CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Princess Cruises Star Princess by randyg Alaska May 17, 2003

This was the Star Princes's first Alaska trip of the season. The embarcation process took several hours. It was good that the weather help up in Seattle, because we waited in line with the other 2,000 guests. Once past security and on the ship we headed to see what our inside cabin on Caribe deck looked like. Having not cruised for some time, we were surprised by how small the cabin was. We didn't spend too much time there because we were always on deck or visiting the ports. Our cabin steward, Noel, was the greatest. He took great care of us and our special needs. He got us an extension cord for the heating pad. Our cabin was always kept very clean. I can say the same for the entire ship. It was exceptionally clean. We took Personal Choice dining and always ended up with our "private table" in the Capri dining room next to the window. We had a "excellent" waiter, Errol and junior waiter, Kay.

They took great care of us and would always be right on top of things. Errol was very personable. The food was very good, especially the breads and desserts. Errol made sure I had several helpings of Alaskan King Crab legs and Lobster tails. We ate breakfast and most lunches in the Horizon Court as it was more convenient. The food was plentiful but not as good as the dining room. The staff was very friendly and would have no problem in making special omelettes for me. They were always eager to please. If they were missing my favorite juice or cereal, they would always go and get it. I cannot say enough about the staff. We did not go to any specialty restaurants or attend any shows. We did see the comedians. One was good and the other was OK. We spent alot of time in the Skywalkers lounge. It was a great place to view where you were going and where you had been. It's the highest place on the ship.

The ports were great and plenty of tours were offered. We booked our tour online before we sailed. We did the whale watching/wildlife quest tour. It was worth the money. I would suggest you take the "Coke card." It is about $20 and you can get a coke anytime you want it on the ship. I would recommend you get the coke directly from the bar as the cocktail waiters are slow to get it for you since they do not get a tip with it. Tracy Arm fjord/Sawyer Glacer was dissapointing. The ship was too large to get close enough to hear the ice breaking apart. The naturalist on board had told us what to expect but we didn't get close enough to experience it. Even though we got into Victoria very late, all the shops were open. THe debarkation process was again not as smooth. We were able to get off the ship quickly, but the busses to the airport filled quickly and you were hunting for an available one to catch your flight. Overall, it was a great experience and we booked to go on the Diamond Princess next year on May 8th to Alaska.

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