Hi, I did this cruise last year and the cruise itself was fantastic although the flights for us were also a big concern, you have to fly long haul for london to Los Angeles which is about a 11 hour flight, from there to Honolulu another 5 hours, we were advised to spend a night in LA which we did and was a good way to break tge journey up, we also extended our stay in Honolulu before the cruise which again I reccomend as the island is beautiful. Returning the journey is even longer 8 hours from papete to LA so again we stayed a night in Los Angeles. The flights are long but the cruise is absolutely worth it and you'll soon forget about them.
My husband, sister and brother in law sailed on Tahitian Princess 2005 from Papeete to Honolulu, fab cruise and holiday. The flights are long, although we stayed overnight in LA which helped, on the return went straight through, but I would prefer to stay overnight on the return possible in San Francisco or LA to cut the journey short, or you could fly to New York and do a few days there. Cruise was fantastic, Tahitian Princess is a great ship, small but very friendly (as are the Hawaiians) weather superb, hot but with a gentle breeze,all in a fab cruise and I would recommend it. Marion Ford Cardif.
Make sure you check your flight times - when we left the TP in Papeete Princess booked the flights and we had to leave the ship at 12.15 on the evening we docked.
Hope you are luckier than we were with the weather in January - yes I know it is the rainy season - but every day.
Hi,Many thanks for your answer Stiles, this is a big help in me planning this cruise. Please can you tell me how many nights you spent pre cruise in Honolulu and where you stayed? Was it expensive? What time of year did you cruise and what was the weather like please?
Hello Marion, thank you for your comment to my question. Can you advise me if you arranged your own flights or if Pricess arranged them could you choose if you wanted to fly into LA or San Francisco? Please can tell me what time of year you travelled? Many thanks Juli.
Many thanks Perry for your comments. You don't appear to be too happy with this cruise. I just hope that the weather in September/October will be better than what you experienced. Did Princess arrange all your flights for you and if they did were you given flight options on getting back to the UK? I wonder if it would be better to arrange ones own flights? Does anyone have suggestions or an experience please that they could share with me? Many thanks Juli.
Please can Stiles from Ledbury, Marion Ford from Cardiff and Perry who answered my question - Tranter, Burton On Trent please see my replies by clicking on answers to my question about the Tahitiam Princess please comment further. Thank yo.
Hi, we are planning on taking the same cruise and patiently waiting for the new brochure prices due 3 September. Given that this is such a long haul and given that delays in us airports are not uncommon, and fights from papeete cannot be that regular, we certainly will be booking through Princess. If I were booking the flights myself I would want to ensure that I was in Honolulu a day or two ahead of when the ship is due to sail. We are really looking forward to this one and all the indications are that the cruise will be superb.