Chose this cruise due to my birthday in August and I would be on board for my birthday for the cruise and we would get to see both Italy and Greece. Other tours did Italy....but we wanted to see Greece as well.
One important thing to know - when you get off the ship - if you need to use the bathroom all these ports have toilets that require payment. In Greece you can not put toilet paper in the toilets - so there are waist high trash baskets next to them. Many toilets in Italy and Greece do not have toilet seats.
Now for the cruise ship. Every day we had an ISSUE with something. When you arrived on the ship you were given a coupon book, kind of a way to explore the ship and have your coupon book stamped. There was a drawing at the Art Auction, but on the first Auction we noticed they only selected cards that were made available next to the bin and did not select any from the coupon books. So, when we went back for the Next Art Auction we noticed another drawing that people were putting entries in. We asked if we could have an entry, the Art Auctioneer, a real jack ass who was so full of himself said THEY WERE DELIVERED TO YOUR ROOMS LAST NIGHT...so my partner runs back to the room. Nope. Nothing there. Asked our Cabin Steward who said HE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ART AUCTION TICKETS. So, he went to complain...one of the agents came with my partner back to the auction to let him know he did not get an entry and his response was IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYWAY - THE DRAWING IS TOMORROW. Tips are now added to your bill, so NO ONE works for their tip....accept our DINING ROOM WAITER who was FABULOUS. Not one smile on a single bartender. Working in a restaurant we have a 10 foot rule...if you walk by a guest you acknowledge them. NOTHING. Bought a belt from the cruise store, and after a day out on tour, noticed all the color of the black side of the belt had bleeded on my shorts. The laundry room quarter machine gave me 75 cents after putting in a dollar and all machines take 8 quarters. No more towel animals at bed time. Cutbacks?
Our first cruise with Princess was in the Caribbean. It was THRILLING. Everyone was having a great time. On our second day we put down a deposit for our next cruise...within three days we were asking for a REFUND.
The Star Princess needs work. I believe it is scheduled for a "cleaning" but needs COMPLETE REFURBISHING.