11 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise: Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by bigcity57

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11 Night Southern Caribbean Cruise

Sail Date: January 2013
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: Miami
This was our fourteen cruise and the second NCL cruise with the Sun being our first. We arrive at POM by chartered bus as did many others at about the same time so embarkation was a little long but we met other passengers as we waited in line.
Was greeted by a crew member on boarding the ship but was not handed a map of the ship as expected. We always eat when we board and just followed other passengers that knew their way to the Garden Cafe for lunch.
I was glad to see a crew member spraying passengers hands with disinfectant at all entries to eating places.
The size of the Sun was to our liking. We had an inside cabin and it was bigger than expected with lots of closet and drawer space. We were always able to find seats at the Stardust Lounge and many of the other bars and lounges, except around the pool and in Dazzles.
Enjoyed all the entertainment at the Stardust, ie; magician, comedian, singers/dancers, hypnotist and especially the acrobats.
The day after More boarding our CC group had a meet and greet in Las Ramblas cafe which was well attended by many of the ships officers. After brief introductions and a game similar to bingo we had a cabin crawl and visited seven different cabins. This is the first time my wife and I participated in a cabin crawl and really enjoyed it. It gave us the opportunity to see cabins we might consider on future cruises.
As CC's we were invited on a galley tour and we really enjoyed having the Executive Chef Orvill as our guide. He had a good sense of humor and was down to earth and didn't miss a beat explaining all the different food preparation stations. My wife also enjoyed his cooking demonstration.
We ate all but four meals in the Seven Seas MDR. The service was excellent and the meals were well presented, prepared and tasty. We enjoyed both Lobster nights and the Paella on deck which included cut up Lobster in addition to other sea food (excellent).
We missed escargot not being on the menu and was told there's a shortest in the market place. Perhaps this is the reason it wasn't offered. This was our first freestyle cruise and we like it. We had our fill with the food but did not gain any weight. I guess it's because of the many activities aboard the ship and the walking we did ashore..
On our first port of call Cartagena, Columbia we booked a 3 1/2 hour city tour with Cartagena tours company. It was an excellent tour in an a/c van with an English speaking guide.
In Oranjestad, Aruba we wanted to go scuba diving and since we having dove in over a year we were unable to dive and booked a snorkeling tour off a catamaran to see a sunken ship and different fishes. The water was choppy and had a lot of plankton because of lots of rain the previous day. We still had a good time dancing to music on board and drinking rum and coke.
In Willemstad, Curacao we booked a city Trolley tour. After the tour we did some shopping prior to returning to the ship.
In St. Maarten we went ashore but didn't book anything because that was our forth trip there.
In St. Thomas we tried to book a tour to St. John's and the ferry to go over there was broken down and the tours were cancelled. We've been to St. Thomas a number times and just walked around.
This 11 night cruise on the NCL Sun was great and we were glad we booked it. The ship is older but will maintained. Our only con is not having a flat screen TV in the cabin. We would highly recommend this cruise ship. Less

Published 02/11/13

Cabin review: IC8117 Mid-Ship Inside

Great cabin, big with lots of closets and drawers. Need to upgrade TV.

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Port and Shore Excursions


The water was choppy with lots of plankton. The crew on the catamaran were friendly and safety conscious and explained everything thoroughly . Enjoyed the music and did some dancing. The rum and coke was a plus.

City Tour

What I expected at the right pace with an English speaking tour guide in an a/c van with 10 passengers.

Trolley Tour

Too short and only 2 stops otherwise OK.

We have been to this port many times. Too many ships in port at the same time we were so we did a little window shopping and went back to the ship.

We tried to book a tour to St. Johns and was notified that the ferry was not in service. This was very disappointing. However we did visit the Butterfly Farm and parrot show on the dock and really enjoyed it. Would recommend them.
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