Good Value Comes at a Price
Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Mexico
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 8 years ago
Review SummaryThe 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
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.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: The ports of call.
Cons: Being Nickled & Dimed