2nd Princess Cruise and every day there was a PROBLEM.: Star Princess Cruise Review by LeonardAndJohn

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2nd Princess Cruise and every day there was a PROBLEM.

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarkation: Other
Chose this cruise due to my birthday in August and I would be on board for my birthday for the cruise and we would get to see both Italy and Greece. Other tours did Italy....but we wanted to see Greece as well.

One important thing to know - when you get off the ship - if you need to use the bathroom all these ports have toilets that require payment. In Greece you can not put toilet paper in the toilets - so there are waist high trash baskets next to them. Many toilets in Italy and Greece do not have toilet seats.

Now for the cruise ship. Every day we had an ISSUE with something. When you arrived on the ship you were given a coupon book, kind of a way to explore the ship and have your coupon book stamped. There was a drawing at the Art Auction, but on the first Auction we noticed they only selected cards that were made available next to the bin and did not select any from the coupon books. So, when we went back for the Next Art Auction we noticed another drawing that More people were putting entries in. We asked if we could have an entry, the Art Auctioneer, a real jack ass who was so full of himself said THEY WERE DELIVERED TO YOUR ROOMS LAST NIGHT...so my partner runs back to the room. Nope. Nothing there. Asked our Cabin Steward who said HE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ART AUCTION TICKETS. So, he went to complain...one of the agents came with my partner back to the auction to let him know he did not get an entry and his response was IT DOESN'T MATTER ANYWAY - THE DRAWING IS TOMORROW. Tips are now added to your bill, so NO ONE works for their tip....accept our DINING ROOM WAITER who was FABULOUS. Not one smile on a single bartender. Working in a restaurant we have a 10 foot rule...if you walk by a guest you acknowledge them. NOTHING. Bought a belt from the cruise store, and after a day out on tour, noticed all the color of the black side of the belt had bleeded on my shorts. The laundry room quarter machine gave me 75 cents after putting in a dollar and all machines take 8 quarters. No more towel animals at bed time. Cutbacks?

Our first cruise with Princess was in the Caribbean. It was THRILLING. Everyone was having a great time. On our second day we put down a deposit for our next cruise...within three days we were asking for a REFUND.

The Star Princess needs work. I believe it is scheduled for a "cleaning" but needs COMPLETE REFURBISHING. Less

Published 11/12/11

Cabin review: ABD212

The exterior balcony need a repainting. The bathroom needs extensive re-tiling and tub/shower replacement. Stains that have been there for years. D212 Told that if you give your room attendant 20 Euros when you first get on board, it will entice them to give you extra attention. The only thing I would request was ice...and it was barely filled and we barely saw our Room Attendant.

Port and Shore Excursions

The Athens tour was HORRIBLE. Having seen MY LIFE IN RUINS we expected to see SO MUCH MORE. We saw the Acropolis, had several hours for shopping in the Plaka District, a hotel buffet lunch and saw the Temple of Poseidon. THAT'S IT. Athens has so much more.

Ah, the French Riviera and a trip to Monte Carlo and Cannes, France. This was our first stop and the first time we discovered YOU HAVE TO PAY to use facilities in France, Italy and Greece. At least in France it was a pay whatever you can. Greece was Half a Euro. Venice was A Euro and a Half...but it had the cleanest facilities. We quickly learned to seek out McDonald's - but you have to buy something to get a code to open the door. And the code on the receipt doesn't work - the cashier will tell you the correct code...or you just wait for someone to come out. Loved Cannes, except for having to pay to pee. The beaches and hotels were amazing. Monte Carlo, Monaco - same thing - but got to see the crypt's of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. To live in Monaco, it is about $100,000 EUROS PER SQUARE FOOT. How sad the people who work in Monaco can't even afford to live there. Most live in nearby Nice, France.

Not as beautiful as Santorini but quite the place to party.
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Naples has turned into a slum. If not on a tour - do not get off the ship.
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We LOVED Rome. Because of so many transportation terror stories we decided to stay in Rome for FIVE DAYS. We saw EVERYTHING we wanted to see but were EXHAUSTED by the time we got on the ship.

AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! LOVED IT! Would love to go back and just stay there for two weeks.

Venice has turned into an Expensive, Crowded Tourist Trap. Horrible service in restaurants. Truly made us HAPPY to be AMERICANS! Booked a non-ship tour as we stayed a couple of extra days at THE BEST HOTEL in Europe - The Hilton Molino Stuckey. FABULOUS HOTEL. Departing ship our little boat passed right by this hotel, I mean we could practically reach out of the Princess boat and touch the hotel - but it would only take us to St. Mark's Square, where we had to wait for the Hilton's own water FREE water taxi. Service at a restaurant was SO HORRIBLE on our last night we left and returned to the hotel and had VERY EXPENSIVE ROOM SERVICE and the FOOD WAS FABULOUS! And get this, the two night we stayed there were FREE because we used airline points. THE BEST HOTEL IN VENICE.
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