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  1. I have just had an email about a change of itinerary for the cruise I'm taking on Sunday morning. The Star departs from Venice and the first POC was meant to be Kotor, Montenegro, which I was really looking forward to seeing. I had heard the sail in to port is amazing. Now, less than 48 hours before we depart, there's been a change (apparently it's because of an order issued by the Venice Harbour Master) and we won't be going to Kotor at all - we will be making a "technical stop" at Bar, Montenegro - and won't be able to get off the ship at all. So the first POC will be Corfu on Tuesday. Does anyone have experience of claiming any sort of compensation for this kind of change? Last time I cruised with NCL, they changed the itinerary so we didn't sail into Stockholm but went to Nynashamn instead, but at least they put on free coaches to Stockholm so we still got to go there. This time we will miss out on a whole country.
  2. I saw this on the sister site - Trip Advisor Venice Forum. https://*****.com/yyujpm2m With those who are more familiar with the port there, how does this affect the sailing of the STAR? Thanks!
  3. Ciao! I hope this review finds everyone well! We recently made it home (sadly) after our 9 night Greek Isles trip along with a few days on the front end for Venice. I am hoping this review can help all of those planning this incredible itinerary, and please as questions (and others can chime in as well) along the way. Cheers!
  4. I've done some google-ing, and it does appear we can bring onboard the STAR some wine or champagne . We embark from Venice. I also read that there is a corkage fee, but since we always bring along a wine opener (in checked luggage of course) we won't have that issue while in our cabin. Can anyone verify this -I just don't want to any issues upon embarkation. Thanks
  5. We will be on the STAR, departing from Venice in October. Can anyone advise what time the checkin/luggage drop starts? I will need to book our water taxi from our hotel and I need to have a time. Thanks!
  6. My husband and I are planning an anniversary trip next summer and want a stress free high end experience. We cruised as Star class this summer on Allure of the Seas and loved the experience. Is NCL's Haven amenities comparable? Are there different levels of service depending on room type? Thanks in advance
  7. Hello All, Hoping the recent NCL Star cruisers (and others) can assist. Do they sell unlimited digital photo packages on the ship? If they do, does someone know the price? Do you know which night(s) and what time(s) the canvas paintings are held? Thank you all
  8. Anyone experienced Spice H2O..? I know basically what it is. Is there a charge? Daily? Entire cruise?.........and finally.....is it worth it? We'll be on the Canal South American cruise in December and haven't been able to find Star specific info. Thanx
  9. We are considering a sailing on the Star. This will definitely be the smallest and oldest NCL ship we have been on. How is it for someone in their early 20's? I'm afraid boredom will set in. 😞 Is this nightlife any good? Considering the 9-night sailing for Orlando to the ABC islands. Thanks!
  10. I have a trip with Norwegian Star in November, 12 days in the Greek and Mediterranean islands. After revitalization, I have found contradictory information about the use of the indoor lap pool. Is it necessary to pay to use it? Are there 2 spas on the ship (Mandara and Barong)? both with fee? thank you
  11. I am aware of the fill the bag for $20. that NCL offers. Has anyone recently off the 7 Night STAR used this and what day was it offered? Thanks!
  12. Does anyone know what time the NCL transfer bus leaves the Crown Quarto for the ship?
  13. I'm holding 9232 which is an SF - is that my best option to maximize cabin/balcony size? Any other suggestions? Looks like it has a wraparound balcony. The 20% off sale has me a little crazy. My hubby who swore he would only do Haven, saw this itinerary "14-Day Norway and the Arctic: Summer Solstice" and might just give it a try. So-- Cabin recommendations please? Does 9232 make the most sense? Do I get value over a straight penthouse suite which is the same size? Pretty sure I do...going up any more is $$ more... How is the butler/concierge experience on the Star? Private restaurant for lunch & dinner, right? How is the entertainment? Any more recommendations or words of wisdom before we pull the trigger...or not...?
  14. I'm trying to find a balcony size list or at least some reasonable info about the size difference of balconies between decks 9 & 10 for aft PH balconies. Someone mentioned casually Deck 10 balconies are bigger but 9 has wraparound. I can see wraparound but can't get any more detailed info than that in spite of some research. Can anyone help me out? I remember one of the ships, I think Breakaway, actually had a list of room names and room/balcony sizes. Anyone have any info about the difference? TIA!
  15. hi I booked a sail away balcony on the Star leaving Venice 25th August 2019. I have now received my cabin allocation and its stateroom 10722 Aft 10. Checking the balcony of the ship it says its a Priva Sea. Has anyone stayed in a priva sea balcony. What are the advantages and disadvantages Thanks for reading the post
  16. I am trying to find information about the NCL Star home porting at the new Panama City, Panama, Amador cruise port. There were press releases in May 2019 in Panama that the Star would be home ported there in October 2020. All the website I check on line do not show any sailings for the Star in October and November. And that the Star is in England in September and then magically in Buenos Aires in December.
  17. Hi All, I'm considering a South America cruise on the Star, in an inside unless I get lucky with an upgrade bid. I've read that the Star doesn't have an observation lounge like the Jewel Class, and it's likely to be a bit chilly on the open deck.. Are there any other places where you can sit inside and get good views of the sea and scenery? Any other thoughts on the ship would also be welcome. Thanks,
  18. For those who have recently sailed on the STAR through the Greek Islands, for the ports where you are either docked or tendered in and are a bit too far to walk to the town center, does NCL provide a shuttle - either for a small fee or free? I think Mykonos is a free shuttle to the old town, and in Dubrovnik there is a $15 per person round trip charge. I am not concerned about Santorini. If anyone can advise as to Kotor, Corfu, Argostoli - I would appreciate it! Also, if you used a taxi - in those 3 ports, do you remember what the approximate cost was? Thanks!
  19. We are leaving tonight for an overnight flight to Venice. We will start posting some live updates when we get to the ship on Sunday. If anyone has any specific requests, let me know and we will see what info we can get for you.
  20. Hi,anyone on the Star Greek island cruise recently,who may have dailies they would kindly post?? Thanks in advance to anyone who may reply
  21. I'm booked on the Star (9 nights) going to ABC Islands and Grand Cayman - $1748 for ocean view sail away for solo. I see the Pearl (11 nights) is going to A&C plus Panama Canal - $2000 for inside sail away for solo. Any thoughts on these two itineraries and ships? I've been on the Star prior to refurbishment however it was a port intensive sailing. As a side note...wishing a successful outcome to all those currently on and booked for the Pearl that is cancelled. Thank you
  22. can someone tell me which dock/terminal the Norwegian Star dock at in Venice , I understand there are two. 😊
  23. Could this end up being an obstructed view? I booked a GTY Balcony (BD) on the Norwegian Star out of Venice to the Greek Isles. It came with good perks. I have never done a GTY before. I know you can end up with an even better cabin, but I am wondering if I could end up with an obstructed view.
  24. Could this end up being an obstructed view? I booked a GTY Balcony (BD) on the Norwegian Star out of Venice to the Greek Isles. It came with good perks. I have never done a GTY before. I know you can end up with an even better cabin, but I am wondering if I could end up with an obstructed view.
  25. NCL Star 4-20-4-27 2019 Norwegian Star Cruise Review by lidodeck03 Trip Details Sail Date: April 2019 Destination: Eastern Caribbean Cabin Type: Obstructed Ocean View We chose this cruise because we thought that it would be a nice relaxing cruise on a smaller ship. My wife and I have been on over twenty cruises, and are Platinum members on NCL. We have previously sailed on NCL Epic, Escape, Bliss, and Getaway. We have also sailed on Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Carnival and Celebrity. I get so much information from all the people on Cruise Critics, I feel an obligation to submit a short review. EMBARKATION: Being platinum members we were supposed to have "priority check in." The customer service representative said that the person that was supposed to do the "priority check in" did not show up for work so we would have to go to the back of the line and check in with the other guests! That was a pretty telling expression of how NCL feels about their loyal customers! I asked why they didn't move one of the other check in host down to the priority check in and he said that there were more other guests than priority guests! THE SHIP: The ship is old, but in relatively good condition. Even though it has been recently refurbished, some things can not be changed. The overall layout and design of the ship speaks to it's age. Some of the "you can't get there from here" features remain from times past. It does not have the "WOW" factor of the more modern ships. STATEROOM: We were in an obstructed view outside stateroom. The storage space was ample, the most storage that we have had on any of the past 10 to 15 cruises. Room was well laid out. The bathroom was VERY small. Separate shower with a sliding glass door, and a separate toilet area with a sliding glass door. Each were on either side of the sink area. The steward did not clean our room on the fourth day, so we ended up getting our own ice and replacing the towels in our room from a cart that was in the hall. On another day, he did not replace the empty Kleenex in the bathroom, so my wife found him and told him that the Kleenex was empty and handed him the empty box. He said "OK" and handed her a new box and took the empty one, and never offered to put it into the dispenser. The next day as we were leaving our cabin, he handed us a "Cruise Hero Card" and a pen and asked us to fill it out! DINING: We ate at three of the specialty restaurants, Cagney's, Le Bistro and La Cucina. We have always enjoyed Cagney's on other ships and has become our favorite specialty restaurant, That was not the case on the Star, Steaks were never cooked properly, service was bad, We found Le Bistro to be OK, not any better or worse that any other ship. The surprise was La Cucina. The food was very good and the service was excellent. We ate one evening in the complimentary Ginza restaurant, and the food was very, very good, but the service was terrible. We had most breakfasts in the Versailles MDR and the food and service were good. We also ate one dinner in Versailles MDR, and both the food and service were very good. We ate a few times in the Garden Buffet for lunch and breakfast and the meals were the usual food variety. Overall, we were most impressed with the MDR and La Cucina for the service and food quality. ENTERTAINMENT: The entertainment was very good. The show dancers and singers were awesome as was the acrobats. The overall entertainment we found to be better than on most ships. Bars: We had the UBP, and had a very difficult time getting service from most of the bars. We found that we got the best bar service while we were eating inside a restaurant.. Several of the bars do not open until around 5:00pm or later, leaving only a few bars open during the day. Also, the Atrium area is much smaller than on previous ships, and does not serve alcohol, only Starbucks coffee that is not included in the UBP. Disembarkation: What a mess! We do self assist walk off. We asked several different people at the Guest Services Desk as to the time and place and got a different answer each time. The Cruise Director stated in one of his informational announcements that the location of the gangway and departure times would be announced the date of departure, this never happened. I spoke to an officer at 5:30AM the morning of disembarkation, and he said that the self assist walk off would take place at the front of the ship near the Stardust Theater around 7:00AM. We were the first in line and so many people were told so many wrong locations and we got to hear all the stories as they eventually arrived at the correct location. We were able to disembark at about 7:45AM, and there was never an announcement made as to the time or location before we disembarked. EXCURSIONS/PORTS: We did not do any shore excursions as we have done most of them previously. We have been to each of the ports several times, bot enjoyed St Thomas the most. OVERALL: Overall it was a cruise and we were not working! A cruise is what you make of it. There was nothing "really" terrible, and other than the shows, nothing "really" spectacular either. It was a nice time away, and we got a good deal on the cruise so everything is good, however, I don't anticipate sailing on the Star again in the future. We enjoyed our time away, but we are glad to be back home. We are already excited about our upcoming cruise in November 2019.
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