We sailed on the April 7, 2007 sailing of the Norwegian Star to the Mexican Riviera. We have sailed on Carnival and RCL before, first time on NCL. We were a group of 16 (8 adults and 8 children).
We arrived about 11 a.m. and were onboard by 11:45 a.m.. Of course our rooms were not ready, but the food was. So we had lunch and looked around till they announced that our rooms were ready at about 1:30 p.m.. Luggage arrived shortly after.
The cabin seemed small at first, but once we put everything away it was alright just the right size (for sleeping,bathing,and dressing). We really didn't spend to much time in the cabin.
Since there were 16 of us we would split up and go in groups and do things. And we done lots of things (watched mostly all the shows,ping pong tourney,dodgeball tourney,shuffle board tourney,animal towels folding,poker tourney,ect) The first 2 days we spent on the pool deck, everyone came and went all day. Lots of R&R.
As for food, lots of selection on board this ship. We did not try any of the pay restaurant, didn't see any need for it. Service was great every where we ate at. Blue Lagoon, and the Poolside BBQ were the kids favorites. Oh, I almost forgot the kids would take turns hosting room service parties in there cabins late at night.
As for the ship it is very well kept, there are lots of public place to hang out and just chill. We spent lots of time in the game rooms. We watched most of the activities at pool side, lots of fun.
Acapulco, I had booked Rosie ($30pp). There were other people form this site that joined us, so there were 25 of us. So we had 2 vans. Word of caution is you book Rosie make sure you are in her van, because she is excellent and really knows Acapulco. As you have probably read you get your moneys worth with her. We got back to the ship around 11:30 p.m.. She takes you place that no one else will ever take you to. I give her tour a 10 out of 10 and will be using her next time we are in Acapulco.
Zih/Ixtapa, we hired another van for the day ($15pp). He showed us around the small fishing town, and then took us to Ixtapa Island. You have to take a panga over to the island, but once there its very nice. Ixtapa was everyones favorite port.
Puerto Vallarta, We hired another van ($15pp) and headed straight to Chico's Paradise. Spent all day there in the water,on the zip lines,and horseback riding. Then headed back to town and shopped before heading back to ship.
Cabo San Lucas, We hired a panga ($8pp) to take us out to our own private beach were he dropped us off for about two hours. We had our own beach party, since we brought our ice chest full of beer and snack.
Some quick tips. If you bring alcohol with you keep it on your carry on. When you hire vans always haggle over price. Except for Rosie which you have to set up way in advanced. Also you are allowed to drink in the vans so have the driver stop at the OXXO (7-11) and stock up.
Overall we and a great time and everyone is ready to do it again. Freestyle is the way to go, no worries is what they should call it. The Norwegian Star is a great ship, and has a top notch crew. As for the ports of call all are good.