Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage

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3 out of 5

My first cruise - I'm not a big fan of i

Sail Date: June 11, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Inside

It was worthwhile cruising to Alaska as you would have a difficult time reaching these places another way. Scenery was nice, despite poor weather. Could have used another stop. Could have used a stop in Victoria. Service was sometimes great - sometimes terrible. Aqua Restaurant had great service (it was free) but Versailles (also free) had terrible service. Even though we booked a package ahead of time for 3 tours, the NCL staff were clueless about any of them once we got on shore and we were lucky to find them. The 'Jeep Adventure' was a total waste - the offroading went nowhere.

Pros: Decent excursions, scenery, decent food

Cons: Too crowded, terrible coordination by NCL of excursions, lame entertainment

Recommends Norwegian Star? Yes!

Hypnotist was good - margarita tasting was priced right and fun once. I used the workout room 5 days. Other than that, pretty lame.
Service and Staff
They need to hire some American kids - we have a high unemployment rate here. A lot of the staff had poor English skills, even those making announcements - it was annoying. Some great staff, but some awful - just all over the map.
Ship Quality
Food and Dining
We tried one night at the Tex Mex place on board - if I had dropped my burrito on someone it would have killed them.
Cabin / Stateroom
Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Cowpuccino is a nice coffee shop - Smiles Cafe had a nice dinner - The town itself is a dump once you go past the tourist area. Victoria might be a better stop.
Skagway, Alaska
Jeep Adventure was lame - scenery was pretty, but could have got the same by just renting a car. A bunch of jewelry stores and souvenir shops - lame
Juneau, Alaska
We did a hike and it might have been great, but the weather was awful. Probably had mild hypothermia by the time we got back on the ship.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Zip line adventure was great. Thanks to Becky there and some of the others. Alaska Fish House was good for lunch.

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