Recently, in an article titled "Three Reasons to Order Your Next Cruise in San Francisco", we have written about the fun of part of a vacation in the popular city by the Bay and part of it going to interesting destinations like Hawaii and Alaska. , and the South Pacific. This story is about the cruise we choose to follow in San Francisco.
Choose a cruise
As Mark Twain often points out, it can be a bit chilly in San Francisco regardless of the time of year, so we thought that a hot spot would be another perfect addition to the holiday.
We did an internet search and explored all the cruise routes out of San Francisco during our travel dates, and the princess cruise line was exactly what we wanted – a circular boat from San Francisco to the Hawaiian Islands. We made the right choice and what you can expect if you decide to skip here.
The day before the walk
The day before our trip to the air, we arrived in San Francisco. We toured some of our favorite sites in the city, Scoma, located at Pier 47; We had a lovely dinner at the San Francisco Hyatt Regency, our favorite and always fashionable place. The hotel is located just a short distance from the giant ferry building on Embarcadero and the cruise terminal at Pier 35.
Sailing from the Golden Door
We landed on the side stateroom of the harbor, opened a glass container and went to the verandah to watch the San Francisco sky while the ship was docking. The Ghirardelli square was lit up with all its grandeur, and the famous Transamerica Pyramid Building, among its "square" neighbors,
We could see the Golden Gate Bridge coming over the summer and say goodbye to the old Fort Point as we left San Francisco Bay and the vast blue Pacific. All we can think of at that time is "An excellent way to start a cruise!"
The next stop is Hilo, on the big island of Hawaii. A future article will tell you about the Hawaii call ports in Hilo, Nawiliwili, Lahaina, Honolulu, and the last stop in Ensenada, Mexico, before returning to San Francisco. Are US cruise ships cruising ships in Hawaii at a foreign port like Ensenada? We'll explain in the next article.
This story has many holiday tastes outside of Stars Prince. Note: The Grand Prince now replaces Stars Prince on Hawaii Road outside San Francisco. They are sister ships, so the differences are minimal.
The Prince of Stars has several luxury bands along the ship. The Grand Suite is a 1,314 square feet clean renovation with walk in closet, spacious bathroom and a large balcony. These elegant excavations are for the truly fortunate among us.
In addition to luxurious guests, the sets are Sabatini & # 39; The exclusive restaurant is provided with additional features such as breakfast – here you can start your day with a free "breakfast mimosa" and choose other good dishes from an extraordinary breakfast menu. . We expected the service to be perfect and it was.
Did you know that the famous champagne and orange juice "Mimosa" was first created and named after the Paris Ritz in 1925? The name is a mimosa plant with bright and numerous yellow flowers.
There is also a cocktail and special nosh parties in the afternoon and before dinner, where the passengers of the suite get in and mingle with the shipwreckers.
Care for a quiet dinner for two people? The abundance of room service offered on a ship is the high level of seafood and high privacy.
Suite passengers are also provided with priority seating and unloading via the Elite / Suite Disembarkation Lounge. While visiting ports that require a beach start, suite owners are provided with priority tender discount tickets – a time-saver connection.
Time to eat
It's time for our first lunch on the Star Prince's deck. The first night on a cruise ship is a casual affair, so after a little cleaning we went to the Portofino Dining Room No. 6.
Maitre d & # 39; htel was engaged in organizing the process of showing the first dishes to the designated tables. Remember when everyone was eating early or late? These days you can have a traditional lunch or decide to eat at the time you choose. Both practices have advantages – it is a matter of personal pleasure.
After a luxurious dinner, it was time to open our party on December 6 and 7 at the Princess Theater. The first show was all about extravaganza. The two-story large theater was packed but cozy and everyone was enjoying plenty of music.
After the show, we toured the Lido deck before returning to the stateroom. We weren't ready for bed, we turned on the TV and watched our first movie in a closed-circuit movie library. It was a reminder of the current Grant and Deborah Kerr roles – a tailed tearjerker with a plot starting on a cruise ship. Could there be more apropos for admission?
Days at sea
The first call from Hilo took four days to reach our port. We drove 2,003 nautical miles (2,303 trunk miles) from San Francisco. Time passed quickly.
The days at sea can be calm and exciting – this is your choice. You can shop endlessly in countless ships and other boutiques. You can visit the Internet Café to get acquainted with emails, listen to chamber music and attend live art auctions. An exercise at a spacious gym, a seaside workshop, pizza, a hot dog or a hamburger, or a chance to test your luck at the Casino?
Brushing your teeth is another option, enjoying the indulgence of dirty Spa, hanging out in one of the pools and chatting while enjoying the entertainment you choose in many bars and lounges. It is possible to watch movies overseas or closed, read the library carefully, read and of course, eat.
Master of the ship
We had the opportunity to meet the captain of the ship one day at sea. On our sails was Edward Perrin, a Dorset from England. As is usually the case, Captain Perrin was a birthdate and was very eager to share his experiences on the ship and at sea.
We always ask the sea captains what they love best from their work. Captain Perrin said he enjoyed most of the lives of people – both crew and passengers. He gave an example to an elderly couple who was saving their lives for a cruise. He was approached by a problem he had no money while on a trip. Captain Perrin wrote a list of "free" jobs a couple can do on a cruise vacation. They rejoiced, and the good Captain was equally pleased – he made his day and he never forgot the feeling of help.
When it comes to passenger services, an important member of the crew is the General Manager of the Hotel. Prince of Terry Lynn was Cybuliak and helped greatly in our entertaining discussions.
As we have seen in previous cruise articles, ship captains are contracted for years to be master of months, not years, and are therefore often transferred from the ship to the ship. Keep an eye out – you'll find Captain Perrin at the start of your next Princess cruise.
Focus on the bridge
After our meeting, Captain Perrin invited us to join the bridge. The ship's bridge is operated 24 hours a day by two officers working four hours on a three-hour system every day. It is interesting to witness the vast array of complex systems that operate these mega ships in a controlled and quiet environment. Replacing the traditional steering wheel with a small joystick on the desk continues to amaze us.
Dining in private restaurants
All the meals at the Star Prince and other cruise ships on this subject are quite delicious. It is amazing that seafood chefs can cook thousands of meals a day.
People always ask, "If all the meals are included in the cost of the cruise, why should anyone pay extra to eat in a private dining room?" The answer is pretty simple – something a little extra for intimacy and an important event.
Each specialty restaurant has its own kitchen, so you need to pay more attention to the cooking and presentation. The waiters are less likely to attend, and the common practice is to eat at a really nice restaurant. The extra charge is never wasteful and the experience is valuable.
Avoid disappointments, book specialty restaurants in advance.
We have enjoyed many walks over the years and Princess Cruises is one of our favorite lines. For the first time, cruisers offer a pleasant introduction to cruise holidays and offer experienced cruisers a great choice of accommodation and amenities. No matter what your wallet dictates, a Princess Cruise will provide a good value for your holiday dollar.
San Francisco International Airport is approximately 20 miles from Cruise Terminal or Hyatt Regency and is a $ 65 taxi ride. Your travel agent or Princess Cruises can also arrange transfers from the airport, but if you have two passengers, we recommend taking a taxi, which is a lesser problem.
One last note
The San Francisco Cruise Terminal is currently located at Pier 35. When the American and American Cup headquarters receive a stake from Pier on September 27, 2013 – the United States will (hopefully) change after winning the Cup.
After a quick break and adding a new park in the area, the fully upgraded cruise terminal at Pier 27 will be able to handle larger ships and will come with extensive views of the city, including Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower, Ferry Building. and the Bay Bridge.