My wife and I booked this cruise for our 10th Anniversary. For our honeymoon ten years earlier we had booked a similar cruise out of San Juan that visited four of the five ports on this cruise. We had just as great a time ten years later.
We flew into Fort Lauderdale the night before and stayed at the very average Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. We booked transport to the cruise terminal through SAS Transportation. Only $15 a person. Our driver arrived early and got us down to Miami promptly.
We arrived right at noon, so there was a bit of a line for embarkation, but it moved quickly enough. We were soon on the ship and were able to immediately go to our stateroom. This was our 4th cruise on NCL, and the Sun is by far the smallest ship we have sailed on. It didn't take us very long at all to fully explore the ship. By contrast last year we sailed on the Epic and were still discovering new places, days into the cruise. On the whole we much prefer the smaller ships. The one negative is that there not as many options for entertainment.
Our room was perfect and we loved the view from our balcony. We met our steward, Jamie and he was great throughout the entire cruise. As always the entire NCL staff was friendly and helpful
One of the reasons we booked this cruise is that it had two sea days, each at the beginning and the end of the cruise. Perfect for relaxing, especially when you have a balcony. The first two days we spent on the sun decks and they were not too crowded, although the last two days we spent on our balcony.
The food on the ship is good, but nothing special. Our best meal was at the Italian Restaurant. That was the only specialty restaurant we ate at. We ate dinner every other night at the two complimentary dining rooms. We looked at the buffet and it just did not seem to have as many options as other cruises we have been on. Same was true for breakfast. It was also a bit annoying that we couldn't toast our own bread/bagels. You had to wait in line to get it done. Lunches were similar as far as selection, though the pizza/pasta bar was good.
The entertainment was mixed. Other than the Stardust Theater, there were no other options such as a comedy club, that we loved on the Epic. Just lounge singers and game shows. We went to the Stardust six of the ten nights. The best acts were the acrobats and the jugglers. The standup comic was also very funny. There was a hypnotist act, TerranceB, that was totally lame. It was painfully obvious that the people he was hypnotising to do silly things were faking it, especially some wannabe comic named Ted. The fact that Terrance didn't call him on his fakery was even more annoying. The last night of the cruise was a Beatles Tribute Band that was equally lame. They seemed to be tone deaf. Richard the cruise director was fantastic. He always had a funny story to tell, he was certainly one of the highlights
We loved all of the shore excursions except St. Thomas. See port reviews below
Disembarkation was a breeze. We carried off our own bags and we were through customs in less than 25 minutes. SAS again took us to the airport right on time
All in all it was a great cruise for us. We got exactly what we wanted, a relaxing time away from our everyday life.