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Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Deck Hand
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (New Orleans Roundtrip)
Sail Date: November 05, 2006
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 7 years ago
The ship was well cared for and work was continually being done to keep the ship clean.
5 out of 5
This is a cruise ship port. There are a lot of shops, bars and a pool right at the pier for use by cruise passengers. The small town is about a 5-10 minute taxi ride away, but there is not much there. We took a private tour to the Chacchoben Ruins, which was half the cost of the ship's tour. We were very impressed by this tour. We did not expect the ruins to be as expansive as they were. Definitely recommend these ruins.
Don't Miss: Chacchoben Ruins
5 out of 5
We had scheduled a trimaran sailing adventure, which included snorkeling, spinnaker sailing, fishing, relaxing on a secluded beach and lunch, but due to the unexpected change in itinerary by NCL, we were unable to do that. Fortunately for us, we contacted the person in charge of the sailing trip and he made arrangements for us to do a private snorkeling trip. There were only 4 of us on the boat with the captain and the diving guide. This was not what we had planned on, but it turned out to be a good alternative. We did not care for the Cozumel port area. The shopkeepers were very pushy (much like the shopkeepers in Turkey), and not much worth buying, unless you wanted gemstones.
5 out of 5
We again took a private tour to go cave tubing. There were only 10 people on the tour and 2 guides, so we got very personal attention. The ship's tour again was twice the price and did not oversee the tubing, leaving people to crash into the cave walls in the dark and get caught up on fallen trees along the river. Our guides carried the tubes for the women on the trip and made sure everyone was always tubing safely. We also stopped along the way to buy Mexican beer for the trip. Since one couple had to return to the ship due to babysitting ending, we did not stop for lunch. One of our guides took the rest of us by foot to a local place to eat after the tour was over. He even insisted on walking us back to the pier after lunch. We certainly had personal attention.
Don't Miss: Cave Tubing
5 out of 5
We again took a private tour to go cave tubing. There were only 10 people on the tour and 2 guides, so we got very personal attention. The ship's tour again was twice the price and did not oversee the tubing, leaving people to crash into the cave walls in the dark and get caught up on fallen trees along the river. Our guides carried the tubes for the women on the trip and made sure everyone was always tubing safely. We also stopped along the way to buy Mexican beer for the trip. Since one couple had to return to the ship due to babysitting ending, we did not stop for lunch. One of our guides took the rest of us by foot to a local place to eat after the tour was over. He even insisted on walking us back to the pier after lunch. We certainly had personal attention.
Don't Miss: Cave Tubing
5 out of 5
We had scheduled a trimaran sailing adventure, which included snorkeling, spinnaker sailing, fishing, relaxing on a secluded beach and lunch, but due to the unexpected change in itinerary by NCL, we were unable to do that. Fortunately for us, we contacted the person in charge of the sailing trip and he made arrangements for us to do a private snorkeling trip. There were only 4 of us on the boat with the captain and the diving guide. This was not what we had planned on, but it turned out to be a good alternative. We did not care for the Cozumel port area. The shopkeepers were very pushy (much like the shopkeepers in Turkey), and not much worth buying, unless you wanted gemstones.
5 out of 5
This is a cruise ship port. There are a lot of shops, bars and a pool right at the pier for use by cruise passengers. The small town is about a 5-10 minute taxi ride away, but there is not much there. We took a private tour to the Chacchoben Ruins, which was half the cost of the ship's tour. We were very impressed by this tour. We did not expect the ruins to be as expansive as they were. Definitely recommend these ruins.
Don't Miss: Chacchoben Ruins
5 out of 5
We again took a private tour to Livingston on the Rio Dulce, which can only be visited by boat. In addition, we toured along the Rio Dulce and Children's School. We then had lunch at a hotel in Livingston. I don't know if this is the best tour available at this port, but we did enjoy it.
5 out of 5
We again took a private tour to Livingston on the Rio Dulce, which can only be visited by boat. In addition, we toured along the Rio Dulce and Children's School. We then had lunch at a hotel in Livingston. I don't know if this is the best tour available at this port, but we did enjoy it.

Pros: Cabin size, Crew, Shows, Restaurants, Ports

Cons: Unexpected change of itinerary

Recommends Norwegian Sun? Yes!

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