Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by Deacon and Howie: Great Cruise, with a few disappointments
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Great Cruise, with a few disappointments
Destination: Southern Caribbean
We recently returned from our 10 night Southern Caribbean cruise on the Norwegian Sun with a group of 8 adults. Overall we had a wonderful cruise! As many previous reviewers stated, the crew on the Sun was exceptional! Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We especially enjoyed our waiter (Gede) and his assistant in the Four Seasons dining room! We requested to sit in his service area every night for dinner. He was so nice and bent over backwards to accommodate several special requests (he was even able to get us Creme Brulee for dessert one night, even though they only serve it in Le Bistro!!) While we were very happy with his service and the quality of the food served, we were totally dissapointed with the lack of choices in the dining rooms. Every night was the same basic menu (including the starters, entrees and desserts) with only a couple new choices. The menu became routine and almost boring. And, yes, we could have gone to the cafe or one of the "pay" restaurants, but why? More
Cafeteria style is fine for breakfast/lunch, not so much for dinner. And who wants to pay extra to have dinner on a cruise! (We didn't have this problem with other cruises we've been on. Always a new menu every night, to the point, in some cases, that it made it a hard decision what to order because it all sounded so good!) But, we enjoyed our waiter enough to over-look the somewhat dissapointing menu, for the most part.
We had a balcony cabin, mid-ship, deck 8, which was very nice. Only compalint was the lack of outlets in the cabin (one) and that when the wind blew, the balcony door "whistled" terribly! Comfortable bed, good storage spaces, etc. Our cabin steward was excellent also!
The nightly shows were enjoyable. Typical "cruise cast" shows, plus an acrobatic duo, a hypotist, a few comedians, etc. Our favorite was Graffiti Classics (comedic string quartet)! Excellent! The poolside entertainment was good - great 50' & 60's band!
We enjoyed the ports, although we have been to St. Thomas before (can it be avoided on any eastern/southern Caribbean cruise??). On Dominica, we found a taxi driver who took us to several falls (including the Emerald Pool), showed us some of the countryside, and a quick tour of Roseau before returning to the ship for $25/pp (about 4 hours). We also had a wonderful excursion on St. Lucia (La Soufriere Valcano Tour)! Our guide (Nyasha?) was exceptional - friendly and informative! Although it included a lot of driving time (more than 90 minutes each way, plus stops) the ride was very interesting and the scenery was beautiful! Barbados was beach time, and St. Maarten was shopping and a quick island tour.
On the last day, we did the self-disembarkation - carried our own luggage off the ship. What a breeze!! Quick and easy. Off the ship, through customs and to the taxi/shuttle in less than 10 minutes.
A few negatives:
The Sun was refurbished just 3 years ago, but it still seemed out-dated and lacked the beauty of other ships (other cruiselines) that are the same age. The theater is small (but it was never full to capacity, maybe 50% at best) and passe. The sofa upholstery in the cabin looked to be from the early 80's (I know - the ship wasn't built until 2001). And of course - never enough deck lounge chairs! The "Freestyle" type dining was okay. Dissapointed in the dress code (seriously, shorts and jeans??), but that goes with the freestyle cruising, I guess. We dressed up every night anyways. The only other thing we were very dissapointed with was the photography. While the staff was very nice, the pictures were horrible! Bad lighting (shadows, reflections and shiny faces), goofy poses, people cut off in the photos, unwanted "photo bombers" in the background, and only 2 photo area choices (unless you scheduled a studio session). Other cruises we've been on had 5 or 6 different venues for photos every night, including indoors and deck areas. We bought only 1 photo (out of maybe 50+ taken between our group of 8).
We did have a good time, though! Enjoyed the break, and relaxing with family. Would possibly cruise NCL again, but only on a newer ship. (This cruise would not be good for a family with young children/teens - average age group is 40 - 65. No real ammenities for kids - i.e. climbing wall, pool slides, mini golf, skating rink, etc.) Less
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