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Norwegian Star Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2nd-time cruisers..Enjoyed it all.

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by JDBRANDT17042

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2019
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony

First time to Carribbean, … wanted some sea days.

Night-prior hoteled over at Embassy in Miami airport, which was a disappointing experience.

After taking Embassy's $10/pp transfer to the terminal, the trip started.

Embarkation went like clockwork. Don't know why NCL encouraged us to print out our 'documents', as they were never asked for or viewed by anyone other than us.

NCL did it right on this ship, great crew, good balance of sea/shore time. Plenty of on-board activity available. Talented entertainment, especially the dancing.

Cannot really fault anything in any meaningful way. A smaller and older ship, but well maintained and kept ship. Crew attentive and responsive to all requests. Would have preferred some shorter-duration Shore Excursion choices.

Free-Style dining was a different plus for us, but we still made reservations at all the places we used. Had three specialty choices, and Moderno was the best. La Cuchina was a bit lacking (for our taste).

We had included internet and drink package.

We used in-room breakfast 4 out of 7 days, and only ate at the buffet on occasion.

NCL has a different take on 'snack time', as it was a mini-buffet layout, and not extensively pure snacks like chips, pretzels, crackers, etc.

Drink service was universally awesome.

Overall, we would do NCL again.

Disembarkation was a bit uneven...being out of the room at 8:30AM, and being encouraged to 'enjoy the ship', when most of 'the ship' was closed off, or access was limited. The shore transfer contractor 'SMS' needs to get their operation more organized, when it comes to signage and bus loading. (Would opt for a taxi next time). Luggage handling was like clockwork..

No apparent small-item shopping venue for thinks like candy, snacks, first aid items, etc., which seemed unusual, as Holland has such a shop..

The extra non-inclusive activity might be a little over the top for new cruisers. Art Auctions, luxury shopping, BINGO. Just smile and say no..

The soon-to-be-opening Miami NCL terminal B will be a welcomed replacement to the existing terminal, which has crowd/traffic pattern control limitations..

St. Thomas and Tortola were nice port calls, but the Nassau port call was short (6.5 hours), and the area of the cruise terminal is congested to the point of wondering why any cruise line would stop there...


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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 10582

Awesome.

Deck 10 is below Deck 11's overhang, so you don't look up and see them, nor them you.

The 'private' balcony is only semi-semi-private in that the partition does not extend horizontally past the handrail.

Deck 10 also has no common area, so the only foot traffic is guests assigned to that floor.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

St. Thomas

For people who do not want to walk far, the shopping area is nice, clean, and safe.

Tortola

The close-to-ship shopping area is a bit smaller than St. Thomas, but still nice. Safe , clean, well maintained.

Nassau

Congested, the area of BAY STREET does not seem very clean. Run-down. Many non-licensed taxi and tour operators touting near the entrance. Street-hawkers touting all kinds of goods, added to confusion and congestion.


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