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. 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.