Loved It!: Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by Red Cobra

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Red Cobra
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Loved It!

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Copenhagen
The NCL Sun is a great ship for this cruise. We've sailed NCL 5 times and have never been disappointed. One thing - when they refurbished, they didn't put in carpet with the little fish on it that indicated whether you were going forward or aft. I miss those and did get turned around a couple of times. Our only real complaint was having to tender in and then take a 1 hour bus ride to Stockholm, only to find other (larger) cruise ships berthed right downtown. Having to waste time travelling and pay for the bus ride in was totally unnecessary. NCL should change their itinerary to correct this.

We stayed at the Crowne Plaza in Copenhagen. As it turned out, this is the hotel used by NCL for passengers booking accommodation through NCL. It is brand new, very European, and quite comfortable. It is quite a ways out of the town but both the Metro and the train stop 100 metres or so from the back door, so that is not much of a problem. There is also a shopping complex next door More (closed when we were there on a Sunday). The distance is only a factor when you are going to the ship. If you booked your accommodation through NCL, it is not a problem as a shuttle is included. For the rest of us, however, it was an expensive taxi ride. We found out after the fact that we could have taken the train to a stop within walking distance of the ship. That is what we used on our return to get to the airport.

We arrived a day early to see Copenhagen. What a pretty town. So many bicycles. Walking down the pedestrian mall (largest in the world) is worth the experience. We had dinner at a restaurant called "Det Lille Apothek" (The Little Chemist). Highly recommended. Make sure you wander down to Nyhavn and enjoy a brew, lunch, sandwich, glass of wine, whatever, outside soaking up the atmosphere.

The ports on the cruise were fabulous. So much to see and do. We were exhausted mentally and physically at times.

We used spB Tours for our shore excursions in Berlin, Tallinn, St Petersburg and Helsinki. Excellent guides in Berlin and Tallinn especially and very good guides in St Petersburg and Helsinki as well. We would not hesitate to recommend them (spB Tours) to anyone. Excellent value for money. Less

Published 09/09/11

Cabin review: BD9271 Balcony

Roomy with lots of storage space. Nice balcony. Location (aft) was quiet but close to amenities.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Some people were scared off by the 3 hour trip to get in to Berlin from Warnemunde. Too bad. They missed a ton of interesting things to see and do. There is so much to see in this city and so much history. Our day in Berlin was one of the highlights of our trip. The spB tour guide was excellent, superb! Yes, it is a long way in and back again, but it is well worth the trip. Highly recommended.

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Busy, busy, busy. The day trips are nothing short of amazing. So much gilt. Hard to imagine living in such splendour. Small wonder the peasants revolted. We also took an evening "Fun Tour" with spB Tours. It featured a drive through the city (by bus) and a canal boat ride with live entertainment. It also featured all the vodka you could drink. Our host started to pour it before the bus had even left the pier and it continued to flow for the rest of the evening. We learned much about the proper Russian etiquette for drinking vodka (I just can't seem to remember, however, what it was we learned). Anyway, it certainly was a "Fun Tour".

Tip: Do not take the NCL shore excursion into Stockholm (we took the "Stockholm On Your Own" NCL Shore Excursion). Way too expensive and you have to report to the Lounge at 7:05 AM!!! Totally unecessary. We were dropped off in town by the bus before 9:00, but nothing opened before 10:00!! We met friends who just took the train in themselves around 9:30. Faster and less expensive (the train schedule is posted in the Shore Excursion office on ship).

We recommend that you take the boat cruise and wander around the market near where the boats depart. The Old Town is well worth a half day wandering around. Try to catch the changing of the guard at the Palace.

Easy to do on your own as you can simply walk in but you will miss a lot without a guide. Go up to the old city and wander around. Don't miss the shops at the foot of the old wall. Excellent knitted wears.

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Red Cobra
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