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Kerry Burkey

Age: 56

Occupation:Manager

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Star

Sailing Date: 2010-07-14

Itinerary: Inside Passage Alaska

This was our first cruise. The Star is a Free Style cruise. Food at the 3 restaurants that do not charge extra is mediocre.... breakfast is okay. We tried dinner at the free restaurants, but opted to pay extra for dinner at the theme restaurants. Food at the theme restaurants was excellent. Cagney's steakhouse is top of the line, but we certainly enjoyed all the others too. The cover charges ran from $10 - $25 per person...but you could eat any/everything on the menus......all of it very excellent. For Lunch we liked the BBQ on Deck 13 by the pool/hot tubs/water slides. Cabins are small, but efficiently organized. Entertainment was okay and ran the gamut. The two must sees for us were: The Tribute to Frankie Vallie and the best juggling act I've ever seen. Excursions are expensive....so plan $200 per person per excursion and you won't be disappointed. We had fun in Ketchican catching fish with Capt. Ken, The Tram and Mendenhall Glacier made our stay in Juneau worthwhile. We opted to rent a car in Skagway and drove to Emerald Lake in the Yukon....much better than riding the train. We took lots of pictures. Do an excursion in Prince Rupert because there isn't anything to do there.

Free food was at the Market Place in buffet style.....okay for breakfast, but go to the 13th Deck for BBQ for lunch. Don't do any free food for dinner.....it's about the same as hospital food. Pay the extra $10 -$25 per person and enjoy some GREAT food.

Stateroom was an outside room with a window, but no balcony. I think next time we will splurge for the balcony. Room was small, but very efficiently organized. We didn't spend a great deal of time in the room.....but it served the purpose.

Lots of variety in activities and didn't get bored. This was a JULY cruise to Alaska so we took shorts, tank tops and summer clothes.....we also took sweatshirts. We should have packed coats. It's Alaska!!!! The wind can really blow cold even though the days can be very warm. You have to go prepared for everything from 40 - 85 degrees.

There are so many excursions .... something for everyone. Realistically, there isn't much time to crowd more than one decent excursion into each port of call..... so plan to spend $200 per person at each stop and you won't be disappointed.

The Spa package is worth the extra cost......pamper yourself....you'll remember it the rest of your life.
Take lots of pictures, the scenery is spectacular.
Tremendous commercialism on board and at every port of call. Enjoy being the tourist and take it all in. If you are interested in getting to know Alaska, cruising isn't going to work for you. Spending a few fast-flowing hours in Ketchican, Juneau, Skagway and Prince Rupert can barely whet the appetite. You need 4-5 days in each town to really get a good experience......but cruising can be an introduction that you otherwise won't experience.

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