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Norwegian Star overview

By - Updated Mar. 9, 2020

With its Broadway and Vegas-style productions, Norwegian Star lives up to the cruise line’s reputation for innovative entertainment. Passengers can relive Vegas history with Vegas! The Show, which celebrates the culture of Sin City, or enjoy the melodies of songwriter Burt Bacharach with What the World Needs Now.

But Norwegian Star offers more than just entertainment. Passengers can cool off in the ship’s main Oasis pool or relax in one of six hot tubs. Plus, active travelers can keep busy from dawn until dusk with a full-service fitness center and gym, and sports activities such as basketball, volleyball, a jogging track, and two golf driving nets. Star also features kids’ programs such as Splash Academy, which caters to children ages 3 to 12, and the Teen Club, where teenagers can socialize and relax.

Passengers looking for a cocktail or beer can choose among Norwegian Star’s 10 bars and lounges, which include the Sugarcane Mojito Bar, Gatsby’s Champagne Bar, and the fleet’s first 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar. Cruisers can also take a break from gambling to grab a drink at the Star Club Casino Bar. In 2018, Norwegian Star received upgrades through the Norwegian Edge program, leaving dry dock with renovated staterooms and several new venues, including Sky High Bar, Bliss Ultra Lounge and the adults-only area, Spice H2O.

This Dawn-class vessel offers a wide variety of cruises to destinations in the Caribbean, South America, Europe, the Mexican Riviera, and the Panama Canal. The ship also has several transatlantic voyages sailing between Barcelona and Miami, as well as New York to Southampton, England.

Norwegian Star ship highlights

  • Barong Fitness Center
  • Mandara Spa and Salon
  • Thalasso Therapy Pool
  • Gatsby's Champagne Bar
  • Enclosed, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts
  • Teppanyaki Japanese hibachi restaurant
  • Golf driving nets
  • Six hot tubs
  • Video Zone
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge and Night Club
  • Splash Academy for kids 3-12
  • Entourage Teen Club for kids 13 to 17
  • The Oasis Pool
  • Broadway and Vegas-style shows, including Vegas! The Show

Before you book

Why sail on Norwegian Star: Multigenerational groups and extended families will likely appreciate the wide age appeal of Norwegian Star’s activities and entertainment. From family-friendly stage shows to onboard kids' programs, the ship has plenty to offer younger cruisers, while some adults will enjoy kid-free areas such as Spice H2O.

You should know: The ship’s upcharges, including a number of its specialty restaurants, may not appeal to travelers on a budget. Plus, while Star was recently refurbished, it still does not have the high-tech amenities of newer Norwegian ships like Joy, Bliss, or Encore.

Norwegian Star ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 3.9
  • Children's Programs 3.5
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.0
  • Entertainment 3.8
  • Food and Dining 3.6
  • Onboard Activities 3.6
  • Service and Staff 4.1
  • Ship Quality 3.9

Norwegian Star cabins

1174 cabins and 36 cabin categories.

Inside Cabin


(114 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 142 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $137/night
Oceanview Cabin


(100 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 159 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $173/night
Balcony Cabin


(135 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 270 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $273/night
Suite Cabin


(86 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 1045 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $328/night

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Norwegian Star dining

Cagney's Steakhouse

Cagney's Steakhouse

(35 Reviews)
Sushi & Sake Bar

Sushi & Sake Bar

(2 Reviews)


(7 Reviews)

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Norwegian Star onboard activities

Golf Driving Net

Golf Driving Net

(1 Review)
Bier Garten

Bier Garten

(1 Review)
Spinnaker Lounge

Spinnaker Lounge

(3 Reviews)

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Less than Perfect by richard90814

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Star

I unfortunately will not take another Norwegian cruise it was my least favorite cruise line and this is my 5th cruise experience with various lines. The food was unsatisfactory to me. There was very little to do on the import days if you stayed on the ship. Limited food and bar service at in port days.

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Simply Awesome by sundar52

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Star

It was a great experience especially knowing that it was their second voyage since they stopped for Covid. The staff were great and were genuinely happy to see passengers back

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Ship could use better food. by bonniecalderone

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Star

Food was not that good, help was not trained on the ship. Our balcony cabin was small. Smoking section was too many steps to get to. Casino was small and could not smoke in there. Kind of disappointed in overall cruise ship. The ports we stopped at were good but almost could not walk into towns on most ports.

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Feb 28, 2013

Make sure your cabin isn't directly below a bar - loud noises so little sleep. They did change our cabin eventually (after several days) . Not an upgrade and gave us free dinner at one of their specialty restaurants where we found the staff to be especially rude and inattentive.

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Oct 23, 2015

you might want to avoid the haven suite area on deck 12. they are at the stern and top of the ship........I understand those guests really had a rough ride through the hurricane. I cant understand why the highest price suites are in the worst ship position. I always prefer mid ships, middle decks.

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