Mary Ann Vazquez
Occupation:Customer Service agent
Number of Cruises: 4
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Star Princess
Sailing Date: September 28, 2002
Itinerary: Mexican Riviera
Our first Princess cruise and my expectations were high! Embarkation was terrible! Long lines and basically totally disorganized. I have to say the worst of all other cruises I have been on I didn't let that cloud my judgment, we received our bags very promptly they definitely get an A in baggage delivery. We did utilize the beverage packages that were offered thru room service one soda package and one wine package. It was nice to be able to go back to your cabin in the afternoon and enjoy a drink. The first 2 days were at sea so we did a lot of exploring around the ship. The Star Princess is a very pretty ship we did take the ship tour that was offered and got a lot of background information on the ship. We had to take "personal choice' dining which I do not care for at all!! You never know which table you will be sitting or which waiters you will get so the service is not as good as I have had on previous cruises.
I must say that this was the major disappointment of the cruise. We did locate a table with decent wait staff after about 2 days and requested that table for the remainder of out trip. The entertainment was great! They had a lot of "Vegas style" shows as well as comedians who were all excellent. Our first port was Puerto Vallarta and it was extremely hot and humid! We did not take any of the excursions since we have been there before. Just be prepared to be bothered by the locals for cabs tours etc. If you don't want to be bothered just say no and keep walking. We did some shopping downtown and returned to the ship early since it was so hot. The next port was Matzatlan and again no excursions booked we prefer to go on our own. It was also hot and humid there. Went to town I wasn't very impressed at all its fairly small not much to do there.
The last port was Cabo San Lucas it was much nicer there not so humid and a nice breeze blowing and you could walk to town from the pier (once you tendered from the ship) It was a small fishing village at one time. Unfortunately we had a short time at this port we left a 2:00 so it doesn't give you much time for anything. You could see the sea lions out on the rocks on the way in to the pier they were quite vocal. Then we were back at sea again. We did go to the art auctions where you could get some nice deals on known artists work no pressure to bid if you weren't interested. They also have a nice casino neither my husband or I won any money. The days heading back to Los Angeles flew by we enjoyed sitting by the pool relaxing or walking around on deck. We did see whales and dolphins that was a real treat. When we arrived to LA everyone has to go thru customs inspection before anyone is allowed of the ship! Apparently this is a new policy. Needless to say we did not get off the ship at our assigned time more than an hour late! Thank god we did make our flight but I know it had to be close connections for a lot of the other passengers.
Here's how I would grade this cruise.
Personal Choice Dining-C
Ports of Call-B
I'm only rating the facilities which we used. They had a nice gym & Spa which we did not use. As well as offering movies on several afternoons and evenings. All in all I think Princess does cater to an older crowd. Not much "partying" on this cruise! So if you like a more lively cruise this one is definitely not for you.