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Age: 51

Occupation:job specialist

Number of Cruises: 6

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Star

Sailing Date: January 28th, 2006

Itinerary: Mexican Riveria

Norwegian Star Cruise Line
Norwegian Star Cruise Review
Mexican Riviera


This was our 6th cruise- 3 with NCL. We chose NCL again because we love Freestyle dining and the itinerary to Acapulco. We decided to make the best of things after they changed the itinerary- taking away Acapulco. After a long, unorganized embarkment...we finally arrived in our cabin. It was roomy (for two of us) and had a balcony. (Unfortunately, our neighbor smoked his cigar on his balcony rendering ours useless for several hours a day.)

The room was not clean. It was dusty, and dirty. The bed linens smelled like BO. It was obvious that no one had vacuumed under the bed for a long time (where we stored our luggage.) The frig area smelled of mold as it was growing due to a bad drain. Overall room--D

It is very obvious that NCL prefers cruisers to patronize their specialty dining rooms (with surcharges) as the food in the regular dining room was the worst I have ever had on a cruise. The buffets were even worse. Very skimpy. Coffee- worst EVER! Alcohol/Beer VERY expensive!! All desserts were tasteless-except chocolate chip cookies in kid's line! Another cream cones were great if you like kiwi and raisins. Overall Food--C-

The entertainment on this cruise was really bad...EXCEPT for the Elton John was the highlight! The so-called comedian Dave Keenan(? I think his name was) was terrible; old stale jokes-skip him. The outdoor band was very dull. The dance company was OK... but once is enough! No other unique shows ...same old routine magic show, Newlywed game, Bingo for 30 or 40 bucks, art auctions! B O R I N G! Overall Entertainment-D

On the plus side: The weather was great. Really enjoyed the chocoholic buffet. Like that the cabins had soap and shampoo dispensers. Had plenty of pool towels available...(although the salt-water pool was about 40 degrees)

Overall, I think this experience has forced us to look into a different vacation experience--no more cruises for awhile!

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