Norwegian Sun Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
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Norwegian Sun Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.7
    3.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.1
    4.0
  • Cabins
    4.0
    4.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    4.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.8
    4.0
  • Family & Children
    3.5
    4.0
  • Shore Excursions
    3.8
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.4
    2.0
  • Service
    4.2
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.0
    4.0
Editor Rating
4.0
Member Rating
Why Choose Norwegian Sun?
  • Pro: Thorough refurbishments keep this older ship up to date.
  • Con: Longer itineraries can make this ship less family friendly
  • Bottom Line: With exotic itineraries, Sun provides benefits of Freestyle cruising in South America and Panama Canal.

Norwegian Sun Overview

When it debuted in late 2001, Norwegian Sun was considered Norwegian Cruise Line's first real innovator. It was the first cruise ship the line built expressly for the "Freestyle Dining" concept, and raised quite a few eyebrows when it launched with nine -- count 'em nine -- restaurants. Even its launch was unusual -- the ship shared a splashy dual premier ceremony with Norwegian Star in Miami (how many cruise lines can you remember that actually debuted two new-builds on the same exact date and at the same locale?).

What's kept Norwegian Sun up to date is continaully refurbs. In 2016, the ship received the company's latest additions, bringing the number of restaurants up to 14. The company also deploys the ship on some of its longer itineraries; South America is a mainstay. You'll rarely find families on these journeys, which makes Sun a great choice for couples who love mainstream cruising. 

In fact, with so many ships and cruise lines from which to choose, it's often the little things that make a difference between a great experience and one that is so-so. For me, it's usually staff and crew behavior that drives my appreciation, and then touches like porcelain cups and real cream at the coffee stations, well-maintained and clean public rooms, attentive room stewards and enjoyable activities for all age groups. All of these factors are present on this ship.

Norwegian Sun Fellow Passengers

Norwegian Sun's guests are casual, sophisticated but unpretentious people who like the flexibility of Freestyle dining, ample staterooms and lots of shipboard activities. The age range is from young families to seniors; the ship is filled with children during school vacation periods.

Norwegian Sun Dress Code

Casual. Even with Freestyle dining, most guests dress up a bit for supper, in resort-casual clothing. There is one optional formal night per seven-day cruise. Shorts, tank tops, bathing suits and flip-flops are not allowed in any of the restaurants in the evenings; the fine-dining alternate restaurants require resort-casual clothing.

Norwegian Sun Gratuity

Each passenger is automatically billed $13.50 per person, per day in all cabin categories up to and including a mini suite. Suite guests will be charged $15.50 per person, per day. This is considered a service charge. Some passengers will offer a cash "bonus" to their room teams. Bar drinks have an automatic 18 percent gratuity added and the auto-gratuity for spa services is also 18 percent; it is expected that room service personnel will be tipped on delivery ($1 or $2 is sufficient). All specialty and entertainment dining carries an 18 percent auto-gratuity.

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FL Cruising Family
Member Since 2010
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We had a great time on this cruise. We had never been to South America so we did the back to back from Buenos Aires to Rio so we went to each port twice. My favorite port was Buzios, Brazil, but all the ports were nice, especially the ... Read more
raspear
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
So this was a starter cruise for us in that region of S.A. Overall we enjoyed this cruise experience, once we got onboard. There were some ups and downs. The NCL arranged transportation from the Rio airport was disorganized. There were ... Read more
Rishigudka
Member Since 2015
5 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
NCL have done it again! Brilliant itinerary, beautifully maintained ship, great service, brilliant shows and great weather at all ports of call! This was our fifth sailing on NCL cruiseline but one of the best if not THE best of all the ... Read more
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