Become a Cruise Insider
Tips, deals and more in your inbox.
Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Norwegian Star Review

Norwegian Star
Norwegian Star - SoHo Room Norwegian Star - Splash Down Kids Pool Norwegian Star - Carousel Bar and Night Club Norwegian Star - Balcony Cabin
70% of cruisers loved it
1348 reviews | Write a Review
  • Large ship with plenty of cozy nooks
  • Huge variety of dining options
  • Expanded kids'/teens facilities are great for families
Show The Lowest Price

Norwegian Star Overview

Editor Rating
4.0
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 $13.50 per person, per day in all cabin categories up to and including a mini suite. Suite guests will be charged $15.50 per person, per day. This 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. All specialty and entertainment dining carries an 18 percent auto-gratuity. For passengers using concierge and butler service, Norwegian recommends a gratuity "commensurate with the services rendered." The bill can be paid in cash or with credit cards.
Next: Norwegian Star Cabins
Print the entire ship review

Norwegian Star Member Reviews

Saturday 1 August This is a very long day by day review detailing our 9N Baltics cruise. We’d arrived in Copenhagen a few days earlier, which is well worthwhile as it’s a beautiful place with plenty to see. We stayed at the Hotel ... Read more
We arrived in Copenhagen 1 day before embarkation,stayed at Hotel Kong Arthur it is a nice hotel but although in walking distance is not central to Tivoli etc.,topped and tailed our cruise with a stay there,toured ... Read more
Good Cruise plr756
07/15
We cruise in july 2015 in suite 12012 of Norwegian Star on the Baltic sea ....under cool and windy weather for almost all 9 days....though luck! Our suite was very spacious and clean very well each day. Our buttler Clint did a great job and ... Read more
1 - 3 of 1,348 Reviews
Show The Lowest Price

Norwegian Star Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
Public Rooms
4.0
Cabins
4.0
Entertainment
4.0
Spa & Fitness
4.0
Family & Children
4.0
Shore Excursions
4.0
Enrichment
2.0
Service
4.0
Value-for-Money
4.0

Sailing From

Copenhagen Dover London (Dover) Tampa

Cruises To

Baltic Sea Caribbean - All Europe - All Transatlantic

Explore This Ship

Norwegian Star Deck Plans Norwegian Star Cabin Reviews
Ship Stats
Crew:
1,100
Launched:
2001
Decks:
15
Tonnage:
91,000
Passengers:
2,240
Registry:
Panama
CDC Score:
91
Close X
Show Prices for Norwegian Star

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.