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Just got back from the Norwegian Star 7 day Alaska cruise (today July 3rd) - Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Prince Rupert, and an unbelievable full-ship tour of the Sawyer glacier. We gracefully navigated the icebergs... getting closer and closer... stunning scenery. Stayed in a balcony (9th floor, forward) - loved it. The lower-half glass and overhangs made it pleasant even in light rainfall. And the weather was warm enough to enjoy a bit of sunbathing. The food was good, but the specialty restaurants were pretty decent too. The cover charge was $10-$15 per person, and made for very few crowds and no screaming children. Dined at the french restaurant... the italian restaurant... and the japanese restaurant - paying $30+ for what I'd expect to pay $150+ for at home. Room service is free, (they even have pizza) when you're bushed and just want to crash. As far as shore expeditions go; went to see the Mendenhall glacier in Juneau - worthwhile any way you can get there; took the jeep tour in Skagway (VERY jarring... knees and back still ache); took the Misty Fyords boat tour in Ketchikan (neat scenery... bring extra camera batteries and flash cards), and finally my favorite, the Sealife and crab extravaganza in Prince Rupert. The crab was great, but the close encounters with many amazing eagles that is what I loved the most.

Norwegian Star - land of the Eagles

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Raven_Lightfoot

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2010
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
Just got back from the Norwegian Star 7 day Alaska cruise (today July 3rd) - Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Prince Rupert, and an unbelievable full-ship tour of the Sawyer glacier. We gracefully navigated the icebergs... getting closer and closer... stunning scenery.
Stayed in a balcony (9th floor, forward) - loved it. The lower-half glass and overhangs made it pleasant even in light rainfall. And the weather was warm enough to enjoy a bit of sunbathing.
The food was good, but the specialty restaurants were pretty decent too. The cover charge was $10-$15 per person, and made for very few crowds and no screaming children. Dined at the french restaurant... the italian restaurant... and the japanese restaurant - paying $30+ for what I'd expect to pay $150+ for at home. Room service is free, (they even have pizza) when you're bushed and just want to crash.
As far as shore expeditions go; went to see the Mendenhall glacier in Juneau - worthwhile any way you can get there; took the jeep tour in Skagway (VERY jarring... knees and back still ache); took the Misty Fyords boat tour in Ketchikan (neat scenery... bring extra camera batteries and flash cards), and finally my favorite, the Sealife and crab extravaganza in Prince Rupert. The crab was great, but the close encounters with many amazing eagles that is what I loved the most.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BC 9012
Great storage, bathrooms not as small as expected. Space under the beds was enough for our largest suitcases. Can sunbath on balcony. Odd RV-style latrine smells when the balcony door is left open (pulls air from the rest of the ship somewhere).
Deck 9 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins