NCL Star to Mexican Riviera 2/5/11-2/12/11: Norwegian Star Cruise Review by Springwater21

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NCL Star to Mexican Riviera 2/5/11-2/12/11

Sail Date: February 2011
Destination: Mexican Riviera
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Embarking in Los Angeles was very quick. We had a suite and were the first in line. We had arrived at the terminal about noon.They escorted us to the VIP lounge, sandwiches and cold drinks were available. We were given our room cards. Waited about 35-45 minutes with the other suite passengers, then escorted on board by our butler Henry.

Cagneys was not open for lunch, they said they had not been cleared yet, so we headed to the buffet, no big deal. Since we were on early, hardly anyone was there..

All the crew greeted us with a hello and how are you, each and every day.

We only attended one show(as we are not show goer's) It was the Vegas review-it was ok to good.

We did not feel you were hounded to buy anything from any store on board. Venues were set up in the atrium with goods for sale, we looked, but no pressure to buy. Attended a few of the jewelry seminars, informative. Attended the Martini tasting-I'm not a person who drinks very often, so More after 6 martini's, I headed to cabin for a 3 hour was fun though..

The pools were nice, as were the hot tubs. Lots of folks using them.

There were plenty of non-smoking areas on the ship. Port side on deck 12 pool deck was smoking, as is your cabin, balcony and the casino. EVERYWHERE else is non-smoking..I We both smoke, but didn't have any problems with the rules. The casino at times was a bit smoky, even passing by it. If you are very sensitive to smoke, bypass the casino!

The public areas were beautiful and clean. We attended the Captain's cocktail party in Spinnaker, nice room, (not having been on Star before the renovation) we didn't mind the location. The space is large.

The shops were interesting to look through, merchandise was not unreasonably priced in my opinion. The jewelry shops were stunning to look through, some very high priced jewelry and some costume pieces were reasonable. I didn't go to buy jewelry, but did enjoy looking.

Food is all the venues was very good-Cagneys steakhouse for lunch and breakfast-superb!! Hubby is a buffet person, and wanted to go to Cagneys every day..The crab cakes benedict was to die for!

Did not use the Spa this trip.

Getting off back in LA was also very easy. As Canadians, we had to go thru immigration on board the ship. Our Butler had us meet in the Ginza restaurant, then we went down to La Cucina, talked one on one to immigration,no problems for us, then Henry the Butler, escorted us off with our luggage at about 8:15, before any color tag was ready to be called. We were out of the terminal within 10 minutes, and met our bus for the trip back to the airport.We were at the airport by 9:30 for our 12:45 flight..

Everyone going thru security had to walk thru the new full body scanner! Except folks who were handicapped. You still had to take off your shoes, and empty your pockets and off with the belts. It didn't seem to be a big deal. Less

Published 02/16/11

Cabin review: SG12512 Penthouse with Balcony

We were is cabin 12512 on deck 12. This is a penthouse with balcony. There are 4 of these rooms on this deck. They are beautiful and very large. The balcony was square and held 3 wicker chairs and a round wicker table. Protected from the wind. The bed was king size and extremely comfortable, firm like we are used to. Sheets very white and smooth , almost silky to the touch. The living area had a hide a bed sofa, coffee table and 2 low chairs.Two floor to ceiling windows gave a great view. We had a large flat screen tv on the wall and a DVD player with a selection of DVD's available no charge from the butler.The coffee machine made really good expresso, plenty of coffees available and also flavored teas.Lots of glass wear and coffee mugs and plates and silverware. The fridge was hidden in a cabinet under the desk area. Bathroom-huge! Large glass shower, full size tub, vanity with double sinks, a selection of elemis spa products. Towels were large and plenty of them. Lighting was good. Plenty of mirrors. Closets-4 double doors closets, bathrobes and slippers. Storage- massive amounts. Our room stewards were the best. They knew our names from moment one. Cleaned the room twice a day. Our Butler Henry was great. The afternoon snacks were tasty and plenty of them. I even gave cookies to the kids 2 doors down. The room was very quiet, no noise from the rooms next to us or from the jogging and walking track above us. We slept like rocks every night.. All the staff on the ship were courteous and smiling.Everyone bend over backwards to make your trip pleasurable. Would be book this cabin again- in a heartbeat!!! and also this ship..

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Port and Shore Excursions

No tour planned for Cabo, weather was very nice, we just got off and walked around. Stopped for a cold margarita, went thru the flea market and then back to the ship. The vendors are not very aggressive, hardly got out of their seats . The area is loaded with hotels and condos, the rock formations are beautiful.

Weather beautiful. We did the trolley tour with shopping and beach break. The trolley was cute and comfortable. We sat in the open air portion in the back, better picture taking. Scenery was stunning. Beautiful bronze statues along the beach and the cliff diver was a cutie. From the lookout point we got to take photos of the ship in port. You did need a good zoom. We drove thru the old section of the city, stopped by a shrimp market, biggest shrimp I have even seen. Our tour guide was informative. We stopped at a church, got coffee and pastries at the corner bakery, and walked around the vendors in the square. Went to the selected store of Diamonds international, where they had all the free Pacifico beer you wanted. We ate lunch at a nearby open air cantina(very good food and lots of it) You could have the beach break here at a hotel if you wanted.No charge unless you wanted drinks or food at the hotel. The beach was very nice. I thought it was a good excursion.Lots of photo opportunities. We felt very safe in port. There was an army presence at the port, but nothing to detract from your adventure.

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We did the Mexican Fiesta and tequila tasting. Large comfortable buses to take us to the Hacienda Dona Engracias. Beautiful grounds and the lunch was very good. You did have to buy your beverage. From there to the old town and along the malecon. Sand sculptures of egyptian pyramids and mummys and sphinx on the beach. The guide was good for the first part of the tour, very informative. He wanted us to walk up a hill to a church, some were not able to do this and he got kind of rude. All in all, the tour was good. I would not take it agin, as there are many other tours to do.

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