We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. We had never been to South America or south of the equator.
EMBARKATION: Awful No porters to take our bags. We stood in line in the hot sun to check in our bags. Then we were given a number and told to sit in a non air conditioned warehouse until our number was called. Announcements were made in Portuguese except for the number. When our number was called we were bussed to the ship. We stood in another line at the Four Seasons restaurant on board to check in. At least we could go directly to our cabin. NCL staff at the Meet & Greet said the Sun's position at the pier was changed at the last minute and the check in area assigned could not accommodate the technology needed to check in at the pier.
DINING: There was never a wait at the Seven Seas main dining room. Staff was pleasant and attentive. Great menu and service for breakfast. We asked to share a table and met some wonderful fellow cruisers. We tried 3 of the specially restaurants, Teppanyake, Le Bistro and Cagney's. There was never a problem to get a reservation. The food was excellent. Service was a bit slow at Cagney's and Le Bistro. Not sure I would pay the surcharge if the specialty restaurants were not included in our fare. The Garden Cafe, buffet was smaller than on other ships, but never seemed over crowded and we always found a table when we went for breakfast and lunch. Variety was okay. Would have like to see more salads at lunch.
Great location near aft elevators that go up to the buffet and down to the Seven Seas main dining room and the Stardust theatre.
Seemed more spacious that other balconies we have had. Lots of storage spaces. Bathroom is adequate with shelves on either side of the mirror. Wish the hair dryer was not in the bathroom, but by the vanity mirror in the cabin. No little coffee table in front of the couch, but really didn't miss it. Randolf, our cabin stewart was awesome. He greeted us by name every morning, made sure we had ice each day and seemed generally interested as if things were going okay with us.