Norwegian 7 -night western carribean cruise from Tampa - Review

Norwegian Sun Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Tampa Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 22, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 8050
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 2 years ago

The cruise ship is moderately big and is well maintained. We entered the ship from dock into deck # 5 and there is no grand lobby or something that you typically see in Disney cruise, to give you that WOW feel. However, the crew is very helpful throughout the  cruise and I can tell, they try very hard to make you feel comfortable.

The activities on the ship are very limited (have 2 swimming pools, 2 hot tubs, 1 ping pong table,a shuffle board and a basket ball court. Also,you can practice your golf swing in a cage). Beyond that, not much to talk about for kids' activities. Splash academy where kids can get checked into was so-so and after 1 visit kids in our group did not want to go there. (was not the case with our previous Disney cruise, as they had more fun things to do). I keep comparing to Disney cruise, as that was our first cruise and inevitably, we fell into the trap of comparing NCL with Disney.

Shore excursions: They are pricey with the cruise liner and we did couple with NCL and another couple with outside company (shoreexcursioner.com). There is a significant price difference between the two.

Food:  I would rate the food as so-so on this ship. For a 7-night cruise, I am surprised there are only 2 free restaurants and 1 buffet place, and rest all paid restaurants. We did visit one of the paid restaurants (La Cucina) and the taste was average. Ambiance in all the restaurants is good, but the menu is rather limited and visiting the same 2 places over and over got boring real quick. The taste was not great either and I would give a rating of 5 out of 10.

For the price, it is a good cruise and if they can improve the offerings on the menu, this can be a good cruise.

 

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

1 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

very good. Not very roomy, but enough for a family of 4. When the kids beds are down, there is not much room to move.
3 out of 5
We did not do any exploring in this port. So, no comments
5 out of 5
Nice island. Lot of greenery and a good resort visit
5 out of 5
Excellent, We did Snorkeling and this was my first snorkeling experience and had lot of fun.
5 out of 5
Very good exploration of Mayan village. Also, went to Fisherman village which is great.
5 out of 5
Great beach and resort.
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