Met my first-timer expectations
Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to Alaska - Inside Passage
Sail Date: July 15, 2007
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 10 years ago
Review SummaryThis was my firs Cruise, so some of my complaints might be typical for ALL operators and ships, but that would not make them less annoying to me.
First the positive: food was very good - better in both quality and variety then anything that I have seen in land-based all inclusive resorts. Shows and other entertainment also exceeded my expectations (the main evening shows were almost Vegas quality). People who worked in the childcare program were very good and my 2.5 y.o. sun was very happy. Staff was very friendly, tried to be helpful and spoke understandable english.
Now the negatives: "freestyle cruising" is lagerly a gimmic - everything operated on schedule (although we usually had a good 3-4 hour window to do what we wanted) and there was no way to get anything to eat before 7 am. A source of great annoyance - our boy mostly drinks apple juice. It was available during core breakfast hours but impossible to det during any other time (either for free or for money - they would send us from place to place but usually without any luck). "Tipping not required" meant that they added 15% autogratuity to everything including replacing drinking water in the cabin. All the time they were trying to sell something and sometimes annoying PA marketing announcements intervered with our naps/rest.
Food and Dining
They did not change dipers and would not even touch our sone who had a couple of wet accidents - paged us and left him to play in wet pants untill we came. But the staff was friendly and they had interesing activities. At the end our son was happy with them but we - not so much.
Service and Staff
Cabin / Stateroom
Ports of Call
Don't Miss: Don't by any tours just get a $6 bus from tram base to the glacier.
Don't Miss: canoe trip if the weather is good
Pros: Food & shows
Cons: Misleading marketing, constant little scams to siphon more money, choice of port activities, chldcare