NCL Star from Tampa to Western Caribbean: Jan24, 2016
This was our fifth cruise on the NCL Star and our 18th with Norwegian. That alone should tell you that we are very content with Norwegian. We booked a minisuite on deck 11. Our steward Yuli kept our room tidy and well supplied. He got a Hero's Recommendation Card. We saw many crew members from previous cruises and it is always nice to be remembered. We had dinner only once in a specialty restaurant and that was La Cucina. I had the Oso Buco and it was very good. We are Latitudes Platinum and each get a certificate for dinner for two at either La Cucina or the Bistro. We cancelled our reservation at the Bistro and had dinner instead at the Versailles. You might think that was crazy, but we were treated exceptionally well in the Versailles. There is an improved new menu that actually had rack of lamb one night. I was disappointed to learn that NCL has redone the wine by the glass menu. The better wines are now available by the bottle only. Looking at the NCL website, the wine list has not yet been updated. Entertainment wise, we did not go to the theater. We spent our time in the lounges which had very good performers. Disembarking in Tampa was slow. We had yellow luggage tags which should have given us priority, bur we were not allowed into the baggage claim area until all of the luggage had arrived from the ship. All in all, we enjoyed the cruise and will be on the Star in April for the TATL crossing.
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