Back in 2001, Norwegian Star was the first of the Dawn class vessels to enter service with Norwegian Cruise Line. Built specifically for Freestyle Dining, the ship was the first in the fleet to exceed 90,000 tons.
After initial sailings in Hawaii, the ship now runs Western Caribbean cruise in the winter, and a summer season of Baltic and Fjords cruises based on Copenhagen through to October, a role she has carried out now for the past four years.
The Norwegian Star has now emerged from a dry docking that has added a branch of O’Sheehans, the popular, 24/7 fast food grill and eatery that first pioneered on Norwegian Epic back in 2010. In addition, the popular, extra charge Ginza restaurant has had its cover charge axed, and now becomes another free dining option on board the ship.
Also new to Norwegian Star is the Jimmy Buffet inspired Five O’Clock Somewhere bar, a Margarita fulled watering hole that will offer up special themed cocktails, LandShark beer, and live music.
A brand new Sugar Cane Mojito Bar– first featured on the 2014 built Norwegian Getaway- has also been added to deck thirteen, adjacent to a relocated Moderno Churrascaria, the popular Brazilian venue now being rolled out across the entire Norwegian fleet.
The ship has also been extensively refreshed with new carpets throughout many of the public areas on board, the pool deck has been updated, and new windows fitted in some areas. Both the Casino and the on board Photo Gallery have been updated.
The digital signage systems that first debuted on the 2013 built Norwegian Breakaway have also been added to the ship, allowing guests on board to get directions and order speciality items during their cruise, as well as the ability to book shore excursions.
On the technical side, Norwegian Star has been fitted with environmentally friendly green scrubbers, her Azipod propulsion system has been upgraded and- again on the green front- a new blend of silicone paint has been applied to the hull. Both of these enhancements should also help to save fuel as well as the environment in which the ship will operate.
Some lifeboat release systems were also upgraded on board, while bilge and ballast piping has been replaced, and routine maintenance work was carried out on both the ship’s auxiliary thrusters and stablizers.
Most of these enhancements- already up and running on sister ship, Norwegian Jewel- will also be carried through on the rest of the ships in this class; part of a rolling programme of evolution intended to keep these ships fully competitive with new tonnage entering the market.