Every year I swear I’m not going back to Alaska – and every year I find an itinerary that makes me want to go again. This time around, it’s Norwegian Cruise Line’s fabulous voyage from Vancouver that departs on Friday, May 8, 2015 aboard the 1,936-guest Norwegian Sun.

Sailing roundtrip from Vancouver’s Canada Place Cruise Terminal, this 10-night, one-off voyage is a refreshing change of pace for those who are tired of the usual weeklong runs to Alaska.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sun approaches the dock in Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun approaches the dock in Ketchikan, Alaska. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

From Vancouver, Norwegian Sun sails the spectacular Inside Passage before arriving in Sitka, Alaska – a destination not often visited on sailings from Vancouver. Also on the menu is Icy Strait Point, followed by calls on the “big three” Alaskan ports of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. A full day of scenic cruising in Glacier Bay National Park rounds out the mix, along with a call on Victoria, British Columbia before arrival back in Vancouver on May 18, 2015.

The full itinerary (note that port times are particularly good, too):

The itinerary for Norwegian Cruise Line's 10 Day Alaskan Adventure aboard Norwegian Sun. Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

The itinerary for Norwegian Cruise Line’s 10 Day Alaskan Adventure aboard Norwegian Sun, departing May 8, 2015. Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Built in 2001, the Norwegian Sun isn’t as new or as flashy as the much-larger Norwegian Breakaway, but she’s ideal for sailing the waters of Alaska. Her soaring atrium features overheight windows that look out onto the promenade deck and the scenery of the Pacific Northwest, and the forward-facing Observation Lounge is a great feature in Alaska’s frequently-inclement weather.

The railroad was a critical lifeline for the Gold Rush town of Skagway, Alaska. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The railroad was a critical lifeline for the Gold Rush town of Skagway, Alaska. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

June 29, 2014: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Norwegian Sun will also call on Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on this special, one-off 10-day sailing from Vancouver. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Norwegian Sun is, in my opinion, one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s most underrated, often-overlooked ships – yet she boasts some amazing public spaces that are, to this day, unparalleled. The crown jewel of the Norwegian Sun is arguably the former Il Adagio Specialty Restaurant that is situated in a corridor running along the starboard side of the vessel on Deck 4. It’s been re-branded as La Cucina to keep in-step with the rest of the fleet, but it still boasts the same beautiful décor. A decade ago, I enjoyed a fantastic meal here as we departed from Skagway, and it still ranks as one of the most gorgeous spaces I’ve seen on any cruise ship.

The beautiful, one-of-a-kind Il Adagio restaurant aboard Norwegian Sun. Photo courtesy of NCL.

The beautiful, one-of-a-kind Il Adagio restaurant aboard Norwegian Sun. It has since been rebranded as La Cucina. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

There’s also the surprisingly-clubby and intimate Windjammer Bar and the Stardust Lounge, which was ahead of its time. Situated all the way aft, this entertainment venue spans two decks in height and features minimal visual obstructions. Many show lounges on more modern ships don’t offer the kinds of unobstructed sightlines that the Norwegian Sun does.

Staterooms are a little on the plain side, and reflect the “old” Norwegian – but they’re still well-designed, if perhaps not as colourful as the line’s newer accommodations. Their best feature, however: elegant dark panelling on closets, desks and headboards, nautical-style reading lamps, and well-designed bathrooms with lots of storage spaces. They also feature Norwegian’s extremely comfortable mattresses in all categories.

If you like your ships to have a bit of character, and your itineraries to have a bit of meat on them, ten days in Alaska onboard the Norwegian Sun just might fit the bill!

The wide open promenade of the Norwegian Sun favors blue anti-slip decking over traditional teak planking. Photo © Aaron Saunders

The wide open promenade of the Norwegian Sun, seen here departing Vancouver in 2005. Photo © Aaron Saunders

More information on Norwegian’s 10-night Glacier Bay Itinerary departing roundtrip from Vancouver can be found by visiting the Norwegian Cruise Line website.

 

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