NCL Star does not shine: Norwegian Star Cruise Review by phissy
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NCL Star does not shine
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
Quality of food in buffet was poor. Blue Lagoon and MDR had better quality of food. The climate for this cruise is very hot and humid. It was a More challenge to get a glass of ice water. The staff wanted to sell only the bottled water, especially around the pool area.
The average age of the passengers doing this long of a cruise is much older than other cruises. This reflects in the lack od nighttime activity on the ship.
The Star is scheduled for dry dock next year and it is sorely needed. Hopefully it will include a complete overhaul of the galleys and buffet dining areas. I have seen better cafeterias in hospitals and high schools. The Stars buffet dining areas are totally depressing and the only public space for many passengers to spend the day playing cards or board games.
The on air channel for the information from the bridge is broken. Everyday the ships time is N/A. The pools are ALWAYS listed as the same temp. The maps to show our progress always showed we were still in Colombia. Again, this may be on this list for repairs. Also, they should repair the giant dent in the AFT portion of the ship. Wonder how it happened.?
Our embarkation was a nightmare. We had to discard our water bottles at check in and then were held for 5 hours in terminal without chairs, water and a locked Ladies Restroom.
Many of the elderly were not able to stand for the duration and had to try and sit on the floor. Many looked ill. We were not told of the reason of the delay. We were told there was an inspection taking place of the terminal. It was actually of the ship, we found out later.
We would do this itinery again, just never on the Star. Less
Cabin review: 12530
Good size for extended and long cruises. Plenty do space for a couple , maybe ok for family with small children. Mini fridge does not stay cold so, not good for milk or formula for kids.
StarBreeze Panama Canal
Island Princess Panama Canal
Overall, A Good Trip