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We chose this particular cruise based on cost and timing. We wanted to go to Hawaii and this just worked. This was the longest cruise we have ever been on, 15 days. Embarkation and debarkation were both smooth and trouble-free. The Star Princess is older, which gives it some character but also shows its age. There were constantly public restrooms with toilets or urinals out of service and in need of cleaning. We saw several buckets placed in hallways to catch drips from what appeared to be leaking plumbing. There were areas on the ship that were too cold and other areas too hot. There was limited seating in most inside areas. Pool and deck areas had adequate seating, probably due to the weather being colder than we expected. We were somewhat concerned that the pools were not closed for safety reasons. The water was violently sloshing from one end of the pool the other due to rough seas. We normally prefer a balcony cabin but settled for an interior this time due to cost. The cabin was larger than we had experienced in the past with enough storage for our stuff. The temperature was somewhat hard to regulate in the cabin. One light switch quit working after a few days but was fixed without us having to say anything. I assume the cabin steward reported it. We only ate in the dining room three times. We had Anytime Dining so were sat with different guests each time. We prefer sitting on our own, although most guests were good company. The service and food were very good. The Chocolate Journey dessert choices were exceptional. The food in the buffet varied from poor to excellent but mostly just average. There was, for some reason, a German night, which did not fit a Hawaiin cruise. However, this was the best night at the buffet. Otherwise, it was just variations on the same foods each day. I did really enjoy the selection of exotic fruits, dragonfruit, lychees, rambutans, to name a few. The pizzeria was good but not a big variety and not available after 10 PM. It would have been nice to get pizza after the late shows in the theater. The burger and hotdog grill was not up to par with other cruise lines. The quality of the production shows in the main theater was less than we have found on other cruises. That being said, the guest entertainers were all excellent with the exception of the magician, Handsome Jack. He was pretty poor and it seemed all guests had the same opinion. Guest lecturers and entertainers A J Clarke and Craig Richard were excellent in both their presentations and performances. Comedy juggler Randy Cabral was hilarious and the other two comedians on the cruise were funny as well. The Hawaiian Ambassadors onboard, Tiki Dave and his wife Leialoha, were excellent. Dave did presentations on each of the Hawaiian Islands we visited, held ukelele classes, and did performances of Hawaiian music and a more rock-oriented show. Leialoha taught hula classes and lei making. They performed Hawaiian music together as Ellua. The ukelele and hula classes came together for a show in the theater. The cruise director and his assistants were great in their trivia challenges and game shows. Service, in general, was excellent. There were the usual inconsistencies in the quality of drinks from bar to bar. The ports were all good, although we could have done without the stop in Ensenada, MX. With the exception of Lahaina, Maui, there is nothing to do and little to no shopping right at any of the ports. Shore excursions were adequate and accomplished the stated goals but seem over-priced. Visitors can do better searching on their own. I will comment that the average age of guests on this cruise appeared to be about 80, which made us feel younger. We are mid-60's. There were a few kids and teens, but not many. Overall, it was a good cruise. I was initially concerned about having so many days in a row at sea (4 going out and 5 on the return) but it was not a problem. There was enough to do and used the down-time to relax.

Hawaiian Escape

Star Princess Cruise Review by archrl

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: Hawaii
  • Cabin Type: Interior
We chose this particular cruise based on cost and timing. We wanted to go to Hawaii and this just worked. This was the longest cruise we have ever been on, 15 days.

Embarkation and debarkation were both smooth and trouble-free.

The Star Princess is older, which gives it some character but also shows its age. There were constantly public restrooms with toilets or urinals out of service and in need of cleaning. We saw several buckets placed in hallways to catch drips from what appeared to be leaking plumbing.

There were areas on the ship that were too cold and other areas too hot.

There was limited seating in most inside areas. Pool and deck areas had adequate seating, probably due to the weather being colder than we expected.

We were somewhat concerned that the pools were not closed for safety reasons. The water was violently sloshing from one end of the pool the other due to rough seas.

We normally prefer a balcony cabin but settled for an interior this time due to cost. The cabin was larger than we had experienced in the past with enough storage for our stuff. The temperature was somewhat hard to regulate in the cabin. One light switch quit working after a few days but was fixed without us having to say anything. I assume the cabin steward reported it.

We only ate in the dining room three times. We had Anytime Dining so were sat with different guests each time. We prefer sitting on our own, although most guests were good company. The service and food were very good. The Chocolate Journey dessert choices were exceptional.

The food in the buffet varied from poor to excellent but mostly just average. There was, for some reason, a German night, which did not fit a Hawaiin cruise. However, this was the best night at the buffet. Otherwise, it was just variations on the same foods each day. I did really enjoy the selection of exotic fruits, dragonfruit, lychees, rambutans, to name a few.

The pizzeria was good but not a big variety and not available after 10 PM. It would have been nice to get pizza after the late shows in the theater.

The burger and hotdog grill was not up to par with other cruise lines.

The quality of the production shows in the main theater was less than we have found on other cruises. That being said, the guest entertainers were all excellent with the exception of the magician, Handsome Jack. He was pretty poor and it seemed all guests had the same opinion. Guest lecturers and entertainers A J Clarke and Craig Richard were excellent in both their presentations and performances. Comedy juggler Randy Cabral was hilarious and the other two comedians on the cruise were funny as well.

The Hawaiian Ambassadors onboard, Tiki Dave and his wife Leialoha, were excellent. Dave did presentations on each of the Hawaiian Islands we visited, held ukelele classes, and did performances of Hawaiian music and a more rock-oriented show. Leialoha taught hula classes and lei making. They performed Hawaiian music together as Ellua. The ukelele and hula classes came together for a show in the theater.

The cruise director and his assistants were great in their trivia challenges and game shows.

Service, in general, was excellent. There were the usual inconsistencies in the quality of drinks from bar to bar.

The ports were all good, although we could have done without the stop in Ensenada, MX. With the exception of Lahaina, Maui, there is nothing to do and little to no shopping right at any of the ports. Shore excursions were adequate and accomplished the stated goals but seem over-priced. Visitors can do better searching on their own.

I will comment that the average age of guests on this cruise appeared to be about 80, which made us feel younger. We are mid-60's. There were a few kids and teens, but not many.

Overall, it was a good cruise. I was initially concerned about having so many days in a row at sea (4 going out and 5 on the return) but it was not a problem. There was enough to do and used the down-time to relax.
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Plenty of storage and spacious for an inside cabin. It was hard to regulate temperature. One light switch quit working but was repaired after a few days.
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