Star Princess Cruise Review by vancouvershirley
- Sail Date: October 2019
- Destination: Pacific Coastal
- Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
The sea days were boring because there was nothing to do compared with other years. Our impression was that Princess had made cuts to the budget of this ship. The entertainment was for the most part mediocre. There were too many performances by comedians. The Star Princess Singers and Dancers performed only twice rather than three times, compared with other years. We were told that they had just joined the ship which means that they should have spent more time in rehearsal before being unleashed on us. Their unpolished performances, in particular the dancing, showed their lack of practice. Why was this cruise used as a practice occasion for them? Another example, is that in previous years, there were several first-run movies in the theatres each day. This cruise, for the most part, offered movies outside (Under the Stars) and they were not first run. On top of all of this, we did not receive the invitation to the Captain's Circle event and found that several others had not although they were qualified to attend.
Our overall impression was that either Princess is making cuts to its offerings (but not cuts to its prices) or that Princess does not care about the Star Princess because it has sold the ship. Either way, this cruise did not measure up to last year's cruise. This is disappointing because Princess is not a budget cruise line.
On the positive side, embarkation and disembarkation were smooth, the ports and excursions were very satisfactory and the wait staff in the dining room were excellent. The cabin was comfortable and clean. The plumbing worked well in our room. I am hoping that Princess, which my friends had recommended previously, listens to concerns. I know that many people voiced the same concerns on the cruise.
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