Norwegian Star Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
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Norwegian Star Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.7
    3.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.0
    4.0
  • Cabins
    3.9
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.8
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.7
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    3.3
    4.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.7
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.2
    2.0
  • Service
    4.0
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    3.7
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Member Rating
Why Choose Norwegian Star?
  • Pro: Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern.
  • Con: Reservations necessary to get the venue you want.
  • Bottom Line: Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship.

Norwegian Star Overview

Launched in 2001, the 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star was the first Norwegian ship custom built for Freestyle Cruising, NCL's anti-traditionalist program that touts a plethora of dining, cabin and entertainment options.

A 2015 refurbishment saw a number of additions as well as a ship wide refresh, including carpets and upholstery. The biggest change was the transformation of the whole of the lobby area of Deck 8 with a Norwegian mainstay – O'Sheehan's Bar & Grill, replacing Blue Lagoon Restaurant and Moderno Churrascaria. While Blue Lagoon has gone for good, Moderno has moved to Deck 13 taking up the space which was once the Star Bar. It shares this space with the second Sugarcane Mojito Bar. The Red Lion Pub on Deck 7 has been converted into the first 5 O' Clock Somewhere Bar on the Norwegian fleet. Digital signage has also been added, and both the phot gallery and the casino have been given a refresh. And finally, Ginza noodle restaurant has become free.

The ship boasts 11 restaurants, including venues serving Tex-Mex, Japanese and French cuisine, and 8 bars and lounges (try the open-air Bier Garten). In line with the Freestyle mantra, public spaces range from intimate to exuberant, providing a variety of spots for activities and entertainment day and night. There are also tons of accommodation options, from standard inside cabins to the enormous 6,694-square-ft., three-bedroom Garden Villas.

Star was also refurbished in February 2010 in Victoria, British Columbia. The two-week dry-dock focused mostly on cosmetic enhancements (carpets, upholstery, etc.) and engineering work, but the line also added a number of 54 cabins and suites, and enhanced Star's spaces for kids.

Norwegian Star Fellow Passengers

NCL's passengers run the broad spectrum of families with young kids to retirees who want a casual cruise experience at a reasonable cost. The average age of guests on the Star's eight-day Mexican Riviera cruise is mid-40's, but when the cruise starts on a Friday or Saturday, the number of children on board increases. The ship is ideal for families wanting to experience an Alaska itinerary, especially since it sails roundtrip from Seattle.

Norwegian Star Dress Code

Casual, casual, casual. There is one voluntary formal night for those who want to dress up, but most choose to leave their jewels and tuxes at home. The fancier restaurants (Bistro, SoHo Room) do lend themselves to cocktail attire, but the other dining spots only require resort casual. No shorts, swimsuits or tank tops are allowed in the restaurants after 5 p.m.

Norwegian Star Gratuity

Norwegian charges a "service fee" of $13.99 per person, per day, for passengers booked in standard cabins and mini-suites. Those in suites are charged $16.99 per person, per day. Cruisers wishing to adjust or remove the charges must fill out a form post-cruise to request a refund.

Norwegian recommends that suite passengers who use butler and concierge services tip according to the level of service rendered.

An 18 percent gratuity will be added to all bar purchases and services in the spa and salon.

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llindyj1
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Sailed four weeks ago
We were invited by a group of friends to join them for a 21 day Italy trip, ending with a 7 day cruise out of Venice. Of course, we said yes. We spent extra to book a mini suite since this was our first cruise. We immediately received ... Read more
Campbell2
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Chose a cruise from Venice that stopped at Santorini, Athens, Ravenna and Dubrovnik as we have never been to any of these destinations. Our cruise didn't go to Santorini or Ravenna so not a great start, we got offered $100 each. Most of ... Read more
Scotcruiser1
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Sailed September 2017
We chose this cruise firstly for the itinerary and the fact that there was only one sea day. We had sailed NCL some time ago doing the Inside Passage trip to Alaska, other than that most of our cruises have been with Celebrity. We found ... Read more
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