6 People: Wife & I, Daughter & Partner, 2 grand kids (6 & 9yrs). Flew from Syracuse to NOLA; overnighted in NOLA at O'Keefe Plaza Hotel (2-star, low budget); boarded the "Star" around 1400hrs without any delays in embarkation process; luggage arrived in cabin by 1600hrs; just an overall smooth process even with the 2 kiddies.
2 cabins: 8086 & 8082; double bed with pullman in each; plenty of room for the 3 people in each cabin.
Cabin#'s 8086 & 8082: Very quiet (important for us); clean; good (standard) layout; ample closet space, mirrors, shelving; plenty of drawers; enough space for 3 in each cabin; bathroom layout good with separate doors for shower & toilet areas, ample shelves & mirror; standard bathroom amenities but they were wall-mounted and prone to be awkward to use; obstructed view but that doesn't matter for us as we spend little time in the cabin; ample space under the bed to store suitcases.
Cabin #8082 exception: the cabin is too close to crew stairway and storeroom and is prone to some noise early each morning around 0630hrs when the cabin stewards are getting prepared for the days duties.
Cabin Stewards: efficient, friendly; met whatever needs we requested.
Entertainment: various good acts and very good performances by the Ship's dancers & singers. We attended all evening shows (1930hrs) and were quite pleased and well entertained.... even our grandchildren enjoyed themselves at the shows.
Food: good; well prepared; good selection; overall very good service. We choose "Anytime Dining" & with the grand kids we ate around 1730hrs & had no waiting to be seated.
Versailles DR is the more elegant dining venue versus the smaller Aqua DR.
We were disappointed that the dress code for dinner in the Aqua DR was not enforced.
Consequently the wearing of shorts, flip-flops, sneakers, sportswear, t-shirts, ball caps, torn jeans, etc. was tolerated.
However, proper dinner attire for the Versailles DR was required.
Its unfortunate because the Aqua DR is a really nice, more intimate dinner venue.
Casual dining at Market cafe (Buffet style, deck 12): plenty of choices; plenty of behind-the-counter servers offering assistance; easy access to beverage dispensers for coffee, tea, milk, juices, etc.
Seating can become an issue as we were looking for 6 seats all together; most times we ate outside poolside as the weather was delightful (compared to Canadian December temperatures).
Kid's Planet: a God send; councilors are great and plentiful; various ages of children accommodated; spacious area with many separate rooms for various different activities for the various ages; open through to 2200hrs each day with add'l for-fee sitting services available.
The water slides and pool were a hit with the kiddies during the sea days and when port exploring was finished.
Excursions: We booked 1 excursion in Honduras; The Dolphin Encounter & Tabyana Beach (somewhat pricey). My wife and I did this on a previous cruise and knew the Kids would love it.... and they did.
Disembarkation was a breeze... we elected to do the "Easy Walk Off" carrying our own luggage as we were staying in NOLA for 3 Post-cruise nights.
We stayed at the Best Western French Quarter Hotel (3+ stars) with a great location just on the fringe of the French Quarter. The next few days were taken up with visiting the various attractions offered by this great city.
Overall, the cruise was great; the Ports-of-Call were great; the ship and service were great; the stay in NOLA was also great.
This getaway cruise comes recommended by us.