We chose this cruise for the port stops it would be making, we wanted to see Norway, but not exclusively, and my husband really wanted to go to Iceland too.
I had read some awful reviews about the Norwegian Star, terrible service, no bartenders to wait on you, grumpy employees on the ship, the ship looking very worn, mediocre food.
Let me just say, this was the most upbeat crew we'd ever encountered on any cruise line that we went on! Also what we found out was, if you asked for something, you got it, period!
Didn't really think the ship looked worn, and we never encountered a grumpy employee!
I will say this, the food in Aqua and in the main dining room, was not that great. We ate several meals in Cagneys, it was always wonderful! Also ate in the Moderno, and enjoyed the food there a lot too, plus their salad bar was outstanding! Would highly recommend going to Teppanyaki, the show was so much fun, best ever, along with the delicious food! They often had this wonderful barbecue pool side, and we always enjoyed the food there, barbecued chicken, sausages, rice, paella,veggies, all quite good, and nice to get away from the crowds out there too.
Big disappointment with the food when it came to LaCucina! And it's really too bad that they don't bring around a antipasto cart like some of the other cruise ships do in the Italian restaurant.
Besides the food, probably the reason we may not cruise again on this line was the lack of itinerary while we were on the ship. We talked to several other cruisers and they agreed. Lectures from weather specialists, or oceanographers would have been so appreciated.
Some of the game shows they did, were kind of dumb. We did enjoy the casino on several evenings, and out of the 14 nights on the show, there were really only 3 shows we didn't like, especially the magician, he was annoying!
The ports were fantastic! Absolutely loved Norway, scenery around every corner was gorgeous, and we really lucked out with warm weather for September! Iceland is vast and interesting; Scotland was green and fairy tale quaint; Dublin was lively and fun. Had no idea what to expect for the Shetland Islands, and although it was windy there, the town was full of character and quaint, we both loved it there. The Faroe Islands just didn't offer that much, we mainly walked into town there, and took one of the bus lines for free around the island, it just didn't have the charm all the other places had.
We were in cabin 9588, all the accommodations there I felt were fine, but just be aware that whenever the ship has to tender into port, you are right near where they lower the tenders down, and around 6am, it gets very noisy in the room while they are doing this. They actually only tendered once, for the Shetland Islands.
Felt there was adequate closet space, the bathroom was very efficient! We had a balcony which was more private than other balcony rooms on most ships. The bed was not really that comfortable, hard. And the pillows were the most uncomfortable, others on the cruise also made this comment to us.
Our cabin steward was wonderful, always accommodating, very upbeat and cheerful! He did a great job!!