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10 Night Alaska Cruise from Seattle

10 Night Alaska Cruise from Seattle

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  • Day 1
    Seattle
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Sitka
  • Day 4
    Hubbard Glacier
  • Day 5
    Icy Strait
  • Day 6
    Juneau
  • Day 7
    Skagway
  • Day 8
    Glacier Bay
  • Day 9
    Ketchikan
  • Day 10
    Victoria
  • Day 11
    Seattle

Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Refurbished spaces boast clean, modern design; a plethora of tasty dining options abounds.

Cons

Buffets are often congested and signage is lacking; there are no water slides/water parks.

Bottom Line

Great overall experience with tons of dining and activity choices and itinerary options.


Cruise Reviews

Had issues on day one and they just haunted my girlfriend and I throughout our trip. A paid for drink package, that we had ample proof of.( email from NCL and our itemized reservation.) Couldn’t get it on our room card at the check in, ... Read More
Had issues on day one and they just haunted my girlfriend and I throughout our trip. A paid for drink package, that we had ample proof of.( email from NCL and our itemized reservation.) Couldn’t get it on our room card at the check in, computer issues were blamed and we were told to see Guest Services once onboard the ship. Here’s where it starts to unravel, gentleman we dealt with was virtually a recording. He disputed the email, from NCL Sr. VP Passenger Services. As our itemized reservation wasn’t enough proof of our claims. Finally after having all his ridiculous and vague questions answered, we got the “We can do nothing on the ship, it must come from the office” on a loop from him. Literally his response to us for the next 5 minutes. We decide to purchase the package AGAIN to avoid paying exorbitant prices for beverages on our vacation. After wasting 4 hours waiting to hear from “The Office”. We head back to Guest Services and miraculously our package was already on our reservation! A Christmas miracle! The attendant asked us why we purchased onboard, a package we already had... we had to tell the ridiculous story for a third time since check in at port. We thought the worst was behind us and we began to enjoy our vacation. Until we were greeted by some of the worst bar staff I’ve ever encountered. I don’t think they served me what I ordered until the third different bar we visited. The language barrier was ridiculous for any guest service position. It’s very frustrating to get blank stares and “ok sure” after simple questions. 2 different areas we visited failed to open at posted hours. The response we were given was, “It open when it open” in the worst broken accent you can think up. All in all, there were some great crew members who salvaged my vacation. However, they’re far outnumbered by staff who are either poorly trained or just don’t care. That’s a good overview of the negatives, I’d like to touch now on some of the positives. We found the food offerings truly awesome, dinners were fantastic, the buffet was wonderful! Our room was quite spacious and had a great view. The people watching on a 4 day “booze cruise” is some of the best entertainment you’ll find aboard. Great stirrup cay is just Ok in my opinion. It’s crowded and was like any other weekend at the beach. This was my first cruise and my GF’s fourth. Neither of us want to get back on the sun! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
When I saw the advertisement for $199 for the 5 day Bahama cruise, I couldn't pass it up. We booked it about two weeks prior to departure, chose the drink package and two specialty dining meals. Getting on and off the ship at the ... Read More
When I saw the advertisement for $199 for the 5 day Bahama cruise, I couldn't pass it up. We booked it about two weeks prior to departure, chose the drink package and two specialty dining meals. Getting on and off the ship at the beginning and end of the cruise was a breeze. We were checked in promptly and offered water to drink while waiting. For debarkation, we elected to walk off, and since we timed it between platinum and special guests, we didn't have a long line. Customs was on the ship deck with a facial recognition camera and a quick look at the passport. On board, the only drawback was the music choices and hours. During this cruise, we had no classical or instrumental entertainment other than the piano in the Windjammer. I get tired of the oldies music (even though I'm 53). The evening show was the usual cruise ship venue, but on the last night the cruise director introduced all the managers and many department supervisors, so we were able to thank them with applause. I thought this was nice. Our cabin could only be reached from the bow of the ship. See cabin review below. Fitness: We like to walk on the promenade in the mornings but two mornings on our trip it was partially blocked for maintenance. No big deal, just reverse and go the other way until you get back to the barrier, but it seemed like they could've blocked just a portion of the deck instead of the entire deck section. I have to appreciate that NCL takes safety seriously. The food was good. We had the buffet every morning for breakfast and usually went to the aft Great Outdoors buffet for lunch. Dinner at Cagneys was delicious and filling. No problems ordering or waiting at the Four Seasons. The last night, we had dinner at the sushi bar. The staff was exceptionally courteous. Overall, the sushi menu is rather limited but the entire meal was well prepared, fresh and delicious. The chef even made my husband a typical California roll that wasn't on the menu at all, and gave us an additional plate of sashimi and nigeri beyond what our meal package included. We easily ate $80 worth of sushi and sashimi, in addition to our edamame appetizer and sake (two kinds available) and were stuffed. All was included in our meal and beverage packages. So the sushi bar, for us, was a great added value. Shore excursions: We couldn't stop at Great Stirrup Cay the first day because the waves were too rough for tendering. So we puttered over to Nassau a day early. My husband and I didn't get off the ship as we've been there before. In Freeport, we took an NCL offered excursion for the Luxury Day Sail and had a good time. Drinks, a bento-sandwich lunch and snorkeling was included. We didn't go very far off shore and my only complaint was that it was too short. The guides were friendly and attentive. The last port was Great Stirrup Cay again, and that's always fun. We just get chairs and stay by the beach but some seniors next to us said they had a great time on the zipline. My only complaint about the Cay is the barbecue offerings. Hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and fried chicken are your choices. I was hoping for a fish option, but they had salads, too. I've traveled on the Sun twice before and like the ship because of its small size. The staff remember you and the ship is well kept. I would go on it again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was my husband's and my first cruise and we enjoyed it. Norwegian offered a great deal on the cruise with many added perks. Expect to spend an additional $200-300 each in other charges and on board purchases. We even had $150 on ... Read More
This was my husband's and my first cruise and we enjoyed it. Norwegian offered a great deal on the cruise with many added perks. Expect to spend an additional $200-300 each in other charges and on board purchases. We even had $150 on board spending credits and $100 in spa credits, and no booked excursions. We had a balcony cabin on deck 10 and loved our room. It was plenty room for the two of us. Outlets were sparse and the blow dryer was not very good...strange setup. Take your own if you need one. We had breakfast delivered to the cabin every morning versus going to the buffet. The buffet and dining room meals were average and nothing special to write about, but I'm a good snob, foodie. We had specialty dining available for two nights of the cruise and had pretty good meals and great dining experiences those two evenings (Tepanyaki and Mexican food). Our cruise included the drink package and the drinks were good. The entertainment on the ships was great and there were plenty of activities going on around the ship. Andre the piano guy was incredible. We watched and listened to him several nights. The last night he played the organ versus the piano, which was very disappointing, and took away from his incredible talent. we went to Darans comedy show twice, one family friendly, the other not. Both were very good. We ported at Nassau, Grand Bahama Island and Great Stirrup Key, which was by far the best port. Nassau and Grand Bahama were both very ghetto and we didn't like the locals trying to lure us into buying little trinkets, then made to feel guilty when we politely declined. We didn't book any excursions and instead went to the beach on Grand Bahama...the shuttle company (not NCL) who taxied us to the beach again was very ghetto. We went to Taino Beach, which had an entrance fee and fees to use beach chairs and umbrellas. Don't waste your money on the drinks in cut coconuts or pineapples. we decided that if we take another cruise to the Bahamas, we will definitely book excursions. The weird excitement of the trip was when a drink girl jumped overboard on the 4th night of the cruise after fighting with her boyfriend, and we witnessed her rescue (she survived) and we heard the next day that she was escorted off the ship in the middle of the night. Day one and day five were very choppy and several passengers experienced seasickness, including myself. The staff were very helpful and offered me motion sickness RX from customer services. We booked massages and pedicures on the ship and were very satisfied, aside from their attempt to upsell us into purchasing products and to book more services. All in all, it was a great mini vacation for us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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