Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by Tradewind40: Norwegian Sun cruise, better than expected!
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Norwegian Sun cruise, better than expected!
Destination: South America
Embarkation: Santiago (Valparaiso)
Despite weather preventing an excursion to Antarctica, and a landing in the Falklands, we had a ball.
It was our first cruise on a big ship, although we have cruised on Windstar sailing hybrid ships several times and a Blue Lagoon cruise in Fiji.
Crowds aren't our thing so have avoided big ships, but this was a chance to get to Antactica rather inexpensively.
We were pleasantly surprised. Embarcation was well handled and painless, our stateroom was in good shape and well attended to by steward Christopher on a daily basis. The mini-bar was emptied as requested immediately.
We ate mostly in the Seven Seas, and Four Seasons, but enjoyed the Bistro and Tapas bar also. The food we had was always delicious, well prepared, varied, and served by efficient and friendly staff who took the sting out of the $12.00 per person per day gratuity some moron at NCL HO decided to label a convenience to the guest. In the end, based on their service, I had no More problem with it, and our steward deserved and got extra.
The entertainment was by and large most entertaining, and we enjoyed many of the varied performances. Dancing was fun, the pools and area are well looked after, and the gym had decent equipment in good working order.
I did not talk to one person who had contracted Norwalk, although apparently there were a few. The precautions taken to prevent an outbreak were quite impressive although a touch inconvenient at times.
I found that at the prices, NCL should be demanding more from their excursion contractors. That was the weakest area in my opinion.
The cost of drinks is not outrageous, but a little pricey, as is the internet. However with numerous shore days that can be addressed if it's a problem for someone.
Overall, this Norwegian Sun cruise was great value for the money! Less
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