Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

I'M GOING AGAIN!

Sail Date: June 18, 2006

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Suite

WE RECENTLY SAILED ON THE NORWEGIAN STAR, A FREESTYLE CRUISE. THIS WAS MY FIFTH CRUISE AND I HAD HIGH EXPECTATIONS. THIS TRIP EXCEEDED THEM. THE SHIP WAS EXTREMELY CLEAN. THERE WAS A STOMACH VIRUS GOING AROUND IN ALASKA AT THE TIME WE WENT AND THE SHIP TOOK EVERY PRECAUTION FOR THE PASSENGERS NOT TO GET IT. WE HAD HAND SANITIZING STATIONS AT EVERY ENTRANCE/EXIT TO EVERY DINING AREA AND AT GANGWAYS FOR EMBARKING AND DISEMBARKING THE SHIP AT PORTS. WE DID NOT HEAR OF OR SEE ANYONE SICK ON THE SHIP AT ALL, SEASICK OR OTHERWISE. THEY PUT OUR HEALTH CONCERNS FIRST. THE BOAT SAILED VERY SMOOTHLY AND THE WEATHER WAS BEAUTIFUL!! THE ALL-INTERNATIONAL CREW WAS VERY ATTENTIVE AND HELPFUL. THE HUMOR OF OUR ROOM STEWARDS, THE SPACIOUSNESS OF OUR MINI-SUITE AND THE ABILITY TO SEE WHALES AND A BEAR WHILE ON OUR BALCONY MADE A REAL DIFFERENCE IN THE TRIP. THE CABIN HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH STORAGE, CLOSET, DRAWER AND CABINET SPACE FOR THE THREE OF US TO HIDE AWAY LUGGAGE AND HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEEDED AT OUR FINGERTIPS. THE BATHROOMS WERE THE LARGEST OF ANY I'VE SEEN WITH PLENTY OF COUNTERSPACE FOR TOILETRIES TO BE LEFT OUT. WE LOVED THE WATER PRESSURE IN THE SHOWER AND THE SPACE SAVING SHOWER DOORS. THE PUBLIC AREAS WERE OPEN AND WELL-DESIGNED, WITH LOTS OF WINDOW SEATING WITH OCEANVIEWS. THE OUTSIDE DECKS AND TABLES WERE ALWAYS CLEAN AND INVITING AS WAS THE POOL WITH TWO SPIRALING SLIDES AND THE MANY HOT TUBS THEY HAD AVAILABLE. THE NIGHTCLUB ACTS WERE RELAXING, WE ESPECIALLY LIKED LISTENING TO THE THE R&B OLDIES SINGER IN THE CAROUSEL LOUNGE AND THE COMEDIAN THEY HAD ON BOARD. THE KARAOKE SESSIONS WERE GOOD AND THE BINGO WAS VERY WELL RUN BY THE CRUISE DIRECTOR STAFF WITH NICE CASH AND FREE CRUISE PRIZES. THE MAIN DINING ROOMS OFFERED OCEANVIEW SEATING AND A NICE VARIETY ON THE MENUS, ALTHOUGH THE FIRST DAY AT SEA THERE WAS A 45 MINUTE WAIT TO GET IN. AFTER THAT, WE HAD NO TROUBLE GETTING A TABLE. WE FOUND IT RELATIVELY EASY TO MAKE RESERVATIONS AT MOST OF THE SPECIALTY RESTAURAUNTS. THE BUFFET-STYLE DINING WAS GREAT AS THERE WERE NO LINES TO WAIT IN AND SEVERAL STATIONS OF FOOD SERVICE, INCLUDING THE CHEFS MAKING YOUR FAVORITES UP RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. THE BREAKFASTS THERE WERE THE BEST. THE CREW MADE YOU FEEL PAMPERED THERE TOO. THE 24-HOUR RESTAURAUNT WAS A NICE CONVENIENCE; MORE OF A VARIETY WOULD BE MY ONLY SUGGESTION. THERE WERE BBQ'S OUT ON DECK AND A SEPARATE OUTDOOR GRILL WITH HAMBURGERS, HOTDOGS AND COLD CUTS FROM BRUNCH TO THE AFTERNOON HOURS. OVERALL, THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT IN ALL DINING AREAS, ESPECIALLY THE SWORDFISH IN ONE OF THE MAIN DINING ROOMS. THE EXCURSIONS WERE VERY WELL RUN AND GUIDES VERY INFORMATIVE. WE DID NOT TAKE CHILDREN THIS TIME BUT THE KIDS AND PRE-TEENS WE SPOKE TO TOLD US THEY LOVED THE ACTIVITIES FOR THEM ONBOARD. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS CRUISE SHIP TO EVERYONE!

Pros: EVERYTHING WAS SO PERFECT!

Cons: NOT ENOUGH TIME IN KETCHIKAN

Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Ship Quality
Entertainment
Victoria, British Columbia
LIKED SEEING THE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS COVERED IN FOLIAGE, WAS NEAT TO SEE HORSES AND BUGGIES RIDING AROUND, MIXING OLD WITH NEW IN ONE CITY. DIDN'T GET TO VISIT MINIATURE WORLD AS THE SHIP GETS THERE LATE SO MOST OF MUSEUMS AND SHOWS WERE CLOSED BY THE TIME WE GOT TO THEM, OTHERWISE A NICE PORT. A LOT LIKE THE UNITED STATES IN SOME WAYS.
Don't Miss: PLASTER MAN ACROSS FROM THE EMPRESS HOTEL - HILARIOUS!!
Juneau, Alaska
MENDENHALL GLACIER IS A MUST SEE, WHETHER BY LAND OR AIR. THE WILDLIFE QUEST IS A MUST. WE SAW WHALES "BUBBLENETTING" FOR FOOD WHICH WAS AN AWESOME SIGHT AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY AS WELL AS OTHER WILDLIFE NEAR THE SHORELINES
Don't Miss: WILDLIFE QUEST
Juneau, Alaska
MENDENHALL GLACIER IS A MUST SEE, WHETHER BY LAND OR AIR. THE WILDLIFE QUEST IS A MUST. WE SAW WHALES "BUBBLENETTING" FOR FOOD WHICH WAS AN AWESOME SIGHT AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITY AS WELL AS OTHER WILDLIFE NEAR THE SHORELINES
Don't Miss: WILDLIFE QUEST
Skagway, Alaska
WE DID "BEST OF SKAGWAY" WHICH INCLUDED THE WHITE PASS RAILROAD AND YUKON TERRITORY AS WELL AS THE SALMON BAKE, WHICH WAS THE BEST SALMON I HAVE EVER TASTED, PANNING FOR GOLD, AND A BROTHEL TOUR. ALL EXCELLENT!!
Don't Miss: SALMON BAKE WHICH IS HELD IN LIARSVILLE
Skagway, Alaska
WE DID "BEST OF SKAGWAY" WHICH INCLUDED THE WHITE PASS RAILROAD AND YUKON TERRITORY AS WELL AS THE SALMON BAKE, WHICH WAS THE BEST SALMON I HAVE EVER TASTED, PANNING FOR GOLD, AND A BROTHEL TOUR. ALL EXCELLENT!!
Don't Miss: SALMON BAKE WHICH IS HELD IN LIARSVILLE
Victoria, British Columbia
LIKED SEEING THE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS COVERED IN FOLIAGE, WAS NEAT TO SEE HORSES AND BUGGIES RIDING AROUND, MIXING OLD WITH NEW IN ONE CITY. DIDN'T GET TO VISIT MINIATURE WORLD AS THE SHIP GETS THERE LATE SO MOST OF MUSEUMS AND SHOWS WERE CLOSED BY THE TIME WE GOT TO THEM, OTHERWISE A NICE PORT. A LOT LIKE THE UNITED STATES IN SOME WAYS.
Don't Miss: PLASTER MAN ACROSS FROM THE EMPRESS HOTEL - HILARIOUS!!
Ketchikan, Alaska
THE RAINFOREST SANCTUARY WAS A VERY EDUCATIONAL TOUR AND EXPOSED US TO A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT THAT WE WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN TO EXPERIENCE OTHERWISE. PLENTY OF EVIDENCE SHOWED THAT A BEAR WAS NEARBY BUT WE NEVER GOT TO SEE HIM COME OUT, WHILE ON THE TOUR, UNFORTUNATELY.
Don't Miss: LUMBERJACK SHOW
Ketchikan, Alaska
THE RAINFOREST SANCTUARY WAS A VERY EDUCATIONAL TOUR AND EXPOSED US TO A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT THAT WE WOULD NOT HAVE GOTTEN TO EXPERIENCE OTHERWISE. PLENTY OF EVIDENCE SHOWED THAT A BEAR WAS NEARBY BUT WE NEVER GOT TO SEE HIM COME OUT, WHILE ON THE TOUR, UNFORTUNATELY.
Don't Miss: LUMBERJACK SHOW


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