NCL Norwegian Star - Mexican Riviera - Puerto Vallarta/Cabo: Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Socal Traveler
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NCL Norwegian Star - Mexican Riviera - Puerto Vallarta/Cabo
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Some other things to not let yourself get sucked into is bingo. OMG! People were dumping $30 to $40 just for a 6-pack card for 4 games. Some even bought the machine that plays 144 cards at the same time for like $124. Wanna know what the amazing prizes were? $125 for the first game to close to $200 for the last jackpot game! Now imagine winning and finding out you have to split the pot with 5 others who got bingo too. Wooo Hoooo! You've won $25 bucks! Win another $15 and you break even!
The entertainment at the theater was not real exciting. A comedian was decent, the Second City troupe was fun to watch, but stay away from the other shows. The Cirque Pacific act was like watching a production put on by Perez Hilton, Elton John, and Boy George. Just more flamboyant if you can believe it.
The kids program is TOP NOTCH! I say that with certainty. The kid's staff was well-trained and did a wonderful job with the kids! Our daughter rarely wanted to leave even to eat since she was having such a good time. They do crafts, games, movies, and all sorts of stuff. Being we cruised in the off-season could have made it better than normal since there were not a lot of kids on board (75-100). Their hours run up to 10:30 at night which is also a plus.
As with any cruise, expect the normal crowds. I probably don't need to explain this but if you haven't cruised before you may not know this. Cruises attract lots of the older crowd (blue hairs, Florida retirement community types and Canadian snowbirds). Not to mention a wealth of people that go strictly for the endless plates piled to the ceiling with 15,000 calories worth of food...I'm sure you get the picture but in case you don't they typically look like your plumber with lipstick on. Then there are the people that don't realize how loud and completely ridiculous they sound. Think the Beverly Hillbilly's with a Bud Light in each hand, a cigarette out of both sides of their mouth and beet red skin because they are too numb-headed to understand what sunscreen is. Then there is the other 20 percent...the normal just-wanna-have-fun crowd that has to maneuver through the hordes and masses of all the others.
Having said that...NCL does not do enough to make me want to cruise with them again since there are so many other cruise lines out there. It was enjoyable, just not extremely satisfying for the money you pay. Less
Cabin review: B39716 Family Balcony
Great balcony but if you get revelers late at night like we did, don't leave the sliding glass door open. There was also a nightly gathering of a million smokers 2 floors down right below us on the Deck 7 catwalk. Unless you have a good wind, expect the smell to make it into your room. The bathroom water pressure is okay for a ship and the temp get's hot enough (I like real hot showers)but won't get to the burning level. Bed is split so there is a small gap in the middle. The pull out bed did just fin for our 7-yeear old daughter but would not be big enough for an adult. About 15 hangers. Blow dryer. No iron or ironing board. Coffee maker. Nice clean room overall.Read All Family Balcony (B3) Reviews >>
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