Norwegian Star

Former name: SuperStar Libra

Norwegian Star current position

Norwegian Star current location is at West Mediterranean (coordinates 43.10511 N / 5.89933 E) cruising en route to TOULON, FRANCE. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Specifications of Norwegian Star

Year built2001  /  Age: 19
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderMeyer Werft (Papenburg, Germany)
ClassDawn
Building costUSD 400 million
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line
Speed25 kn / 46 kph / 29 mph
Length (LOA)294 m / 965 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage91740 gt
Passengers2344 - 2813
Crew1084
Passengers-to-space ratio33
Decks14
Cabins1174
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsNorwegian Dawn
Former namesSuperStar Libra
Christened byBrooke Burke
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Norwegian Star Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2021 Apr 16 16 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $979
2021 May 14 9 days, round-trip British Isles England, Ireland Scotland Southampton $949
2021 Jul 29 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $999
2021 Aug 19 10 days, one-way from Reykjavik to Southampton Reykjavik $949
2021 Sep 12 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Copenhagen Southampton $1019
2021 Sep 23 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Southampton Copenhagen $969
2021 Oct 14 10 days, round-trip Northern Europe France, Spain, Portugal Belgium Southampton $879
2021 Oct 24 11 days, one-way from Southampton to Lisbon Southampton $959
2021 Nov 13 7 days, round-trip Europe Canary Islands Madeira Lisbon $599
2021 Nov 20 7 days, round-trip Europe Canary Islands Madeira Lisbon $599
2021 Nov 27 14 days, one-way from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro Lisbon $759
2021 Dec 11 7 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires Rio de Janeiro $519
2022 Mar 13 6 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro Buenos Aires $509
2022 Mar 19 15 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona Rio de Janeiro $929
2022 Apr 03 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona $1009
2022 Apr 13 10 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice $1009
2022 Apr 23 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Venice Barcelona $1009
2022 May 03 10 days, one-way from Venice to Barcelona Venice $1209
2022 May 13 9 days, one-way from Barcelona to Southampton Barcelona $1019
2022 Sep 26 10 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Southampton Copenhagen $1009
2022 Oct 06 10 days, round-trip Northern Europe France, Spain, Portugal Belgium Southampton $909
2022 Oct 16 10 days, round-trip Northern Europe France, Spain, Portugal Belgium Southampton $909
2022 Oct 26 10 days, one-way from Southampton to Civitavecchia Southampton $909
2022 Nov 05 11 days, one-way from Civitavecchia to Piraeus Civitavecchia $939
2022 Nov 27 14 days, one-way from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro Lisbon $749
2022 Dec 11 7 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires Rio de Janeiro $499
2023 Mar 12 7 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro Buenos Aires $779
2023 Mar 19 15 days, one-way from Rio de Janeiro to Barcelona Rio de Janeiro $1239

Norwegian Star Review

Review of Norwegian Star

Launched in 2001, Norwegian Star is the first Dawn-class ship of Norwegian Cruise Line, together with Norwegian Dawn.

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 91,740-ton, 2,350-passenger cruise 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.

Cruise itinerary program

Norwegian Star itinerary program is based on Baltic Sea cruises from Copenhagen in the summer months. The Star ship also offers 7-day Western Caribbean sailings from Tampa FL and seasonal Transatlantic repositioning crossings between Europe and Florida.

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.

In January 2021, Norwegian Star's itinerary program includes cruises to Antarctica (14-day "Extraordinary Journeys") from Buenos Aires Argentina. The voyage visits Elephant Island and Deception Island.

In March 2022, the NCL Star's program includes fleet's first South American cruise that visits in Brazil Fortaleza and Salvador de Bahia. The 15-day itinerary leaves out of Rio de Janeiro. 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.

Cabins

Norwegian Star has a total of 1172 cabins (of which 368 Balcony, 358 Inside) in 33 grades. Most Norwegian Star staterooms are 165-sq. foot Balcony rooms. The largest aboard Norwegian Star is the Haven Garden Villa (2285 ft2).

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 bevvy 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, 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 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.). Meals are cooked to order, so the food passengers receive is hot and fresh. Reservations for Star's speciality 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 speciality dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • La Cucina (112-seat Italian speciality 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 speciality, 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 speciality Dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialities; 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 centre.

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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 refurbishment 2018 review

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

NCL Star refurbishment 2015 review

Ship'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.

NCL Star refurbishment 2010 review

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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