We sailed the sun with a party of 5, my husband and I, both aged 46. My son and stepson 16 and 17 and my daughter aged 15. Before we picked the ship up, we stayed 4 days in Orlando and decided to do some of the attractions. We stayed in the Quality Inn. The name is very ironic as i wouldn't exactly say it had much quality. Yes it is a good place to get your head down but that is it. I was glad we did not stay here any longer than we planned as i could not have survived 2 weeks of staying here. Although, it did have a shop which was very handy as you could grab yourself a cold/hot beverage or a pizza or pasty that you could warm up. It was also very cheap too. The room was cope-able but as i said, this was not luxurious, just a place to put your head down.
was very smooth. Once we had dropped off our hire car, we caught the shuttle back to Port Canaveral. Once we had been through customs/security, we finally boarded the ship.
The ship was always very clean throughout our stay on the ship. Including our cabin, that was cleaned everyday, along with our towel animals that were very good. Although would of been nice if our children would of got as many as we did. There is not a kettle in the cabin, only a coffee maker, although you can bring back a cup of tea or another hot beverage to your room from the Java Cafe or Garden cafe.
The service was fantastic, from every staff member we seen on board they were always happy to help or just talk to you. We even tipped our maid she was that friendly and helpful. Every night on the ship, we dinned in one of the main restaurants which was the Seven Seas. First the dinning is every sophisticated, quite luxurious. Good choice on the menu. You had the same menu every night but you did have the specials menu that changed every night so wasn't that bad. We looked at the Four Seasons restaurant but that was similar menu. The food was delicious. Waiters were lovely, they were very polite and very friendly. Again, they were happy to chat too and often we had a different waiter each night, we still seen some previous waiters who had served us that would often come and say hello to us which was nice. We did not try any of the speciality restaurants.
In the day, the Garden Cafe is open, which is a buffet, open most of the day so you could pop in whenever. Again food was nice. We only eat in there for lunch. We chose to dine on the seven seas as it was more chilled and was the fine dinning choice.
The sun is Freestyle Cruising but in The Garden Cafe, you must be wearing a top and shoes. In the Seven Seas you cannot wear flip-flops in the evening, nor wearing swimming trunks. You must be fully clothed. There are formal nights on the ship, although there were photos every night- they are optional, same as it is to dress up. My daughter and I dressed up a bit as i think it is nice too.
Sea days, most of my family did just sun bathe. Although if you wish to do this, i would wake up earlier as sun beds can be limited. As we were sunbathing, there were regular announcements advertising activities on the ship, like Bingo, Golf competition that my step son tried. There activities in the pool. There was always something going on. A lot of activities for younger kids. You could shop or visit the casino as well.
We watched a few of the shows. We watched a comedian who was funny at times. A hypnotist which was funny, then we also watched the farewell show that was very good. The shows were often on around 7:30 or 9:30. We saw the later shows.
In the 7 day stay on the Sun. We stopped off at 4 ports. Cozumel in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Great Stirrup Cay(the ships own island.) We only did one excursion which was glass bottom kayaking and then climbing the Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica. The kayaking was good, you don't kayak that far, although it was just the right distance i think. I would definitely recommend climbing Dunn's River Falls, it is great fun. Sometimes when we had to tender in to certain ports, it took a while as every party had to get a tender ticket off the top deck, so if you want to get off quickly, then i suggest you get a tender ticket as quickly as you can. Most of the other ports we just walked around and wandered through the shops which was nice. Even if you don't like the port at least you know, you can just get back on that lovely, clean, comfy ship.
We chose to do the "walk off" method, which meant we could walk off the ship with our luggage. We had to Que for a while but once we were once that was all. A little bit sad to leave the sun. We definitely will miss it.
Overall, our stay on the Sun i think was amazing, the ship supplies for all ages as it has entertainment for all. Especially youngsters. The Ship is clean and very well equipped. We will definitely miss the Sun. I would recommend this ship.