Posted June 25th, 2004, 03:25 PM
Thanks for giving so much back to the board. Not many do. You have learned the one real negitive of cruising - it is addictive - banks have been robbed
Your review is probably more valueable to the newbies then the reviews of the crusty old veterans. Expectations have not yet been set in stone.
Quick comparison of CCL Spirit and the Sun since I have been on both.
Spirit + (for some)
Bigger Ship (so what)
Covered Pool for Alaska (we never used it)
Larger Balcony rooms (but smaller balcony)
Much larger inside Buffet (tried not to eat there but good for the boys)
No freestyle -
limited alternate dinning
Decor - I missed the wood on NCL - replaced with copper paint everywhere
Wait Staff - People are concerned freestyle effects service but I found the wait staff on the Sun much more professional. No thumbs in my glass. Could have been our staff only.
Medical Staff - long story
missed several dinners (late from shore)
Cold pizza (according to the boys cooked fresh but always served the old until it was gone)
By and large similar quality and I assume passenger mix in Alaska. I booked CCL to Alaska the first time because I thought we would have a better chance of a younger group for my then teenage sons. I had no major problems but given a choice one of the newer NCL ships with freestyle is my choice.
Millions more cruise CCL and love it!