Princess has discontinued the butler service...a couple of years ago, I believe.
We had the service when we cruised Austraila and New Zealand...and really missed it on our other 2 trips....we had suites and mini-suites on all the trips and there was no butler service for our last 2 cruises.
My understanding is some folks complained about having another person to tip...but we thought it was well worth it...we had complimentary hors d'oeuvres in our cabin every nite...our mini bar was constantly re-stocked...the butler took care of changes to shore excursions, arranged an engine room tour thru a buddy of his that worked in the engine room and so on and so on....
Very sorry to see it go away..we would gladly pay to have it restored!
We had an AC on the Baja deck mid/forward. We were so spoiled by that minisuite that I cant imagine not having one each cruise!! You will LOVE it!! It's almost the size of an actual hotel room. Oh and the Jacuzzi tub........ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!
The deck is bigger in an aft cabin than a side cabin. We really enjoyed that. The bathrooms offer two separate rooms. Sink and showe/bath in one and the stool and sink in the second room.
We also enjoy the view from the back of the ship. You will have a great time.
That's great to hear. I kind of figured even though you're seeing where you've been instead of where you're going you do get to see the panorama of both sides of the ship, as opposed to only the port or starboard views. It's reassuring to hear that my assumption was a good one.
Are some of the aft mini-suites better (larger/smaller) than others. In the deck plans, they all seem to have different layouts.....or do they differ much at all? Also, with an AB guarantee, what's the likelihood of getting upgraded to a suite? Not counting on that, but I also realize there are only (6) mini-suites to go around.
We had an AA aft on the Sea Princess in January. Actually the Monaco Suite...very nice. We saw an AB aft cabin and it was just as nice. I think that there was a slider, or at least a large window in the bedroom and living room. By far the very aft cabins are the best. Usually much bigger balconys and a great view. We are going on the Star Princess in 2 weeks and have booked the Grand Suite....1300 sq. ft....and looking forward to it. We saw it in March (did a 3 day on her) and actually met our room steward....our trip will be his last one before a little time off for him. As far as butler goes, there is none, but he will get us anything we need, so probably just as good as a butler.....we have very little demands!
Wow! 1300 sf. That's huge, and I'm sure quite luxurious. I envy you. I would tell you to enjoy yourself, but I have no doubt that you will. I think those that say you don't spend enough time in your cabin to be worth the money obviously have never had one of these cabins to know better.
Actually when we were on the Star in March a friend , that we had just met on the ship, took some digital pics and sent them to us via email. I can post the email address he gave us with the pics and see if you can get them that way. I am not experience on the computer enough to figure out how to download pics, but hopefully when we get back my daughter can help get them on the computer.
The Grand suite is quite luxurious, and we will be spending lots of time in it as we have been to the Mexican Riviera 6 times, and will probably not get off the ship. We can also have dinner served in our room for 8 people, and will do that one night! The suite has a 46 inch TV, computer, a shower with 9 nozzles!! We are very excited! The balcony is half the width of the ship , and a great view in the back of the ship.