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Star Princess Review

4.0 / 5.0
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1380 reviews
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Mostly enjoyable, some letdowns

Review for Star Princess to South America
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ozitripper
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Feb 2019
Cabin: Interior

We chose the 30-night cruise from Buenos Aires to LA because of the itinerary, this and not cruise line loyalty, is our main reason for choosing cruises. It was our second cruise with Princess. The itinerary was great, we were able to visit every port which apparently is unusual, we heard that several earlier cruises had missed some of the southernmost ports due to weather conditions.

The ship: Although a little older, is well maintained and comfortable. Our inside cabin was on the small side though storage space was good. On other cruises the cabin has been large enough to accommodate a small sofa as well as a chair. Here we only had one chair which meant that one of us had to sit on the bed. The bathroom was also slightly smaller than on other cruise lines. The theatre had insufficient seating for the number of guests, some guests broke the rules and saved seats. We learned to go early and take a book. The Horizon Court Buffet was also short on seating as was the Piazza area around the International Café, especially as we weren’t allowed to take food up Level 7 were there was more seating.

Staff: The Captain, Michele Tuvo, was very personable. Probably the best we’ve come across. Our cabin steward, Geordie, was friendly and efficient. Most of the restaurant staff were great, with the exception of some of the buffet staff. At breakfast they were quick to offer coffee or juice but didn’t like being asked for tea. They then brought it to us complete with teabags, too strong and nowhere to put the teabags. The Shore Excursions staff were helpful and well organised. In fact, I had no real complaints about any of the staff except for some of those in Passenger Services, some were good, others rude and unhelpful. Interesting that earlier commentators have said the same – take note Princess Cruises.

Cabin Review

Interior

Cabin IB

A little small. good storage but only one chair, the only other seating was the bed.

Port Reviews

Stanley

We found the ships excursions to be too expensive here. We joined the shuttle bus to Gypsy Cove where we saw penguins and enjoyed the scenery. On returning to town we strolled around and spent some time in the church and in the interesting museum. A great day out.

Punta Arenas

We wandered around town, spent time enjoying Pan Pipe music in the town square and visited the Maritime Museum which was very interesting. Some of the places we'd planned to visit were closed until late afternoon but we found plenty to do until it was time to return to the ship. The waterfront area is worth a visit.

Puerto Montt

Enjoyed the boat trip on the lake and the scenery in general. Had a nice lunch and some free time in Puerto Varas

Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

We had a very good guide in the coffee plantation, we learned a lot and were able to sample some good coffee. The excursion also included the cart factory in Sarchi, another interesting experience.

San Juan del Sur

We joined a ships excursion to Granada where we had lunch. An interesting city, worth seeing. Also enjoyed a cruise on Lake Nicaragua. Another good day out.

Lima

Went on the city tour in the morning till mid afternoon, this covered various sites and was well run and interesting.

Lima

The fountains were lovely, well worth seeing. A pleasant evening out

Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego)

We drove through the National Park to the end of the Pan American Highway. There was time to stop and enjoy places along the way. Well run and enjoyable

Montevideo

Took the hop on bus tour here but hadn't pre-booked. A good and inexpensive way to see the city which has interesting buildings, some lovely parks and a nice waterfront area.

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