Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Third Mate

2-3 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

Scuba diver's delight

Sail Date: November 29, 2015

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

All things considered, we really enjoyed ourselves--how can you not spend a week on a ship in sunny and 80 degree weather and not have fun?  But having said that, there were a few issues---regarding itinerary, we chose this simply because it fit our time  and port of departure parameters. Other than that, we were okay with the ports of call. Cozumel we've been to before and at least it's a city with  interesting things to see and safe enough to walk between port and town. Plus, there are several beach clubs along the way where you can stop for a cold drink. As for the other 3 ports, you may as well decide on what excursion you're doing 'cause there ain't nothin' to do in the ports...Costa Maya is essentially a fake town. It is simply a cruise ship port. The people made a shopping district with pools and bars right off the port so you can walk off the ship and relax, but no beach here, just pools. Your alternative is the to take a $2 taxi to the Malecon area with all the beach clubs and sit on the beach. For $25US we drank beer and ate tacos on a relatively nice beach---but watch out for the people trying to sell you stuff. All.Day.Long. Roatan --well, the cruise ship screwed up our excursion reservation so we rented a car and drove around. Nothing to see or do unless you want to sit at a beach or scuba dive. Again, new port and can't walk to any town--take a taxi, rent a wasn't really worth it. And Belize City--well, when to city police told us we shouldn't walk any where and we should take a taxi, we decided to turn around and catch the ferry to Caye Caulker ($25USpp) where we ended up at a great bar (Lazy Lizard) and restaurant (Fantasy Dining).  As for the ship--nicest people serving all the time. They seem short-handed since we frequently had to wait to be served, but ya got nowhere to go, was good.  Enjoyed all the dining rooms, great menus, great food. The thing that really ticked us off was the change to the itinerary. We were supposed to leave at 4pm Sunday. Previous reviews dating back to October and before had this same situation: we were told they had to work on the propulsion system and we would have to stay in port while they worked on it. We didn't leave til 6 or 7 am on Monday. Those extra 14+ hours in port we were charged tax on all our drinks and the casino was closed. Great. We had a 16 hour view of a fuel depot. That was nice. Not. Then, on the way back, the same "propulsion" situation required us to get back early---we arrived back in port over 8 hours ahead of time---and then couldn't leave the ship, they closed the casino, there was no more entertainment ...and we were charged tax again on our drinks. The $50 or whatever ain't gonna kill us, but seeing as this has been happening for months, I fail to see why Norwegian hasn't just taken the ship out of service for a week and fixed the dang problem. Instead our 8 day, 7 night cruise , we lost a day in port in Tampa. With no compensation from NCL.  Stinks. Had fun, but plan for excursions and be prepared for sitting in port.

Cabin / Stateroom
Liked the bathroom layout--separate toilet room from the sink and shower...added a nice bit of privacy. Having a coffee pot in the room was really nice --didn't have to ask for room service for coffee while enjoying sunrise in the mornings. Balcony was okay---wish the table out there was a little bigger.
Embarkation and Disembarkation Except for the 14+ hour delay leaving and the early return, getting on and off wasn't that bad...
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Destinations were super for scuba folks---for the rest of us, you need to plan for excursions.
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Tampa, Florida
Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
There's a zip line right in the port. Otherwise, it's just shops and a couple bars. Rent a car and drive around--or book an excursion.
Belize City, Belize
Don't leave the dock area unless you're going right next door to the public ferry to Caye Caulker....
Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico
If you want to just sit on the sandy beach, take the taxi into the malecon area.
Cozumel, Mexico
Lots to see and do---enjoy walking around or rent a car and go to other beaches.


For this itinerary, I'd suggest a starboard-side room. Especially if you're going to sit in port for an extra day---at least you'd have a city view and not have to look at the fuel depot.

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