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Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Mexico


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Sail Date: February 01, 2010
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
The Norwegian Star is a well-designed, clean, tightly run ship. The cabins are remarkably comfortable for their size, there are food options for virtually every palate, entertainment on the ship was mediocre, but heck, I took this cruise for a taste of interesting ports, not for the shows.

My biggest disappointment was the unvarying feeling that I was prey on-board for NCL to squeeze for another dollar. There is *constant* pressure to buy more on the ship. If youd like a soda, that will be $2 extra, a drink $8. Want a glass of orange juice? Go get it yourself. Loose a beach towel? That will be $25. What a tour of the ship? That will cost you. There is pressure to buy shore excursions through NCL, to buy jewelry, art, to buy bingo tickets, casino chips, spa treatments. I even received an advertisement in my room saying I should buy a DVD on how fold towels!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Like most everything at NCL, there are various price points on NCL cruises. There are three main dining options on the Norwegian Star:
1. The "Market Cafe" and other small buffets. An all-you-can-eat milieu, replete with din and poor manners one would expect from any mob of Americans. The cost nosh at buffet-style eateries are included with your ticket cost.
2. A couple of very pleasant up-scale restaurants with high-end quality food choices, terrific service, and professional chefs. The Stars restaurants Aqua and Versailles were a culinary treat. There is no additional cost of eating at these however, there may be a modest 10-min wait to be seated.
3. Then premium on-board restaurants, these are fine dining establishments which require reservations and charge a surcharges of $10 to $50 per person depending on the night and meal requested.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Adjust your expectations and you will be satisfied. The performers I saw were fine. Don't go expecting professional quality entertainment. I am not a fan of bingo or booze-inspired games. I came for the views, destinations, to spend time with my wife, and enjoy the serenity of the sea. I was most content playing backgammon and cribbage with my honey. The ship's cinema had a good selection of films.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
In my opinion, the ship is over-staffed. However, there is always some cheery crew member at hand to help with any request.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Norwegian Star is over 10 years old, but well laid-out and maintained. I was concerned about feeling crowded with 2,200 passengers and an additional 1,000 crew, but surprisingly I was able to find parties when I wanted and peace when I wanted. There are plenty of quiet nooks and crannies for those who enjoy the serenity of watching the sea drift by.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The rooms are squeaky clean and well-maintained. Housekeeping tidies each room twice a day. It is remarkable how much space can be created in 150 sq ft. My wife and I were comfortable in these close quarters for a week and could have sailed longer. However, we have healthy body weights. Obese individuals may have some difficultly negotiating the quarters.

Pros: The ports of call.

Cons: Being Nickled & Dimed

Recommends Norwegian Star? Yes!

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