Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

Great cruise. NCL has really stepped up their performance.

Sail Date: January 19, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

We loved the Panama Canal Cruise that left Miami on January 19 on the Norwegian Star.  This is the second time that we have cruised on NCL and must say that they have done a great job of revamping their menu selections and quality in the main dining rooms.  We expected to use the specialty restaurants 9 or 10 times during the 14 days, but the food was so good in Aqua and Versailles that we went there 10 of the 14 nights.  Congratulations NCL!  We noticed.

We are not giving 5 stars to this cruise for two reasons:  The ports of call were just so so as were the offered excursions.  Some updating and rethinking is needed here.  The second reason is that my wife and I were totally put off by the never-ending sales pitches on NCL.  No opportunity to inundate us with another sales pitch was missed.  It gets to be really old when the smallest task means that you have to duck another pitch.  Buying a can of Pringles in the gift shop...."have you signed up for our free emerald give away?"  Waiting for the evening show....."how's everyone doing?"  (yaaaahhhh!)  "Come on, you can be louder than that."   (YAAAHHHH!!)  "That's better.  Don't forget that we have our on board lottery tickets for sale."  At some point, NCL needs to take a break on this stuff. 

The ship was beautiful.  The maintenance of the ship was observed and incredible.  Staff was fantastic.  Food was fantastic.  We'll sail with NCL again, but we sure would like it more if they tone it down a little bit.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Miami, Florida We stayed in downtown the night before the cruise. Miami has really changed, for the better. Downtown is cool.
Cartagena, Colombia
Lousy tours. Street beggers and vendors everywhere. Stay on the boat next time.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
The "Original Zipline Tour" is called that because it is the oldest Zipline place in the area. It's not up to snuff. NCL needs to either make them modernize or take this tour off of their offering.
Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico
Nothing to do. Nothing to see. Stay on the ship and do nothing.
Huatulco, Mexico
River rafting was fun.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Snorkeling and tour to Yetalpa was a blast. These guys know how to throw a party.
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Not enough time to see or do anything in Cabo.
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California
Exit from the ship was extremely efficient. Nice job moving a lot of people.

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