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Launched in 2001, the 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star was the first Norwegian ship custom built for Freestyle Cruising, NCL's anti-traditionalist program that touts a plethora of dining, cabin and entertainment ...
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Luckyswife
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our first time cruising with NCL. Sadly it was a cold day in Tampa when we were departing and due to the norovirus being found on the ship, we had to stand outside for 2.5 hours while they cleaned. We were so cold and hungry ... Read more
Billssister
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
On Sunday, February 16 of this year I embarked, along with eight friends, on the Norwegian Star for a cruise from Miami via the Panama Canal to Los Angeles. I shared cabin 8505 with my friend. The first night my bed was so ... Read more
ellenmm
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We always wanted to go through, a full transit, the Panama Canal. After much research we chose Norwegian Cruise Lines Star which had a cruise from Miami to Los Angeles. That was great for us because we only had to fly to Miami and ... Read more
ghough
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
131 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Drove ourselves from our Treasure Coast home. Arranged parking through Premiere Parking - Port of Miami, a 12-15 minute shuttle to / from the port. (8300 NW 7 Ave, 877-809-3009) Could not have made a better choice. About 10 minutes after ... Read more
nigeloz
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
8 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
This was our first 2 week cruise, and wow, can not wait to do another, a great mix of port and sea days, and the fact we had great weather throughout made the sea days even better for sunbathing and lounging by the pool. Embarkation was ... Read more

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eharkies
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were on the Feb 16 - March 1, 2015 Panama Canal Cruise from Miami to Los Angeles and loved every minute of it! We were mid-ship Deck 5 which was very convenient to everything. Our cabin had a picture window and had everything we needed. ... Read more
dinomite
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
My husband and I sailed on the Norwegian Star on the February 16, 2015 Panama Canal cruise from Miami to L.A. in forward facing Penthouse Suite 10002. As we had hoped, it turned out to be an incredible trip we will never forget. ... Read more
yesmammers
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Having not cruised in more than 20 years, I was eager to experience the newer ships and the flexible dining. Norwegian did a wonderful job with everything, however a computer malfunction delayed our departure a few hours. That time was ... Read more
MrNapoli
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
First Time on a Panama Canal Crossing .. Fantastic .. Staff overall great Job!! Food was OK!! Lack of variety and clearly reusing food from day before on the buffet and restaurants. Specialty restaurants are much better than the dining ... Read more
CrusinGrandmaF
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
348 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
My husband and I along with nine friends just returned from our Panama Canal cruise yesterday. Our embarkation in Miami went smoothly and after just a short time in line outdoors we were whisked through the Platinum level check in and were ... Read more

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cruisinkathleen
Member Since 2001
1 review
16 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
When we first entered the Market Café for lunch we were immediately disappointed in the appearance. We had just come off the NCL Epic only 3 weeks earlier so the old and worn appearance of the Star was very evident. It was obvious ... Read more
1nursejane
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This cruise was 15 days of total relaxation!! It was our first cruise that was longer than 7 days. We weren't sure what to expect and now wonder if we will ever go back to a 7 day cruise! The Norwegian Star staff Captain, Officers, Crew ... Read more
chief_skipper
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
While we knew the ship was heading to drydock, we thought it would be in bad shape, but it was far from it. Even with all the previous reviews we had read here, my wife and I thought we picked the wrong ship! It was far from being wrong, ... Read more
Wingsthatwork
Member Since 2012
6 reviews
13 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Panama cruise was a wonderful, amazing once in a lifetime experience on our favourite ship -NCL Star. Favourite stateroom as well, we took the same aft suite as we had on a previous cruise. The cruise began very well as our Butler, ... Read more
SilveradoQ
Member Since 2013
1 review
33 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
We were happy to find things a lot more enjoyable than reviews we read, embarkation was not bad, about and hour from waiting outside to getting on ship, pleasantly surprised to find cabin ready when we got on! We attended most shows and ... Read more

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Dsroufe
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I are NCL regulars and this is our fourth cruise with Norwegian since 2008 and the longest in duration. We have not cruised on other lines partly, I think, because our first cruising experience with NCL was so good and perhaps ... Read more
jandgyork
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Not rated Sailed January 2015
This is the first critical review I have ever done and I hope it is the last. When we entered the Norwegian Star there was a broken water feature under the staircase. We were directed to the 12th floor dining to wait for our room. It ... Read more
bmaher65
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Overall, the ship and cruise was pleasant. We had a balcony room, but found it a little more cramped than others. Very little walk space around the beds. The entertainment was wonderful! A different show every night.. for 15 nights! All of ... Read more
dongordon
Member Since 2001
3 reviews
4,520 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Got off the STAR a few days ago and had to get over my "post cruise depression syndrome" before writing this review! Let me sum up my cruise in one word....WOW!!! It was one of the best cruises I have ever been on. We cruised from Los ... Read more
Wanderer2014
Member Since 2014
1 review
62 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
Sometimes I wonder if we were all on the same ship. I figure that out of 1000 people, 950 will have a great time but not bother to write a review. Five people will have an unpleasant trip for whatever reason and tell everyone they know. ... Read more

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Sierra195
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed January 2015
On January 4, we sailed from Los Angeles on a cross Panama Canal Cruise. We had three previous cruises on NCL and were looking forward to experiencing a similar level of service. Although the service was mostly good, it was not at the ... Read more
marcieeliz
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed January 2015
Having been on other lines and another NCL ship (the Pearl), the Star, so far, has provided a slightly more disappointing adventure. This ship, as a whole, is old(er). The stateroom is small - and absolutely crammed for three people. In ... Read more
Tomfinnon
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Have just arrived back from our cruise on the NCL Star and have no complaints of any kind. We started out on the 16th of Nov. and after almost 13hrs in the airport or in the air we arrived in Miami. We had a coach waiting to take us to our ... Read more
psimmonds
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
This was our 20th cruise and we stepped off the Golden Princess onto the Norwegian Star. Whilst the ship was attractive (apart from the "industrial canteen" known as the bistro), the food and dining room service was the worst we have ... Read more
andersas
Member Since 2007
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2014
I was travelling in a party of 8; 3 sisters, a brother and their spouses, one of whom was in a wheelchair. We left Los Angeles on November 3 and arrived in Miami on November 17. Overall the cruise was fine, not outstanding, but not any ... Read more

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