Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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5 out of 5

Wonderful 20th Anniversary Cruise

Sail Date: February 02, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

For our 20th Wedding Anniversary, we chose to book a Family Suite for this two week cruise to give us extra room a well as all the great suite amenities. This was the best thing we could have done.  The room was lovely with floor to ceiling windows giving us a full wall of windows to view the sea.  The amenities included flowers, fruit and champagne when we got to the suite. There was an upscale coffee, Expresso /Cappuccino machine in our room that we used to a great extent. But the best part was the Butler that saw to our every need and whim.  Every day he brought us a snack around 3 pm that included club sandwiches, cookies, candy and fruit and cheese.  Being in a suite also came with an upscale breakfast and lunch restaurant with great food and personal service.  Having a suite also gives you special embarkation  as well as disembarkation and baggage priority.

For dinner we most often went to the larger of the two dinning rooms where we were seated right away and were served wonderful meals.  We had read reviews about the food being sub par but our food was great.  I have found that most of the people that complain about the food on a cruise eat at the buffet where food is produced in bulk but we did try the buffet and found the food there a cut above the other cruise lines we have been on. We did not see any reason to try a specialty restaurant.

Some of the things we did was buying some art, shopping for jewelry, cooking demos, dancing and sunbathing.  There is a never ending number of things to do.

The day spent going through the Panama Canal was very interesting and we had a great place to watch the action,  Our suite had a front facing window as well as side facing and we were able to sit in the easy chairs and watch the hooking up of the pull trains and the pull of the boat, the raising and lowering of the water in the locks while staying in the cool room and eating snacks that the butler brought.  During the trip across the lake connecting the locks, we went to the specialty restaurant for suite guests where we had lunch and watched the beautiful sights going by. 

We enjoyed the ports we stopped at since they were all new to us.  There were at least two that we want to go back to for longer visits.

We were very impressed with the service on the Star and loved the beauty of the ship.  The ship was returning to the west coast and then going into dry dock for a refurb where she will get new carpets and some other upgrades.  We would love to take another trip on the Star and will be looking at her other itineraries.


Ship Quality
Good but the refub will make it better
Food and Dining
The food was wonderful.
Cabin / Stateroom
Our suite was wonderful. Large and roomy with ample storage room.
Service and Staff
So very friendly and always smiling
Didn't go to the shows but heard they were good.
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
San Pedro (Los Angeles), California
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Just went to post stores to shop but didn't stay long.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Took a good shore excursion but didn't spend any time shopping.
Huatulco, Mexico
Very nce, Was impressed with their planning. Woud like to return.
Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico
Interesting area. Might return some day.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Great shopping with less pressure.
Panama Canal Transit
Cartagena, Colombia
Not enough time to se all. Want to return for a longer visit.
Miami, Florida


Try the chicken wings at the 24 hour Blue Lagoon, the ice cream on the pool deck and the Library for reading and relaxing.

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