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Princess Cruises Star Princess Cruise ReviewStar Princess
Los Angeles - March 2002

by Linda Androlia

Star Princess AtriumThe Star Princess is the largest cruise ship to ever visit the Los Angeles harbor. It is the sister ship to the Grand Princess and the Golden Princess.

One enters the ship on the Plaza Deck; this is the heart of the ship with a three-story atrium, glass and marble staircases, glass elevators, and a reception desk. There is a lobby bar where one could get a drink, sit in comfortable chairs in the foyer area and people watch, as this area is a hub of activity. Around the foyer you will find the ship Library, stocked with all new books, CD listening chairs, Card Room stocked with every board game you can imagine, Writing Room, a cozy place to write "wish you were here" letters, as well as the Princess Fine Arts Gallery.

I found the ship to have a very open feeling, there were many nooks and crannies to hide away but mostly an open floor plan on the public decks with views in all direction to the blue sea, which will be a wonderful plus in Alaska.

Star Princess DiningThe ship is set up for Personal Choice Dining, eat anywhere at any time program. There are three dining rooms, each seating about 450. The idea is for a more intimate dining experience moving away from the multi tiered extravaganza dining rooms which tended to be beautiful to look at but noisy and not conducive to pleasurable dining. These three dining rooms on different levels of the ship are like entering an upscale neighborhood restaurant. There are two alternative restaurants, Sabatini Trattoria that is a small intimate Italian bistro and Tequila's, a southwestern restaurant with a feel of Santa Fe. There is the Horizon Court, which is the buffet that one can get lost in. With so many choices you have to walk the buffet before you start your journey with plate in hand. Scoops, for ice cream, Prego for pizza, Trident Grill for lunch at the pool.

The show rooms and lounges were each spectacular, beautiful décor and not a bad seat in the house. Many bars scattered over many levels of the ship. The standout with the men in the crowd being Shooters, a sports bar that broadcasts various sporting events with a collection of sports memorabilia all over the walls. While the men are whooping it up in there the woman can visit all the shops onboard. Large variety, even a shop called Essence, specializing in fragrances.

The trademark of the Princess Grand Class ships is Skywalkers Disco. You take the elevator, (or stairs to walk off that nights desserts) to the Sports Deck, and then take an escalator to the Disco. This place swings at night, and during the day provides expansive views. This is the place to be on Glacier Day in Alaska.

Star PrincessThe kids and teen areas are spectacular. The teen room called Off Limits, has it's own disco, bar where they serve cocktails, computers and many plush comfortable chairs for the top teen attraction "hanging out." The kid's areas are divided by age and are decorated in bright cheery colors and have so many options. Computer rooms, ping pong basketball, pool, Lego tables, bikes, scooters, little amphitheatre and just about anything one could think of to provide fun for kids of all ages.

The Lotus Spa areas are gorgeous, aerobic rooms, gym with a large number of treadmills facing the windows, huge amount of exercise equipment, many individual treatment rooms with an Asian flair, swim against he current pool, whirlpools, sauna, and a spacious salon area.

Star Princess StateroomThink balconies, so popular and this ship has its fair share. From the Grand Suite to the balcony staterooms, the décor is very pleasing in color and design. Ample storage and hanging space in each cabin. I paid special attention to the family rooms which can sleep eight, great option which most ship do not have. Inside cabins are very attractive in their color schemes, with ample closet space. All cabins have refrigerators, which I find a big plus on a cruise.

Overall the Star Princess is a lovely, large and vibrant ship. A big addition to the cruise opportunities on the West Coast. She has already proved to be a big seller for the Mexico and summer Alaska sailings.

Photographs courtesty of Linda Androlia

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