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Norwegian Star Review

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4.0
Very Good

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. 

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 : 622

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.

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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

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.

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Where does Norwegian Star sail from?

Norwegian Star departs from Piraeus, Piraeus, Laviron, Lisbon, Southampton, Southampton, Copenhagen, Venice, Barcelona, Reykjavik, Rome, Civitavecchia, Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Manhattan

How much does it cost to go on Norwegian Star?

Cruises on Norwegian Star start from A$1,005 per person.

Is Norwegian Star a good ship to cruise on?

Norwegian Star won 2 awards over the years.
Norwegian Star Cruiser Reviews

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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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The Cruise Curmudgeon

6-10 Cruises

Age 70s

First TransAtlantic Crossing

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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dfc922

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

Breathtaking adventure. Over and above all expectations.

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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mcorza1

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

A great experience on the Star

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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CruiseGerry

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

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