Fantastic itinerary, amazing suite, ok ship: Norwegian Star Cruise Review by polly2148
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Fantastic itinerary, amazing suite, ok ship
Destination: Baltic Sea
The ports were excellent...all very interesting and easily accessible from the ship. Except for St. Petersburg, we made our own port More arrangements and were happy with the on/off bus tours and the on/off boat tour in Stockholm. In each city we took the bus around to get a sense of the are, then had lunch/shopping in the old part of each city. Lots of fun and very interesting.
In St. Petersburg we had pre-booked a small group tour with Marina Wilson tours. We saw everything in St. Petersburg in two days at quite a clip! Our guide really went much too fast and we just skimmed so many wonderful places; however we did see it all in the two days! I would like to go back and do the tour at a more liesurely pace, but if I never do, I can say I saw a great deal of the city!
As to the ship...not such a great experience...except for the suite and butler and conceriege.
WE both have cruised before many times and we fould the ship to be difficult to navigate. Signage was not very good and we kept getting turned around and not able to find our way, even after 9 days at sea. The ship was definitely showing its age. We did try the complimentary restaurants on two occasions, but then opted for the speciality ones. There was a world of difference between the two...almost felt like it was part of the "business" plan to make the complimentary restaurants mediocre so we would spend the extra to go to the specialty ones.
We did not attend shows, go to bars, etc. because our room was such a haven so cannot speak to those amenities. The buffet was adequate for a light lunch.
All in all, a good value cruise, although the ship could use some updating. We could find very few areas to sit and read in a quiet place. I had been on the Breakway this winter and loved the wonderful lounge chairs on the decks with lots of privacy. This ship needs some of those comfy chairs!
So...all in all...great itinerary, pay for the suite (it is worth it), and put up with old rather worn out ship to visit amazing places. Less
Cabin review: 12530
Cabin was wonderful!!! A family suite which was perfect for two women traveling together. It cost less to have a suite than two single cabins and such a great decision. there was lots of space for each of us and the main bed are and pull out couch are (another bed) were separated by an entire wooden wall which provided great privacy. The bathroom had two sink areas which also was nice for two people travelling together. We mostly loved the floor to ceiling windows where we could sit and watch the beautiful scenery of the area.