Great cruise. NCL has really stepped up their performance.

Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5

Sail Date: January 19, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 11176
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Miami, Florida Did not visit port

We stayed in downtown the night before the cruise. Miami has really changed, for the better. Downtown is cool.
1 out of 5
Lousy tours. Street beggers and vendors everywhere. Stay on the boat next time.
3 out of 5
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.
1 out of 5
Nothing to do. Nothing to see. Stay on the ship and do nothing.
5 out of 5
River rafting was fun.
5 out of 5
Snorkeling and tour to Yetalpa was a blast. These guys know how to throw a party.
3 out of 5
Not enough time to see or do anything in Cabo.
5 out of 5
Exit from the ship was extremely efficient. Nice job moving a lot of people.
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