Our last cruise was the Hawaiian round trip out of Los Angeles five years ago on the Island Princess, and ever since, we’ve discussed how we would love to do this cruise again. Since then, the 15th day and the port of Kona were dropped from the itinerary. Unfortunately, when we sailed in 2005, Kona was the one port we had to miss due to high waves that caused the Captain to decide not to tender there. Even then, we wanted to repeat this cruise. All those sea days on a Princess ship and Hawaii to boot adds up to a great vacation.
After the rough years that my husband has had since then, including his mother’s terminal illness, he certainly has needed a fantastic vacation. But he needed to feel ready himself; until then, he felt he wouldn’t be able to enjoy himself.
A couple of months ago, he asked me if I thought there would be available cabins for this year’s holiday cruise to Hawaii. I didn’t think so as back in 2003, we had tried to book this cruise and it was already sold out some months before. In the meantime, we'd decided to go with an Alaskan cruise the next year on one of the new ships. After that cruise, we booked the Island Princess 13 months prior to its 12/22/05 sailing date.
Even though I thought it would be fruitless, hubby suggested we could check it the late December 2010 sailing out anyway. I went on the Princess website and checked the avails for the Golden Princess, 12/22/10 sailing. All of the inside categories were waitlisted.