Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

Disappointing, crew deserves a better ship

Sail Date: January 04, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

First and probably last cruise on NCL ship, certainly never again on the "Star"!

Ship in need of many more repairs than are going to be possible with the upcoming two week dry dock that we found out about while onboard. Cabin design and furniture both outdated and in poor repair as was pool area. Non-smokers and children unavoidably exposed to smoke in many areas such as pool area and outside BarBQ area. Specialty restaurants, some entertainment and crew were highlights. Crew deserves a better ship to work on.

Took cruise to go through Panama Canal which was definitely the highlight of the cruise. Most port stops were uninteresting at best.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
free style area poor, specialty great
Service and Staff
Crew really great.
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
Curtains allow real dark but in poor repair. Bathroom very large but need to replace toilet cleaners more often. Furniture old, color scheme depressing, beds old and deformed. Phone under TV is dangerous to heads.
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California
Long lines for security check without any line for mini-suite customers
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Really only good but not an option
Huatulco, Mexico
local beach
Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Town dying/dead with depressing dirty beach
Panama Canal Transit
OUTSTANDING, once in a lifetime experience.
Cartagena, Colombia
good town and tours
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Miami, Florida


Specialty restaurants well worth the package price. Should offer for breakfast as well. If early risers the served breakfasts are a good option - later dining in the open cafeteria style restaurants depressing - food OK, but eating on plastic with feet sticking to the floor from spills not enjoyable

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