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We chose this cruise because of the amazing itinerary. We started in Dubai and traveled to Fujairah, two ports in Oman, Jordan, two ports in Egypt, overnight in Israel, Crete, Croatia, and overnight in Venice. Our 20 night leg was part of the Star's world cruise. Check-in in Dubai was a breeze and cabins were ready by 1 PM and luggage was delivered by 3 PM. I loved the Star! She is a medium size ship (about 2300 passengers) and reminds me of what a cruise ship should be. The newer, larger ships lack the style and class of these older ships. The Versailles Dining Room was classy and inviting, not sterile. The Atrium had glitz. Well, you get the idea. We had a mini-suite. Yes, the décor was a little tired, but it was a nice, clean cabin. I loved the coffee pot in our cabin. It was great to have coffee on the balcony when I got up. The bathroom was great. We had a tub with shower and I love those shower doors as opposed to those pesky shower curtains. The shelving in the closet was awkward as your hanging garments blocked them off. If you like Fox News, you'd be happy with the news channel, however, I think CNN would be a much better choice for news. We had some great meals on the Star, but the very best were the burgers at O'Sheehan's! They were great burgers and O'Sheehan's is open 24 hours. We had dinner 3 times at Cagney's, once at Tepanyaki, once at Moderno, once at Le Bistro, and once at La Cucina. I liked Cagney's the best, but they were all very good. I usually had breakfast at the buffet. The food was great, except for the soft ice cream which was awful, but it was like eating in a high school cafeteria. The tables were way too close and there was a lack of any kind of décor. Dinners were usually at Versailles or Aqua and both were quite lovely. The food in these restaurants was very good. I do miss lobster night and those shrimp cocktails. We didn't go to all the shows, but the ones we did go to were very good. The Star's in-house singers and dancers were excellent. There was a lot of real talent there. The crew on the Star were just wonderful! They were friendly and attentive. We had excellent service in the restaurants and our room steward was the greatest.

Amazing Itinerary!

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Vagabondvoyager

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2017
  • Destination: Trans-Ocean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
We chose this cruise because of the amazing itinerary. We started in Dubai and traveled to Fujairah, two ports in Oman, Jordan, two ports in Egypt, overnight in Israel, Crete, Croatia, and overnight in Venice. Our 20 night leg was part of the Star's world cruise. Check-in in Dubai was a breeze and cabins were ready by 1 PM and luggage was delivered by 3 PM.

I loved the Star! She is a medium size ship (about 2300 passengers) and reminds me of what a cruise ship should be. The newer, larger ships lack the style and class of these older ships. The Versailles Dining Room was classy and inviting, not sterile. The Atrium had glitz. Well, you get the idea.

We had a mini-suite. Yes, the décor was a little tired, but it was a nice, clean cabin. I loved the coffee pot in our cabin. It was great to have coffee on the balcony when I got up. The bathroom was great. We had a tub with shower and I love those shower doors as opposed to those pesky shower curtains. The shelving in the closet was awkward as your hanging garments blocked them off. If you like Fox News, you'd be happy with the news channel, however, I think CNN would be a much better choice for news.

We had some great meals on the Star, but the very best were the burgers at O'Sheehan's! They were great burgers and O'Sheehan's is open 24 hours. We had dinner 3 times at Cagney's, once at Tepanyaki, once at Moderno, once at Le Bistro, and once at La Cucina. I liked Cagney's the best, but they were all very good. I usually had breakfast at the buffet. The food was great, except for the soft ice cream which was awful, but it was like eating in a high school cafeteria. The tables were way too close and there was a lack of any kind of décor. Dinners were usually at Versailles or Aqua and both were quite lovely. The food in these restaurants was very good. I do miss lobster night and those shrimp cocktails.

We didn't go to all the shows, but the ones we did go to were very good. The Star's in-house singers and dancers were excellent. There was a lot of real talent there.

The crew on the Star were just wonderful! They were friendly and attentive. We had excellent service in the restaurants and our room steward was the greatest.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 11068
As I stated above, the cabin décor was a little tired, but was comfortable and always clean. I loved the in-room coffee pot. The bathroom had a good layout and the shower had a door instead of a curtain. I wish they would have had CNN for news coverage on the TV. The closet was large with a lot of hangers, but the shelves in the closet were hard to get at. The balcony was spacious compared to the new cruise ships and we enjoyed sitting out there, plenty of room for two people.
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