My family is considering cruising Norwegian Star to Hawaaian Islands and the online agent offered us to book an outside cabin with an "obstructed view"; then she offered us an outside cabin with a "non-obstructed view" for about $150.00 more per person. What does "obstructed view" mean and is it worth it to pay that much more? We are content to have an inside cabin, but the "obstructed view" is only $88.00 more per person and we were considering it; however we would like to be able to see out the window for that much more. Thank you very much.
What that means is that there might be a lifeboat in the way, when you look out the window. If you can, you should try a partially-obstructed view, that means you are close to the end of the life boat, might be able to see around it.
also sometimes there is just poles from the crane used for lowering lifeboats which means very little obstruction. Look at the ship's map carefully.
It generally will be darker if the lifeboats are covered by a deck than if they are just suspended from the sides of the ship. Some obstructed view cabins are quite nice, others are no better than an inside. Cabin size is an important factor here as well.
I don't know that the Star has any obstructed view. You can go on NCL's website and look at the deck plan; usually obstructed view has its own category, so you can see exactly on the ship where it is. It may be a standard question your TA asks you before looking for a cabin. You should ask for cabin #'s for both obs. and non-obs views, then look at the deck plans; you may end up getting a deal!