February 10, 2007
My husband and I just got back from a week long cruise on the Star Princess. Overall, we had a great time. This is our second time sailing with Princess and we really like the line. I'm not going to get too detailed in this review but I do want to point out a few things based on other reviews I've recently read.
Departing from FT. Lauderdale normally goes very smoothly. We got there right after 11 AM. If you get there right at 11 AM, they open the doors to the terminal up and there is limited seating for about 200 people. After they fill up those chairs, they close the doors and the line starts outside. Anyway, we waited for about 40 mintues and then started boarding. They really aren't suppose to start boarding till 1 PM but both times I sailed with Princess they started right or at noon.
Anyway, no problems during boarding we went straight to our cabin D114. It was a minisuite on Dolphin Deck towards the front of the ship. I had read a review before our trip about someone in D112 who didn't like this location on the trip. We were fine with it. Yes, there is probably a little more movement. My husband and I have no motion sickness issues. We take no dramamine or wear those patches and it don't bother us at all. Also, it may be more windy at this end when you are out on your balcony but you can feel wind everywhere on the ship. We really liked the balcony. Next time we will just get a balcony room. The mini-suite was nice but the extra room isn't that big of a deal.
The ship was spotless. All the public areas were clean and our room steward did a great job in our room as well. I didn't see one carpet stain or spec of dust anywhere. Also, I never once smelled sewage. Not once ! I have a very keen sense of smell too. My husband always yells at me for commenting on smealls. However, as I said above. I didn't smell sewage once. Maybe Princess corrected the previous problem. I wouldn't worry about this if you are a future passenger.
My husband and I always choose anytime dining. We like just getting a table for the two of us. If you chose anytime dining and go to the restaurant at peak times between 6:30 and 8:00 PM. You are going to have to wait. Its just how it is. What my husband and I do is call the DINE line and make a reservation for 8 PM every night for a table for two. We walk right in this way. If you want to eat earlier, you can do that too. But if you show up with a group of 6 people right at 7 PM, you are going to have to wait. So, either make reservations or go with traditional dining.
The food was good. Not excellend but good enough. I do think they need to shake-up their menu a bit. We went on the Caribbean Princess last year and the menu was almost identical to that ship. I am a meat and potatoes girl so I can always find something but I do think they could add more variety.
We also always go to Sabatini's and Sterling Steakhouse. THe surcharge is well worth it. They were our best meals of the trip.
The cruise staff was great. We don't go to many shows since we are in our early 30's and the production shows don't normally appeal to us. We did see 2 comedians that were pretty good and also a magician. Other than that we went to Bingo a lot and the casino.
Overall a great trip. We will sail Princess again.