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    Aug 2000
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Norwegian Sun overview

By - Updated Sep. 11, 2019

Catering to mature travelers and couples, Norwegian Sun offers a mid-size cruise ship experience with upscale amenities, diverse dining, and music-centric entertainment while maintaining a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Launched in 2001 and recently refurbished in 2018, Norwegian Sun is fresh from the drydock. Almost every inch of the ship was updated, including the main pool, casino, and cabins, as part of the fleetwide $400 million Norwegian Edge program. The refurbishment added three new restaurants and clubs, including the Bliss Ultra Lounge, the upscale cantina Los Lobos, and the Spinnaker Lounge. These recent additions join Norwegian stalwarts like Cagney's Steakhouse, Le Bistro, and Teppanyaki, the perfect venue for a memorable evening with your traveling companions.

Norwegian Sun has no shortage of onboard entertainment: Turn back time at What The World Needs Now, a moving tribute concert that pays homage to the one and only Burt Bacharach. Experience new sounds at the World Beat percussion show, or rediscover your favorite hits at Pure Variety. If you prefer your music on the heavier side, relive the chart-toppers of Tina Turner, Queen, and The Who at Rock You Tonight.

Although couples and retirees are often the majority onboard, Norwegian offers plenty of kid-friendly amenities, including Splash Academy, Entourage Teen Club, and the Video Zone arcade. There are also sports tournaments and other family-friendly events that will keep the whole gang busy — from the great-grandparents to the great-grandkids.

Norwegian Sun cruises depart from Port Canaveral and visit destinations throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas. Itineraries range from fast-paced weekend getaways to 7-day cruises with stops in Cozumel, Key West, and Nassau. Cruises also visit Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegian's 268-acre private island in the Bahamas.

Ship Highlights

  • Oasis pool with five whirlpools
  • Kids pool and splash zone
  • Splash Academy
  • Guppies Nursery
  • Entourage Teen Club
  • Sports deck
  • Shuffleboard
  • Jogging track
  • Golf driving nets
  • Basketball/volleyball court
  • Live bands and concerts
  • Themed parties
  • Complimentary entertainment
  • Many bars and lounges
  • Top-rated specialty dining
  • Two main dining rooms
  • Mandara Spa & Salon
  • Pulse Fitness Center
  • Duty-free Galleria shops
  • Sun Casino and game room

Before You Book

Why Sail on Norwegian Sun: Norwegian Sun cruises are ideal for couples and retirees who prefer classic amenities but also enjoy the casual atmosphere of Freestyle cruising.

You Should Know: In many ways, Sun breaks away from Norwegian's party-ship image. From the entertainment to the activities, this cruise ship is best suited for retirees and baby boomers. There are a number of family-friendly amenities, but travelers should be aware that mature passengers are the majority on some itineraries.

Norwegian Sun ratings:

  • Cabin / Stateroom 4.1
  • Children's Programs 3.4
  • Destinations and Excursions 4.2
  • Embarkation and Disembarkation 4.1
  • Entertainment 3.8
  • Food and Dining 3.7
  • Onboard Activities 3.7
  • Service and Staff 4.3
  • Ship Quality 4.0

Norwegian Sun cabins

968 cabins and 34 cabin categories.

Inside cabin


(121 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 169 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $103/night
Oceanview cabin


(150 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 153 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $127/night


(193 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 221 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $199/night


(25 Reviews)
Avg. Size: 492 sq. ft. Avg. Cost: $278/night

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Norwegian Sun dining



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Moderno Churrascaria

Moderno Churrascaria

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1804 Norwegian Sun Reviews

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Disappointed in the food and service. by kimmierundecker

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We were underwhelmed by the food and service!!! This being our second NCL cruise we have decided it just must be the ship. If this had been our first cruise with NCL we would be unlikely to cruise them again.

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Major issue with dot com booking company NCL CS had zero interest in sorting it out by bbirkholz

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destroyed our booking, charging for 7 perks but only sending 3 to the NCL sun. total messed up what should have been a fantastic vacation

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Couple holiday by heatherg99

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We booke this 5 night cruise to have some all inclusive option for our vacation. It was a good choice for us asa couple but I would likely choose a different ship if I had young children. The illusionsit was amazing. The balcony cabin was clean and comfortable

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622 Norwegian Sun tips

May 27, 2014

If you like sushi or Japanese dishes try the dinning room on deck 12. Good price and good food. Be sure and visit deck 13 just once to get a wonderful view from the top, top deck.

Sep 07, 2014

Popcorn in the Sports Bar, Las Ramblas in Deck 12, hidden gem - tapas bar. Take the train from the airport - quick, convenient and cheaper than shuttles or taxis.

Aug 14, 2015

Moderno was a cool restaurant to visit, unique way of serving or offering "all the menu" as they would bring pieces to your table and you could say yes or decline the meat etc. I've never done that anywhere before, and thought it was a nice way of sampling all the things on the menu!

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