Ship is well worn but working well. The staff, and crew were excellent, shows were also very good with lots of variety. Norwegian is not known for their cuisine, we found a few evenings with nothing to our liking, and we are not picky eaters.
Awesome itenerary, never visited so many places in 14 days. Price was right, service starting from room steward to captain was outstanding. Entertainment was excellent with acrobats and Broadway style cabaret dominating. Food was very impressive specially with specialty restaurants, Cagney's steak house have my 5 star overview. Crew worked hard, very pleasant staff from more than 20 different nations. NCL and crew of Norwegian Star done an outstanding job. We will be back for sure and will recommend to all our friends. I salute you Norwegian Star have fantastic sailing where ever you are. Dmitry Feld
All the ports we new for us and love all the excursions Shetland islands were our favorite followed by Ireland and Iceland Scenery was unbelievable and the people were so friendly. Lots to do in all ports
Our Baltic cruise was perfect! The weather was unusually warm and sunny the entire 9 days. Our 2 days is St. Petersburg were our favorites because we got to spend the most time there, although a 3rd day would have been even better. We didn't have enough time to truly explore Helsinki or Stockholm but thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The food on the ship was, of course, outstanding with plenty of variety. We love being able to eat any time we want without having to dress up. The staff were all extremely friendly and helpful, the stateroom small but ample and cleaned every day. (I wish I could bring Lobo home with me!) I definitely recommend this tour. We took local transportation most of the places without any difficulty with the exception of St. Petersburg, where we used a local travel agency instead of the more expensive cruise lines' tour. We thoroughly enjoy interacting with the locals, who usually speak excellent English and are very helpful. I was in a wheelchair and was able to travel with ease.
We booked an ocean view room, which for this cruise was adequate. We normally do a balcony room, but there was little to see outside of the ports, so it was not necessary. The dining experience in the Aqua Dining Room was very good. The chef and maitre d discovered my fondness for Indian food, and we were invited every night to the "extended" dining room which featured Indian families who also enjoyed "off menu" items. Food was delicious and plentiful.
I did not like the Norwegian Star's general buffet set up - it was like the old fashioned cafeteria style rather than having separate stations for salads, meats, vegetables like every other ship we've been on. The water and ice dispensers were electronic (no touch) and were inconsistent in delivery.
The shows were probably the best we've experienced lately. The ship's entertainment crew (about 16 singers/dancers plus band) were excellent and the shows were very well done and choreographed with excellence. The Russian acrobats Dimitri and Maria were also excellent.
Since this was a cruise in Scandinavia, I would would have loved to see an ABBA show - I'm surprised they did not feature on since this is where the group comes from!
Our room was directly under part of the kitchen and working areas of the Aqua lounge - very noisy late at night for several nights until we realized where the noise was coming from; we went to Guest Services about the matter, and we had no further issues.
We did not experience the gym, spa area or pools, so I have no review other than it seemed everyone enjoyed themselves.
The music featured in the main lounge (a trio from Manila) was very low-key and low-energy for such a bustling part of the ship. On the other hand, the piano man who played the Spinnaker lounge was much to loud and "busy" for such a small venue which also shared space with the sushi restaurant.
We loved the Irish pub - great menu and good food, although service was sketchy from time to time.
Overall - we loved this cruise, would recommend it to friends. One of the best features was the 2-day stay in St. Petersburg, Russia.
you might want to avoid the haven suite area on deck 12. they are at the stern and top of the ship........I understand those guests really had a rough ride through the hurricane. I cant understand why the highest price suites are in the worst ship position. I always prefer mid ships, middle decks.
Make sure your cabin isn't directly below a bar - loud noises so little sleep. They did change our cabin eventually (after several days) . Not an upgrade and gave us free dinner at one of their specialty restaurants where we found the staff to be especially rude and inattentive.
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