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Norwegian Star Cruise Review by beatrice

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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star
Member Name: beatrice
Cruise Date: December 2004
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Cabin Category: IA
Cabin Number: 10653
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 1.0
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 2.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 2.0
Service Not Rated
Value-for-Money Not Rated
Rates 4.0
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We were pleasantly greeted as we got on board, (around 3) after a 3 hr delay getting on, due to immigration delays with the crew (so we were advised). Prior to that it had been very easy and organized, We'd arrived around 11 and were told normally they would've started boarding at noon. Latitude members line and non member lines were moving the same.

We were pleasantly surprised that our inside cabin was not really as small as we were afraid it would be. Large suitcases fit easily under the 2 beds or 1 in closet floor. Lots of shelf space also. As others have said, bathroom had a nice shower door, decent space for items. Air conditioning always worked great, room maintained by 2 stewards, was always fresh and clean, and they were extremely nice to us, anything extra we needed, we just asked and it was there. It was nice we were able to order for every day delivery a newspaper.

However overall ,the food, as others have written, was terrible, really bad 90 % of the time, and enough for it to be a consideration not to travel this company again. We are not sure how we feel about this free style dining which is one of the reasons we booked this cruise.

If you want to drop the $10.00 a day person charge go to the reception desk, and they will. We opted to not pay to eat in the many (too many we felt) cover charge dining rooms, as we felt we'd already paid. We felt it was ridiculous to pay a huge cover charge before you've even ordered.

There was usually a huge wait in the free Versailles or Aqua dining rooms for dinner, Aqua we believed to have the better food and service. We'd ordered lobster for dinner 1 night. After an hour wait it arrived cold, shriveled up, hard. We returned it and left, after speaking to the head dining person who wrote what we said. It went on with the bad food. We ended up chatting with a lady in charge of the food and beverage control who appeared concerned, yet defensive. She tried to make it up to us, but we still stand by our opinion the food was awful. Bread always arrived cold, hard, many times. Fruit ordered was presented not fresh, always small portions. The personnel was very, very nice (except for a hostess or 2 at Versailles). Bartenders, waiters, etc., all helpful and attentive and polite.

One of us didn't mind the shows, 1 disliked completely. We enjoyed having a theatre, very nice indoor spa, Bingo. Most activities not geared to our 40 something ages however. We thought it bad minors allowed in the bar areas. We thought Internet way over priced. Our favorite bar was Red Lion Pub -- had good fish/ chips after 6. Casino had nice appetizer spread late in evenings also. We thought it nice there were several functions that served free drinks.

Overall, we had a great time, because a trip is what you make it. We just think they should eliminate all together the paid restaurants and have better food in the free. Didn't we pay for that? Also 2 free restaurants needed reservations, often hard to get. The concept of eating when you want is great, but the paid is not. Anyone feel free to email me with questions.

Publication Date: 01/19/05
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