Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Experience
4-6 cruises

Reviews
3

Helpful Votes
20

2 out of 5

A mixed bag of triumphs &disapointments

Sail Date: May 28, 2006

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Inside

This was our first cruise on the Norwegian Star, and possibly our last. We booked the Alaska Inside Passage, which has gorgeous ports of call and lots of shore excursion opportunities. The ship itself is beautiful, I was particularly impressed with the stateroom bathroom size (big!), spa area, and the Grand Atrium. Unfortunately the food and beverage service leaves much to be desired. We paid for the unlimited refills on soda, and it was practcally an act of congress to even get served in the dining areas. The menu choices were severely limited in comparison to other cruise lines, and the quality and portion sizes were not what they should have been. The dining areas and lounges were also obviously short staffed-many times we had to wait to be seated with a plethora open tables in view, and service was chronically slow. We sailed with some friends who were mistakenly billed for a bottle of wine which they never ordered, and the manager refused to refund the charge in spite of the fact they had no signed receipt as proof they ordered it! Unfortunately these issued have tainted what should have been a delightful cruise experience.

Pros: Beautiful ship, nice dining areas and lounges.

Cons: Food choices and quality very poor, service slow.

Victoria, British Columbia
I wish we had more time to spend here! Victoria is a beautiful town with nice people. We only had time to snap some pictures and visit one of the pubs. We will definitely revisit on our own!
Don't Miss: The gardens and perhaps a sunset harbor cruise.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Very pretty and picturesque town. Try some of the locally made kettle corn and don't miss Creek Street.
Don't Miss: The town's historical museum at the library.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Very pretty and picturesque town. Try some of the locally made kettle corn and don't miss Creek Street.
Don't Miss: The town's historical museum at the library.
Juneau, Alaska
I highly recommend the whale watch! Juneau has the bast likelihood of spotting whales. Also don't pass up an opprtunity to visit the Red Dog Saloon-big fun!
Don't Miss: Definitely the Whale Watch.
Skagway, Alaska
Cute small town with a rich history. Try Liarsville, for a renactment of the Gold Rush and the Red Onion, a former bordello.
Don't Miss: Riding the White Pass Railroad!
Juneau, Alaska
I highly recommend the whale watch! Juneau has the bast likelihood of spotting whales. Also don't pass up an opprtunity to visit the Red Dog Saloon-big fun!
Don't Miss: Definitely the Whale Watch.
Victoria, British Columbia
I wish we had more time to spend here! Victoria is a beautiful town with nice people. We only had time to snap some pictures and visit one of the pubs. We will definitely revisit on our own!
Don't Miss: The gardens and perhaps a sunset harbor cruise.
Skagway, Alaska
Cute small town with a rich history. Try Liarsville, for a renactment of the Gold Rush and the Red Onion, a former bordello.
Don't Miss: Riding the White Pass Railroad!


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