Star Princess Cruise Review to Hawaii
Sail Date: October 06, 2013
Ship: Star Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: C631
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago
The crew on this ship is the best we've ever experienced. They were so attentive and cordial to all and at our disposal at all times. The food was average at best. The buffet reflected "leftovers" at lunch from the previous nights dinners. Not very appetizing. The diningroom meals were average as well ... well presented but little real flavor or taste. Going to the "speciality restaurant, Crowne Grille" was a BIG disappointment. We have dined at this restaurant on the Emerald and Ruby Princess ships and were very happy with our meals - on the Star the steaks were terrible - out of four filet mignons at our table, 3 were sent back! Even cooked medium rare, the were DRY with no flavor. The staterooms appear smaller than other ships (perhaps because its a refurbished ship) -- the bathroom was a joke --- the smallest ever but our balcony was very spacious. Perhaps the worst part of the trip was the "tendering boats" that took us to port. We were treated like cattle and had to wait 45 minutes to board and the same on the return, standing in line the entire time. It was very hot and uncomfortable. This difinitely needs improvement. The fact that we couldn't go to Pearl Harbor (the biggest reason we were going th Hawaii) was a MAJOR disappointment but not Princess' fault. The "royality" in Washington is responsble for that - we felt very sorry for the 90 yr old WWII vet in a wheelchair that took the cruise specifically to see Pearl Harbor. A real shame!
To end the cruise I have to say that disembarking was a horrible experience. The port of San Pedro has to have the absolute WORST organization of any port we've been to. Getting our luggage and trying to find a porter what horrendous. We ended up dragging our luggage outside ourselves (4 senior citizens) and the asked for direction to pick up a shuttle to our hotel. We were sent to 2 different locations - seemed like blocks apart.....the place is a mess. Needless to say, we will NEVER cruise from there again. Our end to the vacation left a very bad taste in our mouth......