Star Princess Cabins
- Pro: Activities and cuisine are themed around the ship's itinerary.
- Con: Nightlife and evening entertainment can be lacking, especially the main stage shows.
- Bottom Line: Enrichment, food and drink are strong suits, but you need port days to keep from getting bored.
Star Princess Cabins
The ship's 1,301 cabins are divided into 10 categories. A whopping 711 (more than 55 percent) have balconies.
Cabin decor is simple with warm tones -- peaches and creams -- mixed with an ocean blue in the carpet and pillow accents. Artwork has a tropical vibe, which didn't quite work on our Alaska itinerary. On cold-weather itineraries, plaid red and green fleece blankets are left in your cabin so you can enjoy the fresh air with some added warmth.
In each cabin, two twin beds are pushed together to form a queen-size bed. All cabins come with TVs offering a variety of channels (we dare you not to get the "Love Boat" theme stuck in your head -- it's on all the time), a closet, storage space, a safe, a hair dryer, refrigerator, phone and desk. Some cabins feature Pullman beds to sleep third and fourth passengers.
All cabins contain private bathrooms with showers. Showers with bathtubs can be found in minisuite-category cabins and higher. Bath gel and shampoo/conditioner come in dispensers attached to each shower.
A nightly turn-down service is included in all cabin categories, but chocolates on your pillow will only appear if you're booked in a balcony or higher cabin category.
Interior: Windowless inside cabins are 160 to 182 square feet. They can be found on decks 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Oceanview: Outside cabins each feature a picture window for ocean views and range from 163 to 171 square feet. They can be found on decks 5 and 8. Outside cabins with fully or partially obstructed views run 168 square feet.
Balcony: Balcony cabins range from 232 to 274 square feet and are found on passenger decks 8 through 11. Balcony furniture consists of two reclining blue mesh chairs with silver armrests and a tall, round white table. Balconies are about 47 square feet. Premium Balcony cabins are about the same size inside -- 274 square feet -- but feature larger 89-square-foot balconies. You can find aft balconies in this category.
Mini-Suite: There are 180 mini-suites onboard at roughly 323 square feet apiece, with 61-square-foot balconies. These cruise rooms are located on decks 8 and 9. In each of these cabins, a separate sitting room features a sofa bed that sleeps a third passenger, if necessary, and an additional flat-screen TV. Interestingly, the balconies jut out from the rest of the ship's verandahs. The upside of this arrangement is there's no roof, and it's a great place to watch the stars at night. The downside? No privacy. You're totally visible to anyone in a balcony above yours. Unlike other cruise lines, Princess offers mini-suite passengers some additional perks like a welcome glass of Champagne and a pillow menu. Don't forget the bathtub and addition of footstools on your balcony.
Suite: In general, suites range widely in floorspace from 468 to 1,314 square feet. Balconies in these cabins range from 114 to 450 square feet and feature upgraded furniture with room for four (two loungers, two chairs and a table). You'll find a separate seating area with a sofa, full bathroom, deluxe bath amenities and a walk-in closet.
Located on decks 10 and 11, each Penthouse Suite is approximately 468 to 473 square feet, including the balcony. All three suites onboard include rear-facing aft balconies with views over the wake.
Six Vista Suites are located two each on decks 8, 9 and 10. At 484 to 527 square feet each, they include aft-facing balconies.
At approximately 591 square feet, including the balcony, the one Owner's Suite is located on Deck 11 with sweeping views and suite perks.
There are two 595-square-foot (including balcony) Family Suites on Deck 9. This cabin category is essentially two interconnecting cabins that can form one large cabin with a shared living room and two bedrooms. Family Suites can sleep up to eight.
Located on Deck 11, the Grand Suite is 1,314 square feet -- the largest cabin on the ship -- and offers spacious rooms; an expansive, aft-facing balcony along with more seating outside; and a dining room table inside. This is the cabin to get if you plan on entertaining a group. Three TVs and a wet bar round out its offerings.
Suite perks might include: goodies from the chef on embarkation day, a free meal at a specialty restaurant on embarkation night, complimentary mini-bar setup, pillow menu, CD/DVD player with access to a complimentary library, fresh flowers, upgraded bath amenities like salts and an eye mask, priority embarkation/debarkation, priority shore excursion reservations, complimentary laundry and shoe polishing, a private portrait with onboard photographer, a dedicated help line, use of the thermal suite on select ships, exclusive Elite Lounge access on select ships, an extended room service menu, exclusive suite breakfast in Sabatini's served each morning with a mimosa, preferred dining reservations, nightly canapes upon request, tea service ensuite upon request, a corsage and boutonniere for the first formal night and enhanced turn-down service.
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