First T/A and First NCL: Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by BobCens

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First T/A and First NCL

Sail Date: April 2011
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
It was a little hectic and warm as it is around the central Florida area this time of year when we checked on. The waiting line to board was bearable. Once the details were attended to we proceeded quickly to locate our cabin. Our bags were not there yet, so it was off the a nice meal, one of many in the Seven Seas dining room. We sailed just a little after five p.m. and headed out in the Atlantic on what was to be a number of wonderful weather days.

After reading some of the negative reviews posted on this site, we were apprehensive, but that soon faded away after the wonderful service and attitude of the ship's staff. We just can't say enough about the hotel and dining staff. They were attentive and friendly at all times. The food was very good to excellent. The entertainment was the best that one could hope for on a ship this size and number of days at sea. We saw at least 5 or 6 shows and were wowed each time at their professionalism. The person responsible for booking More (cruise director?) these performers deserves a raise.

Yes, sometimes the Garden Cafe buffet was hectic, but manageable. We tried to fit most of our eating to the Seven Seas dining room. We didn't visit the extra charge dining options. We did have the usual complaint of a out-dated TV system and yes, the internet connection if expensive and slow. These are minor issues and certainly didn't ruin our cruise. We really enjoyed visiting Punta Delgada. A group organized on the web pages of Cruise Critic provided us with a great deal of information and companionship that enhanced our experience. We did not participate in any NCL tours, but went off by ourselves or in a small groups assisted by members of this group that had visited these ports previously.

We stayed over 3 days in Copenhagen at the completion of our cruise and had a wonderful time. After 14 days of cruising and an additional 3 days of on-shore visiting we are two tired, but happy puppies.

Thanks to everyone who helped us along the way. Hope to see you again. Less

Published 05/15/11

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Port and Shore Excursions

We were a little tired in Amsterdam . . and the city is very hectic downtown. Some of our group went to the flower gardens. We stayed downtown and had a very nice canal tour. We were going to the library for some free wifi, but there was a large Chinese restaurant just across from the library that lured us in. We had a great lunch that was a welcome break from cruise fare.

A taxi dropped us off about a block from the central square and we toured the city from there. They picked us up later in the afternoon. That allowed plenty of time for a walking self-guided tour. Very beautiful and well-maintained.

Copenhagen remains my favorite town. The last time I was here was over 56 years ago! Hadn't changed much physically, but so much to see and do and all nicely organized. However, it is expensive. But purchasing the Open Copenhagen pass is a very big bargain. You can get a 24 or 72 hour pass that includes all transportation, including canalboat tours, museums admissions, Tivoli admission (2) and a number of restaurant discounts. Bring good walking shoes and have fun.

Difficult city to navigate. We took train to Sintra. Wouldn't do that again. The ticketing process was difficult and the train ride was visually dreary. Graffiti everywhere along the track past dreary apartment complexes. We did have a nice lunch in Sintra.
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