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75% of cruisers loved it
  • 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

(4.0) 4.0 out of 5+ star rating
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
NCL's policy is to charge shipboard accounts $12 per day per passenger for shipwide gratuities and service charges. That is sufficient to cover typical cruise tips, but 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).
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Norwegian Sun Member Reviews 984 Reviews
   Good Cruise with One Bad Experience
November 2014

We had each been awarded a free cruise by our local casino when we advanced to the second tier of their player's club. We took one back in the spring and this one in November. Because the awarded cruise accommodation was an inside cabin, we ...continue


   Norwegian Sun
November 2014

This was our first Norwegian cruise and we were really disappointed. We stood in line over an hour to board, which kind of set the tone for the entire cruise. They were recarpeting the ship during our cruise, which I found disturbing. There were ...continue


   The Sun has some problems
November 2014

I would say that overall we had a good cruise, but as a ship, the Sun has some glaring problems. I've been on small ships before, and the size did not bother me. What bothered me was the layout of some of the areas. when the tables were set up ...continue


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Norwegian Sun Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
3.0
3.8
Public Rooms
4.0
4.3
Cabins
4.0
4.4
Entertainment
4.0
3.9
Spa & Fitness
4.0
4.0
Family & Children
4.0
3.5
Shore Excursions
4.0
4.4
Enrichment
2.0
NA
Service
4.0
4.4
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.2
Rates
4.0
4.2

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Ship Stats
Crew: 800
Launched: 2001
Decks: 13
Tonnage: 78,309
Passengers: 1,936
Registry: Bahamas
CDC Score: 100
 
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