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Norwegian Star Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Old ship but good value

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by AWHW

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2017
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

Norwegian Star is one of the older ships of NCL. In the last 12 months or so I cruised on no less than 4 occasions on NCL, on Getaway, Epic and Joy. The choice is really not they are better but they discounted for single supplement. This older ship suffers however from comparison with the newer vessels. The cabin looked out of fashion and tired, with strange layout and decor, but I know that this ship was at that time built for Star Cruises, though deployed to NCL (when Star owned NCL). It looks like SuperStar VIrgo.

Alas, apart from the condition of the ship other aspects also suffer comparison with its bigger and newer sisters. NCL is famous for spectacular shows but on this one the production shows are clearly less spectacular than on biggest ships, with smaller casts. But the shows are still well-produced.

Food is adequate in terms of quantity but quality is also not as good as on bigger ships. The alternative dining, now you virtually pay a-la-carte as on a land restaurant, is no longer a good proposal, particularly the menu offered are unexciting...no lobster for example even in a paid menu. Budget cutting is evident everywhere, but my question is whether NCL intends to operate old ships to a lower standard.

I had low expectation on this ship as it recently suffered mechanical fault in Asia, but this sailing is smooth and satisfactory.

Interesting itinerary, and great that at Dubrovnik the ship provided free shuttle to old town while competitors charge. Hospitality was good for a big ship. every time we return we were serve a drink or cool towel. Considering the reasonable price I paid I return satisfied, though I am convinced that the new 'flagships' are better.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 11068

Old and tired and layout outdated but spacious

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Venice is of course attractive but hotel costs are ridiculously high, making it an undesirable embarking port. On disembarkation I was appalled to learn that the People Mover monorail starts as late as 9am.


Spectacular for a first visit but really not much to see if like me I returned many times.


The real highlight of this voyage....an old town full of life and with local favour not entirely touristic.

Katakolon (Olympia)

Worst port I have been to, nothing to see, but ships come because they want to sell Olympia excursion.

Athens (Piraeus)

Athens is far and Piraeus has nothing to offer.


A very interesting port with a Cote d'Azur atmosphere, and with historic buildings.

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