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Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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7 Night Alaska Glacier Bay Northbound (Vancouver To Seward)
Sail Date: July 20, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 8335
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Just got back from the cruise, and we really had a great time. Most of the ports we stopped at were all really fun, and the cruise schedule gave us plenty of time so we actually had time to explore each of the towns. One of my favorite days was when we spent a morning in Glacier Bay National Park, which was a great day with an on-board park ranger who was able to give us facts and information about each of the glaciers we passed. 

The food was fairly good as well. The free restaurant options were fairly limited, as it was a smaller cruise ship, but the menu in them was rotated each day so I never got bored with the food. In addition, the buffet was almost always open, which offered a wide variety of mostly-passable food. 

As far as the offered on-board activities, they were fairly extensive. If so desired, we could remain busy the entire day long from start to finish. The activities themselves weren’t always the best options and some of the staff leading the activities weren’t always great, but I appreciated that the options where there. The entertainment, however, was great and very fun every night. The staff onboard the ship were almost all friendly and helped to make the environment of the ship high-energy and fun.  Richard, the cruise director, was especially energetic and always joyful.

All-in-all, I had a wonderful, relaxing, and fun vacation and I quite enjoyed my time on the Norwegian Sun.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Freestyle dining is great, food good there. Buffet is always-open which is nice

Onboard Activities

1 out of 5
We only did a few of the activities, but they were mostly all lackluster. Also, most activities led by DJ Viper (the on-board DJ) were especially bad. We went to the ballroom dance session and he was not responsive at all to taking requests from us. He seemed to just want to hit shuffle and stop paying attention

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Small ship, but they did a good job with their on-board cast and still put on some good shows

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Small ship, but it was nice and well-maintained

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
It was an interior cabin, but fairly spacious (for a cruise) and I liked it. Our stateroom steward, Trevor, was also incredibly friendly and would go and straighten up the room multiple times a day.

Ship Tip

Bring Dramamine for the cruise. It's a great ship, but smaller than most cruise ships. As such, you definitely will feel the rocking of the waves, so I much appreciated having Dramamine with me so I could prevent seasickness.

5 out of 5
Amazing city - absolutely loved it! We came a few days early so we could get extra time to explore

Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Hiked Mt. Richards and saw lots of great wildlife
5 out of 5

Cruise Glacier Bay

5 out of 5
Amazing! Absolutely beautiful area and lots of sea otters everywhere! Park ranger came on board that day and helped answer any questions and give fun facts about the area

Cruise Hubbard Glacier

5 out of 5
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