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We are a couple in our early 70s who have been on many cruise lines, 6 of our trips on Princess. We are in NJ and when we saw this cruise leaving out of Seattle, it was just the kind of trip we were looking for since we had a visit to Seattle on our bucket list and it is very far away from NJ, it would kill 2 birds, etc. It was a 7 day cruise to North Pacific, most of the ports we had already visited.We picked a mini suite which had the option of Club Class membership for only a small increase in price, we also got free gratuities, onboard $$ and priority embarkation & debarkation. The embarking was a breeze, but it was for everyone once you got to the terminal. DO NOT take Uber or a private car / friend to the Seattle port. You get let off way before the terminal, have to take shuttle to the terminal, drag your own bags to the terminal, etc. Taxis let you right off at the entry and porters retrieve your bags. A lesson for us.Our room was a traditional mini-suite, with extra room & a bathtub. Our Steward, Frederick greeted us with champagne. There were 2 small bottles of wine on the table (part of the Club Class perks, both white, one was supposed to be red, but oh well). Frederick was prompt with freshening the room & taking care of any problems (stuck drain in sink). The main draw of the Club Class was that you would have private dining room with mostly tables for 2 and no waiting for Anytime dining. That did not quite work out. Depending on the time we went, there were no tables available. Donrog (I hope I got that right) was the Maitre d / host for this area. He was wonderful. He ran around and got us in as quickly as possible. He was amazing. He also did "table side" cooking and preparation (it was in one area of the dining room, not really by your table, but he made a great Ceasar salad). The food was mediocre. My lobster tail I received on one of the "formal" nights was gray and small. I was almost afraid to eat it. No taste. When asked if I wanted another--NO! My husband thought one of the perks was hor de hors before dinner, if there were we did not get any notice of them. The other things I noticed were, no farewell celebration with the waving of the napkins and no Captain's cocktail party. We are Platinum members, so you usually get an invitation. All in all, it was a pleasant, but mediocre trip. Star Princess is showing her age. The entertainment, if you can call it that was BAD!! All comedians, mostly the same guy and he was not funny, only one show (that was good). We took one Princess sponsored tour in Monterey. I was sort of a disaster, that turned out nice at the end. It was a trip to Big Sur and then wine tasting, apparently someone did not do their homework and the winery could not accommodate all of the members of the group at once, we were the second group, so we had to wait 30 min before our turn and 30 min after our turn for another group. Needless to say, we were over an hour late to tender back to the ship. We hit rough water and the tender lost an engine and banged into the cruise ship twice before we could safely disembark. It was the most exciting part of our trip!! Later after dinner when when we returned to our room there was a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket as an apology. That was nice! All in all, I would cruise with Princess again, but only on their newer ships, not sure about the Club Class perk. Oh, almost forgot something. Princess and other hotels, there is no such thing as Shampoo & Conditioner in one. Ask any woman. (men don't care.) I will bring my own soap, shampoo & conditioner from now on since many place including our hotel prior to the cruise have pump bottles in the shower, but they had separate shampoo & conditioner. Also, I am not a bath gel person. I want SOAP!

Seasoned cruisers in Club Class

Star Princess Cruise Review by merrie1108

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Pacific Coastal
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
We are a couple in our early 70s who have been on many cruise lines, 6 of our trips on Princess. We are in NJ and when we saw this cruise leaving out of Seattle, it was just the kind of trip we were looking for since we had a visit to Seattle on our bucket list and it is very far away from NJ, it would kill 2 birds, etc. It was a 7 day cruise to North Pacific, most of the ports we had already visited.We picked a mini suite which had the option of Club Class membership for only a small increase in price, we also got free gratuities, onboard $$ and priority embarkation & debarkation. The embarking was a breeze, but it was for everyone once you got to the terminal. DO NOT take Uber or a private car / friend to the Seattle port. You get let off way before the terminal, have to take shuttle to the terminal, drag your own bags to the terminal, etc. Taxis let you right off at the entry and porters retrieve your bags. A lesson for us.Our room was a traditional mini-suite, with extra room & a bathtub. Our Steward, Frederick greeted us with champagne. There were 2 small bottles of wine on the table (part of the Club Class perks, both white, one was supposed to be red, but oh well). Frederick was prompt with freshening the room & taking care of any problems (stuck drain in sink). The main draw of the Club Class was that you would have private dining room with mostly tables for 2 and no waiting for Anytime dining. That did not quite work out. Depending on the time we went, there were no tables available. Donrog (I hope I got that right) was the Maitre d / host for this area. He was wonderful. He ran around and got us in as quickly as possible. He was amazing. He also did "table side" cooking and preparation (it was in one area of the dining room, not really by your table, but he made a great Ceasar salad). The food was mediocre. My lobster tail I received on one of the "formal" nights was gray and small. I was almost afraid to eat it. No taste. When asked if I wanted another--NO! My husband thought one of the perks was hor de hors before dinner, if there were we did not get any notice of them. The other things I noticed were, no farewell celebration with the waving of the napkins and no Captain's cocktail party. We are Platinum members, so you usually get an invitation.

All in all, it was a pleasant, but mediocre trip. Star Princess is showing her age. The entertainment, if you can call it that was BAD!! All comedians, mostly the same guy and he was not funny, only one show (that was good).

We took one Princess sponsored tour in Monterey. I was sort of a disaster, that turned out nice at the end. It was a trip to Big Sur and then wine tasting, apparently someone did not do their homework and the winery could not accommodate all of the members of the group at once, we were the second group, so we had to wait 30 min before our turn and 30 min after our turn for another group. Needless to say, we were over an hour late to tender back to the ship. We hit rough water and the tender lost an engine and banged into the cruise ship twice before we could safely disembark. It was the most exciting part of our trip!! Later after dinner when when we returned to our room there was a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket as an apology. That was nice!

All in all, I would cruise with Princess again, but only on their newer ships, not sure about the Club Class perk.

Oh, almost forgot something. Princess and other hotels, there is no such thing as Shampoo & Conditioner in one. Ask any woman. (men don't care.) I will bring my own soap, shampoo & conditioner from now on since many place including our hotel prior to the cruise have pump bottles in the shower, but they had separate shampoo & conditioner. Also, I am not a bath gel person. I want SOAP!
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