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Background information. We like longer cruises, especially repositioning ones as you get to see so many different ports. Also it means that the demography of the cruisers is to our liking. We are both retired and determined to make the most of the money we have available. We have never been able nor have we wanted to ski till now, no not snow ski but Spending the Kids Inheritance!! We have 5 children and we never made huge sums as a teacher and relief pharmacist so were unable to take many family holidays. When we sold the property we lived on and moved to a small house in town the kids all said (they earn more that we ever did) spend it on yourselves; so we are. Hotel information (if any). We flew to Buenos Aires direct from Auckland, about 12 hours, and because of the frequency of the flights we decided to make the most of it with 4 nights there. We were glad we did as there was so much to do, even though the centre of the city was closed down for much of the time thanks to Obama!! We did a couple of tours while there and also spent lots of time exploring; the best part of that was exploring the food. If you like meat and a good red wine BA is the place for you. We stayed in The Tryp, right in the city and easy to get to and from; use Ezeiza Taxis at the airport, and the "hotel" to the port. Grey Lines have a cheap half day orientation of BA and there is a cheap (free) walking tour too. I would recommend a tour into the Tigre. Ship information. The Sun is the size of ship that we prefer, small so that even when full it doesn't feel too crowded. It is not at all difficult to find your way around it and very difficult to get lost!! There are always some BUTs:- The smell of sewerage at times especially aft. The presence of workmen getting ready for the dry docking, they got in the way at times. The extreme temperature of one spa in particular so that it was closed for a number of days. The "need" to go through the smoky casino on deck 7 or having to do a deck detour to miss it. Activities. As with all NCL ships there was lots to do. We were extremely pleased to have a lecturer who was able to give us an hour each sea day that involved the next port(s) and some South American history. Not impressed with the person in charge of the art auction house; we attended the first talk and he was a rank amateur as a lecturer. The shows were first class so my wife tells me. Service. Everyone on the front desk appeared very professional, nothing was too much bother for them They sorted out every problem, complaint and request in an excellent manner. The rest of the crew we dealt with were really great too, one or two a little too effusive and only one out of her depth. They were very professional and, so long as you treated them with respect, they could not do enough for you. Port & shore excursions. As always we took NCL tours at almost every port we visited, although a little more expensive they were well researched and gave exactly what was promised. One or two probably needed a little work but in general we enjoyed them all, even the one on the only rainy day of the cruise. I will admit we had lots of tours that had meals included, expensive but the food was always excellent. The worst part was having to drink all those Pisco Sours and all the red wine!! We were advised that the guides might be poor English speakers and that the transport might be "not the best", both were as good as most we have had in North America and a lot better than some. Highlights: the Falklands, the "End of the World", the "Temple of the Moon" and the "Mezcal tasting". No we didn't spend large on Machu Picchu. Oh I forgot, Pisco Sour after Pisco Sour after Pisco Sour and the Margaritas!! Cabin. As always we travel Inside, better 4 cruises at $1000 than 1 cruise at $4000!! After all we only used it to sleep at night and rest during the day when we didn't have lots of other things to do or other places to hang out. Insides are small but not too small for the two of us and we have enough room for all we took with us. I recommend that you get the cabin steward to empty the fridge, to get pool towels and to get a bath robe; all makes life a little easier. We were very lucky as we had an excellent steward, nothing was too much trouble. Dining. We both put on the obligatory 1lb a day with no trouble. All our main meals were taken in the MDR or a Specialty; breakfast and lunch on sea days included. The service was generally excellent as we tended to eat when they were not too busy. The food was up to the standard we have come to expect with NCL especially in the MDRs; it would be nice if the breakfast and lunch menus in the MDRs had a greater variety. We really enjoyed le Bistro (4 visits), Moderno was good (2 visits) and were not overly impressed with la Cucina. One BIG complaint though; we had to have breakfast in Moderno a few times as we were leaving for an early shorex. The jugs of hot water had been used for coffee and we wanted tea!! Terrible "teoffee" taste. We complained and it was "sorted" till the next time when it was "bad" but not as "bad". Then it was really sorted, the next time the jugs had red stickers "HOT WATER ONLY". Thanks to the senior F&B staff who did a brilliant job; complain in the right way and things are sorted!! Entertainment. My wife saw all the shows and didn't have a complaint about any. The only problem was that as the cruise was 32 days in two halves there were not enough different shows and there was quite a bit of repetition. One highlight was the searching for dolphins, a real entertainment one evening at dinner. Embarkation & Disembarkation. There have been times when both of these have been horrific but not this time. At Buenos Aires we were expecting a wait but it wasn't too long and the holding area was quite comfortable, we were there early on purpose!! We were not in any hurry to get off the ship in San Francisco and things went very smoothly when we decided to move. Immigration in San Pedro (Los Angeles) was horrific, we were glad we weren't on a tour!! Summary If you have never been to South America then this is the cruise for you.

Eat, drink and be merry because you will get more beef and pisco sour tomorrow.

Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by casofilia

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Background information. We like longer cruises, especially repositioning ones as you get to see so many different ports. Also it means that the demography of the cruisers is to our liking. We are both retired and determined to make the most of the money we have available. We have never been able nor have we wanted to ski till now, no not snow ski but Spending the Kids Inheritance!! We have 5 children and we never made huge sums as a teacher and relief pharmacist so were unable to take many family holidays. When we sold the property we lived on and moved to a small house in town the kids all said (they earn more that we ever did) spend it on yourselves; so we are.

Hotel information (if any). We flew to Buenos Aires direct from Auckland, about 12 hours, and because of the frequency of the flights we decided to make the most of it with 4 nights there. We were glad we did as there was so much to do, even though the centre of the city was closed down for much of the time thanks to Obama!! We did a couple of tours while there and also spent lots of time exploring; the best part of that was exploring the food. If you like meat and a good red wine BA is the place for you.

We stayed in The Tryp, right in the city and easy to get to and from; use Ezeiza Taxis at the airport, and the "hotel" to the port. Grey Lines have a cheap half day orientation of BA and there is a cheap (free) walking tour too. I would recommend a tour into the Tigre.

Ship information. The Sun is the size of ship that we prefer, small so that even when full it doesn't feel too crowded. It is not at all difficult to find your way around it and very difficult to get lost!! There are always some BUTs:-

The smell of sewerage at times especially aft.

The presence of workmen getting ready for the dry docking, they got in the way at times.

The extreme temperature of one spa in particular so that it was closed for a number of days.

The "need" to go through the smoky casino on deck 7 or having to do a deck detour to miss it.

Activities. As with all NCL ships there was lots to do. We were extremely pleased to have a lecturer who was able to give us an hour each sea day that involved the next port(s) and some South American history. Not impressed with the person in charge of the art auction house; we attended the first talk and he was a rank amateur as a lecturer. The shows were first class so my wife tells me.

Service. Everyone on the front desk appeared very professional, nothing was too much bother for them They sorted out every problem, complaint and request in an excellent manner. The rest of the crew we dealt with were really great too, one or two a little too effusive and only one out of her depth. They were very professional and, so long as you treated them with respect, they could not do enough for you.

Port & shore excursions. As always we took NCL tours at almost every port we visited, although a little more expensive they were well researched and gave exactly what was promised. One or two probably needed a little work but in general we enjoyed them all, even the one on the only rainy day of the cruise. I will admit we had lots of tours that had meals included, expensive but the food was always excellent. The worst part was having to drink all those Pisco Sours and all the red wine!! We were advised that the guides might be poor English speakers and that the transport might be "not the best", both were as good as most we have had in North America and a lot better than some.

Highlights: the Falklands, the "End of the World", the "Temple of the Moon" and the "Mezcal tasting". No we didn't spend large on Machu Picchu. Oh I forgot, Pisco Sour after Pisco Sour after Pisco Sour and the Margaritas!!

Cabin. As always we travel Inside, better 4 cruises at $1000 than 1 cruise at $4000!! After all we only used it to sleep at night and rest during the day when we didn't have lots of other things to do or other places to hang out. Insides are small but not too small for the two of us and we have enough room for all we took with us. I recommend that you get the cabin steward to empty the fridge, to get pool towels and to get a bath robe; all makes life a little easier. We were very lucky as we had an excellent steward, nothing was too much trouble.

Dining. We both put on the obligatory 1lb a day with no trouble. All our main meals were taken in the MDR or a Specialty; breakfast and lunch on sea days included. The service was generally excellent as we tended to eat when they were not too busy. The food was up to the standard we have come to expect with NCL especially in the MDRs; it would be nice if the breakfast and lunch menus in the MDRs had a greater variety. We really enjoyed le Bistro (4 visits), Moderno was good (2 visits) and were not overly impressed with la Cucina.

One BIG complaint though; we had to have breakfast in Moderno a few times as we were leaving for an early shorex. The jugs of hot water had been used for coffee and we wanted tea!! Terrible "teoffee" taste. We complained and it was "sorted" till the next time when it was "bad" but not as "bad". Then it was really sorted, the next time the jugs had red stickers "HOT WATER ONLY". Thanks to the senior F&B staff who did a brilliant job; complain in the right way and things are sorted!!

Entertainment. My wife saw all the shows and didn't have a complaint about any. The only problem was that as the cruise was 32 days in two halves there were not enough different shows and there was quite a bit of repetition. One highlight was the searching for dolphins, a real entertainment one evening at dinner.

Embarkation & Disembarkation. There have been times when both of these have been horrific but not this time. At Buenos Aires we were expecting a wait but it wasn't too long and the holding area was quite comfortable, we were there early on purpose!! We were not in any hurry to get off the ship in San Francisco and things went very smoothly when we decided to move. Immigration in San Pedro (Los Angeles) was horrific, we were glad we weren't on a tour!!

Summary If you have never been to South America then this is the cruise for you.
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