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Baron Sherrill

Age: 41


Number of Cruises: 5+

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Star

Sailing Date: 04-11-2009

Itinerary: LA Mexico run

This was our second trip with NCL and I will go over the + points first. I thought the food was great. We hit all the main dining areas and the pay resturants as well. The French resturant and the steak house were awesome, the food was fantastic and the service was spot on. In both places I left cash tips with both servers I was so impressed. The Market Garden Buffet was always great and they even had a seperate kids buffet area that our son eat at every day. The Kids club for his age group was great as well. One of the reasons we went with NCL again was because of this program. The girls who work in that department love the kids and have fun with them all week long.

This ship also has a great set up for the kids who like the water. There is a kids pool/ water slide area on the back of the ship that they all love. There is also a larger water slide area at the main pool that our 4 year old just loved. Great ship to take the family on. On our cruise there were 800 kids under the age of 18 so if your not into that scene you might want to pick a different ship. Granted is was spring break but it is a kid friendly ship.

Now the bad points. I really hate that fact that this cruise line and others charge for non alcohol drinks. Orange juice and milk are served all day for free in the buffet area, but you want to charge me $2 for a diet coke. It just seems a little much and I spent a lot of time filling out and signing receipt just to get a drink. I would much rather pay a couple hundred more for the cruise and not have to deal with this.

I don't think our room was that clean, the mirrors were dirty when we got there on the first day and stayed that way the whole trip. There was some other unknown substance on the walls in the bathroom and was plain to see but just never got taken care of during the week, just dirty. The carpets and the balcony area of the room was worn and needs to be replaced. The ship needs to be revamped.

We went on the casino plan since we are gamblers, we got a break on the room since our level of play was high on the previous trip. After two cruises I have to say the casino is TIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't go and exspect the level of winning that you might see in Vegas or other places. One nice thing is we got all of our drinks in the Casino comped through this program. I talked to a lot of other folks who were there on the same program and everyone said the same thing, TIGHT.

Be very careful about what shore excursions you take. The providers are giving up 40 to 50% to NCL when the trips are booked through the ship. To make up for this the providers are packing in as many people as they can on these trips. I spent $250 for three of us to go on a Pirate ship cruise and the trip sucked becasue they put 240 people on this ship for the day and you couldn't move around. I got this information by talking the guys on the ship when I asked why it was so packed.

Well, that's my story. If you want to go with the family and not gamble and you don't mind an older ship then go for it. Hope this helped. NCL if you want to refund my money on the shore excursion and fix the problem with the TIGHT casino I might travel with you again.

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