A bit of background. we are in our 50"s and have traveled on Princess, Celebrity and Holland America.
We sailed out of LA on Dec 7th on Star Princess. Embarkation, as most seem to agree, goes fairly quickly and seems well organized. The ship is Huge and Beautiful and even with so large a capacity did not seem crowded....until personal choice dining begins.
What a mob scene. Even with a reservation..one had to step aside and wait and wait.
Unfortunately..the wait was not worth it. The food was bland and uninteresting and the service was the worst offered on any ship we had been on. After being offered the Mondavi Cab for $100.00 and turning it down...the staff lost interest quickly. Sell...Sell....Sell...on this ship more than ever experienced before.
The specialty restaurants were excellent. Sabitini's was superb both in food and service and the Mexican restaurant again was the same. The shows were all very well done and along with some of the best we've seen. The smaller theatre, however, you must arrive (on this cruise) at least 1/2 Hour before begins or not get a seat. There were many disgruntled and unhappy people arriving who couldn't find seats. The ports and the tendering in Cabo were excellent.
Overall, the staff was very friendly and accomodating except the DR staff..which I couldn't quite understand. The cabins and public rooms were superb. I do hope that with the larger ships that Princess looks at its personal choice dining a little closer.