Princess Cruises, Not what they used to be: Star Princess Cruise Review by warupsca

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Princess Cruises, Not what they used to be

Sail Date: May 2009
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Seattle
The May 2009 cruise to Alaska on the Star Princess may well be my last cruise on a Princess Cruise ship.........Since Carnival added Princess Cruises to it already overflow of cruise line companies, Princess has steadly gone down hill with Carnival touches. Especially evident is dining, the wonderful traditional Italian dining and service experience offered by Princess Cruises for years and years has been replaced by substandard banquet food and shotty service........One area Princess (Carnival) must deal with is the Lido Buffet, Princess is one of only a few cruise lines that allow passenger to self serv in the buffet area and I witnessed serving spoons and utinciles dropped on the floor by a passenger and replaced (without cleaning) back onto a buffet item...

As far as the ship, Star Princess is one of the largest in the Princess fleet and the public areas are numerous and spaceous. Cabins are adequate for all inside, outside and balcony categories. Suites in all categories More are the best buy, spaceous and well designed. Entertainment on the Star Princess was nothing to write about, good to poor on most occasions. ONE very important item to pass onto any passengers using the "NEW Cruise Terminal" in Seattle for any cruise line for any sailing.....the terminal is a disaster, from passenger drop off to luggage check to passenger checkin the process is a nightmare, arrive early for your departure and use self check out at the end of a cruise in Seattle and rush away from the terminal ASAP Less

Published 08/28/09

Cabin review: Ic552

All inside,outside and balcony cabins on the Star Princess are adequate, good storage, new LCD TV, beds are comfortable and the bathroom average size........The best buy is a mini suite on any Princess cruise ship, the suites are large, walkin closets, bathroom with tub and shower and great sitting area both inside the suite and the balcony area............

Port and Shore Excursions

New Terminal in Seattle is a disaster, no traffic or passenger assistance, no signage to show arriving and departing passengers where to go and what to do. Sail in and out of the Puget Sound area and the Seattle skyline is spectacular. New downtown terminal requires an addition half hour driving time to and from the Seatac Airport and traffic can be slow and unorganized as you approach or leave the terminal area.
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A touch of old Alaska, quaint town, the Yukon train excursion is a MUST SEE....Weather is generally cool and windy and walking is the only way to get around Skagway to and from the ship into town and shopping.......make sure you dress warm and have a great pair of walking shoes
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Charming capitol city for BC........Transfer bus ride from the cruise terminal into downtown (Empress Hotel) area is expensive, but a walk into the city center will take nearly an hour, so the cruise lines have their passengers in a no win mode, use our expensive bus transfer or take an equally expensive taxi ride or walk for an hour. However, once in the city center for Victoria, it blooms (literally) flower beds and hanging flower baskets everywhere............
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