This was our 10th cruise with NCL but first time on the Star. Our fourth time to Bermuda.
We parked at the pier and embarkation went very smoothly. Lunch in Versailles and rooms were ready. Minor issues were taken care of immediately with just one call to reception. Our room steward Moe was excellent. Friendly with the gift of anticipating our needs and routine. Towels always replaced, ice bucket always filled, room always made up with just one spin of the dial at the door. His talent with the towel animals was amazing. Towel animals are always cute but in all our cruises I have never seen such detail.
Met up with some of our CC roll call for sail away. Weather was good. We had two nice sea days. Pool area tended to be crowded but we always found a seat. So much going on it's hard to choose what to do.
Our Meet & Greet Meeting was well attended. Captain Kenneth and many of the officers attended. As I heard so much on this board, Sean the Hotel Manager is fantastic and during the cruise, all the officers were very visible and great to talk to. Our Group Service Coordinator, Anne, was exceptional in helping with our Cruise Critic Meeting and Bridge Tours. She went above and beyond to make this, our anniversary cruise, full of fun and surprises.
Entertainment was great. Band on the Run, Shark Bait and Elements were favorites.
Bermuda was beautiful. We managed to dodge the raindrops on Wednesday and do almost everything we planned. This year we decided to do the historical route with the Bermuda National Trust. They offer a combination ticket for $10 and it covers three sites Tucker House, Verdmont, and the Bermuda National Trust Museum at the Globe Hotel (Rogues & Runners).
We started at the Tucker House in St. George's. The tour covers a good deal of Bermuda history. We were then directed to Rogues and Runners at the Globe Hotel. This tour offers a great video about the founding and development of the island. Upstairs they have a detailed display of the early history of Bermuda (they called themselves "privateers") and Bermuda's role in the Civil War and the Blockade. We were supposed to go to Tobacco Bay but a big black clouded ended that so we had lunch at the White Horse Pub and then took a train tour on the Olde Town Railway. Great way to see St. George's.
Verdmont is off the south shore so we did that the next day (#1 bus from Hamilton). Beautiful estate and again covers much of Bermuda's early days (also read that it's haunted). They had a tea set supposedly being sent to then President Madison by Napoleon Bonaparte that was "intercepted" by a "privateer.
We really enjoyed all three of these sites (didn't see any ghosts), saw a lot of the island going back and forth to them on the bus and ferry and still had plenty of time for Horseshoe Bay.
On the last day we stayed at the Dockyard. We had a wonderful Bridge Tour in the morning and met up again with our roll call. The bridge is so interesting and it was nice to see everyone again.
We then went to do some shopping and of course the beach at Snorkel Park. They do charge now but we feel it's worth it. One last dip in that beautiful turquoise water.
To sum it up, Bermuda is beautiful. But the "star" of the cruise was the Star.
The Star is an older ship but is well maintained and immaculate. You don't have to be new and shiny to be the best. What she lacks in not having two pools or a bowling alley is easily made up with her decor and the amazing Officers, Staff and Crew and they are what makes the Star shine.