The Norwegian Star is a pretty ship with colorful decor and a gorgeous dining room. However, and it's a big "however" it has filled up every square inch of public space with 14 a la carte restaurants so that there is not a single place to sit on a chair with your partner and look out the window at the scenery. There used to be a fine observation lounge at the front of the top deck with panoramic windows where you could watch the ship move down the channel. Now that beautiful space has been leased to a spa and the room divided. There are still 12 lounges looking out those panoramic windows but in order to sit there you must fork out $150 to the spa. This is a travesty! Many people who had sailed the ship before were bitterly disappointed. I can only speculate that some ships are moving to make money on every inch of space.
Gone is the card room, the movie theatre, and a separate library. I don't know if their other ships have undergone this transition as well but if they have, be forewarned. I would choose Princess, Celebrity, Holland America, or Royal Caribbean to do this cruise.
One of the ports was Prince Rupert where it rains almost constantly. There is little other than the museum to see and that has been sewn up by the cruise line so it is really a useless port when they could have stopped instead at Vancouver or Victoria, both glorious cities. No doubt hey are cutting costs but the passenger doesn't get any benefit. Someone needs to wake up Norwegian.