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Norwegian Sun Review

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NCL Panama Screw Job

Review for Norwegian Sun to the Panama Canal & Central America
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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Mar 2018
Cabin: Oceanview Picture Window

We had planned for quite some time to take a Panama Canal cruise with four siblings and their spouse's. The Norwegian Sun had the itinerary (full transit from Miami to Los Angeles) that we wanted at a good time of the year. Once on board (with no prior notification) we discovered that the ship was in route to a 15 day dry dock. We soon discovered construction equipment and materials were stored across several passenger decks and discovered that construction was commencing immediately, not waiting for the dry-dock. Over the next 15 days we were subjected to the noise, dust and fumes of a construction site. We discovered that some of the materials being used were toxic in nature. Lifeboat roster stations were blocked off for construction and several restaurants / bars were not available due to "renovation".

NCL management and the Captain could have cared less, in fact the Captain walked out of a passenger called meeting after 3 minutes stating it wasn't his issue.

Due to the upcoming dry-dock we discovered what appeared to be a high level of the staff were getting off in LA, and they appeared to be trunkie to say the least. Dining service was at the best spotty. 2 1/2 hours for dinner in Cagney's - without desert! (35 minutes until they took our order). Same with our room steward - although he kept our room clean you could tell he was ready to get off the ship.

Cabin Review

Oceanview Picture Window

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