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Old 02-04-2006, 04:51 AM
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After finally giving in to my wife's desire to go on an alaskan cruise (she's been twice with her mom on celebrity) we have put a deposit on a may cruise on the sun. NOW I get around to reading reviews on the sister website, and many arent that hot. Any comments? Should I get my money back or what? THANKS
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Old 02-04-2006, 06:22 AM
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The Sun is an excellent choice for a romantic cruise. There's plenty of restaurants and bars aboard. There's plenty of activities to keep you busy. There's plenty of ports with plenty of exciting excursions to choose from.
Of course there's different strokes for different folks. What other ship are you considering?
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Old 02-04-2006, 03:47 PM
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Thanks, Ron for your reply, another question, you mentioned plenty of restaurants, what about the included food? Many of the posts on the review website slammed the food pretty badly.

In response to your question about what other ships are under consideration, at this point, none, to be honest I am hoping to hear somethings to quiet my anxiety...
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Old 02-10-2006, 11:55 AM
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I know what you mean about all the negative reviews!!! Iím planning our first cruise, one to Alaska and after reading some of these reviews I started wondering if I should even go on a cruise at all. I tell ya, I was getting a little scared about even setting foot on a cruise ship. I then kept reading and found that most of these negative posts are from people that would never be happy, no matter how perfect the cruise was. I have read a lot great reviews so Iím starting to feel better about the whole cruise thing.
Youíll have to post your review to let me know how it goes.
Hope you and your wife have a great time!!!
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We went on our first ever cruise last July on the Norwegian Sun and absolutely loved it. We had a balcony and spent a lot of time there. We found the buffet food much better than we expected and had a lot of our meals there, with the occasional specialty restaurant. The scenery is spectacular, the cleanliness was amazing and the staff were lovely. We didn't participate in a lot of the cruise activities but did some activity at each port and absolutely loved the time watching the scenery go by (with a bit of diversion from the casino). We'd love to do it again. We had a bit of a glitch with our airline and our luggage, but other than that, it was a great cruise. I think if you have reasonable expections, they will be surpassed.
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Old 02-10-2006, 05:34 PM
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We went on the Sun to Alaska in 2004 and everything was perfect. Talk about a set up for disaster: We took my mother, who has never had a nice thing to say since WW2, my sister-in-law, who was in absolute misery for having to leave behind her first boyfriend in a dozen years (Mr.Ick), a cranky 11yr old girl going through the agony of puberty, and a 3 yr old boy who was having some sort of identity crisis thinking he as a 72 yr old woman. As well there was my neurotic self. We all look back on it as one of the best vacations we all have ever had. People ask me what I didn't like about the trip, the answer is nothing. The food was fantastic, the ship and crew were the greatest, weather was perfect, lots of fun at the ports of call. Like many others if I had taken all the negative reviews seriously, we would have never booked. Go with an open mind, have a great time. We always thought cruising was not for us, we were wrong.
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We took my mother, who has never had a nice thing to say since WW2, my sister-in-law, who was in absolute misery for having to leave behind her first boyfriend in a dozen years (Mr.Ick), a cranky 11yr old girl going through the agony of puberty, and a 3 yr old boy who was having some sort of identity crisis thinking he as a 72 yr old woman.


Glad to hear your merry band had a good time!

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Old 02-12-2006, 10:50 AM
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Our 1st cruise was on the NCL Sun to Alaska. It was really a great cruise, friendly staff, good food, great area. we can recommend the excursions with the sea-airplane to the fjords and do not miss the whale-watch. This was so great. (we were so satisfied, we went to the caribbean with the NCL Dawn and we will go this year again on board the Sun (Panama channel))
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Old 02-14-2006, 01:37 PM
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My wife and I along with another couple just returned from the Western Caribbean on the Sun. In one of the main dining rooms, a Travel Agent from Pensacola, FL, overheard our group talking about how you couldn't find anyone that would complain about the food we were getting. He thought we were complaining about the food and told us that this was his first cruise on NCL and the food was the best he had ever seen on 37 cruises on just about every line out there. We had to tell him that we thought the food was great and we had said that "no one could complain". He agreed. This is out third cruise on NCL, three different ships. I was told by an employee that they had a new ship coming into service every year for the next five years. The older ships would be sold. The Sun was built in 2001 and is very nice. We were on the Spirit last year and it was fantastic. We are trying to arrange a group for a Sun Alaska Cruise this summer. By the way, you can eat 24 hours a day where you want, when you want and with who you want. 10 or so Restaurants. Very good buffet. Try the Seafood stirfry. Or the Waffle bar. Or the Ice Cream station. I never saw it closed. You have a fridge in all rooms, so you can take a little water or sodas if you want. Liquor, beer, wine, etc. is not allowed. But some people with imagination can get it onboard. I brought a bottle of Tequilla onboard in Cozumel in a tote bag with some tee shirts and other junk. I left the tote bag stand up, didn't lay it down and I guess the bottle didn't look like anything that would not let onboard. I just didn't want to fool around picking it up when we got back to Miami. It's still unopened. Don't miss the super shows. A former lead singer for the "Stylistics" and the "Commodores" appeared and was good. "Don't Rock the Boat, Baby" , if you're old enough to remember. They were in the Observation Lounge. The Stardust Showroom had the big shows. You have a TV, but we only got ship info, ESPN and CNN. And a few rather new movies. Too much to do to spend time watching TV. Go to the Art Auctions. Free Chanpagne for 15 minutes or so before the auction. Latitudes party was great, Open Bar! Latitudes is for past NCL Cruisers! You can tell that I had a good time!
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I forgot to mention that the optional formal wear night, one night, in one dining room only. And you can eat there with slacks and a shirt with a collar. We ate in all the eating places except the ones that cost $10 or $15 extra per person. Didn't really see a need to pay extra for food. The Service Staff is very polite and nice. You really get good service. We uaually ate around 6 or so and the dining rooms weren't crowded. If we were in a port and got back a little late, it was off to the buffet so that we could catch the shows. You can wear shorts or jeans in the buffet!
 
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