Great way to see Mexico without packing the bags

Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Mexico

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Star

Sail date: March 29, 2015

Ship: Norwegian Star

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 8005

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

The Norwegian Star Mexican Riviera trip is a fun trip for families.  On a tight budget, we chose to get an inside stateroom, and you need to feel comfortable being very cozy with your family for a full week.  That works well for us, but is a caution to others. The food was average, yet prolific. Our kids loved that they could eat 24-7! The staff was excellent.  Great personalities and lots of attention.  The boat was in a bit of disrepair.  As we were given the "go ahead to the staterooms" sign, there were still dirty dishes in the hallways and just in general noticed several broken chairs, doors, etc. etc. The itinerary was awesome.  It was so great to get to see three cities in Mexico in one week, without packing and schlepping.   We are microbrew fans, and there simply were not any to be found.  That was a bit of a bummer, and with family members dairy free, we might suggest to Norwegian that at least a few of their plentiful food options address that need.  I was a bit worried about so many "sea" days, but Norwegian did an outstanding job of entertaining (and very high quality) shows, activities for our family and many things to keep us fully entertained.  It was a good, solid family vacation.  Not too high end or luxurious, but certainly a good value and incredible memories. 

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The food was everywhere and prolific, lots of different options. Quality was average. Very few dairy free options in the plethora of options and no microbrews worth drinking really put a damper on the rating on this one.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
It would be great if Norwegian wasn't trying to sell you something in every presentation.


5 out of 5
The shows were the best part of the Norwegian Star experience. Very high quality performers.

Children's Programs

We did not participate in the teen club. It didn't strike our kids as interesting, but it appeared other families did.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Really appreciated the hardworking staff from 61 different nationalities!

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Norwegian Star needs a little TLC

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
It was very tight for four of us, but still a good match for our budgets. It was clean and our staff support was phenomenal.

Ship tip

We stayed in a forward cabin, which was wavy compared to our previous times w/ mid ship. It was much quieter than mid-ship. Wish I would have known that you could "easy walk off" depart the ship. Had I known I could carry my own bags off, I wouldn't schedule transfers & it would be quicker depart

Ports of call

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

1 out of 5

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
We like and have returned to CSL

Mazatlan, Mexico

3 out of 5
LOVED the American "Blue Shirt" Volunteers. Every port should have them! Mazatlan itself leaves a bit to be desired.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Seemed like an awesome port, we went to visit the dolphins and that was an experience of a lifetime. However, it left limited time to really explore Puerto Vallarta.
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