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Tu4shore
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
10 helpful votes
The Star has a lot to like: the hotel staff including the cruise director, restaurant and passenger service are outstanding and the entertainment is excellent. Unfortunately, despite a great crew the ship and company get three stars from ... Read more
bamaguy
Member Since 2007
1 review
63 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the new and exciting ports of call on the original itinerary. However, in Dec 2016, the NCL Star had one engine problem forcing them to drop Ho Chi Min City and Bangkok from the itinerary. We only found out about ... Read more
TheBri
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for the variety of ports. When we discovered in December that 2 ports had been discontinued due to propulsion system failure. We (2 couples) immediately requested a cancellation refund as we were concerned about ... Read more
Pompey John
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
We joined the ship in Hong Kong having selected this cruise as a special holiday to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary. We had already been advised that two ports of call were cancelled because of an Azipod engine problem. When ... Read more
tinselgirl
Member Since 2012
1 review
90 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We joined the ship in Hong Kong for a 21 night cruise. The itinerary was NOT what we had hoped for due to the azipod problems which was very disappointing. I am basing this review on the ship itself as that was very positive and we had ... Read more
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Alan157
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We had experienced one cruise previously, on the Jewel, so that is all I can compare to. Despite several itinerary changes due to a failed azipod drive, more days at sea, no Thai stop and no website excursions, we were still attracted ... Read more
guismilee
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
1. They changed the itinerary twice due to mechanical problems, which caused us to lose money on hotels. Thailand, which was the highlight of the cruise, was cancelled. 2. Prior to leaving we called about visas and both Norwegian and ... Read more
MGBark
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We have cruised aboard the NCL Star before and this cruise had the usual friendly yet often terrible service. Even in the specialty restaurants NCL expected one server to serve our party of ten along with another table of 4, 6 or 8. It ... Read more
CapitalElle
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Despite a rocky start with the changed itinerary, this turned out to be one of my favorite cruises. The ship was a very comfortable size, and some of the newer bars and restaurants made it more fun than other NCL ships I've been on. (Five ... Read more
intrepidone
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
39 forum posts
27 helpful votes
We chose this cruise based solely on itinerary. We have a dozen cruises on NCL which we prefer because of its informality and its short, port heavy itineraries. And the food quality, presentation and choices have demonstrably improved ... Read more
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creative critic
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Really not a lot to laud about NCL's Asia cruise on the Star. First, the Star itself is an antiquity, particularly when compared with any vessel in Royal Caribbean's fleet, and I'm being truly objective. The Star and the Jewel are well ... Read more
beryldennis46
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was our first experience of what we consider to be a long cruise. We booked because of the intended itinerary which was supposed to be Hong Kong, Tiwain, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore. However because of Propeller ... Read more
psekand
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We had planned on a large family reunion and had focused our search in the south-east Asia region. Living in Canada, none of us had ever travelled to this part of the world due to the very lengthy flight to get there. NCL had advertised ... Read more
Akire2017
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was the worst cruise ever-saved up my leave to take this break-Hong Kong to Singapore (22 Dec16-6Jan17)-itinerary changed several times 1st informed morning of cruise but already in Hong Kong-only 2 ports visited between above ... Read more
teamflames
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
987 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
After several cruises on Celebrity we decided to try NCL for my wifes birthday. We had just sailed a very similar itinerary on X Millenium for Xmas and NYE. Our concerns started several weeks before the cruise when we read about the ... Read more
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phi
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
The Norwegian Star cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore 22th of December suffered from itinerary changes because of a broken Azipod. The communication from NCL was totally insufficient when it was already known from the forums that the ship ... Read more
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ad144
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Went on a land tour of China before embarking on the cruise from Hong Kong and found out about the propulsion problem while in China. Upset at first but decided to make the best of it. Yes some ports had to be deleted and itinerary ... Read more
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gas swanny
Member Since 2013
1 review
28 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise because of the great ports it was to visit. There was to be 4 ports we had not been to and this was a winner for us. So excited NCL coming to Australia on a more regular basis.Unfortunately the ship had Azipod ... Read more
bnb1975
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We are currently living in Asia and wanted to "sample" the travel options available and this cruise was the perfect solution. Our family loves cruising, there's something for everyone. This particular cruise offered a good mix ... Read more
Gnomekiller
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as it went to some interesting places which we would not otherwise have traveled to such as Taiwan and Cambodia and also because my husband had been to Vietnam but I had not. Unfortunately due to Azipod problems on ... Read more
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scotthardie9
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
First time cruiser so did not know what to expect. Arrived in Hong Kong to Commence Holiday on the 19th was informed of major itinerary changes due to propulsion problems on the 21st even though NCL knew of issues over a week prior. Too ... Read more
winty
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
19 forum posts
3 helpful votes
First time wth NCL, but done many cruises before. Not a good start with the azipod issue and went from 7 ports to only 3. Extremely disappointing especially as we did not go to the ports we all really wanted to go to. However, we decided ... Read more
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Matriarch Travelor
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
The Norwegian Star had propulsion problems. According to Cruise Critic reviews, this happened in October also, but I don't know. When I read about the problems on Wednesday, December 14, I called Norwegian Cruise line and was told ... Read more
stevechinfs
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was my second cruise with Norwegian. We went to the cruise terminal in Singapore around 2 PM and had to wait in line for 3.5 hours before we could check in. It was chaos and the people that were doing the boarding were not really ... Read more
socwat
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I'm struck by how many things cruisecritic reviewers find to complain about, not just on cruises in general but in particular, on the Norwegian Star's new itinerary from Dubai to Singapore and on to Hong Kong. My wife and I signed up for ... Read more
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