CruisingDelight

CruisingDelight
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Norwegian Sun

August 2015 - Norwegian Sun to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Expereince of a Lifetime

My husband and I were first time cruisers, first visit to Alaska.  Very glad we chose the cruise for our first taste of alaska and it's splendor.  We liked the cruise aspect because we were able to see more towns/areas of Alaska than if we drove(some of the towns are not accessible via roads), and much easier than if we tried to coordinate on our own with a ferry etc.  If you choose a cruise, the excursions are a MUST to truly appreciate and feel like you are experiencing alaska, plus, for us it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us, so we figured go big or go home.  (which unfortunately gets very expensive, but well worth it.  I would highly recommend a helicopter flight to a glacier, it feels like you are on another planet!).   The ports on the glacier bay northbound were nice and perfectly placed between each other.  I only wish we would get more time in town to not feel so rushed and be able to explore beyond the commercialized touristy parts of town more.  The cruise staff on the sun were FANTASTIC, everyone is SO attentive to your needs and always happy, willing to help and go the extra mile. This means ALL staff, not just the cruise directors, but even all service staff etc.  They really make you feel at home, like family.  The entertainment was a little cheesy, but we still participated in many events/things and had a truly fabulous time.  Even my quieter husband participated in some of the game shows and had a really good time!!  The captain of the ship is a truly neat, humble man, I enjoyed the meet and greets, and question and answer times.  Probably my only or biggest concern was all the push to spend money on board.  It just felt like everything was getting thrown at us constantly, and not at inexpensive prices.  Kinda leaves you feeling like the ship is a money vacuum machine...but truly, even that being said, we had a WONDERFUL TIME!!!!

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Cruise Hubbard Glacier - Another personal favorite of the trip. This is a very active glacier, so we were able to see many impressive glacier pieces falling into the ocean, it was awesome. White thunder...you'll find out what I'm talking about ;-)
Juneau, Alaska - this is where we did our helicopter excursion to the glacier. felt like we were on another world!
Skagway, Alaska - The shop people were a little stand offish which had not been our experience other places, kind of a surprise. Train ride had beautiful scenery, but if you're from a mountainous area already and have seen beautiful mountain scenery before, I would save my money and try something else.
Ketchikan, Alaska - We went on a kayak excursion to orca cove, and had a nice smoked salmon dinner after, cool.
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska - Make sure to take advantage of the excursions, a must to truly experience Alaska. Personal favorite was a helicopter ride onto a glacier. Only wish we had more time on the glacier. Maybe there are extended trips that cost a little more?
Norwegian Sun Norwegian Sun - Moderno was a cool restaurant to visit, unique way of serving or offering "all the menu" as they would bring pieces to your table and you could say yes or decline the meat etc. I've never done that anywhere before, and thought it was a nice way of sampling all the things on the menu!

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uploaded a photo album from their Norwegian Sun cruise on 2015-08-03

commented on a Norwegian Sun cruise review. - "Maark, I would say in Ketchikan I would do the Kayak excursion to orca cove, in Juneau a helicopter ride to a glacier, and in skagway, wish we wou..." read more

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Sun cruise review - Expereince of a Lifetime

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Sun cruise review - Expereince of a Lifetime

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Sun cruise review - Expereince of a Lifetime

commented on a Norwegian Sun cruise review. - "I totally agree with your comment on bringing a camera with long lens or good zoom capability, and with this not being an ideal poolside route.  I ..." read more

received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Sun cruise review - Expereince of a Lifetime

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shared a quick tip for Norwegian Sun"Moderno was a cool restaurant to visit, unique way of serving or offering "all the menu" as they would bring pieces to your table and you could say yes or decline the meat etc. I've never done that anywhere before, and thought it was a nice way of sampling all the things on the menu! "