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Age: 57

Occupation:Programmer Analyst

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Star

Sailing Date: 2010-07-17

Itinerary: Alaska

The mindset of NCL is cut costs, cut costs, cut costs. If they can save a buck (or a penny) they will, and it shows when it comes to providing for the passengers. When I asked for Tabasco for my eggs, I was given a bottle that obviously contained watered down Tobasco.

It was okay. The food touted as being gourmet was far from it. They had a nigh function billed as a chocoholics dream, but really the desserts were lacking in richness. Very, very humdrum.

Good. If you do go on any cruise, pay the extra for a balcony. It's well worth it.

Onboard activities were so-so. The show on the final night of the cruise, however, was worse than so-so; it wasabsolutely terrible. Very amateurish. If I wasn't sitting in the middle of the theater, I would have walked out.

The excursions can be booked a lot cheaper when you get off the ship for shore leave. Want to travel to a glacier? Wait until you get to the port and go ashore and do it.

If you are a couple and want to enjoy time in a spa or pool without a lot of kids, then pay the $150 extra bucks for a week of the private spa and pool. No one under 18 allowed. Very nice. This part was the saving grace of the cruise.

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