7 Princess Star Princess Spring Break Cruise Reviews

This is the fourth time we have taken this cruise to Hawaii. UIt is relaxing and enjoyable. Once we get to Hawaii there are beautiful sites to see and excursions to go on, Even if all you do is shop, it is a beautiful place to visit. ... Read More
This is the fourth time we have taken this cruise to Hawaii. UIt is relaxing and enjoyable. Once we get to Hawaii there are beautiful sites to see and excursions to go on, Even if all you do is shop, it is a beautiful place to visit. Encinada, Mexico, is a wonderful place to get silver jewellery ... handcrafted and reasonably priced. Your staff are friendly, and very helpful. We particularly enjoyed meeting Nikolina Grozdanovic, our Horizon Court Steward aboard this ship. She was friendly and outgoing and greeted each day with a smile. Her service to us was exemplary and her enjoyment of our work made our experience wonderful. Your chefs were very helpful to me. I have a food allergy and the chefs would daily point out the foods I could eat and the foods I could not eat. Several times they prepared meat servings for me without the ingredients I am allergic to. This made my trip healthy and safe and extremely enjoyable for me. We had afternoon tea on board this trip and we thoroughly enjoyed the service. The scones and cream and jam were very tasty (still warm). The eclairs filled with chocolate ganache were divine. In closing, a wonderful trip. Thank you, Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We found a really great deal on a one way cruise with Princess from Los Angeles to Vancouver over my kids Spring Break. I had gone on a cruise many years ago on another cruise line and was looking forward to being pampered with some great ... Read More
We found a really great deal on a one way cruise with Princess from Los Angeles to Vancouver over my kids Spring Break. I had gone on a cruise many years ago on another cruise line and was looking forward to being pampered with some great service and food. Sadly, I felt disappointed with much of the experience. We were off to a good start. The ground crew was excellent in getting us through the checkin and boarding quickly and efficiently. We had a mini suite on the dolphin deck of the Star Princess which was quite roomy for a cabin. The balcony had enough room for two chairs and a small table which was really nice for looking out at the ocean on warmer days. The ship is a little dated and it looks like it's probably going to be due for a renovation soon in order to attract something other than economy customers. But that's ok, I am not that high maintenance and I know that this isn't one of those expensive cruises so I can adjust my expectations accordingly. This is still a great value for the $$ spent. :-) On the first night, I was a little disappointed that there were no whimsical animals made of towels because I had told my son that's what they do on cruise ships. No whimsical towel animals showed up later in the cruise either. Only a few pieces of cheap chocolate - I think the heart shaped ones were leftover from Valentine's Day two months ago. But, that's ok... I've lived with bigger disappointments and can get over that. And I still have valentines chocolate left at home too. I get you Princess! What was really a big disappointment was the overall level of service. Sure there were a few bright stars like the staff who served us breakfast in Portofino dining room one day. The head waitress greeted us warmly with her Italian accent and staff were all smiles and one of them, who was from Serbia, even offered to help the kids cut their food. She was all smiles looking at our kids as if she genuinely though they were the most adorable ever, even if they can be little monsters as all kids can be. Unfortunately, overall I found that service only met minimal expectations and definitely not above and beyond as I had expected (or maybe I dreamt). The service staff were mostly polite but I was often made to like I was an inconvenience if I request something off their SOP (standard operating procedures). I've read enough about the cruise industry to know that most of the crew are in 9-10 month contracts, lowly paid, and have no days off.... a few of them even told us that themselves. But wow it really shows on this ship - some of them really look like they don't want to be there and definitely don't enjoy serving others. BUT, I am a paying customer and on vacation so I'd really still like to be greeted with friendly smiles and be treated well. A few examples of going below and beneath expectations: - The adults at our table of 7 requested to order dessert while we wait for the children to finish eating dinner one night and our waiter responded "I don't like to do it that way... blah blah blah (some lame explanation which I don't really care to know because I am on vacation and I kinda just want my dessert when I want it)". He allowed us order dessert begrudgingly. After the desserts came, he made some other comments to the effect of "I told you so", when the table got a little crowded because some of the dinner plates had not been cleared away yet. - I loved the International Cafe and asked for some hot water to drink after getting some cheesecake one day (trying to limit my caffeine and alcohol intake). The person at the dessert counter directed me to the cafe counter next door. After waiting in line at the cafe, I was told to go to the bar next door. Just a little annoyed at this point, I went to the bar and was directed back to the cafe. I told the guy at the bar that the cafe guy told me to come to the bar. He responded that he's busy and that I would have to wait - although there were no customers at the bar. As I watched him wipe chocolate sauce on a few more martini glasses, I finally got the hint this guy had no intention of helping me. I know I am just such an inconvenience, but I would have been totally ok if the first person just told me no and to go get it myself upstairs at the horizon food court because that would have saved me a good 10 minutes and a lot of aggrevation. Seriously, that would have been better than being bounced around from counter to counter balancing a plate of dessert on rough seas and with a kid in tow. So I hauled myself, my plate of dessert, and my kid up to the 14th floor. Gee thanks for the totally rude service. In summary, I must have the words "it's ok to treat me rudely" across my forehead. Next - the entertainment. The production show "British Invasion" was excellent and so was the performance by a group called "These Guys"!! Go check it out, it's great! Loved it, this is what I expect on cruise ships. Sorry to go back to my complaints, but after my "no hot water" experience, my glass is half full (haha pun intended). Maybe I found the production show to be wonderful because there's no human interaction, unlike the comedy show. We went to the first comedy show on the first night and there were lots of latecomers. They probably arrived late because they haven't found their way around the ship yet, or maybe dinner just took longer. I guess if I was the person on stage, I would be annoyed too. The comedian decided to make the latecomers part of his show by literally putting the spotlight on them as they entered and asking why they are late. It was funny the first 3 times, but by the 10th time when I realized that 8 of 10 spotlighted parties fit one profile (old and Asian) - that was really not ok. There were plenty of other people who came in late, but for some (known) reason, he didn't choose to highlight them. Hmmm... easy targets? Racial profiling? My last straw was when he kept asking an old lady who was in a wheelchair to find a seat... barf. Here my own informal racial profiling - looks like about 40% of the passengers are Asian. Princess Cruise lines - all I have to say is that it would hurt if all those people decided that they didn't want to be the butt of the joke anymore and sailed away with another cruise line... sorta say.. In summary, Princess failed to make me feel like a princess. But maybe I am really not a princess and should go back to being Cinderella ;-) Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed the Cruise itself. There was ample time available to do your own thing or complete a pre booked land tour in each of the 3 towns visited. Ketchikan (my personal favourite) is a 1/2 day visit. Juneau is a full day and ... Read More
I thoroughly enjoyed the Cruise itself. There was ample time available to do your own thing or complete a pre booked land tour in each of the 3 towns visited. Ketchikan (my personal favourite) is a 1/2 day visit. Juneau is a full day and Skagway also a full day. Facilities on board are excellent. We had a cabin with balcony on the starboard side and travelling North we had land to look at most of the time. Waters in Inside Passage, Glacier Bay and College Fjords were like velvet. Roughest sea (if you can call it that) was between Skagway and Glacier Bay. The Land segment of this trip was disappointing . Be prepared to loose your main luggage for 4 nights. It is taken from your cabin night before disembarkation and you will not see it until the night you reach Fairbanks! We landed in Whittier and were transported to Anchorage for a nights accommodation. We all had to sit around a transit centre for 4 hours before our rooms were ready! The next day we travelled to Princess Mt McKinley Lodge via train. I enjoyed the train with its clear dome seating.we arrived at Talkeetna and had a wander before getting the shuttle to the Lodge. The next morning we travelled to Princess Wilderness Lodge. Here the facilities are excellent. In my opinion the land "tour" is a total waste of time and money. Princess would be far better sending passengers direct to Princess Wilderness Lodge from Whittier rather than have us up early to travel half a day and having to have bags ready to loose each day also. It seems this leg is more about Princess milking its passengers by putting them up in Princess owned facilities each leg of the way. Also we decided to stay on 2 extra nights after the "tour" finished in Fairbanks. We tried to book the 2 nights with Princess rather than move to new accommodation . They wanted to move us to another Princess owned facility and charge us 4 nights and then we had to apply for a refund of the 2 nights not used. REALLY? The Cruise - great; the Land Tour is a Milk Run! Do your own thing!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was my wife and my 12th cruise and second with Princess. The last Princess cruise was the same itinerary but on the Sapphire Princess in early March 2012. Again Princess did not let us down on a great cruise. We enjoyed it immensely ... Read More
This was my wife and my 12th cruise and second with Princess. The last Princess cruise was the same itinerary but on the Sapphire Princess in early March 2012. Again Princess did not let us down on a great cruise. We enjoyed it immensely as we expected since we had a great time on the last one. Embarkation was the slowest I think we have endured on a cruise. We arrived about 10:00 to a very short check in line and then were directed to the auditorium to wait out the boarding. We did enjoy talking to people sitting by us and amazingly the people next to us ended up being our assigned table-mates. We did not get on until about 1:00. The good news was that the cabins were ready upon boarding. If you like sea days you will love this trip. Several relaxing days to unwind from your cares, four eventful days in Hawaii, and then several days relaxing until you reach reality; a perfect itinerary for a great vacation. The first sea day out was windy and cold. The next day was sunny and warm. After that it was hit and miss. Each day had partly cloudy weather with occasional showers. We usually managed to find a sheltered place on the deck under a few hours of sunshine so we were not disappointed. Of course the weather can be different for every cruise but I mention the weather on my cruise (late March -early April) because that is about the best you can expect crossing the Pacific in Spring. When it is cold but you want to be out, try the jucuzzi at the top back of the ship. It is hot and the view is great. Our cabin was A745 which is at the very back of the ship. We had an inside room but within 20 feet was the door to the deck. I loved it. We rarely splurge for a balcony since we are only in the room a short time and I would rather spend the money on more cruises. But having the deck so close was great. Since I usually get ready before my wife I could just walk out the door to the deck rather than wait in the cabin. The Lido deck buffet was really close also. I recommend getting a cabin close to a deck. Of course being at the top back of the ship means you really feel the movement of the ship but we like it. Lots of kids on board and it looked like they had fun. All were well behaved. The food was the same as other cruises; good. I don’t see how people say things have gone downhill. In our 12 cruises over 15 years on five different lines we haven’t noticed much difference. Celebrity is a little better overall in my opinion but Princess was not far behind. Remember if you eat something you did not like on a cruise, it is your fault. There are numerous choices so just keep trying things until you find something you like. The hand-tossed pizza on deck was OK but not great. The grill on deck with burgers, chicken, brats, fries, (and onion rings after 6:00 pm) was really good. The buns were amazing. We ate at the Crown Grill ($25) once. The steak was better than the dinning room but the lobster and sides were the same. Overall probably not worth it. The dining room was good. I think the best things I had were appetizers. Try them all if you can’t decide. I don’t know if it was a good investment but I bought the deluxe soda card which allowed unlimited ice-cream shakes, virgin pina coladas and a lot of other non-alcoholic drinks. It was expensive at $7.50 per day but was a real treat. The servers never minded giving two drinks at a time either ;) Service around the ship was superb. The only objection I had was that the deck hands would put the lounge chairs up starting around 4:30 or 5:00. Just ask for chairs to be brought back if you need them, they will do it. If you want something on a cruise, be sure to ask. They may be able to accommodate you. No fair complaining if you didn’t ask. The ship was older but in very good shape, you really had to look to find anything amiss. Our dining time was late assigned dinner. On this cruise that was scheduled for 7:45. It worked out perfect. There was usually a 30 minute show at 6:30 in one theater and then a 40 minute show at the other theater at 7:00. Unfortunately the theaters are at the opposite ends of the ship but luckily both on the promenade deck. The trick was to walk out doors along the deck to the other theater and bypass all the crowds. So you could see both shows before dinner and then go to watch the Movie under the Stars at 10:00. Our last cruise we saw lots of whales and I heard this year the whale count in Hawaii was high so we hoped to see a lot. We saw several but not that many. I heard they are more active earlier in the year. Or maybe we were just not that lucky. We rented cars on Kauai, Hilo, and Maui through CarRentalHawaii.com They just arranged the rental through regular agencies like Alamo, Thrifty, etc. They were less than half the cost of going to the agency directly. We didn’t rent in Honolulu but I noticed there is an Enterprise rental a couple blocks from the ship and a shuttle service, there may be others too. You do not have to go to the airport to rent as other reviews have said. Renting on the other islands was a hassle because you have to take a shuttle. If you get lucky and catch the shuttle without much waiting you are lucky. In two of the three ports we had to wait about 45 minutes to get the shuttle. So renting and returning a car can knock off almost two hours of port time. Of course it makes the rest of the time more useful but it is a trade-off. I reserved tickets to the Arizona Memorial through Recreation.gov; yes you can now reserve tickets. Unfortunately the boat to the Arizona was shut down that day so the tickets did not help. There was still lots to see at Pearl Harbor though. Debarkation ran about an hour late. It is funny how people can’t wait to get on the ship during embarkation but can’t wait to get off at the end.   Read Less
Sail Date March 2014
Us: Family of 3 - Mom/Dad/Son (5yrs old). Have cruised on NCL, Royal, Carnival, Celebrity, Cunard and Disney. I had sailed on Princess before, but hubby had not. Cabin: Obstructed View - E 505. We were pleasantly surprised by the size ... Read More
Us: Family of 3 - Mom/Dad/Son (5yrs old). Have cruised on NCL, Royal, Carnival, Celebrity, Cunard and Disney. I had sailed on Princess before, but hubby had not. Cabin: Obstructed View - E 505. We were pleasantly surprised by the size of our cabin. The view was obstructed, but not totally. PLENTY of closet space and drawers/shelves for 3 passengers on a 10 night cruise. Bathroom was rather small, but functional. Cabin stewart, Phong, was one of the best we have had on our over 30 cruises. We had Any Time dining.... he was superb in cleaning our cabin. He must have had hidden cameras to know when we were coming and going as we ate different times each night - LOL.Food: We did eat in the dining room most nights with Anytime Dining. All entrees were outstanding in our opinion. We prefer to eat at a table for "us". The longest wait was 15 minutes. We enjoyed a drink in the lounge outside of the dining room while waiting. We chose not to spend the extra money on the specialty restaurants and really don't feel with missed much as we enjoyed the main dining rooms very much.Kids Club: Our son is 5 years old. He has been on Royal Caribbean, Carnival, NCL and Disney. This is the first ship he has begged us to take him to the kids club. He absolutely loved it. The staff was incredible. Being that this was a 10 night cruise, the end of April, there were not many kids. Princess Cays offers a pool to those kids participating in the kids club on the island. Ports: We went to - St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia and Princess Cays. We had never been to Barbados or Antigua before so we did Princess Shore Excursions on those island. Barbados City Tour which we found to be very interesting. In Antigua we did the Pirate Boat which was fun, but turned out to be a "party" boat. For some reason I thought there would be some type of pirate show for my son. Crowd: The average age on this sailing appeared to be late 50's/60's, seasoned cruisers. We did receive a few raised eyebrows when fellow passengers saw we had a small child. I do think they changed their mind when they saw how well behaved he was! I honestly think he was better mannered than some in the dining room - LOL. Disembarkation: Very Smooth....great job!Summary: We were very impressed with Star Princess. The service was outstanding. We are looking to book again on Princess in March. Read Less
Sail Date April 2011
Star Princess Review Sailing April 3, 2010 to April 10, 2010 We have just returned from the Easter sailing of the Star Princess. The itinerary was Princess Cay, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Turk with 2 sea days. Let me give you a ... Read More
Star Princess Review Sailing April 3, 2010 to April 10, 2010 We have just returned from the Easter sailing of the Star Princess. The itinerary was Princess Cay, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Turk with 2 sea days. Let me give you a little background. My husband and I are veteran cruisers, having started cruising together in 1987 with our first cruise on Commodore's Caribe. That was the start of a beautiful relationship for us with the sea and with cruising in general. To date, we have been on 31 cruises including this last one. We lived in the Chicago area when we started cruising, moved to Naples FL in 1994 and cruised from there until 2004 when we moved back to Chicago for 5 years. We did cruise from there while we were living there and moved back to Palm City FL in May of 2009 and have been on 3 cruises since moving back to Florida. We have sailed on Commodore, NCL, RCCL, Premier, HAL, Celebrity, Costa, MSC, Carnival and Princess. Our favourite lines are Princess and Celebrity. This cruise was a celebration of my husband's birthday. We booked the Star Princess because we liked the ports and because it is laid out like the Grand and the Golden with a large aft area on Lido deck that is an adult area with lots of deck space and a pool. We booked last minute and got a great deal and our cabin was L207 - an inside cabin on Lido deck forward. The cabin was the standard Princess inside cabin and we liked the location. Plenty of storage for us and our Cabin Attendant, Orlando, was excellent. We were close to the forward stairs, and it was easy to navigate the ship - especially since we are familiar with the layout. We arrived at the port via Cruise Connection bus and boarded the ship about 1:30 pm. Walked in and went right to check in - no crowds or lines - an easy process. We prefer arriving later rather than earlier so we don't have to stand in lines. There was a welcoming lunch being served in the Horizon Cafe as well as Pizza and Grill foods. The Star has three main dining rooms - the Amalfi is traditional dining, the Capri (deck 5) and the Portofino (deck 6) are Anytime Dining, the Horizon Court is pretty much always open and there are two dining venues that are additional cost - Sabatini's and the Crown Grill. We ate breakfast and dinner in the dining room (Capri for dinner and Portofino for breakfast) and had lunch in various places - the International Cafe, the Horizon Court or the Grill. Every meal was excellent and the service from the waiters and their assistants was excellent. We love the International Cafe - you can get pastries and quick breakfast there as well as sandwiches and salads for lunch and wonderful desserts. This is also where you get brewed coffee and special coffees - lattes, cappucinos, expressos, iced and frozen coffees - all wonderful. Take advantage of the coffee card that you can buy - you get unlimited brewed coffee and premium tea and have 15 punches for special coffees. It is a bargain and if you are a coffee drinker you will love it. The frozen carmel mocha coffee was so good we had a number of those - very refreshing in the afternoons. There are also homemade cookies there - and the Piazza is just a great place to hang out - great people watching, music, and demonstrations. For wine lovers, I should mention that Vines is also located there along with sushi and other appetizers being served. Skywalkers on Deck 18 Aft was reserved from 5-7PM for Elite, Suite and Platinum passengers - they served appetizers and had lower pricing on special drinks each day. There was also a Captains Circle cocktail party for all repeaters. There were two formal nights and the rest were resort casual. Many people dressed for formal nights. If you choose not to dress formally, that's OK too. The first day out we were at Princess Cays - a great beach day - weather was perfect. We stayed on the ship since we have been there many times and enjoyed the ship. The second day we were at sea (first formal night) and again great weather - many places to sun and great shade as well - the cruise director's (cruise director was Richard Joseph) staff has lots of activities so you can do as much or as little as you like. The third day was St. Maarten (from 10am to 6:30pm) and the weather was picture perfect. We walked into Phillipsburg and spent the day perusing shops and visiting with friends we have made over the years there. There were many excursions offered and of course you can go to Marigot on the French side as well. This port is the very best in shopping that the Caribbean has to offer - there were 4 ships in port altogether but we didn't feed crowded in Phillipsburg. The fourth day was St. Thomas and we docked at Crown Bay - they have improved that site considerably since we were last there and there are shops right at the port. We did walk into Charlotte Amalie and stayed for a short period. We were to be in St. Thomas from 7am to 3:30 pm and there wasn't enough time for us to take a ferry to St. John's which is what we prefer to do there. This was also the second formal night and the Captain's Circle party. The fifth day was Grand Turk and this was a wonderful beach day. Grand Turk is a great little port with beautiful beaches, lots of palm trees for shade, shopping and Marguaritaville and a freshwater pool right there where you dock. It's also great for snorkeling and diving. We spent the day at the beach and reluctantly went back to the ship - again perfect weather. The next day was a sea day with perfect weather again. Then home to Ft Lauderdale. Debarkation was a little late, but we exited the ship about 10am and were the last Cruise Connection bus to leave. I should mention that the ship left from Pier 4 and came back to Pier 29 - those of you who drive should be aware that this can happen and there is a shuttle to take you to the garage at Pier 4- but it can be a long wait for the shuttle - there was quite a back up of people waiting for those little shuttle busses. I've only touched on some of the things that are available and activities that are on the ship. We don't take excursions anymore since we have been to these ports many times. My only comment about the ports other than what I have already said is that St. Thomas just hasn't put any money into the island that is visible to tourists. And the walk from Crown Bay is not one I would want to make again. If the ship were docked at Havensight, that walk is pleasant and not dangerous. St. Maarten on the other hand has done nothing but improve the docking facilities and Phillipsburg - it is a pleasure to be there. St. Thomas used to be the best for shopping, but no more - St. Maarten has them beat hands down. As this was Easter week, there were many families on board with lots of kids - they all seemed to be well occupied and behaved - and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. The Star has a max passenger capacity of 3100 - the ship was not full to capacity and there were some cabins available. It was a younger passenger mix than we are used to and we enjoyed it thoroughly. I have the Patters from the cruise and if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at melindakazmer@comcast.net. Please remember that this review is written from our point of view and others on the same cruise may have had much different experiences. We will continue to cruise on Princess and Celebrity and may try Azamara in the future as well as Oceania and HAL - we like smaller ships and those are becoming increasingly harder to find. We have been on three cruises in the past five months (Crown Princess, MSC Poesia, and Star Princess) so will take a break for awhile. Happy Cruising! Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
My husband and I have cruised on Princess lines four times. In July of 2009 we sailed to Alaska on the Star Princess and had the time of our lives. We were excited that the Star would be sailing on this trip over Spring Break. Embarkation ... Read More
My husband and I have cruised on Princess lines four times. In July of 2009 we sailed to Alaska on the Star Princess and had the time of our lives. We were excited that the Star would be sailing on this trip over Spring Break. Embarkation went smoothly and it wasn't long before we were enjoying lunch and our usual bon voyage beverage by 12:30. On the other hand this was not like the trip on Star Princess we had in Alaska. Our steward was competent and was the one person I believe did a little more than we expected. It was difficult to get waited on around the pool. Usually I am approached very often to see if I would like something to drink. I think I was asked once during the week. We always eat dinner in the dining room and the food was good but not the quality we have become accustomed to enjoying. I also enjoy formal nights mostly because I do not get the chance to dress up for dinner very often. While it is clearly printed in the Princess Patter that T shirts are not allowed we noticed that the head waiters were letting it slide. We were told later that they do not want to upset passengers. But then... I thought I was also a passenger. There were many children and teenagers on board as you would expect for spring break. Most were between the ages of 5-17 or 18. There were many of these kids that were unsupervised and down right rude. My husband and I went to the Skywalkers lounge one night. When the elevator opened there were about ten teens sitting on the floor so that we were unable to get off the elevator until a couple of them moved. We told the security men at the entrance to the lounge that they were sitting there and it could be a fire hazard; they just laughed. Toward the end of our cruise I was at the aft Terrace Pool which is an adult only pool. I heard a loud splash and saw there were a couple of teenage boys racing back and forth across the pool. A passenger came down from another level to tell them it was an adult pool and they needed to go. They just stared at her and remained in the pool. After a few mins. and seeing they were not going to leave I called the passenger services desk and asked that someone come to tell them to leave. No one from security showed up or any deck attendant. My husband and I eventually asked to speak with someone directly. A man did come to speak with us. I think he was an assistant hotel manager. He explained that the wait staff and other deck attendants do not like to confront these people because it might escalate or they may upset the passengers. Fortunately we did have a good time and wonderful weather. We will probably sail with Princess again....just not during spring break. Read Less
Sail Date April 2010
Star Princess Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 3.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.2
Fitness & Recreation 4.0 N/A
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.2
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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