415 Princess Star Princess Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we had never been on a cruise or to Hawaii so we figured we would kill to birds with one stone. We had a fabulous time. The crew was absolutely great! DJ Lovely, Molly, and Coco, to name a few were the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never been on a cruise or to Hawaii so we figured we would kill to birds with one stone. We had a fabulous time. The crew was absolutely great! DJ Lovely, Molly, and Coco, to name a few were the absolute best! We loved doing the activities the music trivia and regular trivia was wonderful. But it was to hard to do everything. The ship excursions were to expensive you could get them much cheaper off the ship. Most of the food on the buffet was great and the servers were great as well, however being a previous owner of a bakery and baking many different desserts...the desserts were terrible!!! Cakes were dry and tasteless the pies were so thick like they added TOO much flour. Looking for Jan that won voice of the ocean, they gave us a card with their last name and info on it but we lost it. If we could find that out it would be great they live near us Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We chose this particular cruise to Hawaii to escape the January cold of Idaho and we are loyal to Princess, so on to Star princess we roll. We also did this itinerary in January, 2013 on the Golden, so this voyage was a do-over. We had ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise to Hawaii to escape the January cold of Idaho and we are loyal to Princess, so on to Star princess we roll. We also did this itinerary in January, 2013 on the Golden, so this voyage was a do-over. We had previously been on Star to Mexico in 2016, so we were familiar with this ship. Pre-trip- Spent the night before embarkation at the Best Western Plus in San Pedro. There is a noise problem and cruise shuttle issue at the hotel, so we suggest you find pre-cruise accommodations elsewhere. Embarkation- Smooth as silk. Being in the elite group, we bypassed the general throng at 11:30 am and were on the ship within fifteen minutes of arrival at the port. Ship- Maintenance seems to be slipping on this vessel, compared to what we noticed on our 2016 trip. There is rust on a lot of the balcony railings and exterior nooks/crannies on the ship structure itself, and we think that it needs another drydock schedule to fully get this ship cleaned up. With the Star now 18 years old and counting, we suspect that it may be sold to a second-tier cruise company in the coming years, so perhaps they are backing off on the exterior maintenance for that reason. The interior portions of the ship are kept pristine, with the exceptions of the lounge/theater seat cushions, which are being destroyed by the ever-increasing obese passengers that frequent this type of vacation. Stateroom- We had a balcony stateroom on the Caribe deck, and the balcony space was gigantic, probably 12' x 10'. Half was open to the decks above, and half was very enclosed/private, so this wasn't an issue for us. Stateroom was clean/plenty of room for two passengers. Shower space is smaller than on the Regal/Royal class of ships. Dining- We had traditional dining/2nd seating in the Amalfi DR. Enjoyed good bantering nightly with our staff members ( Melvin and George). Orders were delivered promptly and correctly. Room was not overly loud, and food was very good in here. Specialty dining- we tried both Sabatini's and Crown Grill..... with Sabatini's having a slight nod overall. Buffet- Buffet food was fine.... seating was hard to come by during the popular dining hours. Staff- Friendliest Captain we have ever been around (Christopher Lye). He mingled with the passengers throughout the ship and could be found dining often in the buffet, hanging out with the common folk. He delivered a daily noon update via the PA system, and always had a short explanation on how things work on the ship and the sea. All staff members were friendly, quick to help, with a big smile. The CD could be a little over the top at times, but he definitely ran the show with gusto. Tiki Dave and Leialoha do a fantastic job of running the Hawaii Ambassadors on-board program (and have been doing this for years). The enrichment lectures could put you to sleep pretty quick. Bar staff was attentive without being intrusive. Excursions- We did not do any ship-sponsored tours, instead doing our own thing on each island. Pearl Harbor visit on Oahu (mobbed). Did not care for our luau on Oahu. Did the volcano on big island, bummed around on Kauai, and beach day on Maui. Sea days- Lots of them...… four days westbound, and five days eastbound, so prepare yourself mentally for lots of ocean time. Very few "bumps" on the sea during this trip. Younger passengers might go bonkers on these long runs. Conclusion- We ate well...… well, too much! Star has not adapted yet to the Medallion program, (coming soon) which we really liked on the Regal and does improve the on-board experience. Shipboard activities could be lacking during some of the sea days, forcing you to entertain yourself. Would like to see better ship maintenance. Ship did not sink, nor run out of food, so we consider this another successful cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Having taken this same cruise 3 years ago by myself, I decided to return with my adult daughter. The weather became a big factor in our trip, though not due to the cruise line. In speaking with fellow travelers who had previously ... Read More
Having taken this same cruise 3 years ago by myself, I decided to return with my adult daughter. The weather became a big factor in our trip, though not due to the cruise line. In speaking with fellow travelers who had previously experienced this particular trip, the consensus was it had never been this cold, cloudy and rainy. We had only three full days of sun! I believe the ship has diminished in quality in the area of food. Most meals in the dining room or in the Horizon Court were just okay. Adjusting for personal preference, this seemed to be the case during the entire cruise. The pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs and fries out on deck were the standouts! We did enjoy the British pub lunch and it was very popular! Personally I loved the days at sea with a choice of everything or nothing to do, depending on your mood. The different lei making classes provided a fun and creative outlet during this time. In-port days gave each individual the choice of exploring on their own or joining a tour. Out of the tours booked through Princess, I would highly recommend the Kauai Sip, Savor and Shop. It was a wonderful experience, informative and delicious and well worth the price paid. The Explore Hilo Town Highlights was very disappointing and extremely overpriced! The driver made four stops of exactly 20 minutes each which made it impossible to visit the marketplace. He parked two blocks away which left us no time other than to get there and return. Another seriously overpriced tour was the Maui Ocean Center which consisted of transportation and admission to the Center and was self guided. Now that I know better, I would get a taxi and pay admission on my own. The problem is if you don’t experience it yourself, there is no way to know if it is a good value or not. Here is where reviews are so important before embarking on any type of travel. All in all it was a good cruise, if for nothing more than being waited upon and lowering your stress levels. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We go to The Big Island twice a year and stay on the Kona side. This year we decided to cruise to the Islands rather than fly. It took getting used to not having any internet while we were at sea but we got used to relaxing, learning ... Read More
We go to The Big Island twice a year and stay on the Kona side. This year we decided to cruise to the Islands rather than fly. It took getting used to not having any internet while we were at sea but we got used to relaxing, learning about art, learning about the islands from presentations from a naturalist, laughing with comedian Steve Caouette and meeting new people. Our first stop in Hilo. we enjoyed the Land of Fire and Ice excursion but made the mistake of eating at a food truck during our break for a quick lunch. My husband got horrible food poisoning that reared it's ugly head that evening. Our room steward told me to report it to the medical staff immediately so they could help him. BIG MISTAKE!! The put my husband in quarantine in our room! So we were unable to make our pre-paid planned excursion to Pearl Harbor & Mighty Mo and the following day's excursion on Maui. If I had just packed Imodium, we could have treated his food poisoning on our own and not involved the ship's medical staff!! We are new to cruising so we didn't know the complications of notifying the medical staff of such a treatable illness. LESSON LEARNED. At least Princess refunded our cost of excursions and paid for a lovely dinner at The Crown Grille for my husband and I for our inconveniences. We still enjoyed this cruise immensely. We would much rather stop on the Kona side of the Big Island but liked all of the other stops and felt the amount of time spent at each island was a good amount of time. I think we will try booking our own day trips rather than use Princess's excursions now that we know there are options. Princess handles the embarkation and disembarkation very organized and it works very well as long as the passengers pay attention to the directions given. Our room steward left a print out with instructions of how to proceed on the the day of disembarkation that made it all so easy. We were amazed there were still people who didn't know what to do! There were luggage porters available when we got our luggage making it easier to get our luggage to our car in the terminal. Everyone on board the Princess Cruises from the first person at our embarkation to the activities director, to our room steward to the person at disembarkation were friendly and so very helpful. It was a very cheery atmosphere. We couldn't help but have a great time! We are learning the tips about how to enjoy our cruises. This was our second cruise with Princess and just heard about CruiseCritic. Everything else on the cruise was great. We met some lovely people. We really enjoyed leaving out of Los Angeles since we live in Long Beach, CA. We will definitely cruise with Princess to the Hawaiian Islands and also hope to try a cruise to the Panama Canal! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
The Star Princess is showing the age that she has. Overall, she is still in good shape. But the Crew! They are what made the trip. The Asst. Cruise Directors Molly, Dan, Roxy, and Oz were the best. Always with a smile and a funny quip to ... Read More
The Star Princess is showing the age that she has. Overall, she is still in good shape. But the Crew! They are what made the trip. The Asst. Cruise Directors Molly, Dan, Roxy, and Oz were the best. Always with a smile and a funny quip to start your day or night off. Funny, Funny games always. Our two servers, Benny and Mario, were always there to help us get whatever we wanted and when we wanted it. Great with the suggestions when we were not sure of the food that we wanted to try. In the photo gallery, the trio of Marita, Illia and Patrick were very understanding of what we wanted in our pictures. The light was always right and the poses prefect. We had a Renewal of Vows for our 25th and the pictures were wonderful. The Officer Andrew that organized our Renewal of Vows was great. He looked after everything that we needed and could not apologized to us enough times. It wasn't even his fault. The Captain did not speak loud enough for my wife to hear and could not repeat after him as requested. As such, it ruined the video of our R of V. He made sure that we received everything that we were supposed to and even threw in some extras as for a sorry. The last one would be Milos, out Crown Grill waiter. He made the already great meal at the Crown Grill better. Milos was smart, witty and always taking care of us. My wife wanted to adopt him. It was a great, great trip and we could have not asked for a better trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
For context, I usually cruise Disney so I can’t help but make it my point of reference. I took my 10YO son on a 3 day cruise from Vancouver to LA. Our main objective of the trip was to spend time together, enjoy the food and enjoy ... Read More
For context, I usually cruise Disney so I can’t help but make it my point of reference. I took my 10YO son on a 3 day cruise from Vancouver to LA. Our main objective of the trip was to spend time together, enjoy the food and enjoy being at sea. I splurged on a club class mini suite. I. Not sure the ‘club class’ was worth the extra $$, but we loved the mini suite. So much space for just the two of us - very luxurious. We especially loved the robes and the extra large balcony. The ship is looking (and smelling) a little dated. It was nice to have a shower/tub combo but the tile was looking super old. Also, there were odd smells noticed in our room. The hall and especially up on the sports deck. I am mixed on the food. I was not impressed with the buffet but had great meals at Portofinos dining room. The wait staff were exceptional. I was impressed with the pools! Lots of options for kids and adults. And super fun to have the big screen showing movies out by the pool. I was told the ship was full and yet it never seemed that busy. The buffet was occasionally lined up. Overall, great cruise. Service was up to par with Disney, restaurant food was excellent and our room very comfy. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Living near Vancouver my DH and I like taking these round trips with no flights to worry about. We were sailing the California Coast celebrating our birthdays and our wedding anniversary. Embarkation was smooth and our stateroom was ready ... Read More
Living near Vancouver my DH and I like taking these round trips with no flights to worry about. We were sailing the California Coast celebrating our birthdays and our wedding anniversary. Embarkation was smooth and our stateroom was ready before 1 pm. The ship is older and is showing some wear but it was well maintained and our cabin was in good shape Our favourite things on this cruise: the International Cafe, a great place to relax and enjoy a great beverage. Then I would say the 3 comedians were outstanding! Steve Moris, Mike Wilson, and Steve Caouette. One of the theatre shows The British Invasion was simply fantastic. Great singing, dancing, costumes...very well done.Also our dining experience was really excellent. Emil and Rovon, our waiters each night in the Capri DR were among the best we have ever had cruising. Food quality was good and the choices each night were fine. We ate one night at Sabatini's Specialty DR and we loved it. I esp liked the Lamb Skewers and the Orange Zest Arugula Salad for my appetizers. My DH liked his Veal Marsala and we both enjoyed the Zabaione with berries for dessert. Music on the ship was varied, there was a singer guitarist, a string trio, and a singer at the piano each night. All were pretty good but he house band Pinnacle left lots to be desired. Unfortunately the poor Air Quality in the ports of San Francisco, San Diego & Santa Barbara kept us onboard as my DH belongs to a Sensitive Group when it comes to bad air. We visited with my cousin in LA but that was our only time off the ship this sailing. The biggest disappointment was NO ZUMBA this trip. I was told that Princess was not able to find a suitably certified Zumba Instructor, OMG really?? And there was NO DECK PARTY. We had be looking forward to both of these things. Getting off the ship was easy, as we walked off. All in all it was an enjoyable cruise but not the best. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Vancouver-round-trip cruises, with no need for air travel, are always a draw for us! This cruise was a terrific 10 day relaxing get-away and we are very glad we went! We were dropped off in Mission in time for the final West Coast ... Read More
Vancouver-round-trip cruises, with no need for air travel, are always a draw for us! This cruise was a terrific 10 day relaxing get-away and we are very glad we went! We were dropped off in Mission in time for the final West Coast Express commuter train to Waterfront Station, had breakfast in the Food Court then walked over to Canada Place for Embarkation. Would do that again if smaller suitcases involved. Anytime Dining was the only option available when we booked and it worked out well. We would choose that option on future cruises as it gave us the freedom to opt-out and head to the International Café or Horizon Court instead without inconveniencing dining room wait staff by our absence. Smaller suitcase requirements (for train and skytrain lugging) can now be met as minimal formal and smart casual outfits would be required! I found out on day 9 that there was a jigsaw puzzle table on deck 14, upstairs in the undercover pool area, by the pingpong tables! Wish I had heard that on day 1! :) Women's public washrooms were often down to one working stall....which made for occasional long lines, especially at disembarkation time after the requested 'vacate your cabin' time had come and gone. Embarkation and Disembarkation went quite smoothly. We took Skytrain to Surrey, where a friend picked us up after our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
As we live in the Vancouver area we had a friend drop us off at Canada Place port. It took a bit of time and patience to get through security but then is was a quick embarkation. After having lunch we went to our cabin to find our ... Read More
As we live in the Vancouver area we had a friend drop us off at Canada Place port. It took a bit of time and patience to get through security but then is was a quick embarkation. After having lunch we went to our cabin to find our luggage waiting for us. The emergency drill location for us was the Princess Theatre. It was very well organized and no need to bring life jackets. It is well worth it to get the "Coffee Card" to be able to have specialty coffees and a better cup of brewed coffee in the Piazza. We enjoyed the Enrichment Lecturer, George McGuire. He was very informative and entertaining. I did a few of the crafts, played cards and Mah Jong on the sea days. We went on a tour of Honolulu that we arranged at the port. The $50 each price was a lot better than the ship's tours. The Pearl Harbour Memorial was our last stop, before being returned to the ship. We were not able to see the "long movie" (all tickets - they are free, had been already given out) but we checked out the two small museums and they were good - also free. In Nawiliwili we walked to the nearby shops and enjoyed the picnic / park area and boardwalk. We decided not to get off the ship in Lahaina as we had spent quite a bit of time prevously in Maui, and this port required a tender. We enjoyed a peaceful time on the ship. In Hilo, we went to the farmers market and ate lunch at the "Pineapple" Bar. We had Pulled pork sliders and Pineapple cider and ale. The bus back is cheap, but takes a long time so it is better to get a taxi or Uber and share the cost with another couple. Back on the ship we participated in putting, ring toss and paper airplane contests. Daniel Oliver was a great singer and piano player in the Crooners Bar. We really enjoyed this cruise because of all the Canadians on board, over 2,000. A lot of passengers were from the Vancouver area. Princess provided us with a traditional Turkey dinner for our Thanksgiving and had a special trivia and Canadian Name that tune that evening. We chose the Walk-off option so we were off the ship before 8am. We took the Canada Line to Bridgeport station and then a bus home. Sure beats having to fly. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was a great cruise overall. As most know, the PNW weather can be iffy in the Fall and we surprisingly had amazing weather for this trip for late September/early October 2019. I didn't know what to pack (even though I live in ... Read More
This was a great cruise overall. As most know, the PNW weather can be iffy in the Fall and we surprisingly had amazing weather for this trip for late September/early October 2019. I didn't know what to pack (even though I live in the PNW) and even with the weather being good, I still didn't pack enough warm clothes for enjoying the outdoor space at sea. We had a balcony room (L301) and many days we sat on our balcony as we sailed away and I could have used more layers. However, days in port I was perfectly fine with capris, long sleeve, and a vest. But on the ship I needed to dress warmer. Layers would be my advice for future cruisers on this with gloves, scarf, hat, vest, coat, and some lighter clothing layers for warmer weather in port. But the weather was so nice on our first at sea day that we even could lay out in swimsuits, by the pool, heading south on our at sea day! But on our at sea day going north I used the atrium pool area as it was cooler. Go figure! We stayed pre-cruise in downtown at our time share. We flew into Sea-Tac and took the light rail into the city (SO EASY if you've not used this before, and cheap!!!) (YouTube Seattle Light Rail system and it'll show you how easy)Then we walked to our resort and used Lyft to the port. Lyft dropped us right off at the ship where we boarded around 11:30am. Barely any lines, hardly any waiting, probably less than 30 minutes from drop off, to on the ship. Got on the ship and made our way to the Horizon Court for a buffet lunch. Seating was crowded indoors, so we sat on the back outside deck and had lunch. It was cooler, so needed our warm jackets & coffee during lunch. At 1pm it was announced that our rooms were ready and we made our way to our cabins where we were happy to see our luggage was waiting for us. Unpacked, and met up with the rest of our party to explore, do the muster drill, and then set sail. Princess has an app that you can download on the ship that you can leave messages for one another via this app. Instructions are on a card in your stateroom about this. It was a little tricky to find our friends on the app (had to enter their number on their stateroom card directly to make them come up) but you can use this feature with Princess' wifi and not be charged. I had my phone on airplane mode while onboard, but wifi was on and we used this app for free. This is not the internet package through the ship. We could also call each others room number and leave messages on their in room phone as well, to communicate. We also had a cabin nextdoor to our friends, and our room steward opened the door, per our request, so we could sit on the balcony and visit. Food on the ship was good. Buffet had the typical things, but for those who don't purchase a drink package and bring on your own hydro-flask or cup, you could get coffee, ice tea, and water in the buffet. They also had hot water and a huge variety of tea bags to choose from as well. I like flavored creamer, which isn't offered on the ship, so I just packed a small box of flavored creamer pods in my suitcase and took a couple to breakfast each day. I also brought on my own insulated coffee mug to keep my coffee warm and have a larger coffee cup to walk around the ship with my coffee in the mornings. My husband did purchase the soda package which was reasonable (under $10/per day) so he stayed hydrated via soda or other juices/mocktails, etc. We just purchased our own cocktails and drinks as needed as we couldn't justify the alcohol drink package for how little we drink. I did bring on the allowed 2 bottles of wine for my stateroom though (1 per person) & just asked my steward to bring me some wine glasses. There's a specialty coffee package that was $31 for 15 coffees, which is a good deal if you use all 15 coffees, which our friends bought one to share, but on a 7 day trip and quite a few days on shore, they left a few drinks un-punched on the card, so they didn't get all 15 drinks. I asked the person at the coffee stand if you could use the unused coffee punch card on a different Princess ship/sailing and he said no. So that didn't work in their favor. Now we did end up having lobster on our last formal night in the main dining room and Baked Alaska. That was very pleasant to know that Princess still has the lobster night, as many lines are doing away with lobster night. Some people don't care about this feature, we happen to book with the lines that still do this if the itinerary is what we want. Ship was in decent shape. You can tell it's been used quite a bit. For instance we had a bit of carpet coming up along the edges of our stateroom. No big deal, it has mass amounts of people coming and going, so it's going to look used. But over all the ship still was beautiful and clean. We did not have a mini suite, so no couch in our room and the shower seemed extra small compared to the Celebrity ship we were on last year. The Star shower had a shower curtain that you had to make sure was inside the shower so not to soak your bathroom floor, which I did a few times unexpectedly. The shower also had wall mounted shampoo/cond combo, and body wash, also a small body lotion was provided on the bathroom counter. But the room was well appointed & clean, with a large closet and ample shelving and storage for our 7days. The bathroom this cruise had an overall outhouse smell, so I had brought on a small bathroom spray, which I used to mask that odd smell. I would have liked a counter standing bathroom scent to keep it smelling fresh throughout. But didn't know that we'd need it as I've never had that constant smell in our bathroom on a ship before. My parents were in a mini suite on dolphin deck and they had a full size shower/tub combo and couch area and 2 TVs vs our 1. However their balcony had zero cover on that dolphin level, which left them exposed to above cabins and weather. We had a nice over hang cover on our Lido deck balcony which was nice when it did sprinkle a bit, we could still make use of our balcony. Entertainment was fine. Didn't go to all the shows and didn't make use of the lounges and all the entertainment going on around the ship as we visited with our party more on this trip than go to the shows. They had two comedians back to back, which was odd not to break those up a bit, one was much funnier than the other. The ships in house production show was ok, Celebrity did much better with this. But the Star isn't one of Princess top ships, so expected not to have the top entertainers, and that was just fine. It was worth our time to watch and we were entertained nicely. They did a fine job and we enjoyed going each night that we did. Walking around the ship we did hear other lounges having entertainment, which seemed fun. So there was lots to enjoy on the ship. Didn't do any of Princess' excursions. Did our own in port by renting cars and walking food tours, and finding local breweries. ASTORIA we had great weather, which doesn't always work out. Astoria is a lovely town with a fun river walk and lots of breweries. There was a $7 shuttle to go into the heart of town from the port that you could use as much as needed throughout the day. You aren't in town when you port and there's a good mile+ walk to get into town from port. Which is a nice walk on a clear day, but we opted for the shuttle. SAN FRANSISCO, our highlight was to go under the Golden Gate Bridge. We went under both times in the dark and the bridge isn't lit up on the underside, so our pictures don't do it justice. The ship will go under the bridge depending on tides so the ship will fit under the bridge, we set our alarm clocks for 5am, and we actually went under at 6am. But again, we heard this could vary due to tides and nobody could give me exact times we'd be going under when we asked the night prior. We left port at 10pm. Both were the same experience going under the bridge, less crowded on the top deck in the morning, and very windy both times, more so leaving than coming in. But it could have been foggy just the same, so it was just lucky we had such a good experience with this. Luckily we had no fog or rain, so it was fun. We did Alcatraz on our own (bought tickets a few months early) and ported almost next door to the Alcatraz pier. Walking distance to Pier 39 as well. We did a Little Italy walking food tour on our own, which was SO FUN!!! MONTEREY we rented a car to do the 17-mile drive and see Pebble beach, which was beautiful. We rented through Enterprise which had a shuttle van that picked you up in the pier parking lot. Had to call to find it, as it wasn't there and wasn't marked when we arrived, so we just had to wait. Some friends took an Uber to Carmel by the Sea, and am wondering if that would have been more time and cost efficient instead. But if you stay around the port area, you can easily walk and stay entertained close to the ship as well without going out of the area completely. VICTORIA didn't have Uber, so we walked into the harbor area, which was a bit over a mile I'd guess, and very lovely and an easy walk. We've been to Victoria so didn't need to sight see, just popped into pubs and looked around the harbor area. Now, we left Victoria in the evening so we got back on the ship later, which meant all the shops on the ship were closed and stayed closed until we disembarked. We forgot this tidbit and left about $70 unused OBC because we couldn't use our OBC (except for drinks) in the shops, as I was thinking about getting a sweatshirt or something with our OBC. So keep that in mind if you have any OBC, use it up before the things on board close down and if you depart your port later. Just a reminder, which I knew, but forgot about until it was too late. Disembarkation we opted to carry our own luggage off so we could keep our luggage with us the night before. They wanted us out of our rooms by 8am, so we quickly had breakfast in the buffet and then went and got our luggage and walked right off. Now, we opted to use the Lyft system to get back to the airport. They will not let Uber/Lyft drivers to come right up to the ship like they did dropping us off. You have to walk about 1/4 mile+ to get to the Uber/Lyft area. For my husband and I, that was no big deal. However for my parents who have mobility issues, that wasn't so great. They did it, but it was a struggle for them. Lyft will vary on cost, but it was about $30 for two of us to get to the airport, where the shuttles directly at the port were charging $30 per person to go to the airport. So for the short walk, it was worth it to us to use Lyft (which was consistently cheaper than Uber in Seattle this trip) Overall, this was a very nice cruise and being from the PNW, it was very accessible to us and I'd easily do it again for a fast, cheaper week get away. The seas were calm going south and a tad rougher heading north, but bearable. But that could vary from time to time. The ship was lovely, staff was nice, food was decent. Overall would book again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We are a couple in our early 70s who have been on many cruise lines, 6 of our trips on Princess. We are in NJ and when we saw this cruise leaving out of Seattle, it was just the kind of trip we were looking for since we had a visit to ... Read More
We are a couple in our early 70s who have been on many cruise lines, 6 of our trips on Princess. We are in NJ and when we saw this cruise leaving out of Seattle, it was just the kind of trip we were looking for since we had a visit to Seattle on our bucket list and it is very far away from NJ, it would kill 2 birds, etc. It was a 7 day cruise to North Pacific, most of the ports we had already visited.We picked a mini suite which had the option of Club Class membership for only a small increase in price, we also got free gratuities, onboard $$ and priority embarkation & debarkation. The embarking was a breeze, but it was for everyone once you got to the terminal. DO NOT take Uber or a private car / friend to the Seattle port. You get let off way before the terminal, have to take shuttle to the terminal, drag your own bags to the terminal, etc. Taxis let you right off at the entry and porters retrieve your bags. A lesson for us.Our room was a traditional mini-suite, with extra room & a bathtub. Our Steward, Frederick greeted us with champagne. There were 2 small bottles of wine on the table (part of the Club Class perks, both white, one was supposed to be red, but oh well). Frederick was prompt with freshening the room & taking care of any problems (stuck drain in sink). The main draw of the Club Class was that you would have private dining room with mostly tables for 2 and no waiting for Anytime dining. That did not quite work out. Depending on the time we went, there were no tables available. Donrog (I hope I got that right) was the Maitre d / host for this area. He was wonderful. He ran around and got us in as quickly as possible. He was amazing. He also did "table side" cooking and preparation (it was in one area of the dining room, not really by your table, but he made a great Ceasar salad). The food was mediocre. My lobster tail I received on one of the "formal" nights was gray and small. I was almost afraid to eat it. No taste. When asked if I wanted another--NO! My husband thought one of the perks was hor de hors before dinner, if there were we did not get any notice of them. The other things I noticed were, no farewell celebration with the waving of the napkins and no Captain's cocktail party. We are Platinum members, so you usually get an invitation. All in all, it was a pleasant, but mediocre trip. Star Princess is showing her age. The entertainment, if you can call it that was BAD!! All comedians, mostly the same guy and he was not funny, only one show (that was good). We took one Princess sponsored tour in Monterey. I was sort of a disaster, that turned out nice at the end. It was a trip to Big Sur and then wine tasting, apparently someone did not do their homework and the winery could not accommodate all of the members of the group at once, we were the second group, so we had to wait 30 min before our turn and 30 min after our turn for another group. Needless to say, we were over an hour late to tender back to the ship. We hit rough water and the tender lost an engine and banged into the cruise ship twice before we could safely disembark. It was the most exciting part of our trip!! Later after dinner when when we returned to our room there was a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket as an apology. That was nice! All in all, I would cruise with Princess again, but only on their newer ships, not sure about the Club Class perk. Oh, almost forgot something. Princess and other hotels, there is no such thing as Shampoo & Conditioner in one. Ask any woman. (men don't care.) I will bring my own soap, shampoo & conditioner from now on since many place including our hotel prior to the cruise have pump bottles in the shower, but they had separate shampoo & conditioner. Also, I am not a bath gel person. I want SOAP! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Let's start with the condition of the vessel. It needs some major repairs to it's plumbing systems as we had personal loss of our toilet multiple times this cruise and saw many leaking ceilings and buckets throughout the ship. ... Read More
Let's start with the condition of the vessel. It needs some major repairs to it's plumbing systems as we had personal loss of our toilet multiple times this cruise and saw many leaking ceilings and buckets throughout the ship. Heard stories of cabins flooded and carpet replaced, our friends were relocated along with their neighbors due to repairs to their cabins. However I cannot find fault with the crew of this vessel. Captain Tuvo has a very happy crew, we heard crew people tell of how nice it is to work on board the Star and it showed right to the customers as well. Dinner in Sabatini's was fantastic for both service and food. Anytime dining was great, never having any issues getting a table when we wanted. We tried to get Edwardo and Paul each night as they were so good with service and timing of our meals. The barrel chair was in our caribe cabin and we were thrilled to see it. Air conditioning did not work on our warmest day in San Francisco when jellyfish clogged the cooling system we heard, but in our cabin is was fine. Overall the ship does need some care and we heard it will be dry docked in April to upgrade to medallion. Not sure we would sail her again only due to ship condition but not the crew.....they were a joy. Also enjoyed the smoking lounge Shooters for a cigar and whiskey. I also thought the pools were heated somewhat.....on one day the rear pool was too warm for my taste. Oh yea....this cruise also was to pick their entertainer of the year 2019 so they had four on board to do shows and we voted. The singer Phillip Brown won and he was great. Also even with it's plumbing issues I have to say the public restrooms were some of the cleanest and well cared for we have experienced at sea. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My very first cruise. It was very nice and a non-party animal atmosphere, adult oriented. Great food; Pretty good entertainment; Great staff and service; Gorgeous views and nice port stops. Highly recommended. I am a vegetarian. The main ... Read More
My very first cruise. It was very nice and a non-party animal atmosphere, adult oriented. Great food; Pretty good entertainment; Great staff and service; Gorgeous views and nice port stops. Highly recommended. I am a vegetarian. The main dining room options were limited, But once the Head Waiter heard of my dissatisfaction, he jumped in and made sure that I had plenty of wonderful options. Sabitini's specialty restaurant was the BEST. Wish we had some better Movies under the Stars. Bingo was fun, but expensive. Took a trolley car at Ketichkan and did some shopping; Did Mt. Roberts tram in Juneau and did some more shopping; Did the Summit bus in Skagway. All very enjoyable and affordable. Skagway was the cutest downtown with LOTS of shopping!!! Victoria was a waste of time as only arrived at 7 PM and left by 11 PM. Tracy Arm Fjord was breathtaking!!! Already booked my next Princess cruise for Hawaii out of Seattle for 2020. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We primarily chose Princess because of the ease of sailing with them and the knowledge that we would at least have decent food. Last year we sailed on a competitor's line and my bed was hard and the food was not good. We came back to ... Read More
We primarily chose Princess because of the ease of sailing with them and the knowledge that we would at least have decent food. Last year we sailed on a competitor's line and my bed was hard and the food was not good. We came back to Princess knowing it might not be one of those huge ships with all the activities but maybe we didn't need all that. It turns out good food and a comfortable bed made me very happy. The Star is not a new ship by any means but the crew on her is just amazing. We just had such a nice time. I can't express how well they took care of us this time. It was above and beyond. We splurged and got a mini-suite and it was such a treat!!! I would highly recommend it if you have the opportunity. It was very, very comfortable. The MDR was very, very good. I only had one dinner that was just ok all week. The food was good. I especially enjoyed all the seafood options. My only bad meal was at the Crown Grill and it was more of a service issue versus the food. We had a 2 1/2 hour dinner that just drug on and on for no reason. I definitely will sail with Princess again many times but I just don't know if I will go back to the Crown Grill. The crew show was a really fun!!!! My grandkids enjoyed the kids club and the pool a lot. All in all it was a lot of fun and we had a great time!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife and I have been to Alaska before and we like Princess Cruise Line, so for our 43rd Anniversary and her 71st birthday, all within the week we were at sea, we decided to go again. This time, we decided to go on the Star Princess and ... Read More
My wife and I have been to Alaska before and we like Princess Cruise Line, so for our 43rd Anniversary and her 71st birthday, all within the week we were at sea, we decided to go again. This time, we decided to go on the Star Princess and it was an excellent choice. My wife is handicapped and it's very hard for her to walk, and the Princess Cruise Lines associates were very accommodating. They had a special area for people who needed extra help coming on board and nary a word was said by anyone when an associate came up with a wheelchair, we were #28, and pushed my wife up the ramps to the ships. I could not have done it, but they did without complaining and without tip, they refused my tip, explaining it was "their pleasure". As my wife is a "slot addict", we received a discount on the room, which was A750, And what a room it was, right at the top of the ship, next to the pool and a VERY SHORT WALK to the buffet. Anyway, I could go on and on, but this cruise was excellent. We dined in the Crown Grill (extra charge, well worth it), ate Filet Mignon, Surf and Turf and had the Alaskan Samples desert (delicious). The excursions were not what we thought, but that was our decision, not theirs. If you go, make sure you go to the Salmon Bake, and all-you-can-eat buffet of salmon, fresh baked beans and other mouth watering items. Well worth it!! Overall, in all my years of cruising and my wife and I have been on well over 40 cruises, this was the BEST for getting on and off of a ship, believe me. If Alaska is on your bucked list, book it for September, no mosquitoes!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We started our cruise from Seattle, staying overnight at the DoubleTree hotel at Seattle, booked through Princess Cruises. I would recommend this hotel prior to a cruise. Part of the booking the hotel was the Transfer from the airport ... Read More
We started our cruise from Seattle, staying overnight at the DoubleTree hotel at Seattle, booked through Princess Cruises. I would recommend this hotel prior to a cruise. Part of the booking the hotel was the Transfer from the airport to the hotel and Hotel to the ship. The embarkation was very fast of the ship through checking and security on board in 20 minutes from getting of the coach. Of the three cruises we have been on this was by far the fastest. Our cabin was on Caribe deck 502, it was small as was the bathroom, the balcony was large as was the flat screened 32 inch tv that overpowered the room, you have to be careful not to hit your head on the corner of the tv which i did on occasion. The queen size bed was very comfortable. plenty of hanger space and I liked the shelving unit too, incidentally the safe was not working. The washroom was very small compared to the other cruise ships we have been on. The shower is vey tiny, a word of warning be careful with the shower faucets, the number are printed on the shower faucet and cannot be seen from inside the shower, you can be badly scalded if you are not careful. To read the numbers you have to get out of the shower. Dining was the biggest disappointment of the cruise. We went to the Horizon buffet when we boarded the ship as our cabin was not ready, as we entered the buffet there are two sinks where you have to wash your hands, standing there was a crew member instructing you to wash your hands, I was impressed, as it was embarkation day the buffet was busy, after lunch we decided to explore the ship, we made our way the Atrium, seeking out the Library, we found it off the Atrium, it was a small library with 3 relaxing chairs plus numerous computers, in the entrance was a crew member to give any help to those who needed it to use the computers. Most of the action takes place in the Atrium, the noise was so loud the cruise director chatting on his microphone on the highest volume setting possible, the Atrium is like a long tube reaching up through the middle of the ship, with decks and lounges going off them, how can you concentrate in the library/Internet cafe is beyond me. You can always find the Atrium by following the noise. The lounges are the same quiz games dance lessons and other entertainment are in the lounges at one time or another. The quietest place we found was the Skywalkers disco and lounge, I spoke to several people up there, they had come there for the peace and quietness, but no drinks or coffee are available. We are not open until 10pm we were rudely told when we asked a barman. There was one more place for peace and quiet and that was the Sanctuary, I believe it was $40 a day each to use, very expensive to have to pay for a little peace of silence. We found the ship was noisiest on sea days when in port it was much quieter. Back to the Horizon buffet, on the sea day my wife was ill, I left her in the cabin to go for lunch, I found a table vacant at one side of the entrance, as I entered I noticed there was no one supervising hand washing, as I sat there eating I counted 50 passengers walking past the wash stations in 10 minuted. What is the point of me washing my hands, then going and using utensils used by passengers with dirty hands. On other surmise ships and the International Cafe servers serve your food no passengers are allowed to self serve. I would class the Horizon buffet as an health risk. When we booked the cruise we asked especially for a table for two as my wife is deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other ear, she uses one hearing aid in the partially deaf ear. She gets confused when in a crowd of people at a dinner table. On our third evening we decided to go to the Amalfi dining room our designated dining room for the 7.15 dinner. When we were shown our table we were surprised that it was set for a table of 8, I mentioned to the waiter that we required a table for two, we were told rather abruptly no tables for two are in this restaurant, I had been down to the restaurant to make sure we had a table, but during the day it was closed. The waiter then crossed examined us asking who hadn’t we been down before and also where had we eaten, we ordered our meals and ate as quick as possible, we ate in the Portofino restuarant after that Entertainment, Princess does a good job when it comes to shows in the princess theatre. The entertainment was first class Service was good except for the dining waiter who might have been having a good day. We only did one Shore excursions, that was at Skagway, we did the White Pass railway. Which was fantastic. We are a senior couple of 70 and 75 no children. We wont travel with Princess again, I realize its a family oriented cruise line, the noise levels are far to high for us.especially for my wife who’s hearing aid is so sensitive to noise. The other cruise line we used before this one, is more suitable for seniors. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Overall a nice experience. Great cabin, balcony was well used and steward was perfect. Food was not up to other Princess ships I've been on but service was wonderful. I should clarify, Horizon Court Buffet at times reminded me of ... Read More
Overall a nice experience. Great cabin, balcony was well used and steward was perfect. Food was not up to other Princess ships I've been on but service was wonderful. I should clarify, Horizon Court Buffet at times reminded me of college dorm fare. Shows were very good. The most annoying thing was the constant announcements of sales. Yes, they have to make a profit but sometimes it's the little things that make a customer feel special. It was exciting to receive a packet in the post with documents, luggage tags and great expectations of an upcoming adventure. Now you have to print yourself documents etc etc. Nice touch at the end of the cruise was the airlines luggage program. Bags whisked away not to be touched again until you land at your home airport. Note the Star is getting a bit long in the tooth. Showing some age, it gets hard to maintain a ship after 15 years of service. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Overall we had a wonderful time. I looked forward to the captain's greetings which always ended with "bye-bye". We purchased the steak and lobster balcony dinner, however this being our first cruise we thought you would dine ... Read More
Overall we had a wonderful time. I looked forward to the captain's greetings which always ended with "bye-bye". We purchased the steak and lobster balcony dinner, however this being our first cruise we thought you would dine on a special balcony of the ship. Not so, you are supposed to have a balcony room for this feature (they really should include that in the ad) so we asked the dining staff how we could amend this and they rose to the occasion. We had our own private waiters, James and Nino, who set us up at table on the aft balcony of the ship and dusk. They kept our champagne glasses filled, they took photos for us and even shelled our lobster. They provided us with a night of amazing memories. Alan, our cabin steward was also amazing. The first day he knew our names and always greeted us with a smile, even took a moment to ask about our excursions or our experience. He made us feel like family, not guests. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Because we wanted to visit Alaska for the first time, cruise was nice but I would definitely switch Anchorage or Sitka for Victoria, we arrived at 7 PM and left at 11:30 PM, it was dark and not a chance to visit anything. Another Alaskan ... Read More
Because we wanted to visit Alaska for the first time, cruise was nice but I would definitely switch Anchorage or Sitka for Victoria, we arrived at 7 PM and left at 11:30 PM, it was dark and not a chance to visit anything. Another Alaskan port wouod be way better and less expensive excursion too, $130 train trip to nowhere and could not go down, beautiful scenery but poor excursion, but anyway me and my wife were looking for relax and that's what we've found, but I will definitely go back to Alaska again with a different itinerary if possible. Stateroom service was excellent, food quality in the cruise standards, staff very friendly, some services could be handle better, like make a call to find a different flight or arrange a pick up. We had an open dining and was the best choice, we usually don't eat very early as we like to enjoy the onboard entertainments. Overall Princess is the best cruise line in a matter of service and quality of the ships, unfortunately we cannot change the quality of the people ( passengers) lots of them rude, grumpy and with bad habit like fill a plate full of food and then leave half of it, waste waste waste or touch the food and place it back at rhe buffet,...disgusting and maybe they did not even wash their hands. What really made me upset was that on formal nights lots of people were dressing like they go to the beach!!!! Formal night....it is FORMAL....use a dress/ suit it's an occasion to dress nicely once in a while but some don't get it..... Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We were on the Star Princess for it maiden Alaska cruise in May of 2002. We thought it would be pretty cool to try it again to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We also had on our bucket list to visit all 50 states, Oregon & Washington, ... Read More
We were on the Star Princess for it maiden Alaska cruise in May of 2002. We thought it would be pretty cool to try it again to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We also had on our bucket list to visit all 50 states, Oregon & Washington, were the last two. So we explored the area for a week before the cruise. We got to the port & were on the ship in no time (we do have priority boarding as we had a full suite) but t looked like all the lines were running very smoothly. The rooms were not going to be done til around 1 so we went off to have lunch in the Horizon Buffet. The food was good & plentiful. We got to the room around 1:30 & met our steward, Joseph, who was very friendly & we found out also very efficient. He was the best. We did not have the best weather. It was chilly & cloudy most of the time. Our excursion in Ketichan was canceled due to wind & rain (Lighthouses/totems/wildlife via a boat). We did the whale watch in Juneau which turned out to be the best weather day & a great tour. We saw about 8 whales & followed a few for periods of time. In Skagway we did the White Pass Train & Klondike Highway (train before in 2002). It was again a good tour with a great guide on the train & the bus. We didn't book an excursion in Victoria due to the late arrival but we did get there 2 hrs early so we walked off but not much to see close to the port (souvenir shop). We did stay off to witness the sunset over the mountains (since we usually see it over the water since we live in Florida!) The production shows & comedian we saw we thoroughly enjoyed. We did not see the magician as not our thing. Listened to several of the bar entertainers as well. As part of our suite perks was breakfast in Sabitini's every morning which was great & we took advantage of. The service there was superior & food great. You could get just about anything you wanted! The whole crew there was fantastic. Loved talking to them every morning. The negatives are: Too much emphasis on selling things, not enough to do on the sea days...need some educational seminars or lectures about each port the day before (like they used to do), not so fancy with all the menu choices in the restaurants & some programing on the TV even if the music stations had some good music.....think in 7 days we heard 5 songs we knew. GET A SIRIUS SUBSCRIPTION (that is satellite so you can get it anywhere). The ship is showing its age but everything is kept sparkling clean. Most of the common areas have been upgraded as has the bedding. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We did the same cruise Sep 2017 and loved it, so we came back with friends this time. The positives were easy boarding process, friendly staff, beautiful fjords, cool ports, great excursions, good food and fun entertainment on board. The ... Read More
We did the same cruise Sep 2017 and loved it, so we came back with friends this time. The positives were easy boarding process, friendly staff, beautiful fjords, cool ports, great excursions, good food and fun entertainment on board. The ship was clean and had plenty of room to spread out. I'd recommend splurging on a balcony room; the views are stunning. We got to the fjords at 5 am and it's nice to watch the beauty from our own balcony. Great photo opportunities too. We enjoyed game shows and trivia at night and Gary the cruise director is hilarious. The shows and the bands were excellent. There were lots of food choices at the buffet and the main dining room was good too, although I'd have preferred a few more choices there. Overall a great experience! The one reason I didn't give it 5 stars was a spa visit. The massage itself was great and reasonably priced but the aggressive up-sell tactics took away any relaxation from it. Even when I explained that a massage was the only splurge I was going to make, I was still presented with a package of other procedures that I could "save" money on. After I declined, the expensive lotions were presented, along with reasons why I really needed them. Again no thanks. Finally I was told that my massage experience included a free consultation with a doctor before I could check out. The doctor was very nice and I'm sure she was knowledgeable but I had to reiterate that I wasn't interested in botox or fillers for wrinkles. I spent over $150 including tip and felt like I had to repeatedly justify not spending triple that or more. That will be my last spa experience with Princess. But otherwise, the cruise was seamless and the Alaska itinerary is beautiful and amazing! Highly recommend this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The time fit our schedule. We had our teen grandsons with us. We are Elite and our grandsons are Platinum. While I have never had a bad Princess cruise, this one disappointed me in several ways. Itinerary: Squeezing a ten-day cruise ... Read More
The time fit our schedule. We had our teen grandsons with us. We are Elite and our grandsons are Platinum. While I have never had a bad Princess cruise, this one disappointed me in several ways. Itinerary: Squeezing a ten-day cruise into seven days obviously requires some sacrifices. Here it was Tracy Arm AND Juneau on the same day. There was not enough time to enjoy both fully. The late night stop at Victoria was also troubling. There's not much to do or see in the town late at night. I knew the itinerary before we sailed, of course, but I didn't fully appreciate how rushed we would feel. Disembarkation in port: There was never adequate signage telling where the gangway was. At one stop, we were directed by a staff member (in officer clothes) to go up a deck to get off. When we did, the rather rude security person told us we had to go back down to the deck we had just left. When I told him we had been directed there, he snapped back that "there are signs all over that deck." There were no signs. I never encounter rude staff on a Princess ship, so this surprised me. Crowds: I realized soon after boarding that this was a first-time cruise for more than half the ship, and many of these people were families with children. A person's first cruise is a learning curve, so I don't fault them for making a few errors (such as getting on the wrong elevator or arriving late to dinner.) The problem was crowds of people making the same mistakes: saving seats and deck chairs, pushing and shoving in the buffet, playing loud music and talking loudly on balconies. A related problem was the number of unruly kids running and screeching in the halls and on deck. First-time cruisers perhaps don't realize that kids need to behave on a ship and that the staff is not there to babysit. I think some of those kids could have benefited from attending the kids' clubs, but I don't know if the option was made clear to the parents. Part of it might have been a language issue since there were many people who didn't appear to speak English. These crowd behavior problems are not typical on Princess cruises. We were simply victims of our schedules and could not hold out for a cruise earlier or later in the Alaska season. On the plus side, Elite lounge in Skywalkers was nearly empty so we got very attentive service. Our dining room staff was perfect, as always. The room steward was nothing short of a saint taking care of two messy teenage boys. Surprisingly, we were invited to the Most Traveled Passenger party (but had to decline) with our relatively paltry number of days at sea because there were so few Elites on the cruise. That gave me a laugh. Star Princess is going to P&O in a couple of years, so I was glad we got to sail her again--in spite of the problems. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We chose this cruise as we had wanted to see Alaska for quite sometime and finally had the opportunity to take the trip. On boarding was fine. Of boarding for excursions was slow and getting off on the last day was also slow. Our ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we had wanted to see Alaska for quite sometime and finally had the opportunity to take the trip. On boarding was fine. Of boarding for excursions was slow and getting off on the last day was also slow. Our excursions were fun. We did the hike and float in Skagway and the self guided jeep tour in Juneau. The ship was old and dated but clean. The vegetarian options were lacking. I lived off side dishes for lunch and dinner for all 7 days. The cruise director Gary was amazing, he was one of the highlights for sure. SherAnn in the dining areas was simply fantastic, a true spirit to serve associate. The quality of the dancers and singers was not great in a few of the shows. The piano bar singer played all the songs in the spirit of a barber shop quartet but was missing the quartet. The female singers in the UK show had some annoying vocal habits. We tried to avoid any further shows staring them~ We went to one karaoke night and it was super fun, the place was packed so it must be popular but they only did this twice and both times the show was so short only a few people could sing. Why not do them for a longer period of time due to popularity?? Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
The ship was completely full but you would never know it! Limited shopping on board. Sit down dining. We often didn't like their entree offerings. One evening, I had to send the pasta back because it was under cooked. Very nice ... Read More
The ship was completely full but you would never know it! Limited shopping on board. Sit down dining. We often didn't like their entree offerings. One evening, I had to send the pasta back because it was under cooked. Very nice ambiance. Dining service - amazing! Entertainment. Cruise director was high energy and funny. Not enough lighthearted fun entertainment especially in the evening - we wanted to laugh more. Comedian was great! Destinations - Alaska is very beautiful. But after a few days the terrain is all the same when viewing from the ship. The excursions were overpriced which kept us away from seeing some of the sites. Glaciers were amazing. It rained at Ketchikan all day so it limited our time there. The train trip at Skagway is a must to experience some wonderful views. We couldn't dock at Victoria because winds were too high. Victoria is a bust anyway because you only get 4 hours there in the evening. Salon - we did the couples massage. The massage was great but they spoiled the experience by pushing us to buy on board products and other services. My wife had her hair colored and the technician did a poor job and my wife was very upset. They didn't offer any restitution other than they reduced the price. Internet - they charge by the minute rather than by the day. It was VERY overpriced. My wife had to work while cruising and internet cost was over $300 - unacceptable! Debarkation - they arranged for FREE our checked baggage to leave the ship and go directly to the airline. They also printed out our boarding passes and had them delivered to the room. Big thumbs up! Overall - great experience but not as glamorous a trip as one might expect. Delightful experience. We wouldn't do this excursion again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Embarkation in Seattle: Fast since we were the last shuttle bus from the airport. Food: Main Dining Room: Average except on crab leg night...excellent that night. Food: Buffet: I liked it better than most budget cruise lines. ... Read More
Embarkation in Seattle: Fast since we were the last shuttle bus from the airport. Food: Main Dining Room: Average except on crab leg night...excellent that night. Food: Buffet: I liked it better than most budget cruise lines. Food: On the final sea day they had a brunch that was GREAT! Entertainment: Nothing to get excited about. On par with their sister line Carnival. Cabin: It was adequate for 2 adults. The bed was very comfortable. It had a large TV. The balcony was huge for the cabin class. My wife really liked the separate dressing area. Cabin Steward: Fantastic, a ghost, my kind of service. MDR Wait Staff: Among the best we have ever had. Sabatini's: I didn't like it but it was "free", comp'd by Princess. Debarkation: Excellent Shuttle Service: Princess shuttle service from/to SEA-TAC was good. We enjoyed our stops although we skipped Victoria because of high wind and couldn't get in to see the glacier due to fog but we saw a smaller one. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Star Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.2
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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