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Norwegian Star Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Wonderful First-Time Experience

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Spindrift32

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2019
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window

We chose this cruise because it was sailing across the Atlantic. Neither of us had ever partaken of a cruise before. It exceeded all our expectations. As first time cruisers we were completely at a loss what to do, where to go, procedure once we boarded the Star. Although staff at the passageway door, no real instructions provided not even when we asked. Some sort of orientation session would have been nice for the few of us who had never cruised before.

99% of the time the staff was fantastic doing everything they could to ensure we had the best time of our lives. The only negative related to staff was the information/customer service desk. We learned quickly that if you asked a question, even about important stuff (lost items, disembarkation/customs procedures) the answer would be different with each staff person you asked.

Dining was incredible. So much variety and so well prepared and tasty even at the buffet, the available restaurants were icing on the cake. Ginza was our only disappointment. Tried it twice. Food not bad, just not very good compared to everywhere else.

Loved the crossing best of all. Ideal port/shore excursion scenario for us would be to alternate shore days with sea days. Enjoyed the shore excursions on the islands immensely. Soon realized that one could have just as rich a shore experience on our own at mainland ports without the extra expense of booking a tour and without the 'forced shopping' stops as one person put it.

The entertainment each night was spectacular. Such talent on the production team (singers, dancers, musicians) as well as the guest performers. The musicians who performed on a daily basis throughout the ship varied in style and ability. The best by far was Duo 4:40. It showed by the audience they drew. No matter the venue they played at, it was always packed.

All in all a wonderful, marvelous experience that went far about our expectations. Definitely go for it!!

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window
Cabin OF 4560

Great cabin. Very clean, spacious with lots of storage. Well layed out. Bed and pillows comfortable. More electrical outlets would have been appreciated. The closest outlet for CPAP was at foot of bed but worked out. USB ports at head of each bed. Cabin steward attentive and responsive to our needs. Being sailors on Lake Superior we very much enjoyed the porthole being so close to the water and hearing the sound of the wake rushing by the hull and the waves splashing against the hull next to our heads.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


As first time cruisers would have been nice to have more instructions once onboard.

Ponta Delgada

Wonderful journey through the interior and pleasant town of Ribera Grande.

Madeira (Funchal)

Interesting trip around the island and up into the mountains. The cable car part had great views but was nothing special.


Took the NCL shore excursion the the White Villages and Countryside. Good, informative tour of the village set at the top of the mountain with plenty of time. Very much enjoyed the two beaches we stopped at but much too short.

The guide spoke excellent English but the only good thing about the tour. The guide, Miguel, was more intent on having group spend money at two shops of his choice rather than taking us to view the sites of Mijas. He refused to give us time frame to meet back at the bus or even point us to the next site we should see. For the money we could have hired our own driver, had the driver wait while we followed the walking tour map we got at the tourist bureau we found just before getting back on the bus to return to the Star.

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Cartagena (Spain)

Took the Elche's Palm Forest tour booked through NCL. Long drive but enjoyed Elche's and the Palm Forrest garden once we arrived.

Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)

Took NCL shuttle to old city center. Wonderful time on our own, exploring, discovering hidden gems away from the maddening crowds.

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