The ship is decorated very lively and the cruise director and his crew were fun, but that's about all we really liked about the ship. The food was just OK, not bad but also nothing to rave about. The buffetts were very simple and always the same, no varitey. Trying to get into a specialty restaurant is very difficut, you have to call and make reservations at least a day or 2 in advance, so how is that "freestyle". We also didn't like the whole freestlye way of curising. There was no unity of dress at night and you either felt overdressed or underdressed. Not having a specific waiter each night takes away from the personal attention you get on other cruise lines. We did not feel "spoiled" like we have on other cruise lines. Our cabin wasn't cleaned very well, dust and dirt under the desk where they didn't bother to move the little stool and clean. The rooms never looked or felt crisp and clean. The pool area is fun and inviting but there are no deck chairs on the pool deck, you have to go up to the next deck for the lounge chairs, so it was not very easy to take a quick dip in the pool to cool off. The hot tubs are fun and well used. The towels were skimpy and worn. If you wanted a towel for the Port days you had to check out one of the pool towels at the pool. Other cruise lines provide you with a very nice logo beach towel for Port days. We enjoyed the shows but the Stardust Theatre was very uncomfortable. If you bought alcohol they would hold it until the last night of the cruise, which other cruise lines also do, but on this ship you had to go pick it up yourself on the last night along with hundreds of other people doing the same thing. Other cruise lines deliver it to your stateroom. We would probably never cruise with this cruise line again.
"A so-so Cruise"
Sail Date: October 01, 2007
Pros: Free new movies in your room
Cons: smokers, food, pool towels, not so clean
Recommends Norwegian Star? No.