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Princess Cruises Star Princess by SWELTY Mexico April 5, 2003

I am not going to write a long review, so I am sorry if you are looking for a lot of detail...

In a nutshell, the Star Princess surpassed both my wife's and my expectations. We had high standards as we are experienced travelors. We have recently decided that cruising is our best nitch for a variety of reasons that I will not bore you with.

Both Embarkation and Debarkation were extremely efficient and as pleasant as can be expected.

We were happy to find that we had been upgraded to a balcony from an oceanview although it was our first time on Princess.

The food was varied and of good quality. You can easily put on 5 to 10 lbs if you dont control yourself and don't get exercise. We booked late dining. If you want to see the shows, book early seating or personal choice. We liked the people we tabled with, but we missed the early entertainment.

The entertainment was very good. Sarge is a freaking riot. I am surprised that he isn't better know. Next time I go to Vegas, I am going to book his show. The longe acts seemed pretty good. The magician was decent. If you are fairly young (under 45), don't bother with the guy who sings old timers songs. You will be lost. The only thing I didn't like about the shows was watching the passengers who think they are auditioning for the Lawrence Welk Dance review while the band is playing the pre-show music. It would have been funny if it weren't so pathetic.

The service was very good both in the cabins and the dining areas.

We very much enjoyed the on-board activities such as trivia, bingo, scavenger hunts, ect...

The ports were fun. We liked the "Best of Mazatlan" and "Sail and Snorkal" were both worth the money. We didn't go on an excursion in Puerto Vallarta, but we had an adventure in the PV cabs. It is definatly something that will get your blood pumping. We will do the Pirate excursion next time, as we heard great reviews from all who did it. The only gripe I have with the ports is all the pushy street and beach vendors.

The Ship is absolutely spectacular. Is is huge and is very well laid out. Although we were at maximum capacity (2,600 plus 1,200 crew) it never seemed crowded at any areas including the pools. The fact that the pools are fresh water is a definate bonus. We really enjoyed the aft pool during the afternoon in Cabo San Lucas. It is a terrific view. The middle pools are very large and have plent of activity. The only activity that you might want to avoid is the wine tasting. It was a big dude compared to the Temecula or Napa wine regions of California. I guess if you have never been to wineries, you might enjoy them. So, scatch that if you have never been. I'm sure you all want to do that now. Well I am rambleing, so it is time to go. My wife and I enjoyed the Star Princess so much, we are booked on one of its sisters (Grand Princess) in June in the Western Carribbean. Well, hope that helped.

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