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08/08/2011 06:05 pm ET Updated Oct 08, 2011

The Norwegian Star: A Huffington Post Travel Cruise Ship Guide

The Norwegian Star is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Norwegian Star.

Destinations

The Norwegian Star cruises to the Caribbean and Alaska. In 2011, the ship will begin a sailing schedule from Tampa, Fla., to the Caribbean. Cruises are year-round.

Grand Ship

The Norwegian Star is a 965-foot ship that boasts Norwegian Cruise Line's "Freestyle" cruise experience. It can accommodate 2,348 passengers with a crew of 1,083. The ship cruises at a speed of 25 knots.

Special Features

The Norwegian Star offers a three-bedroom villa with a private garden and a hot tub. The ship is home to an open-air Bier Garten and the Star Club Casino. Entertainment includes the Second City® comedy troupe.

Accommodations

The ship offers inside staterooms that can house up to four guests, oceanview rooms, staterooms with balconies and a variety of suite and penthouse options. Rooms designed with families in mind are available in each of the categories. Inside staterooms are 142 square feet; oceanview rooms are 159 square feet; balcony rooms are 203 to 262 square feet and suites range from 283 square feet to the three-bedroom Garden Villas at 6,694 square feet.

Cost

Cruise rates range from a two-day quick getaway from New York City to sea and back at $229 per person for an inside stateroom, to a 15-day Panama Canal from Los Angeles to Tampa at $4,159 per person for a suite. Children under two receive a reduced fare. Certain itineraries offer discounts on the third and fourth guests in the same stateroom. Infants under six months are not eligible for travel on Norwegian Cruise Line ships. Check the website for last-minute and online deals. The website also has a "best price guaranteed" policy.

Excursions

The Norwegian Star offers a seven-day Sawyer Glacier cruise round-trip from Seattle with stops in the Alaskan cities of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway, as well as Prince Rupert, Canada. Shore excursions include the Mendenhall Glacier by helicopter and the White Pass Scenic Railway.

Dining Experience

The Norwegian Star has restaurants that are included in the cruise price and those that are an additional cost. The two main dining rooms, a round-the-clock restaurant and a cafe, are complimentary options for guests. Restaurants that are available for an extra charge include French, Italian, Tex-Mex, and Asian cuisine. Room service is complimentary from 5 a.m. to midnight, but there is a delivery charge for room service from midnight to 5 a.m.

Maiden Voyage

Norwegian Star's maiden voyage was on Nov. 19, 2001. According to Cruise Reviews, the ship was originally ordered as the SuperStar Libra by Norwegian Cruise Line parent Star Cruises.

In The News

The Norwegian Star was in the news when Norwegian Cruise Line announced that it would swap out the Norwegian Gem for the Norwegian Star to sail the New York-to-Bermuda route. The ship was also in the news when plans to serve as a floating hotel in Vancouver during the Olympics failed.

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