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  1. Thanks you for the fair comparison. I've checked Trip Advisor and I think both choices would be nice. The overwater bungalow at Hilton Moorea is about the same price as staying on Tahiti plus I'm a Hilton Honors Diamond which would be worthwhile for late check out and other perks. I really want to keep the travel arrangements simple, otherwise the Hilton Moorea would be an easy choice. Tempting ....
  2. Thank you for the replies. Looks like staying on Tahiti is the best choice for convenience. Heartfelt, you seem to like the IC but do you have any insight on the Tahiti la Oro Beach? I guess this used to be a Le Meridien property. I'm also concerned that we might not be able to swim from the over water bungalow as there is a lot of coral in the shallow waters below. Anyone able to confirm this? Yes, we are on the same sailing October 15th with several other couples from Seattle. Look forward to meeting you onboard!
  3. We will be taking our first trip to Tahiti in October on a ten day Princess cruise. We want to spend one night in an overwater bungalow before flying home and we actually will have almost two full days since the ship disembarks very early and the flight home leaves near midnight the next day. I have already booked an overwater bungalow at the Tahiti la Ora Beach (Sofitel) on Papeete. This seems like a good spot and obviously would be very simple getting there and then to the airport. The cost is about $800 so similar to the overwater bungalows on Moorea. So I’m looking for opinions regarding changing our reservation to either the Hilton Moorea or Sofitel Moorea which both seem to have excellent reviews. Is it worthwhile to schlep luggage on the ferry to Moorea and also going back to airport the next day earlier (last ferry around 6pm) rather than staying in Papeete hotel right up until the time to head to the airport? Thanks in advance for your insight.
  4. We went to Secrets last week and it was excellent. The lunch was really good and the service was fantastic. Some of the drinks were just ok, I tipped every time a few bucks and then gave him a $20 and the drinks got much better.
  5. We took a Pedicab to The Office last week and it was $10 plus tip. After scouting out the Office, we decided to go next door to Mango Deck as they had beach lounge chairs and umbrellas. We found the food and drinks were good and the service excellent. They do bait and switch a bit on the drinks so be careful what you agree to as the menu prices are with the cheaper liquor. Beer is safe and they have 2 for 1 and 5 bottle deals. The tableside made Guacamole was really good as was the Ceviche. We were there all day and lunch and drink cost us about $100 but it was worthwhile. You will have the numerous beach vendors hassling you all day selling their wares. They are pretty relentless. Nothing against the Office but it seems more of a sit down restaurant where Mango is better suited for kicking back on the beach.
  6. Sorry, I did not take any photos.
  7. Just off the Nieuw Amsterdam and they did add one really good appetizer in the Tuna Tataki. Our main course steaks and seafood on three nights were extremely disappointing. Tamarind was excellent on all three nights which salvaged the dinner portion of our cruise. In hindsight, we should have dined at Tamarind all 7 nights.
  8. Well, if the Tamarind can consistently achieve excellence on the larger ships, why can’t the Pinnacle Grill? We almost switched our reservation on the last night from Pinnacle to Tamarind but we thought there’s no way possible to get three bad meals in a row on the same cruise. Shame on us for giving them a third opportunity.
  9. We just got off the NA in San Diego and had a very nice cruise. As usual, the service was outstanding. Embarkation in San Diego was a breeze and the terminal is small and basic. Our signature suite was well appointed and the cabin stewards Sandri and Heru were awesome. The adult seaview pool turned into the kids pool. I heard there were 400 kids onboard, way more than we’ve ever witnessed onboard a HAL ship but it is Spring Break. There simply was not enough room in the Lido Pool to handle the volume of kids. Unfortunately, that made the aft pool kind of crazy and not very adult friendly. It seems like very few people realized the aft pool is for the adults and there is less signage than in the past. We decided to stay onboard the ship in Mazatlan and had a great relaxing day at the Seaview pool as most got off the ship. We had three dinners at Tamarind, three at Pinnacle Grill and one on our balcony. Tamarind was excellent as always but the Pinnacle was well below expectations on all three dinners. We’ve always been fans of PG and typically eat there multiple times on every cruise. I’ve always regarded them as on par with our top steakhouses in Seattle. Our first two dinners the quality of the beef was really not good. Grainy filets and grisly Rib-eye and Porterhouse. Decided to try seafood on last night and that was an even bigger disappointment. My wife’s Halibut was dry and not flavorful. My Scallops were cold and bland. I would have expected better in the MDR. I let the Maitre D’ aware of our overall experiences after our third underwhelming meal. He was apologetic and offered new meals that we declined. I brought this up as we prefer HAL for their fine dining as well as we are stockholders. I’m hoping this was simply an anomaly but three dinners in a row is not a coincidence. Hopefully they can get this corrected soon. This is our third HAL cruise in the past 12 months and we had nothing but good experiences in the Pinnacle in the two prior cruises (Oosterdam and Eurodam). Disembarkation went smoothly and was well organized. Overall this was a good cruise that could have been much better. Our allegiance to HAL may have taken a little hit even though we just got to 3 star Mariner status. I would be interested to know other people’s opinion on Pinnacle Grill. Anybody else see a decline in quality or did we just catch them on an off week?
  10. Just got off the NA and we had the tent side. Easy embarkation today and overall a decent cruise.
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