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Gary Jarrell

Age: 54

Occupation:System Administrator

Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Star

Sailing Date: 2012-11-23

Itinerary: New York to New Orleans

First and last cruise with Norwegian.

We ate at the main dining room (Versailles) on the first night and did not go back. My mother and I had lobster and snapper, my wife had a stead. The lobster was over cooked and the fish was questionable. My wife's steak was over cooked. Since we were in a suite we were able to breakfast and lunch in Cagney's. Very good for breakfast, but don't order the steak as they cannot cook it to perfection. Wife ordered 3 steaks on the cruise at Cagney's non were cooked correctly. We went there for dinner (extra pay) and all of our steaks were undercooked. Sent them back and they were overcooked.

The buffet was one step above Old Country Buffet. We did not care for it. The whole theme of our trip was "a little salt and pepper goes a long way".

State room was very nice. We had the two bedroom family suite as we took my mother on on her 80th birthday. We had a tub and shower. The balcony got a lot of use.

It is great during the day if you like to sit at the pool, drink in excess or shop. If you do not care to sit at the pool, or drink a lot, or shop, then it is EXTREMELY boring.

Do not take the best of Cozumel trip. It was nice, but it is basically a shopping trip.

This was my wife's and my first cruise. My mother has taken about 14 cruises with Princess, Royal Caribbean and Carnival. This was her first time on Norwegian. We were in room 11560 (family suite Amber).

We arrived at the port around 12pm and made our way to the suite waiting area. After a bit of time our Concierge arrived and said she was there to escort us onboard. My mother is 80 years old and wife has mobility issues. The Concierge took off and left our party and another party sitting there. We had to find our own way aboard the ship.

We departed out of New York on 10/21 and were on the port side of the ship. We met our butler Clint and our cabin steward (both were great).

We encountered the edge of hurricane Sandy on the third day of the cruise and had 7-14 foot seas. We could not even feel the ship move.

Some of the shows (730pm and 930pm) were really good. Band on the Run and Shout I would see again. The others not so much.

We spent a lot of time in the cabin as there is not a lot to do on the ship unless you want to gamble, shop, or drink. After 700pm the shows start so then there are things to do.

St. Thomas USVI, we did not go on an excursion but absolutely loved the island. St. Johns we did not even leave the port area, we were harangued by taxi drivers. Barbados we took the 4x4 Green Monkey safari and liked it. It is a lot of walking, so if you have balance issues be careful. We went on the semi-sub at Curacao. It was a nice trip, not what I thought it would be. We saw 4 types of fish, but they cannot control that. Aruba we walked around a bit, very nice island. Cozumel we enjoyed, but it really helps if you are fluent in Spanish. Luckily my wife is.

We finally arrived in New Orleans. We were supposed to have priority disembark. We arrived in port at 8am. We finally got off the ship around noon.

If this is any indication of how a cruise is, we will never, ever step foot on a ship again. I have never been so bored in my life. The food on this ship was one step above a buffet. The extra pay dining rooms are ok, but not up to even 3 star standard. It seems they cater to the Europeans as they do not know what seasoning on the food is. The only surprise we had was the Asian food in the Ginza dining room. We ate at the Ginza, the Teppenyaki, and I ate at the Sushi bar. The food there had flavor and was very good. The sushi bar was very good.

If you are looking for good food, do not take this cruise. I cannot say anything about the rest of Norwegian, but if it is like the Star, then stay away from it.

To me this cruise reminds me of an old saying I heard -- "cruising is for newly weds and nearly dead".

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