Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by patnf: Panama Canal Cruise on the Sun
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Panama Canal Cruise on the Sun
Destination: Panama Canal & Central America
We boarded the Norwegian Sun on Monday, April 28, for a 15 day cruise that took us from Miami, through the Panama Canal and ended at Los Angeles. We had an aft facing balcony on the 9th deck....staterooms above and below us. The 2 beds were pushed together to make an almost king size bed, and there was small couch which could fold out into a bed. Also a desk/table with a small refrigerator underneath and a flat screen tv. There is a safe in one of the cabinets. The closet is not huge but was large enough...it also had shelves in it. All 5 of our suitcases fit under the bed for storage.
Our room steward was Al (short for something else) and he serviced our room twice a day. He even was able to find us some extra clothes hangers for the closet. We made use of the on-board laundry service twice...when they ran "all you can fit in this laundry bag" specials.
Six ports of call and the transit of the Panama Canal: At the Panama Canal, a member of the canal authority came More on board and gave information all day as we made our way through the 3 sets of locks. We kept our tv turned on to the ship's station so we could see the front of the ship, but mostly sat on our balcony and saw the activity from there. This is an all day process and quite fascinating.
At the 6 ports we had booked excursions through NCL and they were all quite interesting. Even though they were all "level 1" as far as activity level, there was a good bit of walking. All of the tour guides were very patient and helpful with those who needed a little more assistance getting on and off buses and walking on the tours
This was our first cruise on NCL, and we like the freestyle dining. It's more like going to a restaurant, and you are given the option of sitting at your own table or with someone else. We did go to two of the specialty restaurants...the El Moderno, and the La Cucina (the Italian place). Both had exception service and food.
The rest of the time we ate at the buffet.
I didn't go to any of the shows but my husband did, and he said they were ok.
The only thing I would ask NCL to do would be work on the PA system so it would be easier to hear overhead announcements in the rooms without having to open the door.
There were very few children on this cruise..they announced there were only 21 passengers under age 21...probably because of the length of the cruise, and also because most kids are still in school. The ones we did see were well behaved and not running around on their own.
Debarkation in Los Angeles was relatively painless...we chose to be in one of the late groups because we did not have air flights to catch. My husband sometimes has difficulty walking and as we got out of the terminal, an NCL employee was there with a wheelchair, and took him to the cab stand. We also had a porter who transported our luggage for us.
All in all, we were very pleased with this cruise and the service provided, and will probably sail with Norwegian again.
ps...to the people next door to us...they were in 9276...were you not aware that cigar smoking on your balcony is supposed to be prohibited? Less
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