8 Night Mexican Riviera (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Sail Date: November 24, 2007 Ship: Norwegian Star Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Family (older children) Reviewed: 9 years ago
This is our 4th cruise on the Norwegian Star in four years. We go the same time of year in celebration of a family birthday. Things have changes since we started taking this cruise. Not necessarily for the better. We always have a good time regardless.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
Buffet menu repeated several times in one cruise. No variety. Food was lukewarm at best. Not interesting in any way. Desserts were ok, but in each there was something odd or unusual. Reservations were hard to get for some restaurants.
3 out of 5
Wii tournaments were great, but with only one unit on the entire ship, there was not enough time. Comedian and Second City were good, but second citys act was mostly the same as last year. Lifestyle Lectures-they seem to be dragging the bottom of the barrel to get lecturers. Another big profit center is bingo and 'crackits'. If you don't buy, you don't get much attention from the cruise directors staff.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Room stewards were on the ball. A few of the Cruise directors staff were good. Overall, no outstanding staff members. In the past, there have been staff members who have remembered us from previous cruises and gone out of their way to assist.
3 out of 5
The ship is maintained and is good order. Restrooms could use some upgrades. Stall doors not closing (or opening when you want them to)but overall, good condition.
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
Rooms are the same, well appointed, well maintained, great service from room stewards.
We have tried a few shore excursions in Cabo, mostly lots of people stuffed on a boat or bus. This time we took a cab to Santa Maria Cove and snorkeled for a few hours. Quiet and fun even though it was cloudy and raining on and off.
This is the last year they will be stopping in Acapulco, so you won't be able to release baby golfino sea turtles again. We have done this several times and it is always fun. The bus ride can be treacherous though, there was some kind of protest we got routed around and it took 2 hours instead of 1.
Don't Miss: Releasing baby golfino sea turtles
Shore excursions in general seem to be a profit center for the cruise industry. We by ponga tickets for $3.50 and snorkel at Las Gatas beach. Lunch, drinks, ponga for a family of three, $28, shore excursion similar, $150.
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