We just finished a cruise on Star Princess (3/20/14-4/5/14) and wanted to let travelers know that we had a wonderful experience. This is our 6th Princess cruise, we have also cruised with NCL ( 10/13) and Royal Caribbean. "Princess" hands down is the best. Servers friendly and go above and beyond. Food was excellent. Ship was clean. Peace of Advise, don't book tours on the ship, their are lots of local trips groups when you get off the ship that are a lot cheaper and you will see a lot more of the island. . We did one in Hilo that I highly recommend is "Ricky's Hawaii" tour, which was excellent. We saw everything in 5.5 hrs and it was a small group. Excellent !. I know if you email Ricky that he will give you connections in the other ports. I found all of the tours on Princess to be expensive and the tour guides just OK, nothing outstanding, in fact a couple were very boring. On one bus, the seats were not secured and moved into us. Another bus had very poor air conditioning ,so all in all we would not go with a ship tour in Hawaii. Don't let people/cruise line scare you with that off ship excursion won't have you back in time. That is crazy, these are the best tours for the price and very considerate of your time.
Princess is the only cruise line that we have found that has a self service laundry on board, which for a 15 days cruise allowed us to take less cloths.
We did eat in the main restaurant , Horizon court and the international Cafe. All food was excellent. We liked that the Horizon court had different international theme nites ( Asian, German, India, and Pacific).
As always the Pizza and grill for hamburgers/hotdogs were excellent.
Ships Casino- the worst around. Very outdated and the machines do not pay at all. Save your money!
Entertainment on the ship was OK, the shows are all only 30 mins. The production numbers were great but short. Sea days had plenty to do to make the time go fast on the way to Hawaii, coming from Hawaii to LA we found the sea days long, with not a lot to do, so we used the indoor pool.
Princess Star had 3 main pools and one children's pool.
Endsenda, Mexico - waste of time. No good deals even with bartering, save time and enjoy the ships pool. or just get off the boat and walk around the port area.
Hated the port of LA, if we had to do this cruise again, we would leave from another port. LA is very disorganized and we had to wait 45 minutes to get on board. Departure was awful, so disorganized ( at first we thought it was Princess) but it was the port people that were holding up the process. Luggage for pick up is great and very easy to find.