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: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family (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
Ketchikan, Alaska
Zip line adventure was great. Thanks to Becky there and some of the others. Alaska Fish House was good for lunch.
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.

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