Wonderful Cruise to Mexico

Star Princess Cruise Review to Mexico


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 29

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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10 Night Mexico (San Francisco Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 17, 2015
Ship: Star Princess
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: D716
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 2 years ago

This cruise aboard the Star Princess was phenomenal.  The staff and crew work hard to make this a great experience for everyone onboard.  The accommodations were very nice, the meals were superb, and the activities were very enjoyable.

The entertainment was OK, but not spectacular.  The first comedian, A.J. Jamal, was fantastic.  Not only was he hilarious, but his humor was clean and family-friendly. The second comedian had some very off-color humor that was totally inappropriate for the youth in the audience.

We really enjoyed the ports of call.  At Cabo San Lucas, we went to a very nice beach resort for swimming, sunning, and lunch.  Loreto is a very nice town - the people are warm and friendly.  We went to the San Javier Mission, which was a very nice tour.  In La Paz on Sunday, we decided to go to Church.  It was a great experience.  My Spanish, while not great, was serviceable enough that I could help my wife know what was being talked about in the sermons.  Again, the people were very warm and friendly.  And our tour in Puerto Vallarta was to the mining town of San Sebastian - very fun and educational.

The ship needs to improve disembarkation in Puerto Vallarta.  Because the tours met on the pier, many people almost missed their tours because everyone was crowding the gangways.  Perhaps they need to designate one gangway solely for those with tour tickets.

There was no previous advertising of tours in San Francisco - we didn't find out about them until several days into the cruise.  Had we known about them before the cruise, we would have saved ourselves much time and effort, and we wouldn't have wasted time trying to find something to do while we waited for our flight home.

But overall, this was a great cruise.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food is excellent, and our waiter and assistant were great.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Don't rely on just one source for information. For example, the Passenger Services folks told me that the pools don't open until 8:00 a.m. But when I asked a deck hand, he said that one pool was open 24 hours, and the other pool opens at 6:00 a.m.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
See my comment above concerning the comedians.

Children's Programs

Didn't use.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our cabin steward was very attentive, and he always helped us with our requests.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship is very nice and well cared for.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The cabin was small, but very comfortable.

Ship Tip

While the ice cream shop serves soft ice cream at no charge, one of the best-kept secrets on the ship is that they also have hard ice cream and milkshakes - there is a fee, but it is well worth it.

5 out of 5
I wish we had known before the cruise that after-cruise tours were available. We signed up for one onboard, but it would have helped our planning to know in advance that this was an option.
5 out of 5
We enjoyed a very nice beachfront resort, including lunch.
5 out of 5
A very nice small town. The trip to San Javier Mission was worth the time.
5 out of 5
We were in La Paz on Sunday, so we chose to attend Church services. The people were very warm and friendly. It was a great experience.
5 out of 5
The trip to San Sebastian was very educational and fun.
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