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Star Princess Cruise Review to Mexico


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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10 Night Mexico (San Francisco Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 25, 2014
Ship: Star Princess
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

My husband and I selected this cruise because of the itinerary and the opportunity to have six relaxing days at sea. The Star Princess and her crew did not disappoint. For those of us still in the working world, there is nothing better than enjoying ocean breezes, sunrises and sunsets and myriad options to engage or disengage during sea days. And, once we rounded the Baja peninsula our adventures began. We are huge fans of visiting World Heritage Sites and this cruise offers several to choose from in Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Loreto. The shore excursions were excellent and I heard no complaints from other passengers on the ship. The phrase I kept hearing was how much this cruise exceeded passengers' expectations. The Baja Peninsula is drop-dead gorgeous and the water temperature of 80 degrees is perfect in October for those of us who went snorkeling at every opportunity.

The crew was young and vibrant and there was more to do do than we had time for. My only suggestion would be to opt for the "any time" dining. We selected the late seating and found it conflicted with many activities we wanted to participate in on the ship. Go and enjoy. We will definitely be taking this same cruise again.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Specialty dining (additional fee) was outstanding, regular dining selections were fine, but not exceptional.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Loved the mix of educational opportunities (Go Pro Seminar, book club) with the activities of dance classes, exercise classes and arts and crafts

Entertainment

Once again, opt for any time dining so that you can choose which chose to see, otherwise you are limited by your dining schedule.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Matt, Colin, Mel and Bailey immediately come to mind--the young and energetic entertainment staff.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Order room service breakfast on those mornings when you have an early shore excursion. The international cafe is our favorite for lunch--light, healthy food choices. The sun deck adjacent to the serenity spa is the perfect quiet place to read your favorite novel and be away from the crowds.

5 out of 5
Wonderful place to begin a cruise, right in the heart of the embarcadero.
5 out of 5
Got to visit the Boca de Sierra World Heritage Site to Zip Line, Rappell, rock climb, strap on to a commando bridge throughout spectacular scenery of ravines, clear mountain streams and canyons.
5 out of 5
My favorite port! Old time small town Mexico with the kindest and friendliest people. No pushy street vendors and several places to sit down and sip a drink. The shore excursion to snorkel at Coronado Island was spectacular. A nearby coral reef provided homes for eels, trumpetfish, needlenose fish and so much more, plus there is an amazing nature trail to allow you great vantage points of the bay. r
5 out of 5
Snorkeling at Gaviota Island and Balandra Bay and with Sea Lion pups and their moms. Fantastic!! Next time we will participate in the whale shark encounter.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Did not visit port

Pushy street vendors is a real turnoff for me. This is our third visit to this port so we did not take a shore excursion--next time we will book one rather than walk the town.
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