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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 1190 Reviews
   Warm and Sunny Days on the Baltic Sea
July 2014

My Spouse and I enjoyed this cruise. We rate this adventure as 8 out of 10 . Staff were attentive,friendly and met any request that I made quickly and efficiently. My room was always clean, and often with towel animals. Weather every day was hot ...continue


   Norwegian Cruise line in general
July 2014

I have cruised with Princess, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. This was our first cruise on Norwegian.

We had booked 5 staterooms and chose NCL to allot the room. Big Mistake! Three cabins were in center and one all the way in front and one ...continue


   Wish I were back on the Star
July 2014

This trip has been a dream of mine for many years, and it didn't disappoint. My husband and I have cruised only with Royal Caribbean and Holland America so we were looking at what was different with a critical eye. We were traveling with my ...continue


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Norwegian Star Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
3.0
3.8
Public Rooms
4.0
4.2
Cabins
4.0
4.2
Entertainment
4.0
4.0
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.9
Family & Children
4.0
3.3
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.1
Enrichment
2.0
NA
Service
4.0
4.3
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.0
Rates
4.0
4.1

Sailing From

Cruises To
Europe - All
Mexican Riviera
Transatlantic

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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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