This itinerary to the five Baltic Cities (Berlin, Tallin, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm) was great. The Star, however, was a disappointment. I had an inside room and tried repeatedly to upgrade with no success (even when the cost of my stateroom was lowered to $399 the week before the cruise).
The food was very disappointing, even in the Versailles Main Dining Room. I really did not like the open seating protocal (no set dining hours or tables)
My biggest issue with this ship was the disembarking in St. Petersburg. I had booked a private tour company. The first day there were people standing/sitting/pushing on the midship stairs from the 7th floor to the 4th floor waiting to get to Russian Customs. This was very dangerous and there was not one Ship Representative on any of these floors for crowd control. Also, it seems that the guests who booked the St.Petersburg Ship Tours were allowed off the ship first to get through the long wait for customs. We were 1hr late for our private tour the first day in St. Petersburg.
The Star seems to have been designed for Carribean Cruises because there is no bar area at the front of the ship (like an Eagles Nest on HAL Ships) which is enclosed for forward view. It was too windy and cold to stand on the bow to view coming in through the Archipeligos to Stockholm, etc. There is no covered pool; just one pool outside with the slides.