Princess Cruises Star Princess Review
Aims for a consistent, if conventional, experience, catering to the masses, and delivering a little something for everyone
We stayed in an Interior Cabin, a category that represents 28 percent of the accommodations available on Star Princess—it’s also the least expensive. Heading up the price scale are Oceanview Cabins (in three categories: obstructed view, porthole, or picture window), Balcony Cabins, Mini-Suites and full-size Suites.
As is common on most of Princess’ ships, the exterior has a slightly pyramidal design, with balconies that jut out slightly beyond the deck above. This meant that virtually all of the balconies on decks 9 and 10 were mostly or completely visible from the decks above. On the plus side, with less ceiling above, from these decks you can see the stars overhead.
Our Cabin: Interior Cabin
At 160 square feet, our cabin was definitely not spacious. As an inside cabin, there was no view to enjoy—just a mirror that stretched across most of the rear wall, which made the space feel a little less cramped. Décor was fairly bland—not ugly, but lacking in any character.
To save a few bucks, we booked a “guarantee” interior cabin—this meant our cabin wouldn’t be assigned until some time before our sailing date. In fact, it wasn’t assigned until the day we sailed. Initially we didn’t spot anything amiss, but the first evening of our cruise, at 9:45 p.m., we heard music coming through the walls. It wasn't audible in the hallway, so we knew it wasn’t from an adjoining cabin. Examining the deck plan, we discovered that our cabin was one of about a dozen directly above the Princess Theater—our floor was also the roof of the stage, and the evening show had just begun.
We asked for different cabin, but were told that nothing could be done, the ship was fully booked. Inside the theater we did not find the music over-amplified, but sound leakage in our cabin recurred every night the theater was in operation, up to 11 p.m. This might only be a consideration for early-to-bed types, but we feel a careful perusal of cabin location is warranted for the Star Princess.
Our queen-sized bed had a small nightstand on either side. There were light switches under the mirror/headboard (behind the pillows) for the two main lighting fixtures—one for each side of bed. The low-wattage lamps on the nightstands were barely adequate for reading.
Like most cruise ship bathrooms, ours was small but efficient, with a large mirror over the sink to the left, the shower (no tub) to the right, and the toilet in between. Beside the mirror were shelves adequate for a standard travel kit; there was no makeup mirror. The hairdryer was mounted above the desk, not in the bathroom.
The bathroom floor was elevated a couple inches above the cabin floor, while the shower stall was level with the bathroom floor—a two-inch lip kept the water in its place; there was a fabric shower curtain and, inside the shower, a retractable laundry line.
A sign in the bathroom asked us to help Princess by re-using our towels. They weren’t replenished when they were hung on the towel rack, but when we hung them on the hooks on the door they were unnecessarily replaced with clean towels. Two beach towels were provided and were replaced when used. A waffle-weave bathrobe was also waiting for us in the closet.
The layout of features was fairly efficient, with the closet area separate from the bedroom, creating a dressing room of sorts. The closet was 6-foot 2-inches wide with a shelf overhead, allowing ample storage space for clothes on hangers. There was no door on the closet, meaning everything on hangers was easily accessed. There was also a cabinet with five shelves (plus two more for the safe and life vests), and space under the bed for storing luggage.
At check-in, nametags were posted outside all cabin doors, identifying the occupants and their status level in Princess Cruises’ Captain’s Circle.
We did not stay in the rest of these cabins, but we have summaries here provided by Princess Cruises. Note that any photos on this page may be provided directly by the cruise line and not our reviewer.
"Oceanview staterooms offer value and picture windows for a greater sense of space. For extra savings, we also offer categories of Obstructed View staterooms, providing the benefit of sunlight to the room though with a restricted view due to lifeboats or other obstructions outside the window."
"Balcony staterooms provide more space than other staterooms. They feature two twin beds that make up into a queen-size bed, and a bathroom with shower."
"Mini-Suites with balconies are larger than staterooms with balconies. They feature a queen bed or two twins that convert to a queen-size bed, a separate sitting area with sofa bed and desk, and a bathtub with massage showerhead."
"Suites with balconies can be significantly larger than staterooms with balconies. They feature a queen bed or two twins that convert to a queen-size bed, a separate sitting area with sofa bed and desk, and a bathtub with massage showerhead."
The standard amenities were provided, or were available on request.
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