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Norwegian Star Review

4.0 / 5.0
2,577 reviews

Great itinerary, lovely weather, ship could be better

Review for the Arctic Cruise on Norwegian Star
MkeCruzn
10+ Cruises • Age 40s

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Sail Date: Sep 2023
Cabin: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary, sailing dates, and to use a 20% discount certificate that was issued by NCL due to canceling the Epic's winter Mediterranean sailings. The terms were rather restrictive and this sailing qualified. We booked about 3 months ahead, so we were within the final payment date and could only use one CruiseNext certificate. NCL would not budge on this, despite it was their fault we did the late booking.

We were excited to visit Iceland, Norway, Scotland and finish in England. Other than London, every port was new for us. We spent 4 days in Reykjavik before embarking, and were able to tour places that would not be available as shore excursions. It was like having a separate land-based vacation plus a cruise vacation. More time would have been even better.

We arrived near the beginning of the embarkation time window. Embarkation was smooth and easy, but a bit crowded. There is only a temporary building (like a large tent) for the NCL terminal. Soon enough, we were on the ship enjoying a prosecco and exploring the ship. The cabins were not available until almost 3 pm, despite some teaser announcements for at least an hour ahead of that.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

The cabin was spacious and comfortable. The overall layout was good, but the closet was very close to one side of the bed. This resulted in the closet being blocked if one person was getting things out. We were on the aft starboard side, which was surprisingly well-located (close to the MDR and Garden Cafe, as well as SpiceH2O).

Port Reviews

Reykjavik

We spent four days here before the cruise. Lots to do in the area. Don't miss a hot springs bath!

Isafjordur

We had a little time here to walk around. A pleasant town. Take a tour to the Dynjandi waterfall.

Akureyri

I wish we had a bit more time here. Our excursion took most of the day. Akureyri is too large to walk around much, so a ship shuttle would have been nice.

Seydisfjordur

This was just the right size to walk around and enjoy. There are some hikes into the nearby hills as well as some pleasant restaurants. We canceled the "tiniest town" tour and were glad we did.

Djupivogur

A tiny place, almost too small to have much to do. Our tour got canceled due to "logistics" and replaced with a different one at lower cost. There was no time to walk around.

Tromso

Tromso was great, 5* for the town. Our tour was disorganized and all the ship tours dumped too many people at the cable car at the same time. We had to wait almost an hour and lost a lot of opportunity to enjoy being at the top. No advance information that there would be a shuttle bus for much lower cost than the excursion, and we could have gone to the same places more efficiently.

South Queensferry

We loved Edinburgh, 5*, but our port time was cut way short, only 9 hours instead of 14, and South Queensferry is at least a 20 minute taxi ride from Edinburgh. There was a city bus, but it filled up quickly and the queue for the return tender was ridiculously long. Over an hour wait to get back to the ship. The result was we had only about half the time in town that we expected to have.

We toured Edinburgh Castle and did a ghost tour, both on our own. Much better than ship tours.

Alesund

Delightful. Easy walking and shopping. We had a walking tour and heard a lot of great stories from our guide.

Bergen

We had great weather (for Bergen, at least). We did a fjord cruise that we booked independently, and the rain stopped for most of the time we were there. Had some local fish at a dockside restaurant.

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