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This cruise was both a pleasure and a learning experience. I've cruised for years, but always with my husband. He passed in December of 2012 after a long illness. We had been on the Star twice before, a 10-day Mexican cruise for an anniversary, and our last cruise around the horn from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires (a fabulous trip incidentally). I was apprehensive but things turned out very well. The itinerary was slightly different, which was great since I had cruised Mexico many times. I loved both Loreto and La Paz, both of which were new to me, and I had a terrific trip to San Sebastian out of Puerto Vallarta, thanks to a gentleman and his wife who live in Oregon, and I met on Cruise Critic. The tour he arranged was for 7 and the three couples I toured with were wonderful! And I couldn't have asked for a better driver/guide. The price was exceptional as well at $41.00 per person. I had mostly single tablemates at my traditional dining table and one couple that took me under their wing, and I spent every port except Puerto Vallarta with them. I was so worried about feeling alone and I did have my moments, but the people I met and shared time with eliminated those feelings for the most part. I had a terrific room steward and found most crew and staff very pleasant and helpful, as has most always been the case on Princess ships. I was a little disappointed in the food. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't as good as it used to be I felt. I was surprised to learn that only dinner was served in my dining room and there was no longer a wine steward. Both cost cutting moves I assume. I learned that traveling alone will never be as much fun as it was with my husband, but I can do it and enjoy myself. I'm looking at a 10-day cruise on the Golden Princess out of San Francisco (so handy for me since I live on the other side of the bay) in July.

My first cruise alone.

Star Princess Cruise Review by Giovanina

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This cruise was both a pleasure and a learning experience. I've cruised for years, but always with my husband. He passed in December of 2012 after a long illness. We had been on the Star twice before, a 10-day Mexican cruise for an anniversary, and our last cruise around the horn from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires (a fabulous trip incidentally).

I was apprehensive but things turned out very well. The itinerary was slightly different, which was great since I had cruised Mexico many times. I loved both Loreto and La Paz, both of which were new to me, and I had a terrific trip to San Sebastian out of Puerto Vallarta, thanks to a gentleman and his wife who live in Oregon, and I met on Cruise Critic. The tour he arranged was for 7 and the three couples I toured with were wonderful! And I couldn't have asked for a better driver/guide. The price was exceptional as well at $41.00 per person.

I had mostly single tablemates at my traditional dining table and one couple that took me under their wing, and I spent every port except Puerto Vallarta with them. I was so worried about feeling alone and I did have my moments, but the people I met and shared time with eliminated those feelings for the most part.

I had a terrific room steward and found most crew and staff very pleasant and helpful, as has most always been the case on Princess ships. I was a little disappointed in the food. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't as good as it used to be I felt. I was surprised to learn that only dinner was served in my dining room and there was no longer a wine steward. Both cost cutting moves I assume.

I learned that traveling alone will never be as much fun as it was with my husband, but I can do it and enjoy myself. I'm looking at a 10-day cruise on the Golden Princess out of San Francisco (so handy for me since I live on the other side of the bay) in July.
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Cabin BE A708
Very comfortable. Bed just fine. Always love sitting on the balcony with coffee or a glass of wine. Bathroom small but efficient. Shower okay. Adequate room for both hanging and folded clothes. Like having a room safe. Like having a small fridge. Had breakfast in my room most mornings. TV fine, furnishings fine, no complaints really.
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