7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise because of the amazing itinerary. We started in Dubai and traveled to Fujairah, two ports in Oman, Jordan, two ports in Egypt, overnight in Israel, Crete, Croatia, and overnight in Venice. Our 20 night leg was part ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the amazing itinerary. We started in Dubai and traveled to Fujairah, two ports in Oman, Jordan, two ports in Egypt, overnight in Israel, Crete, Croatia, and overnight in Venice. Our 20 night leg was part of the Star's world cruise. Check-in in Dubai was a breeze and cabins were ready by 1 PM and luggage was delivered by 3 PM. I loved the Star! She is a medium size ship (about 2300 passengers) and reminds me of what a cruise ship should be. The newer, larger ships lack the style and class of these older ships. The Versailles Dining Room was classy and inviting, not sterile. The Atrium had glitz. Well, you get the idea. We had a mini-suite. Yes, the décor was a little tired, but it was a nice, clean cabin. I loved the coffee pot in our cabin. It was great to have coffee on the balcony when I got up. The bathroom was great. We had a tub with shower and I love those shower doors as opposed to those pesky shower curtains. The shelving in the closet was awkward as your hanging garments blocked them off. If you like Fox News, you'd be happy with the news channel, however, I think CNN would be a much better choice for news. We had some great meals on the Star, but the very best were the burgers at O'Sheehan's! They were great burgers and O'Sheehan's is open 24 hours. We had dinner 3 times at Cagney's, once at Tepanyaki, once at Moderno, once at Le Bistro, and once at La Cucina. I liked Cagney's the best, but they were all very good. I usually had breakfast at the buffet. The food was great, except for the soft ice cream which was awful, but it was like eating in a high school cafeteria. The tables were way too close and there was a lack of any kind of décor. Dinners were usually at Versailles or Aqua and both were quite lovely. The food in these restaurants was very good. I do miss lobster night and those shrimp cocktails. We didn't go to all the shows, but the ones we did go to were very good. The Star's in-house singers and dancers were excellent. There was a lot of real talent there. The crew on the Star were just wonderful! They were friendly and attentive. We had excellent service in the restaurants and our room steward was the greatest. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
Choose this cruise for the fantastic itinerary.....left from Dubai, visited UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Crete, Croatia and ended in Venice. I had heard good things about the NCL Sun, and mainly, it was all true......fantastic staff ... Read More
Choose this cruise for the fantastic itinerary.....left from Dubai, visited UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Crete, Croatia and ended in Venice. I had heard good things about the NCL Sun, and mainly, it was all true......fantastic staff and level of service, just the right size ship, for me anyway! Ship was very clean. Mainly an older crowd, which was what I was looking for.......but expected on a 20-day cruise. A few kids, but never a problem, except in the main pool. Great entertainment, food was good, not exceptional. Specialty restaurants were great, but costly! Shore excursions were very overpriced, but that is par for the course. So glad I connected with others on roll call and set up/joined independent tours! Security was very well taken care of, especially since we were visiting some iffy ports in the Middle East. We never saw most of it, but were aware of some of the steps being taken a on board. Only downsides, for me, were...1. felt I was being nickel and dimed the entire cruise, but I guess that is standard now. It has been about 5 years since my last cruise, but it seems to have gotten much worse. Food choices were more limited, but staff bent over backwards to accommodate all. 2. Cabin (9115-inside) was drab, dark and dismal. It was a side-ways and set up very poorly, plus no pictures on the walls even! 3. Transport from port into main town was set up for all ports, except out last, Venice....where very little was said..A lot of us felt that we were just left to out own devices as to how to get prom port into Venice proper. We were told we could walk about 40 minutes, that's it! Don't know if this was just because it was the last port, or what. Overall......felt this was a great opportunity to experience an extraordinary itinerary in the parts of the world that many people don't dare to go to. Never felt unsafe, in fact felt welcomed in all ports. With all the previous trouble with the Star concerning her azipods and breaking down, I was somewhat skeptical, but NCL finally got itself together and straightened things out. A Great cruise!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We picked this cruise because of the itinerary. We added six new country visits to our list. Although there has been some concerns on the security of Middle East and Sinai Peninsula, we felt that tourism should be safe. We felt safe ... Read More
We picked this cruise because of the itinerary. We added six new country visits to our list. Although there has been some concerns on the security of Middle East and Sinai Peninsula, we felt that tourism should be safe. We felt safe during the cruise and NCL did take measures to make sure we were safe. The entertainment was great. We were impressed with Richard Matti, the cruise director's leadership. The shows, games and productions were done nicely. The guest speaker Jean was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The complimentary food choices were better than those from Carnival and on part with other similar level cruiselines. We were happy with the complimentary dinning room service and did not feel the need to go a specialty restaurant. We only tried one specialty restaurant - Brazilian BBQ. The meat choices were good and tasty but stay away from seafood. Ginza serves Asian foods which were not really authentic. The Executive Chef is from India, the Indian food and vegetarian dishes were superb in the main dinning room and even in the buffet Market Place. Shore excursions are doubly expensive. NCL penalizes non-NCL excursion booking customers to depart the ship later than their own customers. This is not acceptable. Cruisers should not accept such practice. We had a balcony cabin in fwd on deck 10. The room is quiet and of good size. The steward always kept the room clean and tidy. I like the separate door for the toilet. Wait services were faster in the Acqua Dinning Room than Versailles. Wait staff were attentive. We stayed 3 extra days in Dubai and overnight in Venice. Dubai is such a fascinating city. We had lunch at Burj Al Arab and did an afternoon desert safari. The weather was not clear therefore we did not go up to the top of Burj Khalifa. We regret not taking a tour to visit Abu dhabi's Grand Mosque. We could have done it with a tighter schedule planning. The embarkation and disembarkation were efficient. Overall, NCL is an efficient operator and provides good value for cruisers. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
The itinerary was excellent. The order which certain ports was visited didn't make much sense - I hope that scheduling two 12-13 hour tour days back to back was because of the availibility of the ports and not sloppy planning. The ... Read More
The itinerary was excellent. The order which certain ports was visited didn't make much sense - I hope that scheduling two 12-13 hour tour days back to back was because of the availibility of the ports and not sloppy planning. The food was awful. I need a gluten free diet but they made only half hearted efforts at providing gluten free foods. Day after day the Market Cafe buffet didn't have any gluten free choices. The only dessert choice for me was some soupy soft serve ice cream (and jello is not a dessert). The food had a very high fat and carbohydrate content - way too much gravy, breading and sauce. The food and the service in the dining rooms was also pretty poor. I regularly had to find someone to fill the water glass and the wait between courses was a bit on the long side. One aspect is still bothering me. The people who had independent tours in Israel on the first day (mostly Cruise Critic people), were made to wait until the NCL sponsored tours left first. There was a snag on the first day because immigration wanted to carefullly check all passports (fully forseeable by anyone except seemingly NCL because we were coming from several Arab countries before arriving in Israel). This caused a delay in starting the tours, most of which were fairly long and therefore returned well past dinner time. I objected to the policy and was told that Israel immigration required the NCL tours leave before the others. This makes no sense to me at all - why would Israel care who I was paying for my tour? I feel like we were being penalized for not taking and NCL tour. My cabin was comfortable and the room steward was friendly and helpful. The bathroom had one of the best layouts of all of the ships I've been on. Only one plug in the room for AC current. I hope this ship is going to be refurbished soon. It's reallly showing it's age. There's an unfortunate disco-like decorting them going on that isn't aging very well. This was my first NCL tour. I may use them again but only if the benefits of the itinerary outweigh the many drawbacks of the other aspects of NCL cruising. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
We chose this cruise as it visited countries I had not been to like Jordan, Israel and Crete. As we got closer to our sail date, we wondered if there would be itinerary changes due to international politics. We visited all countries on the ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it visited countries I had not been to like Jordan, Israel and Crete. As we got closer to our sail date, we wondered if there would be itinerary changes due to international politics. We visited all countries on the itinerary with minor time changes for port arrival and departures. Embarkation was smooth and quick with no problems as was the disembarkation. While on the Star, we had three different room stewards. We felt he best service and restaurant was O 'Sheehans, and the waiters all understood English. In Versailles and Aqua, many the waiters did not understand English very well and were not able to accommodate any change from the menu, for example we were told they did not have applesauce when we ordered the roast pork or mint jelly when we ordered the leg of lamb. The dinner menu was repeated several times and alternated at the main dining rooms, O' Sheehans and the market street buffet. They had crepes at the buffet that was very good and the stir fry at the buffet was excellent, better then the Asian specialty restaurant. The entertainment was fairly good, a lot of variety and both seatings were often fairly full. There were not many children on this itinerary, probably due to the length of the cruise. The ports were good with a lot of choices for shore excursions. The ones we did, were very good with good English speaking guides. When we sailed through Gulf of Aden, we picked up a security team and did a safety drill in case of piracy problems. I felt NCL did a very good job keeping us safe and had adequate protection provided. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2017
Suez Canal transit was the motivating factor. Loved the idea of going to eight countries with unique culture, fantastic sights and great history. We highly recommend this type of itinerary to others. This was our second visit to Dubai, and ... Read More
Suez Canal transit was the motivating factor. Loved the idea of going to eight countries with unique culture, fantastic sights and great history. We highly recommend this type of itinerary to others. This was our second visit to Dubai, and was able to refresh our memories. Embarkation and disembarkation were very smooth as guests staying in Suites get special service. Ship was clean and comfortable, however shows its age. Services was very good particularly in dining rooms. We took private tours ,and felt safe and welcomed in every Port of Call. Over night stay in Haifa enabled us to explore public transportation ie use the train. This was a great experience. Families were traveling to celebrate Passover with friends and relatives. We were able to be in Milan on Easter Sunday following a brief stay on the ship in Venice. While in UAE and Oman people should visit the Souk to get the true experience of shopping in Gulf Counties. Delighted to have had the experience. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
I loved everything about our cruise through the Middleeast. The ports were great. The crew were all wonderful. The food and service were top notch. I hope those that disagree will go find another cruise line. They ... Read More
I loved everything about our cruise through the Middleeast. The ports were great. The crew were all wonderful. The food and service were top notch. I hope those that disagree will go find another cruise line. They won't be missed by those of us who love NCL and the STAR. THe ship is a nice size - not too big. Our cabin was great. The meals were very good. I especially enjoyed Cagney's , O'Sheehan's, and Versailles All of the restaurants were good, these were just outstanding. I am gluten intolerant and the restaurant people went out of their way to accommodate my needs. I was impressed with the waiters and waitresses and their knowledge of my dietary needs. They knew which foods were OK and which I should avoid. From Dubai to Venice, we visited amazing ports. Israel should be visited by everyone. The transit through the Suez Canal was wonderful also. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
The Norwegian Star's itinerary was really good for this 20 day cruise. The ship was clean and always being worked on to keep it in tip top condition. We enjoyed the food in the main dining rooms. We tried the four Specialty dining ... Read More
The Norwegian Star's itinerary was really good for this 20 day cruise. The ship was clean and always being worked on to keep it in tip top condition. We enjoyed the food in the main dining rooms. We tried the four Specialty dining rooms, Moderno was the first and the meat was just okay; La Cucina the food was mediocre, we would not go back, LeBistro was good the first time we went and just okay the second time and finally Cagneys was the best, we had filet's which were extremely tasty and tender! The service was very good. The drinks were really good, especially in the Bier Garten. The Entertainment was good, some of the acts we have seen on other ships, but most of it was new. We only did shore excursions that were organized through cruise critics or we organized our own with people we met on the ship. Highly recommend this cruise and NCL! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
Dubai, our port city, was on my bucket list and the rest just fell into place since we hadn't traveled the Middle East it was an opportunity. We really enjoyed the private tours we set up in Dubai and enjoyed the older section where ... Read More
Dubai, our port city, was on my bucket list and the rest just fell into place since we hadn't traveled the Middle East it was an opportunity. We really enjoyed the private tours we set up in Dubai and enjoyed the older section where we stayed. The ship was great and the entertainment was beyond my expectations. Much better than the last few cruises. Our cabin was small considering it was a balcony room. Our service in every area was outstanding. We opted to go private tours for the big ones(price and convenience) and were not disappointed. Didn't miss the big bus tours with fewer stops. We opted to do Hop On Hop Off three times and found them to be the best way to see the sights and to get to places we wished to see. We were not concerned with security as NCL took care of that aspect in concern area and the rest was fine. My only complaint was that we were held up for customs clearance in Israel and NCL opted to let people holding ship tours off first, and then private tours. This was not really fair to the passengers that had set up their own tours. We were treated like we weren't important.We were two hours late in meeting our guides. Fortunately for us, we were still given the full tours and not rushed. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
CHOSE THIS CRUISE FOR THE DESTINATIONS IT VISITED: SHORE EXCURSION ABORTED IN HAIFA (FIRST TIME THERE) DUE TO CREW OVER REACTING TO IMMIGRATION RULES: AQABA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR A WASTE OF MONEY: WATER POLICY IS CRIMINAL: WIFE WAS SICK AND WE ... Read More
CHOSE THIS CRUISE FOR THE DESTINATIONS IT VISITED: SHORE EXCURSION ABORTED IN HAIFA (FIRST TIME THERE) DUE TO CREW OVER REACTING TO IMMIGRATION RULES: AQABA HIGHLIGHTS TOUR A WASTE OF MONEY: WATER POLICY IS CRIMINAL: WIFE WAS SICK AND WE WANTED TO BUY A GLASS OR CAN OF SPARKLING WATER BUT WERE TOLD WE HAD TO BUY A BEVERAGE PACKAGE TO GET ONE: DR; SANTANA AND HIS STAFF WERE HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL: FOOD WAS NEUTRAL AT BEST: ONLY CAGNEYS EXCELLED: GUESTS ARE NOT TREATED LIKE PAYING CUSTOMERS BUT ONLY A NUMBER TO BE SQUEEZED FOR MONEY: THERE APPEARED TO BE NO COOPERATION OR COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SHIP SECURITY AND SHORE SECURITY AS WE WENT THROUGH X-RAY SECURITY CHECK ON LAND AND AGAIN 100 FEET LATER ON THE SHIP: FRONT DESK LACKING IN DETAILS OF THE CRUISE: WALK-OFF DISEMBARKATION REQUIRED BEFORE 7:30 AM SUPPOSEDLY REQUIRED BY IMMIGRATION: IMMIGRATION WAS NOT EVEN PRESENT WHEN WE GOT OFF: LAST TIME ON NCL; BUT THEN THEY PROBABLY DO NOT CARE: Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
The embarkation in Singapore was a complete shambles! Stood in various lines for a couple of hours.We had a balcony cabin on level 10, which was very pokey, bathroom also tiny (could hardly fit in the toilet), and the provided soaps and ... Read More
The embarkation in Singapore was a complete shambles! Stood in various lines for a couple of hours.We had a balcony cabin on level 10, which was very pokey, bathroom also tiny (could hardly fit in the toilet), and the provided soaps and lotions of low quality. Too many things on the Star went wrong or weren't good to make this cruise a pleasure. The ports were great but the order was sometimes baffling: some ports were re-visited and others not long enough. Staff was mostly good, except at Guest Relations desk who were unhelpful, sometimes arrogant or even ignorant. Their typing up of activity & event sheets were a proofreader's nightmare; even after showing them almost every day, this persisted. Information about ports was posted too late or in strange places. Entertainment was often amateurish and certainly repetitious, and activities were boring and often repeated. The food was very good at the Market Cafe but dismal in the Aqua and Versailles restaurants (slow service, food often tepid, overcooked and the menu also repetitious and unadventurous). The shops also had the same old things; some of the sales were held in the wrong place.and therefore were chaotic and frustrating. The shore excursions were very expensive and often not as described. The one terrific spot for us was the O'Sheehans irish pub, where the atmosphere was great, the staff very helpful and nice, service always speedy and the food was good - also the nightly music by the Melodic Trio was fabulous. We also liked the many available bars, helped by the free drinks package (which we definitely would NOT have purchased at the price). Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was my first NCL cruise. I booked it because of the unique itinerary, the reasonable price, and my niece likes NCL. I was blown away by the care and thoughtfulness NCL obviously puts into their cruises. The shore excursions were an ... Read More
This was my first NCL cruise. I booked it because of the unique itinerary, the reasonable price, and my niece likes NCL. I was blown away by the care and thoughtfulness NCL obviously puts into their cruises. The shore excursions were an excellent supplement to this unusual itinerary. One thing that impressed me was that the crew seemed genuinely happy to be serving and doing their jobs. They struck me as people who were being treated right, and who had been placed in appropriate jobs. Embarkation and disembarkation was easy and smooth. I had a very late flight out of Venice, and the front desk person offered to switch my transfer to one that was much later. Huge help. The food was adequate for me. If you are someone who enjoys high end foods and variety, you will need to go to the specialty restaurants. For me it was perfect because I could always find fresh fruits, vegetables, etc. Thanks NCL for producing such a great product. I am looking forward to my next cruise with you. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We picked this repositioning cruise because of the fantastic itinerary...Dubai to Singapore, via India & yes, it was great! Not so good was our mini suite, painstakingly chosen to try & avoid the noise from Deck 12 above. Sadly, ... Read More
We picked this repositioning cruise because of the fantastic itinerary...Dubai to Singapore, via India & yes, it was great! Not so good was our mini suite, painstakingly chosen to try & avoid the noise from Deck 12 above. Sadly, 11578 & I would suspect all the suites in that vicinity, was not ideal. All day & well into the evening we had the sounds of scrapping chairs & footsteps loudly above us! Worst of all though was the deck chairs being put out between 3.30 & 4.30am every morning & they weren't quiet about it! It is hard to know where on Deck 11 you could escape this noise as right beside the pool area was the main Market Café which would make for its own problems if you were underneath it. We did talk with a couple who were in a mini suite right at the front of the ship & they reported it was quiet. The suite itself was not huge & was showing signs of age & wear & tear, definitely due for a serious revamp! Storage was okay but not as efficient as other cruise ships we have been on. Other reviews mention the dark wardrobe & the main storage shelves tugged away in there & yes, this is a pain! There are only 2 draws in the cabin for storage. Having the extra space with the little seating area & sofa was great as was the bath & separate toilet in the bathroom. Food onboard was fantastic with lots of variety & great flavours! The entertainment was also wonderful & we loved the nightly shows. Our steward was lovely & one of the highlights of the cruise was coming back in the evenings to find out what towel animal he had left. All in all a good cruise but not incredible. The Star must be due for renovation surely, most of the public areas, particularly Market Café & the toilets around the ship were old, dated & in the case of the toilets pretty disgusting at times! After being on Celebrity's Equinox last year & their attention to detail & cleanliness, this was a little underpar! Please be wary of the mini suites on Deck 11 (that's the only place they are), the noise from above is horrendous & doesn't make for a relaxing holiday. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
My hubby & I sailed aboard the Norwegian Star from Dubai with my mother in November. This was our 3rd cruise with the Star and we love her older decor and layout: wide decks that allow resting or walking and there is a jogging track on ... Read More
My hubby & I sailed aboard the Norwegian Star from Dubai with my mother in November. This was our 3rd cruise with the Star and we love her older decor and layout: wide decks that allow resting or walking and there is a jogging track on deck 12 too. For this cruise we booked a Family Suite on deck 11 which had two sleeping quarters, enough for 6 people, however it was just my husband and I in the main sleeping area and my mother in the smaller area with her own bathroom and loo! The cabin also had a table and 4 chairs, a 3 person sofa and TV and a balcony. The main bathroom has a separate shower, spa bath and loo. Each section has enough closet & drawer space. The Main bedroom has space under the bed for the suit cases and there were enough power sockets to charge cameras etc in the cabin. A coffee/tea machine was included(uses pods) and was well used by us all. Dining aboard the Star offers several complimentary dining choices: Market Cafe, Aqua and Versailes Dining Rooms, Poolside Buffets, Ginza and O'Sheehans Pub. There are also several specialty restaurants too, Moderno, Cagney's Steak House, Teppinyaki etc. I have yet to have a meal that I did not like - the menu choices are very good. The Stardust Theatre is where the entertainment happens - there is a show of some sort every night and all are well worth the time to see. The Shows with the Norwegian Dancers and Show Band are absolutely fantastic - great music, singing and dancing! We all found the service by the Norwegian staff to be of a very high standard especially Hanno our Conscierge, Joseph our Butler and Ferdinand our cabin steward. The cruise from Dubai stopped at ports in UAE, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia. The Shore Excursions we were able to complete were 'Level One' due to Mum's mobility issues however it would have been more pleasant if we stayed aboard except for the Highlights of Bombay Tour which was interesting and gave time to do a little sighseeing. I went to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage(Sri Lanka) by myself and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Unfortunately none of the other excursions we did would encourage us to re-visit the countries we saw. The Ports we docked at were mostly 'industrial' and in poor repair and many Port authorities refused passengers permission to walk on the pier. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Returned last week from 21 day cruise on Norwegian Star, Dubai to Singapore. Attracted by an interesting itinerary sailing from Dubai, UAE/Oman, down the west cost of India, Sri Lanka, Phuket, Malaysia, to Singapore. Our inside midship ... Read More
Returned last week from 21 day cruise on Norwegian Star, Dubai to Singapore. Attracted by an interesting itinerary sailing from Dubai, UAE/Oman, down the west cost of India, Sri Lanka, Phuket, Malaysia, to Singapore. Our inside midship cabin was very comfortable and well situated. Having travelled with other shipping companies, this was the first line to not allow water to be brought back on board, even when water was bought from the ship or given as part of a shore excursion. We found the entertainment in the theatre was mainly very good. There was various artists playing/singing in other areas of the ship, however, this was usually too loud in the bars and lounges, which meant that it was impossible to carry out conversations with other cruisers, so in the evening the only quite areas were on deck. Ginzas restaurant was just above the piano bar and we had music and song bellowing up at us, hardly suitable when dining. Service was very good around the ship. Our cabin steward was excellent. Dining:- Market Café buffet was unattractively designed and noisy, more like a work's canteen. We like to dress smartly for evening dining and used Versailles and Aqua restaurants. Versailles in particular has a smart dress code, however, there were some diners who were quite unsuitably dressed, yet were not directed to another area to eat. Port & shore excursions:- Not at all happy with the lack of information before and when visiting the ports. Clearly the company kept cruisers in the dark in order to sell tours from the ship—which were expensive. We had some tours booked with the cruise line and some with other companies, but we could not plan our own days for exploring on our own as there was no or insufficient information. Yes there were taxis, however, not everyone, including ourselves, is happy to do this in a foreign country. The port at Abu Dhabi needed transport to exit port, taxi $10 or Big Bus which toured the city—but no concessionary bus to exit port. The Mangalore port is located , 10 km away from the main city. A shuttle bus dropped us off at a shopping mall in the centre. We paid for this and there was little else to do here. Kuala Lumpur was another container port. There was a complimentary shuttle to the port entrance but nothing there, just taxis. It takes at least an hour to reach the city and the traffic is very congested. We complained about the lack of information before arrival at the ports and the excuse given was that the cruise company hadn't done this itinerary before. This can be no excuse as representatives should have been sent to make discoveries months before the cruise itinerary was offered as cruise destinations. Read Less
15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We chose this cruise for the destinations, particularly India, as my husband had refused to go there, I was desperate to visit, so this was a good compromise, The Star is an older ship, with some of the advantages of it being smaller, ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the destinations, particularly India, as my husband had refused to go there, I was desperate to visit, so this was a good compromise, The Star is an older ship, with some of the advantages of it being smaller, some of the disadvantages of it being smaller. Hey ho, its for 21 nights, not for the rest of my life. We were in Cabin 11500. Right at the "pointy end" of the ship. I was a little worried about the possibility of anchor noise but heard none during the voyage. The cabin was a balcony (we booked a guarantee balcony so this was a little upgrade as they are on deck 8). It was perfectly adequate, although some of the storage is a little strange and because it was 21 days we could have done with a little more hanging space and some more drawers. However we managed and for a normal length cruise it was more than adequate. The suitcases went under the bed no problem, even though they are hard bodied ones, and our hand luggage trolley cases fit above the wardrobe space, still giving us room to put a few things like our winter coats etc on top of them. The room was beautifully taken care of by Ferdinand, who was a very pleasant young man, hard working and probably deserving of more salary than he gets, which was true of all of the crew. All members of staff, apart from one person on reception who needs to lighten up a little, were excellent. All cheerful, helpful and hard working. Some passengers could have done with remembering they were on holiday, however. What a group of moaning minnies. Every where we sat there were people complaining about something. If you want Cunard standards in the dining rooms and bars, then pay Cunard prices and off you go. I was more than happy with the freestyle dining options. I dressed up when I wanted to, and didn't when I was tired from a great day out. The entertainment in the show lounge was generally of high quality, although not always to my taste. The other entertainment ranged from excellent quality to "a bit Butlins". No one forces you to go and listen, you just move on to somewhere else if its isn't your thing. The main dining rooms were both well looked after by the staff. We were generally seated within 30 mins and were happy to wait at busier times. Love the pager system; it gives you a chance to go and have a cocktail while your table is prepared. The food is mass catering, mostly fairly dull but safe, and could do with some more seasoning and general flair, but there is little to complain about. It is what is to be expected and found like this on all cruise lines. The Asian restaurant was a welcome addition and we ate there a couple of times. The food and service was great but the menu is limited, which is a shame. Maybe on a 21 day cruise they could rotate a couple of menus. However, again nothing to complain about. Some people enjoy the predictability of this and so it is again, a choice to go or not to go. The Buffet was always busy and that was because the standard of the food was high on most occasions, although I don't understand the obsession with American Diner food, and didn't attend on those nights. Again my preference. I was impressed with the variety of food on the Asian nights, lots of different styles of Indian and Malaysian food. They also had a standard food station which offered Chinese and Indian style food every night, away from the main stations. Great idea. The food was generally well seasoned, not at all salty - in fact some of the food could have done with salt added at the cooking stage, such as pasta, rice and potatoes, which were verging on tasteless at times - however I suppose you have to cater for those who don't or cant have salt, and at least it could be added at the table, despite this not being the best way of doing things. All restaurants and bars ran out of different types of wine at times, which was disappointing. However, once they had called in at ports they were able to re-supply the bars. Being a smaller ship, maybe they don't have the storage space. Embarkation was interesting. We were picked up early from our hotel in Dubai and so were some of the first on the ship. The staff at the port were clearly inexperienced and so some information we could have done with at the start was not available. I had bought a bottle of gin to use when we got to Singapore. When I tried to hand it in to the staff at the port, I was treated like a criminal. Dear me. As it happens they didn't spot it in my bag and I had to point it out to them. I began to wish I hadn't bothered as it caused all sorts of issues. It was sorted in the end but really! Other than that issue, most times we disembarked, there was little problem, except for Phuket which was tender to shore. I have yet to find a cruise company which is able to cater for this in a timely fashion. The shore information provided by the cruise company was completely inadequate. This is true of all American Cruise Companies and they obviously play on the insecurities of a lot of their customers, who are fed on a daily diet of Fox News hysteria. Most cruises call into industrial ports unless they are in the Caribbean. This should be made more clear to those who normally dont cruise out of the USA. You are usually lucky if you dont have to dock miles away from the desired destination. I booked two excursions with the ship because of the currency situation in India, which was sprung on everyone at the last minute. As it happens, it was possible to get currency; at a poor exchange rate, but at least it was something. However, that was no excuse for the frankly awful tours that the company provided. Thank goodness I hadn't booked and paid for more than two. Go independently always, try Viator via Trip Advisor, but stop these cruise companies from providing some seriously over priced, under researched and inadequately guided tours. The ports on this trip were intended to be challenging. Some were fun, exciting and awe inspiring. Some were a bit dull, badly equipped to deal with so many people at once, or just too expensive to get from the port into somewhere worth visiting. Some were downright awful and should not be on any itinerary anywhere. Particularly Khasab and Fuijuirah, which were a complete waste of everyone's time and money. They should have had extra time elsewhere, such as Muscat and Mumbai. The shore teams need to up their game a lot as they provide little or no information on board. In particular, the currency situation in India was a nightmare for some. They provided no information at all regarding this. I was disappointed to discover that, despite us paying a considerable sum of money to obtain our Indian and Sri Lankan visas, there were people on board who, as long as they booked with the ship tours, had not had to have the visas at all. The cruise line needs to make up its mind about this and then treat everyone the same, or at least give everyone the option of having a visa or not, in a similar way to the trips to Russian ports do. Get a grip NCL. It appears that I have moaned a lot but really I have just provided a bit of constructive criticism so that the company can improve this itinerary. We had a great time. I would sail on Star again, although from what I can gather it might not be around for that long due to mechanical issues. I would recommend this itinerary to anyone, but would certainly advise that you make sure you have a drinks package as the individual prices of drinks were stunningly high and don't forget that as well as the price, there is an additional service charge added to each item you buy, whether it is alcohol, spa treatments or anything else. Make sure you do your research and prebook in most ports if you want to make the most of the destinations, particularly in India. Never get the first taxi you see at any port. We saved fortunes by walking or getting the shuttle bus away from the port and then haggling with drivers until you get a price you are prepared to pay - eg Langkawi - we wanted to go to the Sky Cab which is about 40 minutes away from the port by car. It cost us 40 Ringits (about £10) but the highest price we were quoted was $100 dollars. I would definitely sail with NCL again but would make sure I took my own advice. Thanks for a great holiday. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2016
We went with friends who chose this cruise as they liked the itinerary, in particular, India. We found the public areas too crowded & too noisy. I guess you get what you pay for & this "Freestyle" cruise was obviously ... Read More
We went with friends who chose this cruise as they liked the itinerary, in particular, India. We found the public areas too crowded & too noisy. I guess you get what you pay for & this "Freestyle" cruise was obviously not a good choice for us. The 3 NCL excursions we took in India were very poor. In Mumbai, we arrived at what, for us would have been the highlight, the Museum to be told that we had only 15 mins there. On another excursion, the promised refreshments never appeared & in the "Artisan Village" half of the artisans, who were supposed to be demonstrating their crafts, were absent. The promised "demonstration of how to put on a sari" consisted of the tour guide just throwing a sari over his shoulder, whilst we were travelling back on the coach - no-one could see anyway - pathetic! We realise that this was the first time NCL had visited these particular Indian ports, but one wonders how much research had been done on the quality of the excursions here. Some of the guides English was poor & difficult to understand. Also, had the time taken to reach the places on the itinerary (due to the appalling traffic congestion in Mumbai) been taken into account when planning the excursions? There were a lot of passengers badly affected by a respiratory "bug"/virus infection. The ships medical centre appeared totally inadequate & the staff there were obviously overwhelmed & unable to cope with the numbers who were seriously affected & had to be transferred off the ship in various ports. With such a high percentage of passengers sneezing & coughing, it was surprising that no public announcements were made advising passengers to wash their hands more often, to cover their noses & mouths when sneezing & coughing & to remain in their cabins if affected, in order to minimise the spread of disease. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2016
Just got back from 21 day cruise on Norwegian Star Dubai to Singapore. Here are my thoughts and observations. 1. Great itinerary from Dubai, UAE/Oman, down the west cost of India, Sri Lanka. Malaysia, Phuket to Singapore 2. Smoking ... Read More
Just got back from 21 day cruise on Norwegian Star Dubai to Singapore. Here are my thoughts and observations. 1. Great itinerary from Dubai, UAE/Oman, down the west cost of India, Sri Lanka. Malaysia, Phuket to Singapore 2. Smoking allowed in the casino – seepage of smoke onto hallways and rooms. Very noticeable. 3. Ultimate Beverage package does not include water or specialty non-alcoholic coffees (no lattés. cappuccinos or expressos). There is no package that includes water or specialty coffees. 4. Buying water was USD27 for 6 bottles 5. We had a sea day between Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. However this was not necessary as Port Klang to Singapore is only 219 nautical miles – we basically jogged all the way to Singapore at 6 knots. It would have been very nice to have an overnight and day in Singapore, instead of being at sea. (too expensive to pay for extra day of docking in Singapore?) 6. Phuket tender was terrible. Had to “line up” to reserve a tender number – a fiasco. We had tender number 7 (out of 17) and it took us 2 hours to get to shore. It messed up our private tour. 7. Pet peeve – I know it is good policy to disinfect your hands before coming on board and before going into the dining areas. Visualize this – coming back from excursion. There is a lineup to get onto the ramp to the ship. Wet hand towels are offered while we’re in line (very nice). We get to the ramp, take out our room cards (In India, we also needed to turn in our landing card at most ports) for ID verification. 2 feet before we have to put the card into the card reader, an attendant wants to spray our hands. What were we supposed to do with the room card/landing card? Put it in our mouth, find a pocket etc. , while we rub the sanitizer in our hands and wait for it to dry, all the time slowing down the line. I asked them several times to spray our hands after the X-ray machine (not before) but they never changed the policy. 8. Room Steward was excellent. Always available 9. Entertainment was spotty. Their production cast and show bands and house band were excellent (Exotique was great). Imported groups, Ancora and Barricade Boys, were also very good. The rest were average or worse. 10. Specialty restaurants were good but nothing to write home about. Versailles and Aqua were adequate. Market Café buffet – nothing special. 11. Prime viewing locations for sailaways are usually the upper deck railings. Unfortunately, the running track is by that outermost railing – poor design We were a party of 8 and I don’t think anyone of us will be using NCL again. We didn’t like their business model - it is too chintzy Read Less
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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