Any tips for sailing the Star Princess?

My husband and I are sailing the Star Princess, September 1st this year, to Alaska.

This will be our second cruise to Alaska (Inside Passage) but our first cruise on Princess Cruises.

Any tips on making the most of our cruise?

We love the main dining room experience. Any tips on best time? Best menu items to try?

What specialty dining venues would you recommend? Best menu items to try?

We have booked the mini-suite, because a friend recommended.

Is the open balcony (there doesn't seem to be an overhang) going to be a problem?

Thanks so much for your input.

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7 Answers

We had mini-suite on Star a few years ago doing Buenos Aires to Santiago. The exposed balcony was fine for us as weather didn't prove to be an issue but you never can tell and your trip is more likely to get some rain I suspect. I know some people don't like the feeling that their privacy is gone but that depends what you're planning to get up to on the balcony; if it's just lounging about then it's no different from being beside the pool or on the top deck somewhere. The vast majority of the time people aren't going to be looking down on you from a balcony above, anyway. On the plus side, uninterrupted views of stars.

Specialty dining: if you've got the time then try each of them on different nights if you like the look of the menus. The flavoured salts that you get with the steaks in the Crown Grill are excellent.

Main dining food will change every night although there will be some dishes that are always available. Food available is the same no matter what dining room you're in. We almost always have Any Time dining and rock up reasonably late compared to other people; we don't mind sharing a table with others so are typically seated pretty quickly and rarely need to take the buzzer. If you're not that bothered with the shows that are on then timing your arrival for just before the end of the first one should ensure people are either at the show or getting ready to leave the dining room in order to make the second viewing so it should be easier to get seated quickly too.

I can't remember all the details, but we had a great voyage on the Star Princess for two weeks, Buenos Aires to Buenos Aires including Antarctica and Cape Horn. We did have a balcony cabin as here is shot of us engaging in their Ultimate Balcony Lobster dinner when tied to the dock in Montevideo, Uruguay. Also a picture I took off deck when touring the Antarctic Peninsula for a couple of days.

Thank you so very, very much for your replies (& pictures)Big Smile

I can't wait to tell my hubby Love

I would highly recommend the Ultimate Balcony Dinner. We enjoyed it so much that we have repeated it several times and gifted it to our son and his wife when they cruised with us. We took the grandkids to dinner so they could enjoy a dinner for two under the stars.

I’m sailing on the Star to Alaska in June, 2019. Will definitely write a review.

I'm looking forward to your post! Happy sailing! far as Im concerned you can turn the whole site into your personal photo album. Great stuff!

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