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John Hunt

Age: 39

Occupation:US Air Force Master Sergeant

Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Star

Sailing Date: September 30th, 2005

Itinerary: Mexican Riviera

Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Star Cruise Review
7-Day Mexican Riviera

John Hunt

I can’t say enough about the NCL staff aboard the Star! We departed from Long Beach after a rather goofy check in; there were three ships in port so it was a wee crowded. Once aboard the NCL Star things were looking up! A state-room with balcony is the way to go it made waking up a treat. We departed Long Beach and immediately had to deviate west for hurricane Otis, the captain kept everyone updated; we found out early on that because of the hurricane dodging maneuver we would lose one stop. We arrived in Acapulco a little late; however, it was an interesting stop. The next day we were on our way to Porto Vallarta, one of my favorite places. We were once again delayed because of strong head winds, now those of us on board with any sailing or flying experience fully appreciated the task faced by the Captain … many of the passengers whined about the delay, most of us understood, after all we had a relative wind of 40 knots over the deck. Because of the delay the captain didn’t want a prolonged tender (small boat shuttle) ride for the passengers, he eased the big ship into a port keeping the ships position with their dynamic position systems, way cool! For anyone that has witnessed a "loved-one" (wife/daughter) trying to parallel park a car will appreciate the amazing job the captain did backing into the tiny port area … Bang, we were off the ship like a shot. In Cabo, NCL had commercial tenders help with the shuttle operation. I was so impressed with the crew of the NCL Star I wrote the NCL president and the Star’s captain to say thanks; with all the weather challenges they did a magnificent job. Here's some advice for travelers, if 100% of your trip doesn’t pan out for what ever reason, have another margarita and relax your on vacation, and don’t whine near other passengers, some us don’t want to hear it, I heard enough whining about the hurricane to last a life time … HAVE FUN for goodness sake. Aside from the weather issues I’d do another NCL freestyle cruise in a New York second, well done N!


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