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Norwegian Sun Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2077 reviews
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Much Better than We Expected

Review for Norwegian Sun to Alaska
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Fortressgirl
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2014
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We are seasoned cruisers (40+) and we had our doubts about sailing with NCL because we had two very bad experiences in Hawaii. Previous reviews were mixed for a variety of reasons, but we were pleasantly surprised. Our cruise was back-to-back (2 weeks). So here is the good and the bad.

EMBARKATION: Vancouver is a challenge, but not due to the cruise line. Passengers from two different cruises (5000+ passengers) were herded into an area to go through customs. This is true for everyone, even though we cleared customs at the airport. We were in line for more than an hour before we made the NCL embarkation room. Checking in with NCL was a breeze. We were on the ship in 5 minutes. Travel tip: take the city train directly from YVR to the waterfront. The train terminal is about 2 blocks from the ship terminal and costs only $7.00 from the airport and only $2.75 returning. Beats the $40.00 taxi ride and if you are mobile and have roller bags it is worth it. The trip takes about 20-30 minutes.

STATEROOM: Since we had booked only a week before sailing, we were at the mercy of whatever room was available. The first week we were "upgraded." We had paid for a guarantee obstructed view outside cabin. They gave us an "unobstructed view" cabin, but it was tiny, without much walk around room and I had to be careful getting out of bed, since there was a bunk on my side that could have been used for a third person. However, the second week they moved us to the category we paid for and the cabin was about 40 square foot larger. There were 2 dressers and a regular sofa and no bunks. Plenty of walk around room and enough closet storage. Much better! Bathrooms in both cabins were as expected, small and functional, but very clean. The “obstructed” part means the cabin is on a promenade deck (deck 6 forward) which goes past the cabin. There is a second open window beyond, so you can see light and scenery, but you must keep the curtains drawn when you want privacy.

Cabin Review

STATEROOM: Since we had booked only a week before sailing, we were at the mercy of whatever room was available. The first week we were "upgraded." We had paid for a guarantee obstructed view outside cabin. They gave us an "unobstructed view" cabin, but it was tiny, without much walk around room and I had to be careful getting out of bed, since there was a bunk on my side that could have been used for a third person. However, the second week they moved us to the category we paid for and the cabin was about 40 square foot larger. There were 2 dressers and a regular sofa and no bunks. Plenty of walk around room and enough closet storage. Much better! Bathrooms in both cabins were as expected, small and functional, but very clean. The “obstructed” part means the cabin is on a promenade deck (deck 6 forward) which goes past the cabin. There is a second open window beyond, so you can see light and scenery, but you must keep the curtains drawn when you want privacy.

Port Reviews

Icy Strait

Icy Strait, is basically an abandoned cannery that they have re-purposed into a cruise stop. The port is a tendering stop, and NCL handled tender transport very well. Gorgeous scenery! They have the longest and steepest zip-line there. While we didn’t take it, all comments were positive and everyone enjoyed the spectacular ride and views. There are several shops in a large building, tour and zip-line tickets can be purchased and there are several places to eat. They also have a ceremonial dance performance theater. We chose to walk about a mile and 1/2 into town (Hoonah) and talk to the locals. Saw eagle’s nests and totem carving and talked to the carvers at length. They are working on a large project for the Glacier Bay Tribal Center. Beautiful stuff! However, the town is very small and walking should be for exercise and checking out the scenery, not for further activities.

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