Was excited for my first trip to South America and loved the itinerary! Visited some very remote areas and saw beautiful scenery. Especially loved the Glaciers, the penguins and the sea lions.
Unfortunately, the experience on the ship was the disappointing part! It started with embarkation which was a disaster with long lines and frustrated guests. I’m platinum, which is supposed to afford ...
We picked the NCL Star as my wife and I have sailed on 4 other NCL ships with good experiences. The main reason for sailing was the excellent itinerary.
We generally found the Star to be poorly laid out with little or no "quiet" space where you could sit of and relax. There is no observation lounge as this was apparently removed to be replaced with more cabins.
GETTING ON AND ...
We chose the tour because of the route: Chile to Argentina through the Chilean Fjords, glaciers, Cape Horn, the Argentinian Patagonia, etc. The cost is quite high and we also decided to get a balcony cabin to take advantage of the nice landscapes the itinerary promised. Unfortunately we did not get to visit two items on the agenda. We were told the waves were too high on Cape Horn so ...
Itinerary (prior to the changes)
Best haircut on a ship
Excellent special bar activities (Martini Tasting, Margarita Tasting, Black Glass Wine Tasting)
Good cabin stewardess
Tango/Gaucho show was excellent
Smaller portion sizes so less food waste
Inconsistent handling of tenders (poor to very poor)
Inconsistent service ...
I chose this cruise for us to get closer to Easter Island where we were planning to visit but Norwegian Star Cruise Line was not an enjoyable cruise for us this time...and I thought it could have been nice as the other one I had.
Most crew or officers don't greet cruisers but only a handful of waiters and Bliss Ultra Lounge blonde bartender; food quality were average, fruits were not ripped, ...
We did the back to back Norwegian cruise, leaving Miami and ending in Buenos Aires.
The restaurant, cabin and cruise director staff was AMAZING. The on and off cruise systems were horrible. Causing hours and hours of waiting in line on ship, and being out money.
ADMINISTRATION WAS A NIGHTMARE.
Things I wish I knew as a cruiser.
* Keep all receipts and if any concern email vs. ...
My mother's friend chose the cruise. My husband and I came along to help my 89-yr-old mother. The cruise started in San Antonio, Chile and ended in Miami. We had two additional stops in Chile, two in Peru, one in Ecuador, one in Costa Rica and one in Columbia. There were shore excursions available in all the ports, but we prefer to walk around and go geocaching. Often there were locals selling ...
1.Excursions were poor:
a. One poor English-speaking guide without a microphone for 40 people If your in the back of the bus you hear nothing.
b. Excursions were not as advertised. I paid over $260 to go to an island to get pictures of South American birds but we never got on the island we were to go to and I feel very cheated.
c. The setup for boarding excursions is poorly ...
Wanted to see S America, a Gold Member and travel with 4 other couples 5th cruise!
NCL this was the worst cruise, our toilet would not flush on demand, button pushed nothing ... middle of night it flushed reported numerous times! Restroom stall doors held on with electrical wire ties(casino men's room). Mens room at The Windjammer had a hole in the wall covered by cardboard and duct ...
Although the Norwegian Sun has been recently renovated, they have a serious problem with proper ventilation. Smoke from the casino and designated smoking areas infiltrated the public areas of the ship. Why do they put designated smoking areas near the pool and over the aft eating area? It makes no sense. We felt that we could not get away from the smell of smoke.
For whatever reason, ...