Star Princess Cruise Review
This was our 12th cruise and 3rd with Princess. We loved the Star and can't wait to cruise on her or the other ships in her class. We enjoy big ships because they have so much to offer passengers and the Star did not disappoint us at all. Plenty of high-quality entertainment from the Star Princess Dancers; in particular, Dance, Give My Regards and Da Beat. Some might consider them cheesy but hey, so are some successful Broadway shows. The other outstanding guest entertainer not to be missed is David Acosta (maybe not his first name but DEFINITELY the last name), is right) in the Vista Lounge. It was standing room and for good reason; his voice was outstanding and his material, quite funny! He's a combination singer/impressionist! His 12 Days segment is worth it!!! I am not a big fan of edgy comedy and Sarge certainly personifies this description. As a fellow New Yorker, I was hoping his approach would be less loud, less in ya face but alas, the stereotype of us New Yorkers continues... Nevertheless, he did have an ocassional funny, worthwhile moment.The Art Auctions were excellent, offering some world-class artists at huge bargain prices. If you are looking for a great investment (forget the stock market, these days!) stop by the Explorer's Lounge for the auctions.We love Personal Choice cruising and found it a wonderful option once again. We didn't eat at Tequila's, but did try the Italian Tratorria, Sabatini's, which was terrific and worth the experience, though we'd advise you to opt for it on the last night of the cruise. One night of such indulgence is sufficient for those wanting to fit into their clothes upon return home. And speaking of fitting into one's clothes, the Lotus Spa and Fitness Center is fantastic. The Lotus Sanctuary was worth every dime I paid for the Chakras Massage I got. Don't miss the access to the Sanctuary that certain spa services provide. We spent at least 2.5-3 hours a day in the gym, taking advantage of the machines and classes. The fitness instructors, Francois and Graeme, offered really awesome classes like Lotus Fusion (stretch), Fitball (Pilates-based resistance for a $10 additialal fee worth it!), the Spinning class (also for an additional $10 fee- worth it) and Circuit Express (a half-hour of military-style stations where you push yourself based on your own fitness level), just to name a few. The only drawback of the Lotus Spa and Fitness Center is that the outdoor jogging track above the entire center surrounds the spa treatment rooms. Also on this floor is the basketball court which is directly above the classroom so each time we were trying to meditate, relax, etc., all we heard was the pounding of some very loud basketballs. Hopefully this mistake will not be repeated on future ships!Lastly, the service was once again top quality. The crew was helpful and efficient. We especially found the Facets staff (the jewelry store) especially outstanding. Ray and John were wonderful, always offering their knowledge and advice on the many beautiful and reasonably priced pieces in their shop. Monica and Lynette were also equally warm and receptive each time we stopped by. Facets 50% off jewelry sale is WELL-WORTH a look. And by the way, if you are looking for Tanzanite in the ports of call, make sure you stop by Facets first and attend one of their informative gem seminars. We saw some very low quality pieces in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas for very expensive prices. Facets had a fantastic collection of tanzanite jewelry (and other gems) that was much higher quality and lower priced which of course, Princess Cruises guarantees. (Not the case with many stores on land.) We can't wait to cruise on Princess again and we hope every that reads this review has as enjoyable a time as we did!