Star Princess has a broad range of public areas, catering to virtually all demographics at all hours.
Public areas indoors were mostly found at the ship’s bars, several of which—Explorer’s Lounge, Wheelhouse Bar, Club Fusion—were used for other events through the day and evening. Crooner’s was a fun spot for sunsets and people watching, while Skywalker’s Nightclub was an outlandish perch hoisted above the rear decks.
Deck 16 forward—a prime observation area for cruisers—has been converted into the fee-access Sanctuary. While the fee wasn’t outrageous, given that we never spotted more than a couple dozen people here it seemed like marginal usage for this valuable real estate.
The three-level atrium lobby of Star Princess, also known as the Piazza, was an attractive space that bustled with activities and events during our cruise. Live music included solo guitar, piano, a string quartet playing classical, and a tight band playing Swing and Big Band hits. There was also the Captain’s Welcome Aboard reception on the second night that included Princess’ traditional champagne waterfall, cameras at the ready.
On the lowest level, Deck 4, the lobby was flanked by the Vines and Lobby bars, the International Café and the Internet Café and Library. Deck 5 was where the ship’s passenger services desk was located.
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