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Sail Date: August 2019
Warning and apologies in advance for how ridiculously long this is going to be! Feel free to pass on by. :) My husband and I met our 23-year-old daughter in Venice (she lives in Germany) to embark on the NCL Star 7-day Greek Isles ... Read More
Warning and apologies in advance for how ridiculously long this is going to be! Feel free to pass on by. :) My husband and I met our 23-year-old daughter in Venice (she lives in Germany) to embark on the NCL Star 7-day Greek Isles cruise August 18-25, 2019. Planned stops were Kotor (Montenegro), Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos, and Argostoli (all Greece), and Dubrovnik (Croatia). At check-in we found that the Venice Portmaster had, for some reason, mandated that the ship leave about 4 hours later, which meant we wouldn’t be able to stop in Kotor the next day. It was disappointing, but since there was clearly nothing we could do about it we just decided to enjoy having a day at sea. CABIN: For our first time ever, we upgraded from our usual balcony to a suite. The Star doesn’t have a Haven, but has the “Family Suite” (plus other suites), which was awesome, and great value for the money! The bed was one of the most comfortable we’ve ever slept in. We were in 12026, which had plenty of space for the 3 of us. There’s no balcony, but (almost) floor to ceiling windows. Not gonna lie, I did miss having a balcony, but I would still book that type of suite again over a smaller balcony cabin. Plus, we were very close to the pool area so could easily go outside there. Our daughter had the choice of a murphy bed or a fold-out couch. She chose the murphy bed, and the steward got it out for her each evening and put it away each day. It had a curtain that went all the way around it for plenty of privacy, which was nice. The bathroom was amazing compared to regular balcony cabin bathrooms!! There was actually room to move, plus two sinks and a separate tub and shower. You have to go through the walk-in closet, which is a bit small, to get to the bathroom, but that wasn’t a big deal to us. NEED TO KNOW: This cabin had no USB ports near the bed, and only one European outlet on each side of bed, which had lamps plugged in. My husband had to unplug his lamp and use a converter to use his CPAP machine, and I had to plug my phone in across the room, which made it hard to hear my alarm. Also, there is no outlet in the bathroom except for shavers. However, there is a big mirror and counter space in the main room with plenty of outlets (U.S. and European), and there were 2 hair dryers in the room. TIPS: ~ If you’re going to book a Family Suite on the Star, try to book 12030, 12032, 12530, or 12532. They’re a bit bigger due to angling of the ship. ~ Definitely bring converters and power strips for more plug-in options, and if you’re bringing a curling iron, curling wand, or hair straightener make sure they’re dual-voltage so you’ll have a choice of either U.S. or European outlets. ~ Suites get snacks & treats delivered to the room each afternoon. If you want to keep something (like chocolate-covered strawberries), put it in your mini fridge, otherwise they’ll take it away later. GETTING TO CRUISE: We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Venice Mestre San Giulano the night before the cruise. In my research I had been under the impression that the farthest we could be driven was to the People Mover, so had planned to take that. However, our taxi driver was able (by showing our cruise documents) to take us all the way to the actual ship, which was awesome! I believe that taxi ride was around 35 euro. EMBARKATION: Since we were in a suite, we got priority boarding which was awesome! They had mailed us priority luggage tags ahead of time, and as soon as they saw our tags, they came to us, checked our bags, and escorted us to a priority area with light food & beverages. They brought our room key cards to us there. We were the first ones on the ship, and were led on and brought to Cagney's for lunch (suite guests have options of free breakfast and lunch in a couple of the specialty restaurants throughout the cruise). After lunch we went to the pool bar and hung out there all afternoon. Our suite was open by about 1:45 p.m., but our luggage didn't come until around 4:00 (we expected that so we weren’t upset). Muster was at 5:00 p.m., and went very quickly and smoothly. We had a couple of issues trying to set up the social media internet package and were finally told to go to the "Internet Manager" on Deck 9 who fixed our issue within 2 minutes. PHONE/INTERNET: Make sure you go into airplane mode when you’re leaving each port, or you could get big phone charges! You can still get onto the ship’s app for free while you’re in airplane mode, and the ship’s internet if you pay for it. One of our Free-at-Sea offers was 250 internet minutes, which my husband planned to use. However, he forgot to turn it off the first night, and wasted it. I told him to go talk to guest services and they might give him some time back, but he didn’t care enough to do that. My daughter and I both bought the social media package. We were going to share one (by taking turns), but then she wanted her own, so we were each able to have it on at all times on the ship, which was really nice. It worked great for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and Snapchat. Not sure about Twitter; I didn’t try it. We could upload and send pics without a problem; it was just a little slow at times. When we got into each port, we went out of airplane mode and used Verizon data for $10/day. You can also pay around $10 per person for the entire cruise to communicate with each other through the ship’s app while on board. SHIP ENTERTAINMENT: I had seen several reviews in which people said they were disappointed with the entertainment on this cruise. Maybe our standards are lower but we seriously enjoyed almost everything we watched! We saw Band on the Run, the Vegas Show, Paradis, Craig Halliday (violinist), a magician/contortionist show, and an aerobatic show by a married couple. Band on the Run was the first night, and when it started I thought it was going to just be so-so quality, but it ended up being very good! Vegas and Paradis were fantastic, as was Craig Halliday and the aerobatic show. The only show we weren’t super enthusiastic about was the magician. He was decent, but lots of his tricks were repetitive (just different boxes to appear and disappear in), and it was easy to figure most of them out. We also went to the Atrium lounge for Neil Diamond music by the “Melodic Trio,” which was really nice. TIP: The BALCONY SIDE SEATS are excellent if you can get a front row in them! We were quite close to the stage (looking down on it) and could see great, plus had extra leg room and a ledge on which to put our drinks, which the regular seats didn’t have. OTHER SHIP FUN: We went to Bliss Lounge for a “Finish That Song” game show, which was lots of fun but they clearly wanted the game to end in a tie (not a big deal, but what’s the point?). We went to World Landmark Trivia and were disappointed when it ended up being World Flag Trivia, but we played anyway and managed to guess a few correctly. We went to the “Not So Newlywed” game in Bliss, which was hilarious (as expected). It is definitely not kid-friendly, but the staff in charge kept warning people of that, so nobody can say they didn’t know ahead of time. We went to Bingo once, but they didn’t have enough players so they gave us our money back and let us play for free. We went to the Perfect Couple game, which was fun and funny, but also not for all audiences. Overall had a good time doing those things. We aren’t super late-night people, so didn’t go to any of the late parties and other events. SHIP SPECIAL SERVICES: My daughter and I got “Fire & Ice” pedicures (involves hot rocks) in the spa, and they were awesome! They cost $75 each, plus gratuity, so came out to $88 each. There was another option that was only $6 less but it didn’t include as much leg and foot pampering, so we were glad we’d splurged the little bit of extra. We also attended one of the “Canvas By U” sessions (painting by instructions) for $35 and had lots of fun, plus have our paintings as souvenirs. NOT-SO-GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE: I had read a lot of other reviews about this cruise and ship, and noticed quite a bit of negativity about customer service. Honestly, I thought people were just being a bit whiny, but now I have to agree, because this cruise had the poorest customer service we’ve ever experienced on an NCL cruise. It wasn’t bad enough to ruin our trip, and since we’ve had other good NCL experiences we know this wasn’t representative of all NCL cruises, but it was still surprising and disappointing. Examples: ~ We had heard/read that with a suite we would get a butler. We had a letter in our room from ours telling us to call anytime, but we literally never saw him until Thursday morning (on a Sunday-Sunday cruise), and then we just happened to notice his name tag when he was helping in the priority disembarkation area for Mykonos. We saw him a few times in our room after that, but he was always in a big rush. We didn’t have any particular needs that weren’t being met, but we also didn’t experience anything special from him. I don’t know if this was because NCL had him spread too thin doing other things, or if it was just his work habit, but we talked to other people in a suite and they said their butler was awesome. ~ In a suite you get free room service, but when we tried to call for breakfast one morning, nobody answered. The menu had said we could leave a door hanger menu out at night to order for the next day, but we didn’t have any of those in our room. I called the concierge later and told her that, so we got some after that and when we did get room service it was reasonably decent. ~ The morning that we couldn’t get room service for breakfast I went to the cereal and yogurt bar out by the pool, and they had no spoons out. It wasn’t that they’d run out, they literally didn’t put them out. I’m fine with mistakes happening, and I didn’t throw any kind of fit over it (just asked for a spoon), but I thought it was kind of ridiculous to forget when the food items there could pretty much only be eaten with a spoon. ~ We went to O'Sheehans at 11:30 for lunch one day before docking. We were told lunch didn’t start until 11:45, so we asked if we could just sit at a table and wait until 11:45. They said yes, and seated us with menus. That was the last time they came to our table for over 30 minutes. I finally had to flag down a server to take our order. ~ They have a midweek laundry special, which is one bag for $20 (I recommend doing this!). We had it ready and was told we’d have everything back by noon the next day. Noon came and went, and we heard nothing. We finally called around 5:00 p.m. and somebody brought it to us. GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE: In spite of that list above, we also experienced some excellent service! Our steward, Richard, was fantastic all week; he was cheerful and pleasant, and was present whenever needed. ALL of our bartenders went above and beyond to exhibit great service, which was probably enhanced by the pile of $1 bills my husband had brought and was tipping with for each drink (yes, he had already prepaid required gratuities, but he knows how far a few bucks of appreciation can go and has no problem doing that). They were calling us by name starting on the first day and remembered us every time we saw them throughout the ship. One night in Versailles the server asked if we were planning to attend the 7:30 show and we said yes, so she said she would take special care to make sure we had everything in plenty of time, and she did. Also, our daughter’s birthday was the last day of the cruise. There was a birthday card waiting in the room when we started that she could use in any restaurant to celebrate her birthday, which we used in La Cucina and she got a free mini cake. I decorated a corner of our suite for her birthday and apparently our steward saw that, so he left us another mini cake. And the last night when we were eating at Cagney’s, they heard us mention her birthday so they brought out ANOTHER mini cake and sang to her! FOOD: ~ Ginza – Ate dinner there twice. Excellent food; slightly slow service but very friendly. Small portions, which worked for me because I ordered a few different courses, but hearty eaters might want to get 2 entrees (my husband did). ~ O’Sheehan’s – Went for late night snack, and remembered nachos not being great from our last NCL cruise, but decided to give them another try. I still like them more loaded but they worked. Somebody nearby got wings that looked and smelled delicious. Also went there for breakfast one morning and it was excellent. ~ Moderno – Suite guests can eat breakfast there for free, so we did twice, and it was very good (same menu both times). Also had one of our specialty dinners there. If you’ve ever eaten at Fogo de Chao (a land-based Brazilian steakhouse chain), this doesn’t match up, but if you haven’t then it’s fine. ~ Versailles (main dining room) – Had a lunch and a dinner there, and it was good both times. ~ Cagney's – Ate lunch there twice (free due to suite), and had our last night’s specialty dinner there. Very good food and service, but if you’re not a steak eater I recommend checking the menus ahead of time (I’m not but my husband really is, which is why we went). I had seen it earlier in the week and there was at least one chicken option, but the night we went there wasn’t. Also, the appetizer options were only three seafood choices and one “thick bacon.” That’s not a complaint; just good to know, especially if somebody doesn’t care for seafood. ~ La Cucina – Another specialty dining choice. Good food and service, but nothing super memorable. ~ Aqua (another main dining room) – Ate there twice, good food and service. ~ Garden Café (buffet) – Meh. Not terrible, not great. Super crowded during expected busy times, but not bad at other times. ~ Room service – I already discussed that earlier, but something to note is that even though my husband and daughter could order free soft drinks in restaurants with their Unlimited Beverage Package, that wasn’t the case with room service. We got charged $3.50 for each Pepsi Max, because apparently with room service cans are the only option and those aren’t free (except in the casino for certain player levels). If they had told us that when we ordered, we would have declined and gotten our caffeine elsewhere. (BTW, the suites come with a coffee maker, similar in operation to Keurig.) DISEMBARKATION/LEAVING CRUISE: We chose to carry our own luggage off because for us it was more of a hassle to have it ready by midnight the night before. Being in a suite, we got priority disembarkation, which meant we could go to the Ginza restaurant between 7:45 and 9:30 a.m. and get escorted off the ship ahead of others. It was fairly seamless. We were planning to take a taxi to our hotel (staying one more night in Venice), and we saw a taxi line right when we got off the ship. However, there were no taxis there and upon further investigation we discovered that those would have only taken us to the outside of the cruise port. So, we just walked out (took maybe 10 minutes) and caught a taxi there. We were staying at the Doubletree Venice North, which was quite a ways away (closer to the airport), and it cost 75 euro. Taxi driver only wanted cash, so I had to run over to an ATM (it was right there) to get that. After arriving at the Doubletree, I saw that they had a shuttle to & from the cruise port that would have been 12.50 euro per person, so of course wish I would have checked that ahead of time. EXCURSIONS: ~ Venice – We arrived in Venice the day before the cruise around 9:00 a.m. After taking our luggage to our hotel, we purchased a 24-hour ACTV (public transportation) pass for 20 euro. This was good for all buses, local trains, and vaporettos (public water taxis), and was really easy to use. I recommend downloading the MyPass Venezia app before you go, and then just purchasing from there. (You can also purchase the cruise port People Mover ticket from there for 1.50 euro.) We just showed it to the driver on the bus, and then when we got to the water taxi stop, we had to go to the machine, hold it up to a scanner, and have it print us a paper ticket to use for the rest of the day. We didn’t spend time on actual Venice that day; we used the pass to boat-hop to Murano (famous for glass-blowing), Burano (famous for lace-making), and Torcello (first place Venetians settled in the 5th century, and has a church dating back to the 600’s, plus a 12th-century bell tower that you can climb for 5 euro). We loved all of them, but especially Burano and Torcello, because they weren’t very crowded. Highly recommend visiting these places if you have time, and it was a good way to stay awake after traveling all night. You can also take a more formal tour to all 3 islands for around 20 euro, but you’ll have to pay to get to wherever that leaves from, and our passes included that transportation, plus gave us more flexibility on time. We used Google Maps to figure out where to go, and it told us exactly which boats and buses to take. ~ Corfu – We booked NCL’s “4x4 Adventure” and LOVED IT!!!!! Seriously, it was our favorite excursion the entire week. You have to be able to drive a manual-transmission jeep and be comfortable starting from hills. Everybody gets a small jeep and drives in a caravan all over the island. We were able to go many places that the buses couldn’t, due to size. We went up the side of a mountain that had 27 zigzag turns to the village of Sokraki, which was small, peaceful, and beautiful. We also went to Bella Vista (“beautiful view”) and it was amazing! They served us ouzo or wine there, plus a few snacks, while we overlooked the amazing blue water. Then we drove to the Koum Quat distillery where we learned a bit about them, saw what they made, and sampled the liqueur and candy. It was fun, beautiful, relaxing, and we felt like we got more of the island flavor by visiting the less populated areas. I HIGHLY recommend this! NOTE: They had us fill out a scary-sounding waiver on the ship before we left and told us to give it to the guide, but when I tried to give it to him he laughed and said we wouldn’t need it! TIP: If you have a backseat passenger, bring a towel or something to put on the seat. Our daughter wore shorts, and the back seat got REALLY hot whenever we parked. ~ Santorini – We booked NCL’s “Charming Oia & Winery” excursion, which we enjoyed very much. I wanted to see the island, but my daughter wanted to see a winery, and this was a nice happy medium. We didn’t spend too much time at the winery, and the views from there were incredible. After that our bus took us to Oia, which has the amazing blue & white buildings you see in so many Greece pictures, and after some time there took us to Fira, where we had the option of taking the cable car down to the ship tender (2-hour wait), riding donkeys (DON’T—it’s cruel!), or walking (we did that). I had read that Santorini is ridiculously crowded, and that was true. Even though this was the location I had most been looking forward to on the cruise, once was definitely enough because I don’t have the patience for that many people. However, I’m glad I went, and the tour we chose was a good fit for us. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable about the history and customs on Santorini, and I was never bored during the ride. I was surprised how “not green” the island looked; I didn’t realize rain is such a rare occurrence there. After we got to Fira my husband and daughter were ready to go back to the ship, but I wanted to stay in Fira for a little shopping, plus watch the sunset from there. I watched part of the sunset, but then decided I also wanted a bit of light while walking down, and it was beautiful watching the sun set the rest of the way on my journey down the hill. As far as the steps go, even though our tour guide had advised against walking, it really wasn’t bad and we were all glad we’d gone that way. You have to dodge a few donkeys and a bit of donkey dung, but there’s plenty of room. Each step is around 4 feet deep and at least 5 feet wide. They do all slant a teeny bit downhill, so I recommend some type of closed-toed shoes. I was wearing Croc flip flops, which are usually my most comfortable walking shoes, but my feet kept sliding down into them since the steps slanted down. TIP: Make sure you have euro coins for restrooms! (Actually, this applies everywhere we went.) And keep in mind that some of the restrooms are just holes in the ground. I paid 0.50 euro for that privilege. ~ Mykonos – We didn’t book anything ahead, because everything I’d read made it sound like we could just wing it. My husband stayed on the ship so it was just my daughter and me. I had read about “Mykonos Farmers,” a local creamery that supposedly made fantastic cheese and Greek yogurt, so we looked on a map and found it. We were going to get a taxi or bus, but decided to walk to Starbucks first (my daughter’s town in Germany doesn’t have one so she was quite excited). It was about a 20-minute walk through some really cute areas, but also included SUPER long and high hills, and (worse than that), walking on a very busy road with no sidewalks or shoulders. But we made it without a problem. By then we were only a 30-minute walk from Mykonos Farmers, so we set off to do that, with similar hills and unsafe roads, so when we saw a car rental place we decided to give that a try. The first one quoted 80 euro, so I said no (we only needed it for about 4 hours). The second one quoted 60 euro, plus said we could return it at the port (which we were somewhat far from by then), so we went for that. I didn’t need an international driver’s license; she just took down info from my license and CC number. She said she only needed the CC number “just in case,” but actually wanted us to pay in cash. I told her I needed to go to an ATM, and she said I could do that while we had the car and just bring her the money when we return it, which was really nice. So we took the car (a 2-seater SmartCar) and were thrilled that we had done that! I’d read horror stories about driving in Mykonos, but it wasn’t bad at all, especially in such a small car, and we were able to accomplish so much more than we would have. We drove to Mykonos Farmers and LOVED IT!! The owner, Yiorgos Syrianos, was gracious enough to give us a spontaneous tour (12 euro each) and was extremely proud when telling us about the generations-old techniques they use, with very little modern technology, to create their very creamy yogurt and flavorful cheese (both of which we got to sample!). He learned everything from his grandmother, and has passed it down to his son. We got to sample quite a bit of the amazing yogurt, plus 3 different cheeses, and little toast things with cheese spread, all included in the price of the tour. We purchased cheese, because he said certain types could stay unrefrigerated for up to a week. It was seriously fantastic, and we were the only guests there so it felt very personal and local. Apparently you can also book cooking classes there. After that we drove to a beach to take some photos, and then went to the Little Venice area, which is by the windmills. We had to pay 12 euro to park there (not a big deal, but good to know). Little Venice had the typical Greek tourist shopping we’d come to expect, but it was still fun to walk around. When we were ready, we called the car rental lady and told her we were heading to the port, where she met us and we paid her cash. Getting a car there made a huge difference in what we were able to see and do in a short time. ~ Argostoli, Kefalonia – We booked NCL’s “Melissani, Meze & Ouzo” tour. It was okay, but not what I expected (which was my own fault after reading the description again), and now that I’ve been there I would rather rent a car and just do things on our own. For some reason I thought this tour involved a lot more time on a boat (again, I see now that the description never says that). It consisted of a 45-minute bus ride across the island (with an outstanding guide!), then a 30-45 minute wait in line, then a 15-minute ride in a small boat around the underground lake, then a short ride to the village of Sami where we enjoyed ouzo, wine, and meze (small Greek dishes) in a really pretty setting by the water, and then a 45-minute ride back to the port. The underground lake is beautiful, but I’m not sure it’s worth the hassle and wait. Like I said, our line was 30-45 minutes, and when we got out it looked twice as long. If you’re set on going to this lake, you could rent a car and try to go as early as possible to beat the crowds. We loved the village of Sami, and enjoyed about an hour of walking around there after our meze. It was touristy, but not too crowded and very cute, with friendly people. But again, we could get there on our own in a car, and some other sort of boat tour would have been fun. We did enjoy the island overall though, and wouldn’t mind going back. It was interesting to see such different topography and architecture from the other Greek islands we’d just visited. ~ Dubrovnik – We booked NCL’s “Game of Thrones” tour and really enjoyed it! Old Town, Dubrovnik, is another insanely crowded place, but we’re big GoT fans so just dealt with it. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, and gave us little radio things to hang from our necks with earbuds so we could hear everything he was saying. He had photos of GoT scenes, which he showed us from those spots, and talked about other GoT scenes that had occurred around Dubrovnik that we weren’t going to. It was really interesting to see how many changes the show made to the scenery (I think mainly digitally). Our guide also talked extensively about the history of Dubrovnik, and mentioned memories he had of when it was part of Yugoslavia, and from the 1990-1992 war after which Croatia became independent. It was a bit of a rushed tour with tons of information, but our stop wasn’t very long and I think this was probably as efficient as we could have been. Our daughter isn’t a GoT fan, so she just paid 30 euro to see the fortress and Old Town herself, with no tour, and enjoyed that also. When we were released for free time and told to meet back at the bus about an hour later, we were kind of over the crowds, climbing, and heat, and decided to take an NCL shuttle back early (our guide had said we could). It was nice getting back on the ship without the crowds! ~ Venice (again) – We had saved St. Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal for the end of the trip, so after we left our luggage at our hotel, we took the hotel transportation back into Venice and bought vaporetto tickets (7.5 euro each way) for the Grand Canal. Those are crowded (as is the whole St. Mark’s area), but a nice inexpensive way to see a lot in a short time. At St. Mark’s Square we first went to Hard Rock Café for lunch, and then went to St. Mark’s Basilica, which is free if you don’t mind standing in line (it looked long but moved quickly so we only waited about 20 minutes), and then the campanile (bell tower), which has an elevator and cost 8 euro to go up. It was well worth that for the amazing views, and there was no line when we were there. After that we went to the Rialto Bridge, and on the other side was more tourist shopping. Then the others wanted to sit and have a beer, so I walked on my own to the Jewish Ghetto, which I’d been wanting to see. This was the area of Venice in which Jewish people were forced to live by the government of the Venetian Republic starting in 1516. (The English word ghetto is derived from the Jewish ghetto in Venice.) It starts at the Ponte delle Guglie (bridge), and actually had locked gates back then. In 1797 the Venetian Republic was dissolved by the French army of Italy, ending the ghetto's separation from the city. Today, the ghetto is still a culturally active center of Jewish life in Venice, although only a few members live in the ghetto. It was really interesting to see, and nice to get away from the crowded tourist areas, but sad to think about the history. If I’d had time, a tour would have been helpful to get even more out of it, but it was still interesting to see the buildings, people, and stores with Menorahs and related artwork. It should have been about a 20-minute walk, but I stopped to take quite a few photos, so it was longer, but I enjoyed getting out of the crowds and seeing a different area of Venice. On my way to the Ghetto, I’d seen a really cute restaurant with red checkered tablecloths both inside and out called “Al56zerootto,” so we all decided to eat dinner there. It was very good, with lots of culinary options and great service, and seemed “authentic.” The address is 30131 Venezia – Cannaregio 5608 Campiello Riccardo Selvatico, in case anybody is interested in trying it. If you’ve actually read all of this, thanks for following along, and let me know if you have any questions! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We decoded on this cruise line because of the relaxed dinning and itinerary. We stayed in Venice for 2 days prior to catching the cruise, we stayed in the Hilton Garden Inn on the Maestre, very expensive hotel. The bus from hotel to Venice ... Read More
We decoded on this cruise line because of the relaxed dinning and itinerary. We stayed in Venice for 2 days prior to catching the cruise, we stayed in the Hilton Garden Inn on the Maestre, very expensive hotel. The bus from hotel to Venice island was 3 euros return pp. very well worth it, my husband and I explored the whole island over the two days, we found amazing little quirky cafes in the side streets away from the busy areas, and not expensive, I would recommend Venice to anyone, amazing city - yes busy - but you expect that but venture off the tourist line and it’s wonderful. We boarded Norwegian star after our two days in Venice, embarkation was great and very quick. We got to our room 8536 deck 8 with a balcony and it was fabulous, very clean, spacious and every plug available from American to European, British and even usb sockets. We done our own shore excursions as they were very expensive, embarkation and disembarkation were done very well, well organised, no complaints here. It was fabulous to do our own thing as we had the freedom to explore, no queuing in the heat, and finding some idyllic places. The ship itself was very clean and kept clean at all times. Our cabin was cleaned twice a day and towels changed twice a day - fabulous. Service on board the ship was excellent from room service to restaurant to bar staff to guest relations, everyone was so helpful indeed. We met some fab people from all over the world and had a brilliant time, the sky high bar was fab thanks to Mario, Rommel and Miguel excellent bar staff. We did not go to the set dining although freedom dinning it’s called. There were too many options in other places, Ginza was fab, food delicious, the cafe restaurant at the top was always busy as you can expect, but food was brilliant so much choice and friendly serving staff. Our favourite place where we spent many a night though has to be O’Sheans Irish bar, the food was delicious. The ports we stopped in were very good only Mykonos and Santorini did we need tenders but that was all well organised, be careful of beggars when waiting for the cable car in santorini so many of them. Dubrovnik was truly beautiful, we done our own thing, taxi from the port 14euro much cheaper than an excursion, we walked the walls and saw most of the game of thrones filming sets, found the game of thrones shop - be aware, if you wish to sit on the throne, you have to purchase something from the shop, fair enough I say. This is our 3rd cruise and first time with Norwegian, we will return with this cruise line as we had an amazing experience, I honestly would recommend it, we loved it and will be back. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2019
The NCL experience is why we keep coming back. The Greek Isles Cruise out of Venice did not disappoint. Although we had to skip the Montenegro port (due to the changes in Venice port), the remainder of the ports were amazing. There ... Read More
The NCL experience is why we keep coming back. The Greek Isles Cruise out of Venice did not disappoint. Although we had to skip the Montenegro port (due to the changes in Venice port), the remainder of the ports were amazing. There were NCL tours for all ages and abilities. Venture through Kings Landing fed our Game of Thrones fix. The Greece tours Best of Corfu, Greek Style Celebration - Opa! (Santorini) and Melissani, Meze & Ouzo (Argostoli) all were informative and includes the best food and fun. We have sailed on the Star previously (2012). We like the smaller ships, less passengers and easier to maneuver about the ship. The cabin was perfect for our needs. The steward took care of our needs. My wife hurt her should the day before embarkation. He ensured we had ice in our cabin at all times. The dining was wonderful. The restaurants, both included and specialty, have great menus, serve and ambiance. We used the buffet mainly for breakfast and lunch. Food allergies and needs were at the forefront in each dining spot. The only improvement would be reservations for specialty restaurants. They are not for spontaneous dining. From past experience, we knew the difficulties, so we booked ahead based on our excursion plans and ports. Whether the music through out the ship or shows in the theater, the entertainment was great. An improvement can be made for the theater shows. Once the shows started, guests continued to come in. It interfered with viewing. There didn’t seem to be enough NCL staff to monitor it. I would suggest no further entry once the show starts. Embarkation was fine. There was an hour delay in our hotel to port transfer. Unsure of the reason. It was raining in Venice, and we stood in the rain. Luckily, we brought an umbrella. Once inside, we moved through the line quite quickly. We filled out the short health questionnaire while on line. Disembarkation was quite easy as we had a post hotel stay. We automatically were set up. The latitudes rewards were also great...discounts for excursions, on board purchases and even a bottle of champagne in our cabin are all worth it. The spa was fabulous. Purchased the thermal spa passes...worth it! Next time may book spa cabins that have it included. Booked massages and acupuncture...the staff was professional and the services amazing. The acupuncture helped relieve my wife’s should injury. Would we go again? ABSOLUTELY. We already signed up for CruiseNext putting deposits on future cruises. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We selected this cruise based on itinerary and no at sea days and were not disappointed. Our experience may differ from others as we stayed in a Suite and had the luxury of priority embarking and disembarking at every port - this alone ... Read More
We selected this cruise based on itinerary and no at sea days and were not disappointed. Our experience may differ from others as we stayed in a Suite and had the luxury of priority embarking and disembarking at every port - this alone was worth the extra $$. In the hot sun having a Butler escort you to the front of the line was slightly embarrassing but equally appreciated. We stayed in a Family Suite that was incredibly spacious and perfect for our family of 5 with children ranging from 8-15. At night time the sleeping sections would partition off so that we did not all need to go to bed at the same time. Our Butler Percy was helpful and lovely and we loved the afternoon treats each afternoon. Brussel our room attendant was friendly, efficient and did a great job of keeping our room looking clean . Karin from Concierge was incredibly efficient and ran a great team. The pool are was really busy and noisy but there were lots of sun loungers scattered around the ship that you could always find a quiet spot. Our room had floor to ceiling windows and we enjoyed relaxing in our room more than I expected, on board it was often windy so having the great view to watch the world go by was certainly a bonus. We did not do any NCL organised tours but from speaking with others they enjoyed theirs. Unfortunately our itinerary changed 2 days out due to the Venice port authority requiring the boat to dock early on the final day so we did not visit Kotor - was really disappointed but it was out of NCL’s control. Dubrovnik Lots of taxis when you leave the boat, not so many for a family of 5 but we did find one. He took our for a tour of various places around the city and then dropped us at the old town. The old town was beautiful but a crush of tourists - the boat usually docks at 7am (with the change we docked at 12) so I would say go early and you may not experience this. It was a lovely walk back to the boat - maybe 20-30 minutes. Corfu There were no taxis for 5 so we walked into the old town. If you decide to walk it is around 20 minutes - just don’t do what we did and follow the brown driving sign to the old town as this takes you a different route that is much longer. Walk along the waterfront and you will see the old town and work out how to reach it. We enjoyed walking around and finding somewhere nice for lunch. We also found a nice seaside bar close to the fort - this had a public beach below if you feel like a swim. Santorini We were the first tender off the boat so the cable car queue was quick followed by a 20 minute public bus ride - we just asked around how to reach the bus station. The bus picks you up in the same place to take you back to the cable car, just ask the driver how often. I think it was 2-3 euros and it helps to have smaller change, Santorini is beautiful, busy and expensive. Loved going there and the view is incredible. There was a long queue for the cable car so we decided to walk down. Such a shame the donkeys use the same trail as it really is an easy, gorgeous walk down. Just watch out for donkey doo and the donkeys do not give way so walk with caution around them. I would not take this trail if you do not have good balance or with really young children. Mykonos There are supposedly only 31 taxis on Mykonos - out kids were exhausted by day 4 and we decided to have a beach day but all the NCL excursions were full. After leaving the boat we found a place called Mykonos Getaway (it is located further along the waterfront on the left up the small hill just before you reach the road). The lovely girl suggested Ornos beach that was not windy and we were not disappointed. It was 30 euro for 2 x loungers and an umbrella. Gorgeous sandy beach with lovely clear water. The return trip was 80 euro. Bar and restaurant service on the beach. Loved our day here. Kefalonia This was our favourite stop. We pre-organised through Kefalonia VIP Tours and Transfers a 4 hour island trip. Spiros suggested places to visit - we decided to do the Melissani Cave/Lake and not the other cave. Lake was beautiful, our driver George got us there before all the tour buses and the queue was minimal. He then stopped at a cute fishing village followed by a photo stop of Myrtos Beach. We wanted some beach time so he took us to a gorgeous place called Assos Village where we had 1.5 hours for a swim - this village and beach is incredibly beautiful. There were sun loungers and umbrellas for 10 euro for 2. Love, loved it! George our driver was so interesting and shared lots of information about Kefalonia. Food We thought the food overall was a 7/10 and they do really well to cater for so many people We were pleasantly surprised by the good quality of food in Versailles one of the no charge restaurants and dined here 3 times. If you find a waiter or waitress you like you can request to dine in their area. We had lovely Jinky who was our waitress, she remembered what wine we liked and was so friendly and proud of working for NCL. We ate at 3 specialty restaurants - Tepanyaki was fun and food good. We could only pre-book a table for 4 so changed it when we arrived to 5, not a problem. We loved Moderno and thought like the Japanese - food was of superior quality, Le Bistrot was just ok but we did have an exceptional waiter. The kids sometimes had snacks from the main buffet but we did not eat her or if we had to would just take a plate back to our room. With a suite we were lucky to have different options for Breakfast and lunch. Staff Every staff member we encountered was friendly, they work really hard and deserve the service charge. We did hear some guests being really rude when there drink order was wrong or one suite guest being so rude because they could not get the restaurant booking they want ‘I’ve got the top guys card do I need to get him involved’ - wow - I can not believe people spin such lines! you get back from staff what you put in is all I can say. Be friendly, kind and you will get the same back. Overall it was a fantastic first cruise. Yes the boat was a bit older but it does not stop you having a good time. Lots of shows and other activities on offer that we did not do so I can not comment on these, The only show we did see was a magician one that was good. After dinner our kids tended to swim as the pool was empty and quiet. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
We prefer the newer mega ships but the itinerary was just what we were looking for so we booked the Star. Although the ship was built in 2002, it was recently refurbished. Or cabin 5128. had a lot of storage space that you do not generally ... Read More
We prefer the newer mega ships but the itinerary was just what we were looking for so we booked the Star. Although the ship was built in 2002, it was recently refurbished. Or cabin 5128. had a lot of storage space that you do not generally find on cruise ships.The design of the cabin was well thought out with the passengers comfort in mind. We have taken some high end cruises and this ship rivaled them in food, entertainment, and fun. The ship has a lot of energy due to the quality of the crew members.We had a minor issue with one of our meals and received a call from the Executive Chef that more than remedied the situation.Norwegian does a great job with its open dining concept.Dining on your time is a great benefit. I'm surprised other cruise lines have not adopted this system.We loved the Star ant the ship far exceeded our expectation. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
This is our second cruise with Norwegian and we will use them again, Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. This ship was updated and quite nice. Our cabin on deck 10 was great. Housekeeping was always pleasant and friendly. All ... Read More
This is our second cruise with Norwegian and we will use them again, Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly. This ship was updated and quite nice. Our cabin on deck 10 was great. Housekeeping was always pleasant and friendly. All cruise staff appeared happy and friendly. Dining was excellent. All the restaurants we tried were great. Our favourite was LaBistro. Elegant. The entertainment was great for the most part. We Thoroughly enjoyed the dancers and aerialists. The destinations were beautiful. Each place had its own unique flair; for spectacular blues, stark whites, dark greens, breathtaking beaches etc. You need to watch as the ship goes through the fiords to Montenegro. Shore excursions were well worth it. We saw more locations the we would have on our own. Be careful of hop on hop off cruise excursion in Venice. The ship docks later there so we didn’t get to go to many of the stops because the hop on hop off ends too soon from when the ship docks. Overall I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
Everything was great on the ship, except some (15%-20%) of the meals were kind of bland. Nothing was bad, but some were simply not what we expected. As soon as we let the staff know, they followed up with us throughout the remainder of ... Read More
Everything was great on the ship, except some (15%-20%) of the meals were kind of bland. Nothing was bad, but some were simply not what we expected. As soon as we let the staff know, they followed up with us throughout the remainder of the cruise to make sure we were being taken care of. We felt honored and very special. We stayed in one of the Penthouse Suites that came with butler service. Rex took great care of us and learned our snack tastes right away (to provide during the day). The cleaning and turn-down service were also perfect. Twice during the cruise we were offered a $19.95 "all you can fit in this bag" laundry service. They offered it the second time only two days after the first offering, which we though was kind of quick. We would have used it for sure had it been a day or more later. We only did two excursions with NCL (Dubrovnik and Athens), and they were both great. On-board entertainment (performances and live music) was a great mix. Washy-Washy! :) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
This was our first time on Norwegian and we had an excellent time overall. The Star is a midsized ship that was refurbished and overall it was good. It lacks many of the features of the larger and newer ships that we've been on (no ... Read More
This was our first time on Norwegian and we had an excellent time overall. The Star is a midsized ship that was refurbished and overall it was good. It lacks many of the features of the larger and newer ships that we've been on (no water slides, rock wall, zip line, etc), but we knew that and it wasn't a problem because this was a busy cruise with stops every day. The food was very good. We ate mostly at the specialty restaurants and the main dining room as opposed to the buffet. The quality of the beverages was also very good (Grey Goose level spirits) and a large selection of beers and wine. The only odd thing was that single malt scotches were very expensive with only one qualifying for the beverage package. The shows were average to below average compared to what we've seen on Royal and Carnival. Cripton the magician was not very impressive and his shows were very short. The customer service was very good all around and comparable to other cruise lines we've been on. One complaint we have is it seemed like the ship had the worst position at every port of call. Lots of tendering where this ship was always the furthest from the dock and when we did dock we always had the longest walk of all the other ships. We did two Norwegian tours, one was the Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik which was great and the Opa! tour in Santorini which was ok but not great. It was super busy and the dinner/show was entirely cruise passengers and not at all authentic. We went with two kids, age 4 and 8 and they had a blast. There were very few kids on this cruise, but they had a fully staffed kids club that they both really liked. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
The cruise was an awesome experience especially as I was traveling with a large group. The staff was awesome, especially at the Topsiders lounge.My only complaint was the shore excursions. Each port had at least 2-5 cruise ships tendering ... Read More
The cruise was an awesome experience especially as I was traveling with a large group. The staff was awesome, especially at the Topsiders lounge.My only complaint was the shore excursions. Each port had at least 2-5 cruise ships tendering at the same time. This caused chaos as their were thousands of travelers trying to see the same port at the same time with limited transportation options. The 2+ hours waiting for transportation was insane and the limited time at each destination made it very frustrating to enjoy the island. This may be an issue that the cruise industry should address as it wasn't just an NCL problem. The more popular destinations i.e. Santorini and Croatia seemed to have the most difficulty with transportation and not enough time in port. There should not be 6 cruise ships at these destinations, at the same time. It was the highlight of my trip and ultimately the most difficult to enjoy due to the crowds. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Our cruising buddies decided to Greece and asked us to go along - it ended up being 4 mature (well maybe not so mature) couples. We all flew into Venice a couple of days early to enjoy this amazing city. We stayed at a little hotel about 1 ... Read More
Our cruising buddies decided to Greece and asked us to go along - it ended up being 4 mature (well maybe not so mature) couples. We all flew into Venice a couple of days early to enjoy this amazing city. We stayed at a little hotel about 1 mile away from San Marcos Square - a nice, quiet place - but it was a little far to walk to meet our friends. Our friends stayed at a hotel right around the corner from the square - which was much better. Had a wonderful time in Venice before and after the cruise and would highly recommend getting there a few days early to enjoy the city. The ship is an older ship but well maintained - we had no issues with anything except my friend complaint about the awful WIFI connections on the ship (she works while away and its important to her to stay in touch) She purchased the regular WIFI package and when she complained to the customer service desk she was told that she should have purchased the upgraded WIFI package - which only the first 100 people receive and she was never told about - she asked them to upgrade her and they would not comply. In fact they never got back to her. Our cabin was fine - we had an Ocean View cabin which we usually get just to have a little light in the room - the other 3 couples had inside cabins and also had no complained. Our cabin stewardess was a sweet girl from China and she made sure our room was clean and made up every day. No towel animals but we did not ask for them and not sure if they still do them. We ate at the Aqua Dining room and never had to wait. My hubby and I had lunch in the other main dining room (which is larger) several time and service was great in both restaurants. One night we decided to try the Chinese Restaurant (no charge) and we all felt that it was not very good - but hey it was free so no loss. We did not use any pay for restaurants on this trip. We did not go to any shows since this was a 7 day cruise and we were in ports every day. Did go to the casino most nights - and did not win - but our friends won some money and enough casino credits to receive another free cruise. (we don't spend enough to qualify) The drink package (which was included in the cost of the cruise )was great - if you wanted a drink that went above the price allowed for the drinks you just paid the difference. I think I had one martini that went over and my charge was $3.00.. so no big deal. We booked 2 shore excursions thru NCL but one was cancelled by NCL - we changed ports and instead of going to Kotor, Montenegro we ended up in Bar Montenegro- could have skipped that port - we got off and walked around - it was hot and miserable. All other ports were great. In Corfu we took the Hop on Hop off bus and just drove around the island - there are some wonderful beaches along the way - highly recommend getting off the bus and having a dip in the ocean. In Santorini we took a ship tour because I had read that it was hard getting off the ship (it was a tender port) with 2300 people all attempting to get off at the same time. The tour took us on a boat to the other side of the Island and so we did not have to stand in line to take the cable car up. A drive around the beautiful Island and an hour stop at Oia - which was very crowded but had amazing views and great waffles for a snack. The Island of Mykonos ended up being our favorite Island - no tours needed - we walked and walked thru this quaint town and stopped and had a lovely lunch at one of the sea side restaurant. Argostoli was next - had never heard of this island but it ended up being second on our list of favorite islands. We walked to see the turtles in the ocean - we rented a peddle boat and went out to see them - what fun. We also ended up having lunch at an amazing Greek restaurant - nothing like fresh Greek Food when in Greece. I know that most people rush back to the ship to eat but we love trying out new food in different countries. So take your time and eat the food and drink the wine - it's an experience in itself. Last stop was Dubrovnik, Croatia. We took the shuttle to the town - got there early so it was not to busy and walked around this amazing town. Our friends went and walked around on the wall and said it was a great experience - we sat and had Croatian dessert and cappuccino.. Back to Venice for one more night and a long flight home. All in all a great cruise, and we would do it again - I think next time Spain is on the list. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. Santorini has been on my bucket list for a while. We have never been to Europe before so I don't know how these ports compare but we absolutely loved it. We traveled from the U.S. as a couple. ... Read More
I chose this cruise for the itinerary. Santorini has been on my bucket list for a while. We have never been to Europe before so I don't know how these ports compare but we absolutely loved it. We traveled from the U.S. as a couple. We went a couple of days early to explore Venice. Walked on foot the entire area and took a gondola ride....cheesy maybe, but sure saw some beautiful sights doing it. Had peach bellinis and pizza in the square...Piazza San Marco. The only Norwegian excursion we did was the hike in Kotor. Over 1,030 steps and Igor, our guide, was excellent. Kotor, Montenegro was very beautiful. Tendering took a bit but very much worth it. In Corfu, we took a taxi to the beach. I can't remember the name, but it was highly recommended by the locals. It had a restaurant and bar, was clean and beautiful and not too crowded. In Mykonos, we took a taxi to "Little Venice" and spent an easy day shopping and walking. Some friends we made on the boat said the ruins in Mykonos were awesome, so wish maybe we had done that too. Kephalonia was one of our favorites. Again, we took a private transfer, thru Trip Advisor actually, and went to Myrtos Beach, absolutely stunning. Not much there.....a little drink hut, chairs/umbrellas....but a scenic drive and fantastic day at the beach here. It was nice to get away from the crowds. In Santorini, we hired a private guide that took us from one end of the island to the other, from the Black sand beaches to Oia and everything in between. The ship arrived 2 hours early here and that was great for us, gave us time to have lunch and dinner here.....dinner at Remvi in Fira overlooking the caldera and watching the sunset. Not as crowded as I thought it would be. There are no words to describe how beautiful it was to me. Dubrovnik was our last stop and we did a Game of Thrones tour here thru Trip Advisor. The ship's tour was sold out. But I think it worked out better because there was only ten of us in this group and it was a lot easier to get around and see more. I do wish we had more time in Dubrovnik. This is the only port where I felt rushed. The ship leaves at 1:30 on this day. But still it is a beautiful place and worth seeing for sure! As far as the ship.....it was refurbished last year I was told. I thought the room was great and the main areas and restaurants were nice and clean. I am not too picky about the amenities and the food. Cruise ship food, to me, has never been just out of this world good. Its just ok. The drinks were good. As for music, we enjoyed Jason at the Five O'Clock somewhere bar and Dave at Gatsby's Piano bar. Our room steward did an excellent job too. Hardworking and friendly crew for sure! In fact, I only encountered ONE rude person the entire trip. The breakfast buffet area was really crowded some mornings and hard to find seating. I sat down at a table and a few minutes later a woman sits down and says she had saved that table with a rolled up silverware?!? Really? They have little baskets full of several sets of rolled up silverware on every table? How is that a sign that she had saved a table?! Anyway, I am a easy going person so I said no problem and left. Its vacation after all.....relax people. All in all, we loved this trip from start to finish. If you are extremely picky, have small children, or not in health/condition to get off the ship everyday and explore, then maybe this cruise won't appeal to you. We loved that the ship stopped at a different port every single day and we explored every minute we could! That is why we chose this cruise and it did not disappoint! I will add that we went on June 9th....the crowds were fine and it was pretty hot. I have heard July and August are super crowded. So I think June was a great time to go. I can't imagine if it had been way more crowded and hotter! Disembarking and embarking all went smoothly! No complaints here. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Overall a great experience. The itinerary was excellent, we booked excursions at most ports and had good experiences. The ship is very nice after its recent renovations. State room had enough space and storage for 2 over packers. We were ... Read More
Overall a great experience. The itinerary was excellent, we booked excursions at most ports and had good experiences. The ship is very nice after its recent renovations. State room had enough space and storage for 2 over packers. We were unsure about the "privasea" balcony we had but it was not an issue, it only slightly reduces the size of the opening and we used our balcony every day. The flexibility to dine at any time, at any of the many restaurants, and on our own (2 people) or with others if we wanted to was great as this was our biggest complaint on our last cruise. We will definitely only be cruising with this type of set up in the future, we don't like having a set time and group of strangers to dine with every day. Entertainment on board was excellent, we went to most of the shows and loved them all. There was always activities to keep us busy if we wanted too, even at pots where we stayed on the shit. Lots of bars to choose from. Service was great and the staff were all friendly and helpful. We will be sailing with Norwegian again! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We choose this Cruise because of the Great itinerary and to Celebrate our 40th Anniversary! This was our First Time to Europe!!! Norwegian Star: Beautifully updated Ship! It looks Brand New with updated venues featured on the newer ... Read More
We choose this Cruise because of the Great itinerary and to Celebrate our 40th Anniversary! This was our First Time to Europe!!! Norwegian Star: Beautifully updated Ship! It looks Brand New with updated venues featured on the newer Norwegian Cruise Line Ships, such as SugarCane Mojito Bar, Spice H20 and Bliss. We enjoyed the Sky High Bar with a Great View of the Pool Deck. Spice H20 is located on the back of the ship, it is mostly covered which is Great if the weather is a bit rainy or chilly. Sugar Cane Mojito Bar for the BEST Mojitos!!! The Staff on this ship was Wonderful!!! Everyone was Friendly and went out of their way to please! Our Stateroom Steward was the Best, she was almost invisable, never intrusive but our cabin was always clean. All Dinners except one, we dined as a Group of 4, my husband & I and friends (couple) who were traveling with us. Complimentary Dining: Versailles, we enjoyed Dining in Versailles, Excellent Staff, they were always Happy to see us! Great Service! the Food was Excellent to Very Good and always nicely served & a Good Selection to choose from! Aqua the food and service were Very Good, we only dined there one evening because we liked the ambiance better in Versailles. O'Sheehan's was Great! Definite improved on the selection of food, getting served quickly and the food served at the right temperature. Wings served Hot & Freshly fried. Garden Cafe, we only ate there for Breakfast, it was a bit crowded due to everyone wanting to get off of the ship at the same time, the omelette stations always served us up a delicious omelette. We learned that the Chefs making omelettes in the morning were the Chefs from Teppenyaki! Specialty Dining: Cagney's, we dined here the first night of our Cruise. It was Amazing!!! I had Surf & Turf, Fillet Mignon with Grilled Shrimp. The Best meal I have ever had in Cagney's on any of the NCL Ships!!!! Wait Staff was Amazing!!! Moderno, Delicious meats, because I do not like rare meat, they gladly cooked my meat to order. The salad bar is my favorite part of this restaurant! Excellent Service!!! La Cucina, We enjoyed a Delicious meal & my favorite Italian Cheesecake for Dessert.! Also an Excellent waitstaff and service. Le Bistro, My Favorite Restaurant!!!! WE actually had dinner here twice. Once my Husband & I dined alone, it was our Anniversary Dinner, Service was Outstanding! I had my Favorite Wild Mushroom Soup, Crab Appetizer, Butter poached Shrimp & Profiteroles, Cream Puffs stuffed with Vanilla Ice Cream drizzled with warm chocolate sauce. WE also dined here with our friends. This time I had the French Onion Soup, and fish which was served filleted in a butter caper sauce that was delicious. For dessert I had the Creme Brulee. Everyone enjoyed their dinner! Service and Food was Excellent. Teppenyaki, Always entertaining and the Food was Delicious! The Chef made a Heart out of the rice for us!!!! This is where we learned the Chef also makes omelettes in the morning in Garden Cafe! We experienced Great Service, Great Food with an Excellent Wait Staff in all of the Restaurants, both Complimentary and Specialty!!!! The grand Atrium on the Star is Beautiful! Beautifully Decorated, High Ceiling with Glass Elevators, stairways that make a platform or "stage" for the Entertainment every afternoon & evenng, before and after dinner. This is where Tides, Guest Services, Shore Excursions, Cruise Next are located. Photo Gallery is off to one side. Margaritaville is on the other side. Entertainment, Great Entertainment with a different Show every night in the Stardust Theater! We missed Band on the Run but we did get to see Las Vegas, Paradis with Amazing Costumes, the Violinist, Ventriloquist, Singers, etc. There was always music in the Atrium, Pool Deck, Theme Parties in Spice H20, it was a Fun Cruise!!! Margaritaville mostly had a singer afternoons and evenings. Karaoke also! Embarkation was not smooth. WE embarked in Tarragona instead of Barcelona. I had booked this Cruise 18 months in advance and the embarkation port was Barcelona, about 6 months before sailing it changed to Tarragona. Tarragona is located about an hour away from Barcelona. We flew into Barcelona 2 days early and enjoyed the city and saw as many sights as we could. The morning of embarkation, we went back to the airport to catch our Transfer to Tarragona. We spent a lot of time waiting in line. We were told t be at the airport before 10am, they kept us standing in the airport until about 1:30. When we were finally called to board our bus to Tarragona, we were brough outside, we just missed boarding the bus. We found out what the hold up was. The bus held 50 people but everyone had brough so much luggage, they could only get about 30 people on each bus because they ran out of room to transport the luggage. Buses had to wait for an empty space to pull in to load passengers and luggage. It took a long time. Once we got to Tarragona, it was a long ride to the end of the Pier to Board the ship. Boarding was a little slow but not to bad. A tent was set up where we dropped off our luggage and went through screening, then we were allowed to board the ship. Once ont he ship we were directed to Aqua where we were checked in and given our Key Cards. I heard therere were alot of complaints from people who arrived by Taxi or Train who could not get down the pier. They were left outside of the Pier standing in the Hot Sun for hours! Debarkation was quick and easy. We stayed one night in Venice, wish we would have stayed longer! Flights from Newark to Barcelona & Venice to Newark were booked through Norwegian Cruise Line. Hotel in Venice as well as transfers were also booked through Norwegian Cruise Line. Just outside of Venice, we stayed at the Crowne Plaza Venezia Quartro a Nice Hotel with a very expansive Breakfast included. The Train station is lcoated right behind the hotel, a path connects the hotel to the train station. It was easy to get to the Airpor by shuttle from the hotel. It was a half hour train ride into Venice. Every Port was Amazing! Cannes we toured the French Riviera visiting Nice, Monaco & Eze Livorno driver took us to Pisa, Florence & Tuscany Civitavecchia driver took us to Rome, Coliseum, Vatican, etc Naples driver took us for a tour of the Amalfi Coast Santorini, Oia to see the blue domed churches & Fira Athens driver took us to Cape Sounion, Temple of Poseidon, Acropolis, Zeus Temple and many more Mykonos we walked in the old town area, saw the windmills and went to Platys Gialos Beach Argostoli we walked in the Harbor area, Drapano/De Bosset Stone Bridge, saw the sea Turtles, cab to Beautiful Plata Gialos Beach Kotor driver took us for a tour, Our Lady of the Rock Church and Old Town Dubrovnik NCL Land & Sea Excursion to the Old town. I highly recommend this excursion. A beautifully restored 100 year old boat picked us up at the Pier where our cruise ship was docked. We enjoyed about a 45 min boat ride to the Old Town of Dubrovnik. One hour guided walking tour and then about 2 hours on our own. We climbed the walls for Fantastic views of the Old City and Harbor! The smaller boat picked us up and took us back to our Cruise Ship! Venice stayed overnight to enjoy the city before flying home the next day I would definitely recommend this itinerary & Ship! It was a very busy itinerary, it is not for anyone who wants to just relax! Star is a beautiful Ship! Perfect for visiting so many PortsI Basically the whole ship was trying to disembark as soon as possible every morning to make the most of the time we had in Port. Our Captain did a Great Job, there were many days he got us into Port early so we would be able to disembark earlier than scheduled or at the very least on time. I definitely recommend and would Sail again on this or similiar itinerary with Norwegian Cruise Line, they did an Excellent job!!! It was a Trip to Remember!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
It was a glorious error that I ended up on this cruise ship! I had the most amazing time on this Transatlantic cruise from Miami’s to Spain. The passengers were friendly, considerate and there was no drama. The staff focused on our ... Read More
It was a glorious error that I ended up on this cruise ship! I had the most amazing time on this Transatlantic cruise from Miami’s to Spain. The passengers were friendly, considerate and there was no drama. The staff focused on our happiness, wellbeing and safety. The entertainment onboard was fun and engaging. The show on the last few nights were memorable. The sailing over the transatlantic was so smooth and we were always on time or even earlier than promised at the ports. The food onboard was delicious (Buffett and specialty restaurants), the selections were varied, the distinctions for adult and family entertainment/venues were clear and followed. I greatly enjoyed my time aboard the Norwegian Star. The veterans group was the best group of folks. I made new friends and the staff was amazing. I feel like they were a part of my family! Would cruise with them again in a heartbeat. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
Ambitious choice for first cruise did not disappoint. Tranquil seas and amazing weather allowed smooth trans-Atlantic motoring followed by a stellar line up of beautiful and historic ports. Excellent food, beverage and entertainment. ... Read More
Ambitious choice for first cruise did not disappoint. Tranquil seas and amazing weather allowed smooth trans-Atlantic motoring followed by a stellar line up of beautiful and historic ports. Excellent food, beverage and entertainment. Enjoyed a well appointed, clean and spacious cabin with a lovely picture window meticulously serviced by our gracious steward Johnson who provided an unsurpassed level of care. The ship was well maintained and seemed efficiently operated. Some service desk agents provided erroneous information about such information as provisions for obtaining currency from debit card charges resulting in wasted time. Many of the procedures of the service desk seemed overwrought and inefficient frequently resulting in unnecessarily long waits at the service desk . The only other mildly sour note for us was poorly coordinated disembarkation on the last day resulting in confrontations between flustered passengers. Overall, we were impressed with our first experience and plan to cruise again soon. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose this cruise because it was sailing across the Atlantic. Neither of us had ever partaken of a cruise before. It exceeded all our expectations. As first time cruisers we were completely at a loss what to do, where to go, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was sailing across the Atlantic. Neither of us had ever partaken of a cruise before. It exceeded all our expectations. As first time cruisers we were completely at a loss what to do, where to go, procedure once we boarded the Star. Although staff at the passageway door, no real instructions provided not even when we asked. Some sort of orientation session would have been nice for the few of us who had never cruised before. 99% of the time the staff was fantastic doing everything they could to ensure we had the best time of our lives. The only negative related to staff was the information/customer service desk. We learned quickly that if you asked a question, even about important stuff (lost items, disembarkation/customs procedures) the answer would be different with each staff person you asked. Dining was incredible. So much variety and so well prepared and tasty even at the buffet, the available restaurants were icing on the cake. Ginza was our only disappointment. Tried it twice. Food not bad, just not very good compared to everywhere else. Loved the crossing best of all. Ideal port/shore excursion scenario for us would be to alternate shore days with sea days. Enjoyed the shore excursions on the islands immensely. Soon realized that one could have just as rich a shore experience on our own at mainland ports without the extra expense of booking a tour and without the 'forced shopping' stops as one person put it. The entertainment each night was spectacular. Such talent on the production team (singers, dancers, musicians) as well as the guest performers. The musicians who performed on a daily basis throughout the ship varied in style and ability. The best by far was Duo 4:40. It showed by the audience they drew. No matter the venue they played at, it was always packed. All in all a wonderful, marvelous experience that went far about our expectations. Definitely go for it!! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
My husband is not fond of large crowds so we mainly chose NCL Star because of the smaller capacity. It was also a plus that the interior had been newly renovated. The Star Atrium was impressive from the start. When we got to our room, ... Read More
My husband is not fond of large crowds so we mainly chose NCL Star because of the smaller capacity. It was also a plus that the interior had been newly renovated. The Star Atrium was impressive from the start. When we got to our room, it was better than expected. Comfortable bed and pillows, descent storage and nice bathroom, especially loved the shower head-good water pressure. We attended the nightly entertainment which was easily accessible and highly enjoyable. We also, liked the dining at leisure atmosphere and felt the food was very good. All staff seemed very nice and cordial. Our room was cleaned daily to our satisfaction. Being our first cruise together and only our second officialy vacation in nearly 15 years, we casually toured the ports and didn't try and fit too much in. Our main goal was a relaxing vacation and we feel we got exactly what we wanted. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
We choose this piticular cruise at the last minute due to our original cruise the Oasis of the Seas had got cancelled due to major damage. Thank God for Ashley Bennington @ ashley@jcotravel.com. She was able to within minutes get us on ... Read More
We choose this piticular cruise at the last minute due to our original cruise the Oasis of the Seas had got cancelled due to major damage. Thank God for Ashley Bennington @ ashley@jcotravel.com. She was able to within minutes get us on the Star less than one week prior to sailing. Honestly was a little worried about this ship due to the last minutes booking, size and activity. What an amazing suprise. Beautiful ship, decent activities, excellent ports of call and fantastic state room. A couple of what I will call disappointments. 1 we did not get one animal towels (I know we are adults with older kids) it's just a cruise thing we where looking forward to. 2. At the Versailles restaurant they had a dress code. Button shirt, slacks, and no flip flops. My wife sadly did not bring any dress shoes. They however never said a word to us (wore flip flops, and dressy shorts). Three times we saw three different groups of African Americans being told to leave because of flip flops. Actually that had on the dressest ones I have ever seen. This was not ok to us one bit.. May have just been coincidence, but it was a weird feeling and Def not fair. 3. There Def is room for a Howl at the Moon dualing piano lounge (Club Bliss) also could have booked an couple adult comedian. Other than that... Awesome cruise, great food and the kids made yet again friends for life. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2019
Our TA chose it for us and it was a perfect fit for a first time cruiser. We went on the NCL Star from April 13-20th from Miami for a 7 day Caribbean cruise. Shuttle from airport to dock: easy to hail a van for 4 adults, $27-$30 ... Read More
Our TA chose it for us and it was a perfect fit for a first time cruiser. We went on the NCL Star from April 13-20th from Miami for a 7 day Caribbean cruise. Shuttle from airport to dock: easy to hail a van for 4 adults, $27-$30 Check in: efficient and fairly quick given how many people there were First impression after stepping into the main lobby: Wow! Some may think it's slightly dated compared to newer ships, but we had nothing to compare it to and thought it was amazing Main pool area: plenty of seating/lounging. Bar was always busy, but never had to wait long for a drink, good level of music always playing so you could still talk to each other Inside mid-ship stateroom: great for 2 people, super clean but would get a balcony or window next time On-board activities: Dingo Dave was the cruise director and had the energy and enthusiasm of a person with 10 Red Bulls in them! There were so many activities to do, and the ones that seemed dumb (extreme napkin folding) were hilarious. Bingo, Deal or No Deal, 55 to win, Newlywed Game...so many more Evenings: If you could make it past 8pm from everything else! 80's party, white hot party etc. Wanted to see the comedian, but the lounge was packed...should have been in the theatre. Shows at the theatre: beyond what I was expecting, all of them were fantastic with a very talented cast Food: -Poolside (topsiders), good food when it was busy b/c it was fresh -Buffet was hot and fresh, lines moved quick even during busy times, tables can be challenging to find for 4 people -O'Sheehans...wings wings and more wings! Sit down service was sometimes slow. -Versailles, way too many tables, service was very quick and food was just ok -Cagney's (steakhouse), very good -Moderno's (Brazilian), holy meat sweats and delicious -Teppanyaki (Japanese), hands down our favourite! They were entertaining and the food was fantastic Bars: all great service and tried almost every mixed drink they had on the menu, 5'oclock somewhere bar needed to scale back a bit on their alcohol...sometimes too much of a good thing isn't that good. Excursions: Great Stirrup Cay, Ocho Rios, Caymen Islands, Cozumel...we didn't book any excursions, instead we just walked around or took a taxi to see a few sites Overall First Time Experience: clean ship, great food, plenty of activities, wonderful staff, good customer service, and our cabin steward was amazing! And yes, we've already planned for our next one! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2019
I wanted to celebrate my birthday In a special way and this cruise was perfect. I enjoyed every moment.The ship was smaller than I normally cruise on ,but it was easier to find everything. The people were terrific and the service was ... Read More
I wanted to celebrate my birthday In a special way and this cruise was perfect. I enjoyed every moment.The ship was smaller than I normally cruise on ,but it was easier to find everything. The people were terrific and the service was great. The cabin was an ocean view cabin which was fine for the time we spent in it(only to sleep) we were partying most of the time. For my birthday we went to one of the Specialty restaurants (Teppanyaki) and it was really enjoyable and the food was fantastic.Another great Specialty restaurant was Modern. The entertainment and shows were great. Really enjoyed the 4:40 Duo and the Groove Addiction Band. I must say that the embarkation and disembarkation went really smoothly, it was faster than I expected, maybe it was the time we arrived (12:30-1:00) but was no problem. We all had a wonderful time in each port with perfect weather. I would go on another cruise with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Traveled through Panama Canal because it was on our bucket list. Got on ship in LA and that went smooth and fast, no lines but dock porters were not part of NCL and were very rude. First stop Cabo San Lucas and very pretty, sea lions were ... Read More
Traveled through Panama Canal because it was on our bucket list. Got on ship in LA and that went smooth and fast, no lines but dock porters were not part of NCL and were very rude. First stop Cabo San Lucas and very pretty, sea lions were plentiful and tendering was very difficult and not organized. Next stop Acapulco and Do Not Get Off the boat, very dirty and people rude. Next stop Guatemala and very nice excursions and people friendly. Next stop Nicaragua and we saw volcano on this stop, bus ride very very long and not enough time set for excursions, people very friendly and sides of roads were very dirty. Next stop Costa Rica and beautiful countryside and nice excursions did train ride but too short and not much to see besides poverty and crocodile excursion down Tarcoles River and wished it was longer. Weather very hot everywhere we went and hats and sunblock very necessary. Next was the canal transit and took all day and absolutely beautiful and so much to see from any location on the ship. The captain did a wonderful job of opening the crew deck in front for passengers and also brought a narrator on board from Panama and she was wonderful. Next stop was Columbia and we did not feel very safe here at all, probarly should not have gone on excursion. Street people were so rude and begging and in our face that we couldn't enjoy ourselves. Ship was very nice and staff was exceptionally nice. Restaurant staff was highly efficient and food was Excellant. Buffet staff in the morning went above and beyond everyday. Thank you for a wonderful and relaxing vacation. As others have stated we also would like to see the towel animals reinstated and ship pins brought back. Also would like to see Latitudes Platinum members benefits reviewed. We were not able to use all our benefits including disembarkation, this process was terrible and took too long to get to our excursions. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
We had great weather with calm seas. The only rougher part was leaving Cartagena Columbia till we got to the islands in the Caribbean. The cruise was just enough at sea days and port days. Skip the "Easy Antigua in Guatemala" ... Read More
We had great weather with calm seas. The only rougher part was leaving Cartagena Columbia till we got to the islands in the Caribbean. The cruise was just enough at sea days and port days. Skip the "Easy Antigua in Guatemala" Nothing easy about it. Long drive and the assault of street vendors is trying! We learned to take the shorter tours as more than 3 hours on a tour bus is too much. Did breakfast and most lunches at O'Sheehans and dinner in the Aqua Restaurant. Do not recommend the buffet for dinner unless it's the Seafood Night. Lunches at the buffet was plentiful, more than we wanted to eat. Did O'Sheehan for burgers and wings mostly. Staff are very friendly, helpful and accommodating. Premium Drink Package is worth it. High quality alcohol and wine (no bar liquor like at the all-inclusive resorts) Great choice of bottled beers. Internet is slow and expensive. Best to catch a cafe on shore with free wifi, or just go dark for two weeks! Was an enjoyable , relaxing cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2019
This cruise was awesome. Im so glad I did it. Everything about it was smooth. To getting on, to getting off. No problems. Food was delicious in the buffet. And in the restaurants as well. Never a long wait to eat. My boyfriend and I went ... Read More
This cruise was awesome. Im so glad I did it. Everything about it was smooth. To getting on, to getting off. No problems. Food was delicious in the buffet. And in the restaurants as well. Never a long wait to eat. My boyfriend and I went to the gym, soaked up some sun went to see a movie. And a show. We even went to shore and did some excursions. But my favorite part was the casino. I will definitely sail Norwegian again. My cabin steward was Paul. He was very sweet. Very attentive. We needed some distilled water. He was on it. Had it in the room when we returned from dinner. Another thing we told him our names the first day and he remembered us the whole week. I did the seven day Mexican Rivera. Next I want the Norwegian Alaska Cruise. I can’t wait to set sail on my next adventure. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
Small group of friends cruising together made for a great time during Spring break. On board, there was plenty to do on the Star when or if we wanted. We found room in the hot tubs, especially enjoying the one in H20 Spice area. We ... Read More
Small group of friends cruising together made for a great time during Spring break. On board, there was plenty to do on the Star when or if we wanted. We found room in the hot tubs, especially enjoying the one in H20 Spice area. We had no trouble finding a lounge chair for sunning. We loved meeting up at Gatsby's for a cocktail and good music. (I love piano music!) We thoroughly enjoyed Cagney's, the Teppanyaki grill, and LeBistro, along with what we felt was special treatment in the Versailles dining room. I tried some new flavors and some different dishes that I wasn't familiar with and of course, I made sure to order seafood, especially seafood appetizers many times. Each port of call delivered warmth, fun and interesting sights, good food and beach time. We did not do any excursion as we just wanted to look around on our own and land at the local beach. Took a cab to town in Puerto Vallarta, a pulmonia in Mazatlan and water taxi in Cabo. NCL took care of the planning of our flights and transfers. Everything went smoothly including embarkation and debarkation. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
This was my third sailing with Norwegian after cruising on the Escape and Getaway. I was a little worried that the ship would be too small and that there wouldn't be enough activities on board for our two teenagers. The teens had an ... Read More
This was my third sailing with Norwegian after cruising on the Escape and Getaway. I was a little worried that the ship would be too small and that there wouldn't be enough activities on board for our two teenagers. The teens had an amazing time at the Entourage Club and made a large group of friends that they hung out with the whole cruise. I found the Star to be a wonderful ship for many reasons. First off, embarkation out of the San Pedro port was VERY fast and so easy. The friendly staff on board the ship continually went above and beyond. Secondly, it never felt crowded to me. There were always lounge chairs available and never had to wait long at bars for drinks. In fact, waiters actually came around and took drink orders which is something we rarely experienced on the larger NCL ships. DINING (Gluten Free Perspective I'm going to start by saying that the dining was way better than the other competing cruise line that we've sailed on three times. I have a NCGS (non-celiac gluten sensitivity) and it's always a worry that I'll experience symptoms while on vacation from accidental exposure. This was the BEST NCL experience I've had as a gluten free cruiser. Every evening they had a special diets coordinator named Valan come and meet me at dinner to take my order for the next evening. Usually on cruises they forget to do this or I have to make a special trip to MDR to place the order myself. I did not have to do this and Valan always knew where and when I was dining and found me to bring me the menu. We ate at Moderno, Sushi Bar, Teppanyaki and Le Bistro and I never had a problem ordering something that I liked. My youngest son celebrated his 15th birthday and they even made a special gluten free cake so that I could enjoy it as well. I never asked for this and it was such a thoughtful gesture. I had to eat lunch at the buffet a couple times but I just asked to speak to a chef and he pointed out all the options that were safe for me to eat. I never experienced any gluten exposure symptoms the entire cruise. Most of the Indian food options (except bread of course) were always safe and were very delicious! We did eat at the Topsiders Grill a couple times but I'd be careful if you are celiac as the mayo and condiments in open containers were definitely contaminated with bread. We just ate the burgers with lettuce and other veggie but again be careful if you are super sensitive as the tongs may come in contact with bread. We also ate at O'Sheehans for both lunch and breakfast. They do have gluten free bread if you ask but the hashbrowns are not GF friendly because of the fryers. My husband and boys are not gluten free but both my mother in law and myself are and we had no problems. Amost all requests were accommodated with ease. Food takes a little longer as it is prepared in the allergy free kitchen but it's always come out fresh and tasty. My husband is SUPER critical about food and a bit of a snob and he commented on how the food was really good on this ship and we only had a few things that were mediocre. ENTERTAINMENT and ACTIVITIES We enjoyed seeing most of the shows on board the Star. We saw Paradis, Band on the Run, a comedy act, and an Acrobatic show with a husband/wife team and their son. All shows were enjoyable and the costumes were incredible! We also did karaoke and merengue dance lessons. We enjoyed the live music throughout the ship. I did book a Thermal Spa pass at Mandera Spa. It was very uncrowded but a little small. I still enjoyed it but I didn't use it as much as I would have liked to. The gym is a little small and is missing equipment like kettle bells, slam balls and medicine balls that other ships have. It does have a lot of cardio equipment but the weight lifting area is so tiny and gets crowded. The group classes were a little pricey in my opinion. I personally don't feel $20 for a 30 minutes class is a very good deal but if you book a class pack (only offered on the first day) you would save money if this is something you are interested in attending more than 3 times during the week.They at least have a gym but it is not the nicest one I've used on a ship. I was happy to find out that they recently added a Spice H2O to this ship with two hot tubs. I liked that it was covered by an awning but if you wanted sun you could go up the stairs to the helicopter pad for lounge chairs. We also enjoyed the Sky High Bar at the top of the ship because you could listen to the music and enjoy the views. We went up here on a sea day with family traveling with us to play some card games. We enjoyed all the bars on the ship but we particularly we enjoyed Sky High, 5 O'Clock Somewhere and Bliss Ultra Lounge. We were disappointed that the Sugarcane Mojito bar had very limited hours and didn't open until 5:00 but you could order your drinks to go and take them with you to enjoy poolside. SERVICE Our cabin steward did a great job cleaning our room each morning and turning it down for us at night. We rarely saw him or talked to him and he really didn't go out of his way to introduce himself to us. This doesn't really bother me at all and is really just an observation and comparison from previous cruises where the steward went out of his way to talk to us. Our cruise director was Dingo Dave and he was a fun guy. I would see him around the ship and he came to our Cruise Critic Meet and Greet. They had a very entertaining Meet and Greet and all the officers introduced themselves and even gave us their numbers to reach them. They were all very funny and it was nice meeting other cruisers from this forum. As I mentioned earlier, the staff was very accommodating and friendly. We did run into two staff members (O'Sheehans and Versailles) at the end of the trip that were a little grumpy at first but after making small talk with them and joking around a little bit, they came around almost instantly and they were smiling and happy. The staff members all work so hard and I always give a little grace and extra smiles if they seem to be having a tough time. I can only imagine what they deal with on a daily basis. PORTS This was my first Mexican Rivera cruise and I enjoyed all of the ports. We don't typically book our excursions through the cruise line. We go through reputable outside websites and find the excursions less crowded, less expensive and more personable. We went to the Marriott in Puerto Vallarta for a day pass. It was only 650 pesos and 500 of those pesos go toward food and drink. It was a beautiful hotel and not too far from port maybe 10-15 minutes. In Mazatlan we booked a city tour and the guy gave us like an extra 2 hours! It was awesome. We went to Tabascos Beach Club in Cabo and it was uncrowded and they had 2 for 1 drinks for about 145 pesos. My in laws ordered breakfast and it was huge and they said it was delicious. We had the beef nachos and they were so good. I ended up getting an hour massage for $35 and my husband and son rented a jet ski for $40. You can totally haggle on prices with them. I would do this itinerary again because we enjoyed all these ports so much. SUMMARY The Star has had a brand new makeover and she delivers on friendly above and beyond service and a relaxed fun experience. If you want things like rock walls, water slides, mini golf and ropes courses then this would not be a good choice for you. If you want an uncrowded ship with relaxed activities, delicious food and friendly service the Star provides great value and an enjoyable smaller ship experience. Read Less
Norwegian Star Ratings
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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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