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Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Halifax1959

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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star
Member Name: Halifax1959
Cruise Date: February 2011
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Cabin Category: BA
Cabin Number: 10150
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 3.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 3.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 3.0
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A great week on the Norwegian Star
I took this cruise because of a community band group formed for this trip (adult band musicians bringing their experience and instruments for a week of playing with folks from across the country). I traveled with a friend and we had a great vacation. The winter weather on the Mexican Riviera was sensational -- sunny, dry, pleasant.

The cruise was standard in terms of activities and spaces on the ship. Norwegian hypes freestyle cruising; there were many dining choices. Some of them had a surcharge, and some of those with a surcharge had a surcharge on top of that! which I did not appreciate. The food was generally good.

Motion on this ship was far more noticeable than on other cruises I have taken. I was surprised at the design -- fitness gym in the very back, theater in the very front -- that emphasized the ship's movement in the most public spaces.

Norwegian worked especially hard to keep the ship, all parts of the ship, clean at all times. This was noted and appreciated. Smoking was limited to a very few, very specific parts of the ship. For non-smokers, this too was appreciated.

I am sorry to report that the cruise staff were NOT helpful with the band group part of the trip. We had continuous difficulty getting rehearsal spaces and times appropriate to our group size, even though this had all (supposedly) been arranged ahead of time. There was no bulletin board set up for us to communicate, which was a serious need. We wanted to eat in a group, but were told we could only do so at 5 pm in the largest dining room so it would not be a hassle for the dining room staff.

Publication Date: 02/23/11
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