Beginning at SF was our reason for taking this cruise. We also wanted to see Hawaii again. Third, we liked the length of the cruise: 15. We three entered the ship expecting all things would be excellent; we had positive attitudes and, sure enough, the vacation was excellent.
We found many things to do given there were 15 days and nights to do them. My son, the artist in the family, spent countless hours drawing wonderful pen and pencil sketches of the staff in our restarurant. Eventually, be began giving them away. Staff was overjoyed and the relationships were enhanced. One lead server said he sent a photo copy to his wife, she liked it, and she planned to frame and display it.
We liked the islands and enjoyed the ship when it did its tight, slow turn on Kuai. My daughter became horribly sick when she rode on a ship tour for snorkeling at Maui. It was to be a 5 hour on water dive and they increased it to 6 while she vomited the whole time. When she returned, she remained sick that night and got up the next morning able to go have breakfast. The tour leader apologized and sent her a bottle of wine. She doesn't drink.
I'm not a complainer, I know people get sea sick, and may I suggest something for Princess to pursue regarding passengers who do water-related tours? Why not encourage island entrepreneurs to estabblish small water taxi services so that passengers fallen sick can leave in first minutes of illness. When passengers buy a tour ( say, $150) they can option to buy the quick recovery insurance (say $25) and be returned to where the ship's small boats are working or to the pier. Others not insured and who need the service costs whatever depending on the entrepreneur.
As a wrap up, part of our happiness was due to our suite C424. We liked its size, the balcony, the layout, and the perks that came with it. We had speedy boarding, and departure, as well. All in all, it became a vacation we expected on boarding.