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Choose this cruise if you're young and can take a lot of chaos AND if you haven't done much other cruising. The public areas are noisy and hectic, with kids in the hot tubs and everybody screaming at each other. The food was junior high school cafeteria level, and most every dish was barely warm. It answered the question, How can you spoil a hot dog? Pastry and breads were routinely stale. You are charged a service fee of $15/person/day, but my lone beer had a healthy service fee added too. Know also that Venice is tired of tourists and cruise ships. The harbormaster suddenly ordered our captain to sail four hours later, at 10 PM, which effectively eliminated our stop in Montenegro the next day. Did we get a refund? Only for our port fee ($15) and our prepaid shore excursion. What if we went primarily to see Montenegro? Well, tough. Finally, know that the Greek isles you visit are mobbed by tourists. At Santorini there's ONE way up the cliff to the city, a cable car system. You will wait for an hour to take it each way, even if you bought a shore excursion. Similarly long waiting lines await you at each port of call. In Dubrovnik, Croatia, you take a shuttle bus for a half hour to the old city, see what you can for 2-3 hours, then take the bus back (long line again) to the port. So much for the 6-hour stop. The crew and staff are unerringly sweet and helpful, but they invariably misunderstood anything we said that was outside their normal English experience. The shore excursion to the island of Delos was decent but rushed -- we had about 10 minutes to see the good museum there.

Only the Balcony Views Were Good

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by barnesgene

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Choose this cruise if you're young and can take a lot of chaos AND if you haven't done much other cruising. The public areas are noisy and hectic, with kids in the hot tubs and everybody screaming at each other. The food was junior high school cafeteria level, and most every dish was barely warm. It answered the question, How can you spoil a hot dog? Pastry and breads were routinely stale. You are charged a service fee of $15/person/day, but my lone beer had a healthy service fee added too. Know also that Venice is tired of tourists and cruise ships. The harbormaster suddenly ordered our captain to sail four hours later, at 10 PM, which effectively eliminated our stop in Montenegro the next day. Did we get a refund? Only for our port fee ($15) and our prepaid shore excursion. What if we went primarily to see Montenegro? Well, tough. Finally, know that the Greek isles you visit are mobbed by tourists. At Santorini there's ONE way up the cliff to the city, a cable car system. You will wait for an hour to take it each way, even if you bought a shore excursion. Similarly long waiting lines await you at each port of call. In Dubrovnik, Croatia, you take a shuttle bus for a half hour to the old city, see what you can for 2-3 hours, then take the bus back (long line again) to the port. So much for the 6-hour stop. The crew and staff are unerringly sweet and helpful, but they invariably misunderstood anything we said that was outside their normal English experience. The shore excursion to the island of Delos was decent but rushed -- we had about 10 minutes to see the good museum there.
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Balcony
Cabin BX 8512
Cabin was fairly spacious, with an "enclosed balcony" (something like a huge open porthole but really much better than it sounds -- great privacy). Bed was an excellent queen size.
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