Good cruise for the price
Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Mexico
Sail Date: November 29, 2008
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Review SummaryOverall we enjoyed our cruise. We had a great time & there were both pros & cons. The buffet food was decent, but not the best. However, almost all restuarants had cover charges ranging from $10-25 dollars per person. The Versailles and Aqua were amazing. It made up for somethings that lacked about the ship. Puerto Vallarta was the best part. The tours were unforgettable. The ship was beautiful, but you have to pay to utilize most amenities The indoor pool/jacuzzi was $20 per day per person and all restaurants had cover charges (except 2 restaurants, the 24 hour lagoon cafe and the market buffet). The outdoor pool was VERY cold and small, plus the kids took over it.
I absolutely LOVED the Blue Lagoon because it was open 24/7 and the food was fresh hot. This took all my worries away. I liked having an ice cream bar too. AND the Ice Cream was real (no soft-serve).
Our housekeeping was more than we expected. They always replaced our towels & were always available when we needed them. We would have been lost without them! They cleaned our room twice a day & that was a definate plus.
The ship was always clean. I was impressed how clean it was everything was clean from the tables that we ate at, to the elevators, also the lounges, in the restrooms, on the deck and everywhere else. I like how they had hand sanitization stations everywhere.
I liked having room service for breakfast (FOR FREE!). It helped us get out of bed on time & the food was perfect for our mornings. This was what kept me from hating the cruise.
DRINK PRICES WERE ABSOLUTELY INSANE
If drink prices weren't $10 per drink & instead made them the same price as regular bars, then we would have bought drinks. Everyone I talked to on the ship agreed with this statement. I HATED how I couldn't go anywhere on the deck, in the theater or in the lounges without being harrasses by waiters every 5 minutes. They kept asking us if we wanted drinks over & over & over again. This was one of the biggest turnoffs. I just might not book a crise with NCL because of this. It made the cruise a hassle, not relaxing and I went on the cruise to relax.
PRICES FOR PICTURES WERE RIDICULOUS
Prices for the pictures that were taken on embarkation, on ship, & at the ports were ridiculous. I would definately pay $5 per picture, but not $15-20 per picture. They shouldn't print out the photos before you buy them so that they can sell photos for cheaper & also there would be less waste.
Food and Dining
-The Blue Lagoon-
I absolutely LOVED the Blue Lagoon because it was open 24/7. I'm a night owl & I am hypoglycemic, so I usually need to snack often instead of having large meals. This took all my worries away. Not to mention the Blue Lagoon had the best wonton soup, great cheesecake (LOVE the blueberries) and the food was ALWAYS FRESH.
-The Market Cafe-
I love having food ready when I don't want to wait. No lines are the way I like it when I'm super hungry. This was a another great place to eat for me. Not as delicious as the other restaurants, but for buffet food it was yummy. The chicken was perfect & the veggies were good too.
-Ice Cream Bar-
This was awesome because I am a BIG Ice Cream fan. The Ice Cream was real (no soft-serve)
Service and Staff
Our housekeeping was more than we expected. They always replaced our towels and were always available when we needed them. They were super kind and helpful. We would have been lost without them! They overfilled our soap dispenser once and didn't fill it up for 2 days, but I didn't mind since I brough my own toiletries. They cleaned our room twice a day & that was a definate plus.
The ship was always clean. I was impressed how clean it was everything was clean from the tables that we ate at, to the elevators, also the lounges, in the restrooms, on the deck and everywhere else. I like how they had hand sanitization stations everywhere. I am a germ freak, so it made me feel comfortable and clean. This was amazing.
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Sierra Madre Expedition
Pros: The inital price was great & the crew was amazing!
Cons: They tried to constantly sell you drinks and other services, plus the drinks & photo prices were insanely expensive