October 2013 - Norwegian Star to Panama Canal, Central America
Just completed a 14 day cruise on NCL Star through the Panama Canal. Nice ship, good food and dining room service. Very good evening entertainment. Discovered it is a training "new staff" ship, therefore, the steward was adequate but not well versed in little things. The ice bucket was hit or miss on being filled. No bathmat, lotion or notepaper. When we requested these items, we were told they were not on the kit. The supervisor supplied the items. The question is, were they missed by the stewart or not provided as we were in an oceanview stateroom not a balcony room? We, as an older couple, did not find enough activities to keep us busy during the day. We don't make crafts or play cards. Sports, this time, were not an option. Became a bit bored. Ports of call were fair. Did not get off the ship in Cabo San Lucas or Punta Arenas in Costa Rica. Did enjoy other ports except we were in Cartagena on a holiday (theirs) and many attractions were closed. If booking with NCL, call them and ask about amenities. We probably will use other cruise lines in the future as we have cruised on Holland America, Princess, and Cunard with much better cruising experiences.