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Norwegian Star Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2471 reviews
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Another WONDERFUL cruise!

Review for Norwegian Star to the Eastern Mediterranean
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minnie1382
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jul 2019
Cabin: Balcony

We LOVE NCL, and cruise with them yearly. This is our 8th NCL cruise in 6 years, and it was fantastic. We met some wonderful people on the ship, and actually planned another NCL cruise to Japan with 4 of them! The ship was immaculate, and the staff that we interacted with were wonderful. The issue with this particular cruise was actually the other passengers. Unfortunately there were no activities on the pool deck, and the music wasn't even all that loud. We met quite a lot of people and formed a pretty big group of smokers, and we didn't see the cruise staff until the 5th day of the cruise. When we finally pinned the assistant cruise director down, he informed us all that people were complaining about the noise and activities on the pool deck, so they cancelled them all. Isn't that simply ridiculous? In addition, there weren't many activities offered, which was disappointing. The shows were magnificent; NCL always scores big in that area. As for the food, that also left a lot to be desired. The buffet hours were much more limited on this cruise, and there were not many options. What was out there was quite bland, and lacked much flavor. Sadly they never did a Greek night, which was disappointing because it was a Greek Isles cruise. Half the buffet was closed most of the time, and the entire buffet was usually closed by 10 at night. O'Sheehan's was 24 hours, but at night they have a very limited menu. The spinach/artichoke dip was watery and flavorless, as were the nachos. The wings were great, as was the reuben and the roast beef sandwich. The food in the specialty restaurants was magnificent, as was Ginza. The excursions were a bit chaotic as well, as they had a new procedure on this ship. Everyone went to the theater as always, but they gave you a sticker there, and then once everyone showed up, they called the group to go down for the tour. People wouldn't stay out of the exits, and many people were late, which delayed everyone's excursions. The excursions were good, but the overall organization was very chaotic and stressful, especially when we believe that being early is being on time, and we had to wait up to 40 minutes for people who were late. That's just selfish and unfair. Another crazy thing that really disappointed me: YOU HAVE TO REQUEST TOWEL ANIMALS!!! What's that all about? I was so disappointed with this one. I didn't find out until day 6 that I had to request towel animals; I was told that people complain so they stopped it. Something else that was very strange: they only had one English movie channel, and they played sad, depressing movies like "Five Feet Apart," "Stay Human," and "Penguins." I know you're not there to watch TV, but really? Overall, we met some really wonderful people, and had a fabulous time. We booked another cruise with NCL to Japan, and are planning to book more, but we won't sail on the Star again. Every ship is different, and you live and learn.

Cabin Review

Balcony

Cabin BD

The cabin was excellent. We had plenty of room, and it was very clean. The balcony was large, and we had a good amount of storage. The only thing that would make the cabin better is more drawers. :)

Port Reviews

Venice

We've been to Venice several times, so we only spent one night pre-cruise, and just explored on our own.

Kotor

We simply got off the ship and walked to town, where we had lunch, enjoyed an amazing group of young musicians called The Gents. We just had such a lovely day walking around the town, and enjoying the people, the food, the music, and the sights. LOVED KOTOR!

Argostoli (Kefalonia)

We went to Drogarati Cave and Mellissani Lake, which was FABULOUS! Our tour guide was the BEST, giving us so much information during our very scenic, informative and lovely drive to the cave. We had such a lovely time that we're actually going to be booking a trip to Kefalonia to enjoy all it has to offer. Such a wonderful place!!

Dubrovnik

I'm only ranking this stop as average because the cruise line backed us up an hour, and we only had from 7am until 11:30am to explore. We just got off the ship and walked around the port a little but, but then we had to get right back on again. We were planning to have lunch in the Old Town, but didn't have time. Very disappointed in NCL for changing the time and not giving us enough time to enjoy the port.

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