A Great Ship, but Beware of 6a

Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Second Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 47

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 07, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 4236
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We've enjoyed eight cruises in the past 23 months and this was one of the best.  The ship was well-appointed; the food was varied and tasty; the service was attentive, friendly, and professional; the shows were entertaining; the shore excursions offered something for everyone; and the on-board activities were good enough.  What made this cruise stand out, however, was the fact that it was only 2/3 full.  When you don't have to wait for a table, scrounge for a deck chair, or hustle for a seat in the showroom, everything seems much rosier.  Unfortunately, you can't control how crowded the ship is unless you have the flexibility, as we did, to book your sailing during the slow season.  Believe me, it was terrific!  And we saved money too.

We discovered a surprising thing that I'll advise you about.  We were assigned to a cabin on Deck 6a (different from Deck 6), which can be accessed ONLY via a fight of stairs from Deck 7.  No elevator.  So to leave the deck you go up a flight and to return you go down a flight.  I'll repeat--no elevator.  We have no mobility issues, but there were passengers using canes and walkers who were assigned to this deck.  The rooms on Deck 6a are: 6010-6024, 6101-6109, and 6211-6311.

We took NCL shore excursions in Roatan and Belize, but opted to find our own tours in Costa Maya and Cozumel.  It was easy to pick up an excellent tour in Costa Maya and we chose to hire a taxi for a customized 3-hour island tour in Cozumel.  Both were very professional and reasonably priced and they were helpful and attentive to a disabled member of our party. 

We really love NCL's Freestyle Cruising model.  On dress-up night there were guests wearing gowns and tuxes mixed in with folks in shorts and sandals.  Everyone was respectful of each other's preferences and tastes.  No one felt out of place.  It was a great week.

 

 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
They can use more enrichment activities and recent movies.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Varied and fun.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
A buffet chef searched the deck until he found me to serve me an item I asked about that was no longer available.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Avoid deck 6a if you don't wish to climb stairs.

3 out of 5
If you have time, go to the Clearwater Aquarium, home of Winter from the film "A Dolphin's Tale".
3 out of 5
We enjoyed the tour and airboat ride.
3 out of 5
We found a 90 minute tour in a thatched-roof, open van. It was just enough to see the island.
5 out of 5
The beach clubs are reasonable and clean with lots to do.
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