1 Galveston to Caribbean - Western Norwegian Sun Cruise Reviews

First time cruisers, 52 and 38, but sailed with a friend who rated the NCL as below Princess as he said it reminded him of a WAL-MART of Cruises. Oh well, all of us have one of those friends. Flew from El Paso to Houston, Limo to the ... Read More
First time cruisers, 52 and 38, but sailed with a friend who rated the NCL as below Princess as he said it reminded him of a WAL-MART of Cruises. Oh well, all of us have one of those friends. Flew from El Paso to Houston, Limo to the dock or about 45 minutes to Houston Port or LA PORTE, Tx This is an industrial port, and Check in took forever. Hot day and the crew was out giving out orange juice to those of us in the line....Took approx. two and one half hours to get checked in. The Taxi ride from the AIRPORT had to be negotiated before I flew in as it was IFFY if we could get a taxi at all. NOTE: this was one of the first Cruises for NCL out of Houston, a replacement for N.O. after the Hurricane...no Katrina, we'll talk about Wilma later. BBQ on departure was good and the REGGAE band got us in the mood right away....Yep a bit breezy but all in all a good time...Coke card is $40.50...Pools were open and then closed.... OK this was the Wilma Cruise....As in Hurricane Wilma. So we hit Coz/Play del Carmen (and I booked this cruise so I could dive in Belize and Roatan) Took a two tank dive with Dive with Martin Lancoste Pier is a $5 cab ride from there...cost $45 for the dive vs. $110 thru NCL....but from there it all went goofy...Supposed to go to Progresso since Belize/roatan were blocked by Wilma. But after a day of heading there, went to Veracruz instead....Had to cancel all my dives elsewhere( not booked thru Ship excursions....Veracruz was enjoyable but not what I'd signed up for....had a $50 taxi all over the sights vs. $90 for the same sights thru NCL...I know cause they kept running into us. Waves were rough one night, on our way there but all in all no problems. Shows, Zini and the various piano players were more for the blue haired group. The Shows were song and Dance numbers, the acrobats were very good and Fred the Comedian was funny....very funny. Service Excellent, Smiles and sirs/ma'ams all around. Except after midnight... Food Ok in the Buffet lines, Outstanding in the up-charge rest. $20-25 per person for lobster, etc....Four seasons was also very good, FREE STYLE eat when where you want, reservations keep the wait way down.... Public areas clean neat, plenty of lounge chairs, just not always next to the pool side. Volleyball and Basketball court always had usage but interesting in 20+ mile an hour winds. Service desk was almost no help as they did not know where we were headed either. Internet Manager was rude. And I have a cell phone bill I am still trying to get squared up from my calls as we left and arrived..... Shills and shopping...bought the wife a ring (prob. paid too much) but half the TV channels were shopping on board ship...No selection, so I missed the Home teams game coming back on Saturday (ESPN2 not one of their selections). Room small but adequate, hot water quiet etc....we were WAY upgraded from our original deal... Casual, yep if you want to be "on Vacation" and not dress up, this is it....Chef demos, conga lines and continuos Reggae Music, Smaller ship but well maintained and staff friendly as well!!! Wal-Mart is popular for a reason, COST was $1,370 for 2 including Airfare from El Paso, AND the $140 tip charge...Limo ride $60 plus tip each way. EXTRAS: Drinks/Beers were $3.50 each or $8.00 in the decorative glass, Spa is $100 before you can turn around, most classes are up charge in the GYM.... All in all out less than $2,000 for a week!!! (and to those that are interested, I did tip the room folks -- one "animal towel" in the week) and anyone that gave outstanding service at any of the restaurants. Read Less
Sail Date October 2005
Norwegian Sun Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 3.5 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 3.5 4.1
Value For Money 3.5 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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