Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by VTBarb
- Sail Date: October 2011
- Destination: Transatlantic
- Cabin Type: Inside
Our final port was Ponta del Gado in the Azores. This newly built cruise ship section makes it easy to walk from the ship to the city. A long walkway follows the water where one can watch fishing boats or sail boats or water polo players. Cobblestone walkways in the main city mean wear good shoes. Many interesting shops here with a cash only policy. The black and white stone work will fascinate you.
The Arts and Crafts classes offered started with paper flowers and this led us into pre packaged amazing kits. These when made up make great gifts for crew members one really felt were special friends.
The space on the back of deck 11 offered shade or sun, and clear views of the moon too. Sometimes it was difficult to find dining seating inside the Garden Cafe, so out here on deck seating was more available. On nice days the pool area was full and of course people save their seats and don't use them for hours! 5 hot tubs made relaxing really great!
There were times when an offered event was so well attended the seating was difficult to find. Being a smaller ship I guess this is just the way it is. The Art Auctions this cruise were fantastic,with a plenitude of art offerings and a team with knowledge to share. Very friendly group.
We went to Las Ramblas each evening to listen to the professional entertainer Kim Doolittle. With her amazing voice,guitar playing and knowledge of songs with trivia about them thrown in, she was awesome. Our favorite performer for sure. The hypnotist on board, Nadeem Manuel, has changed my life is a short time. She was most generous with her knowledge, really knows how to listen, has a great sense of humor and understands people too well!
Never before have we had hawks stowe away on a ship but two stayed with us and would circle the ship during the day and sit on wires for the night. Several small birds were on board too so animal life was abundant. It really comes down to what one likes to do so if you don't have a good time, it's your own fault! Happy cruising.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
AmsterdamA very easy walk to the city center. Flat, well signed and downstairs in the cruise terminal is free internet! We chose to take a canal ride and bought tickets from the info desk in the terminal then found the correct boat in town. Most people speak English so just ask. One needs to be wary when crossing a street for bikes speed by and buses and trolleys too. The boat ride provided an over view of the city with historical info, stories of who lived where, and was delightful. It lasted about 70 minutes and there were many photo ops.View All 616 Amsterdam Cruise Port Reviews
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Brugge (Bruges)We actually stayed in the town of Blankenberge which is the port near Brugge. here we walked to the main street from the free shuttle bus stop. Cobblestones make it rough walking so wear good shoes. The shopping street offered many cafes and chocolate shops. If you like licorice, this is the country that has so many kinds you will be overwhelmed! And it is good.View All 300 Brugge (Bruges) Cruise Port Reviews
We walked the boardwalk near the ocean on a beautiful sunny day with a perfect breeze. Children played in the water, flew kites and kicked soccer balls. This time of year the beach houses were mostly closed, I did find the outdoor market where one could buy clothing, food stuffs, jewels, cheese, shoes and pretty much whatever you wanted. Cash only so have Euros.
Many cafes were open in town with folks enjoying them. There is a lunch hour when shops close so plan accordingly.
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LisbonI planned to walk to town and it is possible in about 15 minutes but getting there can be confusing. it felt like I was in the bad area of town but it was just the industrial section!View All 684 Lisbon Cruise Port Reviews
Main street Lisbon is enchanting with an archway to welcome you from the water. Modern shops line the pedestrian only street. Photo ops everywhere! Many outdoor cafes so find one on a side street for it will be less expensive.
I chose to walk a few miles that day and again the cobblestones tired my feet even with good shoes. A tree lined walkway runs up the center of the main street leading to a lovely park at its end. Check out the pigeons bathing in the stream in the park!
This time I did not take the cable car up the steep streets. From atop the hills one has good views of the city and the port.
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