Star Princess Cruise Review by bostonfred
- Sail Date: October 2019
- Destination: Pacific Coastal
- Cabin Type: Balcony
Positives are many and I may forget a few, but we were very pleased. Staff could not have been better both in performance and attitude. Buffet was much maligned before cruise, but was fine. A lot of repetition, but that is what most people eat. They did have salmon three times at breakfast buffet which is becoming rare. I enjoy the muesli cereal and you can get soy milk as an alternative if you ask. Add extra fruit and nuts to cereal and you have a great, healthy alternative, omelettes can be ordered and delivered to your table. At lunch always great salad options with greens and plenty of beans and veggies to add to it. Deserts were varied and good. There were other options if you looked. In addition to daily soup choices, often there was a separate miso soup startion .One day there were delicious samosas at the start of buffet line. We preferred buffet because we ate almost all meals outside to enjoy the view and marine life. All you needed was a sweatshirt. Two dining room meals were good with great service. As one Princess cruiser once told me, he expects wedding food, but good wedding food.
There were three excellent comedians. We always look forward to comedy shows when sailing. Did not see other acts. Lounge entertainers were typical and game shows were great. I normally don’t care about cruise directors, but Micca was the best I have encountered. He took time to speak to me while hustling through explorer lounge after I greeted him. I am also a Meeka. My grandson gave me that name and it stuck, so we exchanged stories about our name. It was less than a minute, but he was warm,sincere and genuine. Others who interacted with him said the same thing. He is also very talented. His assistant directors were excellent, a strong team
We did most of our own excursions, except for Santa Barbara wine country which was pricey, but we enjoyed it. Our Muir Woods and Sausalito tour was cancelled due to power cut offs caused by fires. There was smoke and haze on the horizon in California.
We stayed two nights at the Fairmont waterfront great hotel and super location. You can walk to ship with your bags as we did or even have them delivered. Embarkation was typical, but we walked off immediately with our luggage for disembarkation and still had a short wait for cab. This seems to be an issue in Vancouver and if you have early flight, get off quickly
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