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.
Cabin was roomy and had good storage space. In a very quiet area on deck 6A forward. Cabin steward was excellent everything was always neat and tidy. Never lacked for anything.
Went down to see the Dawes glacier as ice prevented going to Sawyer. Great views.