We felt that we were well prepared for this cruise, thanks from the reviews that we had read. The process of boarding did seem a little overwhelming for first time cruisers. It was as if we were in college registration lines. It was a good place to meet fellow cruisers as we moved slowly through the line.
We were very pleased with our cabin, located on the 9th level, center ship with a balcony. We have heard people complain about the small showers, they were fine. The HOT water in the shower was great. I've never been anywhere that had such hot water. We loved it.
We enjoyed the anytime dining and causal dress for meals. We ate most of our meals at the Seven Seas Main dining room. By the second evening the hostess knew who we were and we never had to give her our key card. We chose to eat our meals with other guests at tables of six or eight. This was a positive experience dining with people from allover the world. Only one meal did we wish that we had dined by ourselves. On the first night my wife ask for a replacement for her soup because it was cold. They quickly returned with a "hot" bowl of soup. The next afternoon when we returned our room there was a plate of chocolate dipped strawberries in our room with a nice note stating that they were sorry for our inconvenience at dinner the night before. We didn't expect this, my wife just likes her soup warm to hot.
The first few day we ate breakfast in either the Seven Seas or the Four Seasons. We found out that the Deluxe Continental Breakfast in the Moderno (the pizza - pasta room) was a full service buffet with eggs cooked to your liking. It was a much quieter and relaxing place to eat breakfast. If there were things that you wanted that were not there you could walk over to the Garden Café and get it there and bring it back. Towards the end of the cruise people discovered the Moderno for breakfast and if the seating area was full you could move into the Sports Bars with the floor to ceiling windows that was next door for a great view and relaxing meal.
There was a couple of times that we went into the Sports Bar and had chicken wings and other comfort food that they serve there for dinner instead of going to one of the main dinning rooms. The food was above average, but you have to remember that it is institutional food where they cook for over 2,000 people.
We never ate at the Garden Café, it reminded me of a school lunch room with a lot of noise and was not a relaxing place to be. We did go there to get items from the buffet line and go over to the Sports Bar to eat.
The entertainment was very enjoyable. Being an oldies fan, the "Oh What A Night" the Four Seasons show was great. They preformed two nights and then there was a one man show by "George" that was great also.
The Karaoke each night was at the Las Ramblas. Their selection was "very" limited. It's pretty tough when you can only find one or two songs that you know on their play list.
The negative of the trip was the casino. The poker and blackjack tournaments the house takes 25% off the top. The blackjack tournament only lasts seven hands. They also have continuous shuffle machines at all blackjack tables which gives the house a really big advantage. You could only get a shoe at the $25 table. The $5 tables were 6 to 5 on blackjack. Unless you are willing to throw your money away, I suggest that you stay out of the casino.
All the people working on the ship went out of their way to make you feel special and to make your cruise the best that it could be. When we take another cruise it will probably be with NCL.
This was a repositioning cruise and the value was great. Under $800 for a top level cabin with a balcony. I would recommend a repositioning cruise to anyone that wants to get a great value. Also, being a retired teacher I enjoyed being on a ship without very many children. Early September is a great to cruise without children.
I hope that this wasn't too long and that it was helpful to those who will be cruising on the Sun.