Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Star by Richard Mexico April 7, 2007
Janet and I have been on seventeen cruises with six major cruise lines. This was our fifth sailing with NCL and most certainly the best of the five. We enjoy longer cruises 10 to 21 days as the seven day cruises pass too quickly and we have to travel considerable distance to get to a port. Eight days worked well this time as my wife had to get back to teaching following this Easter break.
I would be hard pressed to to complain about any factor that spoiled this vacation on the ship. Food was excellent which is possibly the most important consideration. Everything considered, I would rate the total package 8 1/2 out of 10.
From past experinces I will mention these minor concerns. The Market Buffet is just OK and does not have that "wow factor." It is always busy, noisy and tends to get messy with spills. I do not like automatic gratuities, ten dollars per person per day. I want to tip who I wish to. One expects great service on a ship and indiviuals not prepared to provide it should not work on the ship. I would prefer a hidden charge built into the ticket price thus paying those who deserve it well. Those who don't deserve it find work elsewhere.
I've kept this short. All in all, your will enjoy sailing the Norwegian Star.