Norwegian Star

Former name: SuperStar Libra

Norwegian Star current position

Norwegian Star current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 37.29543 N / -9.38135 W) cruising at speed of 15.5 kn (29 kph/ 18 mph) en route to LISBON, PORTUGAL. The AIS position was reported 1 minute ago.

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Current itinerary of Norwegian Star

Norwegian Star current cruise is 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Southampton. Prices start from USD 599 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 13 May, 2022 and ends on 22 May, 2022.

Date / TimePort
13 May 18:00    Departing from Barcelona, Spain hotels
14 May 10:00 - 18:00    Cartagena Spain, Murcia
15 May 07:00 - 17:00    Malaga, Spain Granada
16 May 07:00 - 17:00    Cadiz, Spain, Sevilla
17 May 10:00 - 18:00    Lisbon, Portugal
18 May 08:00 - 17:00    Porto-Leixoes, Oporto, Portugal
20 May 07:00 - 19:00    Le Verdon-sur-Mer, Medoc, France
22 May 05:00    Arriving in Southampton, England hotels

Specifications of Norwegian Star

Year built2001  /  Age: 21
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassDawn
Building costUSD 400 million
Speed25 kn / 46 kph / 29 mph
Length (LOA)294 m / 965 ft
Beam (width)38 m / 125 ft
Gross Tonnage91740 gt
Passengers2348 - 2813
Crew1031
Passengers-to-space ratio33
Decks14
Cabins1174
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsNorwegian Dawn
Former namesSuperStar Libra
Christened byBrooke Burke
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line
NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line ships 2022 restart dates

Norwegian Star Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Apr 23 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Trieste Barcelona $699
2022 May 03 10 days, one-way from Trieste to Barcelona Trieste $699
2022 May 13 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Southampton Barcelona $599
2022 May 22 10 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $779
2022 Jun 01 11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $729
2022 Jun 12 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $899
2022 Jun 23 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $849
2022 Jul 03 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $1299
2022 Jul 14 11 days, round-trip Iceland Greenland Reykjavik $1199
2022 Jul 25 10 days, round-trip Iceland Greenland Reykjavik $1449
2022 Aug 04 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $1349
2022 Aug 14 10 days, one-way from Southampton to Reykjavik Southampton $1299
2022 Aug 24 11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $1379
2022 Sep 04 12 days, round-trip Iceland Reykjavik, Dublin Belfast Southampton $2079
2022 Sep 16 10 days, one-way from Southampton to Copenhagen Southampton $1199
2022 Sep 26 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Southampton Copenhagen $1509
2022 Oct 06 10 days, round-trip France, Spain, Portugal Belgium Southampton $899
2022 Oct 16 10 days, round-trip France, Spain, Portugal Belgium Southampton $859
2022 Oct 26 10 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia-Rome Southampton $859
2022 Nov 05 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Piraeus-Athens Civitavecchia-Rome $1399
2022 Nov 16 11 days, one-way from Piraeus-Athens to Lisbon Piraeus-Athens $1299
2022 Nov 27 14 days, one-way from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro Lisbon $999
2022 Dec 11 7 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires Rio de Janeiro $799
2023 Jan 01 14 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio $2199
2023 Jan 15 14 days, round-trip Antarctica South America Buenos Aires $2199
2023 Jan 29 14 days, round-trip Antarctica South America Buenos Aires $2099
2023 Feb 12 14 days, round-trip Antarctica South America Buenos Aires $2199
2023 Feb 26 14 days, round-trip Antarctica South America Buenos Aires $2099
2023 Mar 12 7 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro Buenos Aires $749
2023 Mar 19 15 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona Rio de Janeiro $1599
2023 Apr 03 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Ravenna Barcelona $1499
2023 Apr 15 15 days, one-way from Ravenna to Lisbon Ravenna $1899
2023 Apr 30 11 days, one-way from Lisbon to Southampton Lisbon $1499
2023 May 11 10 days, round-trip Northern Europe Dublin, Belfast, Cork Galway Southampton $1553
2023 May 21 10 days, round-trip Northern Europe Dublin, Belfast, Cork Galway Southampton $1553
2023 May 31 12 days, one-way from Southampton to Tromso Southampton $1904
2023 Jun 12 11 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik Tromso $1852
2023 Jun 23 10 days, round-trip Greenland Iceland Reykjavik $1793
2023 Jul 03 10 days, round-trip Greenland Iceland Reykjavik $1599
2023 Jul 13 10 days, round-trip Greenland Iceland Reykjavik $1599
2023 Jul 23 12 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Tromso Reykjavik $2216
2023 Aug 04 11 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik Tromso $1923
2023 Aug 15 11 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Tromso Reykjavik $1923
2023 Aug 26 14 days, one-way from Tromso to Reykjavik Tromso $2541
2023 Dec 18 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires $1899
2024 Jan 07 14 days, round-trip South America Argentina, Falkland Islands Uruguay Buenos Aires $2404
2024 Jan 21 14 days, round-trip South America Argentina, Falkland Islands Uruguay Buenos Aires $2404
2024 Feb 04 14 days, round-trip South America Argentina, Falkland Islands Uruguay Buenos Aires $2404
2024 Feb 18 14 days, round-trip South America Argentina, Falkland Islands Uruguay Buenos Aires $2404
2024 Mar 03 14 days, round-trip South America Argentina, Falkland Islands Uruguay Buenos Aires $2404

Norwegian Star Review

Review of Norwegian Star

The 2001-built Norwegian Star cruise ship is the first Dawn-class liner of NCL-Norwegian, with sistership Norwegian Dawn.

The vessel (IMO number 9195157) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 311082000) and registered in Nassau.

History - construction and ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American). In 2017, the brand NCL had a worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania and RSSC-Regent.

NCL Norwegian Star cruise ship

The 2350-passenger ship Norwegian Star became operational in 2001 and was specially designed for Freestyle Cruising. The cruise ship has eleven restaurants, plus venues serving Tex-Mex, Japanese and French cuisine, and eight bars and lounges. In line with the Freestyle mantra, public spaces range from intimate to exuberant, giving passengers the chance for 24/7 entertainment.

Decks and Cabins

Norwegian Star staterooms ((1174 total, in 33 grades) include 151x Suites, 368x Balcony, 250x Oceanview and 383x Inside cabins. Most staterooms are sized 140-165 ft2 (13-15 m2). The largest accommodation is the 2-Bedroom Garden Villa (2285 ft2 / 212 m2, with a huge terrace of 3610 ft2 / 335 m2).

The boat has 14 decks, of which 11 are passenger-accessible and 9 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

There are two main dining rooms onboard Norwegian Star for traditional-style dining, Versailles, located aft, and Aqua, located midship. Both are lovely, and Versailles looks very much like its namesake with lots of gold and French Renaissance flourishes. Aqua is contemporary and cool. Besides the main dining room, there is a bevy of alternative venues. In addition to the two main dining rooms, Norwegian Star features a wealth of distinct restaurants to choose from. Themes range from steaks and classic French bistro fare to Benihana-style Teppanyaki. Overall, the food is flavorful and even inventive. Service is excellent throughout, though it's not unusual to wait to receive your dessert during the busiest dinner hours (6:30 pm - 8:30 pm). Meals are cooked to order, so the food passengers receive is hot and fresh. Reservations for Star's specialty restaurants can be made only 24 hours in advance, so if you want to try one of the more popular spots, such as Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian-style steakhouse), Cagney's (American steakhouse), or Le Bistro (French), you should book as early as possible.

NCL Norwegian Star cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Star restaurants and food bars.

  • Versailles Restaurant (502-seat aft Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining)
  • Aqua Restaurant (322-seat forward Dining Room, complimentary)
  • Le Bistro (82-seat French dinner-only specialty restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • La Cucina (112-seat Italian specialty restaurant; reservations-only, US$15 cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • Ginza (98-seat Asian restaurant; complimentary)
  • Sushi Bar (17-seat Ginza restaurant); Sake Bar (8-seat, inside Ginza)
  • Teppanyaki (12-seat Japanese Hibachi specialty, reservations-only restaurant; US$25; open for Lunch and Dinner; features live cooking demonstrations)
  • Blue Lagoon (66-seat 24-hour fast food restaurant, complimentary)
  • Moderno Churrascaria (62-seat Brazilian steakhouse; reservations-only; US$20 per person cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)
  • O’Sheehan’s Neighbourhood Bar & Grill (24-hour English pub/sports bar; complimentary)
  • Market Cafe & Kid’s Cafe (475-seat indoor buffet restaurant, complimentary; with a special kids' dedicated area)
  • Topsiders Bar & Grill (128-seat)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (143-seat specialty Dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu)
  • The Sky High Bar (replacing the 126-seat Bavarian-themed al fresco snack and beer bar Bier Garten during 2018 refurb), is an outdoor bar & lounge with seating for nearly 120 people.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

While Norwegian Star provides the usual fare during days at sea, such as bingo, arts and crafts, art auctions, wellness seminars, the real highlights of entertainment are the nightly shows. The "main event" each evening is held in the Stardust Theater, which features everything - from Broadway-style song-and-dance acts to variety shows. The Stardust Theater spans Decks 5 through 7. It is designed in a European opera house style and is quite comfortable. The spa and sports facilities on Norwegian Star are open until 11 p.m. most nights. The ship also has 7 jacuzzis and 3 pools (Splash Down kids pool). Entertainment options also include the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), "Rock of Ages", "Cirque Dreams", "Illusionarium" (magicians show).

Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry. NCL Star tipping/gratuities (US$12 pp per day). For your Norwegian Star cruise ship weddings, there's a small chapel on board.

NCL Norwegian Star cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Star lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Stardust Theatre (1037-seat; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand shows per night)
  • Grand Atrium (2-deck midship hub area); Art Gallery
  • Gatsby’s Champagne Bar; Wine Cellar; Red Lion (pub); Five O’Clock Somewhere Bar; Java Cafe (73-seat coffee & tea bar); Sugarcane Mojito Bar; Internet Cafe
  • Star Club Casino
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge (replacing the 405-seat aft Show Lounge & Nightclub Spinnaker Lounge during 2018 refurb)
  • Spice H2O (Norwegian's adults-only top-deck spot featuring a private pool, full bar and hot tubs, added during 2018 refurb)
  • The Galleria Shops (tax-duty free shops); Port o’ Call (perfumes & cosmetics boutique); Photo Gallery & Shop
  • Barong Spa (beauty salon, treatment rooms); Barong Fitness Centre; Oasis Pool; Splash Down Pool/Kid’s Pool; Jogging Track; Golf Nets; Combined sports court (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
  • Teen Club & Disco; Video Zone; Planet Kid’s center.

Itineraries

Norwegian Star itinerary program is based on Northern European cruises (Mediterranean, Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, UK and Iceland) with homeporting in Copenhagen Denmark and Southampton England.

In February 2016, the ship was listed among the booked vessels at Overseas Passenger Terminal (Sydney NSW Australia) for a total of 11 visits (between October 7, 2017, and May 1, 2018). In January-February 2017, the ship operated all 3 itineraries to/from Australia and New Zealand.

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the NCL Star ship was paused for 2+ years (March 2020 thru April 2022), restarting on Apr 3rd in the Mediterranean. The South America 2022 program was canceled. It included an Antarctic itinerary (14-day "Extraordinary Journeys") roundtrip from Buenos Aires Argentina and visits to Elephant Island and Deception Island.

Also in 2022 (departures July 14 and July 25) are planned Northern European voyages (10-day and 11-day B2Bs) that depart from Reykjavik Iceland and visit Greenland (NCL's first-time) with 3 port calls - Nuuk, Qaqortoq, Nanortalik.

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Norwegian Star is of the Dawn-class NCL vessels, with only sistership Norwegian Dawn. NCL Star's history started as an order placed to Meyer Werft GmbH by Star Cruises. The order was for a new Libra-class vessel, to be named "SuperStar Libra". Order's cost was USD 400 million. When NCL was acquired by Star Cruises in 2000, a decision was made this new liner to be transferred to NCL Norwegian and renamed "Norwegian Star". The 1st Libra-class ship ("SuperStar Scorpio", also on order) was also transferred to NCL and renamed "Norwegian Dawn".

Ship's Inaugural Cruise (maiden voyage) was on November 19, 2001. Vessel's christening ceremony was dual - together with NCL Sun and traditionally held at PortMiami (November 17, 2001). Liner's godmother was Brooke Burke (US actress and model, born Sept 8, 1971).

2001 was the year when to NCL were delivered two brand new ships - Star and Sun. Both vessels were ordered and built specifically to embrace NCL's revolutionary "Freestyle Cruising" concept. All the three Sky-class ships together worth over USD 1 billion - at that time a huge investment in this market.

As a fun fact, there was another passenger ship operated between 1996-2001 under the same name - "Norwegian Star". That was ms Albatros - built 1973, and currently owned and operated by the Phoenix Reisen. That ship was also referred to as "NCL Star" since it was in service for "Norwegian Capricorn Line".

Originally, Norwegian Star operated 7-day Hawaiian Islands cruises from homeport Honolulu, starting on December 16, 2001. Deals were on roundtrips visiting Hawaii, Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Fanning Island. This itinerary was operated up until 2004 when NCL Star was relocated to US West Coast for voyages to Alaska and Mexico Riviera. The change also included a new hull-art and adding Cagney's Steakhouse and "Star Club" casino as new onboard venues. On the Hawaiian market, NCL Star was replaced by Pride of Aloha ship (now Norwegian Sky).

In late-2011, the ship was once again relocated and homeported in Tampa Florida for Western Caribbean itineraries. In 2012, it was homeported in NYC New York where replaced NCL Gem for roundtrips to Bermuda, while NCL Jewel replaced Star in Alaska-Mexico. In 2013, Norwegian Star started a new set of itineraries - in Northern Europe, operating Baltic Sea cruises leaving from homeport Copenhagen Denmark.

NCL Star refurbishments review

The list of deckplan changes after the ship's 3-week drydock refurbishment in 2018 (May, in Barcelona Spain) includes:

  • extensive renovation of all staterooms, public areas, restaurants, bars, lounges
  • stateroom upgrades - new flat HDTVs (infotainment system), USB ports, carpets, headboards, artworks, some furniture
  • Bliss Ultra Lounge (ex Spinnaker Lounge) - redesigned, new carpets, custom-made loungers, expanded seating, upgraded bar menu, new artworks
  • Spice H20 (adults-only serenity deck with swimming pool, hot tubs, full-service bar, nightly live entertainment, DJs)
  • Los Lobos Cantina (Mexican restaurant, former Las Ramblas Bar Restaurant)
  • Spinnaker Lounge (ex Observation Lounge)
  • Sky High Bar (ex Bier Garten) - enlarged (to 120 seats), updated bar menu)
  • renovated Atrium Cafe and Bar, Garden Cafe, Cagney's Steakhouse, Casino (new VIP section), Main Dining Rooms (Aqua, Versailles), La Cucina, Le Bistro, Teppanyaki, Atrium Cafe, Mandara Spa, pool deck, Theatre, Atrium Cafe

Drydock 2018 was part of NCL's "Norwegian Edge" program for fleetwide upgrades (2-year project budgeted USD 400 million). Each drydock costs around USD 35-40 million.

The boat's 2015 drydock refurbishment (March 8-22) resulted in the following deckplan changes

  • (Deck 7) The Jimmy Buffet’s eatery now has the Five O’Clock Somewhere Bar.
  • Cover charges were dropped for the Ginza (Asian) restaurant.
  • Added were the O’Sheehan’s Pub (on deck 8) and the Sugarcane Mojito Bar (on deck 13).
  • New digital signage boards (touch-screens) were installed throughout the ship.
  • Renovations were done to the casino (deck 6), photo gallery (deck 7), pool deck (Lido deck 12).
  • All public areas received new carpeting/flooring, and windows were replaced.
  • (technical enhancements) - new hull painting, new scrubbers were added (by Green Tech Marine) reducing fuel/energy consumption. Upgraded were the ship’s tender boat release systems. General maintenance works were done.

Refurbishment 2018 project was part of NCL’s “The Norwegian Edge” fleet renovation program, budgeted around USD 400 million.

The list of deckplan changes after drydock 2010 included:

  • (Deck 6) the “SoHo Room” restaurant was renamed “La Cucina”.
  • (Deck 7 – relocation of old venues) Photo Gallery, duty-free shops, Spinnaker lounge (from deck 12, the new Spinnaker is larger), new conference rooms
  • (Deck 8) new restaurants were added – Moderno, and O’Sheehan’s.
  • (Deck 12 changes) Public spaces were converted into Suites. The deck area where the old Spinnaker, Art Gallery and Meeting Rooms were located was converted – new 48 Suites were added, including 28 Penthouse Suites, with a new category suites added (Deluxe Owner’s Suite- SA, without a balcony, but with floor-to-ceiling slanted panoramic windows), new Family Suites and a new category Interior Rooms (IC). Also, the old cinema area was converted into 4 new conference rooms.
  • Shipwide carpeting and cabins renovation.

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