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Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by agsyr

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Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Sun
Member Name: agsyr
Cruise Date: July 2013
Embarkation: Vancouver
Destination: Alaska
Cabin Category: BB
Cabin Number: 8226
Booking Method: Local Travel Agency
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins 4.0
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 4.0
Service 3.0
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 3.0
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Happy First-Time Cruisers
We had a great honeymoon cruise on the Sun. The ship was the right size for us and we always found plenty to do. The level of service was equivalent to a Sheraton Hotel with better entertainment. We especially enjoyed the music in the Observation Lounge later in the evening. Lira and the Love Bros. had a huge repertoire and great presence. The violin / piano duo were also great, though we only caught them on the opening night.

The ship was clean and well managed. We never met our steward, but he took good, prompt care of our room.

The food was fine. The burgers on the lunch buffet were reliably good. Always plenty of fresh fruit. The salad vegetables didn't taste like much, nor did the balsamic dressing. That was disappointing. There was soup on the buffet line, but rarely anyone manning the soup station so you couldn't get a cup.

We signed up for the Chef's Tasting Table and enjoyed it a lot. The asparagus soup and tuna tartar were exceptional, and the bottomless glasses of wine a little dangerous. There was a giant piece of veal served for the meat course, and it was too much. A tasting menu benefits from small portions, not caveman-sized cuts. Could have done without the awkward photo session, but we got prints at no additional cost.

Dinner at Le Bistro on the last night was our best meal on the ship. Service was kicked up a considerable notch, and the food was really delicious. With wine and drinks it cost a lot ($127 for two), but was a legit fine-dining experience.

Loved that the casino had a $5 blackjack table, didn't love that we lost.

Our favorite day onboard was cruising through Glacier Bay. The weather was clear, and we were able to follow along with maps and great narration offered by a National Park Service Ranger. Another ranger did a presentation in the Stardust, but it felt like more of an introduction to things we'd already seen. (We had to laugh when the ranger touched on global warming and the woman next to us got up and left in a huff.) We were hoping to learn more about the many humpback whales we saw, which was a special treat.

My only complaint with service: I was injured on an excursion in Skagway (fell on a hike and dislocated my finger) and sought medical care from the clinic there. NCL picked us up from the clinic and returned us to the ship. The excursion director called the next day to ask how I was feeling. However, we found it odd that the excursion director never asked what happened or had any questions about the tour operator, etc. I will be sending a letter to NCL about this.

Publication Date: 07/29/13
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