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Pacific Star, R627 Review


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Enjoying the review Trevor

I'll post my review of R626 when you have finished yours.

It will be interesting to see if we shared the same views

I looked for you at the terminal but we were one of the first off the ship

cheers

Den

 

C'mon Den... Don't make us wait. Start posting your review now!!

 

Cheers,

Chaz:)

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Hi everyone. Sorry it's taken so long to post part 3. I have been so busy, I haven't had a chance to sit down at the computer for too long, and now I have to go away for the weekend for work. So it will have to be Monday before I can post the rest. Have a good weekend.

 

Trevor.

 

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Hello everyone,

Finally, here’s part three of my review. I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get it done. I’ve tried a couple of times these past couple of days when I could get onto the computer, but each time I’ve typed it up and tried to post it to the board, it’s failed and not posted it, then wiped the whole thing

This part of the review concentrates on the cabin and anything miscellaneous. I will leave the ports and island to their own review.

The Cabin.

We were in an inside, twin cabin, A7034 on Aloha Deck. It was in a great position, midship and very close to the stairs to get to the Casablanca Lounge (my favourite place to hang out) and to the Lido Buffet. All in all, there were no major issues with the cabin. When we got there, the safe didn’t work, but that was fixed very quickly, as was the toilet, which failed after a couple of hours. There were a few creaks and groans in the cabin, but it didn’t keep us awake all night, in fact for me, it had a bit of a lulling effect. Early in the morning though, we could here some sort of washing machine, we put it down to being right under the Casablanca and they were washing up there.

I was not disappointed with the cabin itself. I thought it was of a decent size, with two bigger guys in there we didn’t get in each others’ way. The cabin was spotless when we arrived and stayed that way for the entire cruise. Our cabin stewards Monica and Steven did a fantastic job. The bathroom was just big enough for me to do what I needed to do in there. I don’t think you would be able to fit two people in there at once, not that we tried, I never did want to have a shower with my mate. I learnt to sit on the toilet sideways, for a tall person, there’s no way you can sit on it properly with your legs in front. I also learnt not to put the shower on hard and to have quick ones. The first few times, we ended up with a flooded bathroom.

There was ample room for storage, a double robe with about twenty hangers in there, and a cupboard that had the safe in it, and if memory serves me correct, the drawers were in there with the safe.

We didn’t have a lot of problem with noise from the hallway or other cabins. The Showlounge was on our deck, but we were never in the cabin when it was being used, so don’t know what the traffic was like when people came out of there. There was noise from kids next door, but only on the first night due to their excitement. On Island night, a couple in one of the cabins behind us had an argument and you could here everything, even when she was hitting him. We could also hear her later in the night when she was threatening to jump overboard. I was expecting to wake up in the morning with the ship stopped while they did a search. Gladly, she didn’t jump.

Miscellaneous.

Here’s just a few other things that I’ve thought of that you may find handy on the Star.

  • Internet: Internet on the ship is quite reasonable at .25c a minute. For access, you just swipe your cruise card and it charges that, no need for buying separate intenet cards. Also, if you use a fraction of a minute, it will only charge you for the time you’ve actually used, not in one minute blocks, ie: use less than a minute, it charges you less than .25c. Because the internet uses a satellite link, connection speed can not always be guaranteed. For that reason, they don’t charge you for the first minute of usage, so you can determine if the speed is good enough for you. Therte were a few time where I was able to get on, check my email, reply and get off within this first minute, so I wasn’t charged. There is wireless internet available for those who take their laptops.
  • Phoning Home: If you want to phone home, you can using the phone in your cabin. You will need to purchase a $20 or $30 phonecard from one of the yellow vending machines. These machines only take cash and do not give change. It costs $3 per minute to phone home, it doesn’t matter if it’s to a landline or a mobile, also, be prepared for a poor quality line and a delay of a few seconds.
  • Cash from the Casino: If you need cash, you can make withdrawls from your cruisecard from the casier in the casino. The first time you do this, you will need to show some photo ID, they will then mark your card so you don’t have to show ID again. Warning, if your cruisecard is linked to a credit card, there is a 3% fee when getting cash out.
  • Lanyards:For those of you that don’t take your own, as soon as you’re onboard, head past the Starlight Lounge, and there is a table set up with a crew member selling Pacific Star Lanyards. They were a little pricey at $6.95, but they look of pretty good quality, and are a good little souvenir (I use mine for work now). They also have a hole punch here to put a hole in your cruise card, so even if you have your own lanyard, you can still go there just for the hole.
  • Extra Pillows: If you are used to sleeping with two pillows, as soon as you meet your cabin steward, ask for an extra one. It will save you tossing and turning the first night from not having the support you are used to.
  • After Dinner Shows: If you plan on going to the show after dinner, go straight to the show lounge as soon as you have finished eating, to get a decent seat. You can still get an after dinner drink there as there’s plenty of bar stewards around to serve you.
  • Embarkation Lunch: The Star does serve a full buffet lunch on embarkation day. Head up to Lido Deck.

Well, that’s it for my review for R627. I hope you enjoyed it and it helped some of you new cruisers. If there’s anything I remember, I will post it later, otherwise, if you’ve got any questions, ask away and I will answer them.

Trevor.

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Hi Trevor, thanks for your great review. Am looking forward to cruising on the Star (wasn't to sure to start with but the more I read the better I feel), so thankyou.

 

Can you tell us what the theme nights were, especially if they still have PJ night and did you do any tours.

 

Kerri

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Thanks for the wonderful review.

 

I just don't get why guys must always flood the bathroom. I never do... :D

 

Good to see the toilets are still causing grief. Wouldn't want that to change.

 

I hope everyone isn't expecting a review like this from me because they will be very disappointed. :rolleyes:

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thanks for the awesome review Tgard!

Are you still going to post the daily newspapers and drinks menu?

I am in the middle of Uni assessment to procrastination is seeing me reading the forum all the time and getting very excited as my counter ticks down :)

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thanks for the wonderful photos. love to check out others pictures.

What island is the pics from on page 7, it looks wonderful but not one i can recall.

 

great you were able to share them with us.

 

Those pics were taken at Champagne Bay

 

Trevor.

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Love the photos. They have moved the internet. In January it was in a room down on caribe near the pursers desk. No windows.

 

Yes, it's a great view from the internet cafe. It was wonderful sitting there, looking out over the ocean.

 

Trevor

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Yes, it's a great view from the internet cafe. It was wonderful sitting there, looking out over the ocean.

 

Trevor

 

Trevor, great photo's!! But solve a mystery for us..... Where is the internet cafe now?? We can't make out where it is, apart from that it was Muster Station B. That's a much better place for it though, better than the little room off the purser's lobby that it used to be in.

 

Kym

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Trevor, great photo's!! But solve a mystery for us..... Where is the internet cafe now?? We can't make out where it is, apart from that it was Muster Station B. That's a much better place for it though, better than the little room off the purser's lobby that it used to be in.

 

Kym

 

It's on Promenade Deck 8 aft, starboard side. Right outside Dukes Piano Bar.

 

Trevor

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