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Norwegian Star Aft Facing Penthouse

Discussion in 'Norwegian Cruise Lines' started by CalBear, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. CalBear

    CalBear New Member

    We just finished a delightful Panama Canal Cruise on the Norwegian Star. In spite of a few concerns discussed below NCL is our favorite cruise line. We love the aft facing cabins because the balcony is so pleasant in almost all weather conditions. I've read about soot and diesel smell but we had none of that and my wife is very sensitive about such matters.

    One of the things most lacking on the NCL website is a proper floor plan for the suites that vary so much in size and layout. Here is the floor plan and pictures for Stateroom 8172 on the Norwegian Star. They should be very similar to the plans for 8170, 8670, 8672, 9732, 9736, 9232, 9236, 10726, 10728, 10226, 10228.

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    Now the problems... We love the aft facing cabins, however, Deck 8 is a problem with much low frequency (bass) noise from the Spinnaker Lounge on Deck 7. I can sleep through it, my wife can't. If you are not planning to stay up for all the activities until Midnight you should avoid aft cabins on Deck 8. After our cruise last year on the Norwegian Jade I was expecting two things that turn out not to be available on the Star. 110 volt power is only available at the vanity (not the desk) and in the bathroom. I was able to borrow an adapter from reception for use with my laptop but it would have been a lot easier if I had just brought my little (1/2 oz) adapter from home. The balcony door is manual not electric. Why is that a problem? Because the only position that you can easily maintain while underway is 'closed'. Not a big deal but somewhat annoying.
     
  2. bob

    bob Chief Engineer Staff Member

    Not much of a balcony for a Penthouse class cabin...............
    actually not much of a cabin for a Penthouse, looks more like a basic suite
    or even a mini suite on a Princess grand class, on the upside, the cabin
    itself does look comfortable.
     
  3. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    The rear facing balconies are standard size - meaning the same size as a standard balcony size. If you want a big cabin, you have to upgrade one level to a forward facing Penthouse suite ...

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  4. bob

    bob Chief Engineer Staff Member

    Then you can't use it when the ship is moving because of the wind and if like other forward cabins you have to keep the drapes closed at night because the light interferes with the bridge. Was this ship designed by Joe Farcus...................:duh:
     
  5. CalBear

    CalBear New Member

    Mini-suite on the Sapphire Princess
    Avg sq ft cabin: 277 Balcony: 46
    Balcony size ranges from 46 to 89 square feet.
    The balcony is generally smaller than for the Penthouse Suite on the Norwegian Star and the 364 sq-ft cabin on the Star is is larger than even the suite on the Princess

    Suite on the Sapphire Princess
    Avg sq ft cabin: 329 Balcony: 166
    Nice balcony size but the Norwegian Star was fine for the two of us. Forward suites have much bigger balconies but are a bit windy while underway.

    The Butler service and concierge on the NCL ships are wonderful and the Freestyle cruising .... priceless.
     
  6. bob

    bob Chief Engineer Staff Member

    LOL.......

    based on your pictures, all I know is that my wife would be claustrophobic on a balcony that size, come to think of it, she was on our last Alaska cruise on the Sea Princess, then again Sun Class are not known for their balconies (she lives for the balcony:whistle: ).
    But, the most important part of cruising is what you are comfortable and happy with, but I assure you, the Princess Sapphire mini suite balconies are a whole lot more functional that the one in that picture, maybe a little narrower but twice as deep. Again that is not the point nor the issue, what is important is what a person is happy and comfortable with, just made the comment that if that is a "penthouse balcony" then it depends on what you consider a balcony should be when it is associated with a penthouse vs.a suite or mini suite. As cruizer pointed out, the forward facing suites have a decent size balcony for their cabin category but mostly unusable due to logistics so where does the line get drawn, whatever makes someone happy is my guess.:boogie:
     
  7. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    I used the balcony a lot while the ship was moving. In fact, one day I did not need a paper weight to keep the papers from flying away. Another days I did. The point is it is not as windy as you might think.

    I never had to keep the drapes closed, I just kept the light low. I never got a call from the bridge. The easy way to check is to open the door and see if you are casting a shadow. If not, then there will be no problems. I never received a call from the bridge and I was on a thirteen night cruise.
     
  8. Calgon1

    Calgon1 Awaiting results of mental evaluation

    I still don't see how that can be called a Penthouse, or even a suite ... just going by the thread's title ...
     
  9. CalBear

    CalBear New Member

    I expect that NCL can name their staterooms as they see fit :)

    In any case it has lots of room for relaxing. As pointed out the balcony isn't large but we enjoyed it both in port and underway.

    As for being a "Penthouse", the butler and concierge service are wonderful and pretty much exclusive to NCL at this price range.

    We are completely hooked on Freestyle cruising. It matches our lifestyle.
     
  10. manxman

    manxman Active Member

    Hi Cruizer, Do you have any photos of the inside of this cabin. We are getting a forward facing Penthouse on the Jewel and maybe this will be similar
     
  11. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    From the entry door ...

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    From the rear wall ...

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    From behind the bed ...

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  12. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    Bathroom ...

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  13. manxman

    manxman Active Member

    Thanks Cruizer, that's really helpful. I appreciate your time and effort.
     
  14. DiaDee

    DiaDee New Member

    Hi Cruizer, Im new to this site! But not new at cruising. But we have always been wary of the foward facing cabins. Our next cruise is Feb, 2011 thinking about going with a deck 9 forward penthouse ...i want to tan in the privacy of my own balcony :)...

    Could you tell me if you felt/noticed more movement being all the way forward. Be honest!!!!!!
    Thanks!
     
  15. Cruizer

    Cruizer Well-Known Member

    Did I feel more movement? No. On the way to Cartagena, after leaving the Panama Canal the wind had really picked up. Here is what I wrote in my review ...

    It has been my experience (I've been all the way forward twice and all the way in the rear three times) that when the ship is rocking, the entire ship is rocking. When the seas are calm, all the cabins, including the forward facing cabins are great.
     

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