1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Norwegian Star
NCL Star March 21 - 28 , 2004 After reading for months the reviews and observation other had on the NCL Star, I thought it only fair to voice my opinions. This was our eighth cruise, our first on NCL, so we have had some experiences in cruising, most of which have been good. We arrived in Honolulu on Friday, to allow time to get over some of the jet lag, and of course to enjoy the city. Wonderful stay at the Royal Hawaiian , but how could it be a bad one. We had visited Honolulu several years earlier, and honestly not much has changed other than the traffic has become more congested. We arrived at the Aloha Tower, for embarkation at around noon on the 21st of March. We had a short wait outside as the process started around 12:30, on that day. The checked bags were processed outside in a very efficient manner, and the carryon bags were screened inside. We had obtained a bottle of wine, in Honolulu which was noted by security and was detained by NCL, until our departure from the ship. This was not totally a surprise as this is clearly their policy and after all we are subject to their rules. We were booked into a AF mini-suite, so we were allowed the use of the suite check in. It was smooth , quick and efficient. Within in minutes we were being escorted to our cabin by one of the Star's fine crew. The process of cleaning the ship was well underway, but the crew dealt wonderfully with early arrivals. The importance of packing the carryon with a change of casual clothes was rewarding, as our checked bags took several hours to arrive at the cabin. Plenty of time to explore the ship and find our way around before the ship began filling with other passengers. Of course the first Mai Tai at Topsiders was a must. This also gave us the chance to meet Rosemariee, a great bartender and a must get to know on this ship. At 5pm the normal emergency drill was conducted, where we had the chance to meet Scott. He was our tender commander and had just joined the cruise as one of the wonderful singer/ dancers. By the way, don't even think of missing the review to Andrew Lloyd Weber and the Friday night combined show. The shows were well done and the experience one to remember. This was our first experience with Free Style dining, as previous cruises had been on the RCL and Holland America lines. We all in all felt it a good experience and enjoyed the variety. We especially enjoyed La Bistro and Ginza. Be sure to asks for Harry Krishna (yes really his name) and Malvin in La Bistro. Making of reservation could be a little easier. The food was special, the added costs to go from good food to great food was not painful. I guess the difference is a dining experience rather than and eating experience. We attended the Cruise Critic meeting, which is always held on Monday at 6pm at the bar on the 13th floor, above the pool, forward. We met Douglas, the Hotel Director, Rob the Food and Wine director and Kiern, the Cruise Director. They were all very enjoyable gentlemen with the common goal of making our cruise a wonderful experience. Make sure you attend this meeting, it helps to know the leaders. Douglas and Rob have got to be proud of their accomplishments on running a very efficient and happy organization. It was crystal clear as the week progressed that they have established a well working team. Kiern is by far the BEST cruises director we have ever experienced. His dry wit and sense of humor along with the programs he has arranged certainly add to the joy of this cruise. Our first stop was Hilo, on Monday morning. Raining as usual when we docked. We took the Hawaii Volcanoes Deluxe Nature Adventure with our guide Anila who did a great job. What an enjoyable excursion, natural beauty and lots to learn about volcanoes. The ship encountered a mechanical problem half way to Fanning, so we turned around and spent 2 days in Maui. This didn't seem to upset anyone in particular. We attended the Luau on Maui , which was good, but if you have been to one before, skip it. We also did the West Maui Helicopter excursion, which is well worth the money. Truly enjoyed the sighting of whales and their young. On the final day of our adventure, we visited the beautiful Kauai. This is truly our favorite of the islands. More natural beauty and less population. The Kauai Backroads Adventure is better than we expected and is great for those that have visited Kauai before. The final morning on most cruises is horrid. The Star and their crew smoothly handled this without any apparent hitch. The NCL policy of being able to remain in your cabin until your color is called or you desire to leave makes for a most civilized procedure. Clearly we had a wonderful adventure and have great memories of our 30th anniversary cruise. I believe the NCL Star has received some unfair criticism in the past. The ship was clean, the service efficient, the staff friendly, the food was good to great, the performances and activities were memorable.

Norwegian Star - Cruise to Nowhere

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by VaCrusier

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2004
  • Destination: Nowhere
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
NCL Star March 21 - 28 , 2004
After reading for months the reviews and observation other had on the NCL Star, I thought it only fair to voice my opinions. This was our eighth cruise, our first on NCL, so we have had some experiences in cruising, most of which have been good.
We arrived in Honolulu on Friday, to allow time to get over some of the jet lag, and of course to enjoy the city. Wonderful stay at the Royal Hawaiian , but how could it be a bad one. We had visited Honolulu several years earlier, and honestly not much has changed other than the traffic has become more congested.
We arrived at the Aloha Tower, for embarkation at around noon on the 21st of March. We had a short wait outside as the process started around 12:30, on that day. The checked bags were processed outside in a very efficient manner, and the carryon bags were screened inside. We had obtained a bottle of wine, in Honolulu which was noted by security and was detained by NCL, until our departure from the ship. This was not totally a surprise as this is clearly their policy and after all we are subject to their rules. We were booked into a AF mini-suite, so we were allowed the use of the suite check in. It was smooth , quick and efficient. Within in minutes we were being escorted to our cabin by one of the Star's fine crew.
The process of cleaning the ship was well underway, but the crew dealt wonderfully with early arrivals. The importance of packing the carryon with a change of casual clothes was rewarding, as our checked bags took several hours to arrive at the cabin. Plenty of time to explore the ship and find our way around before the ship began filling with other passengers. Of course the first Mai Tai at Topsiders was a must. This also gave us the chance to meet Rosemariee, a great bartender and a must get to know on this ship.
At 5pm the normal emergency drill was conducted, where we had the chance to meet Scott. He was our tender commander and had just joined the cruise as one of the wonderful singer/ dancers. By the way, don't even think of missing the review to Andrew Lloyd Weber and the Friday night combined show. The shows were well done and the experience one to remember.
This was our first experience with Free Style dining, as previous cruises had been on the RCL and Holland America lines. We all in all felt it a good experience and enjoyed the variety. We especially enjoyed La Bistro and Ginza. Be sure to asks for Harry Krishna (yes really his name) and Malvin in La Bistro. Making of reservation could be a little easier. The food was special, the added costs to go from good food to great food was not painful. I guess the difference is a dining experience rather than and eating experience.
We attended the Cruise Critic meeting, which is always held on Monday at 6pm at the bar on the 13th floor, above the pool, forward. We met Douglas, the Hotel Director, Rob the Food and Wine director and Kiern, the Cruise Director. They were all very enjoyable gentlemen with the common goal of making our cruise a wonderful experience. Make sure you attend this meeting, it helps to know the leaders. Douglas and Rob have got to be proud of their accomplishments on running a very efficient and happy organization. It was crystal clear as the week progressed that they have established a well working team. Kiern is by far the BEST cruises director we have ever experienced. His dry wit and sense of humor along with the programs he has arranged certainly add to the joy of this cruise.
Our first stop was Hilo, on Monday morning. Raining as usual when we docked. We took the Hawaii Volcanoes Deluxe Nature Adventure with our guide Anila who did a great job. What an enjoyable excursion, natural beauty and lots to learn about volcanoes.
The ship encountered a mechanical problem half way to Fanning, so we turned around and spent 2 days in Maui. This didn't seem to upset anyone in particular. We attended the Luau on Maui , which was good, but if you have been to one before, skip it. We also did the West Maui Helicopter excursion, which is well worth the money. Truly enjoyed the sighting of whales and their young.
On the final day of our adventure, we visited the beautiful Kauai. This is truly our favorite of the islands. More natural beauty and less population. The Kauai Backroads Adventure is better than we expected and is great for those that have visited Kauai before.
The final morning on most cruises is horrid. The Star and their crew smoothly handled this without any apparent hitch. The NCL policy of being able to remain in your cabin until your color is called or you desire to leave makes for a most civilized procedure.
Clearly we had a wonderful adventure and have great memories of our 30th anniversary cruise. I believe the NCL Star has received some unfair criticism in the past. The ship was clean, the service efficient, the staff friendly, the food was good to great, the performances and activities were memorable.
VaCrusier’s Full Rating Summary
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Shore Excursions
Rates
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get Norwegian Star price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email
By proceeding, you agree to Cruise Critic’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.