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  1. We re thinking of a 10 night Sea of cortez cruise on this ship . What do you like & what did you dislike about being on this ship ? TIA for your replies
  2. Star Princess 5/26/19-6/2/19 We flew into Seattle Saturday and stayed at the Crown Plaza right across the street from the airport. We took their free shuttle but you can walk if you want to. IT really is right across the street. The breakfast was buffet but had cook to order eggs. It was good and the cost was about $17 per person. We previously booked Seattle Express for pick up at hotel and return to airport after cruise. They give you a discount for booking round trip and booking your pick up early. We paid $85 for the 3 of us round trip. We were picked up about 9:15 am and got to cruise terminal about an hour or so later. We were allowed in and quickly checked in and then sat and waited for our number. We were in Club Class Mini Suites so we had priority boarding. We were on the ship probably by 11:15 at the latest. The ship was docked port side. As soon as I got on the ship I went straight to guest services and signed up for the Behind The Scenes tour of the ship. More on this later. We booked a Club Class suite. It was very comfortable and I would probably do it again if there wasn’t a big difference in cost between this and the mini suite. We had originally booked Mini Suite and was able to upgrade for about $19 per person. Many times on the Cruise Critic Forum I have seen people ask if they will allow someone that isn’t Club Class or Suites into the CC dining room and we did see them turn someone away even though he was with someone that was CC. Personally I think they should do this. People pay extra for this little perk either by cruising every other week or in actual money. It’s a perk that is paid for. If they allowed everyone in that came with a friend or family then it kind of devalues the perk and makes me wonder why I should pay extra. I do know that if I hadn’t paid for it I sure wouldn’t expect them to bend the rules and let me in. This is a hot topic and I don’t mean to open a can of worms here. Just wanted to give a heads up on what I observed. On another note, we don’t dress up and we went to the dining room in jeans every night except one of the formal nights and had no problems getting in. Another can of worms I know. Now back to the cruise and the important stuff…..We went to the Horizon Buffet and grabbed some lunch and then our room was ready. We were in Dolphin 501, pretty much in the center of the ship. I was surprised at how quiet it was in that area. There were 3 of us and it there was more than enough space for us to put up our clothes etc. Lots of cabinets, drawers etc. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. My granddaughter slept on the pull out sofa and it was okay. She is about 5’7 and she said her feet hung off. I don’t think two adults or older children could sleep on this together. The only complaint about the room is it was warm to us at night. We like to sleep in a very cool room. Also, the only other minor complaint was how long it took for room service to answer the phone. Once they answered they delivered the order pretty quick. We had dinner in the Club Class dining room and the service and food were really good. They do have one special dish each night that isn’t on the menu. We went to the show and got there around 7. The show was a dancing and singing show and really enjoyed the show. It did get crowded pretty quick and there were people standing by the time the show started. I would suggest getting there early for the shows. Monday was a sea day. We ate breakfast in the Club Class dining room but after Monday ate breakfast at the buffet. You can get made to order omelets at the buffet and it was quicker. For lunch on most days we got the hamburgers or pizza. We mostly just walked around the ship, watched a couple of movies and relaxed. There are two pools, one outside and one covered and there were people swimming in both pools. Monday evening we ate at the Crown Grill Steakhouse and we were very pleased with our meal. After dinner we watched the Movie under the stars. It was Aqua man. It was a good show but the problem is it doesn’t get dark until close to 10:30 so some of the dark parts of the show were a little hard to see. It was chilly and probably to some actually cold. The deck attendants brought blankets around. I would suggest getting two, they are kind of thin. We also go hot chocolate but got it from the International Café because we didn’t realize until Friday you could actually get hot chocolate from the bars located on deck 14. We had the Soda and more package which included the hot chocolate. The ice cream station is also located close by and we did enjoy that while we were wrapped up under the blankets. They also provide popcorn at the ice cream station during the Movie Under the Stars. During the day there was a presentation by a Naturalist and it was really interesting. Tues-Ketchikan. Ship docked Starboard side. Beautiful sun shiny day. No rain and the temperature was in the upper 60’s. That is awesome for us people from the south where it is already hitting close to 100 degrees. We ate in the buffet then got off the ship for the lumberjack show. Its an easy walk. We booked through the ship to use up our OBC but you could easily book at the site. It’s a cute show. After it was over we walked back to the ship to get ready for our next excursion. We did the Rainforest 4x4 Family adventure booked through the ship. We took a tour of the forest, had pancakes and s’mores at a campsite and then continued on for the rest of the tour. It was nice and peaceful in the forest. We ended up being the only ones and that was a bonus. By the time we got back to the ship we really didn’t have much time to do any sightseeing in town. On a previous trip we took the Bering Sea Crab Fishermen’s tour and it was awesome. We booked this through the company instead of the cruise ship. It was cheaper. Wed was Juneau and glacier day. Ship docked Starboard side. Another beautiful day. We took the excursion the left from the ship when it got close to the glaciers. It’s the Tracy Arm Fjords Scenic cruising tour. You will get on a catamaran and leave the ship behind and meet back up with the ship in Juneau. We were able to get within about a half of a mile of the Sawyer glacier. They said sometimes they can get within a quarter mile but the ice was too thick this time to get any closer. We never saw the ship at the glacier so I am not sure how close they were able to get or if they were even able to see the glaciers. This excursion leaves Sawyer glacier and goes to S. Sawyer glacier. I am sure it probably changes depending on the ice conditions. After leaving the glaciers we cruised along the coast line and were able to see beautiful waterfalls and wild life. We didn’t see any bears this time but we did see lots of sea lions, seals and a whale. We docked back with the ship at about 1:30. They do offer refreshments for a cost on the ship and the burger was awesome. Once back at the ship my husband and granddaughter left for the helicopter ride to the glaciers and dog sledding. They said it was amazing. Watched movie under the stars again and it was The Greatest Showman. They also show these shows sometimes the next day in the theater. One night they showed Mama Mia, not sure if it was the 2nd one or not, we didn’t go but I do know they also showed this in the theater the next day. They had a magic/comedian show and it was pretty good for the evening show. This may have actually been Tues night, I don’t remember, I just remember it was good. Once again, get there early. Thurs was Skagway-Shipped docked Port Side. Once again another beautiful day. We didn’t have rain our entire trip. Here we did the Kroschel Wild Refuge tour. You take about a 45 min ride on a Fast Ferry then another 45 minute ride on a bus to get there and do the same coming back but the tour itself is awesome. Learned lots about animals, got to kiss a moose, feed reindeer, see a wolf, fox, bear and other animals. The driver of our bus was very informative about the area and on the ferry we did see a whale and some sea lions. I would highly recommend this tour. This is a wild refuge so the paths are not very even and the bathroom is primitive. Also just a heads up, it is a pretty good distance from where we docked to the end of the pier regardless of where you are going. They do have a shuttle from the ship to the end of the pier and back for the handicap and or elderly. There is a smart bus that will take you into town but we didn’t ride this so I really don’t have any info about where it stops etc Friday was another sea day. They have a show called Culinary something or other that if you didn’t know better you would think it was a culinary show and may not be interested. It is a must see show. It’s the staff putting on a show and some parts of it are hilarious. I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes at some points. It was put on Friday morning. We just relaxed for the rest of the day. Saturday is Victoria. Ship docked Port side. We didn’t dock until after 7 pm and it was close to 7:30 pm before we could get off. It’s a really short visit. You only have about 3 or 4 hours in port. There is a nice gift shop as soon as you get off the boat and that’s what we went to then got back on the ship. Saturday morning we took the Behind the Scenes Ship Tour. The cost is $150.00. However, you do get one of their really nice robes, an apron, pictures and a couple of other things delivered to your room in the afternoon. We were offered snacks in the dessert area of the galley and at the end they offered chocolate covered strawberries and I think champagne. The tour is about 3 to 3 and half hours, and it is a lot of walking and climbing up and down stairs. AT one time we had to climb 3 levels. So that may be something to keep in mind. I don’t think they would let you take the elevator and meet the rest of the tour because security had to stay with us at all times. It was really interesting to see how things work behind the scenes. The gallery and the laundry room were my two favorites. They didn’t let us take any pictures on the bridge. I have read some reviews where some captains allowed this but our didn’t because of security reasons he said. And now to the saddest part of the trip….. Leaving. We signed up for the Port Authority disembarkation. This information was provided I think on Tues and it has to be turned in by Wed or Thurs. We put our bags out the night before and didn’t mess with them until we got to Houston. They had our boarding passes and luggage tags preprinted for us and delivered to cabin and checked us into the flight etc. All we had to do was go straight to the waiting area. It is a free service and I would highly recommend it if you are flying. They set everyone up to disembark at a certain time. Our number wasn’t called until about 8. We breezed through security, waited a few minutes for our shuttle and then were at the airport about 9:15. Our flight was at 12, I think the ones with an earlier flight had an earlier disembark time. We are TSA precheck and I would highly recommend this for the Seattle airport. The regular line was really long. It was an amazing trip. We have cruised on Disney 2 times, NCL Jewel and RCCL Harmony of the Seas and I will say that the staff on this ship was amazing. They may even rank better than Disney. Everyone told us good morning and asked us how our day was going; the workers in the buffet bent over backwards to help you with your food, get your drinks etc. The dining room staff couldn’t do enough for us and our cabin steward went above and beyond to make sure our trip was amazing. The workers seemed very happy and truly enjoyed working on the ship and taking care of the passengers. I really tried to keep this short, organized and hopefully not too boring.
  3. Off the ship yesterday in Seattle. All in all, it was a great trip! Ship is in good repair, food was fine, service from all staff we interacted with was excellent, and we had PLENTY of butter at every single meal! Thank you, Princess!
  4. This review could get quite long, so I'll break it down into sections and post when I can! We were not planning on doing an Alaska cruise this year at all. We had been looking at 'maybe' doing a 7 day Mexican cruise around this time, but saw the prices for this voyage and couldn't turn it down. We have been to Alaska before, and visited all of the ports but the weather then was really bad, plus this cruise did Glacier Bay which we hadn't been to before. This was our 2nd Princess cruise - 2 adults and 2 boys (13 & 10) one introvert and one extrovert (if you do watch the video you'll work out which one is which). Most of the cruises I've done have been on Cunard but after doing our first with Princess last year we decided we really liked it. Embarkation & Sailing away - We live in the Vegas area so are about 4 hours away from San Pedro. We drove approx 3 hours on the Friday night and stayed in a hotel, then did the last hour on Saturday morning. We'd received an email from Princess a few days before to say that boarding would not begin until 2pm, so were in no rush to get to the ship. My oldest wanted to see the Queen Mary, so we went to Long Beach first so he could have a look at the ship and get some photos. We arrived in San Pedro at approx 11am, and with the Royal and the Star in port, the parking lot was reasonably busy. As we were still pretty early, we parked up over by the USS Iowa and decided to tour that ship. It was a fun tour that we all enjoyed and it took about 2 hours. After that we 'tried' to find a parking space closer to the terminal. Notice the term 'tried'. On our previous Princess cruise there were 2 ships in port at San Pedro and we easily found a parking space. This time, not so easy! I presume it was because of the size of the Royal. After half an hour or so of driving around searching for a space along with lots of other cars, we had to park back over by the Iowa. This made for about a 10 minute walk across the parking lot with our cases. When we actually dropped off our cases and got inside, it didn't take too long to get through - maybe 20 minutes or so. Then we were given a number and asked to go to a waiting area before we could board. It was probably about another 45 minutes until we were called and we eventually got to our cabin just before 3pm. The Muster drill was due to start at 3.15 so we went straight to that. It was late starting and by the time it was finished our sailing time of 4pm had already passed. The Royal left port first and by the time we left it was probably about 5.30pm. Cabin - We had an inside cabin on deck 12 Aloha. We were only a few steps away from the rear of the ship and the aft pool, so the location was really good for us. Plus only 1 deck up to the buffet. Was a little worried about 4 of us being in a small inside cabin but we only really used it for sleeping so it turned out to be fine! The room was spacious enough with good closet space. Beds were comfortable and didn't hear any noise at all from other passengers or from the deck above. Food - We usually only use the buffet on cruises and on this ship the buffet was good. There was the occasional line at peak times but even then it was quite short. Never really had any problems finding a table either - which we did on the Emerald last year. Food choices were good and we were happy with the quality. We used the Amalfi dining room 3 times on this trip and again the food was very good. We didn't try any of the speciality dining but did use the International Cafe and the poolside burger and pizza places which were all great. I will get to the Entertainment, ports, staff etc in later posts but I'm out of time for now. Here's a link to our youtube video and if anyone has any questions about the Star, Alaska or Princess in general, please ask. Thanks
  5. Is there a date for the Star Princess to get updates to bathroom, TVs and mattresses? Or, have any of these been updated recently? Thanks for your help Judy from SW Florida
  6. Does anyone have current info on movies being shown on the Star Princess? Does the Star Princess have the new flat tvs and On Demand?
  7. I am sailing on the May coastal on the Star Princess. Can someone tell me what Production shows we will be seeing. I have been sailing on the crown class ships for a few years. I am looking forward to seeing something besides. Magic to do. And around the world in 35 minutes.
  8. Has anyone been on the Star Princess in the past few months to know if the showers and TVs have been updated?
  9. We just returned from Alaska – 7 day Northbound Vancouver to Whitter - on Star Princess, followed by 5 days on a DIY land tour to Denali and points en route. Reviews here on cruisecritic were not only enjoyable to read as I dreamed and planned…but extremely helpful in the planning (and dreaming) stages. For that reason, I thought I’d ‘pay it forward’ for the next dreamer and planner. Cruise Details: · Dates: Aug. 26-Sept 2 – DIY tour through Sept 6. We went during this time mainly because that was when we COULD go. DH has restrictions at work that would not allow a vacation in July (when so many say is the ‘best’ time). · That being said…though many label the end of Aug as a time for ‘storm chasers’, we FOUND delight in it. (I mean…we could either be ‘delighted’…or‘gripey’….. Delighted is always better!) ;) I won’t argue with anyone who says ‘Don’t cruise then’…. We’re not experienced enough with Alaska to argue ‘things Alaska’. What I WILL say is that there ARE positives to a visit at this time of year – if you’re willing to look for them. I want others to know that…. It’s not necessarily a ‘bad thing’ if you go in with flexibility, the RIGHT clothes… and a DECISION to be happy. :) (and because weather is unpredictable, it turned out that we had MARVELOUS weather most days!!) · While we originally reserved an interior stateroom, we got an upsell offer and moved to B744. (balcony) This is one of the angled balconies. I was very trepid about it…not sure if we’d made a good decision or not. I’ll give my thoughts on that here as well. Hint: We liked it…. · This cruise broke the mold as far as our personal cruising traditions. Things we've always done....things we've considered ‘musts’ on past cruises we did not do. Alaska was just different in every sense of the word. Who Are We? An empty nest couple in our early 50’s…though those mid-50’s are approaching far quicker than we ever thought… We like to hike and ‘experience’ nature…and we are never happier than when learning…or experiencing something new and unusual... If our port day choices are between ‘adrenaline’ or ‘historical/informative’, the informative will usually win. We enjoy cruising…but we also travel through other modes aswell. We take road trips…motorhome trips…and have visited most of the National Parks in the US. We also travel on a budget. In fact, I write a blog about the how-to’s of budget travel… A lot of what I write here will find it's way onto my blog as well, but there, I’ll focus on the details of planning and ‘budgeting’ for Alaska in general….and less specifics related to Princess/Star Princess…all in an effort to relate to the reader. J I’ll put a link to my blog nearer to the end of this review…after I actually get some things written and posted there. There’s nothing there (about Alaska) right now. J The budget aspect is why you won’t find reviews of 5 star restaurants or hotels here (or my blog) It’s not that I’m opposed to those things… it’s just that up until now, no one has volunteered to ‘fund’ those experiences for me to write about. Until there are‘takers’ on that, (Anyone?? Anyone??) we’ll just continue to enjoy our vacations, cruises, road trips on a budget… JJ and share with anyone who’s interested. Our Itinerary: Aug. 25: Flight to Vancouver Aug. 26: Sightseeing in Vancouver and embarkation Aug. 27: Day at Sea (This actually was a VERY important part of this cruise for us…) Aug. 28: Ketchikan Aug. 29: Juneau Aug. 30: Skagway Aug. 31: Glacier Bay(scenic cruising of course…) Sept 1: Day at Sea with an evening in College Fjord (scenic cruising too) Sept 2: Disembark, transport to Anchorage, pick up rental car and head out of Anchorage Sept 3: Drive north - up to Denali Nat’l Park area Sept 4: Visit to Denali National Park Sept 5: Head south back to Wasilla…making several stops en route to get last views of Denali Sept 6: Day in Anchorage and evening flight Sept 7: Flying all night last night with long morning at DFW :eek: UGH!!! and last leg of flight home… I’ve tried a few times in the past to post pictures here on CC and never had much luck….For that reason I’ll probably save myself the frustration…and put the pics on my blog (where I KNOW how to do it). I apologize for that in advance - as I know how everyone loves the pics. (I liked them when reading reviews too…) I will instead try to paint pictures with my words. Hope that works ;) I’ll continue writing this as long as there is interest.… I just want to help others as I was helped…and reliving it all through reviews on CC is fun too :D
  10. Live on Star Princess! Ask away!
  11. My 13 yr old son has put together this photo/video on Youtube from our Alaska trip on April 27th. If anyone was on this cruise, has cruised to Alaska with Princess or may be cruising to Alaska in the future, then you may find this interesting. He takes all of the photos and video himself and this is the 2nd video he has done - the first was from our Hawaii cruise last year. I am in the process of putting a video together as well and will post a review of the trip too. I tend to focus more on scenery and activities while he does more pictures and footage of the ship. Please take a look, thanks.
  12. Hello everyone, and welcome to another instalment of my LIVE From... photo blogs. This was a somewhat last-minute (two-weeks ago) cruise that I couldn't resist booking when I saw the sale prices. I booked a guaranteed inside, and ended up with an obstructed oceanview. It happens to be between two boats, so it's not that obstructed. I also got a moveover offer to go on the Golden instead a few days earlier, with 50% of the fare refunded. But since it was so cheap to begin with, half of the fare refunded wasn't worth changing dates. I was working in New Hampshire this morning, and flew to LAX tonight. Now tucked in at the Doubletree San Pedro. This is a great hotel when leaving from the Port of San Pedro. They have a free shuttle to the port every half hour, a great breakfast, and a fantastic view of the marina. This will be my first voyage aboard the Star, so I'm really looking forward to this cruise. Stay tuned tomorrow for pics. Let me know if anyone has any special requests. Steve. Royal Princess - December 2018 - Eastern Caribbean - Click here for LIVE From/Patters
  13. We are on the Star Princess next week. Have not been on this ship. In looking at some pictures it would appear that the Calypso pool is covered. Is this correct? Also is the Calypso or any pool heated? Many thanks again!!
  14. Menus for Star Princess
  15. Is there anyone who has sailed on Star Princess Recently that can tell me what the televisions in the cabin are like? Small or Large Screen? Interactive with on demand features or just a few choices that show on a schedule? I know, I know, it is a cruise, why I am watching television? Sometimes if I am not sleepy I like to watch a late night movie or if there is not an activity that interests me on a sea day I may watch a movie in my cabin. Thanks for any info.
  16. We are planning an Alaska cruise, RT from Seattle this August. Choosing Princess over Holland America on expectation that entertainment and food will be better on Princess. Looking for input on which ship to select, Ruby or Star Princess. If we're mistaken on entertainment/food quality of Princess v. Holland, please explain your thinking. Still could be open to sailing on Nieuw Amersterdam. TIA!
  17. I've searched. Where are the smoking sections on the star princess? Thanks!
  18. Hi, wondering if anyone can tell me what the space is across the hallway from E324? Is it laundry rooms? We're just concerned about noise and want to double check. https://www.cruisecritic.com/star-princess-deck-plans/dp/?shipID=255&deck=8 Thanks!!
  19. We are doing a15 Day Hawaii cruise in 2020. We are open on the dates but I'm in search of some opinions on the ships and the ports of embarkation. The Grand sails out of San Fransico vs the Star out of LA. Your thoughts and comments are much appreciated. Thanks in advance, Brad
  20. I have truly googled and searched, really! Star, Deck 8 forward balconies........... I saw mention of people from the walking track being able to see you. This must be the Promenade - unlike the Coral because it sticks out?? Also, one cannot look down from these balconies to the water. Can't quite picture this. Help please. Thank you!
  21. Bottom line is ......is Shooters bar a smoking lounge.....? Do they have one on the Star....? I enjoy a cigar now and then cruising and would like to know where that might happen.....thanks
  22. Just planning my daily walks............... Where are specialty coffees available on the Star?
  23. I have been looking for info on different pages to see what the shore access is in ports. We are sailing with a scooter. Can anyone answer how the Star normally makes port at Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, and Victoria?
  24. Does anyone know who the Hawaiian ambassadors will be on this sailing? Thanks in advance
  25. Do they still offer Fish and Chips at lunch on some days pub style in the Crown Grill?
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