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We had a very good time and our ship had no engine or delay problems . The seas were very calm on our sailing & when we rounded Cape Horn it was like a lake with good visibility. The Captain said that is unusual for weather/seas in that area. Weather was very chilly for most of the trip except in Buenos Aires and really hot (90s) in Santiago. Make sure you bring a sweatshirt/jacket with hood and a hat and a scarf. Also bring a zip up vest so you can layer. Honestly it was quite chilly and windy in a lot of places. We did an excursion every day except one. I recommend the excursion to Lagoon Bluff and the one in Ususahia where you take the train thru the countryside. Very scenic and informative. I know many feel the NCL excursions are costly BUT in Puerto Madryn on our NON-NCL tour we had engine problems with the van returning to port and in that area there is NO cell phone service so the driver kept pouring water into the engine and we made it but it was pretty stressful. If your cruise ends in San Antonio you are 2 hrs from Santiago airport so we booked the NCL transfer that takes 8 hours and gets you to the airport by 5-5:30. It was one of our best excursios with stops at a winery, several scenic areas, a local crafts village and lunch with a fantastic show in Santiago. If you have a flight out of Santiago after 9PM it works perfectly to fill the day. We were not that impressed with Buenos Aires but Hilton for stay the night before departure was very nice. The shows on the ship were really good and varied. Ship food was fine but we are not picky eaters. Since the weather is too cool to be out on deck the buffet area is nonstop packed. If 2 are eating at table for 4 feel free to ask to sit there. Everyone says it is ok. Also a good quiet place to eat breakfast/lunch is Sheehans on Deck 8. We enjoyed the specialty restaurants esp La Bistro but main dining room food is fine. MAKE THOSE SPECIALY DINING RESERVATIONS BEFORE BOARDING as they are very much in demand. If you enjoy games they had some great games almost every day in Bliss Lounge that you can join in or just watch. Also I joined a couple dance classes in there which were lots of fun. Don't buy Argentine pesos as no banks in US or currency exchanges will take them or sell them for that matter because they are so unstable. . Credit card/US cash works fine. We saw over 400 penguins at Lagoon Bluff, Stanley Islands and at El Pedro lounge in Puerto Madryrn. Ships dance troupe are really awesome. We had a very nice time; I would say bringing the right clothes is most important. Only negative is it was the worst boarding process but I think that is more the logistics of the port than NCL's fault. Tendering the lst day was also pretty bad; not sure why. If you have a tour booked with NCL many of those go off the ship first. Finally, pull your bill every couple days. As Platinum we are supposed to get 10% off excursions and they did not apply it so we had to go to the excursion desk to get it done. Also on one port the $50 promo did not come off. Annoying but they quickly resolved it but if you wait until the end of the cruise the bill pulling lines are really long. Overall very nice trip.

14 days of S America in January

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by seaduction

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2020
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We had a very good time and our ship had no engine or delay problems . The seas were very calm on our sailing & when we rounded Cape Horn it was like a lake with good visibility. The Captain said that is unusual for weather/seas in that area. Weather was very chilly for most of the trip except in Buenos Aires and really hot (90s) in Santiago. Make sure you bring a sweatshirt/jacket with hood and a hat and a scarf. Also bring a zip up vest so you can layer. Honestly it was quite chilly and windy in a lot of places. We did an excursion every day except one. I recommend the excursion to Lagoon Bluff and the one in Ususahia where you take the train thru the countryside. Very scenic and informative. I know many feel the NCL excursions are costly BUT in Puerto Madryn on our NON-NCL tour we had engine problems with the van returning to port and in that area there is NO cell phone service so the driver kept pouring water into the engine and we made it but it was pretty stressful. If your cruise ends in San Antonio you are 2 hrs from Santiago airport so we booked the NCL transfer that takes 8 hours and gets you to the airport by 5-5:30. It was one of our best excursios with stops at a winery, several scenic areas, a local crafts village and lunch with a fantastic show in Santiago. If you have a flight out of Santiago after 9PM it works perfectly to fill the day. We were not that impressed with Buenos Aires but Hilton for stay the night before departure was very nice. The shows on the ship were really good and varied. Ship food was fine but we are not picky eaters. Since the weather is too cool to be out on deck the buffet area is nonstop packed. If 2 are eating at table for 4 feel free to ask to sit there. Everyone says it is ok. Also a good quiet place to eat breakfast/lunch is Sheehans on Deck 8. We enjoyed the specialty restaurants esp La Bistro but main dining room food is fine. MAKE THOSE SPECIALY DINING RESERVATIONS BEFORE BOARDING as they are very much in demand. If you enjoy games they had some great games almost every day in Bliss Lounge that you can join in or just watch. Also I joined a couple dance classes in there which were lots of fun. Don't buy Argentine pesos as no banks in US or currency exchanges will take them or sell them for that matter because they are so unstable. . Credit card/US cash works fine. We saw over 400 penguins at Lagoon Bluff, Stanley Islands and at El Pedro lounge in Puerto Madryrn. Ships dance troupe are really awesome. We had a very nice time; I would say bringing the right clothes is most important. Only negative is it was the worst boarding process but I think that is more the logistics of the port than NCL's fault. Tendering the lst day was also pretty bad; not sure why. If you have a tour booked with NCL many of those go off the ship first. Finally, pull your bill every couple days. As Platinum we are supposed to get 10% off excursions and they did not apply it so we had to go to the excursion desk to get it done. Also on one port the $50 promo did not come off. Annoying but they quickly resolved it but if you wait until the end of the cruise the bill pulling lines are really long. Overall very nice trip.
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Balcony
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Nicely appointed. Bathroom typically small but 100% functional. Cabin kept immaculate by our room stewardess. Quiet and bed was very comfortable. 9210 is a few doors down from elevator bank at back of ship so great access to dining venues typically at end of ship .We always choose this location for that reason. No complaints.
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