I recently cruised on the Norwegian Star with a girlfriend and we needed separate spaces. We were booked in the best suite of the Star with angled floor to ceiling windows that allowed us a view of the captain's bridge and a panorama of the Baltic Sea. The suite had a huge bathroom with double sinks.
It was more cost effective for us to have a suite than buying two separate staterooms.
We had a butler who brought us sandwiches and chocolate covered strawberries in the afternoon and wine anytime we wanted. We had a multi-lingual, very personable concierge who helped us with priority disembarkations. Our room could be divided with a pocket wall and lots of curtains (which were a bit too abundant) so we could each have our own space. The suite was so luxurious that we didn't participate in onboard activities other than lectures on amber and Faberge in preparation for our tour of St. Petersburg.
We did not book excursions through the cruise line either but chose More
to book our own tour of St. Petersburg and book the Hop On Hop Off buses in other ports.
The ship's restaurants were very good, except for the buffet, which was only suitable for a light lunch, in our opinion. Because the Star has "Freestyle Cruising," the specialty restaurants, each with a cover charge, were excellent but the cover charge did add up.
After ten days aboard ship, I still could not decipher port from starboard, as each side looked the same. We had a frustrating time navigating the ship because of poor signage. Also, we would ask directions, only to find we were stopped by closed doors, etc. and had to either go up or down a level to locate where we were going.
The crew was friendly and efficient, but the passengers were rude, crowding onto the elevators and basically being glum and dour. What's that about??
The first port in Germany was very poor, although we opted not to travel to Berlin.
The ATM was located in the casino and not usable while in port, so there was no way to obtain cash before disembarking unless one had used the ATM prior to docking.
The onboard shops were tacky, the jewelry very common and over-priced. I would like to see higher quality "resort" wear. The "Russian Bazaar" had horribly overpriced, cheap and tacky gifts but the authentic stacking dolls and lacquer boxes were lovely. The amber was overpriced and had poor settings, thus was not purchased.
All in all, however, an excellent experience. Less
Beautiful suite with 4 floor to ceiling windows, two of which were angled so that the captain's bridge was visible. Two lounge chairs by the window was our entertainment for the week! The bathroom was big, with a tub and large shower and double sinks. Since I was traveling with a girlfriend, I had the pull-out couch, which was old and uncomfortable. There was a pocket wall that could be pulled out for privacy as well as an over-abundance of curtains. Perhaps mini-blinds would be best on the windows.