Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to Caribbean

Deck Hand

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5


Sail Date: January 01, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Room Type: Balcony

This is the first time I have cruised with NCL and I am comparing it to my cruises with Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The crew was very friendly and helpful; they play a big part in making the overall experience pleasant. We truly enjoyed the ports of call. In Honduras I recommend booking an excursion because there is nothing to do right at the pier. We did a city tour which was very nice. In Belize we visited the Mayan ruins, the tour was very educational. Cozumel had great shopping. I was highly impressed by NCLs private island. The water there was crystal clear and very clean, extremely pleased! Heard others complain about some of the ports. Remember these are poor countries, enjoy the culture and do as they do when visiting their homeland. Another contributing factor to the overall experience is the dinning. I was not (nor were the other six I traveled with) impressed with the food on this ship. It is defiantly not up to par with the other cruise lines. The quality and variety of the food was lacking significantly. On other cruise lines they had a part of the menu that remained constant every night so if you did not like the new meals for the night you knew there was something to please you. It also took us two hours to eat in the main dinning room so take that into account if you want to attend other events. I thought the portions were rather small and although you can order as much as you like the waiting time is too long. Did pay the cover charge and tried the steakhouse. Not impressed, not worth it, would never go to a specialty restaurant again. Breakfast at the buffet was always the same, never changed. The concept of freestyle cruising was something new and we did like the idea. It was nice to eat when you want where you want. On other cruise lines you have to be there when they say and they get mad when your not there on time so this is a very flexible eating style. Sometimes we missed not having the same waiter every night. Since you dont eat at the same time every night and you dont have the same waiter there are no shows put on by the staff which is always enjoyable on the other lines.

Pros: Crew, ports

Cons: food

Recommends Norwegian Sun? Yes!

Food and Dining
Ship Quality
The wear and tear on the ship is noticeable. I always enjoy spending time in the glamorous atriums but this one was very plain and disappointing to base your first impressions on. The crew did keep the ship very clean. I appreciated them enforcing the use of hand sanitizer.
Cabin / Stateroom
This is the first cruise that we booked a balcony room. I always thought there was no point in one because you spend so little time in your room but I really enjoyed having a balcony. Our housekeeper was very nice but it was the little things that added up to disappoint. We had to call twice before they came and refilled our soap and shampoo. On Wednesday of the cruise we got our first and only towel animal. It is so nice to return to your room and be surprised with an animal. Very dissatisfied that they did not have a towel animal in our room every night like the other two cruise lines did. Also, the mattress was not the greatest. The couch bed for the third person was absolutely pathetic! They should be ashamed to have someone sleep on that!
Service and Staff
Very friendly and helpful!!
The quality of the shows was not the best I have seen but the dance crew were very passionate about their jobs! The variety of the shows were was good. The cruise director (Linda) was the worst I have ever had. She was not funny and did not hype up the crowd very effectively! Her behavior was not always professional either.

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