Norwegian Star Cruise Review by sunnykat: Glacier Glimpse
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We just returned from cruising the inside passage to Alaska with stops @ Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Prince Rupert, BC. We cruised to Alaska two years ago on the Pearl and loved it so returning was never in question. We selected the Star this trip because it offered a slightly different itinerary. We sailed into Tracy Fjords @ 4 PM and arrived for our very brief, glacier glimpse @ 630 PM. Oh so disappointing. It was nothing compared to our previous trip on the Pearl which arrived @ 8AM and stopped directly in front the of the glacier for quite awhile. The pictures from that trip were stunning.
We were happy that we had chosen an excursion to the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau because that was an up close and personal experience.
The second disappointing part was Prince Rupert, BC. The people were friendly and helpful but there is little to see or do in the town. We arrived @ 4 and stayed til 10 PM. Most everyone returned to the ship within an hour and most definitely More dined aboard ship as the town only had 2 restaurants that we noted. We are puzzled as to why the Star chose this stop. On our Pearl cruised we stopped in Victoria, BC which was a lovely location with plenty to see and do.
That said, the Star was fantastic. The staff were very service oriented and friendly. We stayed in a suite because we like the space, the butler and concierge service and the private dining options for breakfast and lunch. We also uitilized the specialty restaurants and can say that we had excellent food @ both Cagney's and Le Bistro. Our main dining room experiences were good but did not qualify as great. The Spa was fair.
The weather for our trip was very cold and rainy. If you are heading out soon, take along a good rainjacket, a layer for warmth such as a fleece vest, sensible, waterproof footwear and gloves/neckscarf just in case you need them. Less
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Cabin review: Norwegian Star
We selected a family suite, 12016. The room is large and has window walls but no balcony. The view is quite nice. There is an area for dining, an area with a sofa (makes into a bed) and two chairs. These spaces can be curtained off from the main bed/sleeping area. The bathroom is roomy with two sinks, a shower and a separate tub. There is plenty of storage everywhere plus an espresso coffee maker. The room was mostly quiet. In the very early morning, we heard footsteps above us as the crew began to prepare the pool area for the day. This suite came with a butler and concierge plus access to private dining in Cagney's for breakfast and lunch. We very much enjoyed the privileges. The concierge will make all your reservations, solve issues, etc. The butler brings a late afternoon snack daily, stocks the room with coffee, your favorite beverages, personally manages your room service orders, etc. Also, you get VIP embarkation and debarkation.
Port and Shore Excursions
We also did the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show. This was a fun and entertaining event for both children and adults.
Cruise was fine
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