Very nice time: Norwegian Star Cruise Review by mbiagini
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Very nice time
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
SPA: As another reviewer stated the $161 for the SPA access packet is well worth it to get away from the crowds and have some peace and quiet with access to private indoor pool, sauna and steam room. No one under 18 allowed :-)
Food: -> spend the extra money, its well worth it!!! Is was still early in the afternoon and we decided for little snack at the Market Cafe, the place is complete mayhem and the food is really terrible. Over the whole time I only found the burgers and the fresh pasta good. The rest was complete garbage. The first and fourth night we had dinner at Cagney's, the food was very good but the best part was the ambience, very quiet and far away from all the hordes of people invading the main dining rooms. Second/fifth & eighth night dinner at Le Bistro, excellent food and outstanding service (our favorite). Third night dinner at La Trattoria, awful... left us hungry and we went to the other side to the Market Cafe to get some pasta. I immediately cancelled my second reservation to La Trattoria to Ginza. Fourth night, Teppanyaki, fun never had it before. Fifth night, Ginza, excellent Japanese cuisine. They also offered some Chinese dishes; none of them tasted right, still a good experience. One day we tried the Blue Lagoon, ordered Fish and Chips and Chicken Fingers. Fish & fries cold, chicken completely burned... no comment!!!
Casino: What a disappointment, exactly the same machines as 3 years ago (we like to play a little with penny machines). Their loss... we didn't spend any money in there.
Shore Excursions: We hate being hoarded into groups and little vans so usually we just rent a car and explorer ourselves. Acapulco, Ancient Petroglyphs tour, what a bore. After an hour drive up the hill through unbelievably poor and dirty part of the city with murderous traffic we arrived at the site..They give you walking sticks and energy bars because the excursion is most difficult... well, maybe if they didn't stop and wait every 10 steps. The Petroglyphs are interesting... a little... nothing spectacular at all. The views however where great. The rest of Acapulco is just a complete toilet... this is the second time we were there but the dirt and traffic just make it very difficult to enjoy it. Last time we went to see the ancient Fort San Diego, which was great, and you walk there from the port. Zihuatenejo, cute little fisher town to walk around, we didn't do a tour just tender off the ship and walk the boardwalk. Puerto Vallarta: rented a local Jeep ($91 - rip-off), again the traffic was so horrific that one just tried to get away from the town and burn gas. We went south and after the road turned inland there was only jungle.... Miles and miles of jungle... ok enough, back to PVR and return to the ship. Oh well, we don't have to do that again!.. still it was fun. Cabo San Lucas: Stayed on the ship, it was a bit chilly, perfect time for the SPA.
All in all a very nice trip, there is defiantly a science to cruising. Do the research and spend $10-20 extra for the specialty restaurant, it is worth it!!! Less
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