Sail Date: January 2018
We sailed out of Buenos Aires with another couple. We had never been to South America before and heard it was filled with natural beauty. It did not disappoint. This was our third time on the Sun. It is one of NCL's older ships and doesn't ... Read More
We sailed out of Buenos Aires with another couple. We had never been to South America before and heard it was filled with natural beauty. It did not disappoint. This was our third time on the Sun. It is one of NCL's older ships and doesn't have as many amenities as some of the newer and larger ships; however , the staff was amazing.Due to its size it doesn't have the number of bars and lounges as bigger ships. One thing that bothers us on NCL is how they constantly take over the exercise room to try to sell weight loss, foot relief, products to look younger ,etc. They need a separate room for this so people can use the room to stretch ,etc. We ate in specialty restaurants on 6 of the 14 nights. All of our meals were very good. We also enjoyed the shows, disco, and piano bar. We loved all of our excursions. In two ports we chose to see penguins. Each experience was very different. Puerto Madryn was very warm and an almost desert environment next to the sea. The Falklands was chilly and windy. Both were outstanding and not to be missed. On one sea day we ran into a large pod of whales. The captain turned the boat around for better viewing . For over an hour we were treated to a very rare occurrence that far out at sea. The whales would swim close to our ship and put on a beautiful show! Sailing around the Horn was great ( bumpy -but not too bad) and the beauty of going through the Channel was wonderful- you will pass by 5 glaciers. We were unable to get into Punta Arenas due to 100 mile per hour winds. This can happen in that part of the world! On some excursions we did the hikes though the national forests and were treated to seeing the Andes mountains, waterfalls and volcanos. If you love the outdoors, this is a great cruise. When we docked in Chile I arranged for a guide from "Tours by Locals" to pick us up for a 9 hour day touring Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, and a visit to a winery. He then dropped our friends off at the airport in Santiago and we stayed an extra night in Santiago. The next day we did a "hop on hop bus" before the late flight back to the US. P.S. a warning to travelers - my husband was physically accosted in an upscale leather shop very near our lovely hotel in Buenos Aires- right before we were leaving to board our ship.The man had a friend waiting on a motorcycle outside to make his getaway. He was a pro. His watch was ripped off of his wrist . We found out from fellow cruisers that they knew of a number of incidents, cell phone stealing, camera theft, watches, necklaces etc. Don't wear or use anything that will attract attention. We have travelled all over the world and this was a first for us. That said, he was fine except for a cut wrist and we did not let it spoil our vacation!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We were invited to join a family member on this cruise and were excited about the itinerary. Unfortunately, the ship is older and definitely showing its years. There's a fair amount of wear and tear and it could use some general sprucing ... Read More
We were invited to join a family member on this cruise and were excited about the itinerary. Unfortunately, the ship is older and definitely showing its years. There's a fair amount of wear and tear and it could use some general sprucing up. We were quite disappointed in our dining experience. My husband has celiac disease and has to have gluten free meals. Despite our making the request months in advance, the chef and staff did little to accommodate him. For example, ordering French Onion Soup, he was given only the broth because the crouton is made of bread. However, my husband was served gluten free bread with every meal, so why couldn't they just substitute that for his soup? Eventually a top-notch wait person went to the kitchen, toasted a piece of gluten-free bread and took it to the chef with a request as to how to prepare it. A trained chef should be able to handle this situation more effectively. Having cruise with several other cruise lines and received much better responses for his gluten free needs, we were surprised and disappointed. After returning to the ship on a tender, we were literally held in the entry area (open to the water) for about 30 minutes with no explanation. There was inadequate room for all the passengers to comfortably stand -- some were on the stairs -- and others had physical limitations that caused problems with trying to stand for too long. Despite yelling, crew members making phone calls to staff on board and even one passenger making a call, we were locked out of the ship with no communication whatsoever. Eventually, a staff member opened the door and told us that Chilean officials had determined that was some immigration impropriety and stopped the boarding process. At no time was any effort made to ensure the comfort and safety of passengers affected by this. Eventually a general announcement was made apologizing briefly for the inconvenience. Trying to lodge a complaint with guest services about the way the situation was handled resulted in lots of defensive responses and nobody appeared interested in hearing from us. Overall, we were disappointed with Norwegian and didn't think it measured up to other cruise lines we've traveled with (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Viking). It's highly unlikely that we will cruise with Norwegian again. We did book one shore excursion through the ship but thought it was overpriced and of poor quality. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
We choose this cruise for the itenary, it also worked well for us as we were on our way to New Zealand. Enjoyed all the ports and tours we did, loved our penguin experiences and felt all the tours were comprehensive and gave us a good ... Read More
We choose this cruise for the itenary, it also worked well for us as we were on our way to New Zealand. Enjoyed all the ports and tours we did, loved our penguin experiences and felt all the tours were comprehensive and gave us a good feeling of the countries we visited. The scenery was spectacular, especially the glaciers and Fjords. Found the ship a little tired but do understand it is going in for refurbishing in April, 2018. We had four speciality dining rooms booked, but have to admit we enjoyed the main dining rooms and would not choose to go to the speciality ones again. As always we were well looked after by Norwegian, which has now become our number one choice or cruise lines. We have backed to back cruises booked for May 2018, and very much looking forward to our next cruise around the UK, Ireland and then onto Spain, Portugal and France. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
Cruised around South America with NCL. The ship was old and numerous things in the room did not work or were broken. Food was very basic quality and there was no variety. Same menu every day. NCL seem to have a simple policy for ... Read More
Cruised around South America with NCL. The ship was old and numerous things in the room did not work or were broken. Food was very basic quality and there was no variety. Same menu every day. NCL seem to have a simple policy for dealing with any customer queries. 1. If the answer could be Yes or No then the answer is ALWAYS "No" 2. If a third party is involved then the third party is ALWAYS at fault. 3. If 1 or 2 fail to deal with the query then they just ignore you! They have no flexibility in their thinking so make totally ilogical decisions. As an example we did not like the choice of desserts in their steak restaurant so asked if we could order from the French restaurant 50 feet away. "No" was the answer but we could order from the main restaurant four floors below. So a waiter sent down stairs to get us a menu then went back down to get what we wanted.You simply could not make this up!!! Everything about NCL is about taking the maximum money from every cruiser. Gratuities on food and drink add 20% to the base price. If you have the all inclusive drinks package it is $89 per person but only allows you drinks up to $15.00, You have to pay anything over this price plus the 20%, The package does not include speciality coffees. The cost for two people on a 15 days cruise is a massive $2670! Shore exursions are very pricey and can easily add over $2000 more on a 15 days cruise. That been said many of the ship's team were exceptionally nice and very helpful. However we were told they live in fear of making a mistake that gets reported as their contract can be terminated straight away. This was our first and our last cruise with NCL. There are much better cruise companies out there. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I have wanted to go around the Horn since I read maritime experiences when I was a youngster. The experience was special and was enhanced by the travel environment provided by Norwegian Cruise Lines on the Norwegian Sun. The ship provided ... Read More
I have wanted to go around the Horn since I read maritime experiences when I was a youngster. The experience was special and was enhanced by the travel environment provided by Norwegian Cruise Lines on the Norwegian Sun. The ship provided all that I hoped for and I have cruised many times before. I have been spoiled by balcony cabins in the past and the Sun fulfilled my needs. I chose the Ultimate Beveridge Package and my travel mate and I took full advantage of that package. I highly recommend it. I used the buffet on a regular basis but the special dining venues offered special meal entres that were exceptional culinary experiences. There were more on board activities than I could take advantage of but I tried my hardest and enjoyed my selections. The staff was excellent and made me feel like I was a special guest. I thought the cost of the shore excursions were high until I experienced them and found that they were full of features that could not be fully explained on the internet. The excursions had great guides; most if not all of the excursions included full sit down meals including drinks and entertainment; most transportation cosisted of comfortable air conditioned buses. I would highly recommend this cruise. I was disappointed that Rio Di Janeiro was not a port of call. I hope it is included in the future. Read Less
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Sail Date: January 2018
Route around South America was the main attraction for us. Turned out that a number of the stops must have been chosen to sell their very expensive tours, Nothing else there, for sure. Ship was nice enough, but furnishings ... Read More
Route around South America was the main attraction for us. Turned out that a number of the stops must have been chosen to sell their very expensive tours, Nothing else there, for sure. Ship was nice enough, but furnishings (tables/chairs) are wearing out. Small, but well equipped fitness center. Very repetitive menu in main dining rooms, especially lunch. Buffet restaurant is way too small and poorly arranged. Think "food fight". Specialty restos were way disappointing and expensive, priced ala-carte. Some waiters excellent, but some incomprehensible (in English) and surly. One was alarmingly so. Extra gratuities charged for everything. Paid for water. Drinks package (good selection) did not include tips. Thus, there is a generally annoying air of cheapness. NCL need to just price it into their base rate. I guess they want to make it seem cheap. We filled in a big piece of our "Terra Incognita," but that's about it. Suggest that critics start using the full 5 stars. Not everything can be a 4.5! Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
I traveled with my girlfriend and chose this cruise because of timing and itinerary - December/January - to escape the cold in upstate NY and visit Patagonia in two weeks. First issue is the port of embarkation was changed from ... Read More
I traveled with my girlfriend and chose this cruise because of timing and itinerary - December/January - to escape the cold in upstate NY and visit Patagonia in two weeks. First issue is the port of embarkation was changed from Valparaiso, Chile - A great place to visit from everyone's opinion - to San Antonio, Chile - Nothing to write home about - all after we booked the cruise and with no sort of compensation what so ever. The ship is clean, well laid-out and has a full track around the ship on Deck 6 for walking/running. It is an old ship so it is much better decorated than newer NCL ships. The cabin was the most spacious inside cabin of all ships I have sailed so far - a lot of space - a characteristic of old ships - the Sun is the second ship of the Norwegian fleet. Newer ships like the getaway of the escape will give you a closet-size cabin as a comparison. Dining is nothing to write home about compared to other cruise lines - Carnival and most other cruise lines I sailed with offers a better menu in its main restaurants. Norwegian is trying to push its pay extra a-la-carte restaurants like Le Bistro, Cagneys, etc. You most likely find something you like to eat every time in the main dining restaurants but do not expect escargot or lobster at all, just some regular grub. Entertainment on this cruise was particularly low quality even compared to other Norwegian Cruises. Young people dancing and singing and making noise but nothing special. All ports are worth a visit, except for Puerto Chacabuco - there is absolutely nothing to do or see there. With tour, they will take you to a park, maybe a waterfall, and a couple of volcanoes in the distance if you are lucky enough to get a clear sky and they are not obscured by clouds. My recommendation: stay on the ship and enjoy it while the crowds go out. The best ports is Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world, and Stanley, in the Malvinas Islands (Falklands) where you can see penguins and a particular landscape. I hear Valparaiso, Chile is great but I did not get to see it since NCL took it away and replaced it by the Industrial port of San Antonio. Montevideo and Buenos Aires are definitely worth a visit as well. Service was good, no complaints there - the cruise is multi-lingual with passengers from many different countries mostly Latin America and Europe - yet much of the staff did not speak Spanish to the displeasure of many Spanish-speaking folks. With English, no problems. One issue we encountered was when we decided to leave our big suitcases in Montevideo - for ease of travel reasons - and yet continue one more night with the cruise to Buenos Aires. The ship security would not let us leave the ship with our suitcases because we were going to come back to the ship. The problem was cleared up only after heated discussions with the ship's embarkation/disembarkation officer and the port of Montevideo representative. I see this as an infringement of a passenger's freedom of movement. Passengers should be free to take any of their personal item off the ship at any time they please. It is a matter between them and the customs of the port - none of NCL's business. In any case, we were able to do it and the matter is a rare occurrence so I hope that no one will have to deal with that again. Overall, this is a good cruise but NCL can certainly do better in serving better food and remembering that cruises are supposed to be all-inclusive and still provide excellent food and service. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2017
This was a repositioning cruise that offered a trip through the Panama Canal with ports of call in Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. The Sun is an old ship that in April 2018 will undergo a face lift. Its small by today's standards, but ... Read More
This was a repositioning cruise that offered a trip through the Panama Canal with ports of call in Columbia, Ecuador, Peru and Chile. The Sun is an old ship that in April 2018 will undergo a face lift. Its small by today's standards, but this six ship is easy to navigate and had enough amenities to fit an mostly active senior adult crowd. This was first cruise on NCL, having said with Celebrity, Princess, and Carnival before. Embarkation was quick and effortless. We boarded about 1 PM and had to wait for our room to be ready, which gave us time to explore the ship. decided to grab a bit of lunch on the aft deck. Hamburgers, chicken and hot dogs with the offering. Walking through the limited indoor buffet indicated that free table space might be hard to find and that we would not expect any grand buffet treatments during our cruise. We limited ourselves to the standard fare breakfasts and lunches of eggs, salads and sandwiches. Nothing fancy. When it came to dinner we found the regular dining rooms to offer very standard food varieties and quality. Oftentimes we would review the menu durning the day and opt to go to a speciality restaurant. Our favorites were Le Bistro and Casey's Steak House. The Japanese was a change of pace and very similar to what we get back home. The Brazilian was good, but I came down with stomach problems after that meal, so I didn't venture there again. We ate 7 of 14 dinners at the speciality restaurants. None of regular or speciality restaurants were crowded. I guess a lot of passages either ate later than us or hit the buffet. We never felt crowded, or had to wait long for a table. The wait staff was professional. but this is the first cruise when we did not develop a rapport with any one service team. We took advantage of CC roll calls and through the work of a few people private tours were arranged (mainly though a consolidator, Tours By Locals) We only took one NCL tour in Cartagena. We really enjoyed the tour in Manta Ecuador where we visited a rain forest and hiked through areas where no formal trail existed. In Trujillo Peru we took a tour that included a visit to a market; Chan Chan an ancient civilization that was conquered by the Incas 60 years before the Spanish arrived; a Peruvian lunch showing us how they make ceviche and our new favorite drink Pisco Sours. In Lima we went with another couple and found an english speaking cab driver who took the 4 of us on a private tour. Highly recommend victourslima@hotmail.com and ask for Rita Romero. A native of Lima, but she lived for many years in the states. After disembarking we took a tour of Valparaiso, a town filled with street art and a Chilean winery. Our CC leader was able to set up a meet and greet with the roll call members and the senior cruise staff. This also enabled us to have preferential disembarking for our private tours and final day. We never had to wait on long lines to get off the ship. A real plus! Each night we went to the theater for the show. No one wowed us. Good competent entertainers, the type you'd expect on the cruise ship circuit. The shows all lasted 45 minutes, which was just enough time. I was disappointed in the quality of the paint bar entertainers and the silly stuff that went on at 10 PM in Dazzel bar did not appeal to me. During the cruise we hit some days at sea where the wind and seas were in high gear. Without access to the pool, it left us with time to read, play cards, and just relax. This is where a larger ship would have been preferred, with more opportunities to do other activities. Overall, it was the itinerary that made the trip and the NCL Sun just got us there. We look forward to trying other NCL ships in the coming years. People tell me not judge this ship as representative of the line. We will se, as we purchased deposits on future NCL cruises. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
The itinerary for this cruise was excelllent. We got to see many different cultures, and ate a wide variety of foods and cuisines. The food in the buffet was average. The food offered in the dining rooms was slightly above average. All the ... Read More
The itinerary for this cruise was excelllent. We got to see many different cultures, and ate a wide variety of foods and cuisines. The food in the buffet was average. The food offered in the dining rooms was slightly above average. All the while the service throughout the ship from soup to nuts was excellent. The ship needs some refurbishing which apparently has already been scheduled, as announced by the Captain on the last night of the cruise. We sought out private tours for our time on land. These were excellent, and were at least 50 per cent less than those organized by the cruise line. Cruise Critic provided the means to contact others on the cruise well before sailing to expedite joining these private tours. We got to meet a wonderful and diverse group of people on the ship, who became our instant friends. That made the cruise that much more fun. We would repeat this cruise if the ship were to be refurbished. Read Less
Norwegian Sun Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 3.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.4
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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