We were on the Star Princess five years ago from Florida to Buenos Aires. This for us was the other half of that trip that we've always wanted to do.
Don't understand the people who say they found the Star a little run down. There was plenty of brand new carpeting, new tile in certain areas and new or updated areas on the ship. Vines has been made larger and very chic. We had some great wine tastings accompanied by sushi or tempenades. The wine selection was very extensive and the staff were quite knowledgable.
Also new (for us anyway) was the addition of the Godiva Chocolate shop.
We love the balconies on the Star. We had a large table and two chairs with footstools and still had room to move around. Our cabin steward kept our room spotless and turn down was lovely with drapes drawn and our chocolates on the pillows. Bedding was great and the bed itself very comfortable.
No complaints whatsoever about any of the staff.
This however is not a cruise for those looking for poolside heat and sun or shopping in ports that have a ton of diamond and gold shops. These are ports of call at the end of the earth almost and towns that can appear desolate and windblown. Having said that, to cruise where no human has ever walked was an almost surreal feeling. The natural beauty is awesome. and the quiet as we glided past glaciers and watched seals in the water was an unforgettable experience.
We loved that we had classical music playing while we cruised past Amalia Glacier. Lovely.
We had three tours booked and enjoyed them all. The last one was when we anchored at Valparaiso, Chile. We toured the city by bus, went to a vineyard and toured and had lunch there and had a city tour of Santiago then ended up at the airport and our luggage was already there. We give this trip a ten:)