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Norwegian Star Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,612 Reviews

Star Shines

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by MellowMe

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2017
  • Destination: Asia
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window

This is my second review, but this time focusing on the tours. NCL did a great job putting together tour options in an effort to satisfy a variety of interests. I heard only a few gripes (and I'm not sure these folks would have been happy with anything anyway.) This cruise started in Auckland, NZ and visited Bay of Islands. We stopped in Australia (Sidney, Port Kembla, Airlie Beach, Darwin, and Cairns), Indonesia (Komodo Island, Bali), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), and ended in Singapore. I selected NCL highlights tours in each port. Port Kembla was a wonderful surprise. The Star was the 4th ship to use this evolving tourist spot. The city came out in full force to help cruisers get around, including giving rides to see the area. We went there as part of an itinerary change that substituted Port Kembla for Brisbane. (See multiple reports of earlier Star engine problems the prior couple of months.) Feedback from cruisers was very positive. Rough seas made the Great Barrier Reef tours a bit dicey for some with some disappointment depending on the location. Just seeing the Australian locations was a reward all by itself. Some folks visited the inside of the Sidney Opera House and heard a little bit of the orchestra rehearsal! Great timing! I opted for the Sidney Harbor Cruise Tour and it was worth every penny! Besides anything in Australia, the visit to Komodo Island was memorable for the hot, sweaty walk and the huge Komodo Dragons we saw. The Bali Arts & Crafts tour included woodworking, bamboo carving, painting, and a visit to a batik manufacturer. The guide was very informative and offered great advice. I totally enjoyed the ride around Kuala Lumpur. Of all of the stops, I believe that this one was the richest in culture. NCL offered several Singapore tours that dropped folks leaving the ship hotel drop-off. They saw the entire island and feedback was great.

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Cabin Review

Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin OA 8650

The cabin was in a great location - aft - below the Marketplace and the Spa. It was very quiet.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Auckland is a beautiful city. It is easy to get around. The Hop On-Hop Off Bus tour is great.


We saw several areas with a historical focus. Very interesting.


Great guide. Took Botanical Garden tour - magnificent.

Kelang (Kuala Lumpur)

Absolutely beautiful butterfly, bird, and botanical gardens.

Woodworking, bamboo sculpting, batik making, gold and silver making...what more to ask for! Fabulous day! Lots of purchasable items.

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The financial and retail centers are breathtaking. Definitely, take a ride on the Singapore Flyer for amazing city views.

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