With a 2, 240 passenger capacity, Norwegian Star is known to be the largest ship built for the NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) Freestyle Cruising – a concept of “dine whenever you want, with whomever you choose”. Having such enormous size, passengers from all walks of life are assured for a long list of options during the cruise.
- The first ship designed especially for cruising Hawaii
- 13 restaurants, two-level spa with an indoor pool, and rooftop Garden Villas
- Wireless Internet Service and Internet Center
First in the Freestyle concept, Norwegian star ship brags of the abundance in both large and intimate dining establishments. Some of these restaurants though may require a surcharge and reservation.
Guests can also opt for a standard dining – same time every evening with same table and table mates – and for a 24-hour room service. However, room service is minimal serving mostly cold items, sandwiches, and salads.
- Two main dining rooms, Aqua and Versailles offers traditional-style dining
- Bier Garten features an international selection of beer
- Endless Summer and La Trattoria specialize in Tex-Mex and Italian cuisine, respectively
- Ginza, serving Asian recipes accommodates only 12 guests at a time requires reservation
- Le Bistro, destination for Continental dining
- Blue Lagoon, 24-hour dining spot
- Garden Café, buffet/cafeteria restaurant encompasses Indian and Middle East dishes
Entertainment and Night Life
The Norwegian Star cruise features Jean Ann Ryan company production shows in its Stardust Theater along with other nightly shows that include comedians, magicians, and circus arts and street entertainment ala Cirque du Soleil.
At daytime, passengers can enjoy their voyage via contests and activities held in almost all of the public decks. And as NCL tradition, Norwegian Star also conducts a program in the manner of “Star Search” and “American Idol” allowing guests to show off what they got.
Passengers can choose from the Norwegian Star’s wide range of cabin types. From standard insides to the 5,700 square ft.-sized Garden Villas located above the aft portion of the ship. The latter boasts of its private luxuries which include hot tubs, saunas and private gardens, a pantry and butler service among others.
Except for mini-suites, all suites have whirlpool baths tubs. Rooms accessible for wheelchair are also available.
Two of the most famous personal treats in the ship are the four-handed massage and the coconut body polish at the Barong Spa. The Mandara Spa on the other hand showcases a variety of water treatments including a pool to do laps, whirlpool, and a pool for hydrotherapy.
The ship’s fitness center is open 24 hours and offers spinning, Pilates, aerobics, toning, and yoga classes.
NCL charges $10 per day for every passenger. Tipping is not required but is welcome to deserving staff members.
Taking the Kids
Deck 13 of the ship was designed with kids in mind. Called Planet Kids, children from ages two through 12 can enjoy the five computer stations, movie theater, nursery and playroom.
A teens-only area is available on Deck 12. It has a dance floor, a jukebox, air hockey table, computer stations, and a space for mingling.