February 2015 - Star Princess to Mexico
Southern Baja has interesting ports: much history of 16th and 17th Century colonialism, early missions, the starting point for the California Camino Real - and -- Hotel California! This itinerary has a nice balance between ports and sea days.
Star Princess and its sister ships in this class are comfortable to sail on. They are a good size and the choices in dining arrangements allow for all preferences. We favor a set dining schedule with the same waiter and table mates (Not possible on NCL), but many others prefer the flexible seating options. The theater and other venues were comfortable and seldom crowded. The casino, however, has been scaled back with much of the floor space wasted when it could be used to accommodate more of the most popular slot machines.
All ships in this class share the same configuration problems. We have two main complaints: Although many venues and attractions are on Deck 6, you cannot get from one end of the ship to the other on that deck. You must go up to Deck 7 to get through. Our second complaint is that entering and exiting Princess Theater requires you to climb up and down stairs -- very awkward for elderly or mobility restricted passengers.
As to Star Princess herself, she is in need of refurbishment. Last re-done in 2011, she is showing signs of wear. Every chair I sat on in the Horizon food court was wobbly and the Princess Theater seat trays were unwieldy and not level,