Star Princess Cruise Review to Mexico

Third Mate

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5 out of 5

A rare opportunity to cruise the Sea of Cortez

Sail Date: October 25, 2014

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

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.

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Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Specialty dining (additional fee) was outstanding, regular dining selections were fine, but not exceptional.
Service and Staff
Matt, Colin, Mel and Bailey immediately come to mind--the young and energetic entertainment staff.
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.
Onboard Activities
Loved the mix of educational opportunities (Go Pro Seminar, book club) with the activities of dance classes, exercise classes and arts and crafts
Destinations and Excursions
We select our vacations based on opportunities to visit World Heritage Sites--this cruise is perfect for exploring the mammals in the Sea of Cortez and the Boca de Sierra biosphere out of Cabo San Lucas.
Cabin / Stateroom
San Francisco, California
Wonderful place to begin a cruise, right in the heart of the embarcadero.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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.
Loreto, Mexico
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
La Paz, Mexico
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 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.


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.

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