DCB1FL

DCB1FL
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Joined: 02/14/2013
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Star Princess

February 2015 - Star Princess to Mexico

Interesting ports, nice sea days

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,

 

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Jewel of the Seas

February 2013 - Jewel of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Great long weekend getaway

Jewel of the Seas is a very comfortable, well appointed ship. This is our third voyage on this vessel, the most recent one being a transAtlantic repositioning cruise. The Captain and his staff do an excellent job. The Production show was one of the best we have ever seen - the staging, set changes, costumes and musicality were outstanding. The benefit of this length trip is that there is a wider variety of ages, etc than on a longer cruise. This, of course, can raise the noise level; but, It also creates an air of vitality. I regret that Jewel of the Seas will not be sailing from Port of Tampa next year.

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reviewed their Mexico cruise on Star Princess and gave it 4 stars!

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DCB1FL received a helpful vote on their Jewel of the Seas cruise review - Great long weekend getaway

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DCB1FL reviewed their Caribbean - Western cruise on Jewel of the Seas and gave it 5 stars - Great long weekend getaway

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