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Stateroom: We had an oceanview room, but it was very poorly laid out. The beds were pushed together and facing the door, but accessing either side was quite difficult as there was a fold-up bed on the wall on one side and the desk was against the bed on the other. We ended up turning the bed so it faced the fold-up bed and we could access both sides better. There was also a cot under one side of the bed, but there would be no space to actually use it in the room. These rooms are for four according to NCL, but it barely fit 2. The bed was very hard and the frame was made from metal siding. I'm not sure why they did this, but it made for two very sore backs. There was an adequate amount of closet space, but the shelving was a bit awkward and the drawers made a ton of noise. The mini-bar was nice since we had it emptied and used it as a personal refrigerator. The bathroom is a bit nicer than some since the toilet has its own door and the shower has a door instead of a curtain. The room stewards did a good job, but didn't say anything to us the few times we saw them. Dining: The food was nothing to get excited about. The buffet often had hot dogs, sandwiches, and typical food. We did not eat there often, but seating was hard to find when we did. We went to two of the restaurants that require an additional fee. In our opinion, the food there was maybe as good as I would have expected the free food to be. We did not go to the steakhouse as the surf and turf was $35 per person and not worth the cost in our opinion. We didn't have a problem most of the time getting seated right away at the main dining room. The food was okay, but you could tell it had been sitting under a heat lamp for quite some time on most of the food. The room service had a good selection and the food was pretty tasty. Entertainment: For the most part we didn't go to the shows because they weren't our style and geared towards an older crowd. We did, however, enjoy the Second City group as well as the juggler. There seemed to be lots of options to keep us busy so we were overall satisfied here. Tendering: There was a problem with our ship and we arrived late to Juneau which made us have to anchor and use tender boats. For some reason it took over 2 hours to get us off the ship and it took 30 minutes or so to load each boat. We have never had it take more than 10-15 minutes to load each tender. I don't know what took them so long, but we ended up only having about 3.5 hours of the 6 we were supposed to in Juneau. Ship overall: The decor was nice, but some of the layout was not. It seemed like they just put restaurants in whatever area may have been empty in the past to make more money. We paid $15 a person to eat sushi for lunch one day and had to listen to an art auction the entire time because the restaurant was overlooking the bar the event was held in. I asked the waiter how much longer the auction would last and he said 15 minutes, but it was going on the entire hour we were eating. There were only a few bars on the ship and they took away the best bar to put in more expensive suites. Overall it was a decent ship, but NCL seems to be a bit more greedy than the other lines we've sailed with. It was a relaxed environment, but we did miss not having the same servers every night. It just felt like there was no personal touch.

Decent, but not spectacular

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by EB_Cruiser

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2010
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview
Stateroom: We had an oceanview room, but it was very poorly laid out. The beds were pushed together and facing the door, but accessing either side was quite difficult as there was a fold-up bed on the wall on one side and the desk was against the bed on the other. We ended up turning the bed so it faced the fold-up bed and we could access both sides better. There was also a cot under one side of the bed, but there would be no space to actually use it in the room. These rooms are for four according to NCL, but it barely fit 2. The bed was very hard and the frame was made from metal siding. I'm not sure why they did this, but it made for two very sore backs. There was an adequate amount of closet space, but the shelving was a bit awkward and the drawers made a ton of noise. The mini-bar was nice since we had it emptied and used it as a personal refrigerator. The bathroom is a bit nicer than some since the toilet has its own door and the shower has a door instead of a curtain. The room stewards did a good job, but didn't say anything to us the few times we saw them.
Dining: The food was nothing to get excited about. The buffet often had hot dogs, sandwiches, and typical food. We did not eat there often, but seating was hard to find when we did. We went to two of the restaurants that require an additional fee. In our opinion, the food there was maybe as good as I would have expected the free food to be. We did not go to the steakhouse as the surf and turf was $35 per person and not worth the cost in our opinion. We didn't have a problem most of the time getting seated right away at the main dining room. The food was okay, but you could tell it had been sitting under a heat lamp for quite some time on most of the food. The room service had a good selection and the food was pretty tasty.
Entertainment: For the most part we didn't go to the shows because they weren't our style and geared towards an older crowd. We did, however, enjoy the Second City group as well as the juggler. There seemed to be lots of options to keep us busy so we were overall satisfied here.
Tendering: There was a problem with our ship and we arrived late to Juneau which made us have to anchor and use tender boats. For some reason it took over 2 hours to get us off the ship and it took 30 minutes or so to load each boat. We have never had it take more than 10-15 minutes to load each tender. I don't know what took them so long, but we ended up only having about 3.5 hours of the 6 we were supposed to in Juneau.
Ship overall: The decor was nice, but some of the layout was not. It seemed like they just put restaurants in whatever area may have been empty in the past to make more money. We paid $15 a person to eat sushi for lunch one day and had to listen to an art auction the entire time because the restaurant was overlooking the bar the event was held in. I asked the waiter how much longer the auction would last and he said 15 minutes, but it was going on the entire hour we were eating. There were only a few bars on the ship and they took away the best bar to put in more expensive suites.
Overall it was a decent ship, but NCL seems to be a bit more greedy than the other lines we've sailed with. It was a relaxed environment, but we did miss not having the same servers every night. It just felt like there was no personal touch.
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Cabin Review

Obstructed Oceanview
Cabin OK 8070
Room 8070 is between a large and small lifeboat. You have a pretty clear view of the water from this one. The hallway for floor 8 is a bit difficult to navigate because of all the twists and turns it makes to compensate for the outside area. The room was poorly laid out, but I think that is the case for all the OV rooms on this ship.
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