Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by mtngirl65: Sun Sampler First Fun Food
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Sun Sampler First Fun Food
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We wanted a freestyle type cruise with minimal children aboard simply because we wanted a more adult luxury but fun experience. The Sun is an older ship about 12 yrs old. It is not the epitome of sleek & hi tech, but was clean, compact & functional. Our stateroom on Deck 9 had a balcony which we loved! The television was small & outdated but I didn't go to watch television. The room had ample storage space. The bathroom could use an updated blow dryer but we grew fond of the Kronos 2000 with it's hose & one speed. Housekeeping was prompt & trustworthy.
The ship size which by some standards is small 2,000 people, was plenty big for us. We found different venues for music with classic rock, jazz, piano & techno/dance clubs. We enjoyed the white hot party but music got a little narrow after awhile. I found the entertainment varied & plentiful. From stage type productions, juggling, game shows, adult oriented games, dancing and bingo to art auctions.
We participated More in both excursions booked thru the ship like dolphin swim & White River tubing & beach break to one booked through This is Cozumel called Segway & Snorkel tour. I would not book the dolphin swim at Grand Cayman again because we saw almost nothing else due to short time at port. Luna the dolphin was great & people there great. Took too long to organize & too far for folks to swim. It was fun but shops closed early by 4 or 5 pm. We were enclosed in a fenced shopping area & transported to & from the dolphin swim which took longer than it was worth almost. I by far enjoyed the White River tubing. The guides were good with us & made it fun singing down the river. The beach was fun with dancing & drunken coconut drinks, rum punch & Red Stripe served to us. The Cozumel Segway tour booked through thisiscozumel.com was awesome.You do need to get a taxi from port only about $7. The guide Lorenzo was super! His professional manner & fun easy to understand speech made us feel safe. We saw an iguana as we drove along the coastline. The snorkel time was short & the equipment could be better, beach chairs looked dirty. Restaurant there was good & fast. Duty free shopping was over advertised on the ship in my opinion but I did not go to purchase jewelry or art. Great Stirrup Cay was ok, lacking shade & a no-smoking beach! Couldn't enjoy the beach for the cigarette, cigars & marijuana being smoked around us even after moving twice! Went snorkeling $30 all day equipment rental. Saw a stingray! Awesome fish! I did purchase liquor at great prices both on the ship & at the ports. Take lots of sunscreen & aloe vera as it is expensive everywhere & the ship ran out of aloe.
I thought the food was over abundant on the ship. A buffet offered for breakfast lunch & dinner was good & plentiful. The dining at the Four Seasons was awesome & included. Service was top notch. Also for a $20/person cover charge you should try the Brazilian restaurant Churrascaria. You get 10 yes 10 different meats carved tableside with appetizers & desserts to follow. We also ordered a great bottle of wine & were served in fine sommelier style. Oh, also attend the wine & cheese tasting for a small fee. The beverage manager is passionate about wine & you will learn alot. Remember the Seven Seas dining room requires slacks,collared shirts & real shoes. We liked the observation lounge.The alcohol is expensive! There is a wet & dry spa for your use at no extra charge in the Mandara Spa, it's just not advertised. There was some water damage on our deck carpeting which I think caused a mildew smell & allergies. Just check before you unpack your luggage! We were disappointed that although it's freestyle you may have to travel across ship to get a late night tea/coffee or snack. Room service was available but we learned it was a little slow. All in all we enjoyed our "sampler" cruise. We can now choose to book a trip to those areas we most enjoyed like Cozumel, Jamaica & Bahamas. We don't recommend going into the flea market in Jamaica. Disembarkation was quick & easy even customs was a breeze. The Sun left for Europe for hurricane season.They really made us feel welcome. Less
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Ample storage. Lighted closet with bins & shelves, complimentary robes while there. great balcony,private,loud when chairs are scooted. Little couch that folds out. Mini fridge but too loaded with mini bar items. Needs updated tv & blow dryer. Plenty of towel bars. Could use more clothing hooks for towels, swimsuits. Coffee maker needed detailing. Nice use of mirror & lights near king-sized bed. Became a little uncomfortable after day 5. Room was very soundproof. Only heard a hall party once. Was able to put luggage under bed. Would like to have mini microwave for late night tea or coffee reheats. Safe was small but functional. Wireless service sometimes sketchy in cabin.Read All Balcony (BD) Reviews >>
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