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3 Princess Antarctica Cruise Reviews

We wanted to visit South America and Antarctica with US ports of embarkation and disembarkation. My wife is recovering from a stroke. The special accommodations made by Princess/Carnival for her physical challenges were..adequate. ... Read More
We wanted to visit South America and Antarctica with US ports of embarkation and disembarkation. My wife is recovering from a stroke. The special accommodations made by Princess/Carnival for her physical challenges were..adequate. Apparently unbeknownst to the company, on board were both an acupuncturist and personal trainer (Alexandar Stankovic) who had specialized training in stroke recovery! Both provided exceptional service toward continuing my wife's recovery progress and were the unexpected and unplannable, apparently, highlight of trip. The WiFi was great..we were streaming movies on Netflix off Cape Horn. Matt O'Brien was cruise director. He has got to be the best cruise director plying the seven seas. We booked a 56 day voyage in the future simply to be aboard a ship again with Matt as cruise director. Stewards were exceptional. Food was as expected. Excursions were good for us. Still have somewhat of a dispute with Princess about an excursion to Antarctica booked 6 months in advance at $3500/person. I bought the excursion after vetting with Princess and our physicians all available info to ensure my wife would physically be able to participate. Once aboard and hence beyond re-fund cancellation deadline, the description of activity changed (for example, ranking changed from 'easy/moderate' to strenuous. Instead of 'weather permitting zodiac ride to Ardley Island to view wildlife' it became a 'two mile hike across rocky beach to view wildlife'. Trip insurance denied claim which I filed at suggestion of very professional and compassionate excursion department personnel aboard. All and all a truly fantastic voyage, even if we end up eating $7k from excursion debacle. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
The Star Princess is a tired, worn ship that is in desperate need of an upgrade. We found the carpets were stained and torn, the lounge chairs old PVC chairs, the metal rusting... worn is the best way to describe the ship. Our biggest ... Read More
The Star Princess is a tired, worn ship that is in desperate need of an upgrade. We found the carpets were stained and torn, the lounge chairs old PVC chairs, the metal rusting... worn is the best way to describe the ship. Our biggest disappointment was the poor quality of the entertainment. The evening entertainment was typical old Vegas: a comedian one night, a mentalist or a gaucho who spent 45 minutes doing rope tricks. Rarely was the room filled. The daytime was even worse: one activity, repeated a few times, was to assemble guests near the elevator and have them guess which door would open next. I am not making this up. And the fitness center was inadequate with long line for a handful of machines; they had one spinning class a day and two two other classes all for an additional fee. Lastly, the ship needs to learn from other cruise lines about keeping passengers healthy. On other ships, passengers must purell their hands before getting on the ship and again at the entry of every public space. Here the only time it was mandatory was at the entrance to the buffet and only to part of the line; the purell stations were everywhere but no one watched and no one cared. By the end, there were an inordinate number of people with bad colds (3 out of our party of 4 were sick at the end). The staff was courteous, but not gracious (with a few exceptions) but I would not recommend this ship. The ports of call were fabulous but try a different cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
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