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Costa Allegra cruise ship review & photos

Princess Cruises goes global! The wind-blown coiffure of the “sea witch” that became world-famous in the TV hit show “The Love Boat” can these days been seen on dozens of funnels in hundreds of far-flung ports around the world. And just as bold as Princess Cruises' global conquest is their ship design. When Grand Princess, first of the 100,000+ ton Grand Class vessels, entered service comparisons with a floating shopping cart were often made. Making good use of her futuristic looks Star Princess, the third in the series, was welcomed with open arms for a maiden call at the port of Rotterdam on May 12, 2005. A good opportunity for to go "star gazing" on board!

Built in 2002 by Fincantieri in Monfalcone, Italy, Star Princess is the third vessel in the “Grand Class” series, known for its unconventional look with an eye catching nightclub hovering 15 decks above the stern. Princess has been quick to show off their 108,000 ton "Grand class" vessels around the globe. Despite her relatively young age, Star Princess has been spotted in Australia, the Orient, Mediterranean and Caribbean. And in 2005 Princess decided to bring the ship to Northern Europe. On a beautiful Thursday in May  the 2,500 guest Star Princess ventured up the New Waterway and docked in downtown Rotterdam for the very first time.

The Lord Major was there. One of Holland's most popular singers entertained guests on board. The Port of Rotterdam arranged for a complimentary shuttle to the downtown shopping area. Still, many guests ventured up to rivaling Amsterdam for the day or elected to go pottery crazy in nearby Delft. And with the ship almost deserted, it is about time to start our ShipTour!

Cruise Line: Princess Cruises
Year built: 2002
Building Yard: Fincantieri, Italy
Gross Tonnage: 108,806
Length: 289.0 m (951.4 ft)
Beam: 36.0 m (118.1 ft)
Passengers (norm.): 2,592
Passengers (max): 3,300
Crew: 1,100
Service speed: 22.5 knots
Sister ships: Grand Princess, Golden Princess

Please note Star Princess was fully booked during our visit. Therefore we could not inspect any staterooms.

Star Princess in Rotterdam - this photos © Cees de Bijl
Star Princess in Rotterdam - this photo © Cees de Bijl
Star Princess and Rotterdam's landmark; the Euromast - this photo © Cees de Bijl
Star Princess in Rotterdam - this photo © Cees de Bijl


Photos and text: © 2005 Bart de Boer - Exterior photos courtesy of Cees de Bijl.

First published on July 9, 2005

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