I like the organization of exterior public spaces. Most outward facing railing is composed of evenly spaced vertically oriented glass panels. Panels range in height from four to eight feet. All panels are about a foot wide and every gap between those panes is about 3 inches. It serves perfectly it’s intended perfectly in three ways. First, you can see everything. They may get a bit obscured with sea spray, but that just means that the spray is not on you. Second, they foil wind. Though forty knot wind was making the rigging howl, behind this screen I felt only a breeze. Finally the gaps between the panels are just the right size for a camera. Most of the topside around the midship swimming pool is chaise lounge sized tiers. It’s easy to navigate with a plate full of food and there is plenty of space for everybody.
I like the complimentary restaurant meals. They were consistently well prepared. The portions were consistently well prepared and small, which is as it should be. If you need a larger meal, you simply order more courses. For example, I ordered five scallop appetizer courses, and skipped the entree.
A major shortcoming that I found for the Star is that it lacks a public quiet interior space with a view of the sea. All those seeking an interior space to pull threads or read or play card are banished to artificially lit cave like places. On the Star, all the interior, sunny comfortable places serve the purpose of dining, drinking and watching sports. This shortcoming could be easily remedied by eliminating one of the upper mid-ship specialty restaurants or eliminate the interior portion of the “owners suite” or eliminating a half dozen cabins fwd of the library on deck 12.
I liked the ocean view stateroom on Deck 5. The king sized bed was centered against a large rectangular window on the outer hull while the interior end of the room held a large wardrobe and bathroom straddling the entrance. Between the bed and the bath on one side of the room was a small desk and some shelves. Next to that was enough floor space to lie down, stretch and do some aerobics, ( which on a cruise is a very advisable thing to do! 8^). The bath was large. Large by comparison to a bath in a travel trailer or any other cruise ship bath I have encountered. It had a closable toilet stall and the shower was large enough to wash your hair without damaging your elbows. The room also had a TV (about 25”), a safe and a mini-bar.