December 2015 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Star
Our first cruise with Norwegian- embarkation took awhile, but we are used to that.
cabin with balcony was small, but comfortable and the sailing was smooth all the way, the staff helpful and pleasant, the ship clean everywhere.
Entertainment was good, not over the top.
The buffet area served a fine variety of dishes, desserts was limited and some fruits(guavas) were hard and tasteless.
We had been promised the dining package by , but Norwegian said they had no such message from - it was disappointing and embarrassing.
They communicated with and we were told that $100.00 was being refunded, however we would have preferred the dining package.
We did go anyway to the Modernoi (Brasilian) and enjoyed the food as well as the service.(first class).We also paid to go to the Bistro (French), where the food was OK, but no one understood French, so when we mentioned the items on the menu in French, the waiter did not understand us. The ambiance was not French.We wanted to go to Gagney Steak , but the extra $ 29.95 we thought was too much and skipped it. The main dining room was walk in, but we preferred reserved seating and think that one night dress up, especially on Christmas Day should have been a must. Service was not so fluent there, because the waiter was not the same very night.
The Aqua dining room was smaller and much more pleasant, personal and warm..
Our cabin was close to the elevators, however there was a long wait most of the time and we took the stairs. The debarkation was well organized and flowing smoothly with suitcases available right away..
We enjoyed the trip, but did not enjoy the "casualness" and meeting the captain
at a cocktail party.
We took Norwegian Cruise, because we live in the Tampa area and di not wan to drive to Port Canaveral or Ft. Lauderdale, but believe that we had a better time on Royal Caribbean.
Perhaps missing out on the dining package was the cause.