Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Theatre Girl
- Sail Date: September 2019
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Inside
This was our fourth NCL cruise and we found the clean and comfortable accommodations, friendly staff, good food and great entertainment to be consistent with our other cruises. We stayed in an inside cabin and I will say I did miss the balcony. Embarkation and debarkation went very smoothly for us.
We dined in 3 specialty restaurants, Cagney’s, The Bistro and La Cucina and found the food in these restaurants was definitely a cut above the inclusive selections. However, we did find the size quite small and the ambiance a little lacking on this ship. We enjoyed most of the entertainment in the Stardust theatre and thought the variety and quality was very good. However, there is definitely more to do on the larger ships.
Unfortunately, our sailing was scheduled for later departure from Venice and, therefore, Kotor was cancelled on our sailing. On top of that, the weather in Argostoli was dreadful, so for safety reasons, that port was cancelled as well. The Captain did sail out of the bad weather and we had a sunny and pleasant day at sea instead. Still it was a little disappointing to lose 2 or the 6 ports, but what can you do.
We had booked a 4 port excursion package with NCL. The Kotor portion was refunded.
Corfu (Timeless Villages & Scenic Drive)
We had a lovely excursion which took us to a few different areas of the island, including a nice lunch by the water. We did spend quite a lot of the day on the bus, but we enjoyed this tour overall on this very pretty island.
Santorini (Greek Style Celebration – Opa!)
The tender took us to a bus which travelled up to Oia where we had some free time to explore. We then stopped at Pyros where you could climb up the 128 steps to a church and observation area. We chose to stay back and enjoy and adult beverage. Next was the dinner buffet with Greek Dancing and plate breaking celebration. This was enjoyable, but the food was just ok and it felt rushed. We then took the bus back to Fira where we were given a ticket to the cable car which we were told was a 5 min walk. The sun was just setting, but we just took a quick couple of pics and decided to head out. The walk was at least 20 mins and before we got there, we realized the line was outrageously long. It was quite chaotic, people pushing in, fighting, etc. You had no idea where the entrance actually was. After 1-1/2 we finally made it down to the tender. This tour was rated a 2 on the activity scale and I think that is misleading. There is a lot of walking, steep hills & steps, and we as seniors found it very tiring. We book with NCL so we have no tender issues and no problem returning to the ship so we found this tour to be lacking in this department. We may have just done Santorini on our own had we known.
We had to tender at this port as well, but we had no problem coming or going to the ship. We did this port on our own and took a cab up to the windmills. We explored the town and had and lovely coffee and cheese pie and a café right by the water. What a beautiful port. It was relaxing and enjoyable.
Dubrovnik (Croatian Riviera & Dubrovnik)
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