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Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


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Experience: 4-6 cruises
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7 Night Alaska & Sawyer Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 09, 2009
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Not the newest but it was refurbished a couple of years ago and was just fine. The crew kept it clean and well maintained.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Versais food overall good. Marketplace Buffett usually good, as well. Some of the mixed salads too "goopy". Coffee onboard good quality - espresso is marginal at best.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
dancers, ventrioquist, and magician very good. Quality of small groups very good, as well. The Second City improv group had a few funny set spots, but improv really sucked - they seemed to enjoy it, but most of the audience got tired of improv really fast.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
lots of countries represented - friendly but overworked.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
very good signage and all public areas clean and bright.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
smallish balconey but laid out well. TV too small, though. Good room attendant.
3 out of 5
Refreshingly non commercial, but they should keep the stores open longer, eh. There is a NW museum and a small fire dept museum.
Don't Miss: for $1.25 catch the city bus and ride around; don't miss Smiles restaurant in Cow Bay
3 out of 5
alaska's Capital city is more diverse than Ketchikan. We rented a taxi for an hour and got a little tiki tour of the city. Mendanhaul Glacier is good if you have not seen one before.
Don't Miss: The Hamburger joint around the corner from the state museum - across from Sally's B&B and liquor store.
3 out of 5
Well, it's an old fishing town with too many jewelry shops.
Don't Miss: Rent a car in advance and drive to some of the small state parks and mingle with locals.
5 out of 5
Pay the $5 for the all day shuttle. Walk to the pioneer cemetary, city museum, Park Service site. Train ride is fun but expensive. Consider renting a car and have you passport for the 6mile border crossing in to canada. Don't waste time at the god drege/panning. Good local beer in town - one is flavored with spruce tips.
Don't Miss: city operated visitor center

Pros: onboard - the entertainment was surprizingly good, overall

Cons: breakfast at buffet - no omlets or eggs cooked to order

Recommends Norwegian Star? Yes!

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