Overall- really enjoyed the cruise, though the embarkation was a mess and the propeller issues altered my excursion plans.
Embarkation was a bit of a mess since the gangway at the port was inop. The lines were hundreds of yards long when we arrived, and we sat outside for over an hour before getting inside. I'm pretty sure we saw some service areas of the ship you don't normally visit while boarding.
First, the cabin and the changes made to the Star: we had an AJ Family Suite and loved it. We've had quite a few hotel rooms that were smaller. There were only two of us, but it would easily handle 4, and 6 wouldn't be much of a stretch except for the single bathroom. There was a tremendous amount of storage and the bank of windows was great. I loved the Lavazza coffee maker. The room was handicapped-accessible, so the closets were against the walls vs the entry to the bathroom. The bathroom was also very open. The deck 13 running track was above part of our cabin, so there was some traffic noise starting early each morning, but it wasn't too bad. We wouldn't hesitate to book this suite again, so from that standpoint we like the changes. It was odd not having the forward-looking Spinnaker Lounge, and we did miss that, but it wasn't a huge detractor for us. On the whole, I like the addition of the new suites.
Huge room for two people- have had a lot of smaller hotel rooms. Would easily handle 4 people. Handicapped accessible- very open layout and open bathroom. Great bank of windows. Edge of running track on Deck 13 is overhead, so there is some traffic noise starting early in the mornings. Tremendous amount of storage; we didn't come close to using all of it. Loved the Lavazza coffee machine!