NCL STAR WAS BRILLIANT: Norwegian Star Cruise Review by woodside2012
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NCL STAR WAS BRILLIANT
Destination: Baltic Sea
The other ports we walked into, some were along walk, Tallin was only 20-30 minutes, Helsinki 50 minutes, Stockholm there was a bus but no running on the day we were there because of the Marathon pity the NCL forgot to mention. The NCL were incorrect a couple of times ie Helsinki on the local bus details so check when you arrive at the tourist info.at the Port for details.
We did not go for the Berlin trip 3.5hrs there and 3.50hrs back in a fast train too much.
Great entertainment, usual photos everywhere, $12.00 per day per person for the crew. 15% tax on drinks. We purchased the wine only deal pricey as are all the drinks on board. They advertise the Russian Bazaar for the final night, forget it 400% mark up on the tourist goods so don't delay buy in Copenhagen and Tallin. Stockholm have no idea what to charge.
Everyone is casual on the ship, perhaps too casual sometimes, no shorts in dining rooms in the evening but is good. There are great shows sometimes twice nightly, afternoon talks and films on the TV. Live ban ds, ie violin, piano, guitar in the bars. But when you sit down you feel obliged to buy a drink. There is very little room just to sit around so be aware if the ship is busy then sitting could be at a premium.
We cruised with the Jade in 2012 and had a wonderful time. The Star is exactly the same in layout, cleanliness is an obsession!
English is spoken by all the crew. Spanish and German on the excursions and ship announcements
We left a few pounds heavier. We opted to carry our suitcases off the ship to save time. If you want the crew to take your luggage the night before then you need to go to the reception 36hrs before to collect your baggage tags especially if you have an early flight. We had breakfast at 7.30 walked off the ship at 8.15 then waited for tour Mercedes Taxi which was early, to the airport no delay flight 12.15 and were home via Heathrow for 3.15pm brilliant.
Will go again with NCL in 2014 no question and will book with Cruise 1st Less
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