Buyer beware of Ultimate Beverage, Excursion, and Dining Pkgs

Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Mexico

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
5 Night Baja Mexico (Los Angeles Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 17, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: level 9
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

My husband, our 21 year old, and 13 year old just returned from a NCL cruise to Baja.  The overall cruise was fine, however we ran into several 'hiccups' having to do with the ultimate beverage package, excursion, and dining pkg we booked through Oribtz.  Make sure Orbits provides you terms and conditions for these packages in writing.  Look for exclusions/black-out dates for the packages being accepted on the cruise boat before you purchase from .

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Overall good.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Bingo very expensive 6 sheets for $70. Bingo does 4 squares, horizontal game, then last game is blackout. So expect the games to go very quick.


5 out of 5
Superb. Great comedian. Good Broadway-type show on last night.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5
Teen program was a BIG hit for my 13 year old.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Lattitudes Mgr on NCL Star was superb!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship way under staffed in all areas (cleaning, bar areas, recpetion desk). We heard 1/2 the crew quit right before sail. Not sure if that was true though.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
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Ship Tip

Know blackout dates for package deals to avoid you from purchasing something and not having the ship honor it due to blackout dates. Inquire about staff size since our trip appeared to be extremely short staffed. The poor team that did worked were working 16 hr/day in diff areas to try to accomodat

3 out of 5
Once you go into the cruise terminal, you are not allowed to exit. So if you are hungry or need to go to the bathroom, do so before entry.
3 out of 5
Good solid Mexican food if you are looking for authentic!
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