Star Princess Cruise Review to Mexico

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Family Thanksgiving aboard the Star Princess

Sail Date: November 25, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

We cruised with our adult children and enjoyed the cruise experience very much. The accommodations were fine, the dinners were good, and the overall atmosphere at shows/entertainment venues was fine. Boarding/reboarding and disembarking was timely and efficient. Our overall experience was positive. 

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
All good, other than glitch on disembarkation (reported by our son, Gregory Weber)
Ship Quality
Two large clocks on pool deck were at wrong time (one off by 2 hours); several toilets were clogged near DR and bar areas. Had to scramble for other locations.
Destinations and Excursions
The excursion in Ensenada to La Bufadora was an absolute waste of money and time ($200 for 5 people). The guide (Sol) was knowledgable and lovely, BUT we felt cheated and were totally underwhelmed.
Onboard Activities
We enjoyed the bands and music as well as the British Invasion on the last night
Service and Staff
All waiters were friendly, knowledgable and efficient. We especially enjoyed our waiter from Jalisco, Mexico, on our last night. He had 9 years of service; don't remember his name.
Food and Dining
Breakfasts were so/so. Some of the hot items (eggs especially) were lukewarm, No omelette station (as on Celebrity). Fruit was not so good.
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California
Santa Barbara, California
Ensenada, Mexico
Was a waste of time. Not a pretty town, or at least not where we were taken. Too much time allotted for shopping at La Bufadora. Totally disappointing/waste of money.


Anytime dining--a disaster, especially on Thanksgiving. Our family had to stand in line at 5 pm (with many other unhappy folk) to eat at a reasonable time. We called at 8 am (always busy) and when we got through by 8:30, everything was booked!! Never once did we eat when we wanted. Very stressful.

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