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Norwegian Cruise Line Star

Norwegian Cruise Line BalconyFast Facts:  Norwegian Star
Built:  2001 (refurbished 2010)
Tonnage:  91,740
Length:  965 feet
Width:  105 feet
Passenger capacity:  2,348 (double occupancy)
Interior staterooms (without window):  142 square feet
Ocean-view staterooms (with porthole or window):  159 square feet
Balcony staterooms (with private veranda):  203 square feet
Suites:  283 – 6,694 square feet

Overview
Norwegian Cruise Line Water SlideThe NCL Star is one of only two cruise ships in Norwegian Cruise Line’s highly innovative “Dawn-class”.  Built in 2001 (about a year before the Norwegian Dawn) and refurbished in 2010, the Norwegian Star laid the foundation for NCL’s “Freestyle Cruising” which was fully implemented when the Dawn was launched in 2002, and further popularized on Norwegian’s Jewel-class ships (the Jewel, the Pearl, the Jade and the Gem).

Featuring 13 dining options, 9 different bars and lounges, 2 swimming pools, multiple entertainment venues and a wide selection of stateroom accommodations, the Norwegian Star provides its guests with the ultimate opportunity to tailor their cruise according to their own unique personal preferences (and budget).

Norwegian Cruise Line Star Owners SuiteStarting with the lowest-priced inside staterooms (which can be found on all decks of the ship), this is the most affordable way to cruise.  Inside stateroom guests enjoy the same food, quality of service, entertainment and use of the ships public areas as all other guests onboard, but they pay less for their cruise because of the stateroom size (142 square feet) and the absence of a window overlooking the ocean.  Next up in size (and in cost) are the still-very-affordable ocean-view staterooms that feature a porthole or window (depending on price category).  At 159 square feet, the ocean-view staterooms on the NCL Star are just slightly larger (and cost slightly more) than the inside staterooms but many of the ocean-view staterooms can accommodate up to four guests via two lower beds and two pull-down beds.  Going up another “notch” in cost (and in roominess), you’ll find the standard balcony staterooms on the Star with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening to a private veranda overlooking the sea.  With 203 square feet of space, the standard balcony staterooms can accommodate up to three guests.  Want more room?  Try a mini-suite with balcony with 283 square feet, or a full-size suite ranging in size from 409 square feet up to an incredible 6,694 square-foot Garden Villa with three separate bedrooms that can accommodate a total of up to eight guests.  It’s the ultimate in luxury cruising.

Norwegian Cruise Line TepanyakiHungry?  Not for long.  The Star’s two main dining rooms, “Aqua” and “Versailles”, can accommodate 334 and 491 guests respectively and, consistent with Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature “Freestyle Cruising”, there is no pre-determined “early seating” and “late seating”.  Instead, you decide when you want to eat each day and whom you want to dine with.  Reservations are suggested but not required.  Got a yen for Asian food?  Try the Ginza Asian restaurant or Teppanyaki (reservations required and a per person cover charge applies).  Italian?  No problemo.  Or, feast on some of the finest steaks at sea at Cagney’s specialty restaurant.  And, that’s just some of the dining options that are available on the Norwegian Star.

Did someone say entertainment?  There’s the Stardust Theater and the Star Club Casino where the action never stops.  Sports anyone?  Shoot some hoops, drive some golf balls, sprint in the indoor lap pool or workout at the Barong Spa.  Activities for children?  There are always plenty of fun things to do at Planet Kids, the Splash Pool, the Video Zone or the Teen Club.

Oh and, by the way, the NCL Star sails to some pretty incredible destinations from convenient homeport locations.  It’s convenient, exciting and a terrific value.

Sail Date:Itinerary:Departure Port:Rates From:
September 22, 201414-day Norway Iceland & Faroe Islands From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $1,499 per person
October 06, 201414-day Transatlantic From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $419 per person
October 20, 201414-day Panama Canal From MiamiMiami, FLFrom $949 per person
November 17, 201413-day Panama Canal From MiamiMiami, FLFrom $1,329 per person
November 17, 201420- Night Panama Canal & Mexican Riviera (b2b)Miami, FLFrom $2,189 per person
November 30, 20147-day Mexican Riviera From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $829 per person
December 07, 20147-day Mexican Riviera From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $909 per person
December 14, 20147-day Mexican Riviera From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $859 per person
December 21, 20147-day Mexican Riviera From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $949 per person
December 28, 20147-day Mexican Riviera From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $979 per person
December 28, 201422- Night Mexican Riviera & Panama Canal (b2b)Los Angeles, CAFrom $2,539 per person
January 04, 201515-day Panama Canal From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $1,479 per person
January 19, 201514-day Panama Canal From MiamiMiami, FLFrom $1,429 per person
February 02, 201514-day Panama Canal From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $1,529 per person
February 16, 201513-day Panama Canal From MiamiMiami, FLFrom $1,319 per person
March 17, 20155-day Mexico From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $399 per person
March 22, 20157-day Mexican Riviera From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $979 per person
March 29, 20157-day Mexican Riviera From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $749 per person
April 05, 20157-day Mexican Riviera From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $839 per person
April 12, 201515-day Panama Canal From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $1,539 per person
April 12, 201545- Night Panama Canal Transatlantic & North Europe From Los Angeles (b2b)Los Angeles, CAFrom $3,959 per person
April 12, 201538- Night Panama Canal Transatlantic & Baltic Capitals From Los Angeles (b2b)Los Angeles, CAFrom $3,189 per person
April 12, 201529-day Panama Canal & Transatlantic From Los AngelesLos Angeles, CAFrom $2,049 per person
April 27, 201530-day Transatlantic & Northern Europe From MiamiMiami, FLFrom $2,899 per person
April 27, 201523- Night Transatlantic & Baltic Capitals (b2b)Miami, FLFrom $1,969 per person
April 27, 201514-day Transatlantic From MiamiMiami, FLFrom $809 per person
May 11, 201516-day Baltic Capitals & Norwegian Fjords From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $2,249 per person
May 11, 20159-day Baltic Capitals From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $1,319 per person
May 20, 201516-day Baltic Capitals & Norwegian Fjords From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $2,269 per person
May 20, 20157-day Norwegian Fjords From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $979 per person
May 27, 201516-day Baltic Capitals & Norwegian Fjords From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $2,229 per person
May 27, 20159-day Baltic Capitals From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $1,299 per person
June 05, 20157-day Norwegian Fjords From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $979 per person
June 12, 201514-day North Cape From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $1,999 per person
June 12, 201523-day North Cape & Baltic Capitals From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $3,349 per person
June 26, 20159-day Baltic Capitals From Copenhagen (variation)CopenhagenFrom $1,529 per person
July 05, 20159-day Baltic Capitals From CopenhagenCopenhagenFrom $1,469 per person

Consumer Review:Embarkation - Luggage lost for the entire day - delivered to wrong room and we had to find ourselves after raising a fuss. We walked halls and located it at 5606 no 8606......Crew stalled us to no end. Did not eat in specialty rest. as food is suppose to be inc. in price of cruise. A big rip off.. Food in dining room and on the buffet acceptable but not outstanding. Prime Rib tough and not presented like on other lines. Soup cold - I could go on and on and I am not usually a complainer, but this cruise line gave me a lot to complain about. Blood on pillow case the first night - room 8608 - our family and that was never changed the entire wk. No activities for teenagers or children under 13.
Consumer Review:I have taken 41 cruises with this cruise being the 1st on this cruise line and will be the Last time on this cruise line. Arriving at San Pedro to board NCL’s Norwegian Star for the first time. Our bottles of wine were confiscated and we were told they would be returned to us the Friday before we disembarked (We actually opened the bottle the last night and drank it the last evening on board. Does this make any sense they could have avoided making me angry and let me enjoy the first day of our cruise). Now, we had been told that we could take a bottle of wine each on board. However, they neglected to tell us that we would be charged a $12.00 per bottle corkage charge just to get it on the Ship. (Other Cruises lets you drink one bottle of wine per person in your cabin without a corkage fee). 2. We arrived on the 6th deck to crowds of little kids. OMG!!! It is Spring break and I hadn’t realized this, when I booked up in December. We managed to get to the elevators and went to the 12 floor to the Buffet where you couldn’t find a seat/table to save your life. I thought I was going into Marks and Spencer’s Café. Ugh!! 3. We were not allowed into to our room until 2:00 pm (Other Cruise lines allow you to go to your room on arrival). Consequently we had to lug our bags around until 2:00 pm. 4. Not usually spoken about but, someone should know that in the public area’s, the toilet tissue breaks off one piece at a time. So you learn very early to get your tissue before you go into the bathrooms. 5. Back to the Buffet area. Indian, Italian and American food not a bad selection one may think. a. The Indian food was way too hot for me and I really like Indian Curries. b. The Italian food was the best I lived off the beef bolognaise for almost every meal and had really nice French bread dunked into the juice. c. The American food was a Mish Mosh of foods, nothing matched for example one night they had Turkey with dressing and cranberry sauce but no mashed potatoes what they had was rice and thick fried potatoes???? What! On top of this the vegetables were not cooked. The baked potatoes where another huge complaint I gave two of the potatoes back to the chef and told him they were not edible. The Lettuce was also soaking wet and I would never have served it drowning in water. 6. While in Puerta Vallarta, we decided to stay on board and enjoy our Balcony BUT! We did not expect to have a Tankard below us taking STUFF of the ship or the Jack Hammers that were working on the Liverpool Mall or the Back Hoe’s working to the right of our balcony ALL DAY LONG UGH! We ended up spending the day in our room with the balcony doors closed watching a program about Amolite for the 4th time. 7. While on our trip to Cabo San Lucas we purchased a bottle of Gold Tequila, which we knew in advance that we would have it confiscated ( and I hate that word) until the night before we got home. So Friday night at 7:00pm I went to the area where you could pick up your bottle and the two bottles of wine that we had originally taken on board. The wine we received right away, however, the Tequila could not be found and I actually went into the area to look for it myself. The Bar Manager and the Head Bar Manager told me they would look for it for me. When I got back to our room I received a telephone call from the Manager saying they had found the bottle and would deliver it to our room. We did not look inside the bag when we got back to the room….we just packed it away. Once again we had a surprise when we got home. It was not the bottle we purchased, but a Silver bottle of Tequila not the GOLD we purchased. I could go on but, want to keep this to one page! Jennifer Hessar-Amiri
Consumer Review:My husband is elderly and handicapped due to Parkinson Disease. We were helped very much by all of the crew. When we ate at the cafeteria style restaurant they helped him with food selection and carried his food to the table for him. The whole ship is handicapped friendly with many railings to hang on to while walking on the ship. Bathrooms have plenty of grab bars. The food and service was very good .The internet service was helpful in helping us get boarding passes for our airline flight saving us much time at the airport. We enjoyed our excursions that we took too. We enjoyed watching the scenery from our balcony room. Overall it was a great trip Thanks Direct Line Cruises and the crew members of the Norwegian Star. Thanks Ruth and Pat Wessling from Texas
Consumer Review:No cruise is a bad cruise, but food could have been better, so we frequented the specialty restuarants at least 3x. The entertainment was very good, and we still enjoyed ourselves very much, except for the scare of the Tsunami in the Paciific Ocean.
Consumer Review:Overall the cruise was very enjoyable and the tours were very good with excellent guides and at a reasonable price. The food was plentiful at Market Cafe. The main dining rooms just did not meet the standards of good food that we have had on other cruises and we were disappointed. The specialty restaurants we did not go to but I heard were good from other passengers we had talked with on the cruise. Of course, these restaurants charged an extra fee for better food of which we thought was a "come on" to spend more! The Market Cafe, which was a buffet style eatery was only open til 9:30 p.m. and then closed. The only place to get a bite of a very limited menu was a small, very small place called the "Blue Lagoon", after 9:30 p.m. The Lagoon was always packed and a long, long line. Many other cruises always had a midnite buffet or snacks at a buffet bar around the clock. Although, you could order room service 24 hrs. a day. The personel were friendly. The ship was very clean and liked the sanitizer available for your hands and health all over the ship. Most shows at the Stardust Theater were good but the Magician wasn't good. The activities could have been better throughout the day especially on the "At Sea" days. We attended many and thought they were being a little cheap by not giving out some free drink tickets or any small prizes to winners of their contests,etc. Finally, I would chose another cruise line before NCL because of their sub standard main dining room meals.
Consumer Review:THE EXPERIENCE WAS MEDIOCRE AT BEST. THE FOOD WAS SUB PAR.. THE STAFF ACTED LIKE SALESMEN ON COMMISSION IN YOUR FACE TO SELL THEIR DRINKS. EVEN IF A DRINK WAS SITTING IN FRONT OF ME, THEY(NOT ONE, BUT MANY), WOULD BE TRYING TO GETME ANOTHER ONE. MOST CRUISES HAVE A COCKTAIL PERSON ASSIGNED TO AN AREA, BUT THEY HAD PEOPLE ALL OVER THE PLACE. IT WAS EXTREMELY HARD TO CARRY ON A SIMPLE CONVERSATION. TELLING THEM TO LEAVE US ALONE DID NOT WORK WELL AS MANY DID NOT SPEAK ENGLISH TOO WELL AND IT WAS HARD TO UNDERSTAND SOME.THE SHIP WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER. VERY FEW STAFF WEREINTERESTED IN PLEASING US-THEY WENT THROUGH THE MOTIONS. I DEFINITELY WOULD NOT BE INTERESTED IN USING NCL AGAIN. I TRAVELED WITH 5 OTHERS AND SOME COMMENTS WERE- THE COFFEE WAS AWFUL. THE ORANGE JUICE TASTED LIKE WATER. THE ICE MACHINE IN THE MAIN DINING AREA DID NOT WORK. THE FLOORS WERE ALWAYS SLIPPERY. THE FOOD WAS COLD. THEY WERE VERY SLOW RESPONDING TO MOST REQUESTS. SECURITY WAS QUICK.THE GAMBLING WAS OKAY...THEY TOOK YOU ON BINGO AND KEPT TOO MUCH FOR THE HOUSE PLAYING HOLD-M, BUT OKAY OVERALL. THE ENTERTAINMENT WAS JUST OKAY.
Consumer Review:The shore excursions were all OUTRAGEOUSLY expensive at all of our ports of call. There were no inexpensive options to just explore the cities where we stopped. In addition, the stop we made in Prince Rupert, Canada was a HUGE waste of time! The ship didn't dock till 4:30pm and left at 10:00pm. Most of the time we were there, it was too dark to do anything! It seems the main rallying cry for all staff on the ship was UPSELL, UPSELL, UPSELL! I don't think there was a single thing we did onboard where they weren't trying to AGGRESSIVELY sell us something - whether that was dinners in the specialty dining rooms, drinks, bingo, artwork, jewelry, spa services, shore excursions, etc. It got REALLY old very quickly!
Consumer Review:The Star was clean, our cabin was excellent, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. The ports were as I expected, and the shore excursions choices were good....a little expensive, but, good choices. Usually if you wait until you get off the ship, you can get the same excursions for 1/3 the price. My biggest complaint is NCLs advertising of 14 restaurants to choose from with the free style cruising. What they fail to tell you is there is a cover charge for 8 of these options. They advertise in the onboard newspaper a nominal charge. I don't consider $25.00 nominal. I did enjoy the many venues where music could be enjoyed. Disembarkation was a little confusing also. You had a choice of colors to coincide with times to disembark. But, four colors were called at once, which caused a huge congestion of passengers trying to disembark at once. Why bother with the colors when they called most of the passengers at one time? All in all, it was a good, relaxing, enjoyable cruise. Because of the charges in the restaurants, I doubt if I'll choose NCL for my next cruise.
Consumer Review:This was my fourth cruise, and I would have to rate this cruise as the worst of the four. The Star itself is not set up very well. There is a lack of public lounges with comfortable seating and windows. It seems they have committed the ship to have mostly additional pay areas such as specialty restaurants, spas that took the prime areas that other ships used for public areas. The main dining menu has been degraded in what it offers (I believe they are offering the better menu items at the specialty places now). Also they had a lack of activities for those who just wanted to do their own thing, not having to do scheduled events. They have a wi game system that only could be used when scheduled (by them not the guest) and under their supervision which I thought was a bit ridiculous. Another time we tried to play shuffle board on the deck one morning only to have to stop and leave due to them having to do some maintenance (it looked liked they were only washing down the side of the ship or the life boats, I imagine as being necessary but really then it had to be done at that time????). Of course the price for beverages went up even higher, I bet their sales are getting even lower. The live shows were very good, though no stand up comedian on this cruise which I would have probably like better than the Second City group who did improv. It didn't help on this cruise in having a medical emergency that resulted in losing a port stop, not sure if this emergency could have been handle differently, just don't know what they had to decide on for it. And the one thing that we were looking forward to was the soft serve ice cream, it was either watered down of was ice milk though they said it was ice cream - it was not ice cream for sure. All in all, this will probably be my last Norwegian cruise, My wife went on a Carnival cruise last year and it was way better than our last two Norwegian cruises.
Consumer Review:this was the least friendliest cruise we have been on, room service was maybe once a day, crew members not very friendly. we had one waiter that introduced himself and actually talked to us. too much of the ship devoted to pay restaurants, the only time the staff spoke to you was to sell you something. not very many crew members smiled:(
Consumer Review:Those who served us were always smiling and friendly. Any requests that we had were always delivered in a timely manner.
Consumer Review:We had a great time - everything was taken care of - I really felt like I didn't have to think about any of the details - they were all taken care of for me, from the time I received my documents to my arrival in Seattle, and embarkation. Idiot proof! All my questions were answered in a timely and efficient fashion, the service was excellent. We felt very well taken care of and attended to. All our needs were met and each staff member made a point of making us feel welcome, providing us with terrific and individualized service, and many perks that would cause me to choose Norwegian cruise line again.
Consumer Review:We were travelling with family members (there was 10 of us) - this included 3 wheelchairs and 1 walker. Whenever a crew member saw one of the wheelchairs they RAN to help out. Every crew member we met was very courteous, kind and in general just couldn't do enough for us. I highly recommend Norwegian Cruise Line.
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