Not a Cruise Line for Us: Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by vakoenig

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Not a Cruise Line for Us

Sail Date: September 2013
Destination: USA
Embarkation: Vancouver
Freestyle cruising is definitely not for everyone and we are two. The ship itself is OK with a few problem areas. There is no cover for the pool area so the pool went mostly unused on our cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles. There are a number of dead ends on the ship and no deck map is provided. A great deal of space is devoted to the specialty restaurants. Most important to us was that Freestyle does not allow you to make acquaintances over dinner because you cannot make reservations and you have a different table every night - nothing is assigned. Then, too, the food in the main restaurants is very average. We believe it is an effort to drive passengers to the specialty restaurants that charge a fee. We did not give in to that.

There is a good variety. Food at the buffets for breakfast and lunch is pretty good but do not try the eggs Benedict.

The ship itself is well maintained (though it needs another bank of elevators) and the room was clean - though a bit More small. The shower is very, very small. But avoid the aft balcony cabins because the smokestacks sometimes deposit a good deal of ash. Getting on and off was quick and easy.

Entertainment on our cruise was excellent and the tours we took were great, though, as usual, overpriced. Less

Published 10/02/13

Cabin review:

The room is modestly sized and the balcony is large but, and this is a big, big but, it is mostly not covered and the smokestacks regularly deposit black ash on everything. Its location is a long way from some activities. Finally, and this probably applies to many rooms, the shower is too small and only liquid soap is provided. We asked for and got some real soap.

Port and Shore Excursions

Muir Woods

e went in the rain but are very glad we saw these magnificent trees. Cathedral grove is awe-inspiring. Paths are either paved or on board walks so the walk is easy. There are unpaved paths if you have the time. If you travel on your own allow at least two hours and plan to take the shuttle if you go on a weekend. Accompanying visit to Sausalito was fine but the trees make it all worthwhile.

Butchart Gardens

These Gardens are not to be missed. They are elegant and colorful without being at all exotic - you will recognize most of the flowers. The lay out is easy to navigate and floral displays are everywhere. Allow at least two hours. The city tour on the way out and back was OK. Our driver/guide was a bit coarse.

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