Star Princess Cruise Review to Europe - Mediterranean

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7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

Lots of ports

Sail Date: July 01, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Balcony

Overall, wonderful cruise. The review title "Lot's of Ports", this cruise was exactly that, 11 ports in 12 nights. I understand there is a short distance between many of the ports in the Med, it did get a little hectic and with only one sea day, we got tired. Plan out your excursions. Most of our excursion ran longer that planned, primarily due to traffic and long lines (even the tour group lines to get into most museums, churches etc were an hour or more). We had a balcony cabin, no surprises on space and amenities. The ship's layout was fine, but it took us a week to figure out the most direct route to the Amalfi Dining Room (why is it at a dead end with only one accessway?) We had traditional late seating, finishing dinner around 10:00pm each night. We missed or were late for a lot of the evening entertainment/activities because of this. On past cruises, shows were at a times so early seating could go after dinner, late seating before, not the case on this cruise. And who knew that the laundry room was the busiest place on the ship? With packing restrictions, more people bring less items. It would be helpful if the laundry was open longer hours (I don't passengers in the cabins near the laundry would hear anymore noise from the washers than from passengers in the hallways.)

Pros: Ports of Call

Cons: Food

Recommends Star Princess? Yes!

Food and Dining
I didn't realize until I was on the cruise that Carnival now owned Princess. It showed in the food. The dinner selections were fine, but nothing special. The service is still there and the ambiance is wonderful, but it's still not what it used to be. There isn't a large variety of entrees from night to night and I miss the "entertainment" part of the dining (the waiters singing on special nights, no parade of staff, etc. As far as the buffet, VERY small. I don't mean the food, but the actual space. There is a large selection, pretty much the same each day/night but the actual space to move around is quite small and gets very crowded very fast.
We weren't able to see very many of the shows or go to a lot of activities. Things were offered once, a great many during late seating dinner. There are a lot of fitness activities and not as many 1/2 hr "how to" events as on previous cruises.
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