Family of three traveled from Washington, D.C. to Copenhagen two days before cruise departure. Selected Norwegian for itinerary, departure date, and price. We were very pleased with the entire experience. We have sailed with Norwegian in the past and haven't been "blown away" with previous cruises (Hawaii, Alaska). No specific complaints, but we did not become "loyal" or diehard Norwegian cruisers after our previous experiences. As a result, we were really viewing the cruise as a "floating hotel" that enabled us to visit cities in Northern Europe. We were pleasantly surprised.
First, embarkation was a painless. Second, the ship is very nice. I have read several reviews about the ship and criticisms about the condition and cleanliness of the boat. I thought the Star was in great shape and very clean. No complaints. Our cabin was great. Very roomy, clean, and quiet. We had an inside cabin on the 4th deck. Again, very happy with the cabin. An inside cabin was great for us. The days are long in the Baltic during the summer and the sun stays up until around midnight. Having an inside cabin really helped us sleep. Also, being on the 4th deck was really beneficial on the days in port. We were able to get off the boat very quickly and were able to avoid the long lines that formed as passengers waited to get off the ship.
The food and dining were great. We ate breakfast in the Market Café buffet. Most lunches were on our own as we were touring and did not want to take time to go back to the ship for lunch. Dinners were mostly at Aqua. We loved it. The servers usually remembered us and were really great. Also eat at Versailles. Very nice, but we preferred Aqua. We did not eat at the specialty restaurants with one exception. My son wanted to sushi for lunch one day so we stopped by Ginza to order some. We did not realize that the restaurant closed at 2:00. It was well past 2:00 when we arrived to order the sushi. The waiter and chef went ahead and made him some sushi which was very kind of them to do.
I usually don't care for the entertainment on cruises because it is a little "cheesy" and poorly executed. I was very impressed with the entertainment I saw on the Star. The quality was very high. One night an opera singer entertained in the theater. She was great. The magician and acrobats were also very good. The final show, "Elements" was very impressive and entertaining. It was one of the best shows I have ever seen on a cruise ship.
We did not use the cruise line for any of our tours or excursions. We booked tours of Berlin and St. Petersburg with Alla Tours. They were very good. Although it was a long bus ride - 2.5 to 3 hours - I'm really happy we went to Berlin. Fascinating to see a city that has played such a huge role in world history. St. Petersburg was wonderful. We toured Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki, and Stockholm on our own using hop-on hop-off buses or boats.
We used the gym to exercise. It was usually busy, but I was always able to find a bike or stairmaster. Disembarking was equally easy and efficient.
All in all, we had a great trip on the Star and would recommend it to others.