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Norwegian Sun Review

Norwegian Sun
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74% of cruisers loved it
1109 reviews | Write a Review
  • Spacious open decks with excellent sports facilities
  • Nifty dining choices include churrascaria
  • Large casino has plenty of tables and slot machines
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Norwegian Sun Overview

Editor Rating
4.0
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?).

Certainly, Norwegian Sun has evolved and mellowed in the past decade, but a 12-day dry-dock in early 2011 has the ship sparkling from top to bottom with bright colors, happy staff, spacious accommodations (its 33 suites were refreshed) and cheerful public spaces. Sun also gained a Brazilian-style churrascaria, a concept that debuted on Norwegian Epic.

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 $12.95 per person, per day in all cabin categories up to and including a mini suite. Suite guests will be charged $14.95 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 15 percent gratuity added and the auto-gratuity for spa services is 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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Norwegian Sun Member Reviews

We just got back from the Alaska Seward to Vancouver cruise on the Sun ship, the ship is small so there is only 1 show to choose from each evening. Also the two buffets serve the same food and are only open until 11:30 so if you are looking for food ... Read more
Our group of 12 occupied 4 cabins during our 7-day trip from Seward to Vancouver. They ranged from inside staterooms to a lovely balcony suite. All were adequately sized but our favorite cabin suite, located at the front of the ship on deck 8 was ... Read more
Excellent rhonda26
06/15
The beauty of Alaska is amazing! The food was very good and so much to choose from! All of the staff were kind and accommodating. They strive for cleanliness and keeping your hands sanitized. My friends and myself will be back with NCL. We were so ... Read more
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Norwegian Sun Ratings

Editor Rating 4.0 Member Rating
Category
Editor
Member
Dining
3.0
3.7
Public Rooms
4.0
4.2
Cabins
4.0
3.9
Entertainment
4.0
3.8
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.9
Family & Children
4.0
3.4
Shore Excursions
4.0
3.9
Enrichment
2.0
3.4
Service
4.0
4.2
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.1

Sailing From

Buenos Aires San Diego Santiago (Valparaiso) Seward Valparaiso Vancouver

Cruises To

Alaska Mexican Riviera Pacific Coastal South America

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Ship Stats
Crew:
800
Launched:
2001
Decks:
13
Tonnage:
78,309
Passengers:
1,936
Registry:
Bahamas
CDC Score:
97
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