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We chose NCL because of the price and the port itinerary. We have been on other cruise lines and NCL just once before about 15 years ago. This ship was a nice size, only 2000 passengers. Easy to get around, but maybe because there was nothing to do. We had an oceanview cabin, rather small, but the most disappointing thing was that the bed was placed under the window. In order to see out the window you needed to kneel on the bed. Will never make that mistake again! Might as well have had an interior room. Getting on the ship was a bit of a nightmare. The dock workers in Valparaiso went on strike in the morning, which delayed previous passengers getting off, and new passengers getting on. Not really NCL fault, but they certainly did not make any announcements to let anyone know what was happening. We were delayed leaving port a couple hours. The cruise director tried hard, but nothing to our taste. Evening entertainment was fabulous with the Sun Crew of Singers/Dancers! They really worked hard and looked like they had a great time doing it. Other entertainers, we did not like so much. The casino looked like it was hardly used on most days. The two main dining restaurants had some good food, not fabulous, but certainly good. After 15 nights though the variety was lacking. The Garden Cafe buffet was awful anytime of day, but especially for dinner. They tried a regional theme every night, and failed miserably. Scrambled eggs in the morning were even terrible. We used the seated restaurants for breakfast whenever we could. Sometimes not possible when you are arriving at port. I've heard that the specialty restaurants are very good, but you pay extra to dine there. We did not choose to do that. Ports were all amazing, and the captain remarked how lucky we were to be able to reach all our scheduled stops. It is not uncommon for the weather to be too windy to run the tenders. In our case, we were able to see them all! We did not purchase any shore excursions with the ship, but either explored on our own, or arranged tours at the port. We had heard stories about the rough seas around Cape Horn. One crew member even remarked that the cruise prior to ours was a "disastrous" crossing. Again, we lucked out. The sailing around Cape Horn was unusually calm, as remarked by the captain. All in all, a good vacation. We would take a NCL cruise again, but it's not at the top of the list.

Great port itinerary, but ship needs attention

Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by storytime

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2017
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window
We chose NCL because of the price and the port itinerary. We have been on other cruise lines and NCL just once before about 15 years ago. This ship was a nice size, only 2000 passengers. Easy to get around, but maybe because there was nothing to do. We had an oceanview cabin, rather small, but the most disappointing thing was that the bed was placed under the window. In order to see out the window you needed to kneel on the bed. Will never make that mistake again! Might as well have had an interior room.

Getting on the ship was a bit of a nightmare. The dock workers in Valparaiso went on strike in the morning, which delayed previous passengers getting off, and new passengers getting on. Not really NCL fault, but they certainly did not make any announcements to let anyone know what was happening. We were delayed leaving port a couple hours.

The cruise director tried hard, but nothing to our taste. Evening entertainment was fabulous with the Sun Crew of Singers/Dancers! They really worked hard and looked like they had a great time doing it. Other entertainers, we did not like so much. The casino looked like it was hardly used on most days.

The two main dining restaurants had some good food, not fabulous, but certainly good. After 15 nights though the variety was lacking. The Garden Cafe buffet was awful anytime of day, but especially for dinner. They tried a regional theme every night, and failed miserably. Scrambled eggs in the morning were even terrible. We used the seated restaurants for breakfast whenever we could. Sometimes not possible when you are arriving at port. I've heard that the specialty restaurants are very good, but you pay extra to dine there. We did not choose to do that.

Ports were all amazing, and the captain remarked how lucky we were to be able to reach all our scheduled stops. It is not uncommon for the weather to be too windy to run the tenders. In our case, we were able to see them all! We did not purchase any shore excursions with the ship, but either explored on our own, or arranged tours at the port. We had heard stories about the rough seas around Cape Horn. One crew member even remarked that the cruise prior to ours was a "disastrous" crossing. Again, we lucked out. The sailing around Cape Horn was unusually calm, as remarked by the captain.

All in all, a good vacation. We would take a NCL cruise again, but it's not at the top of the list.
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Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin OD 6017
Bed was under the window. Sofa was very old and uncomfortable. We had to ask for robes, not automatically supplied.
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