A better cruise than I expected!

Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to Mexico


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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11 Night Mexican Riviera (San Francisco Roundtrip)
Sail Date: October 13, 2008
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Reviewed: 8 years ago
It would be hard to have a bad time on this cruise, as we had the largest suite on the boat -- the Owner's Suite. This was located on the front of the boat (there are two Owner's Suites), with a separate living room, bedroom, huge bathroom and very large balcony. There were two, count 'em two!, jacuzzis in the suite. One in the bath and one on the balcony. It was a guilty pleasure all the way, and this large suite was more affordable on NCL than on other comparable cruise lines I surveyed.

All of the staff were friendly and accomodating. All of our questions and requests were addressed quickly and cheerfully. From our butler (a suite perk) to the guy who spritzed sanitizer on our hands, every single crew member we encountered was impresssively cheerful and and helpful. I was left with the impression that this crew was a very cohesive and happy group of people.

The 11-day Mexican Riviera itinerary included Acapulco (disappointing), Ixtapa/Zihuatenajo (lovely), Puerto Vallarta (nice), Mazatlan (same old same old), and Cabo San Lucas (now very overgrown and crowded). We took three excursions. The Acapulco cliff divers should have been a real highlight, but the tour operator was disorganized and the experience was poor, despite the very talented divers. The other two excursions, a beach break in Ixtapa and a city tour and Mexican cooking class in Puerto Vallarta, were above average.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The various restaurants (teppanaki, sushi, steak house, Italian, French, etc) served good food, well prepared. I would not call this a gourmet cruise, but the meals I had were worth paying the surcharge charged in most of the specialty restaurants. Not having to dress up for a formal or semi-formal night made our entire experience more relaxing.

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
A walking tour of the city was very informative, and Puerto Vallarta is an attractive location. The Mexican cookiing class we attending was OK, but we really didn't learn a lot about Mexican cuisine.
1 out of 5
Seeing the cliff divers is a must, but I suggest just hiring a taxi to take you out there. The tour currently offered by NCL includes a long bus ride, a rude and possibly intoxicated tour guide, a truly horrific "pre show" and about 12 minutes of cliff diving. Overall, four hours I would like to have back.
5 out of 5
Zihuatenejo is still a charming relatively small fishing village. Just walking around was lovely. Our beach break on Isla Ixtapa was very nice.

Pros: Freestyle dining

Cons: Pool deck

Recommends Norwegian Sun? Yes!

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