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Norwegian Star Cruise Review
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Norway Cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by fabnfortysomething

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2015
  • Destination: Norwegian Fjords
  • Cabin Type: Balcony

The itinery was just too good to pass up,have been on several NCL cruises but you have to go to Norway with a cruise lines called Norwegian cruise lines!

There were only 2 dates for a 7 day cruise to Norway and as this one co incided with holidays I could take we sailed over whit bank holiday weekend. The weather was cool and rainy which put a bit of a dampener on things [pun intended] but was still a very enjoyable cruise. Sailing along the fiords meant was more like a river cruise with spectacular scenery most of the way instead of only when in and out of ports.

Even on sunny sea day it wasn’t sunbathing weather so no problems with chair hogs on this cruise!

We had a balcony cabin which was still worth it even if too cold to sit out there was still the benefit of floor to ceiling windows to admire the views.

Food

We had 2 complimentary meals as Platinum latitudes to be used in La Cucina, Le Bistro or Moderno. It was difficult to get reservations as most speciality restaurants were heavily booked by embarkation day. We got 6 pm reservations for La Cucina and Moderno. We preferred food and ambience at Modernos. Would I have dined there if hadn’t had vouchers? I doubt it as we are fine with the included restaurants.

We ate one night with new found friends at Versailles but ate most meals at O sheehans .Breakfast at buffet and once at night.

Drink

We went for the corks and caps package at $44 per day plus 18% gratuity which was worth it for us especially if you go for higher price wines like pinot noir or prosecco. If only drinking beer it’s harder to make it worthwhile.

The Ultimate Beverage Package was $59 per day plus gratuity or $55 per day if booked pre embarkation. If you drink cocktails or whisky brandy etc this is the one for you

Wine packages where you buy several bottles wine for a 20% discount still available as well as buckets of beer where you buy 5 bottles and get 1 free

Spa

On this cool weather cruise the thermal spa pass at $129 for the week was great. It includes padded loungers that overlook the aft of ship with floor to ceiling windows. Also includes small swimming pool, Jacuzzi, therapy pool and sauna and steam room.

Treatments are pricey but look out for spa special offers particularly on embarkation and port days

There was only one issue we had with a stale cigarette smoke apparent several times when we opened the cabin door. We don't think it was caused by neighbours flouting smoking ban on balconies but a problem with air conditioning unit. Despite several complaints and visits by maintenance the problem was never resolved.

Ports

we stayed on board Alesund and Bergen as weather wasn't too good

Geiranger booked online Mountain bus tour to Mount Dalsnibba which unfortunately road was closed by snow so had an alternative trip to 2 scenic viewpoints and a mountain lake

Flam -a member of our roll call got 2 group bookings for 30 people each for the scenic Flam railway-we were on the same train as a large group of NCL shore excursioners who paid over $100 more for the same experience [OK they had waffles included at a hotel near the top but that makes it a very expensive waffle!]


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