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Star Princess

Former name: Pacific Encounter

Star Princess Review and Specifications

Specifications of Star Princess

Year built2002  /  Age : 17
Flag state Bermuda
BuilderFincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)
ClassGrand
Building costUSD 450 million
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorPrincess Cruises
Speed24 kn / 44 kph / 28 mph
Length (LOA)289 m / 948 ft
Beam (width)48 m / 157 ft
Gross Tonnage108977 gt
Passengers2596 - 3115
Crew1100
Passengers-to-space ratio35
Decks16
Cabins1298
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2017-2021
Sister-shipsCaribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Diamond Princess, Emerald Princess, Golden Princess (Pacific Adventure), Grand Princess, Ruby Princess, Sapphire Princess
Former namesPacific Encounter
Christened byGunilla Antonini

Current itinerary / position of Star Princess

Star Princess current cruise is 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands. The itinerary starts on 04 Dec, 2019 and ends on 19 Dec, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
04 Dec 16:00    Departing from Los Angeles, San Pedro-Long Beach, California hotels
09 Dec 09:00 - 18:00    Hilo, Hawaii Island
10 Dec 07:00 - 23:00    Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii
11 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Nawiliwili, Lihue, Kauai Island, Hawaii
12 Dec 07:00 - 18:00    Lahaina, Maui Island, Hawaii
18 Dec 08:00 - 17:00    Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
19 Dec    Arriving in Los Angeles, San Pedro-Long Beach, California hotels

Review of Star Princess

Launched in 2002, Star Princess is the 3rd Grand-class Princess Cruises ship, together with CrownDiamond, Caribbean, GrandEmeraldRuby, Golden and Sapphire.

NEWS: In 2021, Star Princess will be transferred to P&O Australia's fleet and renamed Pacific Encounter after a scheduled refurbishment. The ship starts operations for P&O in November 2021. In 2020, Golden Princess (as Pacific Adventure) also joins the P&O AU's fleet.

IMPORTANT: CruiseMapper's Star Princess cruise schedule now also lists all Pacific Encounter cruises planned by P&O Australia.

History - construction and ownership

Princess Cruises is a US cruise company headquartered in Beverly Hills CA. A former subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises (founded 1977), in 2003, the company merged with Carnival Corporation - world's largest passenger shipping company. Among Princess Cruises assets is the Caribbean private island resort Princess Cays (on Bahamas Eleuthera Island's southern end), located approx 80 km (50 mi) from Nassau.

Star Princess cruise ship

The 108,977-ton, 2,602-passenger cruise ship Star Princess might be a vessel which design was created over more than a decade ago, but Princess has not shown its age yet. The liner is big and offers mainly pluses - and occasional minuses - of its size with a wide diversity of onboard facilities which appeal to just about anybody. At the same time, Star Princess offers guests a choice of a traditional cruising experience or a modern one - or even a smattering of elements of both. During ship's 2008 dry-dock Star Princess received a boatload of new facilities, which included the Piazza, an energetic amusement space, on-site bakery, Internet cafe, and wine and sushi bar; the Sanctuary, an adults-only zone which boasts padded lounges, shady and sunny places; the for-fee Crown Grill, which menu blends seafood and steakhouse fare (instead the existing steakhouse on the cruise); and 7 new suites, each suite with sitting room, walk-in closet and shower/tub combo. Retail therapy got a makeover this time around as well, with a doubled-in-size Essence shop store on Deck 7 and Meridian Bay shifted to the site of the former Essence shop on Deck 6.

Cruise itinerary program

Star Princess itinerary program is based on cruises from San Francisco to Hawaii, Mexico and Alaska, alternating seasonally.

P&O's Pacific Encounter cruise ship starts its inaugural cruise on November 11, 2021, with a 15-night "Southeast Asia and Australia" repositioning from Singapore to Brisbane. The maiden voyage visits ports in Indonesia (Lembar) and Australia (Darwin NT, Cairns QLD, Airlie Beach QLD, Brisbane QLD). Prices started from USD 2300 (quad share cabin).

Pacific Encounter will be homeported in Brisbane. The maiden voyages (in 2021) visit South Pacific Islands (New Caledonia and Vanuatu). The itineraries are themed "Barrier Reef Discovery" (7-night), "Pacific Island Hopper" (7-night), the themed "Comedy Cruise" (4-night cruise to nowhere), "Whitsundays Cruise" (4-night to Airlie Beach), plus the Christmas (9-night, visiting New Caledonia and Vanuatu) and New Year's Eve (8-night, visiting Vanuatu).

Cabins

Most Star Princess staterooms are 170-sq.foot balcony rooms (515). Almost 80% of ship's outside accommodations have private balcony views. There are a total of 1297 staterooms in 34 categories. 25 are the wheelchair accessible rooms. The largest aboard Star Princess is the Grand Suite (615 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Star Princess passengers choose between open seating and two assigned dinner seatings; breakfast and lunch in all Princess restaurants are open seating. Alternative dinner venues include the reservations-only Sabatini’s Italian and Crown Grill restaurants (both with cover). All Princess Cruises Lido buffets are open around the clock. The Wheelhouse Bar serves a pub lunch, and a grill and pizzeria offer casual snack choices. The ice-cream bars and patisseries charge for premium ice cream and speciality coffee. A wine bar offers extra-charge artisan cheeses and evening snacks. Chef’s Table and Ultimate Balcony Dining options are also available, as is afternoon tea and room service.

Follows the complete list of Star Princess restaurants and food bars.

  • Capri Restaurant (ship's aft Dining Room; dinner only - offers “Anytime Dining” between 5:30 p.m. -10 p.m.)
  • Crown Grill (160-seat steakhouse/seafood restaurant, reservations recommended; on select days serves British Pub Lunch, complimentary)
  • Portofino Restaurant (ship's forward Dining Room for Breakfast 7-9 a.m., Lunch 12-1:30 p.m., Afternoon Tea 3:30-4:30 p.m.; features “Anytime Dining” for Dinner between 5:30-8 p.m. or 8-10 p.m.)
  • Amalfi Restaurant (dinner only aft Dining Room; with 2 fixed seatings at 5:45 and 8 p.m.)
  • Sabatini’s Restaurant (Italian speciality restaurant; reservations recommended)
  • Trident Grill & Prego Pizzeria (self-service, complimentary fast food bar)
  • Horizon Court (self-service buffet restaurant, complimentary).

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Both the Vista Lounge and Princess Theater can host featured entertainers and production shows, and each of the shows runs several times. The Princess Theater is more like a Broadway theatre than a cruise-ship typical show lounge. It features same-level orchestra seating, stadium seating behind, as well as a few boxes. The Vista Lounge is cabaret-style, with chairs grouped around small drink tables and big windows making the room light during the day. The Explorers Lounge and Wheelhouse Bar are located side by side on the Promenade Deck. These smaller entertainment venues host karaoke, pianists, dance bands and theme parties, as well as games and trivia during the day.  

Star Princess cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Star Princess lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • The Piazza Atrium (3-deck open floor area; features live performances entertainment and lobby Bar Piazza)
  • Princess Fine Arts Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop; Platinum Studio
  • International Cafe (24-hour speciality coffee bar and patisserie)
  • Vines Bar (wine/seafood/sushi bar)
  • Library (with Internet stations); Internet Cafe (24-hour)
  • Princess Star Theatre (2-level musical and show productions; hosts workshops, seminars, game shows)
  • Shooter’s Lounge & Bar (smoking lounge and sports bar)
  • Vines Shop; Calypso Cove Shop; Essence Shop; Meridian Bay Shop; Facets Shop
  • Princess Star Grand Casino 
  • Crooners Lounge & Bar (live music; also used for seminars); Vista Lounge & Bar
  • Explorers Lounge & Bar (disco/show lounge; hosts karaoke, comedy, game shows and art auctions)
  • Wheelhouse Bar (piano bar during the day and an English pub nightly)
  • Scoops Bar (Sundaes Ice Cream Bar, complimentary)
  • Outrigger Bar (poolside bar); Tradewinds Bar
  • Star’s Lotus Spa complex; Beauty Salon; Fitness Center (with Aerobics Studio)
  • Hearts & Minds (Wedding Chapel)
  • Movies Under the Stars (LED screen outdoor cinema)
  • Video Games Arcade; Teen Center; Youth Center with Paddling Pool and outdoor playing areas
  • The Conservatory (recreation area); The Sanctuary (adult-only open-air area); The Oasis relaxation area
  • Calypso Reef & Pool area; Neptune’s Reef & Pool area
  • The Skywalker (Jogging Track); Sports Court (volleyball, basketball, European football); Shuffleboard, Deck Chess; Princess Links mini golf course
  • Skywalkers Disco Nightclub.

Star Princess 2017 refurbishment review

The list of deck plan changes following the ship's 15-day drydock refurbishment in 2017 (December 3-15, done in San Francisco CA) includes:

  • All passenger cabins received new bedding (all beds were replaced with Princess Luxury Bed).
  • The ship's kids and teen lounges (part of "Camp Discovery") were renovated and updated via a partnership with Discovery Channel (as part of Princess Cruises' complimentary onboard children program "Discovery at Sea").
  • To the onboard Boutiques (Shops of Princess) were added "Fragrance & Cosmetic" and "Effy Fine Jewelry".
  • Sabatini’s Italian Trattoria (speciality restaurant) was updated with new decor and a new menu (partnership with Chef Angelo Auriana).
  • The ship's wellness complex (Lotus Spa and Fitness Center) was upgraded with the latest gym equipment.
  • The onboard Casino was redesigned and received new carpeting.
  • Among the other upgrades were new upholstery and carpeting throughout the ship.
  • The ship's 2018 refurbishment was part of Princess Cruises' USD 450 million multi-year fleet renovation program "Come Back New Promise".

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Princess Cruises Star cruise ship was christened by godmother Gunilla Antonini - wife of Dr Corrado Antonini (executive chairmen of the Italian shipbuilding company Fincantieri). The liner started its inaugural cruise (26-day maiden voyage) in the Pacific Ocean on February 13, 2002. Star is fleet's first Grand-class vessel, with sisterships Golden and Grand. The other (similarly-designed) liners from this series are Caribbean, Crown, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire.

Fun fact is, that earlier there was another vessel with the name "Star Princess". Currently, this ship cruises under the name Columbus (former "Pacific Pearl" operated by P&O Australia).

Pacific Encounter inaugural cruise 2021 itineraries

Star Princess' last itinerary for Princess Cruises was the 30-day relocation cruise from Alaska to Asia (Vancouver to Singapore) - priced from ~USD 2700 pp.

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The renamed Star Princess starts as Pacific Encounter for P&O Australia with the 15-day repositioning cruise from Singapore to Brisbane.

Date / TimePort
11 Nov 17:00Departing from Singapore
12 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
16 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia
19 Nov 07:00 - 18:00Darwin, NT Australia
23 Nov 07:00 - 16:00Cairns, Queensland Australia
24 Nov 10:00 - 18:00Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia
26 Nov 06:00Arriving in Brisbane, Queensland Australia

Next is the 7-day "Barrier Reef Discovery" itinerary.

Date / TimePort
27 Nov 15:00Departing from Brisbane, Queensland Australia
29 Nov 07:00 - 16:00Airlie Beach, Queensland Australia
30 Nov 09:30 - 01 Dec 17:00Cairns, Queensland Australia
02 Dec 08:30 - 09:30Willis Island, Coral Sea, Australia
04 Dec 06:00Arriving in Brisbane, Queensland Australia

Follows the 7-day "Pacific Island Hopper" itinerary.

Date / TimePort
04 Dec 14:00Departing from Brisbane, Queensland Australia
06 Dec 13:00 - 21:00Noumea, Grande Terre island, New Caledonia
07 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Lifou Island, New Caledonia
08 Dec 08:00 - 17:00Port Vila, Efate Island, Vanuatu
11 Dec 06:00Arriving in Brisbane, Queensland Australia

Godspeed to the new ship!

Star Princess Itineraries

The below listed Star Princess cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Princess Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Nov 19 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles
2019 Dec 04 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles
2019 Dec 19 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1749
2020 Jan 03 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $828
2020 Jan 13 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1258
2020 Jan 28 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1216
2020 Feb 12 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1379
2020 Feb 27 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1129
2020 Mar 13 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1229
2020 Mar 28 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $769
2020 Apr 07 7 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles $499
2020 Apr 30 3 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Francisco Vancouver $309
2020 May 03 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco $1229
2020 May 13 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco $1119
2020 May 23 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1119
2020 Jun 02 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1179
2020 Jun 12 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1369
2020 Jun 22 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1319
2020 Jul 02 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1369
2020 Jul 12 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1319
2020 Jul 22 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1269
2020 Aug 01 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1219
2020 Aug 11 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1169
2020 Aug 21 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1119
2020 Aug 31 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park) San Francisco $1219
2020 Sep 10 10 days, round-trip Inside Passage (Roundtrip San Francisco) San Francisco $1169
2020 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Coast San Francisco $989
2020 Sep 27 7 days, round-trip Classic California Coast San Francisco $839
2020 Oct 04 7 days, round-trip Pacific Northwest Coast San Francisco $989
2020 Oct 11 4 days, one-way from San Francisco to Vancouver San Francisco $299
2020 Oct 15 7 days, one-way from Vancouver to Los Angeles Vancouver $739
2020 Oct 22 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1509
2020 Nov 06 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1609
2020 Nov 21 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1509
2020 Dec 06 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1509
2020 Dec 21 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $2009
2021 Jan 05 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1609
2021 Jan 20 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $969
2021 Jan 30 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1609
2021 Feb 14 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $1069
2021 Feb 24 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1609
2021 Mar 11 15 days, round-trip Hawaiian Islands Los Angeles $1609
2021 Mar 26 28 days, round-trip Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa Los Angeles $3209
2021 Apr 23 10 days, round-trip Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez Los Angeles $1069
2021 May 03 7 days, one-way from Los Angeles to Vancouver Los Angeles $849
2021 Nov 11 15 days, one-way from Singapore to Brisbane Singapore
2021 Nov 27 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2021 Dec 04 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2021 Dec 11 3 days, round-trip Comedy Cruise Brisbane
2021 Dec 14 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2021 Dec 18 9 days, round-trip Christmas Cruise Brisbane
2021 Dec 27 8 days, round-trip New Year's Eve Cruise Brisbane
2022 Jan 04 4 days, round-trip Whitsundays Cruise Brisbane
2022 Jan 08 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane
2022 Jan 15 7 days, round-trip Pacific Island Hopper Brisbane
2022 Jan 22 7 days, round-trip Barrier Reef Discovery Brisbane

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