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This was a terrible, terrible experience. It was Star Breeze's first full itinerary cruise after it's quick push from Rome to Barcelona. Spanish coast up to Lisbon. To say this ship was not ready for prime-time is an understatement. The guest-relations crew was totally lost--no one, and I mean no one, has prevailed the short excursions, and the ship was jammed with a 70-member party that shared absolutely no space with anyone. Had five shore excursions, but cancelled three because the first was just awful. Sunday morning on Majorca Spain with a complete idiot. History apparently started on the Island in 1700. No Moors, nothing. Luckily, as he told us, there's no tide in the Mediterranean Sea, so no worries about anything. Smart guy. The other shore excursions were pretty bad, too, but I did one more to go horseback riding. I'm pretty good at it--grew up training horses, Brochure said the tour accommodated any level of expertise, but it was nose-to-butt all the way. Received half of the cost back. Boat was just okay. Service terrific as expected. Captain surly. Entirely newly renovated; toilet ventilation very poor. This cruise has been completely redesigned for this summer--no more Majorca on Sunday (not exactly hopping--nothing open), but guide was quite happy to tell off-color jokes about bull testicles. He's off the schedule now. Gibraltar was dropped in favor of Morocco--not bad idea, but caters to ancient passengers who just couldn't deal with crowds and long walk from berth in incredible heat. Also dropped Seville. A real disappointment there--engine failed, or so the ship steward said, so we couldn't make it into the city. 90 minute bus ride from Cadiz, but Cadiz itself was interesting. All in all, a real disappointment at the prize point, and so radically different from Wind Star ships. A real sense of social class differences on this bigger boat that just isn't on the sailing ships. This is a mini-Carnival cruise ship. Very indifferent to passengers and a deer-in-the-headlights attitude. Maybe it will get better. But why not save the money and go on the real Carnival. You won't be able to tell any difference.

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Star Breeze Cruise Review by plight

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This was a terrible, terrible experience. It was Star Breeze's first full itinerary cruise after it's quick push from Rome to Barcelona. Spanish coast up to Lisbon.

To say this ship was not ready for prime-time is an understatement. The guest-relations crew was totally lost--no one, and I mean no one, has prevailed the short excursions, and the ship was jammed with a 70-member party that shared absolutely no space with anyone.

Had five shore excursions, but cancelled three because the first was just awful. Sunday morning on Majorca Spain with a complete idiot. History apparently started on the Island in 1700. No Moors, nothing. Luckily, as he told us, there's no tide in the Mediterranean Sea, so no worries about anything. Smart guy.

The other shore excursions were pretty bad, too, but I did one more to go horseback riding. I'm pretty good at it--grew up training horses, Brochure said the tour accommodated any level of expertise, but it was nose-to-butt all the way. Received half of the cost back.

Boat was just okay. Service terrific as expected. Captain surly. Entirely newly renovated; toilet ventilation very poor.

This cruise has been completely redesigned for this summer--no more Majorca on Sunday (not exactly hopping--nothing open), but guide was quite happy to tell off-color jokes about bull testicles. He's off the schedule now. Gibraltar was dropped in favor of Morocco--not bad idea, but caters to ancient passengers who just couldn't deal with crowds and long walk from berth in incredible heat.

Also dropped Seville. A real disappointment there--engine failed, or so the ship steward said, so we couldn't make it into the city. 90 minute bus ride from Cadiz, but Cadiz itself was interesting.

All in all, a real disappointment at the prize point, and so radically different from Wind Star ships. A real sense of social class differences on this bigger boat that just isn't on the sailing ships. This is a mini-Carnival cruise ship. Very indifferent to passengers and a deer-in-the-headlights attitude.

Maybe it will get better. But why not save the money and go on the real Carnival. You won't be able to tell any difference.
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