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  • Norwegian-Star-Versaille-restaurant -  Versailles is one of the main dining rooms aboardf Norwegian Star.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Moderno-Churrascaria-plate - Who can say no to a plate of Brazilian appetizers? You'll find it at Moderno Churrascaria aboard your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Moderno-Churrascaria-salad-bar - The tempting salad bar at the Brazilian specialty restaurant Moderno Churascaria aboard your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-dining-Creme-Brulee - Leave room for dessert, like crème brûlée with a fruit topping, during your sailing aboard Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-dining-LaCucina-girl - Enjoy authentic Italian dishes that the kids will like, too, at La Cucina during your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-dining-LaCucina-group - Head to La Cucina, a casual Italian trattoria on your Norwegian Cruise Line ship, for meals with large portions, perfect for sharing with family or friends.
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Cagneys-group - The scene at Cagney's, the steakhouse known for its choice cuts of Certified Angus Beef, jumbo crab cakes and truffle fries. The cost is $30 per person. (This shot was taken on Norwegian Dawn.)
  • Norwegian-Dawn-Le-Bistro -  Evocative of small eateries in France, Le Bistro offers an elegant dining experience with crisp white linens, an intimate atmosphere and attentive service. (This shot was taken on Norwegian Dawn.)
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-dining-LaCucina-pizza - In the mood for authentic Italian pizza? It's a specialty of La Cucina, a popular dining spot aboard your Norwegian Cruise Line vacation.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Aqua-Young-Family - Families can bring their young ones to Aqua, with its contemporary décor and wide selection of traditional dishes.   It's one of the two main dining rooms aboard Norwegian Star (where this was shot) and Norwegian Dawn.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Surf-&-Turf - Like surf 'n' turf? Make reservations at Cagney's for a shrimp and steak entrée during your Norwegian Cruise Line voyage.
  • Norwegian-Star-LeBistro - In the mood for romance? Le Bistro offers French cuisine, a chic décor and an uncrowded, unhurried atmosphere. (This shot was taken on Norwegian Star.)
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Teppanyaki-shrimp - Twirling knives and juicy shrimp straight from the grill add up to a Hibachi style treat at Teppanyaki, an authentic Japanese experience on your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Star-stateroom-Deluxe-Owners-Suite - Guests checked into Norwegian Star's Deluxe Owner's Suite have floor-to-ceiling windows and impressive views.
  • Norwegian-Star-stateroom-Mini-Suite - Stay in Norwegian Star's Mini-Suite, and you can enjoy the ocean views right from your bed or private balcony.
  • Norwegian-Star-stateroom-Penthouse-balcony - Norwegian Star's Penthouse Suite with Balcony offers more than enough comfort and luxury for a family of four.
  • Norwegian-Star-Gatsbys-Champagne-Bar - With sophisticated interiors and a great selection of cocktails and appetizers, Gatsby's Champagne Bar on Norwegian Star's deck 6 is a popular hangout.
  • Norwegian-Star-Spinnaker-Lounge - Put on those dancing shoes after drinking a cocktail or two in Norwegian Star's festive Spinnaker Lounge.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Entourage-teens-dancing - Entourage, Norwegian Cruise Line's  teen program, features a variety of fun activities, including bowling tournaments, dodge ball under the stars and dancing.
  • Norwegian-Star-Oasis-Pool - Norwegian Star's Oasis Pool features slides, hot tubs and the Topsider's Bar and Grill nearby.
  • Norwegian-Star-Red-Lion-Pub - The Red Lion Pub, a traditional English pub on deck 7 of Norwegian Star, offers drinks, a pool table and entertainment on large-screen TVs.
  • Norwegian-Star-Stardust-Theater - When cruising on Norwegian Star, be sure to take in one of the shows in the Stardust Theater.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Splash-Academy-climbing-girl - Kids can cross a colorful bridge, enter tunnels and stay entertained in Splash Academy aboard your Norwegian Cruise Line sailing.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Splash-Academy-dolphin-girl - Children can learn all about dolphins and nuzzle with one up close through Splash Academy on your Norwegian cruise ship.
  • Norwegian-Cruise-Line-Circus-Parade - Your kids can be part of a special Circus Parade as part of the children's activities in Splash Academy during your vacation on Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Norwegian-Star-Barong-Fitness-Pool - Get in your daily swim at Norwegian Star's Barong Fitness Pool, then relax on one of the poolside lounge chairs.
  • Norwegian-Star-Zihuatanejo - Cruise to Zihuatanejo, one of the most popular tourist spots along the Mexican Riviera, aboard Norwegian Star.
  • Norwegian-Star-Barong-Fitness-Pool - Get in your daily swim at Norwegian Star's Barong Fitness Pool, then relax on one of the poolside lounge chairs.
  • Norwegian-Star-Oasis-Pool - Norwegian Star's Oasis Pool features slides, hot tubs and the Topsider's Bar and Grill nearby.
  • Norwegian-Star-Stardust-Theater - When cruising on Norwegian Star, be sure to take in one of the shows in the Stardust Theater.
  • Norwegian-Jewel-Roatan-rope-bridge - Cruise Norwegian Jewel to Honduras and take a thrilling stroll across Gumbalimba Park's Roatan Suspension Bridge.
  • Norwegian-Star-Acapulco-night - Party on Norwegian Star's deck while it's docked in Acapulco, the largest beach and resort town in Mexico.
  • Norwegian-Star-forward-at-sea - Norwegian Star cruising the North Pacific Ocean.
  • Norwegian-Star-Acapulco-night - Party on Norwegian Star's deck while it's docked in Acapulco, the largest beach and resort town in Mexico.
  • Norwegian-Star-Zihuatanejo - Cruise to Zihuatanejo, one of the most popular tourist spots along the Mexican Riviera, aboard Norwegian Star.
  • Norwegian-Jewel-Costa-Maya-shopping - Shop for souvenirs in Costa Maya during your Norwegian Jewel cruise to Mexico.
  • Norwegian-Jewel-Roatan-rope-bridge - Cruise Norwegian Jewel to Honduras and take a thrilling stroll across Gumbalimba Park's Roatan Suspension Bridge.

Norwegian Star: The original in freestyle cruising

Have you sailed on Norwegian Star? We'd love to hear your take and see your photos. The following information was curated by Cruiseable.

Snapshot

The ship where Norwegian's Freestyle Cruising mantra all began, Norwegian Star has been at sea since 2001, offering a large variety in dining options, lounges from the popular to the secluded, and a childcare program that is top notch.

This 2,348-passenger ship has a variety of rooms, ranging from regular staterooms to the three-bedroom Garden Villas, and plenty of activities. This is a very youthful ship, filled with activities ranging from karaoke to cocktails, so be prepared to be on the go from the minute you come on board.

Who will enjoy sailing on Norwegian Star

Although there are a variety of ages due to the economical nature of the cruise, this ship appeals mainly to families due to the extensive childcare services on board.

Where Norwegian Star sails

Home port: Tampa, Florida

Destinations in winter: Norwegian Star sails in and around the Caribbean to Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico during the Northern Hemisphere's winter.

Destinations in summer: Cruise Northern Europe during summer months beginning in Copenhagen, Denmark and sailing on to  Warnemünde (Berlin) ,Germany); Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden.

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 Versailles is one of the main dining rooms aboardf Norwegian Star.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line Versailles is one of the main dining rooms aboardf Norwegian Star.

Top choices for dining

Aqua

Aqua, one of two main dining venues on Norwegian Star seats 334 people and is located midship on deck 6. Cool Mediterranean hues accent the contemporary surroundings. Starters include crab dip, fruit and soups. Entrees include beef, fish, poultry and vegetarian choices. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Versailles

Versailles, the second main dining venue, seats 491 people and can get a bit loud. The decor? King Louis XVI would approve: rich, gilt-laden Renaissance era themes. Starters include French onion soup, baked shrimp and Greek salad. Entrees run to New York strip steak, roasted salmon and vegetarian dishes. Versailles is located aft on deck 6. 

Ginza Asian Restaurant

Whether you're looking for Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisine, you're sure to find it here. In addition to its normal offerings, there is also a sushi and sashimi bar as well as the Teppanyaki Room - a truly authentic Asian dining experience, where you sit at a large table and food is prepared right in front of you in an entertaining fashion.

La Cucina Italian Restaurant

This casual Italian eatery reflects the feel of a village Trattoria or traditional farmhouse kitchen. Enjoy pizza and pasta surrounded by a romantic ambiance.

Moderno Churrascaria

Barbequed meats are carved tableside in this Brazilian steakhouse as you control how much you want with the Moderno Green and Red Chip — green for go and red for stop. In addition to the wide variety of meat, there's a large selection of salads, sliced meats and traditional accompanying dishes from the salad bar.

Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon food court is open around the clock, with food freshly prepared as you order it. No matter what you're craving at what time of night, you can find it here 24/7.

Entertainment

  • Band on the Run: If you miss the music of the '70s, check out this review. The Norwegian Production Cast and Show Orchestra pays tribute to this time the melodies of Styx to the disco sounds of Donna Summer and rock of Queen.
  • Comedy Variety: When's the last time you guffawed? From standup comedy to unicycle-riding jugglers, you're invited for an evening of laughter in the Stardust Theater.
  • Elements: Appreciate the four elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire in this spectacle of music and dance.
  • Presumed Murdered Luncheon: A take on the murder mystery dinner, the Second City comedy troupe partners with crime novelist Scott Turow to create a hilarious who-done-it.
  • Shout! The Mod Musical: Hear classic tunes like "Downtown," "Wishin' and Hopin'," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "To Sir, With Love" and plenty more as you travel through the show with five fierce ladies making their way through the 1960s.
  • Second City: Chicago's legendary improv troupe Second City is sure to delight with sketches on topics ranging from current events and life on the cruise ship.
The Red Lion Pub, a traditional English pub on deck 7 of Norwegian Star, offers drinks, a pool table and entertainment on large-screen TVs.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineThe Red Lion Pub, a traditional English pub on deck 7 of Norwegian Star, offers drinks, a pool table and entertainment on large-screen TVs.

Bars & lounges

  • Barong Juice Bar: This Juice Bar offers a wide range of juices and smoothies to choose from after a good workout.
  • Bier Garten: This Bavarian delight offers premium beers as well as German eats during the afternoon, ranging from pretzels to bratwurst.
  • Gatsby's Champagne Bar: This bar offers premium champagne and vodka, caviar, pate, and foie gras in a cooly sophisticated environment.
  • Java Cafe: For that double, vanilla, extra hot latte with extra foam, the Java Cafe offers a wide variety of specialty coffees, teas, pastries and cookies.
  • Moderno Bar: Take a sip of one your favorite drinks at the Moderno Bar.
  • Spinnaker Lounge: This lounge features not only a full bar but also a dance floor.
  • Star Bar: Take in your favorite cocktail in a '30s ambience.
  • The Red Lion Pub: This traditional English Pub featuring English pool, large-screen TV's, Fish n' Chips, and proper beer on tap.
  • Topsiders Bar & Grill: Topsider's Bar & Grill is on deck near the Oasis Pool, The Grill, and two hot tubs. All you need now is a deck chair.
  • Wine Cellar: Go wine tasting with a wide selection of wines to sample and purchase.

Spa & fitness

  • Barong Fitness Center: There are numerous ways to stay in shape while on-board. The Barong Fitness Center is open from 6am to 11pm with a full-service gym and aerobics/fitness classes offered daily.
  • Basketball/Volleyball Court: Shoot hoops, join a pick up game or play volleyball at the enclosed, outdoor Basketball/Volleyball Court.
  • Golf Driving Net: Take your clubs out for a drive at one of two Golf Driving Nets onboard.
  • Indoor Lap Pool and Jacuzzi: Get your daily swim in at the Indoor Lap Pool, which also includes a Thermal Suite.
  • Jogging/Walking Track: Get in your daily walk while you're at sea.
  • Mandara Spa: A full service beauty salon and spa offers a wide range of treatments to rejuvenate.
Guests staying in the Deluxe Owner's Suite have floor-to-ceiling windows and impressive views.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise LineGuests staying in the Deluxe Owner's Suite have floor-to-ceiling windows and impressive views.

Staterooms

There are several levels of staterooms, including the regular, mini-suites and suites. For those more in the luxury mode, there are the Garden Villas and Owner's Suites, as well as a variety of Penthouse suites.

All staterooms have a TV, refrigerator, safe, duvet, bathroom with shower and tea and coffee facilities. Most lower beds are convertible to a queen size bed. All suites and penthouses feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors with private balcony.

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Stardust Theater
  • Where: Deck 7

  • What: Gatsby's Champagne Bar
  • Where: Deck 6

  • What: Swim with Dolphins
  • Where: Splash Academy
  • Bring your own chopsticks and enjoy Asian cuisine, from sushi to hibachi to Thai and Chinese
  • Extensive childcare services on board make cruiseing with the wee ones a cinch
  • Celebrate like the famous F. Scott Fitzgerald character at Gatsby's Champagne Bar

Top dining options on board

La Cuicina

  • Style: Italian
  • $10
  • Open: Lunch & dinner

Teppanyaki

  • Style: Japanese
  • $25
  • Open: Dinner

Moderno Churrascaria

  • Style: Brazilian Steakhouse
  • $20
  • Open: Dinner

Fast facts

2,348 Passengers [?]
1,065 Crew
15 Decks
2000 Maiden voyage
91,740 Tonnage [?]
935 Length in feet
105 Width in feet (max beam)
28 speed (mph) [?]

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