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My husband and I decided we would fly to Europe and do a big cruise to see as much a possible since it would likely be the only time. Our holiday actually started on Aug 12 where we flew to London for a few days then to Budapest where we took an eight day river cruise. We cruised from there to Nuremberg then took a bus to Prague for a few days, then flew again to Hamburg for another couple of days. We arrived by bus to Copenhagen to take the three back to back cruises with Norwegian on the "Star". We actually arrived a day early and our hotel could not accommodate us for the one extra night so stayed right by the train station at the hotel Mercur. This was a nice place, close to everything and breakfast was included for a reasonable price. The following day we checked into our reserved hotel called Saints Annes which was opened in 1851 and is only minutes walk to the waterfront and canal. The hotel rooms are very small but clean and quiet. Breakfast available at a cost. On Sept 5th our arrival at the dock by taxi was cheaper than what the hotel wanted and no round about driving. We arrived just after 11:00 a.m. and our embarkment was speedy with very few lineups. We are Latitude members and didn't realize we had reached platinum so were pleased to see a bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries greeting us. Laundry once a week was included which we were so happy to have. Our room with a balcony on the 9th deck starboard was comfortable. There are lots of options for eating on board and particularly like the Schooner bar and cafe. You can order fish & chips, chicken wings, hamburgers etc at any time of day. Our Captain Matias Anderssen gave us a commentary each morning on the port we were going to be visiting. He says he is one of the last Vikings since he is a Swede and this is his heritage. Great sense of humour. The ports we visited on the first part of our cruise to the Baltics was - Warnemunde (Germany), Tallin (Estonia, St. Petersburg (Russia) Helsinki (Finland) Stockholm (Sweden) and then back to Copenhagen. The second portion of our cruise was from Copenhagen to Bergen (Norway), Alesund (Norway), Lerwick Shetland Islands (Scotland) Thorshavn (Faroe Islands), Revkiavik (Iceland) Greenock (Scotland), Dublin (Ireland) and back to Copenhagen again. Final part of the three cruises in one - Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (Netherlands) Zeebrugge (Belgium) Le Havre (France), Bordeaux (France), Gijon (Spain),Lisbon (Portugal), Cadiz (Spain), Valencia (Spain) and disembarking in Barcelona. We took many excursions from the ship as well as a lot of Hop On/Hop Off bus tours. A lot of these ports visited were container ports and out of the city limits so too far to walk to town. Places like Rotterdam was a two hour bus ride to Amsterdam and wouldn't want to travel on our own that far. Paris was the same so no option but to take the excursion to be safe.This was apparently a trial cruise to check out the ports for new destinations even though it was considered a repositioning one. The Star was continuing on to Dubai, Singapore and Australia instead of the original port of Miami which meant we would disembark there in Barcelona. We booked the cruise Royal Caribbean" Brilliance of the Seas" but had five days before it would be leaving so took a bus to a seaside resort called Sitges. Loved it!! We liked our stateroom on the ship although the shower stall was a bit cramped but lots of cupboard space in the cabin. We enjoyed the entertainment, crew were exceptionally friendly and helpful, the food was a good selection at the buffet. The dining room food was good but the appitizers always came luke warm. They did not have a cafe for hot snacks like the Norwegian but did offer food after the buffet closed. Our overall impression of the ship was very good and would not hesitate to book with them again. Our holiday ended when we flew from Tampa to Victoria, British Columbia but from Aug 12th - Nov 1st 2016 we had a wonderful venture with many picture and memories.

Captain Matias Anderssen - a real hoot!

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by donner70

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2016
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
My husband and I decided we would fly to Europe and do a big cruise to see as much a possible since it would likely be the only time.

Our holiday actually started on Aug 12 where we flew to London for a few days then to Budapest where we took an eight day river cruise. We cruised from there to Nuremberg then took a bus to Prague for a few days, then flew again to Hamburg for another couple of days. We arrived by bus to Copenhagen to take the three back to back cruises with Norwegian on the "Star".

We actually arrived a day early and our hotel could not accommodate us for the one extra night so stayed right by the train station at the hotel Mercur. This was a nice place, close to everything and breakfast was included for a reasonable price.

The following day we checked into our reserved hotel called Saints Annes which was opened in 1851 and is only minutes walk to the waterfront and canal. The hotel rooms are very small but clean and quiet. Breakfast available at a cost.

On Sept 5th our arrival at the dock by taxi was cheaper than what the hotel wanted and no round about driving. We arrived just after 11:00 a.m. and our embarkment was speedy with very few lineups.

We are Latitude members and didn't realize we had reached platinum so were pleased to see a bottle of wine and chocolate covered strawberries greeting us. Laundry once a week was included which we were so happy to have.

Our room with a balcony on the 9th deck starboard was comfortable.

There are lots of options for eating on board and particularly like the Schooner bar and cafe. You can order fish & chips, chicken wings, hamburgers etc at any time of day.

Our Captain Matias Anderssen gave us a commentary each morning on the port we were going to be visiting. He says he is one of the last Vikings since he is a Swede and this is his heritage. Great sense of humour.

The ports we visited on the first part of our cruise to the Baltics was - Warnemunde (Germany), Tallin (Estonia, St. Petersburg (Russia) Helsinki (Finland) Stockholm (Sweden) and then back to Copenhagen.

The second portion of our cruise was from Copenhagen to Bergen (Norway), Alesund (Norway), Lerwick Shetland Islands (Scotland) Thorshavn (Faroe Islands), Revkiavik (Iceland) Greenock (Scotland), Dublin (Ireland) and back to Copenhagen again.

Final part of the three cruises in one - Oslo (Norway), Rotterdam (Netherlands) Zeebrugge (Belgium) Le Havre (France), Bordeaux (France), Gijon (Spain),Lisbon (Portugal), Cadiz (Spain), Valencia (Spain) and disembarking in Barcelona.

We took many excursions from the ship as well as a lot of Hop On/Hop Off bus tours. A lot of these ports visited were container ports and out of the city limits so too far to walk to town. Places like Rotterdam was a two hour bus ride to Amsterdam and wouldn't want to travel on our own that far. Paris was the same so no option but to take the excursion to be safe.This was apparently a trial cruise to check out the ports for new destinations even though it was considered a repositioning one.

The Star was continuing on to Dubai, Singapore and Australia instead of the original port of Miami which meant we would disembark there in Barcelona.

We booked the cruise Royal Caribbean" Brilliance of the Seas" but had five days before it would be leaving so took a bus to a seaside resort called Sitges. Loved it!!

We liked our stateroom on the ship although the shower stall was a bit cramped but lots of cupboard space in the cabin. We enjoyed the entertainment, crew were exceptionally friendly and helpful, the food was a good selection at the buffet. The dining room food was good but the appitizers always came luke warm. They did not have a cafe for hot snacks like the Norwegian but did offer food after the buffet closed. Our overall impression of the ship was very good and would not hesitate to book with them again.

Our holiday ended when we flew from Tampa to Victoria, British Columbia but from

Aug 12th - Nov 1st 2016 we had a wonderful venture with many picture and memories.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BB 9053
Very good but can't remember for sure our stateroom number but it was on the 9th deck.
Cabin steward for first nine days was excellent - Marlin Watts. We had her on another cruise a few years ago and she recognized us.
Our next one was Emil and he was good - always smiling.
Cabin #9098 on Brilliance of the Sea steward was Leezroy who was also good and very friendly.
Deck 10 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Alesund
    There wasn't much to choose from for excursions. The ship offered 3.5 & 8 hr ones and they were quite expensive. Actually none of the tours are cheap but you don't want to take the chance of missing the ship.
    They have an observatory at the top of a hill that has stairs all the way or you can take a bus or a tour to go up. We didn't realize at the time but just took pictures of it.
    We only walked around the town which was quiet since it was a Saturday morning. There were a lot of the shops not open so found a restaurant for coffee and to do emails. They have their own currency - NOK so had to charge them.
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  • Bergen
    We again took the Hop On bus that was not at the dock but a few blocks away. We visited their fish market that consisted of some outdoor tents lined up next to each other. The restaurant beside it also had counters of fish and cheese for sale. Very expensive.
    We stopped at a bar to do emails and have a drink. When converting the bill to Canadian dollars, it was around $30 - yikes this was for one each of wine & beer. When we got home the Mastercard said it was $35.78. Beware!!
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  • Brugge (Bruges)
    We were going to walk around the town of Zeebrugge. This is where we docked but were told to take the train to Brugge as there was more to see. We teamed up with a couple, Chirs & Luzia from Gig Harbour for our twenty minute train ride. Unfortunately it started to rain so parted company and walked some of the ancient streets where we then ducked into a restaurant to have a coffee. The rain had eased by the time we left so walked a few more streets where more shopping is but decided to walk back towards the station where there was an information centre to do emails.
    We met up with Chris again so got to chat more. Saw them on the ship a few times also and have exchanged email addresses.
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  • City Tour
    We arrived three days early in Copenhagen so we could see the city.
    We did the Hop On/Hop Off bus and saw a lot as well as walking the area where our hotel was located. We also took a canal boat ride which was very good.
    Lots of bike riders and a good shopping area that is very busy.
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  • City Tour
    We were on a short tour and actually were sorry that we didn't see more. We went to a church and then were dropped off in the shopping area which consisted of maybe two blocks. Not impressed!
    We looked for a place to do emails and ended up at Costa coffee shop and had to pay by credit card again as we did not have Eruos, only Pound notes. We could not get on line as you have to sign up to become a member of Costa and need to do this on line - Duh!
    We had only one hour at this stop and it was back to the ship.
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  • Greenock (Glasgow)
    Our ship docked in Greenock which is a container port. The tours offered were to quite a few for castles, Glasgow or to Edinburgh We opted for the latter. Our bus trip was about 2 hrs and was dropping us off to do our own touring. what an eye opener - busy, busy!! We took the Hop On with a live guide which was so much better than having the earphones. We did not get off to visit any of the sights since it was so busy.
    The Royal Mile was jammed with people and it wasn't tourist season anymore being Saturday Sept 24th. Lots of pictures taken and lots of action around the castle & restaurants. We stopped to share fish & chips along with a beer & wine. Good thing we shared as it was huge and on a platter. The weather our whole trip was fantastic.
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  • Helsinki
    Hop On/Hop Off bus tour.
    Very nice clean city.
    Took lots of pictures but difficult to remember it.
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  • Oslo
    **Our ship went back to Copenhagen to start the second part of our trip. If you get off the ship, be prepared to wait in the lineup for security along with the new passengers.
    Oslo - what a lovely city!!
    We did the Hop On again and did the circuit which is 90 min. We wanted to get off at the Vigeland Sculpture Park but there was a big lineup waiting to get on but they didn't as we were full. We carried on and went to the Viking museum which we decided we better not get off for fear of having to wait a long time for a bus that would stop. There is a lot to see and unfortunately, we missed it.
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  • City Tour
    Early in the morning, we took the Hop On bus and did the city tour. We had an excursion booked for the afternoon and ended up seeing most of the same places. Our guide was very personable and took us to the geothermal Power Plant for pictures & coffee. Pointed out the Blue Lagoon where you can go sit in the hot springs but couldn't see anything but a tall fence. We were driven through the lava rock to the President's residence where she usually allows tourists to visit with here however she was not home.
    We were advised by friends not to go on the tour to the Ice fields since it was a long trip there and not much to see.
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  • Rostock City Tour
    The tour took us to the city and then we were on our own to tour. A small town but lots of outdoor cafes mostly in a large square.
    The Rostock astronomical clock gives the zodiac & moon phases gives a hourly go around showing the Apostles crossing before Jesus. Built in the 15th century.
    The price of wine & beer was reasonable.
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  • City Tour
    Took the bus tour from Rotterdam's port to Amsterdam.
    What a huge city and busy with lots of hustle bustle! Good tour but skimmed by the Red Light district with barely a comment as we passed.
    We had lunch at the oldest restaurant in Holland called "The Five Flies" which has the insignia built into the floor. The soup was served in a glass but not much flavour. However we were served chicken breast that was on the tough side but okay. This quaint small, dark place was built in the 17th century.
    There are some streets closed off to traffic. The streets are really narrow and have the scooters and bikers in their own lane but it's non stop traffic.This was a nine hour tour but glad we had the opportunity to visit the city.
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  • St. Petersburg
    Our guide again was a gal that spoke good English. She was particularly happy to point out Putin's university along the way to the rail station. They are quite proud of all the mosaic pictures that take up whole walls. We boarded two trains which were exceptionally busy and told it is like that at all times & very modern. Our bus met us at the end where we were taken to an indoor market to see the fish, meat & vegetables (not busy and looked expensive). From there we were taken to a hotel to sample three appitizers and three vodkas which were very good.
    Both tours we took were very good but more days are needed to do justice.
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  • Peter & Paul Fortress
    You need to be with a guide or apply for a visa to tour on your own. Our first day was the Peter & Paul fortress. This is were the Romanoff family have their tombs inside the church there. Our guide was young and she spoke perfect English. On the way there and back, she announced points of interest. Lots to see and to take pictures of. Lovely vibrant city and very clean.
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  • Stockholm
    When we arrived in Stockholm they had Hop On/Off buses available. When we followed the lines on the street, it took us to the back of the ship to the water boats that were part of the Hop On. We needed to find a bank so after a few stops we got off and walked. This was apparently part of the Old Town. Really quaint and no cars.
    We caught the Hop On and got off at the Vasa museum where they have the 1628 war ship that sank on it's maiden voyage from Stockholm. It actually never got to leave the harbour. It was 130 SEK each ($19.00 aprox)
    We didn't realize that the ABBA museum was so close by and didn't want to back track so unfortunately missed it.
    Nice city and wouldn't hesitate to go back.
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  • Tallinn
    Disappointed that the wording and earplugs did not match up. The bus's transmission caught fire and we had to wait for another bus. One that would stop! We stayed on the bus for the go around so didn't visit the different areas although we saw some of them.
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