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Mary Carroll

Age: 53

Occupation:Administative Assistant

Number of Cruises: 7

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Star

Sailing Date: 2011-04-25

Itinerary: Mexican Rivera

We just returned from the Cabo and Puerto Vallarta cruise out of LA and overall I'd say it was very good. Ths was my first NCL cruise and I discovered they have invented additional ways to try to get you to spend your money. Although the Free Style cruising gives you more dining options, most of them cost you more money.

Very good. I was suprised of the three restaurants I tried that charged a surcharge, I thought the best was LaCuccina, the Italian Restaurant. And the surcharge restaurants have additional items on the menu that have an additional surcharges attached. The main dining room as very good and if you don't want to spend any extra money, just stay there.

Very good. We choose a Ocean View cabin, #5120 with a large picture window, and for the two of us and it was fine. If my son had come though I think it would have been a little crowed.

Plenty to do all day or do nothing at all. That's the beautfy of crusing.

We didn't do any excursions in Cabo and it is really small enough that you don't have to. The water taxis can take you out to the arch which you really should see because it is beautiful. Go to the cruise terminal information desk when you get off and they'll steer you to the more reliable companies. The restaurants have lounge chairs on the beach so you can buy some beverages and just relax. You will, however, get hit up by people selling everything from Jewelry to Wrestling masks! In Puerto Vallarta I would HIGHLY recommend the Las Callentas (might be spelling that wrong) tour. You take a catermeran ride about a hour to the resort. When you get there the staff are lined up on the shore waving to you. I felt like I was arriving at fantasy Island. The food and drinks were great. It was a perfect vacation day.

The days at sea were a little disappointing as it never got warmer then 64 degrees so it was a little too cold to lie in the sun as it was very breezy up on the deck. Otherwise all was great. I would definitely go on a NCL cruise again.

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