Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

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3 out of 5

Alaska - Surprising Trip

Sail Date: September 07, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The Norwegian Sun is a small ship, however we had about the same experience as on other NCL ships, which is generally good. Of note: Breakfast dining room service always falls short and the Sun is no exception. Coffee not refilled, slow service, forgotten items, staff reluctant to handle special requests, we have just come to expect it, but the buffet is worse previous available smoking areas has been eliminated, annoying. VERY friendly ship staff, steward, bar and dining generally everyone is pleasant. The entertainment: ship staff good and bad, as usual, the guests were great! We will avoid the Sun...just too small for us, but for Alaska you need small ships.

Cabin / Stateroom
Very nice balcony room, clean and our steward was great.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Nice, just too small for us.
Destinations and Excursions
The NCL ATV excursion at Hoonah, Icy Straight Point was terrible, I would NOT recommend that to anyone, in fact the whole port is nothing but a tourist trap, period.
Onboard Activities
Guest entertainment awesome. The ship staff shows: poor choices for persons who sang, the shows should highlight what the cast can handle as opposed to forcing the concept and staff when the outcome is so poor.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
The problem with the buffet is ALWAYS the people, not the buffet itself. Dining room breakfast, we say it every time, needs improvement. Apologies get old when there is little to no improvement time after time.
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska
Not the worst port....but it's fine and if you stay in Seward the night prior to cruising you can board ahead of those taking the train or bus from Anchorage....a plus!!
Cruise Hubbard Glacier
Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Alaska
Beautiful scenery, however ATV shore excursion was a bust...awful and expensive. The port was 'created or enhanced' just to service cruise ships, so everything is way overpriced....disappointing. Enjoy it from the ship.
Juneau, Alaska
No washout that day. Another time perhaps.
Cruise Sawyer Glacier
Did not see due to bad weather.
Skagway, Alaska
Small town, touristy, but beautiful scenery.
Ketchikan, Alaska
Touristy....but your last chance to get something or see something of Alaska and it is scenic.
Cruise Inside Passage, Alaska
Not much in the way of wildlife or scenery at this point between Ketchikan and Vancouver and it was somewhat cloudy anyway.
Vancouver (Canada Place), British Columbia
The city tour was fine, which also provided transportation to the airport.


Le Bistro is wonderful, food service and ambiance. We would definitely recommend. Moderno has great food, but DO NOT fill up on the salad bar, lots of meats to choose from. Warning!! The salad bar area seating is directly under the basketball court and the noise is terrible, constant banging.

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