April 2016 - Norwegian Star to Caribbean - Western
My husband and I went on our first cruise to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. It had to be just about the best vacation we have ever been on. Everyone we met from the Tampa Bay Port when we arrived through the cruise and back to Tampa Bay to disembark were very accommodating and friendly. We had a picture window stateroom, which was very compact, yet we never felt cramped. There was enough room for the two of us to move around and do what we had to. It was very updated and clean. We had the same room attendant for the entire week. He was friendly and very accommodating. We especially loved the animal towel sculptures he left on our bed every evening before we turned in for the night. The ship was big and beautiful, and we still had some difficulty finding our favorite venues after a week onboard. We had the Ultimate Beverage Package, which allowed us as many alcoholic drinks as we liked up to a $15 value. There were bars aplenty throughout the entire ship, and the bar tenders made our drinks to order. I loved the Mudslides with extra chocolate. We did not pay extra for any Specialty Dining restaurants. However, there were four restaurants that were complimentary with waiter service. After being seated, the waiter would place a linen napkin on your lap and hand you the menu. It felt like specialty dining to me. The food was very good as was the selection. The Market Buffet (complimentary) had a different food theme every night; and every evening from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm they put out some finger sandwiches, tacos, desserts, etc. for late night snacking. If you liked partying until after midnight, O'Sheehan's (complimentary) was open until 4:00 am. Every night in the Stardust Theater we saw a different show: singing, dancing, comedy, even a hypnotist. The talent of these performers was so excellent that they could easily have been on a Broadway stage. Every staff member from porters, to waiters, to customer service, to the cruise activity staff were always accessible, accommodating, and very friendly. In sum, we had such a wonderful time that we purchased an on-board deal for two future cruises with NCL.