Sail Date: November 01, 2009 Ship: Norwegian Star Cabin Type: Suite Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 8 years ago
My overall impression of the ship was that it was adequate, but not lavish. The ship was in fairly good shape, with the exception of losing power during a port of call. Most passengers were on land at the time and never knew.
The wind dynamics of the ship didn't prevent cigarette smoke from adjoining and surrounding rooms to enter the private balcony of my stateroom. This was a big disappointment as a non-smoker because when one is out at sea it's not expected to have to smell cigarette smoke while trying to relax on the private balcony. There were many times that I had to retreat to my stateroom as a result. The neighbors on one side smoked constantly.
Food and Dining
1 out of 5
The food both in the large cafeteria format and the specialty restaurants was adequate. The wasnt any meal that was excellent. The food at the Tex Mex restaurant was not pleasant at all. Cagneys Steakhouse was adequate as the steak is seared but arrived lukewarm with cold broccoli. La Italiatria Italian restaurant served tough chicken parmesan and soggy risotto.
It wasnt until the fourth day of the cruise when I discovered where to get a fresh-made cheeseburger and the fifth day when I discovered how to get cooked-to-order eggs. The bread and rolls were generally hard and tasteless. During any meal served onboard, the only complimentary drinks served were water, ice tea and coffee. All other drinks charged a fee which was disappointing. I bought a pass for unlimited cola products for fifty dollars but it wasnt worth the fee because it took too long for a bartender to serve you and it was mostly ice and little soda.
3 out of 5
The entertainment and activities were average and what one would come to expect on a cruise. I didnt attend any shows but there were many presentations and solo acts throughout the lounges. The overall quality of the musicians was fair....most of them knew how to play their instruments but didnt sound so good when attempting to sing. The outdoor activities were as expected with basketball, netted golfing, shuffleboard, etc.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Each staff member seemed genuinely interested in ensuring the passengers were treated well and happy.
3 out of 5
The level of noise coming from an adjoining stateroom was poor. Throughout the cruise I constantly heard the neighbors each and every time they were having intimate relations (she was a screamer), drinking and partying.
Ship was well laid out except the running track. Despite the signs, people were constantly walking on the running path, which made it difficult to get a good workout from jogging because one had to constantly slow down and speed up to get around walkers. (There was a designated walking path but people didn't use it or follow directions well.)
Cabin / Stateroom
3 out of 5
For a cruise ship the mini suite was a nice sized stateroom. The accommodations were nice. To make two twin beds into one bed there was a modest seam in the middle but not too noticeable. There was a full sized shower and tub in the bathroom which was nice to have. Linens were not changed daily, the same set of sheets were used throughout the cruise.
Pros: Not having to pack and unpack each time we arrived at a different port.
Cons: Loud neighbors and constant smoke smell when on my private balcony.
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