cwhansen

cwhansen
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Norwegian Sun

September 2015 - 7 Night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Southbound (Seward To Vancouver) Cruise on Norwegian Sun

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This was the 2nd part of round trip Vanc. to Seward and back. We had to change rooms and we carried our luggage from deck 4 to 10. The entertainers weren't as good as the up trip. The room across the hall from us had the sprinkler in the ceiling go off and flooded their room, the hall was wet for a couple of days until they got it dried off. We were supposed to go to Sawyer glacier but it was raining and the captain decided not to go up the fjord to the glacier and instead just sat out in the main channel until it was time to go to the next port. Hubbard glacier was the first stop and the captain didn't get as close to the glacier as he did on the way up even though there wasn't much ice in the way.

The room attendant cane in once in the afternoon and again late at night. He said they only work certain hours and not all day. We met several rude workers on this trip. They seem like they didn't want to be on the ship. The buffet on deck 11 was only so-so. Breakfast was better than lunch. The bacon however was always under cooked for my taste. The way the buffet is laid out leaves some very tight spaces for passage when many people are eating. They have soft and hard serve ice cream. They have 2 pools and 4 hot tub with only one with working jets.

The room was an inside and seemed bigger than most ships that I have been on. A queen bed with a separate sofa area. The TV was small. It had a fridge and hair dryer. The shower water temp kept fluctuating from hot to cool and back.. Overall the room was good.

The cruise staff seemed to have more activities on board and for the most part very friendly. 

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Norwegian Sun

August 2015 - 14 Night Alaska Glacier Bay (Vancouver Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Sun

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getting on board was confusing. You had to check in upstairs first but noo ne said anything until we got to the end of the building and was then told we had to go back to the front and go upstairs to check in then came back there. The food in the buffet on deck 11 was pretty much the same things everyday.It wasn't all that great. The main dining rooms didn't have very good choices. It's a good thing they had salmon on the everyday menu because that was the best thing on the whole menu. They have no lobster tail, shrimp, or most of the name steaks. Those have all been moved to the pay extra dining rooms. There were no formal nights, so good levis and shirt is all that you need unless you want to dress up anyhow. The cabin boy was never prompt in cleaning the room. Usually done around 2pm and then late in the evening. One night he wanted to com in after 9 pm and wanted to clean, but we didn't want to leave. We ended up taking a shower and straightening our own bed for the night. The ship is old but for the most part kept up good. Our room was an inside and had plenty of room with a sofa bed included. We did hear of a coupe of rooms which flooded-one from the drains backing up and soaking the floor, the other was the sprinkler in the room broke and showered the room with water. Deck 6 has plenty of room to walk around the ship, although in the front almost always had standing water you had to walk through. They never seemed to clean the water off the walkway. Overall the food seems to be better on other cruise lines that we have been on. The cruise staff was good and had sever activties to do..

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cwhansen's Tips

Ketchikan, Alaska - a good town for buying souvenirs. It rains nearly everyday. We waited until later to tour the town and the rain had stopped by noon
Juneau, Alaska - The capital city and not much to do in town so they sell a lot of tours.
Star Princess Star Princess - We were booked for the fixed dinning but when we got on-board they had changed us to anytime dining. That worded out well for us because we go there when it opened and there wasn't much of a line.Later (around 6:30) had longer lines and wait times.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - they seem to be the best price for souvenirs. They have a nice beach right next to the ship behind the hotels-a couple minutes walk
Juneau, Alaska - a couple of stores acted like they didn't want to sell you anything.
Cruise Sawyer Glacier -
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska -
Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska - saw many whales from the ship. People who paid for whale watching tours actually came back out by the ship. We saw them as well or better than the tours. This port uses tenders to get to shore. Not much on land here.
Cruise Hubbard Glacier -
Cruise Sawyer Glacier - it was raining so the captain didn't even go attempt to go up the fjord. Just sat out in the water until time to turn around and head to Skagway
Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska - Where the ship anchored (tender service here) there were several whales swimming near the ship. Whale watching tours actually came back out by the ship to watch the same whales.
Cruise Hubbard Glacier - The captain didn't want to get up very close the the glacier. On the trip up he got a lot closer
Cruise Glacier Bay -
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska -

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