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Norwegian Star Cruise Review by rcrowe1966: Norwegian Star Family Christmas Cruise


rcrowe1966
1 Review
Member Since 2012
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Cabin 4.0
Dining 2.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities 1.0
Entertainment 2.0
Family & Children 3.3
Fitness & Recreation 1.0
Public Rooms 3.0
Rates 1.0
Service 4.0
Shore Excursions 4.0
Value for Money 1.0

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Norwegian Star Family Christmas Cruise

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Tampa

We have cruised on many different ships in the past and we originally had this trip booked with Princess. We were trying to get all of our siblings, their children, and our parents to go for an extended family, once-in-a-lifetime cruise and knew that we would have a great time with Princess. My sister did not have the money to book until late in the year and by the time she had the money, Princess was closed to bookings with children because they were at max capacity to keep their children services up to standard. We changed our cruise to Norwegian Star and from there,it all went down-hill.

The service on the Star was decent. The staff seemed friendly. This part of our Norwegian experience was far better than our first experience on the Epic.

A major problem that we have found with Norwegian is that they just don't have enough or enough of a variety of things to do while on the ship. We found ourselves reading and playing games instead of any kind of cruise More entertainment that we have participated in with other cruise lines. Our teenagers were EXTREMELY bored. There were other teenagers on board, but Norwegian is severely lacking in fun things to do with teens. The times that my kids tried to go to the teen zone, there were no teens there because even that was boring for them.

Because of the freestyle dining experience with Norwegian, our family of 18 never got to eat together. The paid dining rooms were to expensive for those of us paying for 7 and and the free dining areas were just not equipped for a large group. Also along the dining experience line, the menu on the Norwegian ships is very substandard among the cruise industry. Princess, Royal Caribbean, and even Carnival have better menus that change daily instead of the same standard menu that only has a few changes each day. Plus, the desserts on Norwegian are NOT GOOD.

This was our 12th cruise and WE WILL NEVER CRUISE NORWEGIAN AGAIN. This was my brother and sisters first cruise and we have assured them that if they cruise any other line, their experience will be better. Less


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Port and Shore Excursions


We enjoyed what we did in Belize City. We never book excursions through the ship as they are much more expensive and anywhere you go from a cruise port will be time-conscious about getting you back on time--no worries! Take cash in small numerations so that you can pay for your taxis and tips without asking for change. ATMs at the ports are unreliable and so is making change. Belize City was pushy as far as street vendors, etc... go. It was also a poorer feeling port. We got off of the ship, went straight through the port building and booked our excursion with the guys outside the port. We went on a snorkeling excursion to the reef. We paid half of what this excursion cost on the ship. My daughter and I enjoyed the beach that they took us to as part of the excursion, there were beach chairs, a bar, small menu, kayaks, beach volleyball, etc...

We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Costa Maya. We never book excursions through the ship as they are much more expensive and anywhere you go from a cruise port will be time-conscious about getting you back on time--no worries! Take cash in small numerations so that you can pay for your taxis and tips without asking for change. ATMs at the ports are unreliable and so is making change. Of all the ports, this is definitely the most contrived. They try to keep you in the shopping area unless you have booked an excursion. Don't stay in the port area or you will be missing out on a wonderful experience. We have heard that the ruins are wonderful excursions and plan on visiting the ruins soon, but if you do an excursion, don't miss out on the town!!!!!! This is the friendliest, nicest town that we have ever visited on a cruise. There are many shops and vendors along the Malecon. Our favorite restaurant in the entire town (and we have spent many days here since the cruise) is Nohoch Kay and the massage outside this restaurant given by Tracy or one of her helpers is the best on the beach. You can also paddle board, float, relax in a beach chair, kayak, or fly fish from this restaurant. Also on the Malecon, try La Dolce Vita, a great gelatto shop. You might also try out the internet cafe one street off of the malecon, you can surf the net while enjoying a great juice drink or a snack. We just went back and bought a house here because of our experience!

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