Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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3 out of 5

November 2013 14 day Panama Canal cruise.

Sail Date: October 27, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Just completed a 14 day cruise on NCL Star through the Panama Canal.  Nice ship, good food and dining room service. Very good evening entertainment.  Discovered it is a training "new staff" ship, therefore, the steward was adequate but not well versed in little things.  The ice bucket was hit or miss on being filled.  No bathmat, lotion or notepaper.  When we requested these items, we were told they were not on the kit.  The supervisor supplied the items.  The question is, were they missed by the stewart or not provided as we were in an oceanview stateroom not a balcony room?  We, as an older couple, did not find enough activities to keep us busy during the day.  We don't make crafts or play cards.  Sports, this time, were not an option.  Became a bit bored.  Ports of call were fair.  Did not get off the ship in Cabo San Lucas or Punta Arenas in Costa Rica.  Did enjoy other ports except we were in Cartagena on a holiday (theirs) and many attractions were closed.  If booking with NCL, call them and ask about amenities.  We probably will use other cruise lines in the future as we  have cruised on Holland America, Princess, and Cunard with much better cruising experiences.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Children's Programs not applicable
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California not visited
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Did not leave the ship
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Huatulco, Mexico
taxi to town square
Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico
took a taxi to the ruins
Puntarenas, Costa Rica Did not leave the ship
Panama Canal Transit
Great experience
Cartagena, Colombia
Town holidiay
Miami, Florida Did not visit


Eat in the dining room. Great service and not crowded

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