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Selected this cruise for the Panama Canal experience, LA to Miami, February 1-15, which was handled superbly from having a narrator of the cruise through to having the staff having coffees, drinks, pastries etc throughout the area and lunch on Deck 12 (need sharp elbows for the rush for t-shirts) Captain Matthias Anderson was exceptional; the first time we have heard a captain give overview information about the land masses and ocean we were passing by/through, about the stops (history and geography), just wish more folks HD stopped to listen, very informative The stops were in order of our preference, all excursions were booked through NCL before leaving home: Acapulco, Bay cruise and Cliff divers; Guatemala, on your own Antigua; Cabo San Lucas, whale watching; Scenic Costa Rica; Columbia, party bus tour of city; did not go off the ship in Nicaragua and left directly fir home post cruise. Enjoyed everyone we met. Liked Gatsby’s for entertainment especially Felicia. The Game of Tones and the couple from Columbia (Latino beat eg salsa) were good, least favourite was Jason, but having said that overall, very good. Really liked having the mariachis who came on board in Mexico, for an ‘around the pool afternoon’ - great music, wish that we could have taken home their performance. Food was good in the main restaurants, with beef or other red meat option, vegetarian, chicken, fish and pasta served nightly; breakfast had variety, and lunch in Versailles was good. We brought lunch from the Garden Cafe 3-4 times, out to the aft, adults only area Moderno was a great experience as were Bistro (anniversary), and Cagney’s. Really liked having O’Sheehan’s open, fixed menu was very good. Shout out to Jay Ann in O’Sgeehan’s during the day and Le Bistro at night. Service was excellent throughout the cruise including bar and bussing staff and c,earners —- spotless. Caveats: excellent cabin service should mean that a knock on the door and a handshake is not reserved for 20 minutes before disembarking, with a clear speciation of top-up gratuity. Suggestion that cabin attendants introduce themselves or at least be given cards with their name on it to leave in the room. The room was kept tidy and needed little more than a bed making and towels; we are neat travellers by nature, so counters clear, sink area washed down/tidied, towels put back on on racks etc. It was Day 3 when the cabin attendant next room over gently pointed out that he was not our attendant but would be glad to ask ‘our’ attendant for the ice we requested. The first cruise, ever, we did not leave/give extra to the cabin attendant. Final note, we always book flights a day before—- and this proved us right, for sure, given the weather, we would have missed sailaway had we booked the same flight, day of.

The Canal full transit was an exceptional experience

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by retired2006

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Selected this cruise for the Panama Canal experience, LA to Miami, February 1-15, which was handled superbly from having a narrator of the cruise through to having the staff having coffees, drinks, pastries etc throughout the area and lunch on Deck 12 (need sharp elbows for the rush for t-shirts)

Captain Matthias Anderson was exceptional; the first time we have heard a captain give overview information about the land masses and ocean we were passing by/through, about the stops (history and geography), just wish more folks HD stopped to listen, very informative

The stops were in order of our preference, all excursions were booked through NCL before leaving home: Acapulco, Bay cruise and Cliff divers; Guatemala, on your own Antigua; Cabo San Lucas, whale watching; Scenic Costa Rica; Columbia, party bus tour of city; did not go off the ship in Nicaragua and left directly fir home post cruise.

Enjoyed everyone we met. Liked Gatsby’s for entertainment especially Felicia. The Game of Tones and the couple from Columbia (Latino beat eg salsa) were good, least favourite was Jason, but having said that overall, very good. Really liked having the mariachis who came on board in Mexico, for an ‘around the pool afternoon’ - great music, wish that we could have taken home their performance.

Food was good in the main restaurants, with beef or other red meat option, vegetarian, chicken, fish and pasta served nightly; breakfast had variety, and lunch in Versailles was good. We brought lunch from the Garden Cafe 3-4 times, out to the aft, adults only area

Moderno was a great experience as were Bistro (anniversary), and Cagney’s. Really liked having O’Sheehan’s open, fixed menu was very good.

Shout out to Jay Ann in O’Sgeehan’s during the day and Le Bistro at night.

Service was excellent throughout the cruise including bar and bussing staff and c,earners —- spotless.

Caveats: excellent cabin service should mean that a knock on the door and a handshake is not reserved for 20 minutes before disembarking, with a clear speciation of top-up gratuity.

Suggestion that cabin attendants introduce themselves or at least be given cards with their name on it to leave in the room. The room was kept tidy and needed little more than a bed making and towels; we are neat travellers by nature, so counters clear, sink area washed down/tidied, towels put back on on racks etc. It was Day 3 when the cabin attendant next room over gently pointed out that he was not our attendant but would be glad to ask ‘our’ attendant for the ice we requested. The first cruise, ever, we did not leave/give extra to the cabin attendant.

Final note, we always book flights a day before—- and this proved us right, for sure, given the weather, we would have missed sailaway had we booked the same flight, day of.
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Family Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin O1
Ocean view, picture window, 5th floor, at mid-ship moving to aft section.

Small, compact; room and bathroom with doors for shower and toilet area.

Challenging when beds are together to squeeze thru from corner of bed/corner of dresser, same with pull down bunk bed, can bump into it when getting out of bed at night.

Plenty of hangers for room size; same for drawers. Digital safe. Amenities were typical for cruise ships; towels and linens clean and good condition; room kept clean and tidied in morning and turn down at night; towel art done, again as typical.

Really tired of only seeing MSNBC opinion channel rather than the “news channels” or Chanel’s with news programming - at least the BBC news to find out, generally, what was happening in the world although news focus was on UK and Brexit, as could be expected.
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