Norwegian Star joined the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet in December 2001. This glorious ship shines as brilliantly as her name - from the bright stars that wind their way around the bow, to the wonderfully decorated staterooms and fabulously colourful pool area. There's a dazzling array of food and drink options and vibrant entertainment both day and night. Whether you're cruising with friends and family or looking for a treat for two, Norwegian Star goes out of her way to make you feel welcome.
Daytimes on-board focus on The Oasis Pool with its water slides and hot tubs, as well as pampering treatments in the Mandara Spa. There's also fun for tots to young adults thanks to Teen Club, Planet Kids, Video Zone and the Splash Down Kid's Pool. Sports fans can take their pick from: workouts and fitness classes in the Barong Fitness Centre, basketball and volleyball games in the Sports Court, golf practice at the Golf Driving Nets, and swimming in the lap pool. Keeping in touch with home is easy in the Internet Cafe, but why not become a wine connoisseur courtesy of tasting sessions in the Wine Cellar?
You can dine on culinary delights from around the world in the ship's selection of themed restaurants. The Aqua and Versailles Main Dining Rooms offer daily-changing menus, signature dishes from the chef and a varied list of wines. There's also the more informal Market Cafe with a kids section that serves a wide choice of buffet-style fare and desserts. O'Sheehan's offers American classics, cold beer, large screen televisions, table games and an authentic Irish-pub atmosphere around the clock. While Ginza Asian Restaurant serves up Asian fusion cuisine including soups, noodles and wok-fried dishes.
The selection of speciality restaurants dramatically enhances the on-board culinary experience. A romantic gourmet dining experience is on the menu in Le Bistro, a superbly elegant French restaurant, or there's authentic Italian-style food such as spaghetti carbonara and tiramisu on offer at La Cucina. Pasadores serve slow roasted meats to your table in the Moderno Steakhouse, but you can also enjoy a Japanese hibachi restaurant experience in Teppanyaki. Savour American Angus Beef steaks and speciality truffle fries in Cagney's Steakhouse, before indulging in sweet treats at Carlo's Bake Shop during the day.
From morning espresso to late-night cocktail, there's plenty of bars and lounges to adore on Norwegian Star. There's no need to move far from your poolside sunbed with Topsiders Bar & Grill nearby, but Atrium Cafe & Bar is the perfect place to relax indoors with coffee, cookies and pastries. Savour healthy juices and smoothies in the Barong Juice Bar or cocktails and beers on the Bier Garten terrace. Sip signature margaritas accompanied by sounds of the tropics in the 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar and Sugar Cane Mojito Bar, or you can always enjoy pate, vodka, caviar, champagne and foie gras in the sophisticated Gatsby's Champagne Bar.
The night scene on Norwegian Star offers something for any type of guest. You can enjoy Broadway and Vegas-style shows, stand-up comedians and marvellous magicians with a cocktail or two in the three-deck high Stardust Theatre. Shows not to be missed include Elements and Band on the Run. Take a spin around the dance floor in the Spinnaker Lounge, or don your best attire and join in the White Hot Party on the pool deck. But if you're feeling lucky and want to chance your arm with Lady Luck; give poker, roulette, black jack and the slot machines in the Star Club Casino a whirl.
Day 1: UK to Venice, Italy
Fly from your selected UK airport to Venice and embark on board Norwegian Star.
Day 2: Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor is based on the Adriatic coastline in south-west Montenegro. One of the country's prettiest and most-famous towns, Kotor is an UNESCO World Heritage site and offers a range of historic landmarks and natural beauty spots. The old town district is filled with medieval architecture and monuments — as well as one of the narrowest streets in the world! From its Venetian-style gates to its former Austrian prisons, Kotor's past is kept alive for you to explore. Wander around the range of shops, and head to a bar or restaurant at a piazza to admire views of the mountains.
Day 3: Corfu, Greece
The island of Corfu sits off the north coast of Greece in the Ionian Sea. Surrounded by rugged mountains and lined with golden beach resorts, it's a cosmopolitan island with a strong, traditional character. Corfu has long been a hugely popular holiday destination due to its laid-back atmosphere, fun beaches, fantastic climate, and welcoming villages. Its old town is filled with Byzantine churches, Venetian fortresses and French-style houses. Spend time relaxing on the sand or enjoying water sports in the sea, before sampling the island's delicious cuisine — often a tasty blend of Greek and Italian — at a beachfront restaurant. The waterfront is lined with bars and cafes, and there are plenty of craft markets for buying souvenirs.
Day 4: Argostoli, Greece
Argostoli is Kefalonia's main port town and boasts a beautiful natural harbour. Stroll around the town centre and discover plentiful shops, cafes, bars and restaurants around Plateia Valianou and along Lithostroto main street. Pay a visit to the Museum of Archaeology and the Cultural Museum. Head to Kampanas Square and enjoy breath-taking views of the town and the beautiful Koutavos Lagoon. Keep your eyes peeled for the wild loggerhead turtles each morning in Argostoli Bay. Walk across the De Bosset Bridge and enjoy the stunning views. Watch the sea flow inland and disappears into sinkholes at the Katavothres. Soak up the sun on nearby Fenari beach and discover the picturesque St Theodore lighthouse.
Day 5: Santorini, Greece
Curving around a majestic caldera, Santorini is one of the prettiest of the Greek Isles. Hop on the tender boat ashore, where the cable car will whisk you up to the cliff-top village of Thira with its quaint streets filled with restaurants, bars and shops. Pay a visit to the cave houses at the beautiful village of Oia before heading down the steps to Amoudi Bay to feast on fresh seafood. Taste the unique beers at the Donkey Brewery close to the black pebbled sands of Kamari Beach. Explore the island's history at the Akrotiri archaeological site or admire the dramatic coastline by catamaran.
Day 7: Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Croatian city of Dubrovnik sits on the country's southern coast on the Adriatic Sea. Explore the city centre — an UNESCO World Heritage site — with its 17th-century Cathedral of the Assumption and Rector's Palace, before walking around the ancient city walls. Admire the views as you ride the cable car to Mt Srd or visit one of the city's museums. Relax in the sunshine on Banje Beach; enjoy a boat trip to the nearby islands of Lokrum and Elafiti; and view the city from the water on a kayaking trip or take a snorkelling tour.
Day 8: Venice to UK
Disembark in Venice and make your way to the airport for your flight back to the UK.