A superb cruise

Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 5

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska & Sawyer Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 31, 2008
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 9 years ago
Norwegian Star to Alaska was indeed a superb cruise. I loved the gorgeous views/scenery, the off-shore excursions, quality of food, and the entertainment on the ship.

The logistics, embarkation/disembarkation procedures were excellent - even got our bags checked on to the connecting flights and received the boarding passes. We got one bag at the BWI airport and the other was left behind on the ship. Yet the staff showed its efficiency, and when I got home, there was a message saying that the missing bag will be sent in 2-3 days.

The entertainment on the ship was very good - music, magician and a comedian - nice mix of events.

Regarding the off-shore excursions, I liked the lumberjack show at the Ketchikan. The duck boat tour of the city could be skipped, though. Juneau was the best - wish, we had more time. We took the helicopter to the glacier and that was just out of this world - expensive but worth it. Skagway was also beautiful and the White pass train was the highlight of that visit. Price Rupert was a bit disappointing, but it could be also because we were not sure of what excursion trip to take.

On return, the ship probably takes the outside passage and the sea gets a bit rough. It tends to be a long travel, but the entertainment on the ship kept us busy. Little more could be done or a better stop - perhaps, Vancouver added instead of Prince Rupert.

The food was excellent - good variety and quality. The specialty restaurants are very good - we could not, however, manage to get any reservations done at the Endless Summer restaurant. Bars are very good - great locations. great views, the Spinnacher lounge was my favorite place for the views and to relax with a book.

In a nutshell, a great cruise, and I would strongly recommend it to all - old and young can indeed have a great time.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Helicopter to the glacier was simply gorgeous - expensive, but worth it.
3 out of 5
Did not know which excursion trip to take - a bit disappointing.
5 out of 5
White pass train is a 'must'
5 out of 5
Lumberjack tour is excellent - the city tour can be skipped

Pros: The gorgeous views, excellent logistics/organization, and enjoyable time on the ship.

Cons: Prince Rupert was my least favorite stop

Recommends Norwegian Star? Yes!

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