Allow me to begin by saying that I read nearly every review out there. I was a little nervous after reading them however it was not nearly what as many of the reviews made it out to be. This was only our second cruise and this by far beat out the past cruise. We arrived in Seattle the day before and did a little sight seeing. We had wonderful weather while we were there and fell in love with the city! Come Saturday morning we were ready to get our vacation started. We arrived at the port early to avoid any major lines. The staff was very nice and knew exactly what was going on. From the time we checked in until we were on the ship it took less then 10 minutes. Well organized! Once we got on the ship we decided to do a little exploring to get familiar with the surroundings. We quickly found our stateroom and to our surprise it was ready, early at that. We had an inside room and although it's not spacious it was just fine. We didn't go on this trip to stay in our room anyway! The room had everything we needed and met our needs nicely. After checking out our room we went back out to find other areas we would be enjoying for the week ahead.
Everyone always talks about the food on the ships and trust me there were plenty of choices! We ate at the Blue Lagoon a few times, wonderful cheeseburgers! We also ate at Aqua for lunch several times. Service was slow one day but the other times it was just fine. It gave us an opportunity to meet some new people. We were on vacation so we had no reason to rush. The food choices were great. We ate at Versailles every night but one. The staff were very nice and rather quick. We did eat at one speciality restaurant. We decided to try Cagney's and were so delighted we did. The food was excellent, well worth the additional charge. I wish we would have ate there one additional time but we will save it for our next trip. Upon leaving Seattle there was a huge buffet out on the pool deck. Although we did not try any food at that time it all looked wonderful! The second to the last night there was a chocolate buffet. Believe me, you will want to try this out. My only advice, wait about 30 minutes. They have a ton of choices so they will not run out. It started at 11pm and nearly everyone went at this time. Give it a few minutes for the overly eager people to get in and out then go. We waited until about 30 minutes after it began and the lines moved smoothly and not nearly as many people were there. I recommend trying a little over everything.
The entertainment on the ship was outstanding!! The shows each night kept us wanting to come back every other night. The shows were only about an hour long but worth every minute. One suggestion...get there early for a good seat they fill up quickly.
The ports we stopped at were great. Although it was the end of the season as we were the last cruise for the Star this season we never felt like it. The excursions we booked were good. Our favorite were the Yukon Horseback riding and Canoeing in Skagway and the Whale Watching and Lighthouses in Prince Rupert. They were awesome and would do them all over again!
Despite the fact that it rained every day, we had a fantastic time! The staff onboard the Star were so nice and helpful. Everyone from the Reception Desk to our Room attendants to the Photo Gallery employees everyone was always smiling and greeting us each and everytime we saw them. The ship was beautiful and very clean.
One last thing, I read in a few of the past reviews about the announcements everyday. Yes they do announce things but they are always short and just want to give our friendly reminders or the captain is telling you about the current conditions. They aren't played inside your cabins until it's time to leave at the end of your trip. It's not that bad!
This trip to us was one in a million. We can't wait for our next trip with NCL and are already starting to plan it!! Trust me, you will not be disappointed! We had a "smashing" time!!