Will be brief -- a back to back journey from Whittier Alaska and back, on The NCL SUN. This is our second/third cruise with NCL. This trip was excellent. No issues, nothing to report as to disappointments.
Our Inside stateroom was the largest yet. nearly 20 x 12 feet. Smallest shower to date. Room was well laid out and well taken care of Neat and very clean. Our cabin Steward was excellent.
We were on the 8th deck, so it was handy for all the various public areas. Only took minutes to get to them.
The first segment we had approx.2100 guests. You could see the difference from one week to the other. Mainly the food court and outside areas.
Very low amount of pushing of upcharge items. Only time I was approached was when we boarded and when we were in Glacier Bay. The rest of the time little to no daily pushing of up charge items. NICE!
We did have some minor issues regarding being a back to back cruise guest. They did forget paperwork and we had to remind them. Again no big deal.
The food was very good, not great. Basically we had the same menu twice since we were on the same cruise twice. But there were highlights and some nice touches. Several nights the menu would totally beat out the upcharge restaurants for quality and food types. So plan your nights.
The Garden Cafe basically is serving food 24 hours a day. There is a daily BBQ by the pool deck -- not bad!
The upscale restaurants; Italian was wonderful fun and worth the money. Great views and inviting. The French restaurant they can keep. I thought was not very good. And the Steakhouse was very good. The steak I had was tasty and correctly prepared. The side are smallish So you can ask for more no.
Bottom line NCL did a great job. The staff are great and super friendly. Not one sour puss in the crowd. The room was perfect size, the food met and exceed many of our expectations. The ship is clean and nice to ride in.
Been there too many times. Just went shopping
Just went shopping.
Great little town worth getting off the ship Use the SMART bus $5 each person all day. Takes all over. Went to Jewel gardens $12.50 Each and walked around the gardens. Had tea and crumpets $16 for the two of us. Great time in that town.
Again shopping... This was the embark and debark for the first segment of the cruise.
As for embark and debark Whittier is a breeze. We took the train in and it drops you right by the terminal. In fact we were some of the first to arrive. When we left we took a tour and that was well worth it. The portage/wildlife bus tour.