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Norwegian Star Overview

Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky High Bar (which replaced the Bier Garten), the Bliss Ultra Lounge (which replaced Spinnaker Lounge) and the adults-only Spice H2O. Additionally, all cabins and suites were outfitted with USB charging ports. 

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About Norwegian Star


Pro

Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

Con

Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

Bottom Line

Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship


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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.

The ship boasts more than 10 restaurants, including venues serving Tex-Mex, Japanese and French cuisine, and nearly 10 bars and lounges. 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.

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. 


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 (Le Bistro, Cagney's) 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 $14.99 per person, per day, for passengers booked in standard cabins and mini-suites. Those in suites are charged $17.99 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.


Norwegian Star Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2013 Best for Shore Excursions
2013 Best for Families

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Norwegian Star Ship Stats

  • Crew: 1,100
  • Launched: 2001
  • Decks: 15
  • Passengers: 2,240
  • Registry: Panama
  • CDC Score: 95
Norwegian Star Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 3.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 2.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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Norwegian Star Member Reviews

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louiseasher
Sail Date: Feb 2019
A little summary of my cruise on the 14 day Panama Canal on Norwegian Star February 1-15. The food was excellent and so was the service. I went to the regular buffet the Garden Cafe, the Versailles...Read More
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Pamla
Sail Date: Jan 2019
going through the Panama Canal on my birthday, and found this one - I had previously been on the Norwegian Star, and knew and liked the ship. See cabin revview below for more details. I love the Freestyle...Read More
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sanedjam
Sail Date: Nov 2018
We had a really great time on the Norwegian Star Panama Canal Cruise. We have cruised on many cruise lines and enjoyed this one. The ship was in good shape for being a bit older (but remodeled recently)...Read More
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kira5
Sail Date: Feb 2019
though. The TV picture was good but many channels were not utilized and just displayed the Norwegian Star logo. We didn't sail with children but on a previous cruise with our grandchildren, the all...Read More

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