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The Star Princess is a tired, worn ship that is in desperate need of an upgrade. We found the carpets were stained and torn, the lounge chairs old PVC chairs, the metal rusting... worn is the best way to describe the ship. Our biggest disappointment was the poor quality of the entertainment. The evening entertainment was typical old Vegas: a comedian one night, a mentalist or a gaucho who spent 45 minutes doing rope tricks. Rarely was the room filled. The daytime was even worse: one activity, repeated a few times, was to assemble guests near the elevator and have them guess which door would open next. I am not making this up. And the fitness center was inadequate with long line for a handful of machines; they had one spinning class a day and two two other classes all for an additional fee. Lastly, the ship needs to learn from other cruise lines about keeping passengers healthy. On other ships, passengers must purell their hands before getting on the ship and again at the entry of every public space. Here the only time it was mandatory was at the entrance to the buffet and only to part of the line; the purell stations were everywhere but no one watched and no one cared. By the end, there were an inordinate number of people with bad colds (3 out of our party of 4 were sick at the end). The staff was courteous, but not gracious (with a few exceptions) but I would not recommend this ship. The ports of call were fabulous but try a different cruise line.

Tired Ship

Star Princess Cruise Review by luv2travel18

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2015
  • Destination: Antarctica
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
The Star Princess is a tired, worn ship that is in desperate need of an upgrade. We found the carpets were stained and torn, the lounge chairs old PVC chairs, the metal rusting... worn is the best way to describe the ship.

Our biggest disappointment was the poor quality of the entertainment. The evening entertainment was typical old Vegas: a comedian one night, a mentalist or a gaucho who spent 45 minutes doing rope tricks. Rarely was the room filled.

The daytime was even worse: one activity, repeated a few times, was to assemble guests near the elevator and have them guess which door would open next. I am not making this up. And the fitness center was inadequate with long line for a handful of machines; they had one spinning class a day and two two other classes all for an additional fee.

Lastly, the ship needs to learn from other cruise lines about keeping passengers healthy. On other ships, passengers must purell their hands before getting on the ship and again at the entry of every public space. Here the only time it was mandatory was at the entrance to the buffet and only to part of the line; the purell stations were everywhere but no one watched and no one cared. By the end, there were an inordinate number of people with bad colds (3 out of our party of 4 were sick at the end).

The staff was courteous, but not gracious (with a few exceptions) but I would not recommend this ship. The ports of call were fabulous but try a different cruise line.
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Balcony
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Lido Deck Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins