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This 14 day cruise was from Miami through the Panama Canal and north to Los Angeles. The ship was clean and well maintained as was our cabin. The toilet stopped working twice (affecting a number of cabins) but was repaired promptly. The staff, without fail, was pleasant, friendly and helpful. Any request was dealt with promptly. The food in the two dining rooms, Aqua and Versailles was very good as was the service. We preferred the latter with its high ceilings and French Provincial decor. Men were required to wear long pants at dinner although we saw some shorts wearers pass unchallenged. Everywhere else, except the specialty restaurants which we did not patronize), the dress code was casual. Most men wore shorts, day and night. I didn't care for the food in the buffet, Garden Cafe. The buffets on both Holland America and Royal Caribbean were considerably better. For example, the Brussel sprouts were rubbery and the ends weren't cut off. I used to get a couple of oranges there some days and they were good but otherwise I only ate there a few times and usually ended up leaving half of what I'd taken. I didn't care for the brand of tea used everywhere, Lipton. The Earl Grey did not taste like Earl Grey and in the Garden cafe, no tea pots are used, just the bag in a mug. We ate at the complimentary restaurant, Ginza, once. We were given a buzzer and waited about 30 minutes to be called. The food looked similar to the Asian night at the Buffet. The $20 laundry promo -- you fill a good-sized bag as much as you can -- is a good service on a 14 day cruise. Everything came back clean and neatly folded. Our inside cabin had twin beds pushed together for us. There was enough room to get around the sides which saves crawling over the top of the bed. No sofa though which meant we had to watch TV or read while sitting in bed. I missed the small sofa we have had on Royal Caribbean and Holland America. The shower was quite large though. The TV picture was good but many channels were not utilized and just displayed the Norwegian Star logo. We didn't sail with children but on a previous cruise with our grandchildren, the all children's channel (and some room service snacks) led to some pleasant evening time together when we were babysitting. Many activities listed on the daily program are shopping or activities that attract a fee. For example, a painting class, yoga, indoor cycling, wine tasting, Bingo and blackjack tournaments. I tell myself that these income generating activities are necessary to keep the fare cost down and I saw some people shopping and painting. Some activities/seminars were really sales pitches: Skin Solutions seminar, World of EFFY (jewellery) Rapid Fire Art Auction, Bag Event. The second day a meeting of knitters and stitchers was posted which I attended but unfortunately it was placed in a bar that was too dark for any close work. I was designated to ask at the front desk for a change of venue and was told it would be looked into. I never saw another listing for this group but there were self-directed meetings posted for various occupations: nurses, military, paramedics . . . I don't know if these were requested or originated with Norwegian. I wonder now if the knitting group should have made arrangements among themselves to keep meeting at a certain place and time that suited the group. That wasn't made clear. Free events included trivia several times a day, sports participation events like family dodgeball, International line dance class, basic Spanish, Ping Pong tournament, Paper airplane toss challenge and a series of enrichment lectures. Various venues played easy listening standards; some musicians were better than others. The production shows were the best we have seen on a cruise: Paradis, Viva Las Vegas. The library was a disappointment -- a small room, overly air-conditioned. The collection appeared to be garage sale cast-offs and books left behind by passengers arranged in no particular order. There were some foreign language books, Norwegian, German and Chinese. The glass cabinets were kept locked except for a few hours a day so the books were inaccessible. Basic board games were available here. Chair hogs were a problem here as with other ships. We were told that the staff goes around and puts warning notices that items will be removed on loungers that have been left unattended for more than an hour. Overall, this cruise was very good for a mid-market or mass market cruise line offering cruises at reasonable prices.

Mostly Positive Experience

Norwegian Star Cruise Review by kira5

Trip Details
This 14 day cruise was from Miami through the Panama Canal and north to Los Angeles. The ship was clean and well maintained as was our cabin. The toilet stopped working twice

(affecting a number of cabins) but was repaired promptly.

The staff, without fail, was pleasant, friendly and helpful. Any request was dealt with promptly.

The food in the two dining rooms, Aqua and Versailles was very good as was the service. We preferred the latter with its high ceilings and French Provincial decor. Men were required to wear long pants at dinner although we saw some shorts wearers pass unchallenged. Everywhere else, except the specialty restaurants which we did not patronize), the dress code was casual. Most men wore shorts, day and night. I didn't care for the food in the buffet, Garden Cafe. The buffets on both Holland America and Royal Caribbean were considerably better. For example, the Brussel sprouts were rubbery and the ends weren't cut off. I used to get a couple of oranges there some days and they were good but otherwise I only ate there a few times and usually ended up leaving half of what I'd taken. I didn't care for the brand of tea used everywhere, Lipton. The Earl Grey did not taste like Earl Grey and in the Garden cafe, no tea pots are used, just the bag in a mug. We ate at the complimentary restaurant, Ginza, once. We were given a buzzer and waited about 30 minutes to be called. The food looked similar to the Asian night at the Buffet.

The $20 laundry promo -- you fill a good-sized bag as much as you can -- is a good service on a 14 day cruise. Everything came back clean and neatly folded.

Our inside cabin had twin beds pushed together for us. There was enough room to get around the sides which saves crawling over the top of the bed. No sofa though which meant we had to watch TV or read while sitting in bed. I missed the small sofa we have had on Royal Caribbean and Holland America. The shower was quite large though.

The TV picture was good but many channels were not utilized and just displayed the Norwegian Star logo. We didn't sail with children but on a previous cruise with our grandchildren, the all children's channel (and some room service snacks) led to some pleasant evening time together when we were babysitting.

Many activities listed on the daily program are shopping or activities that attract a fee. For example, a painting class, yoga, indoor cycling, wine tasting, Bingo and blackjack tournaments. I tell myself that these income generating activities are necessary to keep the fare cost down and I saw some people shopping and painting. Some activities/seminars were really sales pitches: Skin Solutions seminar, World of EFFY (jewellery) Rapid Fire Art Auction, Bag Event. The second day a meeting of knitters and stitchers was posted which I attended but unfortunately it was placed in a bar that was too dark for any close work. I was designated to ask at the front desk for a change of venue and was told it would be looked into. I never saw another listing for this group but there were self-directed meetings posted for various occupations: nurses, military, paramedics . . . I don't know if these were requested or originated with Norwegian. I wonder now if the knitting group should have made arrangements among themselves to keep meeting at a certain place and time that suited the group. That wasn't made clear.

Free events included trivia several times a day, sports participation events like family dodgeball, International line dance class, basic Spanish, Ping Pong tournament, Paper airplane toss challenge and a series of enrichment lectures. Various venues played easy listening standards; some musicians were better than others.

The production shows were the best we have seen on a cruise: Paradis, Viva Las Vegas.

The library was a disappointment -- a small room, overly air-conditioned. The collection appeared to be garage sale cast-offs and books left behind by passengers arranged in no particular order. There were some foreign language books, Norwegian, German and Chinese. The glass cabinets were kept locked except for a few hours a day so the books were inaccessible. Basic board games were available here.

Chair hogs were a problem here as with other ships. We were told that the staff goes around and puts warning notices that items will be removed on loungers that have been left unattended for more than an hour.

Overall, this cruise was very good for a mid-market or mass market cruise line offering cruises at reasonable prices.
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The beds were quite firm, perhaps too firm for some. No small sofa which I missed. Probably not enough closet space for a couple with serious wardrobes. Very quiet in the room; we slept soundly.
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