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Kevin Moran

Age: 58

Occupation:Bus Driver

Number of Cruises: 16

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Star

Sailing Date: 2011-09-10

Itinerary: Alaska Inside Passage

The ship is aging well, the crew were top notch, and the scenery was breathtaking. A happy 7 days

I think ALL cruise line's MDR food is overrated. Since i accept that it is difficult to feed large numbers of people in a short time span, I am invariably surprised when a meal is anything other than "good" on any ship. That was our experience on Norwegian Star. Food was consistently good in the MDR's but not great. Hot was hot, cold was cold and the menu offered typical fare. Buffets were again good but uninspiring. Ate once in the extra cost LeBistro and found food and service superb. I was pleasantly surprised that we NEVER had to wait to be seated, regardless of the size of our party. They simply seated us at once like we owned the place.

Service was good in all other eating venues and the clearing of dishes faster than on many other ships. I personally like the greeter at each dining venue offering a spritz of hand sanitizer, and got used to the idea quickly.

Small but adequate. We've cruised NCL before and know they are famous (infamous ?) for small cabins so we were not surprised. Our party of 9 had 4 cabins. By coincidence they included 4 categories: inside, outside, balcony, and mini suite. Our "mini-suite" was merely a slightly bigger balcony cabin and located mid-ship. The only furniture in the room was a pull out sofa that tried to pull out anytime one sat on it. Annoying. I dislike the soap/shampoo/conditioner wall dispensers in the bath but it seems everybody is switching to them lately. The cabin attendant was superb.

An eclectic offering typical of what we've experienced on other cruises. Piano bar, trios and quartets, sports bar, "major" shows offered several times in the main show lounge. On the whole I think NCL did a good job with onboard stuff but all remain a matter of taste. My wife loved the magician/hypnotist while I was bored to tears with the act. On-deck activities were sparse due to weather. Cold, foggy, misty, often windy, it just wasn't appealing to do much outside when the ship was underway.

Off ship excursions were not much cheaper than those offered by the ship. Similar to the Caribbean, it is immediately apparent that these small Alaskan towns live and die off tourism and fishing. Not poverty per se, but an obvious lack of wealth. I didn't expect that.

See notes above. I would go again on this ship and this itinerary in an instant.

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