Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 4 years ago
Review SummaryI had a wonderful time on this ship\, but I am a seasoned cruiser with about a dozen sailings under my belt\, so I can only give it 3 stars\, all areas considered (deck plan\, maintenance\, dining\, crew/service\, activities). Keep that in mind as you read my review; I may be a little more critical than most because I have a large basis for comparison. For the overall value\, I had a very good experience.
For the price of the cabins\, you really can't go wrong -- prices dropped to a base price of $400 per interior cabin a few weeks before the 9 day cruise set sail. That's unbeatable. I booked long before that\, so wasn't quite able to capture that deal\, but if you're able to book fairly last-minute\, you can't beat the price.
I'm not a fan of the \"Freestyle\" dining concept. I dont like much structure in my day when Im cruising\, but I do like to have a consistent meal period to which I am assigned and do not have to wait in line. I like being able to sit with other guests and meet people. I was sailing by myself\, so it was a disappointment to be seated at a table for two by myself every time. I will probably not sail with Norwegian again based on this.
Food and Dining
The Market Caf (grand buffet) had a wonderful\, quality selection\, but it was horribly set-up with no direction to the lines. I felt like I was in The Hunger Gamespeople everywhere\, cutting in front of me\, foraging for food like it was the last meal theyd have for days. It was too hecticI avoided it at all costs. They only had half of the buffet set-up much of the time\, which concentrated the riffraff.
Service and Staff
Id have expected more from the service at the specialty restaurants seeing as how the passenger to crew ratio was much better. There were no instances of \"going above and beyond\" in any of the service areas\, although the Spa staff was really sweet. My massage therapist gave me several extra minutes on the table. Moody Reception staff.
The layout was not my favorite. I couldn't seem to catch my bearings. I was on the 8th floor; to get from one end to the other\, you have to walk through The Blue Lagoon restaurant\, which is a little awkward if you're just coming in from the pool.
Cabin / Stateroom
Pros: Ports of Call; Room Service; Recreation Staff
Cons: Freestyle Dining; Inconsistent Customer Service