Baltic with the Sun -mostly: Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by John from Scotland
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Baltic with the Sun -mostly
Destination: Baltic Sea
Stateroom clean and comfortable-pull down bed is 5 foot wide so 2 kids had single beds -strong shower.Balcony OK for 2people.Good storage.Air Con noisy but not very effective at night although fine during the day!!.
Cabin Steward Ismael was excellent-attentive and we all appreciated the towel animals.
Staff in general were helpful and pleasant.
Entertainment was of good quality and variety -one show with Elvy Rose was bearable but only just.
Guitarist at las ramblas had an extensive play list and would play a request from this list.
Don't do Casinos but it seemed well patronised with all the usual tables and slot machines.
Teen club was good.My kids aged 13 and 16 made friends quickly and after day 2 we never saw them again for Dinner. The Dodge Ball games on Deck 12 went on until sunset and the kids returned to the More stateroom at 1am
HOWEVER- the food is 3 star at best in the buffet and main restaurants. It is not well presented in the buffet and was often tepid.The variety was not as good as on a previous cruise. There was no difficulty getting a table in the main restaurants-people must vote with their feet and pay extra for the Speciality restaurants.Perhaps this is what NCL wants.The great Outdoor Buffet on Deck 11 was good for breakfast and served almost the same food with less queues than the Garden room buffet
Apart from the food.We loved the relaxed ambiance on the ship.Dress up if you wish-most people were casual.A great itinerary Less
Cabin review: BA0049 Mid-Ship Balcony
Good location close to Aft stairs, Buffet ,Great outdoors, Seven seas restaurant and Stardust Entertainment lounge. Good sound proofing .Balcony OK for 2 people.Storage good, beds comfortable.air Conditioning seems to be ineffective at night.Read All Mid-Ship Balcony (BA) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Day 1 -Customs 1 hour plus delay so tour to Peterhof left late was always behind schedule rushed with passable Lunch included- A Sandwich some fruit and a drink would have been quicker and sufficient. We rushed through Peterhof which was splendid then rushed passed the Fountains -again spectacular and onto the Hydrofoil back to StP and afterwards onto the Peter and Paul fortress which was not really worth the effort in our opinion- If I had my time again I'd do Peterhof and then maybe an evening tour
Day 2 Pushkin and the Hermitage- no problems with customs so on bus and away by 08.30. Catherine's Palace was spectacular beyond belief as was the Hermitage .Both were very crowded so don't expect to have time to stop and stare. Lunch was less rushed on day 2 and was better albeit an almost replica of that on Day1 !!
Docked at Nynashamn and tendered to bus-given priority as had NCL tour. I enjoyed the tender service but it would be great if the ship berthed in Stockholm and avoided the one hour bus journey.
We did the NCL Old town Ice bar and Vasa tour which all four of us enjoyed. Stockholm is beautiful and the old town is very compact .We had lunch there-£70 OUCH !for 4 toasted sandwiches and drinks albeit huge portions and excellent quality. watched the palace Guards change at Noon then off to the ICE bar for some flavoured vodka cocktails in an Ice glass.The kids had soft drinks- I think and the novelty was worth it. Then onto the Vasa - original 17th Century ship that sank on its maiden voyage and was salvaged intact. Museum is very interesting and as the ship resembles the Pirates of the Caribbean's " Black Pearl" my 13 year old was impressed. I would recommend this tour for a family with teens