Sail Date: June 01, 2013 Ship: Norwegian Star Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Large Group Reviewed: 4 years ago
The Star made a good impression\, but not the excellent impression as I have had on other cruise ships. The ship's excursions are pricey. Thank goodness\, we did good in shopping for outside tours in our pre-cruise planning. They are both cheaper and tour group sizes are small. And with a embarkment from Copenhagen you sure want to ship around for your pre-cruise and post-cruise planning in Copenhagen for it is extremely expensive. Leaving the ship for a port excursion needs to be better organized for safety and efficiency\, because everyone wants to begin their excursion tour time as early as possible. The deadlines to be back on the ship always seem to be too early. The embarkation from the Copenhagen Freeport pier seems remote. If you plan to take the train to Nordhavn station to get there\, beware that you will need to lug your baggage about 0.6 miles to the ship. A free shuttle offering would have been great touch.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
While the free style dining was convenient\, we didn't get the truly great menu selections as offered on other past cruises. The first night we were offered lobster which is probably the high point. While the menu did offer a local dish from the locale\, it was not impressive. While the breakfast-lunch=dinner buffet was good\, its selections were routine consistent each day\, with none of those surprises that we pleasantly experienced in the past. We only happened to stumble into the \"Chocolate\" evening on the final Monday evening - we usually pay attention to announcements\, but we missed this one somehow.
3 out of 5
Entertainment was fair\, particularly for a trip through the Baltics where it is particularly cool\, and everyone stays typically inside the ship. Only the last night of the cruise was there a theater show that was truly worth seeing.
Service and Staff
3 out of 5
Ship check-in seemed different than past cruises. There was no fanfare or first-rate hospitality available for the long lines of people. The receptionists desk onboard the ship somehow struck me wrong with very curt attitude.
3 out of 5
On my next cruise\, I will be particularly thinking about booking on some smaller size cruise ship. Seems like the smaller vessels are able to moor much closer to the cities visited that might allow walking distance hop-off and hop-on.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
State room quality was great. And our porter took care of us.
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