Cruising the Baltic was fun, but

Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
Verified Review

Sail Date: June 21, 2013
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 4 years ago
Cruising the Baltic was a fantastic experience on the NCL Star. The staff was outstanding and one of the good experiences on board. They were always willing to go out of their way to help. Our room steward was always trying to help and seemed to love pleasing us. The ship, though, is old and in need of refurbishing, now. The rooms were smaller than I anticipated and that was frustrating because you don't have enough room to move around. Our balcony railing glass was not clean and difficult to look through. Another part was the auditorium seats were mostly broken. It was very hard to find a good seat. Also, I returned from an evening in St Petersburg and in the Market Café there were only hot dogs or cheese chips to eat. Everyone had hurried out of the ship for the evening adventures and returned to no food! That really made a poor impression on me about the food service. On the positive side the shows at night were great. I especially loved the final show which was spectacular. Our cruise director was outstanding also. That always helps when you can enjoy that part along with his smiles.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship Tip

Be sure to eat in the specialty restaurants for the good food. We loved the steak one which is Cagneys, and Teppanyaki the Japanese restaurant. The Aqua restaurant was great too. Stay away from the Market Café which is the buffet type and the food was only ok.

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
It was a long drive but well worth the trip if you have never been there. We took one of the private tours which is a lot cheaper than the ship tours.
3 out of 5
It's a very tourist town and maybe you should browse the town on your own
5 out of 5
You have to be in a tour at all times and usually they take care of the visa you need. It's important to take a private tour, like SPB tours, because your group is small and you have a really good expert guiding you.
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
The town is gorgeous with lots of history. Gamla Stan (old town) if fun to walk through on your own.
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