Historic America 1A) - October 2018
Royal Princess- Canada and Colonial America (Maple Explorer 2B)- October 2018




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#7
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Great to hear the weather has been good, was also going to ask about the longer cruise and whether it is too long. My in-laws are sailing with you, hope everyone is having a fantastic time.
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Thank you we are so envious and counting our days but as a withdrawal "hit" we are off to the south pacific in a few weeks for 11days.
hoping that will keep us going until 2013.....lol!

Enjoy the cruise for us too!

wish we were sitting on deck 7 listening to the water hit the bow and enjoying the calm blue waters or watching the wake snake behind us in a blue and white foam............oh! dream on B&B

Will be interested in your review......keep us posted


ENJOY!
#9
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Do you go to Kauai? And if you chooce to go into town.....Is it a hassel with shuttle bus..or is it a walk off port....
Any mosquitos around.... and keep having a good time!!!
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#10
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Originally posted by poppetts
Is 35 days too long ? We have only done the 12-18 night cruises in the past, and seeing as i am in the process of looking at a cruise to hawaii via tahiti and fly home i thought i would ask.

I think i could handle 35 days at sea but not sure about the other half.

35 days at sea means 35 days i am not at work!! gotta love that thought.

We did the same cruise on the Sun Princess in September 2009 - 35 days is fantastic. Only bad thing was coming back to reality after so long on the ship. (having to cook, clean, shop etc.)

Ralph
#11
The Hunter Valley, Australia
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At the ports Do they bring on local Dancers for a evening show...ie Hawaii as it is a long day port?
Sorry for all the questions...
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#12
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Looking out at Maui from the IC.....ahhhh

Hilo yesterday was fabulous with our private tour (Ainatours).This is the 'wettest' port and we had some light drizzle/mist in a few spots. It gets down to 19C in the higher altitudes, so if you feel cool in those temps , take a cardy. Don't miss the Volcanoes National Park...Rotorua pales in comparison. It was National Parks Week so our entry was free (normally USD 10 /vehicle).

For those who just like to shop, Hilo Hattie provides a free shuttle.

Immigration check was dreadful. Those who arrived at their assigned times were in for a 90 min wait in the queue. There were 20 people lined up at 6.15am. We arrived at 6.45 (an hour before our time slot and had a 45 min wait to be procesed). If you have a tour booked on this day, I would suggest you get to the Vista at 6am or arrival time, regardless. The purser offered no special treatment for us as a CC group.

So far the only dancers on the wharf were in Samoa. They were there at docking and departure (put on a firedance in at 7pm). I think there will be Polynesian dancers nboard in Raiatea or Papeete as we are there until the wee hours.

There are no mozzies (even when in rainforest areas), but flies around food in Tonga.

We are almost half way through the cruise and personally it's not too long. I'm a port person and can easily handle the 4-5 sea days in between the ports.

We do go to Kauai and have a tour organised there , but I will try to see how the ground lies with a trip into town.

Hope that's of some help to you planning this cruise. I'll be back here after Kona. Internet is best before 7am.
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Completed Cruises:
2016 Emerald Princess: Tasmania
2016 Emerald Princess: New Zealand
2016 Sun Princess: Fiji
2016 Sun Princess: Queensland Coastal
2015 Pacific Princess: Alaskan Cruisetour
2015 Pacific Princess: Pacific Coastal
2015 Pacific Princess: Panama Transit

2014 Emerald Princess:Mediterranean Medley
2014 Emerald Princess: Baltic Heritage

2013 Diamond Princess: Sydney - Beijing
2012 Diamond Princess: Bangkok - Sydney
2012 Dawn Princess: Hawaii & Tahiti
2011 Star Princess: South America
2011 Star Princess: S.America-E.Caribbean
2010 Sun Princess: SE Asia
2009 Dawn Princess: Papua New Guinea
2008 Tahitian Princess: Tahiti
2008 Sun Princess: New Zealand
2006 Pacific Star: Vanuatu

19 cruises - 275 days at sea

Upcoming Cruises:


Golden Princess - Hawaii and Tahiti - August 2017
Regal Princess - Canada and New England (Historic America 1A) - October 2018
Royal Princess- Canada and Colonial America (Maple Explorer 2B)- October 2018




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#13
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Originally posted by Kinkacruiser
Looking out at Maui from the IC.....ahhhh

Hilo yesterday was fabulous with our private tour (Ainatours).This is the 'wettest' port and we had some light drizzle/mist in a few spots. It gets down to 19C in the higher altitudes, so if you feel cool in those temps , take a cardy. Don't miss the Volcanoes National Park...Rotorua pales in comparison. It was National Parks Week so our entry was free (normally USD 10 /vehicle).

For those who just like to shop, Hilo Hattie provides a free shuttle.

Immigration check was dreadful. Those who arrived at their assigned times were in for a 90 min wait in the queue. There were 20 people lined up at 6.15am. We arrived at 6.45 (an hour before our time slot and had a 45 min wait to be procesed). If you have a tour booked on this day, I would suggest you get to the Vista at 6am or arrival time, regardless. The purser offered no special treatment for us as a CC group.

So far the only dancers on the wharf were in Samoa. They were there at docking and departure (put on a firedance in at 7pm). I think there will be Polynesian dancers nboard in Raiatea or Papeete as we are there until the wee hours.

There are no mozzies (even when in rainforest areas), but flies around food in Tonga.

We are almost half way through the cruise and personally it's not too long. I'm a port person and can easily handle the 4-5 sea days in between the ports.

We do go to Kauai and have a tour organised there , but I will try to see how the ground lies with a trip into town.

Hope that's of some help to you planning this cruise. I'll be back here after Kona. Internet is best before 7am.
hi Anna, i thought Hilo would be dreadful with the immigration and last year people were still getting processed at midday

have anyone had problems bringing on wine or is it still one bottle per voyage

glad you are enjoying your self and we'll be in Noumea with the Pearl on the 15th may and if you get off and have nothing planned give us a call and we can go for coffee

bob
#14
Orewa , Auckland , N.Z.
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Hi Anna, Been following you on the web cam. Looks like you have a great day in Lahaina today.Found this cam which shows the tenders from Dawn Princess coming and going.



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#16
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Fantastic shots, David. Are you sure you are not actually there????

Anna, the immigration debacle is off-putting. I think you'd be taking a risk to prebook and prepay a tour.
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Originally posted by Sandielle
Fantastic shots, David. Are you sure you are not actually there????

I am watching this one. It pans around, but its pot luck as to what you see .

http://www.lahainagalleries.com/?WEBCAM
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Originally posted by Sandielle
Anna, the immigration debacle is off-putting. I think you'd be taking a risk to prebook and prepay a tour.
Yes, that's why if we did a cruise that includes Hawaii, I want to go from the USA down or do it from Hawaii down.
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