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Star Princess Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Cruise was good but I expected better from Princess

Star Princess Cruise Review by moe19

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2018
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

This was our 2nd cruise with Princess. We chose this cruise because we wanted to do an Alaskan Cruise and our travel agent recommended it. The ship was fine. Very clean. Our cabin was a typical balcony cabin but the bed was more comfortable than any other cruise we took. The captain was excellent. He even stopped the ship several times so everyone could get a good look at wildlife wherever it was encountered on the shore. Entertainment was mediocre at best. We had anytime dining which meant we could eat in either of two dining rooms at our leisure. One dining room, (I believe it was the Capri Dining Room) was very nice and we had an excellent waitress which we requested to get whenever we used this dining room. We used the other dining room twice and were not treated very well there. The service made you feel like they doing you a favor by serving you your meal. Very surprising and disappointing. This is a downfall with anytime dining. Unless you request a particular server, you get a different server every night. You don't get an opportunity to build a relationship with your server which I always felt was a highlight on our cruises. My main complaint was that they convinced us to buy drink packages for everyone but after you purchase it, you find out that all the bars on the ship close between 10:00pm and 11:00pm. Really?? We were never able to take advantage of the drink package and Princess refused to give us even a partial refund of what we paid for it. Considering the limited number hours that the bars were open, selling drink packages was a complete rip off. By 11:00pm every night, it became a ghost ship. Very few people were around. Definitely not the festive atmosphere you would expect on a cruise ship. The pizza and ice cream bars were even closed by 10:00pm. Don't take this cruise if you want any kind of nightlife. If you like to go to bed right after dinner, then this is your cruise. I think we will stick with Royal Caribbean which we have cruised with over 20 times.

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