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11 Night Alaska Cruise from Seattle

11 Night Alaska Cruise from Seattle

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    Seattle
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Endicott Arm
  • Day 4
    Sitka
  • Day 5
    Hubbard Glacier
  • Day 6
    Icy Strait
  • Day 7
    Juneau
  • Day 8
    Skagway
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Ketchikan
  • Day 11
    Victoria
  • Day 12
    Seattle

Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Refurbished spaces boast clean, modern design; a plethora of tasty dining options abounds.

Cons

Buffets are often congested and signage is lacking; there are no water slides/water parks.

Bottom Line

Great overall experience with tons of dining and activity choices and itinerary options.


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: August 2019
Even though I contacted NCL cust. svc. a least twice before boarding the ship and even I minutes before checking-in to confirm if there will be any changes on the itinerary, to have the opportunity to cancel the trip, but right after ... Read More
Even though I contacted NCL cust. svc. a least twice before boarding the ship and even I minutes before checking-in to confirm if there will be any changes on the itinerary, to have the opportunity to cancel the trip, but right after checked-in, we were warned abut complete change of itinerary for a place not even similar to the original destination. (Cozumel instead of Bahamas Islands) During the whole trip (most at sea) the crew never agreed on notifications and contradicted themselves all the times. The level of missinformation handle by NCL personnel on board was incredible and at no given time we felt that the situation was under control due to the continuous changes of notice. Also the entertainment after being forced to spend extra time at sea was dull with very few options, even the case of being notified of "continental breakfast being available from 5:30 am" (posted in a flyer) but after ariving before 6am, all buffete areas were closed even the waitreses were ashamed of it that they did the extra effort to provide a meal from Room svc. Finally, due to the continuous misinformation, we almost missed our flight because we were not able to leave the ship at earlier time. I do understand the seriousness of changes of itinerary due to a hurricane but I don't believe this is the first time happens to NCL in order to show so much improvisation. Nothig compares a trip to a caribean Isand like The Bahamas in replacement to Cozumel, MX. Bottom line, it was a very dissapointed and stressful cruise Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2019
As a regular cruiser we have sailed on several ships in Royal, Carnival, and Norwegian. So this is not only a comparison to other companies but even within the same fleet. So let's begin with the ship. The Sun is an older ship, so ... Read More
As a regular cruiser we have sailed on several ships in Royal, Carnival, and Norwegian. So this is not only a comparison to other companies but even within the same fleet. So let's begin with the ship. The Sun is an older ship, so we knew it would not have all the activities as the newer larger ships, but did not expect was certain parts of the ship including our room had a consistent smell of sewage. This was prevalent from the moment we stepped in on level 5 through our current sailing as I write this on to New Orleans due to the hurricane. More on that later. State rooms, again in addition to the smell, they are so understaffed that they don't even make the towel animals. Now this is not a big deal, but there are no details on anything. You are getting the bare-bones basics, don't expect anything else. Furthermore, beach towels, we had to constantly ask for them, our porter would not leave any in our room though we got an initial set and instructed to leave in our bathroom the dirty ones to get new ones. Restaurants, on this cruise we planned to just eat with included location as we have sailed and enjoyed the other options. Let me say bad choice... the food is blah at best. Most meals were tasteless, the soups tasted like they came from a can. The buffet food was just to fill you up, but not flavorful. In the Seven Seas dining room we did have an amazing waiter which we ensured to have every evening Lief James is amazing and went out of his way to give amazing service. He learned our wine preference and would just asked if we wanted our usual. But the food overall was okay, the best thing we had was the honey creme brulee but most of the other meals were just okay at best. Sports Bar, in most other shops the sports bar run 24/7 but not on the Sun, you gotta wait till 5:30pm. It does stay open till 5:30am, but if you want wings for lunch, tough luck. Bars, are okay. They really liquor up the drinks. But about half the bar staff are so rude, especially in the pool area. There was one Peruvian bartender who was funny and very nice to everyone but can't say the same about the rest of the pool bar staff. Activities, though their shows in the theatre were great, the rest of the ship activities are lacking. So the Cruise Director was MIA most of the time, had the personality of a shoe and shouldn't be directing activities at a daycare, little less a cruise ship. I spoke to many of the bands on board as they were pretty good, but it seemed their schedules were off, when I asked this director was new and changed it, so rather than having their top dance/party band playing the club to get people dancing, they would have them play an acoustic set in the atrium. Now about our storm experience... We were on another NCL ship when hurricane Maria went to South Florida and though a stressful experience, the ships staff on the Sky were amazing about getting information out... On this ship it has been a super horrible experience, each staff member you ask, you get different information. The Capt and Cruise Dir have been putting out bits of information and leaving much to speculation and creating havoc. Even worse, we were not allowed to cancel our cruise beforehand, only went to Cozumel though part of our charges included port charges for 3 ports, and no mention of credits or discounts on future cruises, which had been done previously. This specific part is on NCL and not the ship. As I mentioned before, my family and I have taken at least 6 other cruises on both NCL and other lines, this is the worst yet. If you are set to go on the Sun, I highly recommend recommend going on another ship. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2019
We wanted to visit the island of cuba, but this part of the cruise was cancelled before ever going. we decided to go ahead because we wanted to get away for a short vacation. even though we could not go to cuba, we decided to take this ... Read More
We wanted to visit the island of cuba, but this part of the cruise was cancelled before ever going. we decided to go ahead because we wanted to get away for a short vacation. even though we could not go to cuba, we decided to take this cruise anyway because neither of us had been to nassau and it had been 20 years since i had been on the grand bahama island. the dolphin experience on grand bahama was really, really the best. those trainers are excellent. i am just glad that we got to make this trip before hurricane dorian landed in the bahamas and now has taken some of the beauty away. I really appreciate the opportunity to have a 50% off price on the next ncl cruise since the "cuba" stop was cancelled. i spoke with many who had booked this cruise for that particular reason also. having been a travel agent in the past, i like to speak with guests and how they see these cruises and changes. One thing that i personally will recommend is the private island spa treatment. it was most relaxing. also i would recommend the dolphin experience and the sting ray visit. i myself just had a hard time standing up in the water without losing my balance. thanks to another guest who helped steady me, i could continue with this experience of touching the sting rays. Thank you ncl for a great saturday to thursday vacation in the bahamas before the hurricane hit. we did not know anything about the weather. Read Less
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