Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Star Princess
Sailing Date: March 15th, 2003
Itinerary: Mexican Riviera
Wow! What a beautiful ship! She
was an impressive sight just looking at her from the parking lot.
We arrived at San Pedro Harbor from Riverside, Ca. Normally an hour or so drive. But the day we departed it was pouring down rain. Go figure! Curbside service was very efficient and when we got inside it only took about 15-20 minutes start to finish and we were onboard! Too bad it was raining because it would've been alot more fun as we left port.
We had had a Dolphin Deck mini-suite and it was truly wonderful. Decorating was subdued and tasteful. The bathroom was a delight with a full tub with shower and room enough to actually shave your legs in. The closet space was very ample and our bed was comfortable. They had left plenty of extra pillows and blankets too.
My husband liked the two TV's and I enjoyed the extra couch and chairs and especially the big balcony.
Our cabin steward was friendly and very helpful and he was there within 40 minutes of us getting into our cabin. He offered to get us our robes and some fruit. Nice touch.
We explored the ship for about 2 hours and I'll have to admit that prior to the cruise I had studied the lay-out to some extent so I was pretty familiar with where things were. So much so that my husband was duly impressed! They provided a small fold-up card with the locations so it was easy even without having studied so hard!
The ship never seemed crowded. The most people I saw at one time was before the Captain's dinner and that was because of all the picture taking.
We had Anytime dining and were pleased with not having to wait in any long lines. I think the longest we waited for dinner any night was about 10 minutes max. I would suggest that if you don't like to wait at all, either choose fixed dining or go later in the evening. I think next time we will choose the fixed dining if only because I prefer getting to know my tablemates and having the same waitstaff every night.
I only found one time where the service was partially lousy and that was the the last morning we were at sea. The staff had to be prompted to refill our coffee cups several times and seemed more interested in chatting amongst themselves. But that was the only time.
We really enjoyed brunch at Sabatini's and am looking forward to seeing the staff there again when we cruise to Alaska next summer. Hi Katarina! Brunch was leisurely and fun. The staff humored us with taking our pictures and posing with us.
We also enjoyed the shows. Although not Vegas caliber, it was entertaining and I was not bored. We also went to Karaoke night several times and joined in on Tropical Party night on the aft decks for late night partying on Tuesday night. Wow that was a great time!!!! Love those "Drinks of the Day"! Seriously though, we had a wonderful time and hated to see it end.
Our ports of call excursions were fun, especially the 4-wheel drive expedition into the Sierra Madre with Noma our guide! My husband went golfing in Mazatlan and he was not impressed at all. It was way too windy and the greens were super fast. He is a fair golfer with about an 80 average score. Next time he'll leave the golf clubs at home. We also enjoyed the snorkeling in Cabo. I had been told by others who had done this itinerary that Cabo is the only place that you can depend on for great snorkeling. The other ports the water was too rough and murky. It was my first time snorkeling and it was easy and we really enjoyed the sailing part of our excursion too.
If anyone wishes to ask any questions, feel free. I'm happy to help! Also, with the tipping being included I felt it was much easier. We did throw in some extra loot for our cabin steward as he really went above and beyond for us (and most times we didn't even ask for things....he knew before we did!).
Overall, I'd give it an 8.5 out of 10. Food could've been a bit better, but there was never a crowded feel, and we had a blast. If you're bored I would have to say you must be a boring person! Have a blast and Bon Voyage!