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Old 11-16-2008, 07:59 PM
Richard & Mary Richard & Mary is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006
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Reference the Garden Villa's on the NCL Star........

There are 2 Garden Villa's on the Star...Horizon and Vista (#14500..#14502...#14506) We had the Vista. Each Garden Villa has a large living room, with sofa, 3 large chairs, grand piano, wet bar, desk, computer, telephones and 3 bedrooms. Of the 3 bedrooms, 2 are master suites and one is the same as a Penthouse Suite. They are very nice. There are two entrances into the Villas. The are totally secure and offer the ultimate of privacy and class. Since there was 2 adult couples, each of us occupied a master suite. The forward master suite has a large bathroom that actually looks out over the swimming pool. There is plenty of privacy. The rear master suite has a large sliding door that exits to the large rear patio with tables, gazebo, hot tub and sauna, and leads to an upper deck (15). The upper deck is split between the 2 Garden Villas and covers about 1200+ sq ft. for each Villa. The upper decks are for the Villas access from other cruisers. You could entertain 100 people easily on the upper deck. Mary and I took the rear master suite. Each suite and penthouse bedroom has 3 very large floor to ceiling tinted windows with automatic wood blinds that retract automatically up and down. Then there are curtains that can be closed over the blinds. The interior lighting options are fantastic with all electronic lighting and dimmers of several choices. Artwork decks the hallways with art type lighting. The bathrooms are unbeliveably beautiful with a clear glass round shower stall, marble floors and jacuzzi tubs. There is a large walk in closet leading from the master suite to the bath that is bigger than any household closet. Great for the ladies. Each master suite has 2 safes in the rooms. Each master suite has it owns portable telephone and television. The new beds are foam topped beds that are fantastic. The pillows are to die for.

We had a butler and room steward and assistant room steward, as one steward could not effectively handle each Villa. We were charged the $10.00 room charge per person per day. I STRONGLY feel that if you use the Butler service he definately deserves an extra gratuity which we paid him an extra $200.00 for his services, in additon to the standard daily room charges. We also gave the room steward and assistant additional compensation equal to the Butler. We also gave our personal concierge additonal compensation. Since you are in the best of the best, you will receive the ultimate of service, and will be highly recoginzed on the ship. You have the privilege of eating in your Garden Villa dining room served and set up by the butler. It is grand treatment. I highly suggest that you use the services offered by the Butler, Concierge and room stewards. The room stewards will do anything that you ask. These staff members are assigned exclusively to the Villa and are very professional and are used to dealing with upper scale cruisers.

We had a Garden Villa party for the cruise critic members and additonal guests that we made friends with. About 30-35 people. Between the Butler, Concierge and room stewards, we selected the drinks and NCL provided the professional catering and services of the butler. It was truly top notch, first class all the way. The butler set everything up and when we returned from dinner, the Garden Villa was completely cleaned up. We did nothing. We had priorty seating in the Stardust Theatre for all shows, VIP tender off the ship, and VIP treatment off the ship at the end of the cruise. We were escorted directly to our luggage and had priorty service at US Customs.

The Garden Villas are the best of the best, If you're not a celebrity or royalty, you will feel like royalty. I suggest that anyone considering going this way have a minimum of 4 adults or minimum of 6 adults to share the costs and rooms. I think the Villa for just 2 people is overkill...why leave 2 bedrooms ....Penthouse and master suite empty/unoccupied.

Since the Garden Villa was not booked or occupied prior to sailing, this was a chance of a lifetime of cruising to be able to secure this Villa. It was the best cruise we ever took, as we are Platinium NCL Latitudes cruisers. We have been on the Jewel and Pearl ( 3 times in 2007 for the Pearl) and this NCL Star cruise topped them all. The overall quality of service from ALL staff members was impeccable, and treatment from the executive staff was over the top. We dined with the Hotel Manager, we dined with the Food & Beverage Manager, both outstanding gentlemen, and very hospitable men. The Food & Beverage Mgr. arranged a private tour of the galley with the executive chief (Peter Dcosta) guiding us thru. Bob, our other party member in the Villa, is the owner of a 32 unit restaurant chain, so he had an interest in the food operations.

Any cruise is what you make it. Having the Garden Villa was a great start. Adding in a party for cruise critic members in the Villa was great, and getting to know the executive staff on a one on one basis was absolutely terrific. The treatment was royal, and this is one cruise we will NEVER forget.

Hopefully this information helps when considering the Garden Villa. We have numerous photos and can forward them to anyone who has an interest in the securing the Garden Villas on future cruises on the NCL Star.

Las Cruces, New Mexico USA