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71% of cruisers loved it
  • Large ship with plenty of cozy nooks
  • Huge variety of dining options
  • Expanded kids'/teens facilities are great for families

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Norwegian Star Overview

(4.0) 4.0 out of 5+ star rating
Launched in 2001, the 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star was the first NCL ship custom built for Freestyle Cruising, NCL's anti-traditionalist program that touts a plethora of dining, cabin and entertainment options.

The ship boasts 11 restaurants, including venues serving Tex-Mex, Japanese and French cuisine, and 8 bars and lounges (try the open-air Bier Garten). In line with the Freestyle mantra, public spaces range from intimate to exuberant, providing a variety of spots for activities and entertainment day and night. There are also tons of accommodation options, from standard inside cabins to the enormous 6,694-square-ft., three-bedroom Garden Villas.

Star was refurbished in February 2010 in Victoria, British Columbia. The two-week dry-dock focused mostly on cosmetic enhancements (carpets, upholstery, etc.) and engineering work, but the line also added a number of 54 cabins and suites, and enhanced Star's spaces for kids.
Norwegian Star Fellow Passengers
NCL's passengers run the broad spectrum of families with young kids to retirees who want a casual cruise experience at a reasonable cost. The average age of guests on the Star's eight-day Mexican Riviera cruise is mid-40's, but when the cruise starts on a Friday or Saturday, the number of children on board increases. The ship is ideal for families wanting to experience an Alaska itinerary, especially since it sails roundtrip from Seattle.
Norwegian Star Dress Code
Casual, casual, casual. There is one voluntary formal night for those who want to dress up, but most choose to leave their jewels and tuxes at home. The fancier restaurants (Bistro, SoHo Room) do lend themselves to cocktail attire, but the other dining spots only require resort casual. No shorts, swimsuits or tank tops are allowed in the restaurants after 5 p.m.
Norwegian Star Gratuity
Each passenger is automatically billed $12 per day, which supports an incentive program for the service staff. Passenger who prefer to tip individually can fill out a form at reception. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to fitness classes and bar drinks or 18 percent in the spa. For passengers using concierge and butler service, NCL recommends a gratuity "commensurate with the services rendered." The bill can be paid in cash or with credit cards or traveler's checks.
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Norwegian Star Member Reviews 1231 Reviews
   Upgraded to Suite - made all the difference!
October 2014

We have cruised often with Princess and once each with Crystal and Royal Caribbean and based on reviews and friends' advice, we were braced for a lesser experience with NCL. We signed up for this cruise because it was a "last minute" good deal ...continue

   Retire the Star
October 2014

For the most part my husband and I agree with the honeymoon couple. The Star is a terrible, tired ship that needs to be retired!!

We had a balcony room. The bed was comfortable, and sheets were ironed--this was the only good thing about ...continue

   My transatlantic cruise
October 2014

PRE CRUISE I originally booked a different cruise but as it was too much to pay I transferred to this one. despite doing the STAR before.

I flew out the day of the CRUISE something I have not done before but as work could not tell me if I ...continue

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Ship Stats
Crew: 1,100
Launched: 2001
Decks: 15
Tonnage: 91,000
Passengers: 2,240
Registry: Panama
CDC Score: 97
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