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This was the second cruise I took with NCL. This time it was the NCL Star. There were several problems with the cruise that can be avoided, if you plan ahead. I was on the 11th floor, which is underneath the pool and dining area. Big mistake. You can hear them roll their carts and people walking throughout the day. Maybe if you stay forward part of the boat, it would be fine. ULTIMATE DINNER PACKAGE. This package might be oversold, and it be impossible to get reservations to the restaurant you like to go to. I suggest not taking the packing and paying the surcharge. First night at the Steakhouse, it took 1 1/2 hours to get our food. It wasn't worth it. WARNING FOR CASINO PLAYERS: There is no independent governmental regulation of the type provided in Las Vegas by the Nevada Gaming Commission and State Gaming Control Board to oversee cruise line Casinos. One day, they would not let me near the tables as they were setting up the tables for the games. I noticed no new cards were used. They reuse the same cards throughout the cruise. I saw a dealer resorting them after closing the table. Very strange. Why wouldn't they used new cards? Why wouldn't they allow me to set at the table while they were setting up the game? Cruise ships try to maximize their profit with the money they get from Casinos. I strongely suggest you just enjoy the trip, and gamble back in the states where it is regulated. ONBOARD LOTTERY - NOT WORTH PLAYING: This is a fleet wide lottery so all NCL ships are part of it (Not the pride of America). 1 in 5,461,512 odds of winning the jackpot. 5 numbers drawn from 60. Most ships draw at a different times and also a different set of numbers so if one ship draws at 10pm and the second draws at 11pm with both ships each having a winner then the prize would go to the ship that drew first. This is exactly how major lotteries operate currently but in a much shorter time frame. If two ships had a draw at exactly the same time and both ships had a winner then the prize would be split between both winners, very similar to how major lotteries operate across America.

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Norwegian Star Cruise Review by FerdinM

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2015
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
This was the second cruise I took with NCL. This time it was the NCL Star. There were several problems with the cruise that can be avoided, if you plan ahead. I was on the 11th floor, which is underneath the pool and dining area. Big mistake. You can hear them roll their carts and people walking throughout the day. Maybe if you stay forward part of the boat, it would be fine.

ULTIMATE DINNER PACKAGE. This package might be oversold, and it be impossible to get reservations to the restaurant you like to go to. I suggest not taking the packing and paying the surcharge. First night at the Steakhouse, it took 1 1/2 hours to get our food. It wasn't worth it.

WARNING FOR CASINO PLAYERS: There is no independent governmental regulation of the type provided in Las Vegas by the Nevada Gaming Commission and State Gaming Control Board to oversee cruise line Casinos.

One day, they would not let me near the tables as they were setting up the tables for the games. I noticed no new cards were used. They reuse the same cards throughout the cruise. I saw a dealer resorting them after closing the table. Very strange. Why wouldn't they used new cards? Why wouldn't they allow me to set at the table while they were setting up the game?

Cruise ships try to maximize their profit with the money they get from Casinos. I strongely suggest you just enjoy the trip, and gamble back in the states where it is regulated.

ONBOARD LOTTERY - NOT WORTH PLAYING: This is a fleet wide lottery so all NCL ships are part of it (Not the pride of America). 1 in 5,461,512 odds of winning the jackpot. 5 numbers drawn from 60. Most ships draw at a different times and also a different set of numbers so if one ship draws at 10pm and the second draws at 11pm with both ships each having a winner then the prize would go to the ship that drew first. This is exactly how major lotteries operate currently but in a much shorter time frame. If two ships had a draw at exactly the same time and both ships had a winner then the prize would be split between both winners, very similar to how major lotteries operate across America.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 11120
We were under the dinning facility that was located on the 12th floor. You could hear people walking, and rolling carts. Very disappointing.
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