Norwegian Star Cruise Review by rmuck: Picasso Suite was a work of art
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Picasso Suite was a work of art
We booked the owners suite, room 10506 or also known as the Picasso Suite. We live in southern California so wanted a cruise where we could drive to the pier and not have to hassle with planes, etc. We actually went up to Long Beach the night before and stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach.
The next morning we drove over to San Pedro pier and dropped the luggage and parked without hassle. The embarkation line was non-existent at 11:30 for the suites. They do a great job of giving you preferential treatment unlike Princess where they did very little. They had a separate area for the owners suites and the garden villas where they served refreshments. When it was time to board at 11:45, a butler escorted us directly to our suite and showed us the room amenities which included an expresso machine and a laptop computer. (We still paid for internet access).
The size of the suite was wonderful with a living room, dining area, a separate bedroom, a bathroom More with outside windows and a jacuzzi tub, a powder room and a dressing area. And there were two balconies one facing the front of the ship and another on the side (which was private). One drawback was the furniture. While they are trying to create the modern design like Picasso, the furniture was extremely uncomfortable!
The ship overall is very nice. We weren't sure if we were going to enjoy freestyle dining, but we ended up loving it. We had 14 restaurants to choose from, and since we were in a suite we utilized the service of our concierge. She made all of our reservations (which were recommended), got us off the ship on the tender before anyone else, as well as priority disembarkment. Also, if you are booked in a full suite or above, you have access to Cagney's Steakhouse for breakfast and lunch instead of the buffet or the traditional dining rooms. We checked out the buffet only one time and didn't end up eating anything as it wasn't appealing to us and they kept running out of things such as the pizza, or the sandwiches. The only drawback to the specialty restaurants were the fact that most of them charged an additional surcharge of $10-25. Frankly for the price of our suite, this should have been included. I never mind paying for wine or drinks, but with the cover charge it averaged $75 to $100 when you add both in. Multiply this by 7 and you do the math.
We are not huge sun fans but I do enjoy sitting out at the pool on sea days. The design flaw on this ship is that there are no lounge chairs in the shade. It is stadium style, but the only shade around the pool was where they put tables for the outside buffet. No lounge chairs.
The spa was nice and I had a great massage during another sea day. The shore excursions were fun and well organized in each port.
We felt that the entertainment, especially the bands and musicians were fantastic. We were especially impressed with a folk singer named Jana Steele and found ourselves looking for where she was playing everyday. But all of the bands were great. We went to 1/2 of the shows as is our style and they were really well done, especially the chinese acrobats, and the musicians.
While I am not sure that I would repeat the Star, we are definitely going to cruise on NCL again and choose a newer ship. This was our 6th cruise and again they treated their suite patrons better than any other cruise. We went on this cruise to relax and didn't care about the itinerary. We were not disappointed! Less
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