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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

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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 $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 1239 Reviews
   NCL Star,Garden Villa,14500 (12/7-12/14, 2014)
December 2014

What can I say about the Garden Villa that hasn't already been said? Not much. But This was my DW's (35) and mine's (42) first vacation in 4 years, and 2nd cruise (we were in an inside & balcony the 2 other times) so we thought we'd go all ...continue

   Wonderful 1st cruise on Norwegian
December 2014

We really loved the Star! It was our first cruise on NCL (normally we travel Carnival, but have also gone Royal and Holland America), and we really enjoyed it. I don't think I have ever seen a cruise line so focused on cleanliness, which I really ...continue

   Can Star Rise Again?
November 2014

This is a most difficult cruise to evaluate, because everything was either exceptionally good or exceptionally bad. this is our 7th NCL cruise, and 35th cruise overall. I like to start with the exceptionally good-

1. Value- we found an ...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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