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Norwegian Star Review

4.0 / 5.0
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The Cruise Curmudgeon Goes to South America

Review for Norwegian Star to South America
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The Cruise Curmudgeon
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Feb 2020
Cabin: Mini-Suite with Balcony

South America on the Norwegian Star

This trip was pretty fantastic! The smaller, older Norwegian ships are far preferable to the gigantic, crowded mega-ships, in my opinion!

This is what we liked about our South American voyage on the Star: (1) The ship was nicely quiet in most places. There was not annoying music playing in the hallways and public venues. (2) One lovely thing about the older ships is the window seats along the inside corridor on Deck 7. They were well used and seemed a good spot to spend some leisurely time. We also found plenty of other quiet sitting places throughout the ship. (3) Thanks for the USB ports by the beds! That made it so easy to charge phones. (4) I liked the Port Excursion talk and would have liked even more information about the locations we visited, such as the history of each port and some of the geography, etc. I'm not really interested in port shopping talks (which feel like advertising for specific places). (5) GREAT JOB on hiring the Manila Trio to perform in the Atrium. Every time I heard them I was so impressed by the lovely music they played. It was calm and soothing. (6) Thanks also for putting up the map of South America alongside the service desk in the hallway. Sure, one can look at the TV but it's so much easier to see the 'whole picture' when there is a large map to track the voyage. A TV picture is constantly shifting and does not have geographical details. I saw lots of people checking out the map. (7) We love the Captain's updates and information! Keep those coming.

Cabin Review

Mini-Suite with Balcony

Clean, roomy (for a ship), and great balcony! Nice coffee too! I think at this point they could do away with the detachable hangers in the closet, which are difficult to maneuver, and just put in regular hangers. No one, really, is going to walk away with closet hangers. We wouldn't have room, after purchasing souvenirs at the ports.

Port Reviews

Punta Arenas

Nice town, but it was mostly closed because it was Sunday. We browsed the town and the sights but returned to the ship early. I loved that we could buy postcards and stamps right by the port and mail them home from there.


Loved the Old Town. It was Sunday, so we couldn't connect with our desired vintage coffee shop, so had to settle for Starbucks, but the architecture and sights were wonderful, and we enjoyed browsing the vendor stalls in the square.

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a nice city. We walked around close to our hotel.

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