5 Norwegian Star Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Asia

We choose this cruise with Norwegian because we had wanted for some time to see Thailand , India and Dubai. 5 of the days we had arranged private tours for just the 4 of us ( 2 adult couples)and we are glad we did. Other excursions we ... Read More
We choose this cruise with Norwegian because we had wanted for some time to see Thailand , India and Dubai. 5 of the days we had arranged private tours for just the 4 of us ( 2 adult couples)and we are glad we did. Other excursions we did trough Norwegian. Phuket in Thailand, it was fine the first part , but then they took the whole bus a 40 minute ride out of the way to some jewelry store. No one was pleased. We would have rather been taken back and had some free time to roam in Phuket. What a waste of time. 2 Oman stops that were forgettable as was the stop in Fujairah , UAE. Entertainment on board we had expected to be better considering it was an 18 day cruise. Food at the buffet is not as good as it used to be, nor in the specialty restaurants that you pay extra for. They took the lobster off all menus. Service was excellent though as was our cabin. We had a large suite and the butler and room steward were always around and attentive. The other couple had a balcony room that was also good size and clean. We have another cruise paid for in July with Norwegian, so we will go, but another in February that we will cancel. We will not book again with them until they improve their food and ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Ports of call were interesting. However I felt there was not much information provided on the ports of call. There should be an information booth set up for every port of call. Info on taxis, car rentals, port tours (other than ship ... Read More
Ports of call were interesting. However I felt there was not much information provided on the ports of call. There should be an information booth set up for every port of call. Info on taxis, car rentals, port tours (other than ship tours) should be readily available. Front desk staff did their best to answer questions but they were really not knowledgeable of the ports of call. Indian Visa - should have been hi - lighted. Many people did not know they had to have a visa and were upset that they could not go into port. There were phone calls made from Norwegian the week before sailing but that was too late at that time to acquire a visa. We were fortunate enough to know that we had to have an Indian Visa but only because we made a phone call to Norwegian on another matter. Meals became repetitive after 2 weeks , however, our waiters (Leandrew and Fajar) compensated for that and went over and beyond our expectation with suggesting our meal selections. Their attention to our dining needs added to a great dining experience in the aqua restaurant - they catered to our every need!!! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
After several cruises on Celebrity we decided to try NCL for my wifes birthday. We had just sailed a very similar itinerary on X Millenium for Xmas and NYE. Our concerns started several weeks before the cruise when we read about the ... Read More
After several cruises on Celebrity we decided to try NCL for my wifes birthday. We had just sailed a very similar itinerary on X Millenium for Xmas and NYE. Our concerns started several weeks before the cruise when we read about the azipod/propulsion issues. The cruises before ours were also affected and those passengers received compensation of 150% and then 100% (in various formats) while ours only received 20% with NO option to cancel. The 2 Thailand stops were removed and an extra Vietnam stop was added.The most concerning issue was the way NCL handled this, they refused to provide any information about the ship problems, no option to cancel, refused to give updated information and even worse were usually hostile and downright rude on both the telephone and on email. In the week leading up to the cruise we received 3 different itinerary changes from our TA and all of these differed to what other passengers were reporting on our Rollcall. On embarkation our itinerary changed again and this had a major bearing on our plans to see more of Singapore and be able to contact relatives about an operation one was having. Our TA (the largest online) called us as we were boarding the ship to tell us of the new itinerary - they were clearly embarrassed with what NCL was doing. Interestingly, the captain joined the ship on our cruise and was quite forthright in stating the ship should have been dry docked. Embarkation was average, it took about an hour or so. I am not sure how much of this is NCL and how much is the Singapore port. The ridiculous water policy of NCL was also causing havoc as people were buying 1 or 2 bottles at the port (it is over 30c in Singapore) only for it to be confiscated. Once onboard we went straight to guest relations and they were great, they let us call our relatives to get an update and took a record of what had happened with head office. We decided to move on from the problems and have a good time and this is exactly what we had while onboard. We decided to not go ashore at any port as we had cancelled all our private arrangements with the itinerary problems and refused to give NCL anymore money especially as they would not give the partial refund until post cruise. The ship is quite old but a good size, it takes a bit of getting used to in terms of navigating as it does not flow smoothly, you often have to change floors and then return to your original floor in a different location to get to your destination. Most passengers referred to it as a maze. The decor reminded us of Las Vegas, it is a bit gaudy but it matches the fun, freestyle atmosphere they are trying for. It was very different to the classical designs we have found on most other ships. We loved the promenade deck, the atrium, all the little seats in the public areas, the various bars and activities but did not like the pool area (too smoky and not enough loungers in shady areas) especially all the slides (made it feel cramped and they have a kids pool anyway). We hated the uncomfortable theatre. Our cabin was an OV with picture window. It was a different layout then normal and felt cramped with the 2 desks and the extra bed mount. The bed was great and very comfortable. There was plenty of storage but don't like the shelves hidden in the closet. Loved the shower and bathroom design. Dining - large amount of options. Loved the casual atmosphere of Aqua (and the ship in general), liked the design of Versailles. There was a lot of meal choices but the food quality was average at best. Service was very good. The best aspect of the ship is the choice and we loved dining in Osheehans especially for breakfast and lunch; Ginza was a nice alternative as well. The buffet feels like a school canteen and we don't like the lack of an outdoor area adjoining the buffet. Food was reasonable with plenty of choice. Bars - we had the UBP which was great from an alcohol perspective but terrible for anything else, this is the most expensive package we have seen and it doesn't include water, coffee, canned soft drinks, juices etc. We felt it was poor value overall. Bar service was mostly excellent with plenty of table service in most venues, I don't like the concept of pre made cocktails but they were always prepared to make fresh ones when we asked. There was a good selection of most alcoholic beverages with the exception of wine which was very limited and of a very low level the ones that were included. Entertainment - we loved all the activities and the staff who ran them (special shout out to Tiara and Natasha). We did them all, trivia, puzzles, shuffleboard, wii games, game shows etc ... it was a lot of fun. Shows - we hated the theatre, it was cramped and difficult to get seats with everyone on the aisles and there is nowhere to put your drinks. The stage was clearly too small for the production shows with the dancers lacking space. The productions singers were the worst we have heard. The production shows were average (with the exception of the last one). We loved the crew talent show. The professional acts were mostly good with the comedian a standout, the one singer was average and the rest were circus style acts mostly of good quality. Service on the ship was mostly outstanding which is impressive considering all the problems the ship has had. We were disappointed that they wanted money for upgrades considering the ship was only 3/4 full and with the itinerary problems and poor compensation they could have used this better in these one off circumstances. Ports - we have been to all these places before and chose to not get off. Most of our friends were disappointed as places like Sanya and Nah Trang have little to offer; Saigon and Danang ports are miles from the port. We only heard negative feedback relating to NCL shore excursions with buses breaking down, lack of time at venues, poor seating at shows etc being regular feedback - not to mention the high prices. Overall, it felt like NCL was going out of their way to nickel and dime to try and recuperate their losses from the recent sailings. There were no onboard discounts to try and make up for all the problems. We still had a good time and enjoyed trying a different cruise line. We would consider using NCL again due to the onboard experience but their head office behaviour certainly doesn't help so it will more than likely come down to price compared to our usual lines. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We picked the cruise on the Norwegian Star from Hong Kong to Singapore on the 22nd December because it included both Christmas and New Year. We arrived in Hong Kong a few days prior to this and then a day before embarking found out the ... Read More
We picked the cruise on the Norwegian Star from Hong Kong to Singapore on the 22nd December because it included both Christmas and New Year. We arrived in Hong Kong a few days prior to this and then a day before embarking found out the ship had mechanical problems and the itineray had been changed cutting out 4 ports. These I may add where the ones We wanted to visit..We had the option to cancel and get "full refund" or go ahead and get a full 50% off and both options included 50% off another cruise. Well there seems to be a big mix up here. Some People had money in Their account only to have most taken out. Some nothing and up to now and We only have 1/2 off it.. No crew seemed to know what was happening as They hadn't been informed.. A lot of People lost money booking and cancelling overnight accommodation for overnight stays. We also expected to have Christmas day at sea but not so, on an 8 hour excursion Vietnam. New Year mixed up too. As for the rest. Crew were great. Food in the specialty restaurants fantastic. We got the package and the alcohol one too. . Ship could do with a face lift and move the kiddies pool away from the back of the ship an d make it a bar/atrium area. Kids do not care about the view. On saying all of this We were lucky enough to win the second Bingo on day 4 and got upgraded from Our 5th deck window cabin to a suite on deck 12. It was well worth My only ever feeling a bit nausous that high up. I would not sail on that particular ship again. Not because of the problems but of the way it was handled. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was my second cruise with Norwegian. We went to the cruise terminal in Singapore around 2 PM and had to wait in line for 3.5 hours before we could check in. It was chaos and the people that were doing the boarding were not really ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Norwegian. We went to the cruise terminal in Singapore around 2 PM and had to wait in line for 3.5 hours before we could check in. It was chaos and the people that were doing the boarding were not really qualified. I hear that some people had to wait over 4-5 hours before they could board the ship. We bought visa for Vietnam since we wanted to go ashore in Phu My (Vietnam). And payed 69 $ per person. Why we could not get these on board is a mystery since this is procedure on other cruise lines. We ended up staying in Singapore a few more days due to "electrical problems" and some expert had to be flown in. However I later foud out one of the engines broke down and we were not told. Read all about it here : http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2016/12/articles/power-loss-1/ncls-norwegian-star-stuck-in-singapore/ Anyway, due to this delay in Singapore our itinerary was changed and we ended up skipping 2 ports in Thailand and 2 in Vietnam. We bought the Vietnam visa to stop at Phu My or Nha Trang but both were cancelled. A new port in Vietnam (Chan May) was added but it was an industrial port and there was nothing to do there. There were some tours planned but the port was hours aways from any tourist location. And the tours were expensive. We decided to stay on board. I then went to reclaim the money paid for the visa which would not be a problem, so I was told. A few days later I went to check and was suddenly told that I should have returned the visa BEFORE we stopped at Chan May. And I was not "on the list". Whatever that means. Obviously the visa were not used and there was NO announcement stating we had to cancel the visa before we reached Chan May. So I still do not know why NCL refused to refund me the money for the visa. Other than that I was not on some list. Sanya was the last port of call before Hong Kong but we intended only to go ashore in Laem Chabang and Phu My and also skipped Sanya because of the costs of the tours. When we asked other people that went ashore we were told it was not worth the money. So we ended up staying aboard the whole cruise and were glad when we reached Hong Kong. Positive notes : - It was announced very quickly that everybody would get their money back and a 50% discount on future cruises. I understand that engine problems can occur but just tell the truth and don't say something vague as "some electrical issue". -The food in the buffet restaurant was ok. The food in places like O' Sheehan's Bar & Grill and Versailles was good. - Staff mostly well trained, doing great work, especially in the Market Place (buffet) where it can be busy and hectic. Negative notes : - Indian staff in the buffet area was overal adequate and polite. Some minor irritation when I went to get a drink, came back and found my table cleaned and some other people sitting there. All in the 30 seconds it took to get a drink. This happened a few times. One time I left plenty of food on the plate and some full drinks at the table to get some fruit, just to indicate that I had not finished eating and guess what..... Also I was almost knocked over by one of the staff in the dining area and he just kept on walking like nothing happened. An apology would be nice. Staff overall good attitude but a few need better training on people skills. - We decided to give the service fee directly to the people that were in charge of our floor before leaving. It was not hunderds of dollars and there was a clear disappointment and I even regretted leaving anything at all. - The on board activities mostly uneventful. I mean you can only do so much paperfolding and trivia. But the crew did try to arrange for plenty of activities. Only a few shows in the Stardust Theater were worth going to. The rest was mediocre. - Customer service was ok, could be better. When I asked to cancel the service charge of $13.50 a day I was told it was possible but got the evil eye. Lady was clearly NOT happy with that. - Bad internet connection : I bought an internet packaget of 250 minutes for 125$. Internet was so slow all the time. Even before you could open a website minutes passed consuming most of your internet time, just waiting for pages to load. Verby bad service. Not worth paying for this. There is no reason why the internet should be that slow on the ship. Probably a cheap satellite connection and the speed gets throttled by NCL. High Speed internet is promised but it is more like low speed : https://www.ncl.com/eu/en/press-releases/norwegian-cruise-line-holdings-deliver-high-speed-wifi-across-companys-three-brands - So we were glad to go disembark in Hong Kong. Senior staff was standing at the exit having fun and laughing but not paying attention at all to the people leaving or even saying goodbye. They were too busy with themselves I guess. They were thinking they did a great job on this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Norwegian Star Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.0
Dining 3.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 3.9
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.7
Family 4.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 2.0 3.2
Service 4.0 4.0
Value For Money 4.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 4.0

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