Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Pipvid
- Sail Date: July 2019
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Family Suite
We stayed in a Family Suite that was incredibly spacious and perfect for our family of 5 with children ranging from 8-15. At night time the sleeping sections would partition off so that we did not all need to go to bed at the same time. Our Butler Percy was helpful and lovely and we loved the afternoon treats each afternoon. Brussel our room attendant was friendly, efficient and did a great job of keeping our room looking clean . Karin from Concierge was incredibly efficient and ran a great team.
The pool are was really busy and noisy but there were lots of sun loungers scattered around the ship that you could always find a quiet spot. Our room had floor to ceiling windows and we enjoyed relaxing in our room more than I expected, on board it was often windy so having the great view to watch the world go by was certainly a bonus.
We did not do any NCL organised tours but from speaking with others they enjoyed theirs.
Unfortunately our itinerary changed 2 days out due to the Venice port authority requiring the boat to dock early on the final day so we did not visit Kotor - was really disappointed but it was out of NCL’s control.
Lots of taxis when you leave the boat, not so many for a family of 5 but we did find one. He took our for a tour of various places around the city and then dropped us at the old town. The old town was beautiful but a crush of tourists - the boat usually docks at 7am (with the change we docked at 12) so I would say go early and you may not experience this. It was a lovely walk back to the boat - maybe 20-30 minutes.
There were no taxis for 5 so we walked into the old town. If you decide to walk it is around 20 minutes - just don’t do what we did and follow the brown driving sign to the old town as this takes you a different route that is much longer. Walk along the waterfront and you will see the old town and work out how to reach it.
We enjoyed walking around and finding somewhere nice for lunch. We also found a nice seaside bar close to the fort - this had a public beach below if you feel like a swim.
We were the first tender off the boat so the cable car queue was quick followed by a 20 minute public bus ride - we just asked around how to reach the bus station. The bus picks you up in the same place to take you back to the cable car, just ask the driver how often. I think it was 2-3 euros and it helps to have smaller change,
Santorini is beautiful, busy and expensive. Loved going there and the view is incredible.
There was a long queue for the cable car so we decided to walk down. Such a shame the donkeys use the same trail as it really is an easy, gorgeous walk down. Just watch out for donkey doo and the donkeys do not give way so walk with caution around them. I would not take this trail if you do not have good balance or with really young children.
There are supposedly only 31 taxis on Mykonos - out kids were exhausted by day 4 and we decided to have a beach day but all the NCL excursions were full. After leaving the boat we found a place called Mykonos Getaway (it is located further along the waterfront on the left up the small hill just before you reach the road). The lovely girl suggested Ornos beach that was not windy and we were not disappointed. It was 30 euro for 2 x loungers and an umbrella. Gorgeous sandy beach with lovely clear water. The return trip was 80 euro. Bar and restaurant service on the beach. Loved our day here.
This was our favourite stop. We pre-organised through Kefalonia VIP Tours and Transfers a 4 hour island trip. Spiros suggested places to visit - we decided to do the Melissani Cave/Lake and not the other cave. Lake was beautiful, our driver George got us there before all the tour buses and the queue was minimal. He then stopped at a cute fishing village followed by a photo stop of Myrtos Beach. We wanted some beach time so he took us to a gorgeous place called Assos Village where we had 1.5 hours for a swim - this village and beach is incredibly beautiful. There were sun loungers and umbrellas for 10 euro for 2. Love, loved it! George our driver was so interesting and shared lots of information about Kefalonia.
We thought the food overall was a 7/10 and they do really well to cater for so many people
We were pleasantly surprised by the good quality of food in Versailles one of the no charge restaurants and dined here 3 times. If you find a waiter or waitress you like you can request to dine in their area. We had lovely Jinky who was our waitress, she remembered what wine we liked and was so friendly and proud of working for NCL.
We ate at 3 specialty restaurants - Tepanyaki was fun and food good. We could only pre-book a table for 4 so changed it when we arrived to 5, not a problem. We loved Moderno and thought like the Japanese - food was of superior quality, Le Bistrot was just ok but we did have an exceptional waiter. The kids sometimes had snacks from the main buffet but we did not eat her or if we had to would just take a plate back to our room. With a suite we were lucky to have different options for Breakfast and lunch.
Every staff member we encountered was friendly, they work really hard and deserve the service charge. We did hear some guests being really rude when there drink order was wrong or one suite guest being so rude because they could not get the restaurant booking they want ‘I’ve got the top guys card do I need to get him involved’ - wow - I can not believe people spin such lines! you get back from staff what you put in is all I can say. Be friendly, kind and you will get the same back.
Overall it was a fantastic first cruise. Yes the boat was a bit older but it does not stop you having a good time. Lots of shows and other activities on offer that we did not do so I can not comment on these, The only show we did see was a magician one that was good. After dinner our kids tended to swim as the pool was empty and quiet.
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