First Day(s) on the Norwegian Star

So, here we are on the Norwegian Star. It is our first sea day and so far so great! Our stay at the Crowne Plaza Tower hotel went well. We’d booked the room through NCL as it was about $20 cheaper than anywhere else I could find and the rate included breakfast and transportation to the ship.

Of course, we didn’t end up waiting for the bus (knew we wouldn’t!) and shared a cab with a friend rather than waiting until noon to leave. The cost to get to the port was about $70 (expensive!) but not bad when divided between the three of us.

The first day goes pretty much the same way on all cruises. After lunch, we checked back at the cabin to see if luggage had been delivered to our aft balcony. Both bags came in a timely manner and we were able to unpack. I have to admit that it’s been a while since we sailed in anything but a suite and it was a challenge to find a home for all of our stuff. Especially on this cool weather cruise which meant we packed a lot of bulky stuff. Everything was finally stored and the suitcases stuffed under the bed for the next 12 days.

Got past the muster drill and opted to experience sailaway from the Star Bar which provided lovely views and protection from the chilly elements.

First night dinner was Cagney’s as usual and our meal was great. DH and I both enjoyed the loaded potato soup and I had the short rib confit which was simply delicious. Despite being at the steakhouse, we both went the seafood route for the main course. My shrimp were plump and cooked perfectly and DH said his sea bass was fantastic.

After dinner, we headed to the Red Lion Pub to check out Kenny the Human Jukebox and his Neil Diamond tribute. Kenny was on the Star when we sailed her through the Panama Canal in 2011, and it was fun to see him again. We finally wound up the evening around 1:00 in the morning. A long but fun filled day.

This morning it is sunny out with calm seas. In a little while, we’ll head to the Cruise Critic Meet and Greet, then lunch. It should be a nice, relaxing day as we make our way to our first port, Bergen, Norway.

Great turn out at the Meet and Greet both from passengers and crew. People were yelling at the Captain to speak up…which I found a bit rude. Attending the M&G will get us all an invitation to tour the bridge. Very nice! Not all Captain’s extend this offer, so it should be appreciated.

Dinner was at LaCucina. No more! The new bread is fantastic, but as usual, we experienced the slowest service of the cruise and cold appetizers and entrees. I even ordered the chicken parm which is usually the “safe” choice and it was dry and had been clearly sitting for a very long time…despite three requests to bring out our main course (one request was from the Executive Head Chef himself!!).

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