November 2013 14 day Panama Canal cruise.

Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 8

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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Norwegian Star


Sail Date: October 27, 2013

Ship: Norwegian Star

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Cabin Number: 8656

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review Summary

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 Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

not applicable

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship Tip

Eat in the dining room. Great service and not crowded

Ports Of Call

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California Did not visit port

not visited

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Did not visit port

Did not leave the ship

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5

Huatulco, Mexico

5 out of 5
taxi to town square

Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico

5 out of 5
took a taxi to the ruins

Puntarenas, Costa Rica Did not visit port

Did not leave the ship

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Great experience

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5
Town holidiay

Miami, Florida Did not visit port

Did not visit
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