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Norwegian Star
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Pros

Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

Cons

Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

Bottom Line

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


About

Passengers 2,240
Crew 1,100
Passenger to Crew 2.04:1
Launched 2001
Shore Excursions 811

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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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.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in two main dining rooms and at Ginza Asian Restaurant, O'Sheehan's bar and grill, the Garden Cafe buffet and Topsiders Grill; also Continental breakfast room service
  • Main theater production shows and live music in various venues
  • Most onboard activities, except as noted
  • Use of the fitness center (excluding most classes and training sessions)
  • Use of the sports deck and golf driving nets
  • Splash Academy kids club

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily service fee of $15 per person, per day for those in standard staterooms or $18 per person, per day, for anyone in The Haven, Concierge-level cabins and all suites
  • Drinks, except water, tea, coffee and select juices from the buffet
  • Gratuities of 20 percent on beverage, spa and salon purchases
  • Room service fee of $9.95 (waived for suites and continental breakfast orders)
  • Most specialty dining, on an a la carte basis, plus 20 percent service charge
  • Spa and salon services, plus access to the spa's Thermal Suite
  • Entrance to the outdoor, adults-only Spice H2O
  • Most fitness center classes
  • Select daily activities including bingo, alcohol tastings,bingo, and games like Deal or No Deal
  • After-hours kids supervision programs at the Splash Academy
  • Shore excursions
  • Internet access and packages
  • Photos taken by shipboard photographers, artwork from the art gallery

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

Daytime:Casual, casual, casual.

Evening: 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.

Not permitted: No shorts, swimsuits or tank tops are allowed in the restaurants after 5 p.m.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Norwegian Cruise Line.


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 Member Reviews

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dfc922
Sail Date: Nov 2019
We just completed our first Transatlantic Crossing on the Norwegian Star. It was a fabulous trip...and even in November the weather was fantastic...in the hot tub every day....Read More
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Rosaral575
Sail Date: Nov 2019
In general, I enjoyed my cruise on the Norwegian Star, and I would definitely go on a cruise with the Norwegian Cruise Line again in the future....Read More
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mcorza1
Sail Date: Oct 2019
We chose Norwegian Star because of the high ratings and referrals from family members whom had previously cruised with Norwegian....Read More
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Star Trek 1
Sail Date: Nov 2019
The evening entertainment was good with a good variety including comedian, magician, contortionist, gymnast, acrobatics, Adele impersonator, violinist, the Norwegian star orchestra, singers, and dancers...Read More

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