Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Second Mate

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7+ cruises

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3 out of 5

Great Islands on a Maturing Ship.

Sail Date: February 06, 2013

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The experienced cruiser knows what islands to visit and which to avoid. This cruise, thankfully, hit all good ones. The Sun is a ship that is clean, well staffed, but is aging gracefully under careful attention. The staterooms are generious, but the lack of things like a flat screen TV and other "standard" ammenities on more current ships reveal the age of this ship. Also be aware,that although the specialty resturants on board offer good fare, the general food on board is deliberately below par. There were some exceptions with things like crab cakes, but overall, the on board general meals are ment to drive passengers to the fee based specialty eateries clearly out of necessity for a "good" meal.
The crew is well schooled in all aspects of proper service and thankfully costly things like drinks are not pushed too agressively on passangers.
Overall, this was a good cruise on an acceptable ship with adequate, if not good food. The entertainment was sadly wanting, with two nights of a magician, a ventriliquist, a juggler and a comedian as the "main attractions'. The stage and theater ammenities are "old school" and lacked the dramatic features of newer ships. The ships smoking policy presents a serious challange to non smokers as the casino is uninhabitable due to excessive smoking and if your neighbor is a smoker (as mine was) your balcony may be a wasted upgrade as smoking is permitted on the balcony. I couldn't use mine often due to the unhealthy situation. Very bad policy for anyone who cares about their health.
Not to put all negatives out, so, one should know what to expect before booking and you will enjoy the cruise with a decidedly older passanger crowd, on a mature ship, visiting good ports. Don't even consider going on the Sun for the food or entertaiment. Non-smokers beware!
Ship Quality
aging
Food and Dining
Everyone on board complained about the food
Cabin / Stateroom
aging
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Children's Programs N/A
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Miami, Florida
EZ in, EZ out.
Cartagena, Colombia
Love the history, forget the emerals.
Oranjestad, Aruba
Getting crowded.
Curacao
A little dirty to my surprise
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Go to the French side.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Shop till you drop. Do your homework first.

Tip

The "happy Hour" at four PM is a great "deal" and fun.



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