Great food, shows and entertainment amazing, but a couple let downs

Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 24, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Star
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 5088
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

We had a great time on the ship. Being a smaller ship, didn't have the "wow" factor with initial reaction. The food was awesome, we got the dinner package, Cagney's steak house was so good we changed our reservation to go to it twice. The Moderno was amazing also, we couldn't get everything it was so much food. The Cuchina place, Italian food, was pretty good. The staff did there best to sing to us for our anniversary, they are not for the main stage for sure, but loved the heart behind it.

The shows, although as a musician, was a little let down by the mostly canned music, the talent of the performers, dancers, acrobats, comedian and all the costumes, the lights. I was very impressed. 

The couple of let downs, from what we know from other ships, the drink service was very limiting. NO DIET COKE Sad the wife sad. With the unlimited soda package it was very limiting the locations and the waits were discouraging. Other ships have self serve drink fountains, much better. Also, no adult only section, solitude, or space. I know this is a smaller ship but would have been nice to have a section for adults, a little more relaxing. 

The service was ok. Our wait staff was very kind, and room attendant very accommodating. But walking around the ship, the workers over all didn't seem very happy. We had a few very happy and giving but, just a general unhappy. 

The getting in and out of the ship, whether for ports or the first and last day, very impressed. I don't know if we just happened to time it well each time, or what, but very happy with the efficiency of getting on and off. Not a lot of unnecessary waiting.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Loved the singers, dancers, acrobats and comedian. Bummed not live music with shows. Some of the side shows were really great. The Hawaiian trio guys in the atrium, and the Rhythm and Blues group in Gatsbys, amazing.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our room attendant, and the head waiter at Cagney's was great. Other than that, most were just satisfactory.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
As mentioned above Alvin was great and very attentive. We didn't want him in to early, on days we took our time and worked out before showering, he worked around whatever we wanted.
5 out of 5
If you can work you way down toward the light house, The Beach area down there is great.
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