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Norwegian Star Review

4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating
2476 reviews
3 Awards

Nice Employees, Good Food, Disappointing Itinerary Changes

Review for Norwegian Star to the Mediterranean
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First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Nov 2019
Cabin: Inside

I chose to schedule this—my first—cruise trip, to spend some time with good friends and visit places I've never seen. I was especially interested in visiting Santorini, Greece and Montenegro. Nevertheless, I was disappointed when, after starting the trip, was informed that both destinations were cancelled. Furthermore, the reasons were generic/non-specific and only given thru a letter left at my stateroom. For the "inconvenience," my stateroom (3 of us) was refunded $100 (to be divided by 3). Everyone also received a $22 refund for port taxes. In addition, we were offered a 20% discount on new trip reservations good for two years. I think the refunds were insufficient, and many passengers were disappointed with the port cancelations, and the reduction to time spent at the remaining ports, which were also changed/limited. Overall, the employees provided good service, and the ship was clean and fairly up-to-date. The food was tasty, but often at less than desired temperature (cold). There were at least two nights of terrible ship rocking, as I believe it battled stormy weather. I did enjoy spending time with my friends, but wish the experience was as we had planned it: Better! I don’t believe my next trip will be on Norwegian.

Cabin Review


The stateroom Stewart was great! We had 3 beds, and the top bed was a bit tuff: A bit uncomfortable. Space was tight but fair.

Port Reviews


Destination was cancelled.


Spent half a day viewing the city, but it was raining. Bus ride provided by cruise was $15.


Too little to see. Public bus ride was cheap: $2. Had a nice lunch at local restaurant, but this day was also raining. Was back to the ship before 2pm.


Destination was cancelled.

Athens (Piraeus)

Get on-Get off tour: $49. Busses had a gift on every sit: Water bottle, juice, sope, other. Acropolis was amazing: Lots to see!


Beatiful place! Only takes half a day to see it. Bus ride provided by cruise line.


Paid a taxi for tour of prominent sites, to include Pompei. A group of eight, paid $40 per person. Driver delivered as promissed: 30-45 minutes at each stop; 2 hours at Pompei; visited 7 sites and had lunch at famous pizzeria Michele. Took all time availible that day.


$15 Bus ride to city center provided by NCL. Paid additional $10 for taxi to visit Basilique Notre-Dame. Because of rain, decided to visit indoor mall. Later visited the town market. Too little time to do much. Back to ship by 3pm.

Florence (Livorno)

Visited the city on my own: $5 bus ride to city center provided by NCL. Lots to see, and good shopping/market. Some sites are far from each other, and it takes long to walk all. Interesting forts & churches.

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