Norwegian Star Cruise Review by erickg2004
- Sail Date: February 2018
- Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
- Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
We went in 3 speciality restaurants and all of them were good but for some extra $. Steaks at cage yes were awesome so was the hot stone experience at la Ginza. Tepaniaki was also excellent. I think the food and service are bellow average in the comp venues simply to draw you in the speciality restaurants. Buffet was ok to good and did the job for brake fast and lunch.
We like over 1600 other guests had the all inclusive beverage package. We were always able to get drinks and it was not a problem anywhere. By the way I think this free perk is the only reason why this cruise was sold out. Came with a 400$ service fee for the 2 of us. I would like to believe that all that money is going in the staff pocket but I can only speculate. Not including the water bottles is also something I had never seen for such a package. Was always included on 2other cruise lines where I did it. Again bellow average in my book.
Our itinerary was central America and Panama canal full transit. We wanted to do that and every port was ok beside the port of Corinth in Nicaragua. We were supposed to go to San Juan del sur but could not go because of strong winds. NCL should never take another passenger in Corinto since it is a real dump and 3rd world city at it's best!
Entertainment in the main theater was always very good with a superb cast of singers and dancers. Musicians in bars and venues were not good and again bellow the industry standards. Cruise director Mandy from UK was the most invisible of all the cruise We have been on. We never saw her doing animation or directing events beside presenting entertainers in main theatre and saying good bye at the end of their show. From my experience she is not getting the cruisers in the mood of having a good time and having a good laugh. Maybe it has something with a lot of people getting the beverage package for free so why bother? There is no point keeping a party going if you do not get additional revenues from drinks that is usually associated with that.... A few nights we had dancing party's in the spinnaker lounge. Sometimes she came and was dancing. After 45 min band stops in a snap while everyone is having a good time. DJ comes on with a totally different and weird music resulting in emptying the places with Mandy running for her cabin!
It happened 3 times before my eyes I could not believe it. Never saw such thing on other lines. All in all every cruise is a great vacation and I will always be enjoying that. That cruise was just ok and showed some bad and not so bad things but like I said NCL is just not in the game and offers something that is way bellow the INDUSTRY STANDARDS like I said earlier.. I do not know how long they can keep doing that. Will I cruise with NCL again? The answer is No, not with what is available out there.
Arturo in Gatsby bar, Jasmine, Jennifer and Bo in Versailles were awesome at their job and I want to tip my hat to them. Same for Intan who was looking after our cabin.
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