Our Star Princess cruise started off with 2 nights in Buenos Aires on our own. We had no real problems there but it was HOT 95 degrees F. Boarding the Star was a big problem for a lot of people. We were told by Princess not to even go to the cruise terminal till after 4:30 pm so we did and still had about a 45 minute wait and missed the 1st muster drill. Buenos Aires is not a cruise ship friendly port, many people were calling it a nightmare.
Our cabin, E210, was called completely obstructed but it actually had very nice views with just a set of cables in the middle. It was also had a good layout with the open closet and the bathroom sharing a small hallway. It is over the main theater but that noise stopped after the last show and was quiet the rest of the time.
Food was good but limited choices in the Lido compared to other cruises we had been on. Princess had hand sanitizers at the buffet but NOT at the main dinning room and rest rooms were far away from entrance. We started carrying our own hand sanitizer.
Lots of pools to chose from but it got kind of cold to use any but the solarium pool as we went South.
Scheduling of events was strange with back to backs in the same room and many time overlaps of things we were interested in doing, not much thought put in there Princess! Entertainment was excellent with the main production shows, some of the best we have ever seen! Some of the other shows were of varying quality.
Layout of the ship is also a bit strange with our dinning room on a level that could only be accessed by 2 elevators and one set of stairways. Also the tender boarding is done in an area where there are NO passenger elevators and you have to walk up/down two levels.
Ports were fun and we did a mix of some Princess tours and some on our own. The Train to the End Of The World was the highlight.
Getting off at Valparaiso was also very strange. We were herded into a LONG line into a small room to wait at 7:10 am for a 8 am tour/transfer to airport. After we had to wait so long to get on the ship Princess was sure quick to want to get us off. BEWARE of the fine print on the tours that end in Santiago as they charge an additional $74 for your luggage in addition to the charge for your tour even though it says it goes to the airport!