I’m interrupting my series on our Chile-to-Los Angeles cruise for something to cool you down this hot, hot summer. We’re going to take a quick look at this year’s Norwegian Sun excursions into Alaska, beginning with a look behind the scenes on the Norwegian Sun.
Ursula and I are Platinum status on Norwegian, which gives us the perk of a behind-the-scenes tour of the ship. These tours used to include the navigation bridge, but that changed after the recent Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks. Score one more loss because of those idiots, and our overreaction to their acts of stupidity, but I digress.
We met up with our tour guide, and our gathering point was in one of the main dining rooms next to the model of the Norwegian Sun in its original paint scheme:
The first logical stop from the dining room would, of course, be the kitchen:
As you can see the kitchen is a pretty extensive operation. It has to be in order to serve some 2,000 passengers and nearly 1,000 crew. Attention to detail is important as well, as you can see by this kitchen mounted guide on how to plate the various menu items:
Next stop was the enormous laundry, which houses gigantic washing machines and dryers as well as a specialized linen folding machine:
The tour even took in the backstage area for the show productions:
Wednesday we’ll explore Ketchikan and the charming, former red light district there on Creek Street.