SHould start by saying this is my first review, and this is not the most recent cruise we've taken but it stands out a lot. My now husband and I go on cruises every year and sometimes twice a year if the price is right. We don't spend too much time in our room and are both fine with an inside stateroom.
We have mostly cruised on Royal Caribbean. This was our 2nd cruise of the year and we found a great deal on the Sun leaving out of Pt. Canaveral 3/5/11. The itinerary was the typical western carib and we've been to the places before. We were scheduled to have 4 ports of call but ended up only having 3. An older man had a heart attack and came close to dying but the staff brought him back and they had to turn around and go back to a port because he needed to be taken to the ER immediately. The staff handled that relatively well.
Now, we booked this cruise not realizing it was during spring break for many colleges. As soon as we got to the line it was a disaster. It took a while but once you were on board you didn't feel as cluttered with the hoard or raging 19-21 yr olds...
In a nutshell heres what we loved, and obviously we were comparing to all of the various Royal Caribbean trips we've been on.
The ship overall had just come off of dry dock and was in immaculate condition. Our rooms very very clean and extremely spacious for an inside room on an older ship, better than almost all of the Royal Caribbean inside staterooms, besides the one on the Freedom ship and prob any newer ship than that. Its lovely having all of the extra space in an inside room. There were some new restaurants they had added. The food overall was amazing in the restaurants that you pay for. We were new to the freestyle dining experience and we didn't love it, we also didn't love the main dining room food either. Royal Caribbean main dining food is better, at least on the majority of the ships Ive been on. But the various specialty restaurants on the Sun BLEW any others away. The service was also great in these restaurants. Overall the service is better on Royal. It could have been the staff on this particular ship maybe, they were nice but no where near as attentive as on any of the Royal ships we've been on. What sticks out the most was the buffet eating areas and pool common areas... Not the best. Im sure it prob wasn't easy bc they had the insane spring breakers running a muck.
The cruise director was a female incredible. One of the best. Some of them can be a little, different... She was great. The entertainment on the ship was the BEST we've ever seen. We live in NY where you can see and find everything at your fingertips and still the entertainment on this ship was impressive. They had the basic musical shows, a juggling comedian, several comedians, a hypnotist... They really did an amazing job keeping the order and flow of things on the ship considering the drunken fools making scenes and begging for negative attention.
Overall experience even missing a port and having to stay on the ship: A-