We embarked in San Fransisco. Things went smooth and we were on board within an hour. Our cabin was ready and we met our room steward. We booked an inside cabin and we were pleasantly surprised with the size and layout of the cabin. It fully met our needs. Off to the feeding frenzy before the ship set sail. The horizon court was well laid out and the food was fine. Many choices and all were well presented. We had assigned seating in the Portifino room and our wait staff did a fine/excellent job with service. We did dine in the Sabatini dining room one evening and the food and service was outstanding. The food in the main dining room was good although a time or two missed the mark. One evening I had a double fruit plate for dinner as I found nothing that sounded good on the menu. This could have been a result of food overload.
A couple of observations. There were no hand sanitizers in any of the dining rooms. On a previous cruise on the Sea Princess, hand sanitizers were placed at the doors of all dining rooms. Not sure why that did happen on the Star Princess. I also strongly recommend that Princess lines place sanitizers at the doors of the casino. There was one lone sanitizer at the casino cage. The slot machines are touched by many throughout the day and night it is imperative that Princess provide access for cruisers and staff in the casino area. On the last couple of days on this cruise the salt and pepper shakers were removed from the Horizon Court tables along with silverware and paper salt/pepper packets were provided. We were informed by staff this was due to some passengers being quarantined for the norovirus.
The staff was very welcoming throughout the ship and did an excellent job accommodating all passengers. The demographics on the cruise was that of a much older crowd. The average was pushing the mid 60's...buffet stewards went above and beyond to keep coffee, iced tea and juice glasses full..used plates were promptly removed.
We had wonderful table mates for our evening meal. Ed, Elenore, Joyce and Norm were the nicest folks. I looked forward to meals with them.
This was my second cruise, both having been with Princess. I was 100% satisfied and will cruise with Princess again and again.