great cruise. excellent cities to visit. ship in excellent ship , shows average, food excellent, captain was a hoot. excursions were excellent, except the Berlin excursion which was hotter than the dickens with the non-airconditioned train. Berlin tour lasted too long.
We were pleased with all the ports of call and our sailing experience. Sea was calm, weather was great. The ship felt crowded and noisy in all the public areas. Having a band playing loudly outside of the Le Bistro and La Cucina restaurants during dinner hour was not the experience we expected for a relaxing dinner. O'Sheehans pub and the Versailles restaurant were our favorites. Except for one rude waitress in O'Sheehan's the entire staff treated us well and were always friendly. Our inside stateroom on level 5 was quiet and we slept well. If you only take one city tour, I recommend St. Petersburg. It was the highlight of our trip. Oldtown Tallinn, Estonia was an unexpected gem. Really enjoyed the entertainment in the showroom. I liked that the Captain kept us informed at all times.
1. Substandard food. The Asian restaurant was bad. It would be a Hugh improvement if they hire any Chinese take out restaurant.
2. I forgot to pickup my camera from x-Ray machine when I got onboard. I reported the loss and Norwegian never found it. No attempt was made to compensate.
3. The pool area taken over by kids. No adult hours.
4. Very few people dressed up during a formal night.
It was an enjoyable cruise overall but the schedule of the shore excursions was pretty hectic especially in Saint Petersburg : there were some unnecessary shopping stops and they left one of the Hermitage Museum for the end of the day so they rushed thru the visit!
The ports of call were, for the most part, quite interesting. St. Petersburg was definitely the best port and we booked a 2 day shore excursion to make the most of our time. If you have the chance, ride the subway in St. Petersburg. It's beautiful! Most people we spoke with did not go to Berlin, choosing to stay in Warnemunde or travel to Rostock for the Schwerin (?) Palace. Stockholm, Helsinki, and Tallinn are easy to do on your own with either a HOHO bus or public transportation. The Star is a beautiful ship with lots of activities, as well as quiet places. Try O'Sheehans for breakfast or a late night snack.
We went on this cruise as a 30th birthday present to my wife having never been on a cruise before. We were admittedly a little apprehensive as we are pretty active travelers and have never done a cruise before. Our fears were immediately allayed as we boarded the ship. We were amazed by the variety of activities and dining options available to us. Having purchased the dining package we were able to take advantage of all the specialty restaurants. El Bistro (french), Cagney's (steakhouse), and La Cucina (Italian) all stand out as excellent meals. Portions were also very reasonable as we were afraid we may over eat like everybody warns about cruising! The evening entertainment was also lots of fun. We saw a few shows, listened to lots of music (MoTown Stan and The BG Band both were excellent and played almost every night), and even participated in one of the game shows (and won!). Each day trip was excellent, with Estonia being a particular highlight. The excursions were always well organized and the tour guides knowledgable and personable. Lastly, the staff on the Star were top notch. From our room attendant Noel to Vladimir who was an assistant cruise director all the way on down, the staff was always ready to help and answer questions with a smile. We were very pleased with our experience and would definitely cruise with Norwegian again on the future!
Our cruise was excellent and memorable. High point was certainly the two day stay in St. Petersburg viewing the churches, museums and lovely buildings in this historic city. Another high point was the Vasa museum in Stockholm.......utterly astounding! Except for a few notable exceptions, the food was superb even without paying for the specialty restaurants. We thought the cabin was unusually small with no access to the porthole without climbing up on the bed. However, the service was excellent in all cases. The entertainment at night was the best we have seen on any cruise ship we have sailed on..
If you want to visit these countries, this is the way to go! The convenience of the cruise while experiencing the great ports. The cruise is family oriented with clubs by individual age groups. Everything from babies to teenagers is split up with plenty of activities. I wouldn't recommend for the party goers, this is more for families and the older generation. The food was good and the shows were great!
Excellent cruise: impressive cities, high standard cuisine, very good services, very good entertainment. The only problem we found was that when booking the cruise we tried to make reservations at restaurants, but the system did not allow it. In addition, at the beginning of the cruise we were informed that reservations could be made every day, but this was not, as in trying to get them all restaurants were booked. We suggest improving restaurant booking system. There were two people who were not friendly to our requests: Ann Areval and Alexander, the Philippine person, who was in the front desk.
While not as luxurious as the larger ship I was on last year with Royal Caribbean, it was a very good experience overall. This is my first cruise with Norwegian so I have no larger ships of their line with which to draw a more even comparison with RCL's which was nearly twice as large. I would definitely recommend the Norwegian line with one proviso for travelers without children. Neither line seemed inclined to say anything to parents with unruly children, probably out of the desire not to stir up calm waters. However in both cases they both exposed themselves to serious repercussions from actions of small children which could have exposed other cruisers to very real dangerous situations. Especially in the case of Norwegian where parents allowed their small children to sit on the steps in a darkened theater during a performance. NCL's case while not dangerous to other passengers was EXTREMELY distracting to diners in the area of the formal dining room where a small child was allowed to play with with a dinner knife continously beating it on a wine glass. That being said that seems to be the norm with all cruise ships as I have heard other horror stories from people who cruise frequently.
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.
Check the deck plan thoroughly before you book a cabin. If you book over the phone be sure to have the deck plan in front of you while they are offering you cabins so you can be sure of the location before you commit. Avoid being under the buffet, any other loud venue, or near the casino (smoke).
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