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Jaimie Wilson

Age: 43

Occupation:Emergency Room Clerk

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Star

Sailing Date: 01-31-2009

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

This was my first cruise and of course, my first cruise review. DINING: BREAKFASTS; we ordered room service for breakfast each morning. The bran muffins are very good as are the omelets. Speaking of room service, try the chocolate cake, it was very good. MARKET CAFE; we ate some lunches here and the food was fair, our main complaint was that the hot food could have been hotter. The roast chicken was good, as was the pork roast. The breads here are very good and there are tons of items available. BLUE LAGOON; Excellent hot Wings and tasty hamburgers. We also tried the chicken strips (they need BBQ sauce) and the chicken breast sandwich they were both good. Strawberry pound cake was also good. AQUA; ate here for dinner one night - food was tasty, but poor service and VERY noisy. VERSAILLES; we ate dinner here two nights. Beautiful decor and not as noisy as the Aqua. Service was better than the Aqua. However, after one night's dinner, we were both still hungry so stopped and picked up some hot wings at Blue Lagoon and ordered a pizza from Room Service. ENDLESS SUMMER; DO NOT ORDER THE FAJITAS!!! They were so tough I couldn't eat them and they had no flavor at all. However, the Lobster Tacos were excellent. My husband says there must have been close to 3 tails worth of lobster in them. Messy, but very tasty! You also get a free drink with your cover charge. LE BISTRO; we ate here for our 25th Anniversary dinner as part of the Romance package we purchased. Decor is nice and excellent service. We both ordered the tenderloin and it was very tender. We had the fruit fondue for dessert - it was great. We brought our Anniversary cake back to our stateroom with us for later. We had requested no singing when we made our reservations, which they honored with no problems. CAGNEY'S; we ate here the first and last nights of the cruise and made our reservations WELL in advance as it is very busy. They by far had the best service and the T-bone and Prime Rib were excellent. The molten chocolate cake was wonderful. STATEROOM: We were in 11056, an AFT mini-suite. The room was very nice and larger than we expected. Loved the balcony. The chocolate covered strawberries that were part of the romance package were good. STARDUST THEATRE; All of the shows we saw were fun and fairly well done. The hawking of the drinks and the pull tab things were way overdone and got tiresome. Telling a waiter 15 times a day that you don't want a drink gets old. THE BARS: We didn't spend much time here. Mr. Motown at the Carousel was fun to listen to in the evenings and watching Karaoke was also a good time. POOL AREA; Too many people and too many kids. We didn't even try it out. The kids need to use the kid's pool aft. We were advised that the cruise before ours (over Thanksgiving week) had over 900 children and teens under the age of 18! I am VERY happy that we weren't on that sailing and truly feel sorry for anyone that was. SPA; we paid the extra weekly charge in order to use the pool and whirlpools here after seeing the zoo at the outdoor pool. It was 140.00 for both of us for the week. They have lockers and give you a robe when you arrive. There are also steam rooms and saunas on both the men's and women's sides. CINEMA; There were 4 or 5 movies running each day in the cinema. The same movies were also available on the stateroom TVs. PORTS OF CALL; CABO--- (Tender) This port was a ZOO. There were 3 ships in port and the gauntlet of people and peddlers around the marina were terrible. We had to walk to the far side of the marina to catch our tour and must have had 400 peddlers try and sell us stuff. The bright side was our tour - the Yellow Submarine tour booked through Johann and Sandra with Ocean Riders. The tour guide and boat captain were wonderful, spoke excellent English and really gave us an excellent tour. I highly recommend any tour with Ocean Riders. If we ever come back to Cabo, we won't be leaving the ship. MAZATLAN; Here we did Stone Island on our own. Walked 3 blocks to the water taxi, paid our $4.00 for a round trip and made our way to Molokay's. Here we got a table and ordered a few sodas. We rented a locker for our stuff then rented an ATV for an hour. We rode up the beach about 5 miles, looked for shells and enjoyed the sun. Our TOTAL cost for our day at Stone Island was 475.00 Peso or about $36.00 dollars. This includes the ATV rental. We will do this again next time I'm sure, it was a fun day. PV; we rented a city tour van on the pier for 25.00 per person. It was supposed to be a 3 hour tour, but we ended up not making it back to the boat for about 6 hours. We saw much of the shopping area and the old town. We also got to go through and see the nice neighborhoods with the houses built into the hillsides. We then went up into the mountains/jungle and visited a tequila factory. We finished up the tour with lunch at a restaurant called Chico's, then a ride back to the pier. We could have been left off in the shopping area if we wanted. PV is beautiful and I'm sure we will return here as well. FLIGHT: We flew Delta into Long Beach on the 28th, late afternoon. It only took about 10 minutes from the time we stepped off the plane until we had our luggage in hand and were looking for our ride. I had made reservations online with Super Shuttle from the Long Beach Airport to our hotel in San Pedro. Cost was around $35.00. The driver had left me a voice mail on my cell phone before we landed advising where to find him and his van number. We were on our way to the hotel within 20 minutes of landing. PRE-CRUISE HOTEL: Sunrise San Pedro, 525 S Harbor Blvd This hotel was booked as part of our airfare. Wonderfully helpful and pleasant front desk personnel. Basic rooms, about what we expected for the price. Beds were VERY firm. There was a continental breakfast which we did not try and a free shuttle to the cruise terminal running every half hour from 10AM until mid afternoon. Next door is Grinders, a restaurant. If you like a good burger, AWESOME Philly cheese sandwiches, home cut French fries and excellent onion strings (rings) then head here for a reasonable dinner. Homemade vegetable soup too. Dinner for 2 was under $20.00. EMBARKATION: As others have said, a zoo. We arrived between 10 and 11, found a porter to take our 5 bags and made our way inside. Our wait was probably 20 minutes to get our cards and take care of the credit card for onboard expenses. They DID NOT preauthorize any amount on the card, only scanned it to have on file. We then moved to the waiting area and found a seat. Our wait here was quite a while because we arrived so early. I think they started boarding at noon and we were in the 4th group called. This is where we ran into a snag, when we got to the metal detectors, the person checking IDs said my husband couldn't board because this photo ID said James and his NCL ID card said Jim. We had to head all the way back to the area where they check IDs and passports and have his NCL card redone. We then cut back up to the front of the line to the same security guard who turned us away and she then let us right in. DISEMBARKATION AND POST CRUISE HOTEL; Much better than embarkation. We chose the 10am tags and took it easy all morning. After we got off the boat, we caught the Crowne Plaza shuttle as they were dropping off passengers to the hotel. They allowed us to check in at 10:45AM without a problem. We were lounging in their pool and hot tub by 11:30! We then contacted the Concierge to book our ride back to the Long Beach airport. Our flight didn't leave until 3:40PM. Super Shuttle said they would arrive at 1PM, the cost for both of us was $34.00 and the Crowne Plaza allowed us a late check out due to our late flight. This is a very nice hotel, comfortable rooms with good beds. All in all this was a wonderful vacation and we had a great time.

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