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We chose this cruise because we have never been to Alaska and this cruise offered additional stops in British Columbia at Prince Ruprt and Nanaimo. There were 8 ports of call so we knew we would have the opportunity to see a lot. We chose the Sun as we have sailed on it three times before and enjoyed each of the other cruises. We were last on the Sun in March 2016 for a South American cruise before the scheduled 2016 refurbishment. We were anticipating some changes and upgrades to the ship after the 2016 refurbishment and were disappointed with what we saw. The only changes we noticed were some new carpets in the atrium, new flooring in the gym, and new gym equipment. There may have been a minor change in part of the Garden Cafe but I am not sure. The furniture was still old and worn, as was some of the carpeting throughout the ship. The ship is smaller and older than NCL's newest and more glamorous ships but it needs to be kept up with the rest of the fleet in appearance. The Sun has a special friendly feel to it and NCL needs to spend a little cash to keep it that way. Embarkation was not up to NCL's usual high standard. We were in the priority line because we were platinum plus and it moved slower than general boarding. Staff in the terminal made no efffort to speed things up for priority passengers. They also allowed passengers who did not need special assistance into the special assistance line. More organization required in the Port of San Francisco for embarkation. The Sun is a great ship to cruise on if you don't need a million bells and whistles to enjoy your cruise. It is very easy to get around on the ship and the crew and staff are first rate. They are friendly and eager to make your vacation sucessful and memorable. We knew several staff members from previos trips and they actually remembered us by name. That is what being on a smaller ship gets you - a more personal experience.The Sun is a smaller ship and can go into ports where other larger ships cannot. There are lots of great dining venues and the food was excellent. We dined in the Seven Sea main dining room multiple times, Le Bistro 4 times, La Cucina, Moderno, Ginza Sushi, and the Garden Cafe and food was excellent everywhere. Service in all the eateries was first rate. Bar service was excellent as well. Service at restauraunt reservations was very good and guest services was very helpful when we had questions. Shore excursion desk was also very helpful with suggestions. Our cabin was spacious with good storage space. Our cabin steward Jay, was really great at anticipaing what we wanted and keeping the cabin spotless. We were on the odd deck 6A and it is very quiet there. Like this deck very much even with no elevator to it. The Sun Production Cast put on 4 main stage shows that were great. Enjoyed these shows very much even though it was their first time working together on the ship. The other entertainment varied as to personal tase but was good to very good. Had the usual mix of comedians, musicians, jugglers, hypnotist etc. The cruise director Dave and his staff were fabulous. They were all over the ship hosting and coordinating activities ranging from the usual bingo to game shows, games, trivia, music, cooking and baking demos, the Sun fair and many other activities. They hosted a movie trivia where they played out roles from the movies and used the theme music from the movies that was the funniest thing we have ever seen in 33 years of cruise entertainment. Bravo Dave and your staff. Great Job. Ports of call were all wonderful. We had excursions through NCL at all of them and they were very enjoyable. Our favorite stop was Icy Strait Point. You can see all kinds of wildlife right from the ship - whales, dolphins, seals, eagles etc. The White Pass & Yukon Railway is also a must do when in Skagway - beautiful scenery and a fun ride. Every stop had something special. We enjoyed this cruise so much thatwe are already planning our next Alaska cruise on the Sun. Disembarkation in Vancouver was fast and efficient. We had a post cruise hotel booked through NCL. Getting off the ship was fine but the sub contractor that was used for transfers to hotels and airport did not have enough busses. We waited in line for 2 hrs for a bus. NCL needs to pressure the sub contractor here to get their act together. For those that want to the subway/skytrain is only about 100 yards from the cruise ship terminal in Vancouver so you can get off on your own and take the train to a hotel or directly to the airport. For two people the fare to the airport was about $8.80 CDN. Our post cruise hotel was the airport Holiday Inn and it was booked through NCL. Good place to stay. Staff was friendly and very helpful. Easy access to the Skytrain so you could get downtown if you wanted to easily and cheaply. Hotel has a good restauraunt attached to it and prices are very reasonable. One last not, for shore excursions in all of the stops on this cruise you can just walk off the ship and get them through the local vendors directly. They are all near where you walk off and they are the same ones that the cruise lines use - so you can save some money by booking your own excursion.

Great 14-DAY ULTIMATE ALASKA Cruise

Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by sbachleda

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Alaska
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window
We chose this cruise because we have never been to Alaska and this cruise offered additional stops in British Columbia at Prince Ruprt and Nanaimo. There were 8 ports of call so we knew we would have the opportunity to see a lot. We chose the Sun as we have sailed on it three times before and enjoyed each of the other cruises. We were last on the Sun in March 2016 for a South American cruise before the scheduled 2016 refurbishment. We were anticipating some changes and upgrades to the ship after the 2016 refurbishment and were disappointed with what we saw. The only changes we noticed were some new carpets in the atrium, new flooring in the gym, and new gym equipment. There may have been a minor change in part of the Garden Cafe but I am not sure. The furniture was still old and worn, as was some of the carpeting throughout the ship. The ship is smaller and older than NCL's newest and more glamorous ships but it needs to be kept up with the rest of the fleet in appearance. The Sun has a special friendly feel to it and NCL needs to spend a little cash to keep it that way.

Embarkation was not up to NCL's usual high standard. We were in the priority line because we were platinum plus and it moved slower than general boarding. Staff in the terminal made no efffort to speed things up for priority passengers. They also allowed passengers who did not need special assistance into the special assistance line. More organization required in the Port of San Francisco for embarkation.

The Sun is a great ship to cruise on if you don't need a million bells and whistles to enjoy your cruise. It is very easy to get around on the ship and the crew and staff are first rate. They are friendly and eager to make your vacation sucessful and memorable. We knew several staff members from previos trips and they actually remembered us by name. That is what being on a smaller ship gets you - a more personal experience.The Sun is a smaller ship and can go into ports where other larger ships cannot.

There are lots of great dining venues and the food was excellent. We dined in the Seven Sea main dining room multiple times, Le Bistro 4 times, La Cucina, Moderno, Ginza Sushi, and the Garden Cafe and food was excellent everywhere. Service in all the eateries was first rate. Bar service was excellent as well. Service at restauraunt reservations was very good and guest services was very helpful when we had questions. Shore excursion desk was also very helpful with suggestions.

Our cabin was spacious with good storage space. Our cabin steward Jay, was really great at anticipaing what we wanted and keeping the cabin spotless. We were on the odd deck 6A and it is very quiet there. Like this deck very much even with no elevator to it.

The Sun Production Cast put on 4 main stage shows that were great. Enjoyed these shows very much even though it was their first time working together on the ship. The other entertainment varied as to personal tase but was good to very good. Had the usual mix of comedians, musicians, jugglers, hypnotist etc.

The cruise director Dave and his staff were fabulous. They were all over the ship hosting and coordinating activities ranging from the usual bingo to game shows, games, trivia, music, cooking and baking demos, the Sun fair and many other activities. They hosted a movie trivia where they played out roles from the movies and used the theme music from the movies that was the funniest thing we have ever seen in 33 years of cruise entertainment. Bravo Dave and your staff. Great Job.

Ports of call were all wonderful. We had excursions through NCL at all of them and they were very enjoyable. Our favorite stop was Icy Strait Point. You can see all kinds of wildlife right from the ship - whales, dolphins, seals, eagles etc. The White Pass & Yukon Railway is also a must do when in Skagway - beautiful scenery and a fun ride. Every stop had something special. We enjoyed this cruise so much thatwe are already planning our next Alaska cruise on the Sun.

Disembarkation in Vancouver was fast and efficient. We had a post cruise hotel booked through NCL. Getting off the ship was fine but the sub contractor that was used for transfers to hotels and airport did not have enough busses. We waited in line for 2 hrs for a bus. NCL needs to pressure the sub contractor here to get their act together. For those that want to the subway/skytrain is only about 100 yards from the cruise ship terminal in Vancouver so you can get off on your own and take the train to a hotel or directly to the airport. For two people the fare to the airport was about $8.80 CDN.

Our post cruise hotel was the airport Holiday Inn and it was booked through NCL. Good place to stay. Staff was friendly and very helpful. Easy access to the Skytrain so you could get downtown if you wanted to easily and cheaply. Hotel has a good restauraunt attached to it and prices are very reasonable.

One last not, for shore excursions in all of the stops on this cruise you can just walk off the ship and get them through the local vendors directly. They are all near where you walk off and they are the same ones that the cruise lines use - so you can save some money by booking your own excursion.
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