We stayed in New Orleans 3 days prior to our cruise and I highly recommend this. So much to see, spend time in the French Quarters, go to Brouban Street. You will not be disappointed. We took the trolly to the French Market ( go early to avoid the rush). In the French Market, Prices are high for what you are getting, so buyer beware. Next stop was Jackson Square- a must for all. From there we walked to Brouban Street and had a wonderful time. . Right next to Harrah's casino is " Mannings" owed by Patton Mannings dad.- excellent food, service and moderately priced. Highly recommend it!
Now onto the cruise. We usually cruise with Princess and RCL, so this was the first time with Norwegian . What a mistake. Our cabin had a baloney that had what appeared to be a old rusty chair and a lounge chair, that could only be used as a chair. Very small baloney and the outdoor carpet was disgusting. Our cabin was also very tiny compared to the baloney rooms on the other ships. Storage space is More
minimal, we put our suitcases under the bed to have room in the closet.
Food- was terrible, no taste and limited selection. We ate in the main dining room every night, except one and was very disappointed. In comparison to other cruise lines, this is the worst food we have ever had. Several nights, I just got a salad and appetizers, as the main selection, had been served previous nights. The steak is tough, the salmon is frozen and tasteless, the chicken- you could make better at home, even the fillet was so tough, our whole table sent it back. Our server was excellent.
Buffet- no servers as on other lines, so you have to get your own drinks ( no big deal). Pizza is horrible, it is frozen and popped in an oven. The best thing on the whole buffet was the pasta!
Crew members were on the whole great!
Entertainment was First Class. Singers and dancers were the best of any cruise line. (As a mother of an professional dancer), I can tell you that these Dancers were excellent.
The western Caribbean was rough, and the ship did not have the stabilizers on, so make sure you take something if you are prone to sea-sickness or you will be sick, as the ship does rock and roll.
Bingo- very expensive and the pot is very small. Only cruise ship I have ever been on that allows kids to play Bingo for free and then they are told that if they win, the parents have to claim the prize.
Casino- a lot of fun, but please note, if you win over 1200.00 you will receive a W2 form . A lot of people were hitting huge amounts the first and second nights of our cruise, as word spread the casino was packed the rest of the cruise , but not many jackpots after the second night.
We were so disappointed with the " Star" that we will not be cruising with Norwegian again. Less
We did the Calypso Train, had an excellent guide and wonderful experience.
Belize is the best port for shopping.
Originally, I was very uneasy about taking this tour. Yes! there are Armed guards at the gates and the ship does tell you not to go outside of the gated area. This was a ship sponsored tour and I did feel safe.
The Submarine Tour was canceled due to rough seas.Again, Norwegian was excellent in refunding our money for the cancelled tour. Instead we did a taxi tour on our own. It was wonderful, we had the driver for 4 hours and went to a beautiful beach for an hour.
In Roatan, we were scheduled for Tabyana Beach and Gumbalimba Park- it was canceled as it was pouring rain. We never left the ship as it poured the whole time we were in port. Norwegian was excellent with refunding our money.