Good Baltic experience on the Sun: Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by PatagoniaArg

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Good Baltic experience on the Sun

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Copenhagen
This was our first cruise. We choose NCL based on itinerary, price and Freestyle cruising. We dont like fixed dinner timetable and dress up for dinner on holidays.
Embarkation was quick, within 30 minutes we were having lunch in the Garden Caf.
Our cabin was ready by 2 pm and our suitcases arrived by 4 pm.
The ship is easy to navigate and crews were friendly and efficient. Fortunately this is a mid size ship and that allowed us to see new acquaintances while we were wandering around.
We didnt take any specialty restaurant. There are lots of options where, when and what to eat which is great for non american passengers. In general was good quality food but not outstanding ( for the price you are paying you cant ask for more). In the Main Dining Rooms we never waited more than 5 minutes. Garden caf was very crowded at breakfast, a quieter option was Moderno. We have heard from other people that the new paid Restaurant Churrascaria and Le Bistro were very More good.
Entertainment was varied: music bands, magician, juglars, comedy club, bingo, trivia, karaoke, dance lessons and art auctions. The cruise director did a great job trying to please the 50 different nationalities onboard.
You could see officers around the ship checking everything was ok and also eager to receive comments about our experiences onboard.
Our room was an inside cabin and had a great size. Ren our fabulous steward kept our room impeccable and was always ready to answer any question or request. Also he made different towel animals for us every night and left them on the bed.
The public rooms were always clean, even in rush hours and there were sanitizers all over the ship. These people take onboard health very seriously.
The Baltic itinerary is good. Because we had two days in Saint Petersburg which is mandatory and we could visit places that we would never have done it by ourselves. The only negative is that they promoted Berlin but the ship anchors in Warnemunde which is 3 hours train away. That forced us to run around Berlin in order to try to see as much as we could in only six hours.
We believe that most negative critics must be of people that had punctual problems or expect too much of such a budget cruise.
For us, NCL was a great value for money. Our experience was so good that we are considering taking another cruise with them Less

Published 10/21/11

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The city is great if you have enough time to enjoy it. The big minus is that you have a 3 hours journey from where the ships anchors (Warnemunde) to Berlin and 3 hours to get back to the ship, leaving you little free time to explore the city. We only recommend it if its your only chance to see Berlin.
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We took a three hours walking tour. They start everyday at 11 am in front of the City Hall and you can see the city main highlights and learn a bit of danish history and culture.

We really enjoyed Helsinki. We took the 14B bus and the Tram to have a first impression. The Esplanadi Market is great to buy souvenirs (also the tax free at Helsinkis Port) and to eat local food. The Rock Church is a must see. Its easy to walk around and a good place to chill out after st petersburg marathon. Helsinki is a very DIY city.
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We took a 2 days tour with TJ Travel. We suggest doing this city with a guide not only for the visa issue because they are really knowledgeable and in general Russian people dont speak English. St Petersburg is a city of contrast, huge and luxurious palaces, churches and fountains and amazing art collection at the Hermitage Museum from the Tsars period with big soviet monoblock buildings. We had the chance of seeing also the Metro and a Farmers Market which helped us to understand a little bit of Russian history and culture.

Another DIY city. We took the ship transfer and spent most of our day in the old town. We didnt go to the Vasa Museum however we visited the Nobel Museum, the Royal Palace and the City Town Hall. People is very friendly and this was one of our favourites port.

From the port its a 10 minutes walk to the Old Town. We didnt book a tour, before getting there we contacted the Tourism Office and they sent us home maps and a magazine with the town highlights. It was great to discover the city at our own pace. Also our ship was the only at port that day so it was not crowded. The knitting work is excellent quality.
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