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May 04, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Line - Norwegian Sun

NORWEGIAN SUN REVIEW

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We picked Norwegian Cruise Line for our group as it seemed to be good value for a 7 day Inside Passage to Alaska and suited the price range for most people in the group, majority of whom had not cruised before.

Dining
With 9 restaurants onboard, it provides a variety of dining experience ranging from sushi and teppanyaki to French as well as fine Italian cuisine. The Specialty restaurants are Ginza - Teppanyaki & Sushi Bar (A la Carte pricing). I personally recommend the Teppanyaki and a reservation would be required as it only takes 10 at one sitting.
East Meets West - Asian Fusion cuisine (cover charge of $15).
Il Adagio - Fine Italian cuisine (cover charge of $12.50).
Le Bistro - French cuisine (cover charge of $15; also highly recommended).
For the health and weight conscious guests there is also Pacific Heights Restaurant (no cover charge) which serves light cooking food mainly pasta and a variety of salads.
The main dining rooms are Four Seasons and Seven Seas with equally attentive waitresses and waiters providing excellent service.
Buffet food is served in the Garden Cafe with a wide selection of salads, main courses, and desserts. There are also cooking stations that would provide guests with food cooked to their liking. Available also is the pizza bar, ice-cream bar and tapas bar. Sprinkles ice-cream is free but Hagen Daz may be purchased if required.

Onboard activities
The gymnasium, internet cafes and video arcades are open 24 hours daily. Mandra Spa along with sauna and steam facilities are open from noon till 11:00pm.
There are only 4 hot tubs and I found that this can get crowded quite quickly at busy times and the hot tubs are fairly small. The swimming pools are uncovered and are fine for nice days but can be a bit cool when it is slightly windy. There seem to be sufficient deck chairs on the pool deck for guests.
Other activities include cha-cha dance class (very popular), aerobics (including step and cardiodance), art auction, bingo, bridge play, cooking demonstrations, lecture seminars, karaoke (also popular), movies, scrabble, wine tasting, backgammon, treasure hunts, chocoholic buffet, BBQ parties on pool deck and ping-pong, basketball and volleyball. Children's activities are extensive and seem to be popular. There is also a party organized for them on the last night of the cruise whereby they have dinner together.

Stateroom
We were in a Mini-Suite Category AE with a king-size bed and a sofa bed which converts to queen size bed with privacy curtains. Decor is pleasant with mainly blue and yellow theme. The suite is on Deck 11 at the front of the ship. The balcony has a view of both sides but can be slightly breezy on some days. There are 2 desks, 1 television and fridge, and 4 deck chairs on the balcony.

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Amenities in the room include a bottle of champagne, and a bowl of fresh fruits which was replenished daily, coffee/tea making facility and also concierge services. In the bathroom is a walk-in closet, dressing table and chair, bath (with shower), marble top sink, and separate toilet. There are two cotton bathrobes, (not toweling robes) for use and also hairdryer.

For breakfast, the room service menu is slightly limited as there are no cooked food such as omelettes, eggs, pancakes or waffles. The menu consist of muffins, Danish pastries, variety of fresh fruits including fruit compote, yogurt, toasts, and beverages such as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and fruit juices.

Garden Cafe where the buffet is served can be crowded at peak times and sometimes difficult to get a table. You can however get the food and then walk across to Pacific Heights where it is much quieter (but there is no coffee or tea served here), or sit outside when the weather is nice.

Entertainment
Nightly entertainment is presented mainly by The Jean-Ann Ryan Company in the Stardust Lounge (main theater). On the first night there was only one show at 9:00pm. For the rest of the week there were two shows nightly at 7:30pm and 9:30 pm. As well as the main production, there are comedy game shows throughout the week in Dazzles lounge. Captain's welcome party was on the first day at sea (Monday night) for an hour with champagne served at the atrium.

What I loved about the cruise is the variety of dining experiences it offered. Freestyle dining whether in the main dining rooms or in the specialty restaurants provide so much choice and the service throughout remain consistent.
What I also like is the option given for disembarkation. You can choose what time you want to leave, be it earlier or later. We picked approximately 10:30am and therefore managed to have a nice leisurely breakfast before leaving.
What could be improved is the emergency lifeboat drill. It was held at 5:00pm (before ship sailed) and went on for slightly longer than necessary, (not so on other ships) and most guests were getting quite uncomfortable at the long procedure involved.

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Written By a Cruise Specialist at Cruising2Alaska.com

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Posted by Denise at May 4, 2014 05:06 PM
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