44 Copenhagen Singles Cruise Reviews

We took the Getaway twice in 2016 on a western Caribbean itinerary and loved it both times. Out of Miami on a 7 day you have 4 full port days which most ships only have 3 on a 7 day from S Fla. When it moved to the Baltic in May, we ... Read More
We took the Getaway twice in 2016 on a western Caribbean itinerary and loved it both times. Out of Miami on a 7 day you have 4 full port days which most ships only have 3 on a 7 day from S Fla. When it moved to the Baltic in May, we couldn't pass it up especially at last minute prices. On a 9 day itinerary, it had 6 full port days including overnight in St. Pete. We scored an upgrade to Haven with a minimum bid, Now we are forever spoiled. Obviously the Haven rooms and bedding are so much plusher. But it's also the attention of the Haven staff that makes you feel like you are on your own private charter. Express boarding and disembarkation at all ports. Private dining room and bar. In room bar set-up comes with certain suites (although I think the cheap liquor that is complimentary is not in keeping with the Haven standards, we paid $40 to upgrade some bottles). While I wish it had been warmer while sailing the temperatures were ideal for sightseeing. Unlike the Breakaway, the Haven courtyard on the GA does not have a retractable roof since it was made for Miami. You can find fault with any cruise or cruise line but overall we had a great experience and would definitely recommend the GA. The dining was excellent in the haven and spec restaurants and 1 night we ate in Tropicana which is one of the MDR and it was also very good. We love Maragritaville at lunch for modest upcharges. The new Circus show was excellent as was MDQ. Howl at the Moon is always entertaining. My only complaint is the UBP wine options. Even in the Haven, we were subjected to wines that were no more than $8-12 in the grocery store. There were no by the glass upgrade options except in Blue where Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse was available at an upcharge of $1.25/glass. We wound up buying some better bottles that were discounted since we had the UBP. The hydro pool and spa area are an everyday favorite. It was too cold for H2O deck parties, but they were the best in Caribbean. Andres the new CD is energetic and omnipresent. Lastly Benny and Juana the butler and cabin attendant are the best as is Miss Ria the Haven restaurant hostess. Hanno the haven concierge apart from being the tallest crew member was always helpful and informative. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
First time with NCL. Staff(most),food,room good. Price to high,no shows every night in theater and to many pay to do things. Substandard entertainment activities and the way the boat is set up everything is so overcrowded. Disappointed. ... Read More
First time with NCL. Staff(most),food,room good. Price to high,no shows every night in theater and to many pay to do things. Substandard entertainment activities and the way the boat is set up everything is so overcrowded. Disappointed. Jose was a great solo cruise director. Andre was also a great cruise director and funny as heck when I was able to get within hearing distance of the shows he directed. This cruise ship is poorly designed and also there are so many costs that are not and should not be associated with a cruise after the price I paid. I have been on Royal Caribbean,Princess and Carnival and now NCL. Princess and Carnival will now be my only choices. The shows are wonderful. Huge theaters and a new and different great quality every single night. Yours were truly a joke in so many respects. The Motel 6 of cruises.Instead of a $1900 total it should have been a $400 total Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I have never experienced a Baltic cruise before having and I was really looking forward to it. As our flight arrived early afternoon and with the airport transfer I didn't have time to experience Copenhagen. Embarkation was quick and ... Read More
I have never experienced a Baltic cruise before having and I was really looking forward to it. As our flight arrived early afternoon and with the airport transfer I didn't have time to experience Copenhagen. Embarkation was quick and I was soon on Serenade and went straight to my Cabin 4045 to drop of my carry on stuff. I soon met my Cabin Steward Nick Campbell such a nice guy. As i normally do I had a couple of glasses of wine and it was soon time for the muster drill. Serenade may be getting on in years but I felt she was in good shape, well maintained and cleaned. I met many lovely people on board and Mario in the concierge lounge was very kind and helpful thanks Mario. Dining was enjoyable in the main dining and I have to say the Windjammer. I especially enjoyed the three lunches we had in the main dining room with the Tutti salad bar. I did experience some entertainment which was really good as always the 70's night disco. Singers and bands in the atrium were also good. The service across the ship was really good as always thanks guys. As I said before I met some wonderful people and enjoyed their company and we shared some lovely experiences of our ports of calls For me the trip to St Petersburg was my favourite. I did a half morning tour and our guide Maria had such a passion for her city. As we only had the one day I felt that this was the best way of me to see as much as possible. My only wish was that we had an overnight stop there so I could see more of this wonderful city. I would not hesitate to go back on Serenade and this itinerary again Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I chose this cruise because I loved my first cruise on Serenade of the Seas in 2012. I was enchanted with the whole experience. This trip to the Norweigan Fjords was shorter, but I found the ship had been renovated and it was not as nice ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I loved my first cruise on Serenade of the Seas in 2012. I was enchanted with the whole experience. This trip to the Norweigan Fjords was shorter, but I found the ship had been renovated and it was not as nice as it was on my first trip or as much fun. The Auditorium was nicer with new seating though. The service was not as good as it was in 2012, there seemed to be less staff in the Buffet area and no one offering water etc, which meant you had to get up and go back to the beverage counter. The Buffet dining area seemed dirtier and dingier and in the main formal dining room, the service was not as brilliant as it was on my first trip and the food was also not as good in quality as the trip in 2012. All in all, I was quite disappointed. I took a cruise on Holland America and didn't find it as good as Serenade of the Seas, but now I think it was better than Serenade of the Seas this trip in May. The Cruise and stops however were all fine. We did not take any of the ship's excursions and did just fine in all our stops. Loved the experience of Norway the lovely towns, scenery and the Fjords. Weather was perfect. Loved that we did not have to use tenders to access land. That was excellent and much appreciated. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Embarkation day was both great and bad. I arrived at high time at pier but took no time to get my key, thus almost immediately to the ship. I did enjoy my Platinum membership for express boarding. But then the departure was delayed for 2 ... Read More
Embarkation day was both great and bad. I arrived at high time at pier but took no time to get my key, thus almost immediately to the ship. I did enjoy my Platinum membership for express boarding. But then the departure was delayed for 2 hours due to failure of the telephone system (a very strange reason). I note that ship’s public clocks were not at one, indicating the ship was not that well managed. The weather was still chilly and windy, yet the ride was smooth all the way to Oslo. We arrived on May Day and everything was closed but we benefitted actually from witnessing a large demonstration which looks more like a carnival, with music bands joining the parade. Next port was Warnemunde, for Rostock and Berlin. A frequent commuter train brings you to Rostock costing 2.10 Euro one way, while joining the ships transfer with a guided walk is something like USD99. It was stupid to go to Berlin which is too far, and the ship charges far too much. The port of Warnemunde is interesting, with a good riverside stroll, as if it was German Riviera. The ship’s food was adequate, I had no illusion about Princess food. Service attitude of staff generally improved much from my past experiences with Princess and dinner is served in the traditional manner though in an ‘express way’ (reheated food anyway and service flow was hurried and really fast). I can often finish a 4-course meal with tea in 35 minutes, certainly no fine dining and no ‘slow food’, rather it is eat and run. Horizon Court buffet was adequate but Princess retains its undesirable practice of not providing a tray so that one struggles with a plate and a soup bowl in both hands, and has to return for bread and salad. The good thing is that the dinner buffet lasts till 11pm so that you can return for something if you are not well-fed at the proper restaurant, and this is often the case as restaurant portions are sometimes small. The only alternative 24-hr eatery is the International Café, which serves desserts and snacks but you have to pay for tea and coffee. The tea is however all funny fusion sort, which to me is no tea. I would much prefer that they change to Horizon Bistro for 24 hours. Regal Princess is the new generation flag ship of the cruise line and it is well furnished. It is just like another Princess ship, with an older generation passenger mix. The main theatre has good sightline but the production shows are among the worst of the trade. It was like old fashioned 1960s MGM musical without the stars. Little light effects and no acrobatic stuns like on other cruise lines. After one viewing I decided that the shows would be totally forgettable. If you do only with singing and dancing, you have got to have at least good singers and dancers. Show production cost was obviously low compared with that of competitors. Tallinn is an ideal port for cruise ships because you can cover most of it in 3 hours and the town is walk-able from the cruise terminal. For St Petersburg, if you have a visa or hold a visa-waver passport, you can be on your own ashore. Bus 158 departs half-hourly from the terminal building to a metro station, where Nevsky Prospekt is two stops away. The bus fare is 40 ruple or roughly US$0.70 and I saw people simply pay the conductor $1. Otherwise there is no taxi or other transportation. If you have no visa, you have to join an excursion which is always over-charging. Here you have to go through formal immigration clearance even on an excursion. We have less time for Helsinki but it was sufficient, as sights are concentrated. A shuttle bus runs to town at EUR10 return but actually there is a city tram stop near the pier. The ship does not give public transportation details, except those related to them. Now with some 60-days to my Princess experience, I do see improvement in service. Restaurant staffers are polite and efficient, and my room steward has always been able to turn down during my dinner. Once on Costa Diadema I never had one turndown for the whole 7 nights as the steward’s preferred schedule for my room did not match mine. One observation is that there are still not enough small tables for Anytime Dining, but they do try to accommodate you in another restaurant if full. I always arrive early, and thus I enjoy a same table throughout the trip. Restaurant and room staff complement is mainly male. The food is adequate and restaurant service is in the traditional ‘correct manner’, food well presented if not always well-cooked. But overall dining service is, or has to be, quick, thus losing in any sense of fine dining, and in this Holland America is much better. Also Princess used to serve lobster in one formal dinner but now it is lobster and prawn: not adding prawn but serves less lobster, an example of cost cutting in food. A good point is that the buffet dinner opens till 11pm, so if you are still hungry you can return for a snack. Food choice is not bad in the buffet. But old timer of Princess will recall that the buffet used to be almost 24 hours. The only 24 hour eatery now is the International Café at lobby piazza and it serves good snacks free but charges for any drink. Overall on F&B, HAL offers better slow service and NCL better choices (though food is cooked less well). Princess does have member benefit for some free internet, and it offers recognition to members only in embarkation priority but no more. As I cruise practically once every month I always paid onboard deposits for future cruises, as I did on my recent cruises with HAL and NCL. I pondered upon whether to do the same with Princess, here the deposit is only USD100 and is fully refundable within 2 years. I did it finally but less readily than with HAL and NCL (theirs are non-refundable). Princess is not bad but in this highly competitive trade several cruise lines suit me better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Great itinerary! We loved the ship but most of all the ports were great! The food was fantastic. The steakhouse is the best we have ever had!!!! Amazing food and service. Our main table in Symphony was also great. Mariana was a ... Read More
Great itinerary! We loved the ship but most of all the ports were great! The food was fantastic. The steakhouse is the best we have ever had!!!! Amazing food and service. Our main table in Symphony was also great. Mariana was a fantastic server! She was so attentive, nice and efficient! The ship is very nice. It has a nice adult pool are and another nice pool for kids. Not too much to do for older teens who are not 18. I would have liked to see more live music later at night. It usually stopped around 11-ish The shows were very good. Even though the ship is very big, the layout is great and it was easy to get around . Nice walking deck. Nice gym too, Just the right number of sea days. The only thing I would change is more time in Stockholm, Sweden. We had perfect weather. Each post was fantastic. 1. Copenhagen- went a day early and it was great. Don't miss Tivoli Gardens. Go to the main marina and take a great canal tour. 2. Oslo, Norway - Amazing Vigeland sculpture park. You can do the hop on hop off bus. Great Cafes and beautiful walking areas 3. Berlin- We hired a Brewer's Berlin Tours. Jonathan was a fantastic tour guide. The bus was extremely comfortable and spacious. Went to incredible places and Jonathan was very knowledgeable! 4.Estonia- we took a taxi to the old city. Walked around and had lunch. 5. St Petersberg Russia- We hired Peter's Walk. They arranged the visas. They picked us up in a nice bus and had great 2 day tour. You can customize the tour based on your preference. Do not miss going to Ginza Restaurant in St Petersberg. Amazing food and view. Loved the canal rides. 6. Helsinki Finland- Wend to the outdoor market by taxi and then took a boat ride to a beautiful island 7. Stockholm Sweden- AMAZING bike ride with Stephan at Sweden Bikes. If you like bike riding do not miss it. Great way to see the city and country in a short time. Great bikes, very responsible, informative and so nice! We were also able to see the famous and beautiful Stockholm Synagogue. This day was the highlight of our trip. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The choice was a back to back between Iceland and Russia July 4 through 28, 2016. Copenhagen to Copenhagen. Requested Convertible Twins. Got one king bed. Ask for two separate beds. Stewart gave me a face and said he would do it. Shower ... Read More
The choice was a back to back between Iceland and Russia July 4 through 28, 2016. Copenhagen to Copenhagen. Requested Convertible Twins. Got one king bed. Ask for two separate beds. Stewart gave me a face and said he would do it. Shower head LEAKED. Shower curtain hem covered with MOLD, curtain not connected on two top hooks. i leaned back on the curtain over bed; DUST AND FIBERS FELL OFF AND IRRITATED MY EYES. I was looking for something I dropped and found MANS SOCK UNDER THE BED.TWICE THE CABIN STEWART'S' ENTERED THE ROOM WHILE I WAS LAYING IN BED. THE 2ND TIME WITH THEIR CLEANING EQUIPMENT AND VACUUM CLEANER. THE DID NOT OFFER TO RETURN AT A DIFFERENT TIME. I HAD TO CLIMB OVER THEIR EQUIPMENT TO GET OUT O THE CABIN. July 5 or 6 there was NO A/C. Room was HOT AND STUFFY. I slept with the door open, blocked with a chair and curtain drawn all night.. Bathroom floor was squeaky with dent under the tile. I asked only for ice every day (nothing else)- No ice. I had to call 3 each week for ice. \Empty fruit basked never returned with fruit. I asked the head housekeeper "DON'T YOUR TRAIN YOUR STAFF?" No answer. i ASKED for a cabin upgrade and got a pot of flowers. I asked for a different cabin Stewart. and that I got. The rest of the staff was indifferent and inexperienced. When food service stopped in the buffet and dining room, Only a few items were on the "dine in room" menu and the selection was very poor. Three of the serving staff ('chef"s) in the buffet were rude. MANY of the service people were not trained properly and or poorly trained in food service. The Piano and Violin & The Microsoft classes were excellent. The rest of the entertainment was mediocre. Of the several cruise companies, I've traveled Holland America is the ABSOLUTE WORST!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Chose this cruise line because of the ports (7 in all) we would visit. Not disappointed. Best cruise I have taken thus far. Whatever good you have heard about Princess is true. Best dining ever including the main dining rooms, good ... Read More
Chose this cruise line because of the ports (7 in all) we would visit. Not disappointed. Best cruise I have taken thus far. Whatever good you have heard about Princess is true. Best dining ever including the main dining rooms, good size cabin, excellent staff and especially the cruise director and her team. Even the Horizon Court and Horizon Bistro (buffets) were excellent. Enough seating, wait staff brings you your juice, water, and coffee to the table, tons and I means tons of activities and entertainment to chose from. There were all ages on this ship ranging from families with young children, teenagers, young adults, couples of all ages, and seniors. Lots of wonderful families from Australia. Cannot say enough good things about this vacation. The Sanctuary, which is extra - $20. for a half day) was well worth it on one of our sea days. They deliver free food to your lounge chair as well as come around with scones,etc during the regularly scheduled tea time (3:30 pm). Very quiet area for reading, relaxation, and just looking out at the sea. There are also other areas on the ship on decks 16-17 that offer quiet areas for lounging weather permitting. Gave this ship and itinerary 10/10. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I booked this cruise over a year ago, specifically for the itinerary and size of the ship, allowing access to smaller fjords. It was more than I usually spend, however, from all reviews, it would be well worth the extra cost. I am a ... Read More
I booked this cruise over a year ago, specifically for the itinerary and size of the ship, allowing access to smaller fjords. It was more than I usually spend, however, from all reviews, it would be well worth the extra cost. I am a single woman traveler, mid-60's and accustomed to traveling alone, I have always met like-minded travelers along the way and had great experiences. I have cruised 23 times and been on 8 river cruises. A disappointing start, when the captain announced an anticipated storm on the North Sea, and the ship would leave Copenhagen later and miss our first port. I later discovered that many passengers had delayed flight. I believe we could have left on time and been ahead of the storm, riding out the weather in our first port. As it turned out, we spent two days at sea in the storm and then missed our second port, three days at sea! No adjustment was made to the itinerary to try to compensate for the loss of two ports. This was a small ship, the ports were not busy, a smart operator would have made changes to the itinerary to pacify passengers. The ship lived up it it's reputation as to service and food, I was happy with the service from an excellent butler, Ivy, and her team. My cabin was considered a "suite", as Silver Seas is an "all suite" cruise line. The bathroom was large, double sinks, shower and separate tub. Furnishings were worn, bed very uncomfortable. The food was better than average, however, quite repetitive after the first five days and no consideration was taken for the amazing fresh fish and produce available in ports. No special "theme" nights as we sailed through spectacular scenery in the fjords. Room service was excellent, the dining room dinners were slow and repetitive. I ordered room service 3 nights, which was more relaxing than dragging through a slow pompous dinner with stuffy passengers who loved to expand upon their number of sailing days, how many homes they own, and their brilliant careers. Between the hours of 5:00 - 7:00 pm food was only available from room service, so if you returned from a shore excursion after 5 pm, there was no choice of where to eat. The entertainment was very limited, repetitive and not too rate. Geared more toward the over 70's crowd. The cruise director extremely corny. The port lecturer, a "geologist" gave a talk most mornings, his slides were 15 years old. He did not go up to the bridge and broadcast as we sailed through magnificent fjords, villages and various points of interest. The shore excursions were expensive, tour guides poor, tours too slow paced and uninteresting. I later discovered that the shore excursions manager had not visited the ports in advance. A group on board called "Captain's Circle" had exciting excursions and planned activities on board for their guests which were well organized and when the occasion needed, their itinerary would be changed. No attempt to make alternative arrangements was made by Silver Seas. On one tour, we were put into an open, wooden boat in belting rain and taken over and back to an island for coffee, cake and a movie?! Embarkation was a breeze, as passengers arrived at various time. Disembarkation was a disaster - lots of confusion, people on wrong buses, no help loading/unloading luggage. I was put on a bus to the airport at 9:00 am for a 2:20 pm flight! About 50% of the passengers were leaving the ship, I don't know how they would have managed if 100% were disembarking. My Silver Seas experience was an expensive disappointment. This is a cruise line catering to a very select, over 70's market. Don't know how much longer they will survive in today's market. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Went on this cruise as a last-minute alternative to ordinary overland trip to Norway. Exceptional value for my solo discount that is no longer avail in any future cruises. Emission of the ship was a considerable issue. To be more ... Read More
Went on this cruise as a last-minute alternative to ordinary overland trip to Norway. Exceptional value for my solo discount that is no longer avail in any future cruises. Emission of the ship was a considerable issue. To be more specific, it was the visible pollutants that apparently were not removed inside the chimney. That smoke ruined the view of Geiranger on an otherwise perfectly clear day. The Costa (and many other) ships ' soot were not quite as visible. The airy, daylight-filled grand atrium of the Star is stunning (becoming a rarity on NCL I reckon), but the top deck space desperately needs a redesign to improve layout - much of the original lounge space with great views has been converted to suites and extra rooms, leaving little public space overlooking the sea. The only way to appreciate the remarkable fjords without catching a cold is to grab a table at buffet restaurant or sitting on one of those benches along hallways on lower decks. Or, put on the windbreaker and layer clothing to brace the chill - forward top deck and promenade can occasionally be bearable. It might improve the experience to relocate children/teen area to expand the Lido restaurant into the aft top deck. While I did enjoy the aft promenade, integrating that part into Spinnaker Lounge could make more efficient use of the space. There might also be potential to add indoor space on aft deck 13. A cruise passenger asked when the ship had a makeover at the last day's Q&A - she was probably shocked to learn the Star received drydock facelift just in 2015. Cabin furniture need update urgently, as with the Market Cafe out-fit. But I liked the Art Deco design in certain public space, adding class to an otherwise hectic, crowded ship. Entertainment is generally good, exceptional attention to technical details for the flagship show towards end of cruise deserves high praise. But it was not for everyone's taste, esp for non-American audience. It's impossible to keep everyone happy for such a long, port-intensive cruise, however. There was no enrichment to speak of. All lectures. albeit informative to varying degrees, were designed to boost revenues - worse than my MSC that offered language lessons. The same revenue-hungry mindset was noticeable all over the place. Could be the new industry norm, but not what most people enjoyed. Game shows, bingo, dance class were most common during the day. Matinee shows were sparse on sea days. Art auctions were good for free champagne. The lizard work of Miro may still be there for a quick glimpse. Food was way better than what I expected and to my surprise, the Star team did Asian dishes generally well! Asian options are always avail in breakfast and main dining room. Breakfast options did not rotate. Variety in bakery items could have gone a long way. Service was attentive for most of the time. There was confusion over corkage fee but was sorted out after two days. Bring your own soda or sparkling water, while tea and water are free at buffet all day. Free juice in the morning is decent. North Cape cruises are somewhat an once-in-a-year event for NCL and many other mainstream lines, but if you do take one, beware satellite reception is bad beyond Arctic circle for obvious reason. You may get more Internet with a SIM card with consistent signal off the Norwegian coast than the onboard WiFi. Surf with Opera Mini when signal drops to 2G. In the end the cruise is worth solely for the itinerary. Hammerfast and Honningvag had little to offer, but the Lofoten was a gem that blended great view and seafood. Did not take any excursion except city transfers. Allow flexibility to do your own excursion esp for tender port. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I wanted to visit the Baltic capitals and Saint Petersburg. This cruise visits Copenhagen, Berlin (with a 3-hour drive), Tallinn, St. Petersburg (2 days), Helsinki, and Stockholm with the comfort of a cruise. I travel alone and for solo ... Read More
I wanted to visit the Baltic capitals and Saint Petersburg. This cruise visits Copenhagen, Berlin (with a 3-hour drive), Tallinn, St. Petersburg (2 days), Helsinki, and Stockholm with the comfort of a cruise. I travel alone and for solo travelers, NCL is the cruise line to go. NCL dropped the solo markup on a cabin for the Star cruise that week, so it was a deal I could not pass. This cruise was, by far, the best solo cruise I have enjoyed so far. The Star is a 15 year old ship built when NCL paid more attention to the comfort and pleasure of its cruisers, unlike its newer ships, like the escape, which is a behemoth designed to maximize profits at the expense of passenger well-being and comfort. The Star is beautifully decorated with art on all its staircases, and walls, a tastefully arranged atrium which spans several decks. Deck 7 has an outside balcony that goes all around the ship (blocked view at the forward side only). It is very well decorated all around and its cabins are spacious enough to be actual cabins, as compared to the NCL Escape where the inside cabin I had is better described as a closet. Even though the Star was built before NCL started including solo cabins on its ships, NCL organizes a solo meeting every evening to allow solo travelers to meet, get to know each other, and plan activities together. The folks I met on the Star where eclectic and diverse and a lot of fun to be with. They were wonderful cruise companions and I greatly enjoyed all the activities on board and in the various ports of call. As an example, 4 of us, decided to rent a car and drive to Berlin together rather that book the exorbitant tour offered by the cruise and be herded without any control over timing and places to visit. In spite of crazy Debi :-) who drove like at German at 120 miles an hour on the Autobahn, the trip was a blast. The entertainment was top notch and high quality every night of the cruise. The cruisers were more diverse with more Latinos, Asians, french and other Europeans than you typically find on Caribbean cruises. However, the karaoke song choices did not reflect this diversity, which indicates that NCL still has some progress to do with its international cruises. Its karaoke song choices are still largely US country, which makes me suspect that the person in charge of karaoke fro NCL is a redneck from Nashville :-). The food is average in the included restaurants, following NCL's trend to move away from the "all inclusive" nature of cruising and push their a-la-carte, pay extra restaurants that seem to become more and more numerous. I suspect that, in a few years, NCL will be offering only water and cold sandwiches on its cruises, and will charge for coffee and warm foods. The weather, a bit colder that the Caribbean in May, was nonetheless wonderful for us. In a region that has only 60 days of sunshine a year, the weather gods grated us 8 out of 9 days of sun. Anyway, as far as cruising goes, I highly recommend this particular cruise to all and especially to solo travelers. May you have as must fun as I did. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I am normally a DIY-type of traveler, but this time I chose a cruise as part of my vacation. It was not the onboard activities that interested me, it was the itinerary: Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemunde, Germany (with a day trip to Berlin); ... Read More
I am normally a DIY-type of traveler, but this time I chose a cruise as part of my vacation. It was not the onboard activities that interested me, it was the itinerary: Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemunde, Germany (with a day trip to Berlin); Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; Stockholm, Sweden and back to Copenhagen. I was not disappointed. Each city was very interesting to tour. Using the ship, the Norwegian Star, as a floating hotel and restaurant worked out well. My stateroom/cabin (#5022) was quiet and comfortable and the food and service were great! There wasn't enough time in most ports, but that was a given. All in all, I would recommend this cruise to those who want to sample the Baltic. For the most part, it was easy and efficient getting on and off the ship (St. Petersburg being the exception with all the Russian red tape). I chose TJ Travel for land excursions in Berlin and St. Petersburg. Both were excellent. I also used Rick Steves', "Northern European Cruise Ports," for information on each destination. Also excellent and very helpful. I did not use any of NCL's excursions. I thought they were overpriced. I used Trip Advisor's reviews to find TJ Travel. I had the "Ultimate Dining Package" and enjoyed trying each of the specialty restaurants. All were very good, but I did like Cagney's Steak House the best. The meals in the main dining rooms, Aqua and Versailles, were also very good. Love "freestyle" cruising. I prefer casual to formal and this cruise fit my style. I also was able to travel very light (one small suitcase and a tote). Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Overall food was good except the main courses in The Aqua and Versailles Restaurants were not up to any standard. Indian cuisine was non existing ...Dal only everyday. The sauna or steam room facilities was NOT for general use. Shore ... Read More
Overall food was good except the main courses in The Aqua and Versailles Restaurants were not up to any standard. Indian cuisine was non existing ...Dal only everyday. The sauna or steam room facilities was NOT for general use. Shore excursion were crazy expensive, they were a joke. Daily information leaflet gave no map or information about the destination, only promotions of on-board sales. They need to observe hygiene more carefully as I saw many people refilling their own drinking bottles directly from the ships tap. More attention should be given to the stateroom bathrooms especially the shower tray which emptied very slowly. Activities were poor, as I spent 2 days at sea, there was nothing to stimulate me. In their competitors you could have ipad class and cooking demonstrations, informative talks about their destinations and have this on a TV channel. I was on The Norwegian Fjords cruise, they said it was their first journey there this year and had no information. This is unacceptable service. Entertainment was good. Smoking in the casino! Also I needed cash to play in the casino, the minimum I could take out was $50, I only wanted $20. Disembarkation was very good as you brought out your own luggage rather than your luggage collected the night before with problems trying to find it the next day, however it is more professional to have your luggage delivered and collected. My stateroom attendant was 100% attentive. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
PRE CRUISE I originally booked a different cruise but as it was too much to pay I transferred to this one. despite doing the STAR before. I flew out the day of the CRUISE something I have not done before but as work could not tell me if I ... Read More
PRE CRUISE I originally booked a different cruise but as it was too much to pay I transferred to this one. despite doing the STAR before. I flew out the day of the CRUISE something I have not done before but as work could not tell me if I was working I had to book the flight. I Stayed in GATWICK AIRPORT the night before and checked in(a great idea) Then got minibus from hotel in the morning. It was easyjet but all went well ands landed on time. I booked transfer from AIRPORT to the port for $30. Had to wait a while for a bus, there were a lot of others waiting too. We had a double decker bus for short trip to the port. EMBARKATION. I left my luggage by the bus as it would be taking to my cabin. Joined the queue to check in, shame nobody said there was a priority queue for gold members(which I am). I got the check in and showed passport and DEBIT CARD. Got my cruise card in return. I went straight to my cabin 9563 an inside cabin on deck 9. CABIN. Quite a large cabin with a shower in the bathroom, only liquid soap which I do not like much. 2 twin beds and a table and a chair. TV was a good size and 3 drawers not a great deal of space for clothes. It took ages to get my luggage and I was getting worried it was lost as I am sure I saw it along the corridor. LIFEBOAT DRILL. This was very quick in the SPINNAKER lounge. DINING. I used the main dining rooms-AQUA and VERSAILLES, a good choice of food and good service, I had to say I wanted to sit with others and they kept giving me a table on my own. ENTERTAINMENT. Very good shows and easy to get a seat, HYPNOTIST,3 cast shows, a Mexican duo playing lots of instruments A juggler.A sort of 4 tenors, The crew show was really good. LATITUDES EVENTS. As a gold member I had 2 events, a cocktail reception with Captain telling us about the ship and the future plus a prize draw. The 2nd event was very poor! No pictures with the captain just sat and 20 mins of music then the CRUISE DIRECTOR just said thanks for coming and that was it! CUSTOMS. AS ST Thomas was the 1st port of call in U.S. we had to go through customs. Last year I was on the EPIC and never booked an excursion I never got off till 1PM! so I booked an excursion. I was told to wait till CUSTOMS started but nothing was said so I heard CRUISE DIRECTOR said there was a long QUEUE. As I overdid it on deck and got SUNBURN. I found it hard to stand. THE queue took over and hour not helped by some people not even filled out the visa waiver form. EXCURSIONS. I only booked one in ST THOMAS to ST JOHN as I had not been there before. On a boat for 30min trip there then a lovely bus trip around the island for the boat back to the ship, really enjoyable. The other port PONTA DELGADA I did independently It was a lovely excursion for only 50 euros. BBQ. When the weather improved we had a bbq on deck almost everyday, it was a nice change. DISEMBARKATION. As a gold member I had priority disembarkation, I had to ask twice to get a luggage tag. Had to wait 45mins after the time quoted. I never got a ship pin either and could not get hold of cruise consultant. SUMMARY. A good cruise met some really nicer people organised a lot of events through cruise critic. had to go to reception as my bill my slightly wrong. The start of the cruise sadly was windy and a bit rough meaning all the open decks was closed. Also I thought there was a cigar bar, there was not only on one side of the windy open deck. when the weather improved the BEER GARDEN opened they did had cigars you could buy but only on the last few days.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
It was my first time cruising alone, and my first time with NCL. I was a little nervous about the ship, having read reports of a 'tired' and 'needing TLC' Star, and also about the Free Style dining, having previously, ... Read More
It was my first time cruising alone, and my first time with NCL. I was a little nervous about the ship, having read reports of a 'tired' and 'needing TLC' Star, and also about the Free Style dining, having previously, on other cruises being allocated a table and dinner companions. All my fears were completely unfounded. The Star is a magnificent ship, gracious, spacious and easily navigated! The Free Style dining is a wonderful innovation and should be adopted by other cruise lines. I was always asked if I'd like to share a table and found myself with many diverse dinner companions, which was wonderful. I dined in Versailles each evening and the food was great, always served with a smile. In the buffet, being on my own never bothered me, as it was always very easy to find space for 1. The ports of call were wonderful. I had tours booked in most and all lived up to and beyond my expectations. To any of my Cruise Critic friends who may be reading this review, "Thank You for making my holiday memorable".   Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
I recently cruised on the Norwegian Star with a girlfriend and we needed separate spaces. We were booked in the best suite of the Star with angled floor to ceiling windows that allowed us a view of the captain's bridge and a panorama ... Read More
I recently cruised on the Norwegian Star with a girlfriend and we needed separate spaces. We were booked in the best suite of the Star with angled floor to ceiling windows that allowed us a view of the captain's bridge and a panorama of the Baltic Sea. The suite had a huge bathroom with double sinks. It was more cost effective for us to have a suite than buying two separate staterooms. We had a butler who brought us sandwiches and chocolate covered strawberries in the afternoon and wine anytime we wanted. We had a multi-lingual, very personable concierge who helped us with priority disembarkations. Our room could be divided with a pocket wall and lots of curtains (which were a bit too abundant) so we could each have our own space. The suite was so luxurious that we didn't participate in onboard activities other than lectures on amber and Faberge in preparation for our tour of St. Petersburg. We did not book excursions through the cruise line either but chose to book our own tour of St. Petersburg and book the Hop On Hop Off buses in other ports. The ship's restaurants were very good, except for the buffet, which was only suitable for a light lunch, in our opinion. Because the Star has "Freestyle Cruising," the specialty restaurants, each with a cover charge, were excellent but the cover charge did add up. After ten days aboard ship, I still could not decipher port from starboard, as each side looked the same. We had a frustrating time navigating the ship because of poor signage. Also, we would ask directions, only to find we were stopped by closed doors, etc. and had to either go up or down a level to locate where we were going. The crew was friendly and efficient, but the passengers were rude, crowding onto the elevators and basically being glum and dour. What's that about?? The first port in Germany was very poor, although we opted not to travel to Berlin. The ATM was located in the casino and not usable while in port, so there was no way to obtain cash before disembarking unless one had used the ATM prior to docking. The onboard shops were tacky, the jewelry very common and over-priced. I would like to see higher quality "resort" wear. The "Russian Bazaar" had horribly overpriced, cheap and tacky gifts but the authentic stacking dolls and lacquer boxes were lovely. The amber was overpriced and had poor settings, thus was not purchased. All in all, however, an excellent experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This itinerary to the five Baltic Cities (Berlin, Tallin, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm) was great. The Star, however, was a disappointment. I had an inside room and tried repeatedly to upgrade with no success (even when the cost ... Read More
This itinerary to the five Baltic Cities (Berlin, Tallin, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm) was great. The Star, however, was a disappointment. I had an inside room and tried repeatedly to upgrade with no success (even when the cost of my stateroom was lowered to $399 the week before the cruise). The food was very disappointing, even in the Versailles Main Dining Room. I really did not like the open seating protocal (no set dining hours or tables) My biggest issue with this ship was the disembarking in St. Petersburg. I had booked a private tour company. The first day there were people standing/sitting/pushing on the midship stairs from the 7th floor to the 4th floor waiting to get to Russian Customs. This was very dangerous and there was not one Ship Representative on any of these floors for crowd control. Also, it seems that the guests who booked the St.Petersburg Ship Tours were allowed off the ship first to get through the long wait for customs. We were 1hr late for our private tour the first day in St. Petersburg. The Star seems to have been designed for Carribean Cruises because there is no bar area at the front of the ship (like an Eagles Nest on HAL Ships) which is enclosed for forward view. It was too windy and cold to stand on the bow to view coming in through the Archipeligos to Stockholm, etc. There is no covered pool; just one pool outside with the slides.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Let me first start out by saying that I have been on three cruises with HAL, and this one was probably my favorite or tied with Alaska! The ship is absolutley gorgeous, with lots to do, very well maintained, with very friendly staff all ... Read More
Let me first start out by saying that I have been on three cruises with HAL, and this one was probably my favorite or tied with Alaska! The ship is absolutley gorgeous, with lots to do, very well maintained, with very friendly staff all around. Our room stewards, were excellent, always making sure that anything we needed was already in place before we even asked for it Dining was very good in the Rembrant Dining Room (not sure why it is not the Rotterdam dining room like the previous two crusies), all the food is excellently prepared, and does have style as well. I wanted to try the new Tamarind resturant, which is open for both lunch and dinner, but reservations book up quickly on it, so be sure to plan in advance on a sea day! We booked our tours through Saint Petersburg Tours, which was also very good in all the ports, and local guides that seemed to generally be interested in the subjects, and not just going through the motions! Entertainment there was so much to do, whether playing in the casino, or listening to Diane in the Piano Bar, or going to one of the many shows that went on every evening, from Jennie and the HAL Cats, to comedians, or other performances on the Mainstage, or if you just wanted to catch a movie, tons of options there as well. Would defiently recommend this cruise for anyone looking to see the Baltic! Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
Just back from my first Costa (have done Cunard, Princess, HAL, RCCL, Carnival before). Deliziosa is a new ship and a such was in excellent condition. Embarcation at Copenhagen was painfully slow. They had only 2 desks, manned by ... Read More
Just back from my first Costa (have done Cunard, Princess, HAL, RCCL, Carnival before). Deliziosa is a new ship and a such was in excellent condition. Embarcation at Copenhagen was painfully slow. They had only 2 desks, manned by ship's dancers who only had to check name on embarcation form you carried with your passport. No computer terminal or even a printed list to tick names. Still took them for ever. I stood in a queue for 1 hr 25 mins. An elderly lady behind me fainted, and I'd be surprised if she was the only one that day. Costa Card (combined room key/on board charge card) was in the cabin. Plenty of storage space in cabin, cabin steward excellent with high standards and desire to help when needed, cabin tv channels not good unless you speak Italian, French, German, Spanish. Only English-speaking channel was BBC World. Whole ship was very clean, most staff speak reasonable English, announcements were made in 5 languages but I got used to that and would just switch my ears off after hearing the first one I understood. Evening shows were ok - the multi-lingual ventriloquist (sounds painful) was a scream and I literally cried laughing. Excursions expensive but I do my own thing anyway - you can find everything there is to know and see about your destinations on line and don't have to spend a fortune on ship's tours. Food - well, compared to other lines it was disappointing. Buffet at lunchtime was ok, but nice to have waiter service in main restaurant at lunchtime if you're not ashore. It's open dining then so you can go when you want between 12 - 1.30 and don't have to sit at your assigned dinner table. Evening buffet not good, unless you like pizza. All they have is pizza, one pasta dish, one fish that to me screamed 'school dinners fish' and when I was there, the meat option was luncheon meat. Restaurant dinner menu disappointing but you can always get salmon or steak if you don't like that evening's menu. Hazlenut ice cream - now that really was Deliziosa. Room Service continental breakfast was ok and no extra charge. If you want RS any other time there's a 2 Euro charge. They don't do room service for lunch or dinner - I guess they're busy in the restaurant. Drinks very expensive. Even the Cocktail of the Day was 5 Euros which gets to almost 6 by the time they add the service charge and I don't think £5 for the day's cheap cocktail is particularly cheap. I'd gone on a last minute super-cheapie and had no budget for many extras, so stuck to normal water at dinner and didn't suffer from it. You can always get tea (lots of choice of fruit, herbal, normal, etc)or coffee in the lido buffet up to 11pm. Several bars to relax in, but none for peaceful relaxation as they all have some sort of live music in the evening. Casino - only takes your Costa Card, not cash, inc. the slots, so restraint needed there. Can get a bit smokey. There are smoking areas in the bars and one side of the pools. Less than half those dining had dressed to the "Gala" dress code on both those nights, so if you don't want to take fancy clothes you won't feel out of place. Internet's expensive but before I went I'd googled free wifi and found plenty of places I could use their computers (usually public libraries) or my netbook wifi for free. Some places you could get on line just off the ship - watch for where the crew go - when you see lots of Filipinos at their laptops, chances are there's free wifi. Would I go Costa again? If I got a good deal like this one (under £350 for balcony cabin for sole occupancy for a week including flights), Yes. Read Less
Sail Date June 2010

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