Summer 2010 Cruise Review

Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska & Sawyer Glacier (Seattle Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 05, 2010
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
Ship had construction in numerous staterooms throughout ship, creating noise starting at 8am each day. No theater. Indoor viewing area almost non-existing outside of the bufffet area (if your stateroom doesn't have a balcony or some other outdoor area, you'll be hard-pressed to locate a seat where you can gaze upon the beauty of the Inside Passage/Alaska or elsewhere for that matter) that is somewhat protected from the weather/wind. The NCL Star is not a good ship to take Alaska cruises on.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Dining room wait staff very attentative, but food quality lacking. Steaks tasted like liver. Salad dressing was very watery.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
Good, but, be forewarned about the incessant alcohol hawking at each/every event. And the Bingo is ripe to extract large sums from your wallet, with scams/caveats at these events.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
For the most part, excellent. But you need to stay on top of the concierge when ordering/requesting stuff over the phone. Dining room staff very attentive. Stateroom stewards, for the most part, also very attentive.

Announcements hard to hear, except for the Assistant-Cruise Director hawking Bingo.

Windows somewhat dirty or water stained, making buffet window viewing difficult.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Overall, ship was clean. No large quiet viewing areas. No theater. Stateroom TVs are something from the 70's; small (no LCDs or plasmas here).

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Balcony room very good. Bed very comfortable. Space around king bed adequate, but luggage rack/tray almost non-existent, making it difficult to extract cloths that are not hung/stored in closet.
3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mendenhall Glacier. Red Dog Saloon
Don't Miss: Kayaking Mendenhall lake
5 out of 5
Zip lining over tree canopy and ravines - what a blast
Don't Miss: Zip lining
5 out of 5
Eagles, lots and lots of Bald Eagles - sitting in trees and flying overhead
Don't Miss: Bald Eagles in trees near port

Pros: Excursions

Cons: Lack of quality, most notably in the chocoholic event

Recommends Norwegian Star? No.

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