I chose this Latin American cruise because I had a very memorable experience with Gate1 Discovery guided tour last year and I wanted to re-trace my path with my wife from Buenos Aires to Strait of Magellan in Chile, with extension to P. Chacabuco, Puerto Montt and Santiago.
With the other cruise ships I have luxuriated myself with Steam and Dry sauna free of charge. NCL Star on the other hand has Fee for its use. Exercise room on Deck 12 stinks with smell of cigarette smoke. I don't think I am not the only one who noticed this. The origin of this is from the Casino on Deck 6. This is a health hazard and the Captain should visit the area to find out what I am talking about. The Casino place is overwhelming with cigarette smoke and passing though it is subjecting the cruise passengers to 2nd hand smoking. The ship should redesign this in such a way that there should be a powerful smoke exhaust.
Free dining restaurants i.e Aqua and Versailles have very limited selections of Menu. Seafood menu are very very limited. There is no Lobster night. I ordered a dish with shrimp and ONLY 5 pieces were on it. The scallops were tiny and there were only a dozen in it. Every seafood plates were kid's size. Try to order a crab cake and you'll see what I mean. At the Garden Cafe, there is no Salmon and capers during breakfast. This is available during breakfast at the Buffet at Princess and Royal Caribbean. Lobster claws are also offered at the Buffet during Lobster night.
Cabin size is just right. There is outlet for 110 V but with limited TV channel access. Thank God THERE IS NO CNN. The bathroom needed upgrade. Not enough space for toiletries. The toilet seat is old and the floor wafts with urine smell. Given that this was built in 2001 and refurbished only few years ago, the toilet flooring should require an upgrade too. No matter how the crew cleans it, the latrine smell lingers.
We used a van for our group and toured around the city