REVIEW: Norwegian Star – Greek Isles and Croatia Cruise

Norwegian Star 06August -13th August

In August last year Vanessa went on a dream Europe trip and we asked her to review the Norwegian Star that she cruised on around the Greek Isles and Croatia

 

Take it away Vanessa:

 

 

I was lucky enough while in Europe to do a cruise through the Greek Isles. This is something that I have wanted to do for the last 30 years and finally ticked it off my bucket list.

 

 

We took the train from Ferrara in Italy to Venice which took just over an hour. After arriving at Venice St Lucia station we decided to walk to the pier. If you don’t have a lot of luggage this is a great way to save money on buses or water taxis. It took us around 20 minutes in the heat to get to the pier.

 

You need to have your passport and ticket confirmation to pass through the check points. Venice pier is quite large and you need to find which terminal  your ship is at. There were about 4 ships in at the time and the ship was at Terminal 117

After  making your way to the terminal you need to queue up to do the check in. The terminal that we had was very busy and it was very hot so make sure you have plenty of water. The whole process took around an hour.

 

Once you have done your formalities you then move to another area and wait for your number to be called. You then proceed to the baggage and scanning area . We had small backpacks so we just carried these on board but if dropping off bags you have a special area for these and the bags will be delivered to your cabin later that day or evening. Make sure you have a small bag to take with you on board with change of clothes and amenities as your bag may turn up later .

 

Once done you can than board the ship.

 

We quickly went onboard and used the stairs as the lifts were all busy. We were on  Deck 4 in an ocean view so only had to go down a couple of levels. Once we found our cabin we just dropped off our packs and then made our way to the  Pool deck where we used our Ultimate  Beverage package straight away. Highly recommend getting the drinks package if you like to have a few wines/beers/cocktails. We were lucky that this was included in our fare as we booked when NCL had a special.

 

 

 

 

The Cabin we had was a Category OF porthole, and it was perfect. Lots of storage and what I liked about the bathroom was the toilet had a sliding door so people could still access the bathroom without interrupting you, Great if you have young kids running in and out.  We had a shower no bath and the pressure is the best I have had while at sea.

 

 

Not all cabin set ups are the same.

 

 

 

 

 

Norwegian Star was looking a little tired in some areas but overall we totally enjoyed ourselves and tried 3 out of the 5 speciality restaurants. You must book these in advance as limited seats in each.  The French restaurant you weren’t allowed to wear shorts but others were fine. We ate in the Main dining room a few nights and the food was nice. They change the menu every few days. We always had breakfast at the buffet and lunch we were on shore trying out the local cuisine.

Norwegian Star features up to 10 bars and lounges so there is always a place to sit and relax and people watch or start new friendships. They also have up to 15 dining venues that will suit all tastebuds, some that will have a surcharge.

 

The Five speciality restaurants they had onboard were the Steakhouse, French Gourmet, Churracscaria (which is an authentic Brazilian steakhouse and books out quickly), Italian and Teppanyaki.

Depending when you book they may have a special that includes 3 specialty restaurants so do check with us. If they don’t I do recommend at least trying one of them or booking the package through your personalised online check in.

 

 

 

Throughout the ship on each level by the lifts they have an information board where you can also pre-book your dining at the specialty restaurants and book other things as well, like excursions and spa treatments. You just insert your cabin card in the bottom right of the board and your details come up.

 

 

Make sure you check the Freestyle Daily which is delivered to your cabin early evening for the activities and information on what is happening the next day.  Each night they have show’s on in the theatre, these can range from Cabaret to Comedy shows. Don’t forget to try your hand at Bingo.

 

 

 

 

 

The ports of call were  Venice ,Corfu, Kotor, Santorini, Mykonos, Dubrovnik.

 

Unfortunately due to the bad weather when we arrived in Mykonos we were unable to tender. I was most disappointed as I have wanted to visit Mykonos for many years.  However it was not going to ruin my holiday as  safety is the No# 1 priority and it will give me a reason to come back one day.

 

Little tips – When in Corfu do take the shuttle or taxi to the city centre as it’s quite a walk and if travelling in Summer the heat its quite exhausting. We didn’t make it to the city centre but heard that it is lovely. Also while in Dubrovnik take a taxi or shuttle to the old town.

 

My three favourites:

 

 

Kotor in Montenegro was a little medieval town and were where quite surprised as it didn’t look much when arriving but once you have walked through a little archway you enter the old town and it was amazing. Cobblestone paths and alleyways that lead you to churches, museums and cafes. It was bustling when we arrived as other cruise ships were in port.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santorini, Greece

On arrival we were tendered in and had a choice of catching the cable car, walking the donkey trail or getting a ride on a donkey. Beware when other ships are in the queue for the cable car can be long. We chose to walk the donkey trail and navigate the 600 steps alongside the Donkeys who were on a mission, lets just say I gave way a lot but made it safely.

 

 

Santorini is just like the pictures and so spectacular I wished we could of stayed longer.  The white stone wash houses and cobbled paths we could of wondered through all day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dubrovnik, Croatia

As we missed out  on Mykonos in Greece we got to spend an overnight in Dubrovnik. Originally we were having 5 hours, so to get a whole day was a bonus. The Old town is amazing. We took a taxi to town around EUR10.00 and strolled around. Game of Thrones is a big hit in Dubrovnik and you don’t have to go far to find  someone doing organised tours or you can also book many shore tours that cover something to do with GOT through NCL.

 

 

Venice Sunset
Vanessa photo one
Kotor Dining area
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