September 4, 2001
Norwegian Cruise Line execs celebrate Labor Day this weekend by accepting delivery of Norwegian Sun from its Bremerhaven shipyard. Norwegian Sun, a 1,936-passenger, 78,000-ton ship, is a sister vessel to Norwegian Sky -- with a difference. The new ship is the line’s first to be designed with NCL’s Freestyle Cruising program in mind and has nine onboard restaurants. Beyond the traditional dining rooms? Options include Pacific Heights, with spa menus courtesy of Cooking Light Magazine, Las Ramblas, a Spanish-style tapas bar, and Ginza, a Japanese eatery with sushi bar and teppanyaki room. The ship’s first cruise for paying customers (i.e. beyond preview voyages for travel agents and other industry types) is a 16-day transatlantic departing September 10 from Southampton and winding up in New York. This fall, Norwegian Sun will sail New England/Canada itineraries before heading south to the Caribbean this winter.