The NCL SUN is a ship of a size we prefer. It is easy to find ones way around, and deck 6 offers a fine walking deck with views of whatever is out there. We like the buffet dining areas for the variety they offer and we no longer even bring dress up clothes. Saves on luggage space that way! Besides I never have enough time to do all the things I want without having to "get ready "for dinner. On NCL we can do our own thing the way we like.
Our final port was Ponta del Gado in the Azores. This newly built cruise ship section makes it easy to walk from the ship to the city. A long walkway follows the water where one can watch fishing boats or sail boats or water polo players. Cobblestone walkways in the main city mean wear good shoes. Many interesting shops here with a cash only policy. The black and white stone work will fascinate you.
The Arts and Crafts classes offered started with paper flowers and this led us into pre packaged amazing kits. These when made up make great gifts for crew members one really felt were special friends.
The space on the back of deck 11 offered shade or sun, and clear views of the moon too. Sometimes it was difficult to find dining seating inside the Garden Cafe, so out here on deck seating was more available. On nice days the pool area was full and of course people save their seats and don't use them for hours! 5 hot tubs made relaxing really great!
There were times when an offered event was so well attended the seating was difficult to find. Being a smaller ship I guess this is just the way it is. The Art Auctions this cruise were fantastic,with a plenitude of art offerings and a team with knowledge to share. Very friendly group.
We went to Las Ramblas each evening to listen to the professional entertainer Kim Doolittle. With her amazing voice,guitar playing and knowledge of songs with trivia about them thrown in, she was awesome. Our favorite performer for sure. The hypnotist on board, Nadeem Manuel, has changed my life is a short time. She was most generous with her knowledge, really knows how to listen, has a great sense of humor and understands people too well!
Never before have we had hawks stowe away on a ship but two stayed with us and would circle the ship during the day and sit on wires for the night. Several small birds were on board too so animal life was abundant. It really comes down to what one likes to do so if you don't have a good time, it's your own fault! Happy cruising.