Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Deck Hand

7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

Great Alaska cruise

Sail Date: May 30, 2009

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

I think the ship is laid out fine, and once you get your bearings it is easy to navigate. The only thing I didn't like about the layout is finding one of the two free dining rooms-not easy to find. I also am not crazy about the painting on the ship-ours were stars with ribbons-I don't find this dignified at all for such a huge ship-they aren't a party ship like Carnival.

Pros: The room, the ocean, experiencing things I don't usually do

Cons: The buffett, ports of call, cost of shore excursions, restaurants that cost extra

Recommends Norwegian Star? Yes!

Food and Dining
I thought the food was ok but I am not one to like a lot of "weird" food so I had steak three times in seven days. The Blue Lagoon is the 24 hour restaurant and it had great food and usually quick service. HOWEVER, they need to make it bigger and perhaps put it in a different spot as people trying to get to the shops had to go by and I saw a couple people almost get hit. Didn't try the specialty restaurants and don't think it is a good idea to have. A few of them I passed were half empty and I am hoping that NCL realizes that we don't want them because it makes regular folk seem second class and I paid alot of money for my cruise. The regular dining rooms (2) were just fine. Now, the buffett-wow that was a trip. If you go early or late you are fine but if you go when all the other people are there-watch out as it is a zoo. Not so much to go thru the line and get the food but to find a place to sit, then go get your drinks. Also only one side of the buffett had the desserts-why
Ship Quality
I like the size of the ship as at 2200 people it was manageable to get around. The halls and other public areas seemed clean.
Cabin / Stateroom
room was fine and I liked the balcony. It was midship which was great when it was stormy outside. I am a big woman (over 100 lbs overweight) and I found the bathrooms were ok but almost on the verge of being too small. For the other passengers who were larger (many) I wondered how they did in the small space. Shower had lots of room.
my girlfriend and I didn't do too many activities and we thought the shows were ok if you like broadway show revues. Some singers and dancers were just ok. I loved the Chinese Acrobats but thought the comedy and some dances a little to risque and not family oriented.
Service and Staff
I found all really friendly and have an example of the waitstaff. I thought they were very good and on the morning we were to leave the ship I was in the dining room and asked for Raisin Bran. After a while he came with Cheerios and said they didn't have RB. I said forget it and went on with my food. About ten min later he arrived with the raisin bran. He had gone up to the buffett on a different floor and got it for me. Service is still alive!
Juneau, Alaska
this is the capital but still feels like a small town. Went to see the glacier and glacier gardens-that was beautiful although it is short on gardens but beautiful with eagles and views.
Skagway, Alaska
why are we here? The town is 24 blocks long and four blocks wide. There isn't even enough electricity in the city to have the ships plug the ships have to keep their generators on...can't think of much to go see. They did have some good shops however, especially one children's spec. shop.
Ketchikan, Alaska
nice place just to wander in. Didn't take NCL shore excursion but went with independent operator to watch wildlife. Yep we saw the eagles and seals but no bears or whales. Went back to town and saw-the eagles and one seal-could of saved us $35!! I Think all NCL shore excursions are too expensive-really who has $100-350 to spend especially if you have a family or even two people.

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