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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 1221 Reviews
   Great Time! Great Itinerary
September 2014

My hubby and I booked this cruise 18 months before, it was a wonderful trip to plan.

The Star looks great. There are things here and there that she is showing her age but that would only be seen if you were being picky.

There were ...continue


   NCL is not for us!
September 2014

We (2 married couples) thought we'd give NCL's "free-styling Cruises" a try since, after the cruise we were doing a month long car trip thru the Czech Republic and Germany and didn't want to use up valuable trunk space with a suitcase or two of ...continue


   Never Again, $10,000 down the drain!
September 2014

Never Again: $10,000 down the drain!

The Norwegian Star Icelandic Cruise was awful. My wife and I chose this cruise for our honeymoon vacation, expecting it to be a fun-filled, romantic adventure. We booked a balcony suite and also ...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
4.2
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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