Posted September 4th, 2017, 10:14 PM
Overall, we enjoyed the trip. The crew was friendly and willing to help, although since most are only employed for 4 months the level of service is fine, but not excellent. The food was very good, and we were pleased to enjoy many local seafood offerings. There is a notice in the room identifying all of the local providers they use for meats, produce, seafood, etc. Their advertising is a bit misleading regarding "free" excursions. There were a few, but in most ports the excursion did cost $25 - 50 per person, reasonable, but not as inclusive as advertised. We did enjoy our tours, and the itinerary. The evening entertainment was not very exciting, but we were not expecting it to be. We were expecting the passengers to be older, which was definitely true. We felt young at 69 and 71. The biggest negative for us was the ship. The Star was built in 2007, and definitely needs to be refurbished. It's very "tired". The stateroom was a shock to us, and another passenger's description of feeling like they were in a dorm room seemed a good comparison. It was Spartan to say the least. However, the bed was very good, and the bathroom was fine with a nice, larger shower. However, the room does not look anything like the picture they use online and in the brochure for the stateroom we had. Ours was missing 2 chairs, and this was not corrected until after we complained, so the room steward was just ignoring it. Also, according to our captain, none of the ships except the new Constellation and Constitution have stabilizers. This was an issue for many onboard who were susceptible to motion sickness. Happily, we only had a couple of rough sails. I had read on this message board to take tape to use to keep the drawers closed, and it was definitely used on a rough night crossing. The drawers were banging open and closed on each swell. Once I taped them closed we slept well! While we would definitely sail with them again if an itinerary tempted us, we will not choose to go on the Star or it's sister ship, the Independence, unless they have been updated. We thought the captain, Cruise Director (Jim), and chef were wonderful. All three of them interacted often with the passengers and were available to chat as well as to help out with information or problem resolution.