Launched in February 2002, the Star Princess cruise ship was built in Italy by Fincantieri and is the third of three in her fleet. Her sister ships are the Grand Princess and the Golden Princess. These beautiful vessels were designed to cater for cruisers of all ages and interests, so you can expect to find a wide range of activities and generations on board. The Star Princess is particular popular among families during the peak summer season.
Weighing in at 108,977 tonnes, measuring 951 feet in length and spanning 17 decks, the Star Princess is no small vessel. This grand ship accommodations 2,600 passengers and 1,100 crew members. Her maximum cruising speed is 22.5 knots.
Prepare to be wowed when you step on board the Star Princess. As her name suggests, this ship really shines. From the beautiful artwork adorning many of the public rooms, to the Asian-inspired Lotus Spa, each area has been carefully designed to be eye-catching and memorable.
Particular areas of note include the Italian-style piazza - the social heart of the ship - and the Neptune’s Reef and Pool, which is delightfully decorated with colourful tile mosaics. The overall atmosphere is vibrant and lively - there’s something special wherever you look.
Whether you love shopping, spending time at the spa, keeping fit, learning new skills or simply relaxing by the pool, there’s something for you on board the Star Princess. With four pool areas to choose from, as well as an exclusive adults-only retreat (The Sanctuary) and several public rooms, including a library, internet cafe and art gallery, there’s no shortage of places to spend sea days.
Come night time and the ship truly comes alive; there are live performances at several venues, including hallmark production shows at the main theatre. Rest assured, you’ll be well entertained from sunrise until sunset.
As on her sister vessels, the Grand Princess and the Golden Princess, the wide variety of dining options on board the Star Princess is quite simply outstanding. With three main dining rooms, a buffet and several specialty restaurants, there’s no shortage of places to enjoy a beautiful dinner. Of the three main dining rooms, two have flexible seating (Capri and Portofino), while the Amalfi has two fixed seating times - one early, one late.
A few of the bars also serve food; the Vines Wine Bar has an excellent tapas menu, while the nautical-themed Wheelhouse Bar serves complimentary lunch every day. As the night progresses, all of the bars are open for pre- and post-dinner drinks, with some staying open late into the evening. The ship is well-stocked with premium beers, wines and spirits, as well as a range of high quality non-alcoholic beverages.
The Star Princess spends the majority of her time cruising the American continent, from Canada to Chile and everywhere in between. The shore excursions available will of course depend on your chosen cruise route, but you can expect a wide variety of tours to choose from. At each port you should find tours to suit all fitness levels and interests. Some examples include whale watching in Alaska, a ‘Hollywood Scavenger Hunt’ in Los Angeles and a tour of world famous football stadiums in Buenos Aires.
The Star Princess has a total of 1,301 cabins, many of which have an ocean view. Cabins start at 160 square feet (inside) and go up to 274 square feet (including balconies). All of the standard staterooms come equipped with basic amenities and televisions.
Those looking for more spacious accommodation will do well in one of the mini-suites. Measuring 323 square feet (including balconies), there are 180 of these suites on board. The Star Princess also has 23 suites of a much larger size, measuring from 468 to 1,314 square feet, depending on which category you book.
Dining included in your Star Princess ticket:
Specialty dining (not included in your fare):
Daytime activities on board the Star Princess tend to centre around one of two themes; relaxation or enrichment. The library, internet cafe, art gallery and boutique shops are all excellent places to spend a morning or afternoon. If you’d like to learn a new skill while on holiday, then the Scholarship@Sea programme has a wide range of public seminars for you to choose from.
Other great places to pass the time at sea are the Sanctuary, an adults-only retreat equipped with plush lounge chairs, and the Lawn Court, for golf putting and lawn games.
There are four freshwater pools on the Star Princess; the Lotus Pool, the Neptune Pool, the Calypso Pool and the Terrace Pool. The Neptune Pool is home to Movies Under the Stars, while the Calypso Pool has a retractable roof so it can be enjoyed rain or shine. There are 9 whirlpool spas throughout the ship.
The Lotus Spa and Fitness Centre is inspired by Asia, and the treatments available reflect this. Popular treatments include Reiki, Thai massage and Balinese massage. The Lotus Spa also has its own thermal suite. The fitness centre is equipped with all of the latest cardio machines and is also home to a few group classes, such as yoga and pilates.
If you’d prefer to keep fit outside, the sports court is a great place for a game of basketball or paddle tennis, and there is also a jogging track on the top deck. Other great ways to exercise include ping-pong and golf putting.
When the stars come out the Star Princess really does shine! This cruise ship has three main entertainment venues; the Princess Theatre, the Explorer’s Lounge and the Vista Lounge. At the Princess Theatre be prepared to be wowed by signature production shows. A variety of performances are on at the other two lounges - be sure to check the entertainment schedule.
If it’s dancing you’re interested in, head to the Wheelhouse Bar. This nautical-inspired venue has a great atmosphere and is popular from the early evening onwards. As the night progresses, Skywalker’s - the ship’s late-night disco - really comes to life.
It’s not hard to see why the Star Princess is so popular among families - the children’s facilities are excellent. Both the youth and teen centres have all of the latest movies and games, as well as foosball tables and jukeboxes.
The children’s programmes are organised into three groups: Princess Pelicans for ages 3 to 7, Shockwaves for ages 8 to 12 and Remix for ages 13 to 17. Each group is entertained with age-appropriate activities, such as pizza nights and pajama parties for the little ones, and karaoke competitions and discos for the teens.
There are also several activities on board the Star Princess that are perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Why not spend a day at the pool or dine together at one of the several child-friendly eateries? Organised children’s programmes usually take a break during breakfast, lunch and dinner so the whole family can eat together.
In the evenings parents may choose to enrol their children in group babysitting so they can enjoy the ship’s nightlife. There is no in-cabin babysitting available.
From embarkation to disembarkation we were welcomed and felt special. We celebrated our 30th Wedding and Birthday during our cruise and both were recognised with decorations on our cabin door and beautiful little cakes to mark each occasion which was a really nice gesture and appreciated. Our Lido
deck cabin housekeeping steward "Noel" was so courteous and was always happy and smiling and his service was exceptional. Guest Services "Emelda" was so helpful, friendly and efficient. There was so much to see and do whilst onboard, although th shows were not what we would normally see however or simply lazing about by the pools or spas was so relaxing when not in port. We chose the anytime dining preference which suited our needs as we are not formal dining people unless it is a special occasion. We opted for the all inclusive drinks package at $49 U.S per person per day however we probably wouldn't do this again as it didn't turn out to good value for money for us. We did purchase the all inclusive photo package at $199 U.S however we only ended up with a few photos as most are taken at formal nights and set dining, it would have been great to have more less formal photo opportunities available for informal guests like us. All in all we had an amazing time and have made a future cruise booking deposit and look forward to the next cruising adventure!
Our cruise turned out to be an eye opener. I had never realised how much poverty existed in South America. Taking tours which entailed driving through the suburbs to see the tourist sites enabled us to see how the general population lived. How lucky are we that we live in a country that doesn't
have to have steel bars on every window on even the poorest houses. It also appeared that the crime rates were high in a lot of the recognised tourist places with other passengers witnessing thieves in action. We were also warned not to walk on the docks in Lima (Callaou) (even crew were told to not take taxis but to use the shuttle buses) because even the police travel there in groups of no less than four officers. Then to visit Pachacamac ruins to see armed guards everywhere to protect the tourists. Add that to the seemingly ongoing political unrest in almost every country we visited and impending coups hinted at by tour guides meant feeling just the tiniest bit unsafe. Finally getting off the ship in Rio de Janeiro was an absolute farce. There were no Princess crew around that we could find in the crowds to help us find the booked transfer bus. After wandering around for about an hour along with other unhappy travellers we were finally directed to board a bus from another Cruise Line. When we finally made it to the airport it was the most disorganised, chaotic place we had ever visited. Thank goodness we didn't have to stay there. I was left in horror at what awaits the people going to the games. Nobody appeared to have much knowledge of English and there were so many people demanding attention of those that did that they were showing signs of exploding with the stress of coping.
What an experience! We came back new alright but extremely tired from missed flights and connections and misdirections all stemming from what happened in Rio. Would we do it again? Definitely! We gained a healthy respect for our home life. Now to plan and save for our next world experience.
This cruise was in two parts, first first half was mainly American Australian New Zealand and British which created a good atmosphere. Second was mainly South Americans, totally different.
The ship is looking very tired.
We had the drinks package, was OK but you never got a full glass of wine, the measure were the smallest possible.
We both loved the miniature bottles of Brut wine on board but suddenly these were not available. We new that they were available because we were friendly with one of the bat staff
The ship lacks something not sure how to narrow it down.
Also the public toilets were constantly blocked and cleaning of public areas not the best.
The final thoughts were they were going through the motions of doing as little as possible to keep the guest happy.
We decided to go on a cruise from San francisco to Auckland N.Z. through the South Pacific for 23 days. We had a marvellous time and met some great people who we still keep in touch with today.
One morning two days into the cruise my partner Jack woke me up at 5.45am in the morning to ask me to marry him, I didnt believe what I was hearing and asked him to repeat it,I was in a state of shock and and when fully awake I said yes. We had been together 23 years and I never thought we would get married.
The captain married us on the 3rd of October 2009 at 5pm, all our friends came and we went on to have a wonderful dinner and danced the night away. We had what is called Symbolic wedding as there was not time to do it all officially, we did have a beautiful wedding certificate, were prounced man and wife by the captain in the wedding chapel. We had all the trimmings wedding cake, flowers and music.
On returning to New Zealand we organized another wedding and were legally married on the 13th of February in devonport on the North Shore of Auckland.
I hope you will consider my story as it was a very memorable time for us both.
Want to maximize your pool time and minimize your mealtime? Get a quick and satisfying bite whenever you like at our Casual Dining eateries, or get take-out and dine by the pool.