August 2015 - Norwegian Sun to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska
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!!!!