Norwegian Sun 5

“Norwegian Sun...still the one”
Cruise review of Norwegian Sun

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If you have been cruising the mega ships lately, this will be a great change of pace. Though smaller, the Sun's main pool deck is among the best. The larger pool is actually large enough to swim laps, and there is plenty of room for the stage, loungers and pub tables. On nice days, they set up grills and cook chicken, burgers and hot dogs. The pool band plays several times during the day so you can enjoy the pool area all day if you choose. If you need a drink, find Jose, he will keep you in good shape.

My wife and I are veteran cruisers and have sailed 4 times on this ship,42 days, over the past 11 years. We have sailed on 4 other NCL ships and 18 different ships overall.

The entertainment on this ship is top notch. From the showroom to several of the smaller venues, there is something for everyone. We had a difficult time deciding whether to visit Craig in the Windjammer Lounge, Adams Rib in Dazzles, or Lira and the boys in the Observation Lounge. Scheduling More allows you to see all three if you wish.

If you are a traditional cruiser, NCL's Freestyle dining will be quite a change. You will probably never have the same waiter, so continuity doesn't exist. We visited the Italian restaurant ($15) several times, requesting the same waitress, Cherry, each time. The menu offers much more than Italian and the entire staff are among the best.

As an older ship, the staterooms are roomy and well insulated from outside noise. We were able to enjoy a good nights sleep every night.

The ports visited were somewhat typical for a Caribbean cruise.(reviews later)

Possible downsides on an 11 day cruise on this ship would be: kids may have trouble staying occupied, smaller ships have more motion in rough seas.

Overall, there is plenty to enjoy on this cruise if you like good food, great entertainment, fantastic service and fun at poolside in the sun.

NCL is vigilant about alcohol being brought on board, so bring your "A" game Less

Norwegian Sun Cruises to the Southern Caribbean

Overall Ratings

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money

Cabin review: Family Oceanview Picture Window

Port and Shore Excursions

take a trip to the beach. Sunday downtown is a bummer..many shops and restaurants are closed. Eagle Beach, Palm Beach
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plenty of history and scenery

plenty of scenery and history at this port. Wake up early and enjoy the sail into port

great town to walk around. If you have big $$ take a cab to Porto Marie beach
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best place to shop and a great beach walk. take the water taxi..a great $7 the end near the new pier is Honky Tonk..a fun time free wifi

Published 12/30/12

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Norwegian Sun Cruises to the Southern Caribbean

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