We had a fantastic Christmas and New Year's Cruise on the Sun :-)
The cruise crew staff was fantastic! Everyone worked together very well as a team which makes for us a wonderful cruise. Everyone who worked on the Sun was friendly and courteous.
Our cabin was large and our stuart Arvin was very helpful and friendly. Only the hair dryer took a little getting used to. I loved the funny towel animals Arvin made for us, especially the monkey on the last day.
We've been a party of 7. Our kids loved the hypnotist and a show named newlywed-not-so-newlywed. I liked the Broadway Show, my husband the gym.
Food was very good, especially on the holidays. We enjoyed breakfast in the Great Outdoors.
We had lunch and dinner in the main restaurants and the buffet. There were never lines. We always get a nice table at the window when available. Furthermore, we liked the Mystery Dinner in the steakhouse at lunch time. Only the Las Ramblas wasn't my gusto.
My every day highlight was sitting in a whirlpool in the early morning after sunrise. The weather was wonderful.
We absolutely loved the itinerary. It was great to start and to end our cruise with two full days at sea. We've been to St. Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Maarten.
In St. Thomas we had a 5+ excursion booked through NCL. It was the Powercat Snorkel & Beach Tour. After an hour snorkeling with turtles at Buck Island we boarded the catamaran again to breathtaking Honeymoon Beach on Water Island. And they had a very delicious "Pain Killer". After the excursion we had a little time left for shopping in the port.
In Dominica we booked with Bumpingtours. On Christmas Eve there was heavy rain what resulting in massive flooding and triggering landslides in several parts of the island. They took us to Titou Gorge and Trafalgar Falls and we enjoyed bathing in the hot springs. Our tour guide Kash seemed not to be in a good mood. One part of the tour should be snorkeling in Champagne Beach. They told us due to the weather conditions we couldn't do the snorkeling which I was all geared up to do. But on the ship other cruisers told us they've been to and they enjoyed it very much.
In Barbaidos we booked with Scenic Barbados Tours. Our driver was Eddy. It was a 5 star experience. In Barbados you have to walk out of the port area if you booked with a local tour company.
We booked the Island & Beach Package Tour. After a wonderful excursion throughout the island Eddy gave us all the time we wanted at Carlisle Beach. He picked us up just on time and we had a little bit shopping time in the port area.
In St. Lucia there was also heavy rain. We booked with Cosol. We saw the whole island, did the mud bath what I most enjoyed and had a wonderful time. Our tour guide Bumpy was very friendly and a knowledgeable driver. He brought us bananas. They were delicious!
All the good reviews on Tripadvisor are true. You can't go wrong with this company.
In St. Maarten we booked with Bernard's Tours and chose the Island Tour 2. It was amazing! Our driver was Mailman. We absolutely loved Orient Beach. Maho Beach and the planes was an experience we will never forget. And the French bakery is really very good. A highly recommended tour!
The port area in St. Maarten was very nice.
Embarkation and disbarkation was such easy! We just walked on and off the ship. We didn't have to wait and the staff was very, very friendly!
In August we will be back on the Sun on an Alaska Cruise. Cant't wait!