Sail Date: October 2018
We loved the refurbished Norwegian Star!!! The ship was beautiful and the food was great. I have food restrictions and they took very good care of me. I had a special meal prepared for me every time we went to the dining room. I also loved ... Read More
We loved the refurbished Norwegian Star!!! The ship was beautiful and the food was great. I have food restrictions and they took very good care of me. I had a special meal prepared for me every time we went to the dining room. I also loved the freestyle dining as well. The entertainment/shows were also great. We booked all our excursions through NCL and we were really pleased with our tours and the guides that we had. The disembarkation and embarkation were well organized. We never had issues getting off and on the ship. We had a mid-ship mini suite with a balcony. It was roomy enough for the 3 of us, it was also very clean. We had purchased the thermal spa package...it was awesome. All the staff were great. I would definitely cruise with Norwegian again and will recommend this cruise to my family and friends! What a wonderful trip!!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We have sailed with NCL and other cruise lines and we felt that on this cruise the service and the quality of the food was definitely declining. The food in the Garden Cafe was not well displayed and the way the cafe is laid out makes it ... Read More
We have sailed with NCL and other cruise lines and we felt that on this cruise the service and the quality of the food was definitely declining. The food in the Garden Cafe was not well displayed and the way the cafe is laid out makes it very difficult to get to the buffet. There was limited seating and it was incredibly noisy - we avoided the Cafe as much as possible and ate in O'Sheehan's which was easy to get into and quiet enough to carry on a conversation, but the menu is quite limited. We ate in the main dining room, Versaille a few evenings and mornings for breakfast and the service was just terrible - our food never came at the same time, sometimes it was cold and sometimes items were missing. The menu was also not very appealing - not once was steak and lobster on the menu. We ate at the speciality dining restaurants 3 nights and they were all excellent. As for the bars - they were always understaffed so we had to stand at the bar to order our drinks and usually there was only one bartender so it took a long time just to get a glass of wine. We typically met in Gatsby's. The couple we were traveling with were in a cabin that had a faulty toilet and for the entire 8 day trip they had to call Guest Services to have a plumber come fix the toilet and then wait for housekeeping to come clean up the water all over the bathroom floor! Literally everyday, and sometimes twice a day they spent time in their cabin waiting for a plumber I'm pretty sure none of us will travel on the Star again. The itinerary was spectacular even though we missed a stop in Kotor - our captain said the weather was too bad to get into the port. However when we spoke to our tour guide abou canceling our planned tour he said our Captain made a big mistake because the weather was beautiful. Very disappointing. I'm all about safety, but I felt they skipped this stop out of convenience to the ship, not because of weather. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
First time on Norwegian had a outside cabin mid ship no complaints had 14 bottles of water plenty clean towels cabin boy always asking if we need anything every restaurant food really good all the bars had good selection of drinks in the ... Read More
First time on Norwegian had a outside cabin mid ship no complaints had 14 bottles of water plenty clean towels cabin boy always asking if we need anything every restaurant food really good all the bars had good selection of drinks in the drinks package up to the value of 20 dollars peronni Stella corona Newcastle brown strong bow prossecco etc so no complaints never any lines at bars restaurants or getting on or off the ship the staff give it a extra lift always helpful and happy the 5 o’clock bar team dinesh harmalkar Sergio Castillo suson numez arismantara were 5 star the gatsys bar team cocktails to die for sadab saheed Mahdi taufig very good they never let your glass get empty even when you are on your sunded they are running round keeping you topped up the food always hot and plentiful service really good in all the restaurants making sure everything perfect no complaints Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
SHIP - I had always wanted to do a Mediterranean cruise but the joke was on me since this was a mainly Adriatic Sea cruise. We chose NCL because we wanted to experience NCL, the price was eye-catching and the itinerary round trip from ... Read More
SHIP - I had always wanted to do a Mediterranean cruise but the joke was on me since this was a mainly Adriatic Sea cruise. We chose NCL because we wanted to experience NCL, the price was eye-catching and the itinerary round trip from Venice included a couple of stops I wanted to visit. CABIN - We booked an inside cabin just below LaCucina which I was concerned about because of the restaurant noise. Thirty days out, I placed a minimum bid on an ocean view room which we "won" for $50 per person. Room 5018 has a king-sized bed but there is a bunk bed jutting out of the wall about 8" so getting into and out of bed you had to be aware of it. On the other side, there is a very narrow area between the bed and desk. Hubby and I thought about getting them separated into singles to avoid these obstacles but took no action. If you want to sit, there is only one small ottoman stool or the bed. This room is near the stairwell/elevators and one floor down from the theater and casino but we never heard extra noise - just the usual loud ship creaks and bangs and that wonderful sound of the ship cutting through the waves. I did not even know we had next door neighbors until our last evening when we heard them briefly speaking loudly before heading back out. There is plenty of storage for two people - 7 drawers, many open shelves, 2 bedside tables, etc. The bathroom was fine for one person at a time. There is a door between the toilet and sink but doesn't offer any privacy. The sink faucet was made for a kitchen sink. There was always super hot water and strong shower spray. DINING - Our first night we ended up at O'Sheehan's by chance. We went straight there from the safety drill and got a window table and was very fortunate to view Venice from this vantage point for sailaway. They offered prime rib after 6pm so we ordered soup and appetizers until it was time to order the prime rib - it was pretty good. The service was odd - one guy took our order then we saw him serving across the room, another delivered our food and then a girl removed our dishes without asking if we needed anything else. It was our first and last time in O'Sheehan's. For some reason, we at most of our meals in the Garden Cafe buffet. We would stop in to see what was being offered then pick up a few munchies and end up eating a full meal. The people-watching here was also the most entertaining and the young men clearing the tables were always clearing and wiping in an unhurried manner. We ate in Aqua one evening but our waitress was silly and her service was slipshod (bringing the coffee cup then forgetting to bring the coffee until prompted, bringing the bar drinks for the table next to us but not bringing our until prompted, she took my keycard for my bar drink and I did not get it back and had to get a new one the next morning). The tables for two are very close together and lined up against the wall. We ate at Topsiders once but did not care for it. A hamburger and hot dog are just a hamburger and hot dog but when the bun is hard or the meat looks like it's been sitting a while well, it's time to take a few steps over to the ice cream bar or a few more steps to the alcohol bar and all three are next to each other next to the pool (so convenient). We did not eat in Versailles until our fifth night of the cruise and fell in love. We ate dinner there two nights in a row - why oh why did we not eat here sooner. This is the most beautiful restaurant offering the best service and delicious food. We did not eat in any of the Specialty Dining restaurants-did not feel the need to. We had the UBP and it was very convenient that you could pick up two drinks at a time but my liver is now is detox. Some bartenders mix drinks slightly differently than others so you'll hopefully find your favorite - you can tell by the friendly greetings between bartenders and passengers that this connection was made. ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES - We went to the first night's show, the Paradis show and the Marco Romano show all in the Stardust Theater. The Paradis show was the most entertaining with excellent singing and dancing and sexiness. Marco Romano is an Italian with a huge voice. At the first night's show, he sang an excellent Nessun Dorma but there was so much microphone feedback, it was distracting and the back-of-house-staff should remedy this so it never happens again. Sadly, you had to wait until the last night of the cruise to hear him again. Excellent, excellent singer and I'll be blasting his CD. We attended the towel animal demo - a 1/2 hour of silly fun and they make it looks so easy. We played a couple of bingo games - $69 for the large package with the lowest package being $29. I shared a four corners jackpot with another winner receiving $174 (yeah!). I also listened to the Q&A with the captain and senior officers which was very educational especially with one woman asking a question and whining about an excursion being cancelled and the captain first apologizing then answering politely but firmly that there may be multiple reasons for cancellation and to see the officer to his right for assistance. I spent too much time (and lost too much money) in the casino but enjoyed it except for the smoking that's allowed. I also attended an origami workshop and it was a one-on-one activity with the instructor as I was the only one there. We purchased the thermal spa pass and used it a total of 4 times. It was very relaxing on the heated loungers but I ended up falling asleep and I'm sure snoring each time I used one. SERVICE - We found all staff to be friendly and ready to do anything for you. Except for the couple of staff I've described in the dining section, they all did their jobs in an unhurried and professional manner. There may be a line in front of one bartender but he would get through each customer quickly one at a time in an unhurried manner. The Garden Cafe staff always greeted you with a "good morning" or "good afternoon". Our room steward, Sunhi, always had a big smile on his face but was unintrusive. We hardly saw him but always saw the result of his twice daily visits including the towel animals (I'm 58 and still love those). PORTS and SHORE EXCURSIONS - Dubrovnik - we paid for the NCL shuttle $20 each round trip and did a Game of Thrones self-guided tour and walked the city walls. Be prepared to pay in the Croatian kuna or VISA but there are many places to exchange funds near the city wall entry. Also be prepared to commit to walk many, many stairs. There really is no turning back if you get tired. Kotor - this was our only tender port and we opted to walk into the historic town on our own for a bit of shopping. Be prepared to see the cats of Kotor lounging in many areas of the town. Katakolon- we opted to walk the small waterfront village taking a horse drawn carriage down the beach and having a snack at one of the restaurants then a bit more shopping. Athens - I have visited here before so knew the basic city layout. Our plan was to take the X80 then visit a few of the main historic sites. A very good looking Greek greeted us near the taxi area and pointed the way to catch the X80 but offered us a private tour for 120euro - his name is Dimitri and operates Dimitris Taxi. We ended up taking him up on this service and somehow we were able to zip through the traffic seeing these main historic sights including Lykavittos Hill. He was very specific with directions for us and where he would be waiting when we were done. We saw so much in such a short amount of time. Split - This was the only excursion (not NCL) that I booked and chose this one specifically for a Game of Thrones tour that ended in a restaurant that served a Tyrion Lannister-style breakfast. I am amazed that I got to stand in the same place where the series was filmed but our guide Maya had the photos to prove it. She also gave us a very broad overview of the city's history and the Diocletian's Palace. Croatia is a beautiful country and I would like to spend more time there someday. DISEMBARKATION - We had some harsh wind coming into the Athens port but Captain Mattias handled it masterfully. They closed the Port of Venice on our return to port and people were in a panic. It turned into a two-hour delay so after we docked and as we were waiting for our color tag to be called (originally scheduled for 9am), we got to watch the disembarking of most passengers and the massive activity of unloading baggage and passengers and reloading of supplies for the next cruise from the 7th floor-a very interesting operation to watch. We opted to use the NCL shuttle to get from the port to the airport and they pretty much guide you from the port exit to the airport entrance. One concern was that as we were approaching the area to retrieve our luggage, a man was quickly walking away from the area with two suitcases. One of the suitcases was mine so I stopped him. I took my bag then watched as hubby got is bag. I thought this man had made a mistake and would go back to the luggage pile to retrieve the correct bag but he left he other bag he had been removing sitting in the middle of the floor and just disappeared. I didn't see which direction nor get a description - only saw that left bag sitting alone in the middle of the floor. After we were seated on the bus, I told my husband that I think that man may have been trying to steal these suitcases. Jerk. Overall, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. If you're not having a good time, it's not NCL's fault as they have so many offerings and so much for you to participate in. This may not be the best time of the year if you're looking for fun in the sun since it was overcast some days and not really laze-by-the-pool weather - the Oasis Pool was freezing but some hardy souls were still swimming. It was great for sightseeing in some historic sights all with the convenience of a cruise. Enjoy it all, my people. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We selected this cruise for a number of reasons: the size of the ship (not too huge), the ports of call, the amenities and shipboard options and the cabins. Overall, the experience was positive but it all depended on the day/time as my ... Read More
We selected this cruise for a number of reasons: the size of the ship (not too huge), the ports of call, the amenities and shipboard options and the cabins. Overall, the experience was positive but it all depended on the day/time as my experiences varied widely. I'll detail them in the notes below. First, I think it's worth noting one of the more positive aspects of the trip....the service. The cabin stewards were top notch and an absolute delight...very much working to ensure your comfort and that your individual needs were being met. The staff in the café were also great, making sure that you had what you needed and that tables were cleared off quickly in between customers. Second, there was something that I noticed before we even began the trip and it proved to be an ongoing and persistent annoyance. I don't know if this is specific to this ship, to NCL or to the cruise industry overall but it's enough to drive me away from another trip altogether. And that is, the constant nickle-and-diming. It started even before we boarded, being bombarded with announcements of savings or deals on future trips. I didn't want to unsubscribe because these messages were also interwoven with important communications about my trip. But, once the trip was over, I unsubscribed immediately. Then, once you are preparing to embark or just after you get on the ship, there are deals on the spa...and wine packages...and beverage deals. And even when you purchased one of the 'packages' you found out that there was more excluded than included in the deal. Everything was an additional fee or had an additional service charge or added money in some way, shape or form. It was a constant barrage. Friends of mine got the beverage package which then seemed to insure that almost every beverage they wanted was actually not included. They regretted getting it. I got the wine package which actually had some very good wine and was perfect for our needs. Unfortunately, actually getting the wine was time-consuming and cumbersome. I was told that I could use my vouchers in any restaurant or bar but, since I wasn't using the restaurants, I went to one of the bars every time. When I did so, turning in those vouchers was treated as a major inconvenience and I was told a couple of times that they couldn't do it, until I pressed the issue. Then it was taken care of grudgingly...and took time. It's not like I did this when they were at peak capacity...it was in the late afternoon when there wasn't more than a handful of people in these locations. If you're going to sell these packages, then it should be easy for people to redeem them. Also, there were several 'quiet areas' on the ship where you are supposed to be able to go to get out of the craziness, get away from the crowds and/or just relax and read without being bombarded with noise. Unfortunately, those areas were not respected and there were multiple times where, despite reminders from myself and others, people insisted on loud talking/laughing/etc. I soon found that the only real place for peace and quiet was my own balcony. If the ship is going to designate quiet areas, they should enforce it and ensure that other passengers aren't left to do that. There also seemed to be a lack of planning in terms of when/where resources would be needed. For example, after everyone was onboard and as we got underway, there was only one person available to assist in the internet café. That is the time that everyone is trying to connect to the ship's wifi, with varying levels of success, or they want to upgrade their wifi service. Either way, there are a lot of people who are looking for help at the same time and having only one person there to do so was ridiculous. A lot of people were pretty frustrated. Another example was on the last day, prior to debarkation. They had 2 people on duty at the main desk to resolve billing questions/issues, so the line was huge. Both of these times and passenger needs are pretty predictable, they should staff accordingly. Now, for the finer details. Ship: I understand that this ship was recently retrofitted but I have to say that it was a bit odd in terms of the layout. There were some facilities that were actually at a 1/2 deck level and you had to take the elevator to the floor above and walk down 1/2 flight to get to it. This meant that some parts of the ship were not accessible to anyone who was mobility challenged. Cabin: The cabin was awesome and had more space than expected, including the bathroom. I loved having the balcony as well, it was my own private space to get away from the masses. The steward who covered my area also did everything he could to ensure that it was clean and comfortable and met my needs. Dining: I only went to the café. I wasn't particularly interested in most of the dining options and definitely was not interested in paying anything extra or having to wait. I wanted to eat when I wanted to eat and be able to get in and out relatively quickly...and so utilized the café. I also found that there was enough variety there so that, when my friends and I were all there at the same time, all of our tastes and dietary needs could be met. The only downside was that I found that a lot of the food was incredibly salty, especially the soups. Spa: Loved the spa!! I spent a good deal of my downtime there, even if I wasn't getting a treatment. I loved hanging out in the hot tub, although the whirlpool was not warm enough. The only downside was that there were no changing rooms in the locker room and the lounging beds in the spa itself were fully occupied much of the time (they need more of them), especially on the 'at sea' day. There was also a bit of a snafu at the beginning of the trip, in that there was a spa representative in the embarkation area. She was promoting a package deal on spa treatments that were booked at the start of the trip. I went right over there, before I even had my boarding info, so that I could get things scheduled early. Unfortunately, her phone didn't work properly and she tried multiple times to reach the scheduler on board. We spent about 15 min trying to make that connection until I left to finish checking in...and eventually she got a new phone and was able to make the connection. It's great to have people sign up early but it's an exercise in frustration if the person charged with doing so is unable to seal the deal. Ports and Shore excursions: there's really only one word for it - chaos!! I'm not a big-crowd person so I probably should have steered away from the excursion packages altogether. These were a total mix of experiences, for the most part dependent on the skills of the guide. - Montenegro - this one was a total waste and was, unfortunately, our first port. We started a bit late because we had to tender and we had farther to go to actually get to the port. Our guide did not factor that lost time into the itinerary. First, it was a fairly long bus ride to get to Budva but, for some reason, we went about 15 min beyond the city, only to pull over to the side of the road to 'take a picture' of an unimpressive island, and a look-back towards the coastline. The only thing that was highlighted about this island was that George Clooney was there for something. After a few pics, we got back on the bus for the trip back to Budva. We lost about 1/2 hr for that useless sidetrip. The city of Budva was interesting but we got none of the history...you had to ask very pointed questions to get any of the background...and then we were set loose to explore and shop. Then we headed back to Kotor and the ship, missing the entire second part of the trip, an exploration of the old city of Kotor. I found out later that, as the last few people got off the bus, one of them challenged the guide with the fact that we had missed this part of the trip. She then offered to take those remaining folks (apparently only about 8-10 people) on a brief tour of the old city. Those that did it said it was the highlight of that day...but it was not even made available to everyone on that bus, as they were directed back to the ship. In fact, if those last few folks hadn't asked about it, they probably wouldn't have seen it either. - Corfu: For Corfu, we had a great guide and we heard a lot about the island and some of their history. The only downside to Corfu was the trash. Apparently, the local landfill is totally full and they have had no place to put their trash for months now. All over the island you will just see huge piles of garbage and overflowing bins. It really takes away from the beauty of the island. - Santorini: The caldera itself was beautiful as were the views of the different communities from the water. My only wish was that we could have spent some time checking out different parts of the island that were not on the 'tours'. As it was, we went to the two main parts of the island - Fira and Oia, and both were just insane. In Oia, you have the opportunity to see the iconic blue domes and whitewashed buildings overlooking the sea. But, when you get to those points, it's just herds of people shuffling in and out, with selfie-sticks, trying to capture those iconic shots. It's a mob scene and you sometimes have to queue up just to walk down a particular alleyway or staircase. Sometimes you could barely walk...and we were there towards the end of the season. Ii can't imagine what it would be like in July/August. - Dubrovnik: The unexpected highlight of the trip. This was my favorite port and I only wish that I had more time to explore it. It's a beautiful city and we had a great guide, who provided great context on the history, culture and people of this city and Croatia. Excursions overall: How the excursions are managed onboard is a nightmare and highly dependent on individual people. For example: on the first day, Marcus was the MC of the excursion management process. He was clear on what to expect and provided detailed instructions on what to listen for. He said that a lot of the excursions had "Montenegro" in the title and that he was going to announce not just the name of the tour but also the tour #, so that it would be more clear. He also repeated each announcement several times, so that people who couldn't hear or missed the first announcement could catch it on one of the subsequent announcements. The only other person who did something similar was the eastern European guy (who spoke multiple languages)..and he, too, had a smooth process. On the other hand, there were two women who handled the process who were horrible at it. One of them made the announcement only once so that multiple people were scrambling around checking with other people on what trip was boarding at any given time. And, one of them did repeat the name of the tour, but used the wrong name of the tour...so that at least one person missed it because they were listening for something different than what she announced. When those errors happened, there was no ownership or accountability...it was just shrugged off. In fact, the only person who seemed to take any ownership for helping to ensure that any misdirected passengers got taken care of, was Marcus. Nobody else seemed to care, they'd just move people along the process to the next person and let them deal with it. I know it's challenging to get hundreds of people on/off and sent off in multiple directions but there should be more concern about ensuring that people get to the right place at the right time. Embarkation/Debarkation: These were two totally different experiences. - Embarkation in Venice was a zoo. The signage in the debarkation center was on these portable stands, making it easy for them to put up/take down but virtually impossible for people to see, especially if someone is standing in front of them. I waited in one line for about 15 min and when I got to the front was asked for my number, which I had no idea I needed, because I hadn't actually checked in. The sign for that was totally blocked by a group of people. So I had to go back and get in a different line. There was also the issue of the spa lady trying to schedule spa appointments but not being able to reach the scheduler onboard. Once we got thru those lines, it really was not clear what we were supposed to do once we got onboard. The seasoned cruisers knew but newbies did not....and we just sort of wandered around trying to figure out where we were supposed to go. We were eventually told to go to the café for lunch but as more and more people came onboard, it became quite crowded. And, because people couldn't check in to their rooms, they tended to stay put in the café...taking up table space so that others had no place to sit. There were a lot of people just wandering around trying to find a place to hang out until cabins were ready. It was annoying and frustrating. - Debarkation: was a well-oiled machine. It was relatively painless and an incredibly smooth operation. Overall, I enjoyed the cruise and some of the ports but I also think that there is a lot of room for improvement. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We are big fans of NCL, especially their bigger ships so I was a little concerned how I would feel spending a week on a Star. I need not have worried as this ship can take on the big boys any day. The ship feels very modern and has lots of ... Read More
We are big fans of NCL, especially their bigger ships so I was a little concerned how I would feel spending a week on a Star. I need not have worried as this ship can take on the big boys any day. The ship feels very modern and has lots of great bars and restaurants, I never once felt we didn't have lots of choice of where to go. The first night in Versaille was shocking, the food was good but the service was terrible, getting orders wrong etc. We decided to try Aqua the next night, this was much better and return twice more. We also ate at the Ginza, Moderno and O'Sheehans, all were good but service in O'Sheehans was pretty slow as it was there at breakfast. The embarkation in Venice was pretty easy but be warned its a good walk to the dock from the people mover so if you struggle get a taxi from the bus station in Venice. Three of the five ports we visited we tendered (Kotor, Mykonos and Santorini), as another ship was anchored close to town in Kotor we had to drop anchor further away, this meant a 25 minute ride! Because it took around an hour to turn a tender around it took an age to get everyone off and there was lots of complaining. The other 2 ports were straight forward and we go off quickly even waiting for open tender. Unfortunately, this tender ticket game is getting ridiculous. Tickets were available from 8.30am to 9.30 am, I over heard a couple saying they got in line at 6am to ensure they got a good ticket! The Star really needs to upgrade its TV so you can book tenders through them like on the big ships, that will stop this crazy behaviour. Our cabin was 5500, a lovely large cabin but very noisy when docking, I wouldn't chose this again. Luckily we didn't dock early in most our ports so we did get plentry of sleep but coming back into Venice we were woken at 5.45am by the thrusters. All the ports were beautiful in their own way, sailing into Kotor through the Fjord was very special. Needless to say I loved ship and hope to sail on her again some day. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
Great way to see Italy, Greece and Croatia. We had a great time on the Ship and the Ports. Was disappointed in the Cruise Director and his Crew and how they were so disorganized. You barely saw them and didn't seem real helpful when ... Read More
Great way to see Italy, Greece and Croatia. We had a great time on the Ship and the Ports. Was disappointed in the Cruise Director and his Crew and how they were so disorganized. You barely saw them and didn't seem real helpful when you did. The procedure to get Tender Tickets and getting on and off the ship during tender procedures could have been a real safety issue. People got in line at 0600 am to get tender tickets so they could be first in line and there was no cueing of lines. As people trickled in they got in front of people that had already been there for hours. I was surprised there was no riots, not a single crew member in there to organize until 0830 then everyone rushed up in mobs. Same thing with the tendering. They had 1 person on the 7th floor trying to prevent mobs of people trampling on each other and instead of calling 1 group at a time, the crew 4 decks below were calling 3 groups at a time not realizing the chaos of people 4 decks up. I'm really surprised that people have not gotten hurt or fell down the stairs. The White Out party should have been called Latin night, 5 to 6 songs in Spanish compared to 1 in English. Latin night was the following night. Seems there were a lot of crew that were not familiar with the ship. I was guessing maybe from the JOY. A lot of them had a language barrier and a lot of misinformation what actually was going on the ship. I am a platinum now and usually enjoy the service on NCL, but this particular cruise seemed everyone was lost. I think a lot of the regular crew were on their leaves and they threw a lot of the crew not familiar with the ship on board. We had an awesome Pool Waiter named Joe took great care of us and new all of our names the 1st day. Great Service in Cagneys and Le Bistro as always and the food was great. Loved the ports, just need to get the tender situation under control, which was really my only big complaint. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
Interested in initerary, Greek isles, Venice, Montenegro and Dubrovnik. Lots of history, scenic ports. The food in the main dining room, Versailles, was the best we've ever had on a cruise ship. We had the specialty dining package and ... Read More
Interested in initerary, Greek isles, Venice, Montenegro and Dubrovnik. Lots of history, scenic ports. The food in the main dining room, Versailles, was the best we've ever had on a cruise ship. We had the specialty dining package and enjoyed the food in cagneys, bistro, and cucina, excellent as expected. But the improvements in the main dining was a great surprise. We thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment. We've also cruised with Princess and royal Caribbean. They can't compete with ncl on shows. We were pleased that the ncl Star had shows just as entertaining as ncl's mega ships. Las Vegas, white magic, the aerialists, caberet, and excellent singer, Michelle. I'd like to see more enrichment on ncl. There was a cruise port talk each port day, but that was mostly to sell excursions. Our favorite excursions were delos and akrotiri, both archeological sites, one with a wine tasting stop, and the game of thrones tour in Dubrovnik Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
The ship was recently redorated and was clean. Our mini suite suited our needs perfectly. The dining was top notch. We purchased the upgraded meal package but it was next to impossible to get reservations and the meals were not all that ... Read More
The ship was recently redorated and was clean. Our mini suite suited our needs perfectly. The dining was top notch. We purchased the upgraded meal package but it was next to impossible to get reservations and the meals were not all that much better. The theater shows were quite good. The live music and lounge singers, not so much. The game show activities were not in good taste, nor the poolside dance contest where the staff encouraged raunchiness. Ports were too crowded. Tender operation too slow. Not enough time in the best ports. We could have passed on Mykonos yet we were there the longest. Water dispensers in cafe did not operate correctly and most passengers were frustrated. Bottled water was priced at $5! Elevators were always in use and crowded. Be prepared to use stairs. Washi-Washi staff was friendly, courteous and could always direct us to the location of our party. Ging came in three times a day to straighten up our room and leave comical towel creations, sometimes posed with our reading glasses or a hanging monkey from the ceiling. Don’t understand how they can work 10 hr. days, 7 days a week! Nice poolside area but water too cold for swimming. Lots of onboard jacuzzis available. Croatia, Kotor and Corfu were amazing! New gym equipment but not all the machines you may need. It also smelled like people were smoking nearby. Gym classes cost $20 but the instructor just walked around with his cell phone, looking bored. Overall, glad we went even if we did come home a few pounds heavier! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Overall we had a great experience aboard the star. The embarkation & disembarkation was excellent. The rooms were better than I thought they would be we had a stateroom with balcony.The service from the staff especially your stateroom ... Read More
Overall we had a great experience aboard the star. The embarkation & disembarkation was excellent. The rooms were better than I thought they would be we had a stateroom with balcony.The service from the staff especially your stateroom staff was excellent. Food was excellent in all restaurant the only complaint was sometimes the service was slow. Tender process was very organised and smooth. We travelled with a group of friends and already we are planning our next cruise. We enjoyed visiting all ports Kotor,Corfu,Mykonos,Santorini and Dubrovnik. The ship excursion to Dubrovnik 'Game of Thrones' was really good and lovely way to see the city but wish we had more time to explore. We hired our own boat in Corfu and was a lovely way to see the island. Dress code is very relaxed, Cagneys restuarant was the best and the steak was very good. We would book again with Norwegian the overall experience was excellent and value for money . Read Less
Norwegian Star Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 4.0

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