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My husband and I chose this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary and birthday celebration. It would give us a "taste" of Spain beginning in Barcelona, Cannes France, Florence, Naples, Santorini, Athens, Mykonos, Argostoli, Dubrovnik, and ending in Venus. We added extra time up front in Barcelona on our own and at the end in Venus, not booked through Norwegian. With only one day at sea we knew it would be an ambitious trip, but we are very fit seniors and looked forward to the adventure. We had a very rough beginning. Our port was changed from Barcelona to Taragona so when we discovered that the port would be 105 Kilometers from our hotel in Barcelona to the new port we would have to choose how we would get there. Norwegian announced the change in January. Our Agent in the states advised us a bus would be available from the Barcelona airport for $55. The cost was later changed to $30. We paid for a taxi from our Hotel to the airport. The embarkation process problem came when Norwegian's contracted bus company failed miserably to provide enough busses for the number of passengers that needed to be transported. What should have been an easy 1-2 hour event turned into a 6 hour event. We were herded from the main level in the airport to the lower level after the crowds gathering were so large they had to be moved out of the way. The wait continued till busses began to arrive, groups were called, only there were hundreds more passengers than the busses arriving could handle. Once our group was finally called there was no assistance with bags, we all did our own loading and unloading. Once we finally arrived at the port our bus was held in line for another 1/2 hour. Then another hour in line waiting to board. Our balcony room was clean, but showing some age, and that surprised us since the Starr underwent a refurb the year before. Our cabin steward was excellent. The beds were uncomfortable and linens were just average. The main dining room was lovely and we enjoyed the anytime dining. However, the dress code was never enforced….men came in with shorts and t-shirts. We scheduled 4 specialty dinners and they were all very good. Waiters were all well trained. Highly suggest you try Moderno, the salad bar alone was amazing, let alone the selections of meats presented in the Brazilian manner. The café was pretty standard and we used it only for a quick breakfast or lunch. The entertainment offered something for everyone. The stage shows were all different and offered a good selection of talent from the Ancora Vocal group, a violinist, magic show, Vegas variety show, and ventriloquist. The bars, main atrium, and poolside all offered different selections throughout the day and evening some better than others. Staging for shore excursions left much to be desired as well. There were delays in port for different reasons, weather, other ship traffic, etc. Crowds gathered in the main theater waiting for the call to busses or tenders. The staff attempted to keep things moving, but the shear numbers especially in larger ports was problematic. Rome was the worst example, you can't do anything about mother nature, but when the harbor is crowded with 6 huge cruise ships coming in there were more delays waiting on busses, delays for where excursions were transported, delays at the Vatican even with priority tickets, and people on tours who had a hard time keeping up with the required walking. It was not enjoyable....perhaps we waited to long into season and we've vowed never again. In Cannes, people that were expecting to go to Montecarlo were presented with last minute changes to how far into town the buses could take them due to traffic patterns for the races. Many were booked in Dubrovnik for a Cable car excursion and it had been shut down for over 6 weeks. Political, was the only explanation. No prior announcements were made, we found out the day we were to go. We would not go on this cruise again. It served a purpose for us to see locations in Europe neither of us have ever been to. We don't cruise often, but Norwegian was only average in our mind, so we would think twice about this line again.

Challenging 12 Night Med Cruise

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Jacksjdm

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony
My husband and I chose this cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary and birthday celebration. It would give us a "taste" of Spain beginning in Barcelona, Cannes France, Florence, Naples, Santorini, Athens, Mykonos, Argostoli, Dubrovnik, and ending in Venus. We added extra time up front in Barcelona on our own and at the end in Venus, not booked through Norwegian. With only one day at sea we knew it would be an ambitious trip, but we are very fit seniors and looked forward to the adventure. We had a very rough beginning. Our port was changed from Barcelona to Taragona so when we discovered that the port would be 105 Kilometers from our hotel in Barcelona to the new port we would have to choose how we would get there. Norwegian announced the change in January. Our Agent in the states advised us a bus would be available from the Barcelona airport for $55. The cost was later changed to $30. We paid for a taxi from our Hotel to the airport. The embarkation process problem came when Norwegian's contracted bus company failed miserably to provide enough busses for the number of passengers that needed to be transported. What should have been an easy 1-2 hour event turned into a 6 hour event. We were herded from the main level in the airport to the lower level after the crowds gathering were so large they had to be moved out of the way. The wait continued till busses began to arrive, groups were called, only there were hundreds more passengers than the busses arriving could handle. Once our group was finally called there was no assistance with bags, we all did our own loading and unloading. Once we finally arrived at the port our bus was held in line for another 1/2 hour. Then another hour in line waiting to board.

Our balcony room was clean, but showing some age, and that surprised us since the Starr underwent a refurb the year before. Our cabin steward was excellent. The beds were uncomfortable and linens were just average.

The main dining room was lovely and we enjoyed the anytime dining. However, the dress code was never enforced….men came in with shorts and t-shirts. We scheduled 4 specialty dinners and they were all very good. Waiters were all well trained. Highly suggest you try Moderno, the salad bar alone was amazing, let alone the selections of meats presented in the Brazilian manner. The café was pretty standard and we used it only for a quick breakfast or lunch.

The entertainment offered something for everyone. The stage shows were all different and offered a good selection of talent from the Ancora Vocal group, a violinist, magic show, Vegas variety show, and ventriloquist. The bars, main atrium, and poolside all offered different selections throughout the day and evening some better than others.

Staging for shore excursions left much to be desired as well. There were delays in port for different reasons, weather, other ship traffic, etc. Crowds gathered in the main theater waiting for the call to busses or tenders. The staff attempted to keep things moving, but the shear numbers especially in larger ports was problematic. Rome was the worst example, you can't do anything about mother nature, but when the harbor is crowded with 6 huge cruise ships coming in there were more delays waiting on busses, delays for where excursions were transported, delays at the Vatican even with priority tickets, and people on tours who had a hard time keeping up with the required walking. It was not enjoyable....perhaps we waited to long into season and we've vowed never again. In Cannes, people that were expecting to go to Montecarlo were presented with last minute changes to how far into town the buses could take them due to traffic patterns for the races. Many were booked in Dubrovnik for a Cable car excursion and it had been shut down for over 6 weeks. Political, was the only explanation. No prior announcements were made, we found out the day we were to go.

We would not go on this cruise again. It served a purpose for us to see locations in Europe neither of us have ever been to. We don't cruise often, but Norwegian was only average in our mind, so we would think twice about this line again.
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Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MB 11662
Adequate room size, the bed was not comfortable, linens were average.
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