Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

Contributor Level: Third Mate

2-3 cruises


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5 out of 5

Breathtaking views, great ports of call

Sail Date: June 13, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We loved visiting the ports - Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.  Fantastic 360 views of Glacier Bay, and we saw Orca whales jumping out of the water and many other animals from the boat (sea lions, seals, bears, mountain goats) - definitely find a trip that includes Glacier Bay!  It was really cool having the NPS rangers on board and the narration of what we were seeing.  We had an interior room and found it to be quite spacious, especially compared to interior rooms on other cruise lines.  The staff was helpful and the ship was clean and seemed to be in fine condition. 

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Cabin / Stateroom
Way bigger than we expected! 8th floor was perfect - we were halfway in between all the activities and dining, which were on 5/6/7 or on 11/12. We were close to the stairs/elevators and had 0 problems with noise. It was very convenient and our room was spacious and enjoyable. Great water pressure in the shower.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Disembarkation went very smoothly and was clearly communicated what to do and where things would be. Embarkation was a total zoo. Enter the terminal. Wait in a line to be directed to the right area. Wait in a line to be seated. Then wait there to be directed to wait in a long line to check in. Then wait in a line to go through customs. Then wait in a line to go through security. Then wait in a line to get on the boat. It took close to two hours from being dropped off at the terminal to actually stepping on board, and we were not expecting such a huge wait.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
The shows were surprisingly good! There were cabaret type song/dance shows, a humorous ventriloquist, a comedian and a humorous magician. The game shows were hit or miss. Some were very funny (the Newlyweds show and the "perfect couple" show) and some were boring (minute to win it).
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
We made 0 reservations and had no problem getting a table for any meals. We were almost always seated with a lovely window view!
Ketchikan, Alaska
The lumberjack show was cheesy but we really enjoyed it - amazing to see the sport up close! Very talented lumberjacks.
Juneau, Alaska
We booked a whale watching trip with Harv and Marv's - we were on a smaller 12-person boat and saw tons of sea life - many humpback whales, Dall's porpoises, sea lions. Our tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Cheaper than booking through the cruise ship, and we were on a much smaller tour than the ones from the ship (we saw boats out on the water with at least 50 people on there). After, we took the tram up Mt Roberts - it was cool but pretty pricey for what it is ($33 per person!!).
Skagway, Alaska
Cruise Glacier Bay
Be sure to check out the views and take photos from outdoor Deck 6 as well as up on 11/12. The higher decks were very crowded, but no crowding on deck 6!!
Cruise Hubbard Glacier
Very nice, gigantic glacier, but not as great as Glacier Bay.
Seward (Anchorage), Alaska
You can take a $10 round trip shuttle to Exit Glacier - cheaper than any of the offered excursions!! If you're planning to take the train up to Anchorage, it is scenic but slow moving. It takes about 4.5 hours and it's about 2-2.5 hours to drive the distance. If we had to do it again, we'd take the bus.


When sailing past particularly scenic spots (Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier), take photos and observe from Deck 6 instead of Deck 11/12 - it was wayyy less crowded, and you get the same great photos.

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