The Tahitian Princess

Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
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Trip End May 15, 2011


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Friday, May 15, 2009

Tahitian Princess - Ship Description

At 594 feet long, Tahitian Princess carries only 670 cruise-goers between the tropical islands of the South Pacific, including the celebrated shores of French Polynesia and Hawaii. This Explorer-class ship offers all of the luxuries, amenities, and services of today's mega-liners--without the crowds. While onboard, passengers enjoy Personal Choice cruising options and features.

A wide range of facilities are available to passengers, including a library, reception hall with grand piano, traditional country lounge, and even duty-free shopping. Indulge in soothing beauty and massage treatments at the Asian-themed, full-service Lotus Spa or get in a workout at the adjacent fitness center. Take a dip in the swimming pool or indulge in the poolside barbecue and pizzeria. The outdoor jogging track is open to the sea breezes and, from the track, you can watch as emerald islands come into view.

Dining options onboard Tahitian Princess are varied, with a choice of four restaurants. The ship's open-seating policy allows passengers to eat where and when they please. The Club Restaurant offers dancing and fine dining in an elegant atmosphere, while the Italian restaurant boasts romantic ocean views and classic Italian cuisine. The Grill steakhouse and Panorama Buffet provide passengers with casual dining environments. Guests onboard can enjoy three full-scale revue shows, with Broadway, Vegas, or New Orleans jazz themes, a casino, comedians, magicians, game shows, and karaoke round out the list of quality entertainment.

Personal thoughts on the Tahitian Princess

We boarded the Tahitian Princess but disembarked on the Beautiful White Lady. Captain Stefano Rabera always referred to the ship as the Beautiful White Lady and as we accepted and used the term, it turned from our ship to our home away from home. She is one of the smaller ships in the Princess Fleet. The ship was very well maintained and she was always dressed to the nines. Her weather luck in ports was legendary, an even those few times that we had rainy weather in ports we forgave her as she was always working on our behave. Even though she was a lady, she was not afraid to go into exotic and sometimes dirty ports. In Rabual, she waited patiently under a constant light dusting of volcanic ash as we explored the harbor. By days end, she was coated in gray ashes that darken her exterior but not her heart. She was quickly bathed and back to the Beautiful White Lady.

Being a small ship and on a long cruise, we soon was able to recognize all of the world cruise passengers and most of the staff as they did us. The experience was like living in a small community that was able to move around the world. We were able to see the far and exotic sights of the world while remaining at home. We were able to visit the world and share our experience with our seagoing family.

She was able to cross the roughest waters without causing us any major stress. Her size enabled us to go into smaller areas than most Cruise Ships could go. She was able to carry us across the enormous Pacific Ocean and thru the many seas that make up the much of the blue waters that cover the globe, We were carried to the farthest and most remote areas of the world to places like Easter Island. We were carried as far south as the Tasmanian Sea and as for north as the Bearing Sea. We were securely carried thru dangerous waters like the pirate infested waters of the Gulf of Aden hours after an American Cargo ship fell to Somali Pirates.  She carried us thru the great canals of the world; the Panama and the Suez canals.  She carried us over the Great Barrier Reef and thru the exotic east. She introduced us to many of the diverse peoples that make up this beautiful planet on which we live.  She carried us thru the natural and man-made wonders of the present and the past.  She carried us across the equator where we were transformed from polywogs to shellbacks. She carried not only across great distances but across time as we sailed over the International Dateline and lost a day that we will never see again. She carried us on our voyage of a life time. The Tahitian Princess would undergo a dry dock transformation and return to the seas as the Ocean Princess. This was the only world cruise that the Tahitian Princess would share with her passenger and crew family.

Below are just a few of the photos se took of the White Lady and around the White Lady that we experience on our cruise. She was our home on a cruise around the world.  Many more images were captured by our cameras and our minds.
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