Panama Canal Cruise on Norweigian Star - January 2011: Norwegian Star Cruise Review by J Sharrock
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Panama Canal Cruise on Norweigian Star - January 2011
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
On board - service was excellent and lots of staff, food excellent but too many restaurants where you had to pay, but the two we went into most nights which we really liked and offered silver service and excellent choices on the menus were free, these were Versailles and Aqua. Just one was a bit more formal that the other.
Breakfast - we had this delivered to your room at no extra cost most mornings, but only continental which suited us fine.
Drinks - we found these a little expensive at over £4 a pint with a compulsory gratuity of 15%. As for tea and coffee none in room on arrival but all we had to do was order it and a fresh coffee machine and tea was delivered.
Entertainment - As with all ships some excellent some middle of the road, odd one totally awful, but then again everyone has different tastes in entertainment and it was geared up to the American audience. Skinny German Juggler Boy was just hilarious and not what we expected at all and the Frankie Valli tribute was also very good. Sinan the Turkish cruise director on ship was very funny and it was his last stint on the Star, not sure which ship he was going to next but NCL have an excellent guy there and should keep hold of him as he is worth his weight in gold to them.
Beauty and sauna facilities - Found these expensive.
Excursions - As usual on cruises most of the trips organised by NCL were expensive for example one was £90 dollars each through NCL and we did the same trip ourselves with a local tour operator and just the two of us for $40 dollars between us.
Hairdryer (for the ladies) just to let you know it was a very good one and not one of those little plastic things that blow out hardly any air.
Stateroom - was very clean and quite spacious. Also the bed was very comfortable with nice white crisp bedding each day and fluffy soft towels daily. Plenty of wardrobe/drawer space and the shower was roomy.
Tips - We paid these upfront $12 dollars each per day however this does not include the bar gratuities, which we were unaware of.
Can I just say that the staff on board all work very hard were always smiling, are very friendly, helpful and courteous and are a total credit to NCL.
All in all we had a fabulous holiday and would definitely sail with NCL again. Less
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