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Monica

Age: 32

Occupation:education

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Star

Sailing Date: 2009-06-6

Itinerary: Alaska inside passage

Norwegian Star overall was a good ship to travel to Alaska. The two service people in charge of cleaning our room were very attentive to our needs. We took our 1st cruise with my husband's parents(each own room with balcony) and our 2 year old son. Service always came in, cleaned up well, turn up and down the sofa bed for our son and delivered our room service food within the time allotted. All crew were friendly, but hard to understand them most of the time (many foreign employees).

Check in and out were simple and the baggage program at the end of the cruise was very helpful. For being our 1st cruise, I can say that our experience was pleasant and did not have any pressure to buy jewelry. They do advertise quite a bit to for the jewelry stores in the alaskan towns and on the ship, but I felt that compared to when you walk in to a jewelry store at a store mall (that is pressure) the cruise ship did not pressure people to buy, they just advertised everyday.

The Food, well... my 2 year old is a very very picky eater and started out with the buffet restaurant on the ship, the first day. We tried lunch and dinner both were a complete flop. The food is just bland, and pasta and red sauce can only go so much for a 2 year old. The rest of the trip,we dined at different locations. The other, free of charge (most cruisers do not realize this) The Versailles restaurant was very good food for the- no fee- (and a beautiful view of the ocean). For dinner we were willing to spend the minimal fee(usually $10 -15 pp) for a more pleasant meal (keep in mind that the fee allows you to order an appetizer, a salad or soup, main course, and dessert or more if you can fit it in). We tried the Soho restaurant , I had the lobster 1 1/2 lbs (not worth it) but my husband and mother in-law enjoyed their meals. Next we tried La Trattoria (Italian), then tried (the best, and pricey $25pp) Cagney's. Lobster and filet mignon with the rasberry creme brulee dessert, was to die for! Le Bistro (French) was very good too. Tex Mex was good, just dont ask for a bean burrito they are extremely stingy on the beans or they just don't know what a bean & cheese burrito looks like. Word of caution for those going to Skagway (do not order any Mexican food at a restaurant called North Lights Italian/Mexican (it's not mexican food and again, they don't know what a bean burrito is made up of). What can get costly is the drink (sodas) so my recommendation is to purchase the $54 soda program. The best margaritas served on the ship are at Tex Mex (both regular and strawberry ).

Having a balcony is the way to go on being in a cruise. If you want quiet down time you can still do so and still enjoy the view of the ocean. Take some clips to hang something dark from the top of the curtain though, the fact that the sunset occurs past 10pm and sunrise is early makes sunlight come in through the top. For those that do not like to carry a wrist watch and rely on their cell phones: they do not work out at sea, unless you are at port in town. Mine literally was 3 hours behind and stated that it was Nov. 8 1999, but would correct itself once we were ported into one of the towns.

We missed out on a few of the activities, a lot of art auctions. They take quite a bit of pictures and post on these glass cabinets for purchasing. I recommend waiting till the day before disembarking to make your purchases, they cost 12.99 each and if you purchase too early and later see others that you like it will cost you more.

Enjoy your time at Mendahall Glacier, we did the botanical gardens combo and did not get more than an hour to see the glacier. Whitepass train ride was very nice a bit long for a 2 year old but very nice.

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