Embarkation was a breeze. Our stateroom was ready when we boarded and luggage arrived shortly after.
We've been on many cruises previously with Princess as well as other cruiselines and the Star Princess did not disappoint us. It was clean, the staff friendly and helpful and food was great. We chose "anytime dining" and all dining room personnel, from the gracious hostess to our waiters gave us exceptional service. We thought the entertainment ranked among the best we'd had on any ship.
The itinerary was perfect. Our only complaint was that we couldn't stay an extra day in each port.
Having John Lawrence onboard was a great asset. We went to all his lectures and they were all very enlightening and helpful.
Gdansk was such an interesting city lined with very old and beautiful buildings and cobblestone streets. We had a walking tour and then time on our own following by a great lunch. We enjoyed browsing in the shops, seeing the open air market and the wonderful architecture of the buildings.
We visited St Marys Church, the largest brick church in the world and marveled at the treasures inside. The astronomical clock, statue of the Virgin Mary holding Jesus and the wonderful painting "The Last Judgment" were well worth viewing.
We then had a walking tour of the gardens surrounding Oliwa Cathedral and went into the beautiful old building and were treated to a wonderful organ recital. The organ was amazing and acoustics perfect.
We visited the rock church which was fairly interesting. Same with the Sibelius monument.
We did enjoy the opportunity to see the city and learn of its history. We had a very good guide there also. It was pleasant to have the time to stroll in Market Square to see the vendors and their goods.
We took the bus back near the ship and walked around a bit and wished we'd had a full day in this very interesting city.
We felt that Upper Old Town was more "touristy" than we'd expected. We visited St Marys Church and saw the many coats of arms on the walls which was "different" after all the grandeur we'd seen in churches in other cities.
Kadriorg Palace had many beautiful pieces of art and a lovely garden.