Norwegian Star Cruise Review by chipmaster
- Sail Date: June 2019
- Destination: Mediterranean
- Cabin Type: Oceanview Porthole Window
Picked the Star for the port lineup; 6 ports in 7 days, can't beat that ( Kotor, Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos, Argostoli, and Dubrovnick
Loved the Freestyle dining and on ship good service was very good and low upsell, get high ratings for this!
Sadly found the food in buffet as well as the complimentary 2 main dining rooms below average in all respects for lunch/dinner. Breakfast was solid, but limited choices compared to Princess, hard to mess up breakfast. Did two specialty restuarants and they were solid, but if I had to pay would say they were only as good as main dining on Princess, but with more personal service, so luckily they were free, LOL
DIY tours at Kotur, Corfu, Mykonos, Argostoli and Dubronvick, did NCL Ultimate Santorini to avoid the crazy tendering if you don't have a tour, was still a mess but at least got to see the big things. Standard overpriced cruise line tours but few options at this port, give that tour a "B" rating. Tendering at Kotur got an F ( two hours for tendering ticket #3, seriously broken with too few tender boats for such a large ship ).
Entertainment: Two of the three rotating bands were good/average and one was simply terrible! The dancing team was good, but terrible choregraphed for their three shows. The magician while award winning was boring, we walked out twice, werent the only ones either, he needs to get some input and up his game. Entertainment wasn't a highlight, but lucky we didn't take it for it, nor cruise for the entertainment or we'd be really sad.
Fitness center was solid and fully equipped, no complaints here.
Disembarkation: F, who tries to disembark 2800 people thru a single gangway, we must have waited in the line almost an hour to get off and almost missed our flight home, broken system here, no excuses, they need to fix this!
Overall like I said "C" due to food, entertainment, and tendering, but get good marks for port lineup and great crew and minimal upsell. Like the freestyle ambience sadly NCL needs to improve their food and fix their tendering and disembarkation and maybe we'd look at them as first choice for another cruise!
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