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We chose this because we always wanted to see the Panama Canal and the central America ports. Embarking was very quick. We arrived approx 11:45 and were on the ship by 12:15. Headed to O'Sheehan's bar for lunch and beverage. Nice bar and good food. Great staff! Anytime dining allows you to dine here as well as the main dining rooms. Checked out the ship after that. The Start just had a major refurbishment so it looked great! Not to crazy about a few dead end areas when trying to get to a few places but we figured out out after time. Our rooms are ready before we left the port. Main dining areas were very nice. Service was very good and the food was good to very good. Staff was very good to excellent. Fine dining was very good to excellent a well as the service. Bars were great and service was very good even at the pool. They had a buffet at the pool daily. Entertainment was very good. Something for everyone. Our room was well laid out with many USB chargers. Best bathroom layout I've seen on cruise ships. Sliding doors on both shower and toilet area for privacy while the sink area can be used at the same time. Bed was very comfortable and the a.c. was efficient and quiet. Patio was big enough for 4 to sit but not lounge. Good size casino. Why do they still allow smoking in there? It's time to stop that practice. The gamblers will come back to gamble after they step out for a smoke. It's not like they can drive home. Health before profits! That goes for all cruise lines! The staff was excellent overall in all departments. Very happy, talkative, cheerful and helpful. By far NVL's biggest asset! We had a great time and weren't disappointed. I'll definitely cruise with NCL again.

Panama Canal

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Sunstroke Searcher

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We chose this because we always wanted to see the Panama Canal and the central America ports.

Embarking was very quick. We arrived approx 11:45 and were on the ship by 12:15.

Headed to O'Sheehan's bar for lunch and beverage. Nice bar and good food. Great staff! Anytime dining allows you to dine here as well as the main dining rooms.

Checked out the ship after that. The Start just had a major refurbishment so it looked great! Not to crazy about a few dead end areas when trying to get to a few places but we figured out out after time.

Our rooms are ready before we left the port.

Main dining areas were very nice. Service was very good and the food was good to very good. Staff was very good to excellent.

Fine dining was very good to excellent a well as the service.

Bars were great and service was very good even at the pool. They had a buffet at the pool daily.

Entertainment was very good. Something for everyone.

Our room was well laid out with many USB chargers. Best bathroom layout I've seen on cruise ships. Sliding doors on both shower and toilet area for privacy while the sink area can be used at the same time.

Bed was very comfortable and the a.c. was efficient and quiet. Patio was big enough for 4 to sit but not lounge.

Good size casino. Why do they still allow smoking in there? It's time to stop that practice. The gamblers will come back to gamble after they step out for a smoke. It's not like they can drive home. Health before profits! That goes for all cruise lines!

The staff was excellent overall in all departments. Very happy, talkative, cheerful and helpful. By far NVL's biggest asset!

We had a great time and weren't disappointed.

I'll definitely cruise with NCL again.
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Family Balcony
Cabin B3 9196
Nicely laid out cabin with a small couch. TV angles to your liking. Well designed bathroom with bigger shower than I've had on RC. Sliding doors in shower and toilet area are a great feature that give you privacy while the rest of the washroom can be used by others.
5 USB chargers!
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