NCL STAR REVIEWSailing date June 30, 2002.Itinerary: Oahu, Hawaii, Fanning Is., Maui, Kauai, Oahu.By Bob and Wendy EvansEmail: Bob7REMOVETHISPART@canoemail.comThis was our 5th cruise, the first on NCL. We are both middle aged, and left the kids at home this time. We spent 3 days before and 3 days after the cruise in Oahu. We had the top inside cabin, category [ii], deck 11. We booked cruise only, no fly or stay packages with NCL.EMBARKATIONThis embarkation was the smoothest ever. Check-in is supposed to start at 1pm at the Aloha Tower, and we drove by at 11:30 to see what was up. There was a bit of a line, about 20 yards long, which was not moving because the doors were not open yet. But luggage reception was open, so we parked and got rid of our luggage, which is just across a sidewalk from the car, into the terminal door, and they take it right there. Then we left to turn the car in. When we got back by cab at 12:00 the line was about 30 yards long but the doors were open and it was moving. So we looked around the shops till 12:30, when there were only a few people in the line, and then went in. NCL staff have trays of juice drinks if you are thirsty, a nice touch. Check-in was fast, getting our ship cards and going through security, and we were on the ship in about 15-20 minutes with a gorgeous orchid lei. At 1pm there was no line at all.We had some lunch on the ship in the Market Cafe buffet, and then left the ship to do some more things. All aboard call is 7:30 for 8pm sailing. There is a baggage holding service there which will hold your luggage for $5 per bag until 7:30pm. There was no reason to use them if boarding, just give the ship your luggage, but it might be useful if staying in Honolulu for the afternoon after your cruise.THE SHIPTHE RESTAURANTSTHE PORTSDEBARKATIONWe had to omit all the info. on the ship/cabins, restaurants, ports and disembarkation in order to fit this site's 4,000 character limit. Email us if you want the whole review.The End.
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