Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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5 out of 5

First cruise: North to Alaska!

Sail Date: July 03, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

From the welcome aboard in Seattle to final deboarding when we returned, everything went very smoothly and was most enjoyable.

Pros: The entire experience

Cons: A bit overmuch on hawking of jewelry and paintings

Recommends Norwegian Star? Yes!

Ship Quality
Other than a few minor flaws, such as carpeting that needed to be replaced on a couple of stairs and no listing of the Versailles Restaurant on location signs throughout the ship(!), the Norwegian Star was terrific.
Food and Dining
Loved the freestyle dining and the many options. We used the Market Cafe for breakfast (some of the time) and lunch, but really enjoyed the smaller sit-down breakfast options, the Versailles and the Aqua restaurants. We also ate at the smaller Italian and Tex-Mex specialty restaurants and enjoyed.
Cabin / Stateroom
Couldn't have been better! Great service by Christian, our steward. Loved having the balcony. The steel partitions between balconies sheltered us from the wind (the ship moves at around 25 mph), which allowed us to read and enjoy watching scenery and wildlife for long periods of time.
Service and Staff
Never met one grouchy crew member. Not even a half-way grouchy one, even in crowded places like the Market Cafe where there are plenty of times for table cleaners to collide with guests. If crew members weren't happy, they sure had a great way of not letting it show!
Stage entertainment was super! Especially enjoyed the "Four Season Tribute." Amazing showmen. Could be onstage anywhere. The dancing company was super, too, as was the ventriloquist. Bingo was a bit on the pricy side at $35 to play.
Skagway, Alaska
Charming town with lots of good Victorian architecture. The White Pass & Yukon RR ride was nothing short of fabulous. We enjoyed the National Park Service tour and sites. Also, Kimse's Antiques had the best craft selection we saw.
Don't Miss: White Pass & Yukon RR
Ketchikan, Alaska
Neat first port! The Nature Sanctuary, Eagle Center, old lumber mill and Totem carving were well worthwhile. Learned a lot and enjoyed the guide. The Lumberjack Show -- though a bit corny in spots -- was a real competition and was very entertaining. Buy your packaged salmon here. Best prices of any port.
Don't Miss: Nature Center, Eagle Sanctuary, Totem Carving
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
We chose this port for our whale watching because it was the one where Orcas were mentioned as a possibility. The four-hour tour was terrific and very rewarding. Humpbacks as well as Orcas. The guide and the crew of the small boat were excellent. Got some great pix.
Don't Miss: Whale watching
Juneau, Alaska
Didn't particularly care for the town itself, but the Gold Creek Salmon Bake at the old gold mine was terrific for the food and the ambiance. Don't miss walking along the creek to the mine and water fall.
Don't Miss: Salmon bake

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