Number of Cruises: 6
Cruise Line: Princess
Ship: Star Princess
Sailing Date: April 24th, 2005
Itinerary: Western Caribbean
Great cruise! We booked cabin c-103 (Caribbean deck) and were delighted to find out that our balcony was a good size (10 x 10 I'd say) If you book your Caribbean deck cabins forward C 100 through C104, there are no balconies above you, so these are pretty private and a perfect size. (half covered, half open) The best part of our cruise!
My husband and I are fortunate, and never get motion sickness, and yes, the first 2 days the ship rocked a bit, we did hear other people mention that it was bothering them.
We arrived at Port Everglades at 11:20am, there was a line outside (about 100 people), as the doors didn't open till around 11:35. However, we did our pre-booking on line, and were in our cabin by 11:50. The lines moved quickly once the doors opened.
I love the way that Princess has made the closet space off to the side of the bathroom. This space allows you to get dressed in a spacious area. I will admit that the shower is the smallest one that I've ever been in....don't drop your soap, or shampoo! Ha!
The room size was comfortable with plenty of storage space.
Entertainment was terrific. The Broadway show was well done, the comedian very funny, and the singer/trumpet player from down-under, was exceptional.
Food: will rate this 1-10 (10 being excellant)
Horizon Court: 6
Main Dining rooms: 8
(I had read previous reviews about the coffee and brought my own! You can purchase a plastic Melitta coffee filter holder and buy size 2 filters...these fit well in your suitcase, along with your favorite coffee! It only takes a moment to brew your favorite brand, as they have the Hot Water up at the coffee bar!)
I still don't understand why Princess hasn't taken these reviews seriously, and make a better coffee!
Our room steward Hector was a perfect steward! He knew our first names immediately and always had a warm smile with his hello's. Our room was always clean and whatever we asked for was there the next time he came by.
The restaurants also had excellent service with a smile. We never had a problem, and had personal choice dining. I'd like to mention that we never waited more than 5 minutes to be seated. 2 times we asked for a table for 2, and were seated within 5 minutes.
We ate at both Sterlings and Sabottini's.
The service was excellent at both places, but just want to mention that Sabottini's really do a wonderful job serving the many courses.
It's great having the choice of 4 pools.
The pool in the forward part of the ship is great because very few people either don't know about it, or just don't like going forward. (maybe it was just the week we were on, but very few people used this one)
The aft pool is also nice, allowing adults only.
Then there's the covered pool (nicely air conditioned), and next to the Horizon Court.
Princess Cays: this is a great stop, beautiful, and relaxing!
Very uncomfortable atmosphere here. I don't know why Princess stops there.
We missed Grand Cayman because of an incredible rain storm that washed out roads in Montego Bay, causing 200 Princess cruise people to be stranded for over 8 hours on buses w/no bathrooms! I know Princess can't help the weather and felt very bad for those 200 people!
I was disappointed that we were only given a $12. credit towards the missed port!
Cozumel: This is a favorite of ours, with great snorkeling and beautiful beaches.
Lots of different things to do here too.
Disembarkation: SAD, but well organized. We were off the ship by 9:am and have no complaints about this.
My favorite part was the deck. I enjoyed every sunrise and sunset that came our way, along with breakfast out there too. This was a great week, with only a few things to complain about. I would return to Princess (we've cruised on Celebrity (the BEST), RCI, and the Grand Princess)
Hope this helps someone out there!