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Age: 48


Number of Cruises: 1

Cruise Line: Norwegian

Ship: Norwegian Sun

Sailing Date: 2013-09-26

Itinerary: Alaska

Frankly, I am shocked by the reviews I have read. I am extremely picky, my husband and I frequent five star plus restaurants and resorts in the U.S. and internationally. I was very hesitant to go on a cruise due to so many negative reviews. I was completely wrong, the cruise was great and Alaska was amazing.

The main dining room and buffets had fresh fruits, vegetable s, and fish with a small neighborhood restaurant atmosphere and quality. If you want 5 star dining, go to the specialty restaurants they are well worth it. Considering we spend $100 on a good meal at home, upgrading from the included dinning rooms for $40-$60 was a good deal.

Our cabin was spotless and our cabin steward was amazing. He knew our name from the first time we entered our room. He kept the room spotless and well stocked without us asking. A warning, I did not pay attention to the fact that we had a shower curtain and not the wall like at home and flooded our bathroom while washing my hair. Our steward was great and laughed when I tried to apologizing saying, I flood the bathroom sometime too in the my mall shower.

I loved a new show every night, a party to dance or just listen to a great band. At sea, we learned so much and when the rangers boarded the boat we got the most amazing views with information that made understanding the size, history and creation of what we were seeing even more interesting. The views from our balcony were an added plus.

Can't miss on the excursions, pick what you like best and be amazed. Don't stand outside on the top of the boat in Misty Fjord while the boat is moving without something covering your ears. I got quiet a head and ear ache from not being wise about very cold air blowing around. Good thing a couple Motrin made me feel better withing 15 minutes of being inside.

We boarded the ship within 30 minutes of our early arrival from our hotel and our balcony room was ready and our luggage arrived within another 30 minutes. The staff was unbelievably friendly and efficient. The excursions were worth every cent and booking them the cruise line meant they took us directly to the meeting site without any wait to disembark. The crew made you feel like you were their best friend; they told us about their favorite excursions and even suggested an additional excursion in Anchorage, so we did not sit at the airport for 8 hours. We did one excursion per port and had time before or after to walk around and see each port. I wanted to stay in Skagway longer, this little tiny town had friendly locals, two salmon filled streams, seals waiting to catch the salmon as the returned to the sea, a free historical tour of the town and museum with a park ranger and a lovely park with views over the ocean were worth the walk just outside of the down town area. In Juneau the plane ride over the glaciers, a leisurely walk in the woods next to the glacier and having a fresh salmon lunch with glacier iced cider was one of the most perfect afternoons of our trip.

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