HONOLULU -- The Norwegian Star has mastered onboard dining by
offering 10 different restaurants yet limiting the menu within each
one. Consequently, I didn't get overwhelmed by too many selections.
And it seemed that culinary staff stick to a few things they could
My favorite restaurant was Le Bistro -- a
standard on all NCL ships -with inviting decor, excellent food,
friendly service and a can't-miss chocolate fondue for dessert.
Overall, the quality of the food was a bit uneven, though much
of it was quite good. And I found it easy to eat healthful
For example, at lunch at the Market Cafe,
salads, vegetables, fruit and sandwich-makings supplemented
casseroles, lasagna and beef dishes.
We also liked the Market Cafe for its ease. Breakfast is served
cafeteria-style, and no reservations are necessary for any
Dinner reservations at all other restaurants are recommended.
Actually, they are required if you want a seat at a reasonable
A word to the wise: Have clients book dinner reservations before
they board, or they will spend part of each day waiting in
Our first night we ate at Ginza, where service
was attentive and the sushi fresh. Japanese fare didn't go over
well with the kids, but a children's menu -- with old standards
such as macaroni and cheese -- is available in every
While dinner in the main area of Ginza was enjoyable, the
Tepanyaki room in the back of the restaurant was a dining
Chefs prepared fried rice, filet mignon and jumbo shrimp
theater-style. Their rapid chopping and food-tossing antics had the
children cheering and clapping for more.
Another favorite was SoHo, where Pacific Rim
cuisine is served.
When we ate at Versailles, the ornate
French-designed restaurant where we indulged in the "Chocoholic
Buffet," we enjoyed a window view from the stern of the ship during
The service was friendly and prompt. We often had a large table,
yet every time we explained that we needed a quick exit to catch
the start of a show or keep a child from losing interest, they
accommodated us with a smile.
Most restaurants are included in the price of the cruise, but
two -- Le Bistro and SoHo -- require that passengers pay a cover
charge of $12.50 for a meal. At Ginza, items on the menu are priced
a la carte. -- K.N.
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