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Norwegian Star Review

Norwegian Star
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  • 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

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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.
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Norwegian Star Member Reviews

Being a newbie and having never cruised before, we got the royal treatment, family trip with three senior adult women who booked in an inside cabin, sisters had previously cruised so they were more skilled and knew what to expect. A short time ... Read more
Previously, I have traveled on Holland America, Cunard, and Viking River cruises. We liked this itinerary so we decided to try Norwegian. First, the things I liked: free style dining, the amenities and spaciousness of the cabin, the service ... Read more
General: This was our 7th NCL cruise since 2003, but first on this class of ship. We were sailing for the ports so this older ship was a pleasant surprise. The public spaces were clean and looked new, probably due to the refurbishment earlier ... Read more
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