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We were planning on a trip to Barcelona for week and decided to try a transatlantic experience. Barcelona is great city and we had a great week. Having read previous reviews, we realized that the Star was an older ship that had a refurbishment, so we knew it wouldn't be perfect. All in all, it's not one of the best, but it is pretty good ship. We had a mini suite which had a couple of nice features including a full size bath tub which was very nice. The cabin was a good size. The bed was bit too firm. The sofa was like sitting on a rock. I've never understood why NCL hasn't made these couches more comfortable for daily use. We like to spend some time in the cabin and a more comfortable couch would have made all the difference! Our cabin location was on deck 11, under the pool deck. A bit of noise in the early mornings from pool deck furniture being moved around, but not a deal breaker. The glass on the balcony is getting pretty old. Not as clear as you'd find on a newer ship. Our cabin attendant Ricardo was amazing. He did a great job and we were very lucky to have had him look after us. The majority of the crew were great as well. Very friendly ser Food was average. Celebrity was much better. This was our first experience with freestyle dinning and it was a good idea. Points to NCL for coming up with this concept. The buffet was average, but the staff were really good. There are very few areas on the ship where you could go and sit for an hour or two of relative quiet to read or just relax. The other thing that was annoying was the additional 20% tip you were charged every time you ordered a drink. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem paying the daily tips and giving our cabin attendant a well deserved extra tip, but the 20% gratuity on every drink is stupid. No, we didn't get a drink package and I'm okay in paying for drinks as you go. To get your money's worth out of the drink package, you'd have to be a borderline alcoholic. Just being honest folks! The ports of call were nice. The one downer was losing our last port in the Azores due to weather. They stopped in the Bahamas at the NCL Island which was a disappointment. An extra day in Madeira would have been much better. We like doing our own thing instead of paying for excursions, so can't comment on the ones provided for by NCL. This was our first time on NCL. We had sailed on MSC and Celebrity before this one. Would we do it again? Probably not. Maybe Holland America next time.

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Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Northstar03

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
We were planning on a trip to Barcelona for week and decided to try a transatlantic experience. Barcelona is great city and we had a great week. Having read previous reviews, we realized that the Star was an older ship that had a refurbishment, so we knew it wouldn't be perfect. All in all, it's not one of the best, but it is pretty good ship.

We had a mini suite which had a couple of nice features including a full size bath tub which was very nice. The cabin was a good size. The bed was bit too firm. The sofa was like sitting on a rock. I've never understood why NCL hasn't made these couches more comfortable for daily use. We like to spend some time in the cabin and a more comfortable couch would have made all the difference! Our cabin location was on deck 11, under the pool deck. A bit of noise in the early mornings from pool deck furniture being moved around, but not a deal breaker. The glass on the balcony is getting pretty old. Not as clear as you'd find on a newer ship.

Our cabin attendant Ricardo was amazing. He did a great job and we were very lucky to have had him look after us. The majority of the crew were great as well. Very friendly ser

Food was average. Celebrity was much better. This was our first experience with freestyle dinning and it was a good idea. Points to NCL for coming up with this concept. The buffet was average, but the staff were really good.

There are very few areas on the ship where you could go and sit for an hour or two of relative quiet to read or just relax. The other thing that was annoying was the additional 20% tip you were charged every time you ordered a drink. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem paying the daily tips and giving our cabin attendant a well deserved extra tip, but the 20% gratuity on every drink is stupid. No, we didn't get a drink package and I'm okay in paying for drinks as you go. To get your money's worth out of the drink package, you'd have to be a borderline alcoholic. Just being honest folks!

The ports of call were nice. The one downer was losing our last port in the Azores due to weather. They stopped in the Bahamas at the NCL Island which was a disappointment. An extra day in Madeira would have been much better. We like doing our own thing instead of paying for excursions, so can't comment on the ones provided for by NCL.

This was our first time on NCL. We had sailed on MSC and Celebrity before this one. Would we do it again? Probably not. Maybe Holland America next time.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA
The mini suites are nice! The bathtub is a great feature. The couch is not comfortable to sit on. The beds need an upgrade.
Deck 11 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins