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Norwegian Star Review

2013 Best for Shore Excursions
2013 Best for Families
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Norwegian Star
4.0 / 5.0
2611 reviews

Pros
Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern
Cons
Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off
Bottom Line
Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship

About

Passengers
2,240

Crew
1,100

Passenger to Crew
2.04:1

Launched
2001

Shore Excursions
840
Sails To
South America, Europe, Mediterranean, Antarctica
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Norwegian Star Overview

Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky High Bar (which replaced the Bier Garten), the Bliss Ultra Lounge (which replaced Spinnaker Lounge) and the adults-only Spice H2O. Additionally, all cabins and suites were outfitted with USB charging ports. 

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Launched in 2001, the 2,348-passenger Norwegian Star was the first Norwegian ship custom built for Freestyle Cruising, NCL's anti-traditionalist program that touts a plethora of dining, cabin and entertainment options.

The ship boasts more than 10 restaurants, including venues serving Tex-Mex, Japanese and French cuisine, and nearly 10 bars and lounges. In line with the Freestyle mantra, public spaces range from intimate to exuberant, providing a variety of spots for activities and entertainment day and night. There are also tons of accommodation options, from standard inside cabins to the enormous 6,694-square-ft., three-bedroom Garden Villas.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals in two main dining rooms and at Ginza Asian Restaurant, O'Sheehan's bar and grill, the Garden Cafe buffet and Topsiders Grill; also Continental breakfast room service
  • Main theater production shows and live music in various venues
  • Most onboard activities, except as noted
  • Use of the fitness center (excluding most classes and training sessions)
  • Use of the sports deck and golf driving nets
  • Splash Academy kids club

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Daily service fee of $15 per person, per day for those in standard staterooms or $18 per person, per day, for anyone in The Haven, Concierge-level cabins and all suites
  • Drinks, except water, tea, coffee and select juices from the buffet
  • Gratuities of 20 percent on beverage, spa and salon purchases
  • Room service fee of $9.95 (waived for suites and continental breakfast orders)
  • Most specialty dining, on an a la carte basis, plus 20 percent service charge
  • Spa and salon services, plus access to the spa's Thermal Suite
  • Entrance to the outdoor, adults-only Spice H2O
  • Most fitness center classes
  • Select daily activities including bingo, alcohol tastings,bingo, and games like Deal or No Deal
  • After-hours kids supervision programs at the Splash Academy
  • Shore excursions
  • Internet access and packages
  • Photos taken by shipboard photographers, artwork from the art gallery

Top Norwegian Star Itineraries

Norwegian Star
7 night south america - brazil (bue/rio)

Buenos Aires, Punta del Este, Santos (Sao Paulo), Ilha Grande, Buzios, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro

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Fellow Passengers

NCL's passengers run the broad spectrum of families with young kids to retirees who want a casual cruise experience at a reasonable cost. 


Norwegian Star Dress Code

Daytime:Casual, casual, casual.

Evening: There is one voluntary formal night for those who want to dress up, but most choose to leave their jewels and tuxes at home. The fancier restaurants (Le Bistro, Cagney's) do lend themselves to cocktail attire, but the other dining spots only require resort casual.

Not permitted: No shorts, swimsuits or tank tops are allowed in the restaurants after 5 p.m.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Norwegian Cruise Line.


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Norwegian Star Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.03.9
Dining3.03.6
Entertainment4.03.8
Public Rooms4.03.9
Fitness Recreation4.03.7
Family4.03.6
Enrichment2.03.2
Service4.03.9
Value For Money4.03.6

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Norwegian Star won 2 awards over the years.

Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice

  • 2013 Best for Shore Excursions
  • 2013 Best for Families

Norwegian Star Member Reviews

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The Cruise Curmudgeon
Sail Date: Feb 2020
Oh, Norwegian, Norwegian, we thought you had our backs as far as vegetarian food was concerned, but on the Star we were only partly enthusiastic.... Read More
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dfc922
Sail Date: Nov 2019
We just completed our first Transatlantic Crossing on the Norwegian Star. It was a fabulous trip...and even in November the weather was fantastic...in the hot tub every day.... Read More
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mcorza1
Sail Date: Oct 2019
We chose Norwegian Star because of the high ratings and referrals from family members whom had previously cruised with Norwegian.... Read More
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CruiseGerry
Sail Date: Nov 2019
The Star also featured other musical individuals or groups throughout the 14 days. We had heard that Norwegian was the "nickel and dime" cruise.... Read More

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Norwegian Joy
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