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16 Norwegian Fjords Cruise Reviews

We wanted to see the far north area of Europe and go to North Cape. We enjoyed seeing the sun set for only a short period and crossing the Arctic Circle. We also wanted to spend some time in Hamburg, Germany before the cruise. We ... Read More
We wanted to see the far north area of Europe and go to North Cape. We enjoyed seeing the sun set for only a short period and crossing the Arctic Circle. We also wanted to spend some time in Hamburg, Germany before the cruise. We enjoyed the 11 days and all the excursions and stops on this cruise. As always, the entertainment on our cruise for top notch, the service at all the restaurants was excellent and the entire crew on board the Jade were most accommodating. Our room steward, Alvin was also very welcoming and took very good care of our stateroom. We like this size of a ship to cruise on. We have been on the Getaway, but found that it has way no many people on it. We appreciate having a ship that accommodates only about 2,000 passengers. My wife and I enjoyed the dance and party activities that were scheduled throughout the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this cruise, quite frankly, because it was the only cruise that had the size of room we wanted during the time frame we needed. We knew absolutely nothing about Norway, but had already done a Mediterranean cruise and wanted to do ... Read More
We chose this cruise, quite frankly, because it was the only cruise that had the size of room we wanted during the time frame we needed. We knew absolutely nothing about Norway, but had already done a Mediterranean cruise and wanted to do something a little different. We had no idea how much we would end up loving it! This was our first NCL and their service and attention to detail is some of the best we've experienced. We also booked during a sale, so included in our room was the unlimited beverage package for 2, 125 minutes of internet (or a $125 credit toward the $175 unlimited internet package, which is what we did -- you can just have only one device logged into the wifi at once), $50 shore excursion credit per day, paid gratuities for 2, a $150 on board credit, and 5 restaurant credits for 2 people (will explain more down below). The unlimited beverage package was amazing (we had never had it before) because we never worried about whether or not to get a drink -- but had it not been included, I do not think we would have gotten it because it is $89/day + gratuities, which would be hard to justify as most drinks are around $9 (unless you are drinking 10+ drinks a day!). Because we had a suite, there were several perks included in it that will make it hard to cruise any other way. First, when checking in in Hamburg, we got to skip the line and go through the priority line (which no one was in) and it probably saved at least 45 minutes as the regular line was VERY long. Next, they had our butler (Camylla) escort us from the check in, through security, and on to the ship to our room and gave us the run down on everything. She was amazing! She would check on us every day and ask us if we needed anything or had any questions. She also brought us a snack every afternoon. There was reserved seating in the balcony for the shows each now for the suite & Haven people and the Suite & Haven guests got to eat breakfast in Moderno's and lunch in Cagney's, which was great!! Although the Garden Cafe (the buffet) had a larger selection for breakfast and lunch, having the quiet and secluded restaurants to eat at was much more relaxing. As stated above, we got to eat at 5 of the speciality restaurants for free because of the sale that we booked during. We bought the 5 dining package for our daughter (was around $100) so it would be paid for her too. We booked it with Carlos (the concierge for the suites) on the second day, but we should have booked sooner because a lot of the times we wanted were already full (specifically Tepenyaki, which we could only get into at 9 pm on the second to last night). We normally would not have gone to the speciality restaurants since the main dining is free...but since it was included we did it and I'm so glad we did! I will list them below: Cagneys Steakhouse: My daughter and I both got the filet mignon (rare) and it was one of the best we've ever had!! Ricardo was our waiter and he was the best!! My daughter asked for honey mustard for the truffle fries and they didn't have any so he made her up some on his own!! Moderno's Brazilian Churrascaria: If you like this type of restaurant (where they have a salad bar and then they come around and shave meat off the skewers at your table), then you will love it!! The food was great, but it is just way too much food for us. Le Bistro French: Probably our favorite!! The atmosphere is amazing and the food is some of the best. French onion soup, escargot, duck, lamb, chocolate fondue served in a pineapple bowl are just of few to name! La Cucina Italian: Also one of our favorites, but it was not very crowded when we went so not sure if it was an off night or just not as popular with others. My daughter said it was the best caesar salad she's ever had! I had the beef carpaccio as an app and the osso bucco as my entree and both were incredible!! The bellini's are so good too! We never did this, but apparently La Cucina serves as the overflow room to sit in for the Garden Cafe. Tapenyaki's Hibachi Grill: This was so fun, even though we could only get in at 9 pm on the second to last night! They can only hold around 100 people/night, so it fills up quickly. We sat by a great family, but it is a little hard to hear each other because it's so loud. The food was some of the best hibachi we've had, but we were so full from the rice by the time our meat/seafood came that we could barely eat it! Free Restaurants: Grand Pacific: We ate here on the first and last nights. Not sure if we didn't like it as much because it really is not as good, or if it was just because we had such great experiences at the specialty restaurants! I think it is the latter...because the food was still good--just not as great/unique/fun as the others! The service is great, in the sense that it is fast, but the waiters seem a little more stressed (rightfully so -- it is a big place!) and they do not know the menu as well because it changes every night. Alazar's: Never ate here, but it is a smaller/less casual version of the GP main dining room and the menu looked good! O'Sheehan's: Ate here twice and the fish and chips were outstanding! Just the right portion size. They are open 22/7 (only closed between 4am-6am), which was great for the days that we ate lunch after 3 (when the Garden Cafe closes) or after 2 (when Cagney's closed for the suite people) and we didn't want to eat in the GC. Jasmine Garden: never ate here because my husband doesn't love Chinese food (we had to convince him to go to Tapenyaki's) but it was always packed so I'm sure it is good! Garden Cafe: This is the buffet. We ate here for lunch on the first day and on a couple of the port days. The food really is great quality and they have a wide variety of cuisines! They serve lunch until 3, "snack" from 3:30-5:00, dinner at 5:30. For dinner they have a crepe station and the nutella crepes are excellent!! Bars: Plenty of bars to go around on the ship. Spinnaker Lounge had great views and was where they held Bingo (which was a little overpriced to be honest, although it was enticing with the great prizes) and the nightly dance parties (we never went to, but if you are into that they looked fun!) Bliss Lounge was always a great place to stop and get a drink before dinner because it was in a good location. I would recommend getting a glass of wine before dinner and bringing it into dinner because there is a bigger selection of wine at the bars than there is at the restaurants! "The Great Outsider" was a bar in the very back of the ship on 12 outside and it had the best mud slides!! Entertainment: We actually went to the shows every night, which is something we have never done before! The acrobat act (I think it is called Duo Mistika) was really great and got a standing ovation! The magic show actually ended up being pretty entertaining as well! The cruise performers were pretty good (not the best we've seen but certainly not the worst) but the "Elements" show on the second to last night was outstanding!! The cruise director, Richard Matics, was great! He always remembered us when we saw him around the ship and he was very present! Ports: We ended up not buying any of the shore excursions because we just really did not have time to research it before hand and then the only ones left were either too pricy or we just weren't interested in. Alesund: we hiked up to the look out point -- highly recommend! It was a steep hike up the way we went, so make sure you just take the stairs up instead of hiking the long way (unless you want the exercise like my husband and daughter who did it twice). Geiranger: this day was the best for having the front balcony! Absolutely stunning views through the fjord. We just sort of walked around and my husband and daughter did a 10k hike (the red trail), which they said was difficult but worth it for the views! This day probably would have been the best for an excursion. Olden: We did the glacier sightseeing bus (looks like a hop on hop off bus) for around $30/person. This was awesome!! It takes you out to a view of the glaciers and a few other spots. If you want to go to the actual glaciers, though, I would book it through an excursion. My husband and daughter (again) hiked up to the top of a mountain to a look out point and said it amazing views and not too bad of a hike! Wifi tip: the coop grocery store (about a ten minute walk) had free wifi. Bergen: Probably would have been our favorite place except for it was POURING rain the whole time! We did the hop on hop off (around $30) just to get out of the rain, but it was a good way to see the city. We also went through the fish market, which was fun! Cons (really not bad things, but just things that could have been better!) -the wifi did not work very well except on the two days at sea. I think it was because we were in the fjords and the mountains were high...but not completely sure. Really wasn't a big deal because it was great to not spend time on our phones, but if you need to access for work then it could be an issue! -there were not great TV stations. Again, not a huge deal because we didn't have much time to watch TV anyway, but it is fun to watch movies in our room usually and there was only one movie channel that didn't play the best movies. We could check out DVD's from our butler, but we never actually did because we never had time! This may not be an issue for some people, but they didn't have Fox News and only had Sky News and CNBC, which were not great. But again, it was probably good to have a break from the news world for a week! Random Pro's: -There was a walking deck on deck 7 that went all the way around (3 laps = 1 mile) and a jogging deck on 13 (5.5 laps = 1 mile) and both were great! -This may seem random, but the carpet outside of the staterooms had fish that were swimming toward the front of the ship. It actually was very helpful in remembering which way we were heading! -Getting off and on the ship at the ports (on deck 4) always went very smoothly! I'm probably forgetting things, but overall it was one of the best cruise experiences we've ever had and will definitely cruise with NCL again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
The itinerary was fabulous scenery. The weather sunny and warm at each stop with a small rain at one port. The food service was excellent and room housekeeping and restaurant employees were always smiling and friendly. The ship decor ... Read More
The itinerary was fabulous scenery. The weather sunny and warm at each stop with a small rain at one port. The food service was excellent and room housekeeping and restaurant employees were always smiling and friendly. The ship decor was comfortable and the top Spinnacker lounge was a wonderful getaway to see the wonders of Norway from up above comfort peacefully. The entertainment was excellent especially the Elements show with magicians and acrobats hanging from the ceiling and singing and dancing and snowflakes galore. The fish were on the carpet swimming forward so we did not get lost to our inside cozy room forward. The ship web cam on TV was our window to the world. The buffet area had a wonderful eating area in the back to see the sights and feel the breeze. The free style dining was easy and the free style clothing norm was comfortable to each persons style. I could have packed half the clothes I took along. It was a SUPER CRUISE. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Out of 17 cruises, 7 with NCL, this was my best experience. The Ports of Call along with overall great weather is what led to this conclusion. Weather can make or break your trip. Oh my gosh, we were 300 miles north of the Arctic ... Read More
Out of 17 cruises, 7 with NCL, this was my best experience. The Ports of Call along with overall great weather is what led to this conclusion. Weather can make or break your trip. Oh my gosh, we were 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Honnisvag Norway and it was sunny and 68 degrees. The tours off the ship were excellent with very knowledgeable English speaking guides. Bergen was probably our best stop and be sure and take the funicular if a nice day to the top of Mt. Floyen. Over the top breathtaking view down to the city and harbor. Never had a bad experience with service in all departments or dining all over the ship. Only three complaints come to mind. Smoking in the Casino is still permissible. We had to leave an adjoining lounge to the casino because of the smell of smoke. In addition,one afternoon as we are cruising down a long fjord to the Svartisen glacier relaxing in the Spinnaker Lounge (Level 13 with panoramic view) with about 60 other people and a future cruise presentation commences. Wouldn't have been so bad, but they lowered the shades to the windows. Idiots. Then when the presentation was over 45 minutes later no one knew how to raise the shades back up. Took an additional 25 minutes to finally find someone to correct the problem. The windows in the Grand Pacific dining room need to be replaced. They were so scratched up you couldn't see out very well. I highly recommend this 12 day cruise out of Hamburg and hoping you have good weather. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We choose the Norway cruise to visit some place new. Loved the sights, the weather was cool but refreshing, except for Bergen where it poured rain the whole day. Loved leaving out of Southampton and getting to explore some of the UK ... Read More
We choose the Norway cruise to visit some place new. Loved the sights, the weather was cool but refreshing, except for Bergen where it poured rain the whole day. Loved leaving out of Southampton and getting to explore some of the UK before we left. Easy embarkation process and onboard enjoying lunch in a jiffy. The Jade had a beautiful redo and we love the new look. Friendly servers and always available bar servers to keep our glasses full, never had a problem getting a drink with the beverage package. Food was great, only disappointing thing was some of the desserts. Our cabin was great and enjoyed the balcony as we cruised thru the fjords. Beautiful scenery. We spent most of our time hiking and walking thru the small towns that we stopped in, did not do any organized tours but loved our time exploring the countryside and all the beautiful waterfalls. I recommend the cruise if you enjoy beautiful scenery and cool weather (reminded me of the Alaska cruise). Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we were not disappointed. We had been to Norway before but never to Flam or Geiranger which we thought were wonderful. We have cruised with NCL before but never on the Jade. We really loved ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and we were not disappointed. We had been to Norway before but never to Flam or Geiranger which we thought were wonderful. We have cruised with NCL before but never on the Jade. We really loved this ship. Everywhere was clean and tidy and all the staff were friendly and welcoming. We had a balcony cabin on deck 9 on the port side. It was well appointed and had plenty of storage space, our cabin steward was very professional and we found our cabin serviced when we returned from breakfast most days! We ate breakfast in O'Sheeghans most mornings, we found the service there prompt and the food was delicious as it was in all of the dining options. We ate in the speciality restaurants too and were not disappointed. Cagney's is my husbands favourite, mine is La Cucina, but all are worth paying for. What we thought was a nice touch was the grill at the back of the ship where you could make your own sandwiches, grab a burger or have coffee and cake whilst looking at the beautiful scenery. This was also open in the morning for breakfast. We thought the entertainment on the ship was good there was always live music in all of the venues and it was nice to have a cocktail before dinner and listen to some great singers. We also enjoyed most of the amenities on board, we got swimming most days and there was always room in the hot tubs. We also enjoyed the trivia that the Cruise Director's staff put on throughout the day. It was fun and a good way of meeting people. We orgainised our own excursions as we find NCL excursions quite expensive, that is about the only downside of cruising with NCL. We booked the Flam railway on line before we cruised and we also booked a sightseeing tour in Geiranger. All in all we had a fantastic holiday and were made to feel very special and I would definitely recommend this cruise so much so that we have booked for next year. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We had a beautiful 10 day cruise on the Jade. The Jade was recently refurbished and you could tell. Everything seemed very clean and new. Getting On and Off the Ship We enjoyed priority embarkation and disembarkation (with suite) ... Read More
We had a beautiful 10 day cruise on the Jade. The Jade was recently refurbished and you could tell. Everything seemed very clean and new. Getting On and Off the Ship We enjoyed priority embarkation and disembarkation (with suite) but we only used it in one port and getting on and off the cruise. Priority was a delights: straight on or off. Even without that at ports it was almost always a short line and very easy to get on and off. Ports We cruise for the itinerary and this was one of the best. Six stops in Norway in different sized towns gave us a real flavour. In all but one port we booked our own independent excursion. In Stavenger we booked a boat tour to Pulpit Rock /Vagabond's Cave and around the Fjord. (It would have been nice to have a longer stop in this location - over 8 hours - to accommodate people who wanted to hike to Pulpit Rock.) The boat tour was a very comfortable ride with great views. (Could be inside in comfortable seats or on outside deck). In Geiranger we took a rib boat to the Seven Sisters and Suitor falls. If you have good mobility and a strong stomach I highly recommend this. In Flam we booked our own train tickets ahead of time and enjoyed the scenic tour to Myrdal with a quick stop ot Fjossfossen Waterfall. In Alesund we took the "train" (not a real train) around town for a lovely tour with the highlight being a gorgeous view at Fjellstua. We also walked around town a bit. In Haugesund we planned to make it a bit of a shopping day but with a little rain and most things being pricey and with few souvenirs available, we settled for a wander around town. In Oslo we did a self walking tour, stopping for a (pricey) drink at the Magic Ice Bar and waffles from a truck at the pier. The next morning we took an NCL bus tour to Viking Museum, sculpture park and ski jump (and a good tour of Oslo). Overall we were very happy with the ports. In a perfect world, as stated, I would have had a longer stop in Stavenger and would have stopped in Bergen instead of Haugesund. Cabin Part of the reason we enjoyed our trip so much is we splurged on a 2 bedroom family cabin. The kids had their own tiny room (2 beds) and bathroom. I wouldn't have minded a slightly larger balcony but we pulled in 2 extra chairs from the cabin and we could all sit out there. This "master" has a massive 2 sink, separate bath, 10 shower head showered bathroom. Real luxury. And plenty of storage space. We spent a lot of time in our cabin enjoyed the picturesque views of Norway out our window. We had access to a butler (brought extra food every day, and brought DVDs on request) and concierge (booked dinner reservations and had port details). Honestly while we enjoyed we could have lived without (except we did enjoy a number of movies). The cabin was very clean and comfortable and we ate a lot of meals at our table and chairs there. Dining Breakfast we ate about half the time from the Garden Café. We always ate in our room as the Café was almost always crowded. Our cabin was relatively close and we had a table and chairs to eat at. Otherwise, I think I would have gotten tired hunting for a table. Suites have access to eat breakfast at Moderno where they had a hot menu (loved eggs Benny and French toast) as well as buffet cold: breads, yogurt, fruit, meats and cheeses. It was quiet and the service was quick. Lunch we usually ate from Garden Café (same issue with seating) and a few times in Cagney's, lunchtime eating for suite passengers. I always had the French Dip there, it was my favourite meal on the ship! We ate dinner in main dining rooms 4 times: Grand Pacific twice and Alizar twice. The food was very good in both. We found Alizar to be quite crowded and on both occasions it seemed to us the serving staff didn't seem very happy to be there. We had a better time at Grand Pacific, once getting a window table in a quiet part of the restaurant. Service was very good. My husband and I booked a 3 meal dining package and ate at La Cucina (Italian), Teppanyaki (Japanese) and Le Bistro (French). We enjoyed all three meals in these smaller venues with excellent service and food. Honestly, we needed the break from the busyness of the larger dining rooms. The good food would be wasted on our teenagers so they enjoyed the Garden Café buffet (with no wait for the food). We enjoyed a few drinks in the Atrium Bar and Spinnaker Lounge. They had some interesting drinks. We found them a little pricey but often got the drink-of-the-day which was a few dollars off. We aren't huge drinkers so did not have drinks package. Mostly had wine with dinner and one after dinner drink. Entertainment/Actvities I (alone) went to the show of the first night. It was a short intro to some of the acts and was fine. They had the usual array of acts: singers, dancers, jugglers, magician. We never went again as not generally our thing and the timing didn't work. We ate dinner about 630 usually (times for after back on ships and seeing off the port) and shows were 730 and 930. My husband and I went to the Atrium Lounge quite a few nights to have a drink and listen to Randon. He sang and played his guitar beautifully and was our type of music (James Taylor, Eagles etc). We didn't do many other cruise director activities by choice (game shows, bingo, trivia etc). We wanted to watch the scenery, read books or watch movies. We did visit the pool and hot tubs quite a bit. There were quite a few fairly ill-mannered kids we encountered (frequent activity was spitting out water in hot tub) but hard to hold NCL accountable for that! Service We were well cared for (cabin steward, butler, concierge) which was sometimes a little overwhelming. Took us a few days to figure out who would do what. Teenagers We had our 15 and 13 year olds with us (boy/girl) who similarly enjoyed the trip. They liked their own room in the cabin (and TV) and the Garden Café. The ship had a teen programme, my daughter thought she might join some activities, but timing didn't seem to work. She did try one activity but when she went to the Teen club no one was there (and no instructions). Wasn't a huge deal overall, but didn't leave a good impression. Overall We give this cruise 5 stars because of the itinerary, service, food, cleanliness and generally well-run ship. Our biggest complaint might be the crowdedness at Garden Café. This was contributed to by the fact that the weather was coolish many days meant Topsiders (outside eatery) either wasn't open or wasn't used. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
The cruise was a value for money . free style was excellent . disembarkation was the best we ever had . and we sailed with few cruise companies . the ship was spacious and the design was fantastic . food was very good . service ... Read More
The cruise was a value for money . free style was excellent . disembarkation was the best we ever had . and we sailed with few cruise companies . the ship was spacious and the design was fantastic . food was very good . service excellent . staff very friendly . i would say to any one please try it out its worth it . the cabin was a bit disappointed we had a upgrade and we was given a porthole and the room was very dark but the cabin was good very clean . the ships entertainment was fantastic . the bars service was very good the food was very nice . the over few a great trip and a great ship . the ports of call was very good . security was very help getting on and the ship was made so easy plenty of signage . And yes i would sail with NCL again Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Cruise ship jade has been updated in all cabins and most public areas. Very classy look now. Menu has been revamped and in main dinning hall and specialty dining hall all foods were exquisitely prepared. This is our third cruise on Jade ... Read More
Cruise ship jade has been updated in all cabins and most public areas. Very classy look now. Menu has been revamped and in main dinning hall and specialty dining hall all foods were exquisitely prepared. This is our third cruise on Jade and 6th on NCL. It just keeps getting better. The weather was a 10 with temperatures ranging from 52 to 76. Also 24 hours of daylight above artic circle this time of year. Staff in dining room, cabin steward, cruise director, customer service desks, shops went our of their way to be helpful, accommodating and were very friendly. Latitude program which changed February 2017, now provides for platinum, platinum plus and ambassador members to have priority embarkation. Arriving in Hamburg port with literally hundreds in line to check in and being escorted to priority check in and boarding due to platinum status was a welcome change. My partner and I both being platinum are now given 1 hour of free internet total and 1 free laundry each as well as many other welcome perks. The specialty dining package promotion is well worth the extra $15 fee per person. We have already booked out next cruise on NCL. Mike and Colleen Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My wife and I are cruise virgins and coming from Southampton, we were a little apprehensive about cruising. Worry no more, we absolutely loved it. I cannot recommend the cruise enough. We did some great shore visits although we ... Read More
My wife and I are cruise virgins and coming from Southampton, we were a little apprehensive about cruising. Worry no more, we absolutely loved it. I cannot recommend the cruise enough. We did some great shore visits although we didn't do any excursions because NCL's were too expensive. For example, there was a trip up to the waterfall which cost $125 per person. Rather than pay the $125 each which included an almost vertical bus trip 550m skywards followed by a mile long hike, we decided to walk it al the way. It cost us nothing, other than 4 hours of puff. Consequenty this saved me $250 - Happy days! We stopped at some fabulous places during the course of the 8 days. The staff on-board the Jade were lovely, The ship was immaculately clean and the food was terrific too. I will be booking my next cruise very soon indeed. Book it! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Great cruise. The views were amazing and sometimes you wake up and walk outside and think "Am I in a hobbit movie?" The views were just too amazing! I never believed that places like this existed until I saw it for myself. ... Read More
Great cruise. The views were amazing and sometimes you wake up and walk outside and think "Am I in a hobbit movie?" The views were just too amazing! I never believed that places like this existed until I saw it for myself. Waterfalls to the left an right side of the ship and the clouds falling over the cliffs. Butler was wonderful (Aries) and made the trip special with his attention to detail. Another high point was the concierge (Omar), he was wonderful and even came by the room a couple of times just to see if we needed anything. Anything we wanted he just made it happen immediately. Upgrades to the ship are nice. We liked the Jade prior to the upgrades, but it's just a bit more nicer now. The staff admitted that not all upgrades are completed (chairs and stuff ordered have not arrived) but the ship overall looked great. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
BOTTOM LINE: The is a spectacular itinerary on a well-maintained ship with a wonderful crew and very enjoyable dining. ITINERARY: Two weeks along the coast of Norway, from Copenhagen DK to North Cape NO and return, well above the ... Read More
BOTTOM LINE: The is a spectacular itinerary on a well-maintained ship with a wonderful crew and very enjoyable dining. ITINERARY: Two weeks along the coast of Norway, from Copenhagen DK to North Cape NO and return, well above the Arctic Circle for the summer solstice (midnight sun). The scenery on this itinerary is spectacular, much of it in mountainous archipelagos like those of Alaska and Chile. The cities and towns along the way are delightful and (except for Bergen and Geiranger) they are uncrowded. More port-on-your-own info follows. SHIP: The Star is about 15 years old, but was nicely refurbished in 2015. The deck plan is a bit chopped up, with some areas requiring detours for access, but overall the public areas are very pleasant. The one weakness is the lack of a vista lounge for scenic cruising -- the top deck buffet and short hallways aft of it are the only indoor areas with full glass walls. The "free" dining rooms have some windows, but only the surcharged restaurants (mostly unused during the day) have full glass walls. You will need to be outside for good scenic cruising, so dress accordingly. CREW: The Star crew is exceptionally friendly and helpful -- a reflection of good management. The officers are also very responsive to passenger requests. The master gives scenic cruising and port info by PA, but unfortunately this is not included in the daily printed program, where entertainment and dining options seem to take precedence. CABINS: Smaller than the current industry average, but attractive, functional, and comfortable, with good climate control. The bathrooms are larger than average, with great showers. On this itinerary I opted for a (windowless) inside mid-ship lower deck cabin, so that I could have absolute darkness when I wanted to sleep during the midnight sun, and stability in case of storms in the unprotected segments of the north Atlantic (the sea was calm and the weather was fine -- just one rainy day, and that was a sea day near the end of the cruise). DINING: Dining on the NCL Star is surprisingly good. NCL prides itself on the the variety of restaurants on each ship, and the Star did not disappoint. About half of the dining venues are surcharged, but one can eat very well using only the "free" restaurants. While many cruise lines are simplifying menus, NCL instead offers a huge variety of menu choices and styles, even in the buffet. Every dining venue that I tried had good to excellent dishes available in each course. Only the appetizers in the Asian Ginza restaurant disappointed -- hollow spring rolls, tiny pot stickers, meager cabbage salad. Since the Star repositions to Asia at the end of 2016, this menu problem will probably be corrected. The Ginza main courses (Chinese-American) were fine. I did not try the surcharged Japanese (sushi and teppanyaki) Ginza options. The main dining rooms (Versailles and Aqua) are very enjoyable (identical good menus and fine service), and the "free" 24-hour Sheehan's pub offers tasty guilty pleasures. The buffet was so good that I always had breakfast and snacks there, and sometimes opted to have dinner there too. DRESS CODE: The Star is informal -- there are a few dress-up-or-not nights on each cruise. On my cruise people wisely focused on outdoor clothing (good rain gear and warm layers for scenic cruising and shore hikes). There were no tuxes, rare business suits, and few sports jackets in the main dining rooms. I managed fine with just a small (18 inch) carry-on bag plus a down vest, fleece sweater, and a goretex rain suit that I carried over my arm. This also allowed easy self-assist disembarkation shortly after 0715 in Copenhagen (before the official 0800 start time). ENTERTAINMENT: The musicians, singers, and dancers on board our cruise far exceeded the industry norm. All were very talented. One warning -- the sound level, especially in the smaller bars and sometimes in the main theater, will blast you out of your seat. Take ear plugs and do not be afraid to use them! Ear plugs are also useful in the buffet if you do not want to listen to pop music while you eat. During the day the ship is quieter than most, almost as subdued as a deluxe cruise line, but at night the crew try to push a party atmosphere, which did not match the older European clientele on our itinerary. Again, take ear plugs to the public areas in the evenings. ENRICHMENT AND SHORE ACTIVITIES: There were no enrichment activities other than a brief announcement by the captain at each port. Hopefully NCL will add this in the future. I did not use any shore excursions except for a private tour of the Lofoten Islands ex Leknes port (see logistics below). LOGISTICS: The ship doced at Ocean Kaj terminal north of the city center. I boarded around 2:30 pm when there were no lines -- embarkation took only a few minutes. Copenhagen public transport is excellent, and the city provides shuttles between the cruise terminal and Oosterport transit station (there is a half-block walk between the cruise shuttle stop and the station). Take bus #25 or #27 to/from Ocean Kaj, or bus #26 to/from other cruise terminals. The disembarkation shuttles do not start until about 0800, so I hitched a ride (about 2 km) with a local to exit the port area, then took the train from Nordhavn transit station, which is one station north of Oosterport (S-trains to city center or regional RE trains to CPH airport are fast and cheap). There were 6 cruise ships turning around in Copenhagen at the end of our cruise (a total of 15,000 pax on, and 15,000 pax off) yet my early disembarkation was a breeze. I rented a place for several days before and after the cruise via airbnb.com -- living like a Dane was great fun and is highly recommended if you have the time. PORTS ON YOUR OWN: Each port on our itinerary was enjoyable without needing to buy an excursion, with the exception of Leknes (Lofoten Islands). The Lofotens are gorgeous, but you will need to buy a tour (preferably through the roll call on this site) to enjoy them. Public transport, museums, and other venues at each port in Norway are so modern that I used a credit card (chip and pin type for Europe) in every port and did not even have to change any money into NOK. There was a good free map, tourist info center, and public transport in or near each port. Using comfortable walking shoes (joggers) and my copy of the Lonely Planet Guide to Norway, I was able to enjoy a full day on my own in each port. I will not list my favorites for each port because this review will be buried soon after I post it. Besides, if you do your own research, you will find the options that you enjoy the most -- for me that was scenic villages, panoramic hikes, and local museums -- available in abundance on this itinerary. Bon voyage! SUMMARY: This is one of my favorites of my 40 plus cruises -- very highly recommended! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We recently returned home to Melbourne, Australia. We had 1 nights stay in the beautiful city, Copenhagen. Time permitting, pre cruise I would suggest at least 2 nights. At the suggestion of my travel agent, I booked a balcony X ... Read More
We recently returned home to Melbourne, Australia. We had 1 nights stay in the beautiful city, Copenhagen. Time permitting, pre cruise I would suggest at least 2 nights. At the suggestion of my travel agent, I booked a balcony X category for 2 people and had considerable savings. Therefore we were not allocated a cabin until embarkation. The embarkation process was a breeze, well organised and very quick. Our cabin, 9208 starboard, exceeded my expectations. It was quite large with a large bathroom, and nice balcony with great view. Due to the nature of our cruise, i.e. cold climate we didn't spend long periods on the balcony,( but do rug up and enjoy it!) We appreciated the coffee /tea maker, the provision of a water jug and bucket of ice (kept filled), the twice daily room servicing, the cute animal towels left on our bed nightly. Our room steward was curteous and very obliging. The Norwegian Star albeit an older ship, has been nicely renovated recently. I had read reviews suggesting it was a" little tired" and showing signs of wear and tear, however we didn't find this to be the case. We had chosen a Speciality dining package for 4 meals and Ultimate drink package, which were great value. We ate at Teppanyaki, Le Bistro, La Cucina and Cagney's Steak House. These restaurants were excellent, especially Le Bistro (French) and Cagney" they were sublime! They are an occasion to dress up. The restaurants included in the cruise fare are also of a high standard. Especially Ginza Sheehans Bar and Grill. There are two main dining rooms. We preferred Versaille to Acqua as it was far more opulent, and had a nicer ambience.Especially if you like to dress up a little The nightly entertainment was fabulous. From Russian acrobats, to the very talented Spanish 4 stations (IL Divo style) to great cabaret shows with beautiful costumes and more. Two evening shows ensure everyone can attend. There were activities scheduled daily from morning until late at night. The Norwegian Star, ensures there is something for everyone aboard! The service provided, from all staff, including our cabin steward,the waiters ,mainstream and speciality restaurants, bar attendants etc was impeccable. The Ports of Call Alesund, Geiranger, Flam and Bergen were all very enjoyable and absolutely beautiful. A must do in Flam is the train ride (one of the great train journeys of the world and part of the Bergen railway). In Bergen the funicular cable ride was great. Both excursions, we enjoyed spectacular scenery. Most of the Ports were walk off which made it very easy and quick.On the one occasion we required tenders ashore, this was managed in a very orderly and efficient manner, allowing for swift passage. Disembarkation was well organised so was quick and easy. My only criticism was the long delays/ severe shortage of taxis into the city hotels or airports for soooo many people . My husband and I would highly recommend NCL Star and the Norwegian Fjords Cruise. It was worth our very long journey to the Embarkation Port. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We did the Norwegian Fjord 7-day cruise, departing from Copenhagen, in May. This was our first cruise. We were pleased with everything. The food was excellent, the employees were genuinely friendly and the ship was managed very well. My ... Read More
We did the Norwegian Fjord 7-day cruise, departing from Copenhagen, in May. This was our first cruise. We were pleased with everything. The food was excellent, the employees were genuinely friendly and the ship was managed very well. My wife and I are close to 60 years old, so traveling in May had a lot of people our own age, which was fun for us. The fjords were all I expected and very beautiful. I had wanted to see the fjords since I was very young, so it fulfilled a dream of mine. We also docked at the towns of Alesund, Geiranger, Flam and Bergen. Each had their own charm and unique things to see. It was very easy to get on and off the ship. Again, the ship and crew were very organized, which made everything easy and simple for the guests. We didn't purchase a special dining package, so we primarily ate at the Versailles and Aqua rooms. The food choices were great, with appetizers, entrees and desserts. The service was also excellent with attentive, friendly servers. We felt like we were at a top-class restaurant. We didn't purchase any of the cruise's shore excursion packages because they seemed over-priced. We booked our own excursion when we landed in Flam, which was the ferry from Flam through the Naeroyfjord to Gudvangen. It is one of narrowest fjords in Norway and had 30-40 waterfalls around 2,500 to 3,000 feet high. It was the highlight of our trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was our first cruise ,and we must say that it meet everything we wanted ,the only down was as a cider drinker ,there was no draught cider option on board at there was an 18%service charge on drinks purchased at the bar ,so you may ... Read More
This was our first cruise ,and we must say that it meet everything we wanted ,the only down was as a cider drinker ,there was no draught cider option on board at there was an 18%service charge on drinks purchased at the bar ,so you may want to have all inclusive ?also if you wanted to do extra in the gym ie spin etc it was extra the spa was extra ,shore excursions ,photography ,casino (obvious ) all extra the cruise itself was very good value for money ,we did not make Sweden because of safety ie too much wind,The ffod in the buffet was first class the restaurants were also good but wine with dinner could be pricey and although there is duty free on board you can buy but not consume ,you get given it about 24 hours before you disembark ,The shows were like a west end production every night and there is an happy Hour ?? 17:00 -21:00 which was good if you like Stella or Brown ale Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We had had 4 nights in Copenhagen before the cruise with an AFS daughter having travelled from New Zealand with a fortnight stop in the UK to see families. So when we arrived at the port to embark we were really in "Holiday ... Read More
We had had 4 nights in Copenhagen before the cruise with an AFS daughter having travelled from New Zealand with a fortnight stop in the UK to see families. So when we arrived at the port to embark we were really in "Holiday Mode" having had a really enjoyable pre-cruise holiday with family. We arrived at the port by taxi and had a very easy passage from the taxi on to the ship, cases were whisked away and we carried our "carry-on" into the hall where everything went well as we were Platinum and no one was waiting in the Platinum line. Straight to the main dining room for a lazy lunch before going to out stateroom to unpack. I spent quite a lot of time in the pool and walking round the deck, needed to make sure I didn't put on more than the regulation 1lb a day!! We ate in the MDRs for all three meals a day and had exactly 1 meal that we could make any adverse comment about. We really enjoyed our food, the service was great and we were able to order extra that were not always on the menu, notably crackers & cheese instead of dessert. We were in an Inside Cabin low down in the ship and were very happy with it as we could sleep whenever we wanted, rest many afternoons, with it nice and dark. No noise at night to disturb us either. We enjoyed taking an NCL arranged tour every day we were able, expensive but generally great. We were sick and were unable to do the St Petersburg tours we had booked, luckily we knew early enough and were able to cancel in time to get a refund. Pity though we were unable to get into Stockholm, we were looking forward to that. We didn't take part in many arranged activities but my wife did enjoy those she went to. We did enjoy the "get togethers" to meet the crew etc. She did enjoy all of the evening entertainments, she went most nights, not my thing. She would have preferred less repetition in the two cruises. Disembarkation was very easy as we were carrying our own luggage and were in no hurry as we had arranged to meet our AFS daughter at lunchtime at her house. It was easy to get a taxi when we wanted. All in all we had a really great time spoiled a little by horrible colds that lasted 3 days. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
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