My husband and I took a cruise to Alaska in September of 2006. This was my first cruise and my husband's third. This was his first experience with Norwegian Cruise Lines though. We both loved the cruise, but there were a few things I wish would have been different.
The Norwegian Sun is a beautiful boat and easy to learn your way around. I'm not sure if it was just because it was cold outside most of the time or because the ship was so big, but there was never a bog crowd anywhere we were. There were so many activities to keep everyone busy that there was no reason to worry about reserving a seat early with the ones you were interested in.
We stayed in an inside stateroom. This was fine with us because we did not spend much time in our room. We had plenty of room and slept great. We did get to see the inside of a balcony room and decided that it would have been worth the extra money to get on of these rooms.
We stopped at Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Prince Rupert on this cruise. I didn't like the fact that we docked at 7am and Ally left by 1 or 2pm. It felt very rushed when you were trying to do an excursion and see the city. Prince Rupert, British Columbia was only a 4 hour stop because we had to stop at an international port. This was facially a waste of time.
I would recommend this cruise to anyone, new or experienced to cruising. Freestyling cruising is great and there are plenty of options to keep you fed and entertained.