Overview - unusual itinerary on board an older but well maintained ship.
Transfer to Ship
We boarded the Star Princess in San Antonio, Chile after making our own arrangements for the flight from the US to Santiago. Transfers (Princess arrangements) were efficient and after dropping our cases at the airport we did not see them again until they arrived in our cabin around 16:00. There was a long line at Santiago Intl Airport for the air conditioned coaches but we were seated within 30-45 minutes, so not too bad.
We love being at the back of the ship and spend a lot of time reading and relaxing on the balcony, soothed by the roar of the sea churned up by the ships giant propellers.
One night we decided to sleep under the stars of the southern sky, only waking up at about 03:00 to go in and wash off a light coating of salt.
The vista suite is sold as having a partially obstructed view, however the pillar which is outside the living room does not really cause any significant obstruction. For us the whirlpool bath is one of the biggest draws on these older Princess ships (the suites on Royal class ships only have a regular bath) and we used it every day.
We had just one complaint about the cabin - there were some annoying rattles (more of a ticking than a regular rattle) when the ship was doing 20+ knots and stuffing the gaps with bits of paper was only partially successful in alleviating this.
Here we did our own thing. After days of excellent food, the long walk up to the statue Cristo de la Misericordia was welcome and the view down over the bay was ample reward for the effort.