Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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2-3 cruises


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3 out of 5

Great Time

Sail Date: August 18, 2007

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

We enjoyed our time cruising to Alaska. The only way to cruise is to have a balcony room, so that you can enjoy the fresh air and privacy.

The Staff, in particular the Cruise Director and the DJ, made the trip very enjoyable. At times, it did seem that the main dining rooms during the peak dining hours between the opening and 8:00 PM were extremely understaffed. It was difficult to obtain a beverage and to be recognized as needing service.

The reservation system on board the ship, should be clearly spelled out to all passengers prior to booking on this cruise line. The added cover charges at the restaurants, was excessive in price given the cost of the total cruise package. To have to pay $20.00 per person plus an additional cost to have steak and lobster was expensive. The grautiuity of 18% added onto the bill made the cost for two people to dine in excess of $100.00. The feeling also was, that there was an expectation for additional tipping at these "cover" restaurants.

The main courses at the open dining rooms, were strange, and in some cases distasteful. If a person enjoys eating lamb, duck and tough cuts of meats with various countries names associated with them then I am sure that they would be satistifed.

The buffet at the pool, was sparse at best. The main selection of cold hambugers or hotdogs, with cheap American cheese and plain tortilla chips is in no way gourmet. There was not a change daily of the offerings to the Customers of the cruise.

The last morning of the cruise, the cleaning staff barged into the bathroom, while I was in there and kept knocking. Even after I asked them to leave they hesitated. I felt like we were being "run off" and were not ready to leave as it was only 7:30 am in the morning.

I would highly recommend, that anyone that is considering a cruise do thier homework on all available cruise lines and speak with people that have taken trips and would be able to share thier experiences to give a good overall conclusion on which cruise line would be the best selection.

Pros: Freedom to do what you want, when you want

Cons: Main course selections at the two main dining rooms

Recommends Norwegian Star? Yes!

Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Ship Quality
The cruise ship was well cared for, and clean. Cleaning and general repairs were taking place during the duration of our cruise
Children's Programs
The main swimming pool had too many children swimming and splashing to be enjoyed by adults. Although there are two childrens swimming pools, they were empty. This should be corrected, so that the adults can also enjoy the swimming pool.
Food and Dining
As indicated in the body of the survey above, this topic is well represented and is in general negative.
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