South American Adventure!
Star Princess Cruise Review to South America
Review SummaryWe enjoyed the Star Princess! The ship was large enough to not feel crowded and there were plenty of lounges to get away from the action when needed. The common areas were not as large as another line I've been on, but were quite adequate for the cruise. They often do performances in the Piazza, the drawback here is that space is limited and often these events, such as the Captain's events are not repeated and it's difficult to see. Had I never been on the other line, this would have been one of the best ships on which I've cruised.
Communication from the bridge to the cruise director did not always match up, we almost missed the scenic cruise around the Cape Horn! We loved having a balcony so that we could rush out quickly to see sights!
We enjoyed our brief time in Brazil, but I would advise that if you are not planning on spending a day or more extra in Brazil, you should chose to get off the ship in Argentina, or meet the ship in Argentina depending on the direction you are traveling, to avoid the Brazilian Visa fee and the headache of getting off the ship due to the local government regulations. We had several friends that missed their flights out of Brazil due to the lengthy disembarkation. We were originally slated to leave the ship around 11am but did not get off until 4:30pm!!! Brazil had sent only 4 (FOUR) agents to check out 2500+ passengers! It had nothing to do with Princess, but a lot of passengers were upset and blaming them. If you can stay extra days in Brazil, then by all means finish the itinerary. Otherwise, hop off in Argentina and use the money for more time there!
Pros: Exotic Ports
Cons: Brazilian Customs and Visa process!!