Sail Date: November 2018
We recommend Curacao. It had great beaches, clear water, warm water and the temperature was not too hot during our cruise. St. Thomas and St. Martin were still recovering from hurricane damage but our beach excursions were nice. We ... Read More
We recommend Curacao. It had great beaches, clear water, warm water and the temperature was not too hot during our cruise. St. Thomas and St. Martin were still recovering from hurricane damage but our beach excursions were nice. We enjoyed the onboard shows and recommend them. The food was not as good as Carnival in my opinion. Our favorite place was Sheehan's. We also enjoyed eating breakfast in our cabin. I used deck 7 for walking. It had a nice fitness center, but I did not use it. I used the internet package. It was not what was explained to me when I purchased the 11 day package. Only one device can use it at a time. I was told I could use my phone to make calls. I could not, unless I used Skype or something equivalent. Texting would work and was very helpful for me. Our only issue with embarkation from Miami was the poor coordination and lack of organization for wheelchair access to the ship. This was frustrating to quite a few people who had to rely on this service. Overall we had a good time. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We love the islands, weather and NCL. It was our 30th wedding anniversary and we have taken previous cruises on our 20th and 25th anniversary. We have never been disappointed. The on board staff are amazing people an a credit to NCL. The ... Read More
We love the islands, weather and NCL. It was our 30th wedding anniversary and we have taken previous cruises on our 20th and 25th anniversary. We have never been disappointed. The on board staff are amazing people an a credit to NCL. The food, entertainment, bars, restaurants all exceeded our expectations again. The overall value is good and I highly recommend the owners suites. They are spacious and well appointed. The butler and housekeeping staff are tremendous and attentive. I also recommend the food and drink packages. The cost for the entire cruise was slightly high however you do get great value for your money. Although the entertainment was great the cruise had one band that we felt didn’t live up to NCL standards. The shows are all A+ and class acts and overall well worth your time. We are already looking to schedule another cruise just looking for a interesting designation, new incentives or deal. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Embarkation went fairly smooth. Our cabin and cabin attendant were very nice for an obstructed Oceanview cabin. The ship was small and comfortable. Entertainment on the ship was okay nothing really spectacular except for one singer rest ... Read More
Embarkation went fairly smooth. Our cabin and cabin attendant were very nice for an obstructed Oceanview cabin. The ship was small and comfortable. Entertainment on the ship was okay nothing really spectacular except for one singer rest of it was average. I have nothing to good to say about the main dining room except the desserts were good. Our disembarkation went very smoothly got off the ship quickly and easily. specialty restaurants are very good absolutely enjoyed them. All the extra perks we got on this Cruise made it worth it. Surprisingly the Wi-Fi service was actually fairly good on this Cruise. the pool area was very nice and surprisingly for that many people on the ship there are generally seats available most of the time. I like the pool bar the best for the service and friendliness. also the food by the pool was fairly good the hamburgers were constantly fresh in the buns of very fresh as well. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It was an 11 day cruise going to Jamaica, Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten and St Thomas. The ports are great except for Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Nothing to see there if you don’t buy an excursion. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the itinerary. It was an 11 day cruise going to Jamaica, Aruba, Curaçao, St Maarten and St Thomas. The ports are great except for Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Nothing to see there if you don’t buy an excursion. Embarkation was a nightmare! Waited over 2 hours to board. Was informed before the cruise that the ship was coming in from Europe and would be a longer wait to board because of customs having to inspect everything. By then our flight was already booked and would cost to change it. NCL was aware of this delay ahead of time and maybe they should have provided snacks for those waiting in the port. They didn’t have enough seating for everyone either! I don’t understand why we always have at least an hour wait to board NCL after we check in. We never have that problem with Carnival. I don’t have a problem with long lines but once I get my room key what takes so long! I was disappointed that NCL seems to have downgraded their MDR menu. They no longer serve lobster tails unless you pay extra for it! And the beef they serve is a much cheaper cut. I couldn’t eat most of it because it was so tough and had so much gristle! They didn’t serve prime rib until the last night and it was only 1/4” thick! I have never seen prime rib cut as thin except at the $4.95 dinner at Las Vegas! The ship was very nice. The crew and staff are awesome! The Captain has a great sense of humor! The cruise director, Roberto always stopped to say hi when he saw us! The ships seems a little more reserved. They took out the water slides. I think they are trying to cater to an older crowd. They didn’t have any drink specials (like 2 for 1) except the “drink of the day” and it was on special for $8.95! Compared to other cruise lines this is not much of a “special”! Please replace the seats in the theater! I think they are the original seats. Most are so worn that they slope down! They are so small and so close together that you don’t have any room! My husband is 5’8” tall and weighs 145 and it was tight for him. His knees hit the seat in front of him! The servers have a hard time serving drinks because there is no room for them to get through. If you want a drink at the show you need to sit on the outside aisles but be prepared to stand up every time someone wants to sit in the middle! NCL charges $25 for a Deal or No Deal card and $40 for Bingo! Isn’t $20 enough? I would have played more if it was $20! In the casino I didn’t play as much because they charge a fee if you charge money to your room key! Carnival does not charge a fee! I don’t like carrying so much cash on a cruise just to gamble. If Carnival starts charging a fee then I will play less there also! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We had never visited most of the Islands on this Cruise and specially wanted to visit Aruba & Curaçao. We loved each port and all of our excursions! The ship was just coming from a remodel and was beautifuly redone. It felt ... Read More
We had never visited most of the Islands on this Cruise and specially wanted to visit Aruba & Curaçao. We loved each port and all of our excursions! The ship was just coming from a remodel and was beautifuly redone. It felt like we were traveling on a brand new ship clean & bright. We never traveled on the Star before but, we have been on the Dawn and we loved the improvements. Everything about this ship met or far exceeded our expectations. We found this cruise had the most diverse group of passengers from religions, race, nationalities and the friendliness was amazing. We seem to make new friends no matter where we went! We did have problems with a very late embarkation. The ship & crew had to undergo an intense inspection (because the ship had been out of the US for awhile). This was out of NCL’s control- but I thought NCl could have done a better job adjusting the schedule one we were on board- reschedule the safety training. The staff was just incredible- our room steward (Rai) couldn’t do enough for us! We made friends with many of the waitstaff in the restaurants and would look for favorites when ever we went to eat! By the way we just love freestyle!! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2018
We choose this 11 day Southern Caribbean cruise because we were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. We don't make a tom of money and felt the value of a cruise, this cruise was a great use of our vacation dollars. Our room steward ... Read More
We choose this 11 day Southern Caribbean cruise because we were celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary. We don't make a tom of money and felt the value of a cruise, this cruise was a great use of our vacation dollars. Our room steward Ven was amazing. His timing was perfect. Never did we return to our room and have it not ready to receive us. We didn't eat at the buffet much, rather we ate at the other non specialty restaurants. We did not have a bad meal. We chose the older, smaller cruise ship to avoid the lines, etc. associated with having several thousand other passengers on board with us. I would recommend this to others and think we go this route in the future. We found all the staff accommodating and friendly. We did all of our excursions through NCL but may rethink that if we return to the same ports again. As long as we can get back to the ship, it is easy to get around and cheaper to grab a taxi or share rides with other passengers. I recommend NCL for it's service and for their freestyle cruising. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Not knowing what to expect, we had a great time. The embarkation was quite delayed for the first cruise in the US after retrofit, which shouldn't happen again, but once boarded everything was great. Perfect size for first cruise with ... Read More
Not knowing what to expect, we had a great time. The embarkation was quite delayed for the first cruise in the US after retrofit, which shouldn't happen again, but once boarded everything was great. Perfect size for first cruise with plenty to see and do, If you are looking for a wow dining experience you won't get that but you will be more than satisfied with the food offerings and the freestyle of dining at your pleasure. The drinks were great and all staff were friendly and helpful. The cabin was clean and perfect for 2, we had a porthole on deck 5 - no complaints at all. The sea was calm with only one afternoon of 7 ft waves and I hardly noticed. This was an 11 day 5 island cruise & it was beautiful. The entertainment was bright professional & pretty good every time. Any questions were answered calmly and thoroughly to our satisfaction. Often excursions are pricey & you will be able to get a comparable tour once ashore for a better price but it will be far less organized. Feel free to go & do whatever you want wherever you want. Very clean ship. Not the larges in the fleet which suited us best I think, Excellent first experience. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
First time on Norwegian. We were not impressed with the food. Although the crew were very friendly- we had to walk into the hall to request towels or face clothes as we were about to shower. The entertainment we felt was above average ... Read More
First time on Norwegian. We were not impressed with the food. Although the crew were very friendly- we had to walk into the hall to request towels or face clothes as we were about to shower. The entertainment we felt was above average with a variety of shows, magician, contortionist, Russian circus experts and the dancers. The cruise activities were plentiful and well organized. We enjoyed the goofy golf, bean bag toss, shuffleboard, and trivia. You could collect initials for each activity and then redeem for a prize. They also had a synchronized swimming contest with the cruise activity leaders that was a lot of fun. We had the least expensive room with a large porthole but we had to squeeze by the desk on 1 side and squeeze by the closed bunk bed on the other side. Shower was spacious. Toilet and sink area was adequate. I would cruise NCL again but only if the price was lower than others Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
This cruise was a Thanksgiving outing with my wife, sister and brother-in-law. The itinerary was great, with ports of call at Aruba and Curacao, two of my favorite Caribbean islands. But the vacation was marred by the most confused ... Read More
This cruise was a Thanksgiving outing with my wife, sister and brother-in-law. The itinerary was great, with ports of call at Aruba and Curacao, two of my favorite Caribbean islands. But the vacation was marred by the most confused boarding I have ever seen in my 23 cruises and by mediocre food. The last night's dinner was particularly bad, with all of us complaining about our meals in the dining room (I complained the least, as my salmon was at least edible; my sister sent one prime rib back and gave up on the second, ordering the salmon instead). Great way to send passengers off the ship. At least the Thanksgiving meal was good. The internet worked well, but Norwegian sells minutes; I prefer days. The unlimited package is very expensive. The casino seemed a little friendlier than many other ships I have played on. It was a good cruise, but the food and beverage director has a lot of work to do to bring up the quality of the vittles. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I picked this cruise both for the itinerary and the ability to have a family suite without breaking the cruise budget. Highlights: Great service Updates to cabin (12506) include new TV, new couch Wonderful breakfast and lunch ... Read More
I picked this cruise both for the itinerary and the ability to have a family suite without breaking the cruise budget. Highlights: Great service Updates to cabin (12506) include new TV, new couch Wonderful breakfast and lunch in Moderno and Cagney's Ship wide updates: Thermal Loungers in Spa, Teppanyaki expansion, Spice H20 deck 12 aft Spacious cabin Lowlights: Delayed embarkation First day lunch shelved because of problems at Cagney's Flashing lights (because of LED upgrades) in several restaurants, most annoying was Le Bistro One song playing continuously in the Thermal Spa Excursions: Best of Ocho Rios Excursion included poor instructions about how to prepare for the waterfall climb, bickering about directions between the driver and the guide. Best of Aruba tour included a guide/driver (Ruben) who thought it was amusing to keep circling a roundabout (3 times) because he said he was "crazy". I'd use a different term. The tour also took us over a long bumpy road to the "Natural Bridge" but it had fallen down a number of years ago....waste of time. Historical Philipsburg by bicycle was awesome! Fun ride, great sights. Legendary Kon Tiki beach and sight seeing was fun. Mostly beach time and free drinks. Hato Caves and Ostrich farm was fun, enlightening and interesting. 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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