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We tried NCL for the first time as we found the itinerary from LA convenient as we live in Boise, Idaho. We have always cruised from the east coast but having moved to Boise, east coats cruising is too cost prohibitive. Leaving Boise on a 6am flight to LA, we were on the Star by 12:15pm. Embarkation was smooth. We had no special perks and had an ocean view cabin so we were surprised how quickly we were on board. The ship is lovely, easy to navigate around and all the public spaces were clean and bright. We had specialty dining three times during the week. La Cucina was our favorite, we ate their twice. Our waiter Sameer was excellent. On our second visit we were seated next to a two women who were having a loud and intrusive argument, I asked to be re-seated and it was done immediately. All the dining was wonderful. Whether at the Topsider for burgers, either of the main dining rooms or specialty dining. Bar service was very good. we got coffee and pastries each morning in our cabin. It was good, only once the coffee was undrinkable, it was so strong, otherwise the coffee around the ship was good. Entertainment was wonderful. The theater was not. The seats were broken and very uncomfortable. The recent refurbishment left the theater out and that was a big mistake. The condition and comfort of the theater was our only complaint. Shore excursions were way over priced. Even with the $50.00 per port excursion credit we got, we only did one the whole cruise. We did a walking tour of Puerto Vallarta that was very informative.. We took a $10.00 pp. glass bottom boat tour to the Arch and it was amazing. This was in Cabo. We did not leave the ship in Mazatlan. We got the Thermal Suite package which was wonderful but as the cruise went on it was so crowded we stopped going. it was billed as a quiet sanctuary but in the end it was too crowded. Our cabin steward was great. Efficient and unobtrusive. Our cabin was always clean. Sunny did a great job.

A perfect anniversary cruise

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by salzanojl

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: Mexican Riviera
  • Cabin Type: Family Oceanview Picture Window
We tried NCL for the first time as we found the itinerary from LA convenient as we live in Boise, Idaho. We have always cruised from the east coast but having moved to Boise, east coats cruising is too cost prohibitive.

Leaving Boise on a 6am flight to LA, we were on the Star by 12:15pm. Embarkation was smooth. We had no special perks and had an ocean view cabin so we were surprised how quickly we were on board.

The ship is lovely, easy to navigate around and all the public spaces were clean and bright.

We had specialty dining three times during the week. La Cucina was our favorite, we ate their twice. Our waiter Sameer was excellent. On our second visit we were seated next to a two women who were having a loud and intrusive argument, I asked to be re-seated and it was done immediately. All the dining was wonderful. Whether at the Topsider for burgers, either of the main dining rooms or specialty dining. Bar service was very good. we got coffee and pastries each morning in our cabin. It was good, only once the coffee was undrinkable, it was so strong, otherwise the coffee around the ship was good.

Entertainment was wonderful. The theater was not. The seats were broken and very uncomfortable. The recent refurbishment left the theater out and that was a big mistake. The condition and comfort of the theater was our only complaint.

Shore excursions were way over priced. Even with the $50.00 per port excursion credit we got, we only did one the whole cruise. We did a walking tour of Puerto Vallarta that was very informative..

We took a $10.00 pp. glass bottom boat tour to the Arch and it was amazing. This was in Cabo.

We did not leave the ship in Mazatlan.

We got the Thermal Suite package which was wonderful but as the cruise went on it was so crowded we stopped going. it was billed as a quiet sanctuary but in the end it was too crowded.

Our cabin steward was great. Efficient and unobtrusive. Our cabin was always clean. Sunny did a great job.
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Family Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin O1 5026
Our cabin was spacious, the bathroom was large by cruise standards and the separate doors between the shower, sink area and toilet were a nice touch. Hot water was plentiful and the water pressure was great.
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