We boarded the Star Princess after the worst embarkation we have ever experienced. We arrived at the time recommended and stood in line for three hours. This seemed to be more the fault of the port organization, because three ships were boarding at the same time and the lines seemed to be equally long for all of them.
We had booked an inside cabin as we often do when we do not expect the weather to be suitable for using a balcony, and we were happy with our choice. The cabin was small but functional, and our cabin steward kept it immaculately clean. He rarely spoke to us, but did his job efficiently.
We had Anytime Dining, and never had to wait more than a few minutes for a table. Dinner the first night was poor. We both chose prime rib, and it was very tough, and accompanied by under cooked baked potatoes. Our fish on the second night was overcooked and dry, so we were not feeling very positive about dining. However, from then on the food improved, or maybe we were luckier with our choices. We had no more disappointing meals, although some were better than others.
Our favourite place for lunch was the International Cafe, and we made good use of the coffee card during the cruise. Since we had several sea days in chilly weather it was often difficult to find a seat in this, or any other area. The ship seemed crowded when everyone was inside.
We were rather disappointed that there were not many activities on sea days. The port lecturer, Joe May, was excellent, providing many hints for independent touring, but there were no other lectures. We are not bridge players, so the lessons did not appeal and neither did the multitude of trivia games. We did however enjoy the Pop Choir.
Disembarkation in Valparaiso was trouble free, and we were in a taxi to our hotel by 9:30.
Overall we enjoyed the cruise, but more for the itinerary and the people we met than because of the ship.