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Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Terry38

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Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star
Member Name: Terry38
Cruise Date: September 2011
Embarkation: Seattle
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: O1
Cabin Number: 5520
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 2.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 3.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 5.0
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Norwegian Star to Alaska September 17-24
Embarkation was quick, easy and efficient. DH has had a stroke which left him with very poor balance. One look at his cane and staff rushed to his aid, took us quickly through the formalities and straight onto the ship.

The cabin was small but well organised. I was surprised by the size of the window - perfect for watching the waves towering above us. Did I mention 100mph winds and considerable rocking and rolling on our sea days!

The crew were wonderful, friendly, always helpful. At one time when it was rough it took two of them holding tight to DH to get him through the Buffet. Always service with a smile.

We enjoyed dining, mostly in Aqua, once in Versailles. Good food in both. Service was timely, the food was very good so that we never felt the need to use the other dining rooms. We asked to share a table for four each evening which allowed us to meet some interesting people. The only disappointment was the Blue Lagoon where the service was slower and food very uninteresting.

I enjoyed the Hypnotist. He was funny without making his subjects do anything embarrassing. Second City did rapid-fire skits and improv. - great fun. The best show of all was Elements, on the last night. Quite spectacular!

Now for the negatives - only two: There should be a proper plan of the ship given to everyone as part of the welcome package. It needs to be big enough to read, not the grotty , unreadable little slip of newsprint that they give out at the reception desk. We were not the only ones looking lost several days into the cruise.

Finally, the reason that in spite of all the good reviews above, we probably won't cruise with NCL again, was the excruciating NOISE level in all the public areas. They had great singers and musicians - why did they have to amp then up to pain level!

Publication Date: 09/29/11
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