Destination Hawai’i With Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess: Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay (Dennis Cox’s Cruise Diary)

Day 1, Destination Hawai’i With Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess: Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay November 18, 2019 by Dennis Cox SAN FRANCISCO – The largest cruise ship in the world when it was launched in 1998, Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess carries 2,600 passengers and a crew of 1,150, making it a standard-size ship compared to today’s megaships with passenger capacities nearing seven thousand. Partially refurbished this past March, details for which I will explore in the coming …

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Destination Hawai’i With Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess: Eating Well in the Neighborhood

ABOARD the GRAND PRINCESS – Deciding on where to eat the next meal on a cruise ship is a bit like deciding which neighborhood restaurant to eat at back home. There are choices to be made, and onboard the Grand Princess the choices are numerous. There are two main dining rooms for passengers who like the flexibility of eating anytime within the posted hours. They are on separate decks and appear identical, except for the paintings on …

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Destination Hawai’i With Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess: Aloha Honolulu

HONOLULU, Oahu – Our stateroom on the Grand Princess is on the 12th deck, also known as the Aloha deck. When the elevator door opens on this deck, passengers are greeted with a hearty “Alo-ha!” Undoubtedly the word in the Hawaiian language best known throughout the world, Aloha has a deeper meaning than hello or goodbye. To Hawaiians, Aloha is spiritual, a way to a harmonious life, and is embedded deeply in the culture. The meaning of …

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