Sailing with the Gray Haired Crowd

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

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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Norwegian Star


Sail Date: November 24, 2013

Ship: Norwegian Star

Cabin Type: Suite

Cabin Number: 11168

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review Summary

Nice cruise overall. One must bring their patience however. As the title indicates, this cruise is populated with about 90 percent plus with folks pushing 70 years of age or better. That in itself brings up unique challenges, i.e. stuck behind the wheelchairs, walkers etc. Also, I founds they tend to be on the rude side when it comes to food lines and just getting around the ship in general. Lastly, there should be a rule about wearing Speedos and two piece bathing suits after reaching a certain age (arrrrg!). Enough about the old people that dominates this cruise. The food served is excellent, however it’s a shame that most of the time it arrived COLD. The only exception is the Market Place where it’s more like a chow line. Good stuff, but there you and again dealing with the older crowd and lines. Most of the stops on the cruise are very good; however they tend to be on the short side. From Panama to Miami there are great opportunities for outstanding stops, but Columbia is the only one. Plenty of short stops on the Pacific side. Drinks are reasonable considering you’re on a cruise. Look for the "eye openers" special every morning till 11am for reduced price and the needed morning after. The Sports Bar was a favorite hangout, but they need to upgrade the TV viewing, only one large screen with a couple of small ones. Of course, seating around the large screen is limited, so you’re normally straining to see the very small screen. Either get there early or bring your binoculars.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5

Ship Tip

Go to the Market shortorder line for hot eggs and omlets. Otherwise take your chances with cold overcooked eggs at the dining facilities.

Ports Of Call

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

3 out of 5

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5

Huatulco, Mexico

1 out of 5

Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico

3 out of 5

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

5 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5

Miami, Florida

3 out of 5
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