Norwegian Star Cruise Review by high_seas: Great cruise!
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Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Had a great cruise from NYC to Bermuda. We were a little concerned how getting in/out of NYC would be, but it was VERY easy - I think especially helped by the fact that we went out and came back on a Sunday. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Here's a tip for disembarkation: get one of the porters to bring the luggage through customs - he brought us right to the front of the line and then brought the luggage right up to our car which was parked at the port; it was WELL worth the $20 we tipped him!
The Star is showing some age, but it is still a nice ship. Unlike other cruises we've been on, the senior officers were quite visible throughout the cruise. Entertainment was quite good (always a strong point for NCL); the cruise director was OK, but we liked the cruise director on the Dawn last year much better (he was hilarious and had a voice like the Geico gecko). The Elements show was very good.
Here's a tip on food for vegetarians: Ronnie in Ginza More set us up so that we could request vegetarian Indian food at any restaurant on any night. It was VERY good Indian food which we enjoyed immensely!
The real "stars" of the Star in our opinion were the youth staff - they did an AWESOME job! We had 3 children with us - ages 4, 5, and 15. Our 15 year old really enjoyed hanging out and doing things with the other teens. Our 4 and 5 year olds had a super time with the youth program. The youth workers are absolutely top notch and they have done such an awesome job. While they were all really great, our favorite was Tizzle; this guy is just so nice and engaging with the kids. He was also on the Dawn last year and it BLEW us away that when we first went up to the youth room he recognized our 4 year old and called him by name with a loud cheery greeting. Tizzle, I don't know if you ever read these reviews, but thank you SO MUCH for the love and attention and energy you show the kids!!! The other workers are also so amazing - I don't remember all the names, but thanks to Casper, Princess Tianna, Springs, Twinkle. You guys are amazing! The theme nights (pirates, prince and princess), the Circus Du Jour, pajama party, all the face painting - everything was just amazing. I really can't express enough the high quality of their program! Bella and Bubba absolutely loved it! NCL, keep up the good work.
We also like taking exercise classes on-board. We're not exercise freaks, but it is fun doing some different classes (pilates, stretching, abs). The two staff members heading up these classes were very capable, but the young lady in particular seemed a little too intense for my liking. Less
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