Great Christmas on the Star!
Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western
Sail Date: December 20, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 5082
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago
We drove to Tampa a day early and stayed in Hyde Park. It was a great time, lots of fun bras (we are both in our late 20s) and cool atmosphere.
On boarding day, we parked at the 717Parking Lot on Nebraska Ave. I paid $4/day, and everything was fine. Free shuttle too and from the lot.
Got to the cruise terminal around noon(well before the lines evidently as we were in the first group of 100 probably). Boarding was a breeze and we walked right onto the ship.
We packed a carry-on in case our bags didnt make it up in time for our 7pm dinner reservation.
First night we ate @ Moderno. Food was probably a 6.5/10. If you have ever eaten at Fogo de Chao or Texas De Brazil, Moderno doesn't match the quality (but it also isn't $50pp either). We went out and drank with the rest of the boat and just hung out the rest of the night.
Day two(At Seat): We woke up and basically just chilled out the whole day. I played in the Casino for like 8 hours straight (I was in there the entire cruise, I love gambling) while the gf went and tanned. Great time, and we didn't experience any service delays. We ate at Le Bistro - the tenderloin was AWESOME.
All these people who were whining about lines and drink service, IDK what they are talking about. We hung out at BierGarten a LOT as well as a few other bars and NEVER had issue with super long lines or no deck service to the deck chair area.
Day3(Rotan) We watched the island role in from BierGarten. Disembarked and took a cab to WestBay for the day. Had a GREAT time, snorkeled, paddle boarded, drank and ate, and overall had a great time.
Day4(Belize) This day started out rough. The Tendering proceess took a long time. We were tender group #20. Ended up getting off the boat around noon. Went to port, visited a few pharmacies(there are 4 in port, you can buy things like Vicodin or Codine), and then took a cab to the Belize sign for photos. Came back and hung out at the little bar next to terminal 4 - free WiFi.
Day5(Coasta Maya) We got into port and went and took the Myan Ruins tour that she found on Trip Advisor. It was BAD ASS. Big comfy bus with WiFi on it, its about a 45 minute drive, and the guided tour was knowledgeable and great. Wen't back to the boat and boarded, went drinking for a while and then took a nap. This was Christmas Eve so we ate at Cagneys that night, the filet was AMAZING - do it do it!
Day6(Christmas Day) - We spent the entire day in Cozumel. We rented a scooter and went to San Francisco Beach (Paradise Beach) and hung out all day. We swam, ate, drank, and relaxed all day long. We then headed back to Senior Frogs to video chat all our families on their WiFi(they loved it). Then we got back on board.
We ate in the MDR this evening and it was really good. They had a traditional Christmas dinner options available, and everything tasted great.
Day7(At Sea) This was another sea day where we just milled around and enjoyed ourselves. Drank as much as we could, ate what we wanted, I gambled a LOT this day. The weather had dropped to the low 70s as we were back in the gulf and nearing port. They had to shut the casino down @ 10pm due to our early arrival. The boat had to get into port early in order to beat the fog.
Over all I give the cruise a 7.5/10. Both of us have only sailed CCL before so NCL was fun to try something new, and it defiantly felt like a step up in quality. I LOVE how NCL has the bathrooms setup where they are partitioned into 3 different spaces with doors, MUCH better than CCL. We did the UBP so we drank our faces off, and I also got us the 4UDP
Casino was great, I spent a LOT of time down there as I am a huge gambler. All the specialty dining was great. Moderno fell short of expectations, but was still good. Everything else was VERY good. The ship was beautifully decorated up with Garland and trees everywhere. The gf loved the champagne bar and spent a good amount of time waiting for me to be ready down there.
The entertainment was also very good. Great variety, and good productions.
I would defiantly take this cruise again. Not on the same itinerary( I don't like to revisit places), but I had a blast and the boat was quite nice.
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My gf made a door wreath, we hung our stocking, and she hung lights around the window to make it a little more festive.
Due to it being a christmas sailing and prices went up, I would of done a Balcony but the picture window was just fine!