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Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska & Sawyer Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 18, 2007
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 10 years ago
The Norwegian Star itself was incredibly beautiful and very clean. NCL's surcharge policies were outrageous.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
With the exception of the Market Cafe & Poolside Grill (food was always cold) the food aboard the Star was excellent.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
1st class entertainment, but always with a sales pitch of some sort -- CD's, DVD's, etc.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Everyone was very polite & efficient.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Everything about the ship itself was flawless, but NCL should be much more "up front" with the extra surcharges, especially laundry service. My wife 7 I packed light (to save on luggage weight) thinking we could have our clothes laundered at a reasonable price. Such was not the case, as the charge for a single item ran as high as $5. The charge for soft drinks was also deplorable, and the $62 "all you can drink" card, while helpful, was still much too expensive. We also didn't care for the constant emphasis on purchasing jewelry at all of the ports of call.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
A little small, but always clean.
3 out of 5
Very pretty, but a little too crowded.
Don't Miss: Musher's camp & dogsledding
3 out of 5
Also very pretty & picturesque, but again overcrowded.
Don't Miss: Historical tour & salmon bake at the goldrush camp.
5 out of 5
Beautiful, picturesque, and clean. Our favorite stop.
Don't Miss: Eagle nursery & salmon hatchery
3 out of 5
Pretty town, but limited activities.
Don't Miss: We had no time for an excursion here.

Pros: The Alaska scenery & people.

Cons: NCL's excessive surcharges for food & amenities.

Recommends Norwegian Star? No.

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