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Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to South America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 36

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Norwegian Sun

14 Night South America Eastbound (Santiago To Buenos Aires)

Sail date: November 19, 2016

Ship: Norwegian Sun

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9052

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

This itinerary was fantastic and our most scenic cruise.  The Chilean coast is stunning with vistas of snow covered mountains, glaciers, and other dramatic scenery.  The NCL Sun was large enough to have a reasonable range of activities while small enough to get "up close and personal" with the coastline.


Embarkation and debarkation were seamless and efficient.  The cabin, restaurant and other staff members with whom we interacted were great.  


The downside of the trip was that both my wife and I came down with the flu about halfway through the cruise and our activities were restricted.  The medical care was excellent, though,  and we were in much better shape after a couple of days.  (Make sure that you have insurance for medical expenses.)


The main dining rooms served the same menus, so there was little, if any, difference between the dining experiences there.  The basic menu was varied daily with special meals being available.  Good quality, but after a few days, the menu repeated.  (I guess that NCL is on a 7-day menu plan.). The service was very good, in general.


We visited three specialty restaurants, with Cagney's Steakhouse being our favorite.  (Nicoletta provided great service.) The French restaurant did not live up to our expectations.  


I can recommend this cruise to anyone looking for a unique adventure.






Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We had a midships balcony cabin on the 9th deck, 9052, and were very comfortable.  It was reasonably spacious and suited us well.  The cabin had sufficient hanging space with six drawers for clothing, etc.  

Ports of call

Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile

3 out of 5
Very interesting and historical city. My wife's purse was slashed and her iPhone stolen, though. Be aware of your surroundings.

Puerto Montt, Chile

5 out of 5
Visiting the national park and lakes was a great experience.

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

3 out of 5
A very small port serving as a gateway to more national parks.

Punta Arenas, Chile

5 out of 5
Visited the Magdalena Island Penguin Reserve. Wife was ill.

Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina

3 out of 5
Had to cancel our national park visit, but heard great things about the area from other travelers.

Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

3 out of 5
Restricted to cabin, but Port Stanley looked interesting from our balcony.

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

3 out of 5
A pleasant little resort city.

Montevideo, Uruguay

3 out of 5
Walked around the old city. Tried local parillada restaurant - not good, but pricey.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

5 out of 5
Wow! We spent four days here and walked a lot. We did have a local contact who made sure that we saw the best that the city had to offer.
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