Our group of 19 all drove to Florida from Ontario (24 hour drive), and stayed at La Quinta in Cocoa Beach, not fancy, but clean hotel and friendly staff and we got a group rate of $60 per room. We got the shuttle to the port, and parked our vehicles at the hotel for free for the week.
We were on the boat for lunch, and rooms were ready before we were done eating. Lunch was very good at the buffet, and we had no problems finding a spot to sit together out on the deck.
Our family had an ocean view on deck 8, with 5 of us in one room (yes you read that right)! My husband and I brought our 11 year old son, 14 year old daughter, and 14 year old niece on this cruise. The 14 year olds slept on the pull out couch, and the 11 year old slept on the pullman bed that comes down from the ceiling. We kept the room organized, and had no problems, I would do it again in a heartbeat, we really only used the room to sleep.
For supper we made a reservation at the 4 Seasons main dining room. We had 2 tables because of the size of our group. Everyone had a great meal, and we ate there for almost all of our suppers, never had a bad meal, even the lobster was really good! I liked a couple of the appetizers, and could not decide between the 2, so I just ordered both of them with my meal. The guys also ordered 2 desserts, so if you like larger portions, just order more!
We went to the buffet for breakfast and lunch, and if it was crowded we took our meals over to Modereno (free for breakfast and lunch, but cover charge for supper), they had a smaller selection of the buffet there, and had great breakfast pizzas in the morning. Sometimes we were the only ones there.
We also had snacks in the sportsbar at night. You can get a variety of comfort foods here, including wings. Room service was also good, one time we ordered a plate of yummy chocolate chip cookies!
The staff on the boat was very friendly and helpful, our room steward Robert was the best one we ever had.
We cruised the Pearl last year, and did enjoy that ship better than the Sun, was it a bad cruise? No, but I would not pick the Sun again, we found the buffets to be smaller, and not as many options, and the entertainment was not as good as the pearl. We went to all of the shows, and did enjoy the comedian, and on the last night some of the workers came out for a talent show, and some of those singers were better the the Sun singers that do the main show.
The pool deck always had chairs, even on sea days. The pools are small, but not to many people used it, so it was not a problem.
The kids had a blast at the kids club, and enjoyed all the activities, we hardly saw the kids and had a hard time convincing them to hang out with us! The staff does a great job of keeping them entertained.
Our group of 19 all enjoyed the cruise, and can't wait to sail NCL again, maybe Epic next?