Sail Date: October 2018
Enjoy the days at sea, relax, read , work out in the gym. HAWAII !! We wore our disco outfits to the deck party, we did the twist on rock n 'roll party,, played "bang bang" on Western Night, had photos taken with Steve ... Read More
Enjoy the days at sea, relax, read , work out in the gym. HAWAII !! We wore our disco outfits to the deck party, we did the twist on rock n 'roll party,, played "bang bang" on Western Night, had photos taken with Steve Moris, Leo Rossi, Steve Diggs, and with the Captain, Cruise Director and his staff our waiters. Wore our matching outfits in the evening, participated in formal nights....and once again my wife was "one away" from winning the final BINGO game in the Vista Lounge !! Just when you think cruising can not get better.....it does ! We advise future Princess Cruisers to plan for theme nights by bringing western attire, 50's clothing, and disco outfits for the deck party. Attend the lectures, be prepared to be entertained by first class entertainers, and view well done Production Shows. Embrace it, participate and immerse your self in the experience. And do not forget the chocolate. We are still posting photos to our friends, and to Princess.. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Since we are seasoned cruisers (over 50), we probably have different expectations and reasons for cruising. This was our 6th trip to Hawaii, and we have experienced many of the adventures available in Hawaii, so shore excursions were not a ... Read More
Since we are seasoned cruisers (over 50), we probably have different expectations and reasons for cruising. This was our 6th trip to Hawaii, and we have experienced many of the adventures available in Hawaii, so shore excursions were not a priority for us. However, we did take one in Ensenada, Mexico. We flew to Los Angeles from Phoenix the same day and reserved a Supershuttle to take us to the pier. Easy, peasy and cheaper than taxis or Princess transfers. There were no other stops, since all passengers were going to the port. The Star is similar to the Golden, very nice décor and except for only the aft elevators going to the three highest decks, it is easy to navigate. It is considered a medium sized ship in today’s menagerie of mega-ships. I thought it was just a good size and we never felt crowded. The décor is quite elegant. The atrium area covered 3 decks with scenic elevators and is generally the hub of things to do and places to go. If you are around the Atrium, depending on the deck, you can access a wine bar (Vines), the International Café, several other bars and the Internet Café and Library. A different level will find shops, casino and access to other entertainment and dining venues. The Wheelhouse bar is reminiscent of a posh men’s club. Wood accents, leather chairs, small band and stage area and a bar at the back. It is a bit smaller than on other Princess ships, but still a good place for drinks, conversation and chilling. The Explorer Lounge, where many events happen (art auction, game shows, evening dancing, etc.) is mid-ship and offers a casual small club feel. The Vista Lounge (Aft) is a much larger entertainment venue and is used for some of the live entertainment, Zumba and line dancing classes, lectures, bingo and trivia. The Princess Theater is forward, theater style (bar service is by servers) and acts as one of the primary venues for live entertainment. The Casino is mid-ship, off the atrium and has most games that people are familiar with. The food in the main dining room was exceptional. Princess still serves lobster, beef Wellington, lots of seafood and wonderful desserts. The Chocolate Journey desserts are special and will leave any chocolate lover fully satisfied. The menu choices were good and, as always, the left side of the menu is always available – e.g. shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, chicken, salmon, and several desserts. One night we ate at the Crown Grill Steak House and were disappointed. We were a table of eight and were seated between the kitchen window and the public walk through. The noise level made table talk challenging. The server, while not rude, was not necessarily welcoming or friendly. He also had a thick accent and communication was difficult. Our party ordered a variety of menu items and the consensus was the food, while adequate, did not rise to the $29 pp up charge. Desserts there were okay, but not special. The International Café is the coffee shop venue, located on deck 5, at the lower Piazza. It offers great morning donuts and pastries and lighter snacks, salads and sandwiches during lunch. Cookies are great! All the drinks (Specialty coffees and teas) are extra, but the food is complimentary. The Horizon buffet, on deck 14, was good, but buffets are certainly a subjective thing. I felt the food was as expected, some variety, but generally nothing surprising. Service there was better than on most ships. We had an ocean view cabin (P315) located on deck five, right next to the Art Gallery. This is a very nice location, mid to slightly forward location, quiet and nothing around to increase any noise levels. Fairly close to the laundromat, which, for longer cruises is a plus. Princess has updated their beds and they were marvelous; two different types of pillows and wonderful top quilts. There is plenty of closet space as well as shelf space and drawers. My only minor complaint was that the room steward was not allowed to provide wine glasses for us. We had to call room service and the line is often busy. It took two calls to get four wine glasses for our cabin. As far as entertainment on board, we feel that Princess is getting better with the quality of production shows and guest entertainers. There were three production shows, (Motor City, Born to Dance, and the British Invasion) each different and above average for cruise ship shows. The guest entertainers were diverse and a hit or miss, depending on your personal expectations. There was a live party band, a three piece group in the Wheelhouse Bar, a string duo in various lounges, an excellent piano man in Crooners Bar. Some of the on-board entertainers also did special shows in the Vista lounge during the voyage. Princess’s version of the Voice (Voice of the Ocean) was performed on the last night of the voyage. The latter is done through karaoke auditions with passengers and then a final performance for the best 6-8. Audience members get to vote for the final three. Some were good, some were great and some were having fun! ;-) In general the service was excellent, but the highlight for us was the exceptional Captain Michele Tuvo, who has a great reputation with Princess and he certainly deserves it. He strolled through the dining room during the breakfast hours to say hello and check to see if things were going well. He was involved in several activities and was accessible throughout the cruise. We did have several medical issues, one requiring a helicopter evacuation at sea, and a distressing event that involved a passenger assaulting another passenger. All these were handled efficiently and discreetly. I also have to give high marks to Luis, our head waiter and to Allan and Lynard, our servers. Hawaii is a favorite for us and it never disappoints. The scenery is simply awesome and you will see many things you won’t see anywhere else. The weather was phenomenal! One pleasant surprise for us was the discovery of the wine country around Ensenada, Mexico. We took a wine tasting excursion and we were very pleased to find exceptional wines for modest prices. Since I absolutely love cruising, and find little to complain about. Serious issues would certainly be addressed, but I haven’t had to do so in a very long time. It’s a vacation I highly recommend for all ages and Princess does a very good job of accommodating its passengers. That said, there is one area where Princess can improve; pre-sailing passenger communication. For months our traditional dining time was confirmed at 5:45 p.m. Two days before sailing, Princess did a fleet-wide change and made dining times one hour earlier, making our time 4:45 p.m. We received no notice of the change and neither did our travel agent. Since our sail date was less than 48 hours away, there was no opportunity to change our dining on the Princess website. Calls to Princess did not get any answers. Eventually, someone said it was due to passenger feedback. We were a bit upset at the time change and even more upset at anticipating long lines to change dining choices. Fortunately, on the Star, the change was minimal – our new time was 5:15 p.m., not 4:45 p.m. It worked out well, but communication, both to passengers and staff who would be asked about it, would have made the experience less stressful. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Day 1: Embarkation went smoothly and we were told to go to the elite section to wait. It wasn’t a long wait and were in our room (that had 2 bottles of wine on the coffee table), dropped our hand luggage off, and in the Club Class ... Read More
Day 1: Embarkation went smoothly and we were told to go to the elite section to wait. It wasn’t a long wait and were in our room (that had 2 bottles of wine on the coffee table), dropped our hand luggage off, and in the Club Class dining room by 12:00. A card was left in the room explaining what Club Class meant and how to find the dining room. We had to show our cruise card for entry and then treated like royalty. The dining room is a small area set up in the Amalfi dining room and really easy to find. We were given a table at one of the windows. HEAVEN! The Star has the best set up of all the ships we’ve been on and easy to get around. We went back to our room and met our room steward ( Rolly ) who asked if we’d like a glass of Champagne. The first evening was chilly, just like we were told it was going to be. The Star is starting to show her age, but we loved it anyway. A little rust and chipped paint here and there, just like me. Ha ha. I had pre-ordered 2 cases of water, and they were in the room on our arrival. I had also ordered a Birthday Package and Rolly had it all set up when we came in the room from a delish dinner. My husband was THRILLED. Day 2: The weather was cold but we were prepared. Capt. Tuvo is not to be missed! His daily status reports were informative AND hilarious! I will never hear the words: BYE BYE, without thinking of him for the rest of my life. Day 3. 1st formal night. Dinner was excellent! There was never a time we went into the Club Class dining room where we had to wait. We were always seated right away. We did share a table 2 times, but even that went well. The weather was warmer and the sea was flat enough to water ski on. Day 4. PUB LUNCH! I love the pub lunch as did all the other people that waited in a long line to be seated. Day 5. Arrival at Honolulu. Disembarkation went smoothly. Day 6. Arrival at Hilo, Warm weather with some rain. Day 7. Arrival at Kauai. Ruff sea and warm. Day 8. Arrival at Maui. We had to tender in and there was a LONG wait. I don’t know how else it could be done, but it needs some working on. The day was blazing hot. It was wonderful getting back to our nice cool room with it’s GREAT air conditioning. Day 9. Formal night. Once again, Club Class dining was amazing. Day 10. Pub lunch again. WONDERFUL. They are giving smaller portions of the fish then before so asked for extra and they didn’t even blink. Capt Tuvo started off his noon announcement with “Hakuna Matata,” from the Jungle Book. The weather wasn’t too good so he said he would perform a human sacrifice. Ha ha Day 11. Halloween. We woke up to the ship being filled with decorations! The crew dressed up as did many passengers. There were costume parades for children as well as adults. I brought along some bags of candy ( Skittles ) to pass out to our waiters and other crew members and they were well received. I wish I’d made up a LOT more. The Captain was seen all over the ship making friends. The balloon drop was GREAT! Day 12. At sea. So relaxing. Day 13. Formal night. The weather was warm and the sea was calm. Day 14. Mexico. I hadn’t bought the internet package so eagerly turned on my phone for messages. It scared me to be without communications for so long but I was cheap. My fears were realized. It turns out my son was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery on Halloween. He’s fine now, but could have lost his life. Our waiters in CC could see something was wrong and pampered me when we came in for lunch and again at dinner. Day 15. The morning was foggy and the horns from many ships were blowing. I loved the sound. We went to CC for breakfast and our usual waiter, Joshua, told me to tell my son hi. Disembarkation was the BEST we ever experienced by far. We were assigned group Orange 7, but the paperwork gave a different waiting area due to being Club Class. We went to one of the large bar areas where there was plenty of room, plus coffee and juice and pastries. All in all, Club Class to us, was well worth the extra money spent and took away the small stress of waiting in line at a specific time to get dinner. There was always at least 1 or 2 extra offerings at all meals and a true luxury of a table for 2. It really helped on our final 2 days. For all you smokers, ( I know, I know ) There are only 3 small areas to smoke on board. We found the 1st two areas easily and the 3rd after just a few days. Deck 7 has a tiny area in the stern area, Deck 15 forward has a small area and Shooters Bar outside of the casino. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
My second time taking the Hawaiian Cruise with Princess Cruises, I loved the Star Princess Ship, the Captain friendly always with great attitude the Cruise director amazing, value for the money outstanding food, drinks and entertainment ... Read More
My second time taking the Hawaiian Cruise with Princess Cruises, I loved the Star Princess Ship, the Captain friendly always with great attitude the Cruise director amazing, value for the money outstanding food, drinks and entertainment every night was great Casino play every night and the ports what can I say, beautiful Islands in Hawaii. Staff makes you feel like a family trip always there to help with what ever your needs or heart might desire, I would definitely will take this cruise again, my son has Dow's Syndrome all the staff and people among the ship made him feel special and where extremely friendly the staff at the cafe always ready to take his order and at the Princess Theater all the attendees the day of his birthday as he was wearing a its my birthday shirt sang happy birthday to him outstanding crow and staff, extremely satisfied and will always recommend Princess Cruise Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
From embarkation to disembarkation and in between, we had an excellent time. Certain employees deserve commendation for their above and beyond duties. One is Anthony, our cabin attendant at P244 always kept our cabin clean and orderly. ... Read More
From embarkation to disembarkation and in between, we had an excellent time. Certain employees deserve commendation for their above and beyond duties. One is Anthony, our cabin attendant at P244 always kept our cabin clean and orderly. The other is Mister Joan, our waiter at Capri Dining Room and his Indonesian beverage waiter (sorry I forgot his name) for keeping our beverage filled - they are a good team. The people manning the International Café also deserve recognition. Keep the International Café open - nice alternative place for snack or a full meal. Maybe if we could have more entertainment at the Piazza. We also enjoyed the entertainment shows at the Princess Theater. They were great broadway shows. Another alternative is the SaltyDog where we usually stop for a hot dog/hamburger/cheeseburger and the fries. Thank you for the complimentary vouchers at the Crown Grill and enjoyed the food immensely. I missed going to the Fitness Gym because I couldn't find extra time. Too bad isn't it? To the other employees who made our excellent cruise, we thank all of them for a job well done! My son-ion-law whom I invited to join us, he loved it so much he signed up for another cruise and invited his father and sister. Like what the Captain says, "Nevertheless, Bye-bye."" Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
We love Princess Cruises! This was our 3rd one and we had a blast! Getting on the ship was smooth and easy. The porters where right there to take our bags for us. Did not have to wait in any line to get our ship cards. The ship was ... Read More
We love Princess Cruises! This was our 3rd one and we had a blast! Getting on the ship was smooth and easy. The porters where right there to take our bags for us. Did not have to wait in any line to get our ship cards. The ship was very nice and clean! We went right up and got our drinks! When we went to look at our room our bags where already there! The room was nice. We had a balcony room because we like to have our own area. If you like big balcony's always get the 10th floor. They are bigger then the other floors! The food and service was great! I ate way to much! The drinks are always good! We liked to hang out in the Crooners bar for the Martini's! So many to choose from! All in all a great time! We had 6 of us cruising this time and everyone had a blast Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
My wife gave us this cruise for my 50th Birthday. Unfortunately it was the worst cruise we have ever been on. The food was awful at The steak house and buffet. The staff didn’t know what was going on regarding several issues. The ... Read More
My wife gave us this cruise for my 50th Birthday. Unfortunately it was the worst cruise we have ever been on. The food was awful at The steak house and buffet. The staff didn’t know what was going on regarding several issues. The bed was too soft. Rules not followed by staff not to mention the staff did not seem happy to be there in many places on the ship. The Italian restaurant and wait staff was excellent along with the Lotus Spa and the treatment staff. We spoke with several other passengers that were unhappy also including our friends that we paid for their way on board to help us celebrate. We go on a cruise to be pampered but that sure didn’t happen on this cruise. It was my first and last Princess Line cruise. The ship was supposedly updated or refurbished November 2017 but is sure didn’t look like it. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
The food was so bad that I was shocked! Gristle, fat and bland. The salmon was grey.. The staff was fabulous and very hard working. I have only been on one other cruise, with a different company, and this was so bad compared to ... Read More
The food was so bad that I was shocked! Gristle, fat and bland. The salmon was grey.. The staff was fabulous and very hard working. I have only been on one other cruise, with a different company, and this was so bad compared to the other one! The food on the other cruise was fabulous and there was two different stage shows each night. Princess only had one stage show at night, but did the same show twice. The dancers/singers were very talented, but the shows themselves were boring. It was a major let down. The comedians weren't funny, and one let a drunk passenger come on stage and take over the show. It was so obnoxious. An audience member yelled to get her off stage and the audience clapped but nothing was done about it. At the beginning of another show there were technical difficulties. The MC was up in the AV section and no one was near the stage area. An elderly man fell and was bleeding profusely but there was no security personnel around to get help. A passenger tried to help him up, and he was covered in blood! It made you wonder how security could be so oblivious!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
Portofino restaurant, the best dining experience our junior waiter mr.Arpan Das made us feel like a king ,Queen, he deserves 5 stars,, always smiling and rememberd everyone favor drinks, my chamomile tea was every hot and delicious, thank ... Read More
Portofino restaurant, the best dining experience our junior waiter mr.Arpan Das made us feel like a king ,Queen, he deserves 5 stars,, always smiling and rememberd everyone favor drinks, my chamomile tea was every hot and delicious, thank you Love the cleanelss and hygienic of this ship,,,,,except my cabin,,, desembarkation was very organised made it easy for everyone love the buffet ,excellent ,food high quality lots of choices, fresh fruits delicious,, everything was spotless clean For the entertainment,,not enough room for everyone for earliest show and the late show was too late for me, swimming pool,,was great, lots of seats and towels , Movies under stars ,way too cold, I would prefer an inside movie theater For the excursion did the Ensenada ,Mexico ,wine tasting and city tour ,beautiful experience San Diego and San Francisco booked hop on hop of sightseeing tour and was great as well Overall great vacation and I'll recommend to my friends Star princess cruise Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
Have taken other cruises with Princess and have been very happy. However the Star was disappointing from the room to the food. The steward was either overwhelmed or didn't care about keeping the room. There was obvious mold in the sink ... Read More
Have taken other cruises with Princess and have been very happy. However the Star was disappointing from the room to the food. The steward was either overwhelmed or didn't care about keeping the room. There was obvious mold in the sink grout and shower. The room stunk like stale urine. We had a leak in the shower that we complained about for 3 days before it was finally fixed properly. We were hoping that would stop the smell, but the smell was there throughout the cruise. The food has been good on other cruises, but not so much on the Star. I preferred the food at the international coffee bar to the dining room. We ate at one of the specialty restaurants, but the quality of food there was not much better. We did have a wonderful server in the dining room we sat with quite a bit. We were called and asked to change rooms, but we wanted a specific area. We never did get a room assignment and had to wait for them to sort out the room (someone else had been assigned to the room). On the plus side, the entertainment was very good. Everything we saw was very good, and they had one of the funniest comedians I have ever seen. Read Less
Star Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 4.0 3.7
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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