Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to South America

Contributor Level: Third Mate

7+ cruises


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2 out of 5

Don't expect to see penguins or anything else you expected to see

Sail Date: February 13, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The cruise started out nicely from Valparaiso Chile but started going downhill after the first few days as we had a captain from hell.  We were supposed to enter the channel to see glaciers at 7:30 but the captain entered at 6:00 and it was all over by 7:30. We arrived at another port and the captain said that the waters were too rough for our boat trip to the island to see the penguins.  The waters around the ship were calm for most of the day and a little turbulent for only about 30 minutes.  Apparently it was safe enough for us to use tenders to and from shore.  We were then supposed to see cape horn from the south but the captain steered the ship far to the east of the cape even though other smaller ships behind us were able to get as close as they wanted.  The captain then continued to the Falkland Islands where once again he said that the winds ans seas were to rough to stop so we just went around them and continued back to the mainland.   Here again the smaller ships got in.  The ship itself is in desperate need of a face-lift.  The best part of the trip was getting off the ship.

Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin was in a great location on the port side of the ship. AC did not provide enough cooling except when the weather outside was cold. When checked, the dust on the AC filter was an inch thick.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile
Puerto Montt, Chile
Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
Cruise Patagonic Channel
Cruise Chilean Fjords
Nice scenic cruising
Cruise Strait Of Magellan
Punta Arenas, Chile
Trip to see majestic penguins was cancelled. Not too much else to see here other than the cemetery and the center of town for 11 hours
Cruise Beagle Channel
Start looking an hour and a half before you are supposed to be there
Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
Not too much to see on an expensive bus ride
Cruise Cape Horn
Don't count on really seeing it
Port Stanley, Falkland Islands
Captain went around and did not stop at port
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Our only chance to see penguins (the smallest ones)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Plan on spending a few nights post or pre-cruise.


We ate in specialty restaurants every night. People who ate at Moderno said it was terrible. Tepanyaki was not as good as on other NCL ships. Le Bistro was good and so was Cagney's on most nights. La Cuchina was hit and miss. The ship itself had a nice layout.

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