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We thoroughly enjoyed the Star. I had been apprehensive about booking on NCL after reading many negative reviews here, but I was completely satisfied. Here are my impressions: EMBARKATION We got to the port around noon. There were alot of people already in line, but things moved quickly. We were done and on board the ship in around 30 minute. No complaints here. CABIN The cabins were not yet ready to enter when we arrived on board, but were within about a half hour. We had an oceanview with a large window. The cabin was the usual size for a cruise and very clean, with a small fridge and TV. The bathroom had a stall shower with a closing glass door,which was great, instead of the usual shower curtain where the water gets everywhere. The shower pressure was good also, with surpisingly hot water. A soap and shampoo dispenser was in the shower. Our cabin steward was sweet and the room was cleaned promptly each day. FOOD We really enjoyed the food. We ate breakfast in the Versailles dining room daily. I really enjoyed the made to order omelets and the french toast. Lunch was usually in the Market Cafe buffet. Although the offerings were usually similar daily, everything was fresh and there is a large selection. I never thought the items looked old,as did some reviewers. There was plenty of seating and we could always find a table. Free drinks were limited to water and iced tea. There is an ice cream bar near the gym, in the back of the cafe, and also soft serve. We usually ate in the Versailles dining room at night. I hadn't experienced free style dining before and was unsure what to expect, but we only had to wait for a table 1 night, about 10 minutes. Other than that, no wait, and we were always given a table for two. Some reviewers complained that the selection was the same every day. The menu varied daily on one side, and was the same on the other side. There are more than enough choices for a week. The food was very good, although the portions are on the small side. But after an appetizer and salad, they were more than enough. Service was excellent. The staff is very pleasant. The food arrived quickly and there was no real waiting time between courses. We didn't use the specialty restaurants as we thought the included meals were more than good. ENTERTAINMENT I really enjoyed it, although of course everyone's taste is different. There were a 60s and 70s stage review with the NCL singers and dancers. The hypnotist, Second City comdey group, and acrobats/aerialists were also very good. The French aerialists were a don't miss show. I actually thought the shows were a cut above most other lines. PORTS We were very lucky and had great weather for Alaska! Didn't see any bears or moose, though :( Although cruising on deck was cold and sometimes foggy, the weather in port was pretty good. We actually had no rain while in port. The weather was in the mid 50s, milder than I thought. Ketchikan: Cloudy. We did the duck tour and walked around the town for a couple hours. The rain held off until we were back on ship. Alot of tourist shops and jewelry; not really what I came to Alaska for. Juneau: Cloudy with peeks of sun. We went to Mendenhall Glacier. This was a must see. Don't take the tour from the ship. It's overpriced. Once off the ship, head towards the Shuttle to Town sign. A bus was waiting to take passengers to the Mt. Roberts tram station, a 5 minute drive. There, there are multiple kiosks where you can buy a $16 RT shuttle ticket directly to the glacier park. The parking lot for the shuttles is adjacent to the Mt. Roberts tram. Much cheaper than the $49 ticket the ship was charging. You can either take the light blue Glacier Express, or the white Juneau express. Both went to the same spot and were on the same half hour time frame. You will be dropped off in the parking lot adjacent to the glacier visitor center. The glacier is awesome. Walk around, go to the visitor center for $3, or hike up to a waterfall. A couple hours is what we spent. No problem getting back for the 1:30 ship departure. We took the 8 am shuttle from the Mt. Roberts tram. On the way back, the shuttle driver will drop you off in town if you wish for sightseeing, which is what we did. It's a 5 minute walk then back to the tram station, for the shuttle back to the ship. Juneau's central district is more stores, plus the crowded Red Dog Saloon. We were back on board by noon. Skagway: Clouds and a sunny afternoon with 60 temps! Like spring. We took the Yukon Scenic drive trip in a small van. Awesome mountain scenary all the way up to Carcross, YT. The driver stopped along the way for picture taking. There is an outhouse bathroom stop along the way, and also one in town before taking off. Don't forget your passport! The driver checked for passports before you could get on the van. Once in Carcross, we stopped for lunch at the Spirit Lake Lodge. We had a prepackaged sandwich, soup, excellent pie (take the blueberry) and a drink. We also saw the smallest desert in Carcross, and beautiful Emerald Lake. We had a quick stop at Carcross (nothing much there except an overpriced souvenir place). The tour lasted about 5 hours, so gave us some time for looking around Skagway's quaint downtown (more shopping)before we got back on board. Prince Rupert: Cloudy and windy. Small town with a small main tourist shopping area within a 10 minute walk of the ship. A few bars and restaurants, but not much to see unless you are doing a ship excursion, like whale watching. We walked around and were back on ship in a couple hours. Remember your passport. Last Day at Sea: Cloudy start, afternoon sunny and HOT! Everyone was out on the lounges or the pool. Beautiful day. DEBARKATION Quick and orderly. We were off the ship before 10. All in all, a great trip. Would love to go back to Alaska.

Great Seattle Cruise on the Star

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by jerseygirl999

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2011
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window
We thoroughly enjoyed the Star. I had been apprehensive about booking on NCL after reading many negative reviews here, but I was completely satisfied. Here are my impressions:



EMBARKATION

We got to the port around noon. There were alot of people already in line, but things moved quickly. We were done and on board the ship in around 30 minute. No complaints here.



CABIN



The cabins were not yet ready to enter when we arrived on board, but were within about a half hour. We had an oceanview with a large window. The cabin was the usual size for a cruise and very clean, with a small fridge and TV. The bathroom had a stall shower with a closing glass door,which was great, instead of the usual shower curtain where the water gets everywhere. The shower pressure was good also, with surpisingly hot water. A soap and shampoo dispenser was in the shower. Our cabin steward was sweet and the room was cleaned promptly each day.



FOOD



We really enjoyed the food. We ate breakfast in the Versailles dining room daily. I really enjoyed the made to order omelets and the french toast.

Lunch was usually in the Market Cafe buffet. Although the offerings were usually similar daily, everything was fresh and there is a large selection. I never thought the items looked old,as did some reviewers. There was plenty of seating and we could always find a table. Free drinks were limited to water and iced tea. There is an ice cream bar near the gym, in the back of the cafe, and also soft serve.

We usually ate in the Versailles dining room at night. I hadn't experienced free style dining before and was unsure what to expect, but we only had to wait for a table 1 night, about 10 minutes. Other than that, no wait, and we were always given a table for two. Some reviewers complained that the selection was the same every day. The menu varied daily on one side, and was the same on the other side. There are more than enough choices for a week. The food was very good, although the portions are on the small side. But after an appetizer and salad, they were more than enough. Service was excellent. The staff is very pleasant. The food arrived quickly and there was no real waiting time between courses.

We didn't use the specialty restaurants as we thought the included meals were more than good.



ENTERTAINMENT



I really enjoyed it, although of course everyone's taste is different. There were a 60s and 70s stage review with the NCL singers and dancers. The hypnotist, Second City comdey group, and acrobats/aerialists were also very good. The French aerialists were a don't miss show. I actually thought the shows were a cut above most other lines.



PORTS



We were very lucky and had great weather for Alaska! Didn't see any bears or moose, though :(

Although cruising on deck was cold and sometimes foggy, the weather in port was pretty good. We actually had no rain while in port. The weather was in the mid 50s, milder than I thought.

Ketchikan: Cloudy. We did the duck tour and walked around the town for a couple hours. The rain held off until we were back on ship. Alot of tourist shops and jewelry; not really what I came to Alaska for.



Juneau: Cloudy with peeks of sun. We went to Mendenhall Glacier. This was a must see. Don't take the tour from the ship. It's overpriced. Once off the ship, head towards the Shuttle to Town sign. A bus was waiting to take passengers to the Mt. Roberts tram station, a 5 minute drive. There, there are multiple kiosks where you can buy a $16 RT shuttle ticket directly to the glacier park. The parking lot for the shuttles is adjacent to the Mt. Roberts tram. Much cheaper than the $49 ticket the ship was charging. You can either take the light blue Glacier Express, or the white Juneau express. Both went to the same spot and were on the same half hour time frame. You will be dropped off in the parking lot adjacent to the glacier visitor center.

The glacier is awesome. Walk around, go to the visitor center for $3, or hike up to a waterfall. A couple hours is what we spent. No problem getting back for the 1:30 ship departure. We took the 8 am shuttle from the Mt. Roberts tram. On the way back, the shuttle driver will drop you off in town if you wish for sightseeing, which is what we did. It's a 5 minute walk then back to the tram station, for the shuttle back to the ship. Juneau's central district is more stores, plus the crowded Red Dog Saloon. We were back on board by noon.



Skagway: Clouds and a sunny afternoon with 60 temps! Like spring. We took the Yukon Scenic drive trip in a small van. Awesome mountain scenary all the way up to Carcross, YT. The driver stopped along the way for picture taking. There is an outhouse bathroom stop along the way, and also one in town before taking off. Don't forget your passport! The driver checked for passports before you could get on the van.

Once in Carcross, we stopped for lunch at the Spirit Lake Lodge. We had a prepackaged sandwich, soup, excellent pie (take the blueberry) and a drink.

We also saw the smallest desert in Carcross, and beautiful Emerald Lake. We had a quick stop at Carcross (nothing much there except an overpriced souvenir place).

The tour lasted about 5 hours, so gave us some time for looking around Skagway's quaint downtown (more shopping)before we got back on board.



Prince Rupert: Cloudy and windy. Small town with a small main tourist shopping area within a 10 minute walk of the ship. A few bars and restaurants, but not much to see unless you are doing a ship excursion, like whale watching. We walked around and were back on ship in a couple hours. Remember your passport.



Last Day at Sea: Cloudy start, afternoon sunny and HOT! Everyone was out on the lounges or the pool. Beautiful day.



DEBARKATION



Quick and orderly. We were off the ship before 10.



All in all, a great trip. Would love to go back to Alaska.
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