This was our eighth cruise and our sixth with NCL. It was a repositioning cruise departing from New York, luckily the week before the big storm hit that city. As we travelled down the Atlantic, we had no indication of there being a storm as our ship likely sailed around it.
From the moment we boarded, we were greeted by outstandingly friendly crew members. These greetings, such as "good morning", "how are you", "good evening". etc. continued throughout the cruise by each and every crew member, along with a smile. We felt that they were genuine in their intent and it made the cruise very pleasant.
The food in every area of the included dining areas was varied and good and we didn't feel it was necessary to eat in the paid restaurants. We like the freestyle cruising offered by NCL because it is more relaxed and allows you to eat when hungry rather than on a schedule. We have experienced the scheduled seating and the formal evenings and although they were nice, the other option is much better.
The Versailles restaurant was classy with very professional, friendly waiters who delivered a lovely dining experience. We were amazed at how in the very bustling atmosphere, the meal was delivered in good time and without a sense of being rushed.
We ate in the Aqua dining room twice, but although the waiters again delivered friendly, good service, the decor and atmosphere was very basic.
Our cabin was clean and well kept and we appreciated the larger sized shower even though we aren't large people. Our cabin steward was attentive and efficient.
The evening entertainment wasn't quite as good as we have seen on our others cruises, although adequate. The exception was the production called the "Elements" which was outstanding and beyond belief in it's special effects and performances.
We will choose NCL again and can say that the Star definitely reflects it's nickname, "The Happy Ship".