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We liked the idea of a cheap cruise. So did everyone else in board. We did not find any compatible cruise companions. Mostly old or cheap travelers. The cruise line cut corners. Cheap food (no smoked salmon, all the good stuff on the formal nights only) The real problem was the ports. Or lack of ports. And parking in the cheapest, furthest away berths in commercial ports, not cruise ports. I have been to several of these ports before with Celebrity so I know there are other places to park a ship. So... we got what we paid for. A cheap cruise, cheap food, bad location for parking. But wait.... Did I mention the awful embarkation and disembarkation? Top hour wait sitting around in Lima, an equal number of hours to get on the ship in LA. A real dealbreaker as far as I am concerned. And prepaid gratuities is a bad idea. Poor service throughout. On the positive side the entertainment was excellent and lots of room in the tiny cabin (no sofa) to put away out clothes. Bottom line: my second and last Princess Cruise. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are simply better, even if the entertainment is less professional.

A cheap cruise means bargain cruisers and the cruise line cutting corners

Star Princess Cruise Review by amyarizona

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2018
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We liked the idea of a cheap cruise. So did everyone else in board. We did not find any compatible cruise companions. Mostly old or cheap travelers.

The cruise line cut corners. Cheap food (no smoked salmon, all the good stuff on the formal nights only)

The real problem was the ports. Or lack of ports. And parking in the cheapest, furthest away berths in commercial ports, not cruise ports. I have been to several of these ports before with Celebrity so I know there are other places to park a ship.

So... we got what we paid for. A cheap cruise, cheap food, bad location for parking.

But wait....

Did I mention the awful embarkation and disembarkation? Top hour wait sitting around in Lima, an equal number of hours to get on the ship in LA. A real dealbreaker as far as I am concerned.

And prepaid gratuities is a bad idea. Poor service throughout.

On the positive side the entertainment was excellent and lots of room in the tiny cabin (no sofa) to put away out clothes.

Bottom line: my second and last Princess Cruise. Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are simply better, even if the entertainment is less professional.
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Balcony
Cabin BF C209
Lots of drawers in the cabin to store clothes.
On the other hand it is my first cabin (15 cruises) without a sofa. The big balcony was wasted space.
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