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9 Night Alaska Cruise from Seattle

9 Night Alaska Cruise from Seattle

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Itinerary

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

Sincerely reminds me of a Carnival cruise I went on when I was in college 20 years ago. It was a more family oriented cruise in that there were younger people, college students, children, and a mix of old and young throughout. It was ... Read More
Sincerely reminds me of a Carnival cruise I went on when I was in college 20 years ago. It was a more family oriented cruise in that there were younger people, college students, children, and a mix of old and young throughout. It was obvious that this was a budget friendly type of cruise. This was all well and good if it weren’t for the fact that it seems Norwegian Put their training crew on this cruise. The ship is outdated, cramped, somewhat dirty, and poorly laid-out. This is not a cruise I would recommend for the seasoned traveler or An experiences cruiser, As that person is likely to be very disappointed. As a first-time cruisers or someone who has low expectations of the industry as a whole, the cruise will suffice. The bartenders are very slow, the food was lackluster, the bathroom facilities in my room dirty and outdated, The television without any use for channels, and two of my shore excursions were canceled prior to arrival in Port due to A little roster account. My Cabin stewardess was less than helpful and insisted upon parking for cleaning supplies and carts outside of my room consistently and throughout every day. Just services seemed unaware of the company policies regarding cancellation and modification of existing reservations and we’re also unaware of how to access account details for charges incurred prior to cruise departure. This was a pattern of an experience that I witnessed. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Well folks gonna try and make this review as honest as I can.This was our first time time on NCL and on the Sun. I made reservations in early in Nov for the 5 day Eastern Cruise on 12/2/19 from Port Canaveral to Costa Maya and Cozumel the ... Read More
Well folks gonna try and make this review as honest as I can.This was our first time time on NCL and on the Sun. I made reservations in early in Nov for the 5 day Eastern Cruise on 12/2/19 from Port Canaveral to Costa Maya and Cozumel the price was right and we've been to both ports before so we knew what to expect. I booked a ocean view cabin on deck 7 which was a forward cabin and you could choose 2 perks with that booking. I chose the drink package and dinning package for 2 nights. Even though those are considered free you have to pay gratuities up front which was $99.00 /pp for drink package and $15.50/pp for dining .Average drinks on board cost about 7-15 dollars for beer and mixed and drinks up to 15 dollars are included on your package. For top tier liquor it cost more. So if you drink more than 15 drinks on the cruise you'll pay for your up front money.Be aware if you are in Port on day of embarkation you'll be charged Fl state taxes which was about 60-80 cents per drink.Hope that info helps on your packages.Now as for the Cruise itself. About a week after I booked the the cruise I got a offer to to "Bid" on a upgrade from our ocean view room to a balcony or a mini suite room so for the heck of it I bid the lowest I could for each room which was 50.00/pp for the balcony and 75.00/pp for the mini suite. After reading some boards I saw where if you were a first time cruiser on NCL and you put in a low bid you probably wouldn't get a upgrade. About a week before the cruise I was notified they accepted my bid for the balcony so for 100.00 I got moved from deck 7 to deck 10 mid-ship balcony. So it's worth a shot to bid for upgrade. Embarkation went smooth took about 10 mins to check in and get your key card. We waited for about 45-60 mins in terminal as we got there a little after 10 am and they started boarding at about 11:30 am. The ship it self is a smaller vessel and doesn't have a lot of amenities of the newer and larger ships.I really wouldn't recommend for kids it as there is not much for kids to do once on board but they do have a kids camp.I felt the ship was kept up and clean along with our cabin no issues at all. Our cabin steward did a good job of keeping up the room.As for the food I thought it was decent and was mostly your standard buffet choices and like most of the buffets I've been to the food could have been warmer on some of the dishes.Over all I thought the choices were good and flavorful.We also ate at the main dinning room for both breakfast and dinner . For breakfast It seemed to me they have about the same choices as other cruise lines I've been on nothing out of the ordinary. I thought the food was good. As for dinner I thought to choices of food they gave you was a good variety and the choices I chose was tasty.The service could have been a little better but the more crowded it got the slower the service became.I think the servers get overwhelmed. The 2 specialty dinning venues we chose was the Japanese which was great and our cook was funny and and entertaining and the food was very good. The second we chose was the Italian and the food and service there was excellent. Now for the bar service.When i went to any of the bars on board it never took me over 5 mins to get a drink and they made a good drink no issues there. Now if ya laying out on deck or in a lounge the service is slow. Sometimes it's best to waddle up to bar to get your own.I thought they had a good variety of things to do during the day and evening. We went to 1 show and the they did a good job of performing and we enjoyed it. The other place we spent most of our evenings was at the Windjammer lounge and listened to a solo guitarist name Jason. He was very entertaining and would take requests and played a variety of music.We really enjoyed him. We also thought the other entertainment we saw did a good job. Disembarkation went very smoothly as we chose to carry our luggage and get off of ship early. However we did have one snafu which disappointed us.When we docked back at the port we ended up docking at terminal 6 instead of terminal 10 were we had left. There was no announcement of this change prior to us leaving the ship. So for those of us who parked at 10 we had to take a shuttle bus back to terminal 10 parking garage and our poor bus driver didn't have clue as to where he was going so after driving around for a bit we finally made it back to our parking garage.Over all We thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise on NCL Sun, it wasn't perfect but then again there always some glitches that go along with cruising however we would sail on the ship again.Hope this review was helpful to you. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We selected this cruise because we got a great last-minute deal. Embarkation went extremely smoothly and quickly. Disembarkation was even faster. Customs was on the ship and released us as soon as our photos matched. The entire crew ... Read More
We selected this cruise because we got a great last-minute deal. Embarkation went extremely smoothly and quickly. Disembarkation was even faster. Customs was on the ship and released us as soon as our photos matched. The entire crew was friendly and helpful. Our sailing was five nights long. The entertainment in the Stardust Theater was good. The ship's performers were very talented and put on a great show. They put a lot of work into their performance. We had an off-ship comedian a couple of nights. Her first couple of performances she had trouble engaging the audience, but apparently, she had everyone engaged at her last performance, which was an adult performance. The evening game shows in the Bliss Lounge were hokey but drew a crowd. There were very few activities during the day and the bulk of the activities were for a fee. Deck 6 has a great walking track. The ship's lifeboats were used to tender in Cozumel. Getting into the port went smoothly and quickly. Early morning departures were expected to get a pass, but no one checked the pass as we boarded the tenders. In Costa Maya, we were at the pier next to another NCL ship. We were unable to sit on our balcony there as the other NCL ship was playing music on the pier at eardrum breaking volume. The complimentary dining rooms were hit and miss with their meals. Most of the meats were overcooked and on the dry side. The fish and chips should be avoided. Three of us ordered red snapper one evening and none of us could eat it. That was the first time that we have experienced a meal we could not eat on any of the many cruises we've taken. The shrimp burger on the pretzel roll is very good, the shrimp salad is also good. The bluefin fish is excellent, although a small portion. We have never been compelled to seek a better evening meal at the buffet until this cruise. Please note, we received good service in the dining room, it was just the food that was hit and miss. We ate at two of the specialty restaurants. Moderno had an excellent salad bar, but the meats were all overcooked. The rotisserie pineapple between the entree and dessert was very good. Le Bistro required that you dress up. The NCL website indicates that you can have bouillabaisse, which has not been offered for two years. Our meal started off with stale bread and when we pointed this out we were not offered fresh bread. We were tempted to go down a floor to the Garden Cafe to get some good bread. The mussels appetizer was excellent, as was the shrimp entree. The scallop appetizer has very small scallops and no flavor. The scallop entree was rubbery and improperly prepared. The soul was overcooked as was the steak. Even with an excellent price, we would think twice about taking this cruise again due to the hit and miss food. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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