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We chose this particular cruise to Hawaii to escape the January cold of Idaho and we are loyal to Princess, so on to Star princess we roll. We also did this itinerary in January, 2013 on the Golden, so this voyage was a do-over. We had previously been on Star to Mexico in 2016, so we were familiar with this ship. Pre-trip- Spent the night before embarkation at the Best Western Plus in San Pedro. There is a noise problem and cruise shuttle issue at the hotel, so we suggest you find pre-cruise accommodations elsewhere. Embarkation- Smooth as silk. Being in the elite group, we bypassed the general throng at 11:30 am and were on the ship within fifteen minutes of arrival at the port. Ship- Maintenance seems to be slipping on this vessel, compared to what we noticed on our 2016 trip. There is rust on a lot of the balcony railings and exterior nooks/crannies on the ship structure itself, and we think that it needs another drydock schedule to fully get this ship cleaned up. With the Star now 18 years old and counting, we suspect that it may be sold to a second-tier cruise company in the coming years, so perhaps they are backing off on the exterior maintenance for that reason. The interior portions of the ship are kept pristine, with the exceptions of the lounge/theater seat cushions, which are being destroyed by the ever-increasing obese passengers that frequent this type of vacation. Stateroom- We had a balcony stateroom on the Caribe deck, and the balcony space was gigantic, probably 12' x 10'. Half was open to the decks above, and half was very enclosed/private, so this wasn't an issue for us. Stateroom was clean/plenty of room for two passengers. Shower space is smaller than on the Regal/Royal class of ships. Dining- We had traditional dining/2nd seating in the Amalfi DR. Enjoyed good bantering nightly with our staff members ( Melvin and George). Orders were delivered promptly and correctly. Room was not overly loud, and food was very good in here. Specialty dining- we tried both Sabatini's and Crown Grill..... with Sabatini's having a slight nod overall. Buffet- Buffet food was fine.... seating was hard to come by during the popular dining hours. Staff- Friendliest Captain we have ever been around (Christopher Lye). He mingled with the passengers throughout the ship and could be found dining often in the buffet, hanging out with the common folk. He delivered a daily noon update via the PA system, and always had a short explanation on how things work on the ship and the sea. All staff members were friendly, quick to help, with a big smile. The CD could be a little over the top at times, but he definitely ran the show with gusto. Tiki Dave and Leialoha do a fantastic job of running the Hawaii Ambassadors on-board program (and have been doing this for years). The enrichment lectures could put you to sleep pretty quick. Bar staff was attentive without being intrusive. Excursions- We did not do any ship-sponsored tours, instead doing our own thing on each island. Pearl Harbor visit on Oahu (mobbed). Did not care for our luau on Oahu. Did the volcano on big island, bummed around on Kauai, and beach day on Maui. Sea days- Lots of them...… four days westbound, and five days eastbound, so prepare yourself mentally for lots of ocean time. Very few "bumps" on the sea during this trip. Younger passengers might go bonkers on these long runs. Conclusion- We ate well...… well, too much! Star has not adapted yet to the Medallion program, (coming soon) which we really liked on the Regal and does improve the on-board experience. Shipboard activities could be lacking during some of the sea days, forcing you to entertain yourself. Would like to see better ship maintenance. Ship did not sink, nor run out of food, so we consider this another successful cruise!

Winter escape to Hawaii

Star Princess Cruise Review by bookanothercruise

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We chose this particular cruise to Hawaii to escape the January cold of Idaho and we are loyal to Princess, so on to Star princess we roll. We also did this itinerary in January, 2013 on the Golden, so this voyage was a do-over. We had previously been on Star to Mexico in 2016, so we were familiar with this ship.

Pre-trip- Spent the night before embarkation at the Best Western Plus in San Pedro. There is a noise problem and cruise shuttle issue at the hotel, so we suggest you find pre-cruise accommodations elsewhere.

Embarkation- Smooth as silk. Being in the elite group, we bypassed the general throng at 11:30 am and were on the ship within fifteen minutes of arrival at the port.

Ship- Maintenance seems to be slipping on this vessel, compared to what we noticed on our 2016 trip. There is rust on a lot of the balcony railings and exterior nooks/crannies on the ship structure itself, and we think that it needs another drydock schedule to fully get this ship cleaned up. With the Star now 18 years old and counting, we suspect that it may be sold to a second-tier cruise company in the coming years, so perhaps they are backing off on the exterior maintenance for that reason. The interior portions of the ship are kept pristine, with the exceptions of the lounge/theater seat cushions, which are being destroyed by the ever-increasing obese passengers that frequent this type of vacation.

Stateroom- We had a balcony stateroom on the Caribe deck, and the balcony space was gigantic, probably 12' x 10'. Half was open to the decks above, and half was very enclosed/private, so this wasn't an issue for us. Stateroom was clean/plenty of room for two passengers. Shower space is smaller than on the Regal/Royal class of ships.

Dining- We had traditional dining/2nd seating in the Amalfi DR. Enjoyed good bantering nightly with our staff members ( Melvin and George). Orders were delivered promptly and correctly. Room was not overly loud, and food was very good in here.

Specialty dining- we tried both Sabatini's and Crown Grill..... with Sabatini's having a slight nod overall.

Buffet- Buffet food was fine.... seating was hard to come by during the popular dining hours.

Staff- Friendliest Captain we have ever been around (Christopher Lye). He mingled with the passengers throughout the ship and could be found dining often in the buffet, hanging out with the common folk. He delivered a daily noon update via the PA system, and always had a short explanation on how things work on the ship and the sea. All staff members were friendly, quick to help, with a big smile. The CD could be a little over the top at times, but he definitely ran the show with gusto. Tiki Dave and Leialoha do a fantastic job of running the Hawaii Ambassadors on-board program (and have been doing this for years). The enrichment lectures could put you to sleep pretty quick. Bar staff was attentive without being intrusive.

Excursions- We did not do any ship-sponsored tours, instead doing our own thing on each island. Pearl Harbor visit on Oahu (mobbed). Did not care for our luau on Oahu. Did the volcano on big island, bummed around on Kauai, and beach day on Maui.

Sea days- Lots of them...… four days westbound, and five days eastbound, so prepare yourself mentally for lots of ocean time. Very few "bumps" on the sea during this trip. Younger passengers might go bonkers on these long runs.

Conclusion- We ate well...… well, too much! Star has not adapted yet to the Medallion program, (coming soon) which we really liked on the Regal and does improve the on-board experience. Shipboard activities could be lacking during some of the sea days, forcing you to entertain yourself. Would like to see better ship maintenance. Ship did not sink, nor run out of food, so we consider this another successful cruise!
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