Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Mexico

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2 out of 5

Subpar cruise - not recommended!

Sail Date: December 10, 2007

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Most of the "free" food on this ship (6 restaurants to choose from) was not really worth eating. The buffet and Italian restaurants were absolutely awful, but the Endless Summer Mexican restaurant was the best bet -- good fajitas and margaritas. There's a little "diner" called Blue Lagoon that also made good burgers and fish & chips. Other than these two places, you'll need to spend an extra $15-20 per person to eat at the optional "upgrade" restaurants to get some decent food. (The steakhouse, Cagney's, was by far the best and worth the $20 pp.)

The entertainment on this ship was predictably cheesy and lousy, which is expected on a low price cruise line. Average looking performers sang and danced poorly, subpar comedians (and a ventriloquist) performed tired routines, the Second City improv troupe displayed a complete lack of talent at improv -- but at least the Chinese acrobats were a lot of fun to watch.

Norwegian cruises are all about the "upsell" -- every single thing you do on the ship ends in a sales pitch for another service or product they attempt to get you to buy. We paid top dollar for very poor massages on the first day (avoid the spa altogether, we say) and they ended with a sales pitch for body creams and lotions.

Also, don't bother with the expensive excursions. Instead of paying $75 pp or more, just get off the ship and jump into a taxi (or water taxi in Cabo) and ask them to take you where you'd like to go -- it will end up being about $10 instead.

On the positive side, the staff was as friendly as we'd ever seen on a cruise ship. That was a pleasure. And the pool with two slides was fun for the families. And the band Xcite, which performed by the pool, was very good.

We would not recommend this cruise, or Norwegian in general.

Pros: friendly service

Cons: horrible food

Recommends Norwegian Star? No.

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Be sure to take a water taxi to Lover's beach and just relax there for a few hours. Should cost $10 round trip, including a ride through the arch, up to the sea lions and over the fish in your glass bottom boat!
Acapulco, Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Be sure to take a water taxi to Lover's beach and just relax there for a few hours. Should cost $10 round trip, including a ride through the arch, up to the sea lions and over the fish in your glass bottom boat!
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Acapulco, Mexico
Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico


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