February 2016 - Norwegian Star to Caribbean - Western
Boarding was a huge lineup due to the recent viral outbreak on the ship, (not their fault I guess) Once on the ship they charged you $15 per bottle of wine you bring on, even if you only have it in your room, Boarded on Superbowl day so was expecting to be able to watch the game(like everybody else in the world :) They have a big screen in O'Sheenans bar which we were told after waiting for an hour, that the screen had fallen out a few days earlier and well, was not there! The entire ship,around 2400 passengers tried to huddle around small TVs to watch the game, what a joke! Ok, well, guess I'll get a beer, whooaaaa? $8.20 for a Coors light? and of course they already have added a tip on that on top of the $13,50 per person per day gratuity that comes at the end! You can buy the drink package for close to $1000.00 for two!!!!! which you are forced to buy for two!Food was decent even though we couldn't touch anything (salt, pepper shaker, buffet etc due to viral breakout) Casino was filled with people smoking to the point it was just not enjoyable! Casino tournaments (blackjack and slots) were a ripoff, $20 entry fee, they took in over $3,000.00 on the blackjack fees and paid out $500 to the winner, same for slots and Deal or No Deal game, just an excessive money grab. Pool was a very small, people go out early in the morning to put towels to hold limited number of chairs and sometime not show back up till noon, Pictures were taken at every opportunity they had so they could charge you $25 per pic, total money grab. Room was decent size and clean, ship was relatively clean. Service was not that great except for a few crew members that went above and beyond. Shore excursions were another money grab, $140 per person and you could go on shore and get the same for less than half the cost, another money grab. Roatan, Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel were all fun. All in all was a fun time but always felt that we were being gouged. Probably won't be travelling with NCL again.