We are back from a wonderful vacation aboard the Norwegian Star and very happy with it. We had great weather, and loved the site seeing tours. This was our second time sailing with NCL and enjoyed the freestyle dining, entertainment and many options that NCL had to offer.
The ship was recently renovated in 2010, but the rooms felt a bit dated, especially the bathroom in the cabin. There were some broken seats in the Stardust theater, and all the elevators had some strange smell, perhaps from the bronze polish. No other issues though as the crew worked hard cleaning and painting to enhance the ship.
FOOD and SERVICE
We dined most nights in the Versailles restaurant which is located in the aft area of the ship. Our Matre D was Deepak Gonsalves and our waiter on most occasions was Collin Rodrigues. Both these guys were amazing and took care of our special meal requests. Collin Rodrigues went the extra mile to come by and help us if he was in the Market Cafe' where we ate breakfast most mornings. Experiences such as these have left a lasting impression.
The food in the Market Cafe' wasn't as good as the restaurants, but it was convenient. Some areas of the Market Cafe did have a bit of an odor, but the staff was top notch.
The onboard entertainment was excellent, but they should have scheduled the good shows at 5 pm / 10 pm so it doesn't interfere with dinner. Jurgos the magician was pretty good and funny. Kyle the cruise director was perhaps one of the only Americans on the crew, and played his role well. He indicated that NCL may go public soon. Sean, the Hotel Director from Austria, Sawant - Restaurant Manager from India were all friendly. The last night show, Elements, was amazing.
This was our first time to Bermuda. What a beautiful and SAFE island! #1 in my list was the Jet Ski tour from Somerset. Next would be Horseshoe bay. We got there really early in the mornings, so we had the beach pretty much to ourselves. Bikes were fun, glass-bottom tour was good too. Bermuda was pretty expensive overall. Paid $300 for 2 bikes as opposed to a fraction at other places.
The M&G was decent where we were promised a Bridge tour and possibly Galley tour (which didn't materialize). The Latitudes party was good where drinks were on the house.
We were pretty sad on our last day at Bermuda, but the crew had music playing, everyone was dancing with a big banner, "We're glad you're back". That made us feel really good.
Make sure you get back on time on the last day at Bermuda. We were on board by 3:00 pm, much before the 4:30 pm deadline, but we saw some people strolling in at 5. They were really lucky to make it as the staff patiently waited for them. 2 people however didn't make it, and I hope they are well.
We can't wait to go back and sail with NCL again!