11 Norwegian Star Caribbean - Southern Cruise Reviews

We had never visited most of the Islands on this Cruise and specially wanted to visit Aruba & Curaçao. We loved each port and all of our excursions! The ship was just coming from a remodel and was beautifuly redone. It felt like ... Read More
We had never visited most of the Islands on this Cruise and specially wanted to visit Aruba & Curaçao. We loved each port and all of our excursions! The ship was just coming from a remodel and was beautifuly redone. It felt like we were traveling on a brand new ship clean & bright. We never traveled on the Star before but, we have been on the Dawn and we loved the improvements. Everything about this ship met or far exceeded our expectations. We found this cruise had the most diverse group of passengers from religions, race, nationalities and the friendliness was amazing. We seem to make new friends no matter where we went! We did have problems with a very late embarkation. The ship & crew had to undergo an intense inspection (because the ship had been out of the US for awhile). This was out of NCL’s control- but I thought NCl could have done a better job adjusting the schedule one we were on board- reschedule the safety training. The staff was just incredible- our room steward (Rai) couldn’t do enough for us! We made friends with many of the waitstaff in the restaurants and would look for favorites when ever we went to eat! By the way we just love freestyle!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This cruise was a Thanksgiving outing with my wife, sister and brother-in-law. The itinerary was great, with ports of call at Aruba and Curacao, two of my favorite Caribbean islands. But the vacation was marred by the most confused ... Read More
This cruise was a Thanksgiving outing with my wife, sister and brother-in-law. The itinerary was great, with ports of call at Aruba and Curacao, two of my favorite Caribbean islands. But the vacation was marred by the most confused boarding I have ever seen in my 23 cruises and by mediocre food. The last night's dinner was particularly bad, with all of us complaining about our meals in the dining room (I complained the least, as my salmon was at least edible; my sister sent one prime rib back and gave up on the second, ordering the salmon instead). Great way to send passengers off the ship. At least the Thanksgiving meal was good. The internet worked well, but Norwegian sells minutes; I prefer days. The unlimited package is very expensive. The casino seemed a little friendlier than many other ships I have played on. It was a good cruise, but the food and beverage director has a lot of work to do to bring up the quality of the vittles. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
This was our eighth cruise and our sixth with NCL. It was a repositioning cruise departing from New York, luckily the week before the big storm hit that city. As we travelled down the Atlantic, we had no indication of there being a storm ... Read More
This was our eighth cruise and our sixth with NCL. It was a repositioning cruise departing from New York, luckily the week before the big storm hit that city. As we travelled down the Atlantic, we had no indication of there being a storm as our ship likely sailed around it. From the moment we boarded, we were greeted by outstandingly friendly crew members. These greetings, such as "good morning", "how are you", "good evening". etc. continued throughout the cruise by each and every crew member, along with a smile. We felt that they were genuine in their intent and it made the cruise very pleasant. The food in every area of the included dining areas was varied and good and we didn't feel it was necessary to eat in the paid restaurants. We like the freestyle cruising offered by NCL because it is more relaxed and allows you to eat when hungry rather than on a schedule. We have experienced the scheduled seating and the formal evenings and although they were nice, the other option is much better. The Versailles restaurant was classy with very professional, friendly waiters who delivered a lovely dining experience. We were amazed at how in the very bustling atmosphere, the meal was delivered in good time and without a sense of being rushed. We ate in the Aqua dining room twice, but although the waiters again delivered friendly, good service, the decor and atmosphere was very basic. Our cabin was clean and well kept and we appreciated the larger sized shower even though we aren't large people. Our cabin steward was attentive and efficient. The evening entertainment wasn't quite as good as we have seen on our others cruises, although adequate. The exception was the production called the "Elements" which was outstanding and beyond belief in it's special effects and performances. We will choose NCL again and can say that the Star definitely reflects it's nickname, "The Happy Ship". Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
Although getting to the port from our hotel was a bit overwhelming, (We booked with the cruise line for the hotel and transfers) and waiting for checking in was longer than I had hoped for, after that eveything was great. There were three ... Read More
Although getting to the port from our hotel was a bit overwhelming, (We booked with the cruise line for the hotel and transfers) and waiting for checking in was longer than I had hoped for, after that eveything was great. There were three bus loads of passengers from our hotel, so waiting until all the baggage was loaded, and everyone accounted for, took longer than expected I'm sure. Then when we finally got to the port, one of the gentlemen who guided us, chided us on waitng so long to arrive at the port, even though it was out of our control. But check in itself was very quick and painless. Once we crossed the gangplank, all was forgiven! On to the cruise...., our cabin steward, Jonel, was wonderful. Really enjoyed the towel animals, especially when he made a special display for our anniversary, two lovely swans and balloons. Plus he took such good care of us, our cabin was always so spotless! Activities...our favorite, of course, was the Pub Hop with Montse. What a fun, fun time! We made such great friends with all the crawlers and Montse. 'Bloody Mary' was the absolute best! We had so much fun, we begged for, and were granted, a second crawl. And then, we had so much fun we arranged our own 'un-offical' crawl. The Bar Servers, Jason, Bier Garden and Amit, StarBar,(our favorites), the wait staff, just everyone we encountered was so friendly. Always said hello and were so helpful. We also attended a few of the seminars on excursions and shopping, played bingo, met the Senior Staff, and enjoyed some of the shows. "Elements" was awesome! The most elaborate show we have ever seen. Meeting the Senior Staff was so wonderful. No only that, but they were always around, and very approachable. We had T-shirts made up special for the cruise as we were leaving on the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and brought along markers to have people sign them. Needless to say, our shirts are covered with signatures! From Pub Hop Friends to the Captain (Thanks to Katya, Bar Manager and Shirlette, our favorite Bar Tender). Sean, Hotel Manger, was very interested in hearing about the positive, and negative, comments. Katya, Bar Manager, was also very attentive and sincerely concerned about our cruise experience. Having met most of the Senior Staff, and that had signed our shirts, we felt they were truely interested in our opinions. At the end of 'Elements', when the Cruise staff and Officers took the stage, incredible! What a finish! The food was very good. Really enjoyed everything. We ate Breakfast, mostly, at the Market Cafe or Blue Lagoon, lunch at the Market Cafe or Blue Lagoon, and dinners mostly in Aqua, and had a good experience in all places. We were pleased with the choices and quality. Sometimes I didn't enjoy what I ordered, but that was because I ordered something I had never eaten before and wanted to try it. The only negatives I could comment on would be the lack of shaded areas. There was plenty of space, albeit difficult to find empty chairs/lounge chairs, for sunning, but very little area to sit out of the sun, and still be outside. I would have been best to have more seating on Deck Seven, the Promenade. All in all, if we could sail with this crew again, we would at every opportunity! This crew was like a FAMILY, from washy-washy to Bloody Mary to the bar staff to the wait staff to the executive staff. We had a ball! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We sailed on the repositioning cruise from Tampa, the 15-27. If you didn't enjoy this cruise something has to be wrong. After having a not so wonderful time when the Dawn launched I was extremely hesitant about going on the Star. ... Read More
We sailed on the repositioning cruise from Tampa, the 15-27. If you didn't enjoy this cruise something has to be wrong. After having a not so wonderful time when the Dawn launched I was extremely hesitant about going on the Star. Well I was happily surprised is an understatement. From the time we got off the gangway party started, I could see by the greeting we got this would be a trip to remember. I went with my niece again, we went on a cruise last year together and always have a great time. The grew was outstanding, I have cruised on other lines and have to say, by day two crew knew our names, that was impressive... No it wasn't because we made fools of ourselves like some people. Lol. Gatsby was a great place to hang out with Lorelie, she made your time there fun, she was even willing to hide us in her cabin so we didn't have to leave, lol.. That's a joke NCL, she was great when it came to making those drinks, ricky was there for the first part than they switched him to the new Brazilian place they opened second week. We visited him there to say hi as well. The guys at the Market Cafe were hysterical, washy, washy, happy, happy. Monday the 16th was the day we met some great people, my niece and I went on the pub crawl, now we weren't really sure what this involved, but we sure caught on fast, lol. This is we're we met Bloody Mary (Montse), so, so cool. She made this so much fun, as did the group we had, for most of us this is how we all met and now have our own Facebook page, lol. The games we played were great and the drinking sure loosened us up, not that we needed much help, lol. Montse made our trip so much fun, every time we saw her in the spinnaker she made us all feel part of the crew. I have to give a shout out to Rowenia, not sure of spelling, she was adorable, so friendly and gracious. The cruise direct Kyle was a pleasure to speak with, and was great at the events. Now as for Rick the assistant cruise director, what can I say, he sure knows how to entertain. It was fun getting to know him, even when we ran into crew off the ship they were just as friendly. Rick made the Quest so much fun as did Montse, and if you missed the Ship and males, you missed a great time, and Rick wears Superman very well. All in all this was the most exciting cruise I have been on, my niece and I have our sites set on our next cruise... Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
This was my 25th NCL cruise, our first repositioning cruise (4/15/12), and by far the best experience we've had on a ship. This Deluxe Owner Suite is probably the most expensive cabin we've cruised in, but a few weeks before the ... Read More
This was my 25th NCL cruise, our first repositioning cruise (4/15/12), and by far the best experience we've had on a ship. This Deluxe Owner Suite is probably the most expensive cabin we've cruised in, but a few weeks before the cruise it came down to a reasonable price and we jumped on it. I'm female and 48, and my other half, Steve, is male 54. We arrived in Tampa 3 days early, because of the Airlines flight schedule and trying to avoid flying on Friday the 13th...lol. We stayed at the Sheraton River Walk, which we bid on and got for $75 a night. The hotel is conveniently located and offers a free shuttle within a 3 mile distance, which includes the cruise pier, Walgreens, and a Publix. We had a great room with a balcony that looked over the river. We enjoyed watching the boats going down the river, as well as a few manatees. Boarding in Tampa was a breeze, we arrived early. After going through the metal detector we were taken to the VIP lounge and seated. This is one of the only ports that I've cruised out of that has a VIP check in station right in the VIP lounge. Snacks and drinks were available in the lounge. We were introduced to Monica, one of the best Concierges we've had the privilege of sailing with. We were escorted on the ship and taken directly to Cagney's to enjoy a leisurely lunch with some great new Cruise Critic friends. After lunch we couldn't wait to get to our suite. After entering the ship, we immediately took pictures knowing that we would soon be rearranging some of the furniture to get the best views out the large windows. Our Butler, Henry, arrived for introductions, and to see what type of sodas and drinks we would like stocked in the fridge, they were complementary with the suite. Henry also took our order for the 3 free bottles of liquor, the brands we were looking for were not on the list but didn't seem to be a problem for him to get since they showed up later that evening. One of the best ways to start the day on the ship was breakfast in Cagney's, for suite guests. The hostess had our names down by the second morning, knew our favorite table and always asked if our neighbors would be joining us for breakfast. By the second morning my favorite server, Lucy, quickly brought me over a bowl of fresh cut strawberries with whipped creme to start my day....followed by the steak and eggs most mornings. I arranged the Meet and Greet for our group and had over 200 people signed up on the roll call, and about 160 attending the Meet and Greet on the first sea day. I had heard about other roll call groups getting a bridge tour on the STAR but didn't think we stood much of a chance with the size of our group...but when the Captain came in I took him aside and told him how many on the roll call were really looking forward to the possibility. I also mentioned the many sea days (5) that we had on this particular cruise. When the Captain got up at the Meet and Greet and told the group that they would all be receiving invitations to a bridge tour I was so happy. Having one of the 4 large suites, members of our roll call had the other 3, we enjoyed leaving the door open most of the time for new friends to stop in and join us for some great views, laughter, and a few drinks. Norwegian offers Freestyle dining and we never dined alone. The first night we had 16 of us, two tables of 8, of Cruise Critic members who had met during sail-away. After that we had tables of different sizes, different restaurants, and different dinner companions. The food on this cruise was as good, if not better than any/all of our past Norwegian cruises. Lobster was on the menu the first night, and although it isn't Maine lobster, it was good. Lobster was served twice during the cruise, as was my favorite Prime Rib entree. Many nights during dinner there were crew members, officers, going from table to table checking to see how everything was on the cruise. We also received a call in the suite one afternoon checking to see how everything was, and a card on the bed to fill out if there was anything they could do to make our cruise more enjoyable. Each afternoon Henry would deliver treats to the cabin, and he quickly learned our likes and often brought us substitute items that he knew we would appreciate more than the other items. We had pound-cake, cookies, chocolates, chocolate covered strawberries, potato chips, banana bread, and a large tray of assorted items from the Chocoholic buffet which we told him we weren't going to be able to attend because we had other plans that evening. Henry refilled the drinks each morning, based upon what we had used. A couple afternoons when Henry knew we would be having groups of guests in the suite he brought selections of different snacks from around the ship, and even brought a couple extra bottles of champagne for the party. I had red reviews about the ship not being in the best condition, and it is an older ship....but all during our cruise you could see they were continuously cleaning, replacing carpeting, touching up varnish, and touching up parts of the hull art and murals around the promenade deck. During our cruise they converted the Tex-Mex restaurant into Moderno. We tried out the new restaurant on the 25th, with a group of 17. We were all seated in one area together, and then they started bringing around the different types of meats, chicken, ribs, fillets....this continued until you turned over your card to red, and then they served dessert. They also have a salad bar, which many people enjoyed and they had side dishes (beans, garlic mashed potatoes, rice, and fried bananas) served family style. There were a few issues we had with the cabin, that were handled quickly. Batteries in the remote for the tv above the jacuzzi tub weren't working. Battery in the safe needed to be replaced, took a couple of different guys but it was taken care of. One of the tiebacks for the drapes was missing and another wasn't attached correctly, they sent up a seamstress who took care of it in about 30 minutes. The lock on our door wasn't working properly, and was adjusted fast. Everything was taken care of as soon as it was brought to their attention. We were so impressed with everything on this cruise that within 24 hours of getting off the ship we immediately booked a repositioning cruise for the same time next year, and have a few of our new Cruise Critic friends also booking the same cruise with us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
We chose this cruise because it was a repositioning, and because it was going to Aruba, which I had not been to on our previous cruises. Our first sailing on the Star in 2006 was "interesting" as it was our first exposure to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was a repositioning, and because it was going to Aruba, which I had not been to on our previous cruises. Our first sailing on the Star in 2006 was "interesting" as it was our first exposure to freestyle cruising. Having been use to the structured dining schedules, the freestyle took us out of our comfort zone and we left the Star having a so-so experience. The focus of this review is on the Star and her fantabulous crew. This time was different. We didn't pack formal wear and we went in expecting to try the different venues and, simply put, we just decide to kick back and relax. What a difference our attitude made. We had a blast, enjoyed the ship, the crew, and more importantly, our free time. In Tampa, embarkation was a little slow, taking almost 45 mins from time of drop-off to entry on-board. We got to the port around 1045 and was on the ship shortly before noon. So embarkation was "average" even though we were Latitude members and went through the process via the Latitudes line. Once on-board, we had to wait until almost 2pm before gaining access to our cabin. We spent the time exploring the Star (again) and booking a massage in the Spa for Pebbles. Our cabin steward was Ari, a quiet but very good steward. We asked for an egg-crate mattress pad, which he delivered almost immediately. Next up at 330 was the muster drill. Our station was in the Starlight Theater, and bringing the life jackets was not required. Sail Away was very energetic, a lot of happy sailors on-board. I might add that for this cruise, we had close to 200 CC members, the largest CC group ever, for us. The only nerve-issue was our luggage, which didn't arrive until almost 6pm. It was a little unnerving to be sailing along, wanting to go to dinner, but not in the Versailles as no shorts were allowed, and no luggage to change pants. Just as we left for the restaurant, the bags arrived. You might consider packing dinner clothes in your carry-on. We ate at most of the optional restaurants, with Le Bistro and Cagney's offering the best food AND service. But our advice is this: eat at Aqua and ask for Paul and Ashok (table 11 for 2). We found them on day 3 by accident/chance. Clearly, the best tandem servers we have ever had after 12 cruises on 6-different lines. Incidentally, Paul was selected as the best server by the cruise previous to ours and won a night off and dinner at the specialty restaurant of his choice. We ate dinner at Table 11 5-times, and each time, we had a great dinner in less than an hour with enjoyable conversations with both Paul and Ashok. We missed Paul twice as he was selected to be the waiter for the Chef's Table. Ashok covered without missing a beat. For drinks and family friendship, you simply have to go to the Gatsby, it on deck 6 mid, next to the casino and right outside the Bistro. There is a piano there with nightly music. The master mixologist is Lorelie. We wrote her up as being our cruise "hero." She showed how to make drinks (martinis, let us try different combinations, and had many chats about family life at home. If you sail the Star before October, be sure to stop and say hi, she is leaving for the NCL Epic after a short vacation. The shows on the Star were fabulous. Great singers and dancers, very good comedy and magic acts, and a fabulous final show called "Elements." A word of caution: it seems as though many, and I mean many, of the seats in the Stardust Theater are broken. When you fold down the seat, they will angle downward. This results in an awkward posture and left our legs hurting after each show. Go early and pick the right seats. Lastly, the bad part was disembarkation. It seems that the Captain had a problem getting the Star into the port (Pier 88 in NYC) due to the Hudson River current. Instead of starting the disembarkation process around 8-830am, it wasn't started until after 10am. We didn't get off the ship until 11:15, and we had a 130 flight out of JFK. Yes, we got our luggage, raced outside, got a cab and made it to JFK at 1:10. Not a good ending, but we survived. We did not see any of the "aging" previous posters had talked about. The Star was clean. The only aging we noted were the seats in the Theater. Since this was a repositioning cruise, I will report on each of the Ports of Call boards our experiences at Jamaica, Curacao, Aruba, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas. For the New Englanders sailing out of NYC this summer, enjoy the Star - we now rank the 2012 version our "best" cruise ever. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
Embarkation Entered terminal at 12:30, on gangway at 1:30. Headed straight to Versailles for lunch to avoid the mob scene at the Market Cafe. Don't know exactly when the bags arrived in our stateroom, but were there when we popped in ... Read More
Embarkation Entered terminal at 12:30, on gangway at 1:30. Headed straight to Versailles for lunch to avoid the mob scene at the Market Cafe. Don't know exactly when the bags arrived in our stateroom, but were there when we popped in at 5:30. Disembarkation -- Liked their setup, passengers can select their choice of colored tags based on what time they would like to disembark. You can pick up the tags the night before in the Grand Atrium. Lifeboat Drill -- the easiest ever. Announcement was made to report to various locations "inside" the ship based on your stateroom location. No life jackets required, basically took attendance and gave a brief presentation. Took place at 3:30 and was completed before our 4:00 sail-away. Stateroom - Stayed in a Cat MB mini-suite. Very adequate, had shower in tub, and separate commode area. Note: though shampoo and shower gel is provided, conditioner is not, so bring some from home. Heard complaints from a few that beds were hard and in bad shape, but ours was as comfortable as at home....very satisfied. Loved having a coffeepot as it meant not being tied-in to a specific time for room service for the must-have coffee first thing upon rising. Balcony was a good size, 2 sling-back type chairs with a very 'tiny" table. The mini-fridge I'm sure was great for some, but we only used it to keep our coffee creamer chilled that our steward made sure was kept stocked for us. Onboard Account -- Stop by the main desk in the Grand Atrium anytime for interim statements to avoid very long lines the last two days to resolve disputes. (Unfortunately, our bill was always spot-on.) Public Rooms - - Spinnaker Lounge -- unfortunately they eliminated the fabulous forward lounge with wrap-around floor to ceiling windows to convert them into 4 luxury suites. The Spinnaker was re-located to a lower-level interior space with no windows...a dreary cave. Many of the daily events were held here. Shame on NCL for providing luxury for a few (and added $$ to themselves) at the expense of the other 2,000+ passengers onboard. Casino -- large with many slots and lots of table games. There didn't seem to be a "smoking section" as ashtrays were laid out throughout the casino. Shops -- the smallest shopping area I've seen on a ship, really just two shops: one with T-shirts and souvenirs (and not a great collection at that) and the other with liquor, cigarettes, sundries, jewelry and some clothing items. They did however on sea days set up tables in the atrium area for sidewalk sales on discount items. No books or magazines available, so be sure to bring from home. For those interested: Marlboro cig's were $54 for 2 ctns, $120 for 5 ctns. In general -- no seating anywhere on the ship to quietly read (away from the sun). Lounge areas tended to be interior with few if any windows and uncomfortable seating. The Promenade deck was disappointing as there were no chairs. The second day, 3 showed up, and each day 1 or 2 were added. These were unattractive webbed chairs that apparently passengers carted down from somewhere? Only a couple dozen chairs by the end of the week, I never found one empty. Dining - - Versailles -- Service was excellent, attentive and fast, continually replenishing water and ice tea. Our dinners usually ran 1-1/2 hrs., lunches 1 hour. Food was good, not great. One half of menu remained constant throughout the cruise (5 appetizers, 5 entrees, 5 desserts). The other half changed nightly (3 appetizers, 5 entrees, 3 desserts). Found the beef to run from good to great (sliced sirloin, prime rib). Could elect to have a table for 2/4/6 etc. or elect to "share" a table of any size (which we did and met some great folks). We always entered the dining room between 5:50 and 6:30 and there was never a line. Later in the evening they were handing out beepers, but even then the line appeared short. Aqua -- Never ate here. Peeked in on day 1 and decided that a room with low ceilings and no windows was not appealing. Reviews from others indicated that the service was not as good here as the Versailles. The menu here was the same as in Versailles, with only minor differences. Market Cafe - Breakfast and Lunch buffets basically the same every day, with many choices (however, after the first week became a little boring). Ate here only once for dinner and was totally disappointed, choices no better than lunchtime offerings. There were 5 lines: 4 were identical, and the 5th offered more ethnic choices and by far the most interesting including: Caesar salads made-to-order, vegetarian curries with rice, pasta (choices of pastas & sauces), pizza (though we didn't care for it), pan-fried noodles etc.. But by far the most interesting was custom oriental soup (shabu-shabu) at lunch and made-to-order crepes in the evening. The Grill -- Up on deck by the pool. Offers fruit, salads, sandwich fixings, sausages, and good burgers. The hard ice cream station has been re-located here, 5 flavors daily. Moderno -- ($20) -- Food was good, great salad bar. All meat is grilled med-rare as in most Churrascarias, luckily that's how we like it. Though the food was very good we found the presentation and ambiance lacking versus similar land-based Churrascarias. Desserts -- disappointing in general wherever we ate. We were however, able to special request souffles for the 5 of us for the following night, very good. Drinks -- Cocktails $8, the daily special $6, morning eye-openers $4.24 daily. Entertainment - - Only saw 5 shows: Maria & Dimitri -- acrobatic husband and wife team from Moscow -- just okay Michael Minor -- singer/impressionist/ventriloquist -- excellent Magician -- just okay Passenger Talent Show / Fountains -- we were lucky enough to have 5 very good acts by our passengers....very entertaining. Following them was NCL's Fountains" -- hilarious! Elements -- last night of the cruise, fantastic grand production, don't miss this one. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
I was so disappointed with this ship! Took us over an hour to board, and an hour and half to get off! The food was tasteless! I can not believe they have a chef on board. The spring rolls were not rolled correctly!One bite and they fell ... Read More
I was so disappointed with this ship! Took us over an hour to board, and an hour and half to get off! The food was tasteless! I can not believe they have a chef on board. The spring rolls were not rolled correctly!One bite and they fell apart! The steak was 1 inch at best and tuff!(like shoe leather) The next night I ordered pork chop (I should of known better)and it was just like the steak! Ice cream was of poor quality! Soft serve ice cream was ice milk no ice cream and it had no taste! Breakfast and Lunch menu never changes. Ordered waffles for breakfast and couldn't cut into them!(I used a knife) Pancakes were small and heavy like a ROCK!!!Scramble eggs.....not sure they were eggs....taste more like powdered, and no taste! The buffet was like elementary school and not displayed very well! I tried several things and couldn't eat any of it. Most of the food looked like it was frozen food and of very low quality. The bakery food taste like they are bought it from Sam's club....no wait, they weren't that good! We tried some of the special restaurants....don't waste your money! (several other guest said the same thing) The Fountain at the center of the ship was dirty (I took pictures of it)The towels they gave you in your cabin were scratchy. The TV in the cabin was 12 inches....and they had about 4 to 5 channels for NCL and the rest of the stations were only about 5.....if you didn't watch CNN you were out of luck! Not much for the young kids to do but play in the pool and video games. So a lot of the times kids were running around the ship and in the halls! In your room they didn't give you bar soaps or shampoo or lotions. The soap they gave you was in a dispenser on the wall and no matter how much you get it will not lather! Talked to a lady who was on the NCL Dream she said it was like the Star. I started to think maybe I was the only one so I would ask other guest how they liked NCL Star........One person said it was like cruising walmart! I talked to about 30 to 40 people and they all said they would never sail NCL again! I know I won't! On the positive side........the Staff was GREAT!!! VERY nice and helpful! NCL I thought was better than this! NCL if you are listening.........get HELP!!! Stop cutting corners, it shows.......the other cruise lines are not doing this and you are losing customers! As for me........NEVER AGAIN! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
The April 15th Sailing of the Norwegian Spirit For reference purposes this was our 16th cruise. We've sailed with Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity and Premier Cruises. We are 54 and 53 years young, love to ... Read More
The April 15th Sailing of the Norwegian Spirit For reference purposes this was our 16th cruise. We've sailed with Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Celebrity and Premier Cruises. We are 54 and 53 years young, love to cruise and love meeting new friends, which we always do on board a cruise. Dancing is also a passion of ours and we did lots of that on this cruise. Of all our cruises my wife and I both agree this was the best. The NCL Spirit is a delightful ship. Not so big, lots of personality, and all the amenities needed to have a great time. We seldom use cruise air but did this time. Transfers from Miami airport were painless in both directions. We arrived at the Miami airport around 12:30 pm and were in our stateroom by 1:45 pm. Embarkation was a breeze. Our inside stateroom was a little on the small side, the bathroom as reported before was the best of 16 cruises. (what state are we in when we rave about bathrooms? Oh well!) The bed was very firm but fine for us. We did not ask for the "egg crates" The room steward was excellent and all needs were taken care of without any need of asking. One thing we noticed that I haven't heard from others is that our bags would not fit under the bed due to the trundle bed, so we asked the steward to store our bags and he did. Also I did find the lighting in the room to be slightly dim, it could b brighter. The temperature was easily adjusted in the room. Over all we were pleased with the room. We found the staff to be the most friendly we have ever encountered. The only exception is the casino staff (craps table especially), who I found to be arrogant. Otherwise to a person the staff wore genuine smiles and would go out of their way to assist. The food. Absolutely the best ever. We ate dinner in the Bistro, and Maxims (both at two for ones) and they were both excellent. Be sure and have the chocolate fondue in the Bistro!!! All other dinners were in Windows, also excellent. The food and service were both wonderful. We eat early and enjoy sharing tables with others. Each evening after being seated at a table for 6 or 8 I would let the Wait Staff know that we would prefer express service and each evening the service flowed very nicely. I believe that if you don't mention this, dinner can stretch out longer than what I prefer. For some I'm sure this isn't a problem. We ate some lunches in Windows and some at the buffet. One breakfast was in Windows, all the rest at the Buffet. The Buffet was standard fare, nothing to rave about, but really not bad. We had lunch one day at Blue Lagoon, OK but nothing special. I thought the shows in the theater (which by the way has no bad seats, it utilizes stadium type seating) were a little below what I have come to expect from NCL. The song and dance troupe I thought to be fair, the magician typical, and the comedian pretty good. The lounge musicians on the other hand were EXCELLENT, and we spent most of our evenings in the Galaxy of the Stars dancing the night away. We booked this cruise in most part because of the itinerary. I will post my reviews of the Islands in the ports section. Suffice to say however that we thoroughly enjoyed all of the stops with the highlight being the THRILLER Excursion booked independently in Barbados. We only booked on Ships excursion, the Virgin Gorda Highlights which took in the BATHS. However once we got off the ship and got in line with what seemed like over 200 people (I'm sure it was close to that many) to board a ferry to go to the BATHS, we and another couple talked one of the Excursion Staff into refunding our money (he didn't really want to but relented), hired a taxi to go to a beach and snorkeled on our own. We were part of a Cruise Critic group that met on board for the sail away and at a meeting set up by NCL and attended by 4 Officers. We became fast friends with many of the cruise critic members and enjoyed spending time with many of them, as well and seeing many others during the course of the cruise. I hope the above will assist anyone thinking of cruising on the Spirit. Do not think twice, it is a GREAT SHIP!!!! I will be glad to try my best to answer as many questions as possible. Keep in mind I have to work a little to help pay for our next cruise!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2005
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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