Beautiful St Petersburg the highlight of the cruise

Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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9 Night Baltic Capitals (Copenhagen Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 15, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 10620
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

As noted above we really appreciated St Pete.  One needs at least two days to appreciate The Hermitage, Peterhoff Palace, Church of the Spilled Blood and St Peter and Paul's Church..  Didn't have time to include the Palace of Catherine. Taking the hydrofoil from Peterhoff back to St Pete was a thrill.Traffic in the city was terrible.  Best take a tour with someone else driving.

We would question the time required to get to/from the port to see Berlin.  It was at least a  two hour train trip each way.  Unless one had a specific desire to see Berlin I think time would be better spent seeing another day in Stockholm.or Helsinki.


Copenhagen was very nice and for those entertaining  taking this cruise I would suggest spending a complete day there prior to or upon returning.  We stayed at a Raddison  right accross the street from Tivoli Gardens. The Gardens are  quite nice and worth the time .Taking the Hop Off/On Buss and Boat tour was another plus.

The ship was o k.  Service in the dinning rooms( excluding the buffet) was good but not terrific. Food itself  was o k but not great . The specialty resturants were good especially La Cuchina. Some areas  on the ship such as metal on the veranda needed attention as rust was evident.

We enjoyed our two previous two cruises on Holland America better.The ships and food were better. The cruise out of Venice to Greece,Turkey and Dalmatia were was our best, especially seeing Istanbul and Ephesus.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
See previous comments

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Always plenty of things to do


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our cabin stewart was very good and effifcent

Ship Quality

See previous comments

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
In the cabin we had the bathroom, I think, was too small or configured wrong. As one lady mentioned she had to do the Norwegian shuffle to use the toilet. There was a partition between the sink and toilet area.. She had to lower her pants and shuffle into the toilet area since room was vary scarce to acomplish her needs.

Ship Tip

The ship had open dinning in the dinning rooms plus the buffet. Some dinning rooms were not always open.

5 out of 5
1 out of 5
Takes to long to get to berlin via bus/train
5 out of 5
For us it was very nice. The old town tour and the tour of the area.
not enough info to comment on. Our days were on booked tours. People taking this cruise should do booked tours s well
3 out of 5
Not enough time to really appreciate it. Took a 1/2 day bus and boat tour to see as much as possible in the time available
3 out of 5
Same as for Helsinki Vasa museum was good but stayed to long at it to the dtriment of not seein more.
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