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We really enjoyed our cruise to South America on the Norwegian Sun. We took the relocation cruise from San Diego around the tip of South America to Buenos Aires. The relocation was wonderful - crossing the equator and visiting Peru. This review primarily focuses on the two-week cruise from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires. The embarkation in San Diego was slower than typical. NCL was still getting its act together regarding the customs paperwork. I don’t want to be too hard on NCL since this was their first cruise to South America in many years. It also seemed that several of the passengers slowed things down. The ship was in fine shape. Everything seemed to be working as designed. We spent a lot of time in the hot tubs, swimming pool, gym, dance floors, specialty coffee bar, and promenade deck. I particularly like the promenade deck because it is very wide and has a jogging track (10 laps = 3 miles). As usual, the staff were great. They work very hard, are helpful and friendly. We ate in the buffet and specialty restaurants. The Sun’s buffet serving area is small so they don’t have as large a selection of foods as on other NCL ships. This is somewhat offset if you check the breakfast/lunch food in the Great Outdoors and Moderno, and lunch in the poolside bar-b-que. They had Asian, seafood, Mexican, American and other themed buffets in the evening. We tried almost everything and were happy with the food. We had a good espresso almost every day in the Java Cafe. The specialty restaurants were very good. Everyone has to decide for themselves if it is worth the charge. For example, we tend not to drink alcoholic beverages on the ship because we have decided it is not worth the cost. Our room was clean and in good condition. Our room steward was outstanding. He kept everything clean, stocked and prepped our cabin every night (tidy up cabin, turn down bed, give us list of tomorrow's activities, and gave us our chocolates). Like all NCL staff we dealt with, he was friendly and hardworking. The entertainment staff were great. We took the dance classes, Spanish classes, and danced in the evening. Our cruise had a lecturer that talked about the upcoming ports. His lectures on the cities and sites were extremely helpful. The natural beauty of South America was my favorite part of the cruise. There are three routes between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. We sailed part of all three. The coastline, fjords and glaciers in Patagonia are beautiful. Bring a pair of binoculars and a good camera. The weather was wet, windy and cold. We wore long pants, long sleeve shirts, hiking boots, hats and fleece vests ashore on the good weather days. We added waterproof windbreakers and down jackets on cold, wet or windy days. Our cruise was the first of the season, so the weather might be nicer in the middle of their summer. Come prepared for Mother Nature’s weather. The wind and waves conspired to rock the ship at times. The largest waves were only about ten feet but sometimes the wind howled. For example, NCL disabled the sliding doors to the promenade deck for a few days because the winds were so high. Come prepared if you are sensitive to ship motion. We saw many birds, a seal (or sea lion) and a flock of swimming penguins from the ship. Other passengers saw whales and orcas from the ship. We saw hundreds of penguins at a penguin rookery on an excursion. We went on an excursion at almost every port. We always felt safe and well taken care of. The transportation busses were clean and safe. Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable. All spoke good English. Most spoke excellent English. Many were English teachers or English majors at local universities. Tenders were required at many ports. Some of the ports are container ports and you must take a shuttle bus to the port exit. You need to pay attention to customs paperwork. NCL helps as much as they can. They kept our passports and processed some of the customs paperwork behind the scenes. However, you still need to fill out and carry paperwork with you when you go ashore. I recommend bringing photocopies of your passport because you will need your passport information. Make sure you have paid your Argentine Reciprocity Fee if you are a US, Canadian or Australian citizen and flying home out of Argentina.

Very Enjoyable and Educational Cruise

Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by jmmabq

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We really enjoyed our cruise to South America on the Norwegian Sun. We took the relocation cruise from San Diego around the tip of South America to Buenos Aires. The relocation was wonderful - crossing the equator and visiting Peru. This review primarily focuses on the two-week cruise from Valparaiso to Buenos Aires.

The embarkation in San Diego was slower than typical. NCL was still getting its act together regarding the customs paperwork. I don’t want to be too hard on NCL since this was their first cruise to South America in many years. It also seemed that several of the passengers slowed things down.

The ship was in fine shape. Everything seemed to be working as designed. We spent a lot of time in the hot tubs, swimming pool, gym, dance floors, specialty coffee bar, and promenade deck. I particularly like the promenade deck because it is very wide and has a jogging track (10 laps = 3 miles). As usual, the staff were great. They work very hard, are helpful and friendly.

We ate in the buffet and specialty restaurants. The Sun’s buffet serving area is small so they don’t have as large a selection of foods as on other NCL ships. This is somewhat offset if you check the breakfast/lunch food in the Great Outdoors and Moderno, and lunch in the poolside bar-b-que. They had Asian, seafood, Mexican, American and other themed buffets in the evening. We tried almost everything and were happy with the food. We had a good espresso almost every day in the Java Cafe. The specialty restaurants were very good. Everyone has to decide for themselves if it is worth the charge. For example, we tend not to drink alcoholic beverages on the ship because we have decided it is not worth the cost.

Our room was clean and in good condition. Our room steward was outstanding. He kept everything clean, stocked and prepped our cabin every night (tidy up cabin, turn down bed, give us list of tomorrow's activities, and gave us our chocolates). Like all NCL staff we dealt with, he was friendly and hardworking.

The entertainment staff were great. We took the dance classes, Spanish classes, and danced in the evening. Our cruise had a lecturer that talked about the upcoming ports. His lectures on the cities and sites were extremely helpful.

The natural beauty of South America was my favorite part of the cruise. There are three routes between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. We sailed part of all three. The coastline, fjords and glaciers in Patagonia are beautiful. Bring a pair of binoculars and a good camera.

The weather was wet, windy and cold. We wore long pants, long sleeve shirts, hiking boots, hats and fleece vests ashore on the good weather days. We added waterproof windbreakers and down jackets on cold, wet or windy days. Our cruise was the first of the season, so the weather might be nicer in the middle of their summer. Come prepared for Mother Nature’s weather.

The wind and waves conspired to rock the ship at times. The largest waves were only about ten feet but sometimes the wind howled. For example, NCL disabled the sliding doors to the promenade deck for a few days because the winds were so high. Come prepared if you are sensitive to ship motion. We saw many birds, a seal (or sea lion) and a flock of swimming penguins from the ship. Other passengers saw whales and orcas from the ship. We saw hundreds of penguins at a penguin rookery on an excursion.

We went on an excursion at almost every port. We always felt safe and well taken care of. The transportation busses were clean and safe. Our guides were friendly and knowledgeable. All spoke good English. Most spoke excellent English. Many were English teachers or English majors at local universities. Tenders were required at many ports. Some of the ports are container ports and you must take a shuttle bus to the port exit.

You need to pay attention to customs paperwork. NCL helps as much as they can. They kept our passports and processed some of the customs paperwork behind the scenes. However, you still need to fill out and carry paperwork with you when you go ashore. I recommend bringing photocopies of your passport because you will need your passport information. Make sure you have paid your Argentine Reciprocity Fee if you are a US, Canadian or Australian citizen and flying home out of Argentina.
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