This was a 14 day NCL cruise to Alaska. The Norwegian Sun is one of the smallest NCL ships and I really enjoyed not being so overwhelmed by crowds both on and off the ship. The Sun visited several ports I'd not visited on my two previous NCL Alaskan Cruises. Besides the Big Three ports of Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, this cruise the Sun also visited Astoria, OR, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, Prince Rupert, BC and Nanamimo, BC, before ending up in Vancouver BC. Half the time the weather was perfect and the other half... not so much. The Sun served a lot of fresh, local sea food in the dining facilities and the dishes (especially the salmon) were all outstanding. Most of the food was very good, but the soups and breads were especially well prepared. As on most cruise ships, the service was outstanding. I thought the waitstaff in the various dining facilities was especially friendly and knowledgeable. The main nightly entertainment was top notch and even the entertainment in the various lounges was quite good. Since this was my third cruise to Alaska, I signed up for a lot of walking tours and nature excursions. I especially enjoyed my visit to Icy Strait Point. It seemed to be one of the most authentic stops on our cruise. Since it was Memorial Day Weekend, I visited the Nanamimo Military Museum. I was very impressed. It is small but has a lot of exhibits mostly donated by local BC Service Men and Women. Alaska is glorious place to visit and I enjoyed my entire cruise, even when it was pouring rain in Juneau and blowing my hat off in Scagway. It isn't just the natural physical beauty of Alaska and British Columbia but also the vast number of wild life species I saw. It was the nearly dozen of Humpback Whales playing in the waters only 50 to 100 meters off the coast of Icy Strait Point, the vast number of birds species, the number and various types of bears, and all the smaller animals that helped make my cruise just glorious! I just wish I could go back next week.
I sailed alone on this cruise and found my oceanview cabin, which could be set up for five, to have been quite spacious for one. As on most cruise ships, the head was small but not especially cramped. I really liked the way the shower stall did not leak on the head's deck. I found plenty of storage space for all my gear and the bed was quite comfortable. I would have like a bit more of a resilient pillow, but I did not develop a stiff neck at any time. My room steward, Mohammad, was great.
The new embarkation facility is better than the old one but the loading process was very slow and disorganized.
When we entered the fjord it was sleeting and by the time we reached the glacier the sunlight reflecting off the ice was nearly blinding. It was gorgeous even if we didn't have the best weather