We are going on our first NCL trip on the Star, been on 2 Carnival and wanted to know what to expect. We are going out of LA to Mexico on the Jan 28th sail. NEver been to LA or Mexico. So any help you can give me would be great.
If you have never been to LA, I would suggest you take the NCL shuttle from the airport and back. It is $20.00 each way. A cab will cost about as much. The shuttle service for NCL will meet you at the bagage pickup. They will have your luggage picked up and you will not have to mess with it until you reach your room. Mexico is a great place to visit. I have been to all except Manzanillo. The best for shopping though is Puerto Vallarta. The most expensive is Cabo. Cabo gets a lot of Americans flying down to fish and to golf. Enjoy your selves.
I haven't done the Mexican Riviera but I did cruise on the NCL Star in September and the crew, food and entertainment exceeded my expectations.
I will admit that went on board with somewhat limited expectations as to what I would find and I was very pleasantly surprised. The food was better than my last two Royal Caribbean cruises and the service exceeded what I have found on Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The specialty restaurants were overall overall excellent and I suggest that you try at least one of them on one night. The main restaurants were also very good but I suggest that you try to time your dining before six and after eight to avoid any waiting. Also be willing to share a table. Our party of six NEVER had to wait. The buffet was fairly good but I wouldn't rave about it but there were plenty of options that were quite good if you hunted for them.
I was also quite happy with the pleasantness of the staff. I did not meet a single unhappy staff member. I read some reports of some "surly" folks but they must have been in hiding because I never came across them.
I hope you enjoy the Star and the Mexican Riviera.
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