Alaska on the Sun: Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by peanders

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Alaska on the Sun

Sail Date: June 2014
Destination: Alaska
Embarkation: Whittier
We recently completed our cruise from Whittier to Vancouver with the Anchorage/Alyeska land tour beforehand. The land portion was fabulous, wonderful wildlife sightings in Denali, a great train ride to get there and a beautiful visit to the Alyeska resort. Only disappointment was Mt. Mcklinley was never to be fully seen, but I guess only about 30% of visitors actually see it.

The Sun is lovely ship, well maintained with a very helpful crew.Cruised Hubbard Glacier on our first full day, we saw and heard calving, had no idea how loud it would be, absolutely fantastic!

We loved the stop at Icy Strait Point where we took a marine mammal cruise, saw an amazing number of orcas as well as humpbacks.

Juneau was a visit to Mendenhall Glacier and Glacier gardens. The gardens had much more color than we expected.

In Skagway we took a trip on the White Pass Mountain Railway which I think is a must do there and then visited the Red Onion for drinks and small More lunch, lots of fun.

Ketchikan was our only rainy day, we visited Totem Bight which was interesting.

We ate in Le Bistro and Moderno. Moderno has the most varied salad bar and everyone in our group loved it and the meats, the lamb chops and filet were particular favorites.

Disembarking was the only place we had a complaint. We met the concierge for VIP disembarking and had our luggage tagged with the VIP tags which are sort of a bronze/brown. Only problem is there are also brown tags. Our luggage ended up in the brown tag group which was last off the ship, aggravating wait and that then meant the taxi line was backed up and we stood 45 minutes there. All in all we spent about an hour and a half in the terminal. I suggest NCL use a more distinctive color for the VIP tags, as we were not the only ones whose luggage got mixed in with the brown. Less

Published 06/16/14

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