“Transatlantic on the Norwegian Star”
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This repositioning cruise was so cheap we couldn't resist: a little over $1000 per person for 16 days in a balcony cabin. But we also love sea days, and a repositioning cruise is full of them. Although it did seem that Norwegian had skimped on entertainment, the food was similar to other Norwegian cruises. We don't like freestyle dining and prefer to have a fixed dining time, table, and waiter. So we thought that dining in the two main restaurants, Aqua and Versailles, was chaotic. Many evenings there was a 30 to 45-minute wait for a table. That said, the serving staff worked very hard to make things go smoothly. In fact, the entire staff of the Star made every effort to be helpful, friendly, and upbeat. The real perk of the Star is the spa. Although it costs a hefty fee to use ($215 per person for the 16-day cruise), it has an indoor lap pool (warm water), two huge hot tubs, lounges in the main pool area and two additional relaxation rooms, steam rooms, saunas, and plenty of towels and robes. The Star carries over 2100 passengers, but the spa never felt crowded because only 60 passes are available, and I don't think Norwegian ever sold that many. Using the spa was like having a huge private area away from the crush of the regular crowd. We spent hours there swimming and reading. Oh, and it is in the back on the ship on deck 11, so there are panoramic windows across the entire back wall of the spa and relaxation rooms. Stunning views and serenity - what's not to love.
Norwegian Star Cruises to Transatlantic
  • Sail Date: April 2013
  • Destination: Other
  • Embarkation: New Orleans
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Port and Shore Excursions

Port
Copenhagen is one of the best-run cities we have visited. From the cruise dock, a 15-minute walk takes you to an S train station, which runs straight into downtown/oldtown Copenhagen. The metro system is also efficient and runs to the airport. In Copenhagen, when a pedestrian steps into an intersection, cars stop. Bikes don't, but cars do. Bike lanes are sacred territory. The National Museum in Copenhagen is superb: award-winning organization, cafe with wonderful and inventive food, and free admission. Go.
Port
Weather was cold and wet the day we were in port. There was a shuttle bus that, for $7, ran in a circuit from the castle to the dock. Convenient but time-sucking, as there was a 30-minute wait between buses. The castle is interesting but difficult in bad weather.
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Port
Big city much like many others. We took a boat tour around the Venetian Islands. By the end, we had enough of the houses of the rich and famous. But we also saw baby dolphins swimming there. Surprise.
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We rented a car and drove around the island. There is a car rental agency offering special rates right at the dock pavilion. Roads are easy and scenery is grand. We had to wait for a herd of cows to trot down one road. We didn't know cows could move that fast.
Published 05/22/13
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