Overall a good time
Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Mexico
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 8 years ago
The ship was clean and well maintained. We liked the variety of decors for each theme restaurant and bar. The Red Lion Pub was unique, but the bartender that always worked there was unfriendly. Freestyle Dining was great. We liked having the option to decide where and when we wanted to eat. The food was hit-and-miss. We had some pretty poor service in the dining rooms, like waiting 15 minutes for our water to be refilled and servers forgetting some of the food items we ordered. Most of the food was okay, pretty typical cruise fare. Ginza was delicious! Besides the disco after midnight, he music on the ship, in ALL CASES was too slow and boring, like they were trying to put everyone to sleep. There weren't really any fun activities for 20-30 somethings - most activities were geared for old people, which did make up the vast majority of the passengers. I don't think we will be sailling on NCL again, for those reasons. The port calls were too short, and the ship's shore excursions were way overpriced compared to other cruise lines. The drinks were outrageously overpriced compared to other cruise lines, especially the wine. There was not a bottle of wine under $26, and that was for something you would pay $7 for at home. Embarkation was fairly quick, but the debarkation was chaos.
Our mini-suite was beautiful and we like the way the balconies were set up so that you could have some privacy. Other cruise lines have ships with balconies that are tiered and all plexiglass, so that you can see up, down and across to everyone's balcony. We slept with the sliding glass door open every night to listen to the ocean. It was well worth every penny we paid for that category cabin. We saw hundreds of dolphins, a sea lion and sea turtles from our balcony.
The HIGHLIGHT of the shipboard experience for us were the bartenders in the Spinnaker Lounge, LEO and NILO. They were so friendly, unlike most of the bartenders, and always tried to entertain the guests. They worked so well together, and would play off one another. They danced around and actually seemed like they enjoyed their jobs and were having a good time, which in turn made it fun for the guests. Most of the other bartenders seemed tired and almost irritated that you were making them work, even though we usually tipped more in cash, on top of the automatic 15% gratuity. We were truly sad to leave Nilo and Leo. Also bar servers Alvin and Luchas were outstanding!
Pros: Freestyle dining, large bathroom in mini-suite, some OUTSTANDING crew members
Cons: The music on the ship in all venues was too slow and boring, overpriced drinks and shore excursions compared to other cruise lines, lack of fun activities for 20-30 somethings