Norwegian Sun

3.5 out of 5

Overview

Norwegian Sun is one of two Sun-class ships with Norwegian Cruise Line, and entered service in 2001. The mid-sized vessel holds 1,936 guests and sails to Alaska, the Caribbean, South America, and the Mexican Riviera. On the Sun’s longer itineraries, you’ll find more couples and families with grown kids or adult groups on most sailings. However, the ship will add new Cuban itineraries in 2018, shorter 4-night voyages that may be perfect for adventurous cruisers looking to experience a culture that has not been easy for Americans to access.

Kids and adults alike will find fun amenities on the ship, like the Splashes kids pool, theater productions, the spa, and video arcade. Since it is a mid-sized vessel, it’s comfortable for both those who are used to smaller ships, and those who love the space a larger ship usually offers. Guests will enjoy comedians that tickle their funny bone, variety shows by the Norwegian Show Band, and World Beat, a collection of percussion songs and dances from around the globe. Adults will appreciate Rock You Tonight with songs from Queen, Journey, and The Who, as well as What The World Needs Now; a musical celebration of Burt Bacharach. There are plenty of activities aboard Norwegian Sun; Kids can make friends in the youth clubs onboard (which are divided into several spaces by age), and guests of all ages can test their video gaming skills at the arcade, and their real-life gaming skills at the volleyball and basketball courts and golf driving net. Other offerings include onboard comedians, the percussion around the world show, and outdoor swimming pools.

For dinner, indulge in the complimentary tapas bar, the Great Outdoors Cafe, and Sports Bar offering up burgers, fish and chips, and other casual fare. If you want to splurge, there are also specialty venues to choose from like Cagney’s Steakhouse, Italian restaurant La Cucina, French eatery Le Bistro, and the Japanese hibachi restaurant Teppanyaki. For a steakhouse experience that’s not the American norm, try Moderno Churrascaria, a Brazilian steakhouse serving up skewers of slow-roasted meats. When you’re craving something sweet, the Atrium Cafe is a perfect destination offering cupcakes, French macaroons, and chocolate pralines.

Cruisers have a number of balcony and oceanview cabins to choose from with different configurations, suitable for couples to groups of five. At the most cost-effective price point, there are four types of interior cabins, ranging from 145 to 191 square feet and accommodating two to five guests. If you need more room or want to splurge, Norwegian Sun offers three types of suites, all of which have balconies, bathtubs, and accommodate four people, ranging from 443 to 828 square feet. There are also three types of mini-suites which have balconies and accommodate four people as well, ranging from 322 to 387 square feet.

Sails from: Port Canaveral, Florida, Seattle, Washington, Miami, Florida

Cruises to: Caribbean - Bahamas, Cuba, Caribbean - Southern

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Super Itinerary, Cramped Ship

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I enjoyed the itinerary and we are fans of Norwegian, but wouldn't book on the Norwegian Sun again. It felt cramped, and the layout was difficult to navigate. Also not as wheelchair friendly as it could've been due to the high way the thresholds were made.

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5 out of 5

Awesome 10 day Alaska cruise

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This was one of our favorite cruises. Everyone on board (guests & crew) was extremely friendly. The ship was clean and we didn't have any problems in our room or on board.

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3 out of 5

Chinsy

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We will never use NCL again, there freestyle dining is a mess and more annoying and frustrating then FREEstling. There policy of bringing absolutely NO liquids on board (including water) is absurd and only a money grab thing. They give you free ice water, juice, coffee .... but most times you have to look over the whole ship to find this. Everything felt CHEAP and money grabbing, $28 for 12 bottels of 1l water is outrages. Food was average, buffet was small and not worth the trip. Food was mostly bland and misted spicing. Entertainment was awkward planned and the NCL shows were just ok. Performers were mostly of the same caliber. Like I said overall cheap and chinsy!

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4 out of 5

Fantastic way to cross Alaska off our bucket list !

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Overall a fantastic cruise. We had great luck with the weather, it rained only in Juneau. Glacier Bay was a lifetime experience, and the Captain having the ship do a slow pirouette in front of the largest glacier so that we could all get a good look was incredible. Add in great food and service, ten carefree days and interesting ports of call and you have a marvelous trip that was definitely worth the price!

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3 out of 5

Older smaller ships have some benefits

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NCL disorganization and antiquated website make you wonder if the teaser low cruise prices were or will be worth it. That said. Some other passengers had better experiences on NCL bigger newer ships. Caveat emptor buyer be aware. I would not sail the sun ship again without a rock bottom price matching the below average experience.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: M

  • Total Passengers: 1936

  • Total Crew: 916

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.11

  • Built: Sep 2001

  • Refurbished: 7 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 9

  • Total Cabins: 968

  • Cabin Categories: 34

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CruisingDelight
Contributor Level: Second Mate
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!

SEA
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Apr 26, 2015

Read the reviews and pay attention to what they say especially on cruise critic and research the cruise line you are going to go on and before booking it read the current reviews

kdean49
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Jan 28, 2015

We had our breakfast each morning in the restaurant on the bar side. It was much quieter and so much more pleasant and always seats were available. It was like a hidden gem!

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