CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Star Mexico April 30, 2005

This is my 2nd review of the NCL Star on Cruisemates. The last cruise was in Hawaii and can be found under Reviews, NCL Star.

With over 36 Cruises behind me I feel very qualified in providing honest and factual comments.

I was very reluctant to tak another NCL cruise because we did not have a very good experience on the last cruise on the Star, but we decided to give it one more try. Our travel agent was able to get us upgraded to deck 10 since we had so much trouble on deck 9 on our last cruise.

Lets begin with embarkation, things did not start out good. It seems everybody showed up at the pier at the same time and there were long lines and confusion everywhere. It was cold and very windy so standing outside for over an hour was not a very good start to our cruise. Anyway lets get beyond that. We where escorted to our cabin and it was up front but an a good location.We went up to the lido deck for soemthing to eat while waiting for out bags to arrive. When we got back, they where there. We left on time and went to our freestyle dinner, I must say our first meal was excellent in everyway along with great service.

Without dragging this review on, I can tell you we had excellent food in every restaurant no matter when we went to eat. I want to say a word of praise for the breakfast buffet, normally you get the same thing day after day on other cruises, but NCL went out of there way to vary breakfast by not having the same thing day after day. Sure you had the typical scrambled eggs and bacon but it was all the other items you found each morning. No complaints here. We ate in the main dinning room each night except for our anniversary where we ate in the steak house. What a great experence the whole dinning room staff went out of there way to make that night special, including a cake. We also ate in the Japanese Teppan restaurant and we had the whole table to ourselves, we had a wonderfull meal and great service. All in all the food was great compared to our last cruise on the Star. We have no complaints.

The entertainment was wonderfull with different and exciting shows every night.

We only took 2 tours, the clif divers in Acapulco and horse back riding on the beach in Cabo San Lucas. Both were a wonderful experence and not expensive. Other than that we went on our own.

Wen yu arrive in Ixtapa take a taxi to the Villa del Sol, a beautiful resort to have lunch. You will love this place.

This was a wonderful cruise, with perfect warm weather and calm seas. Hats off to NCL, a 100% improvement over the last cruise on the Star.

Would I go again on NCL, for sure, if all there ships have the food and service like we experenced you will have a great cruise vacation.

Feel free to email me any questions you may have. Ron at

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