We were supposed to go on the Star 4/1, but were cancelled due to the fire. We were on the Star a couple of years ago. Great ship! I love the grand class ships. They are our favorites (so far anyway). I haven't heard much since it went back in service, but I'm sure it is as beautiful as it was.
We've found that the service, food, entertainment was pretty consistently great on all of the Princess ships we've been on (Golden, Grand, Star, Coral).
We're going on the Caribbean Princess 11/5...can't wait!
We also received 2 confirmations. Likely one for each passenger. Not to worry....you will have a delightful time! My husband and I are about your age, and we sailed princess for the first time last year and loved it! I'm glad to hear you got the balcony!!! It's worth the extra for sure!!
We were on the Star last Feb & had a balcony. It was the very front cabin aloha deck just below the bridge. It's a great ship & I think I'll look around for another deal for the end of this year. The pool in the front of the ship is actually the best one for relaxing. It's not to deep, heated & no loud music + you can swim against the current. Real neat.