Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by Devilaw
- Sail Date: March 2013
- Destination: Southern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Balcony
We flew into Fort Lauderdale the night before and stayed at the very average Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. We booked transport to the cruise terminal through SAS Transportation. Only $15 a person. Our driver arrived early and got us down to Miami promptly.
We arrived right at noon, so there was a bit of a line for embarkation, but it moved quickly enough. We were soon on the ship and were able to immediately go to our stateroom. This was our 4th cruise on NCL, and the Sun is by far the smallest ship we have sailed on. It didn't take us very long at all to fully explore the ship. By contrast last year we sailed on the Epic and were still discovering new places, days into the cruise. On the whole we much prefer the smaller ships. The one negative is that there not as many options for entertainment.
Our room was perfect and we loved the view from our balcony. We met our steward, Jamie and he was great throughout the entire cruise. As always the entire NCL staff was friendly and helpful
One of the reasons we booked this cruise is that it had two sea days, each at the beginning and the end of the cruise. Perfect for relaxing, especially when you have a balcony. The first two days we spent on the sun decks and they were not too crowded, although the last two days we spent on our balcony.
The food on the ship is good, but nothing special. Our best meal was at the Italian Restaurant. That was the only specialty restaurant we ate at. We ate dinner every other night at the two complimentary dining rooms. We looked at the buffet and it just did not seem to have as many options as other cruises we have been on. Same was true for breakfast. It was also a bit annoying that we couldn't toast our own bread/bagels. You had to wait in line to get it done. Lunches were similar as far as selection, though the pizza/pasta bar was good.
The entertainment was mixed. Other than the Stardust Theater, there were no other options such as a comedy club, that we loved on the Epic. Just lounge singers and game shows. We went to the Stardust six of the ten nights. The best acts were the acrobats and the jugglers. The standup comic was also very funny. There was a hypnotist act, TerranceB, that was totally lame. It was painfully obvious that the people he was hypnotising to do silly things were faking it, especially some wannabe comic named Ted. The fact that Terrance didn't call him on his fakery was even more annoying. The last night of the cruise was a Beatles Tribute Band that was equally lame. They seemed to be tone deaf. Richard the cruise director was fantastic. He always had a funny story to tell, he was certainly one of the highlights
We loved all of the shore excursions except St. Thomas. See port reviews below
Disembarkation was a breeze. We carried off our own bags and we were through customs in less than 25 minutes. SAS again took us to the airport right on time
All in all it was a great cruise for us. We got exactly what we wanted, a relaxing time away from our everyday life.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Shipwreck SnorkelThis was all a part of one package, sea turtles and shipwreck snorkeling. The snorkeling was fantastic, however we only had about 20 minutes at the wreck, far to short of a time. We then were taken to a beach for about an hour where we were supplied unlimited rum punch. The beach was beautiful, however we would have rather spent more time snorkeling.View All 19 Shipwreck Snorkel Reviews
Turtle SwimWe took a fast boat to the turtle location and we were not disappointed. We immediately saw two giant sea turtles that were swimming around our feet. A great experienceView All 67 Turtle Swim Reviews
SnorkelingThis was a great shore excursion. We took a nice tour of the island in a bus and made a couple of stops along the way. Dominica is a beautiful island. The falls were spectacular. We then went to the Champagne Reefs for a snorkel. A bit difficult getting into the water as it is a rocky beach, but this was where the volcanic reef was. We enjoyed the snorkel but it was not long enough.View All 30 Snorkeling Reviews
St. LuciaThis was the one excursion we did booked independently and we were glad we did. We learned of this excursion through the Sun forum. We went with Cosul tours and they provided us with a full day touring around the beautiful island of St. Lucia. We went to a banana plantation, we went to a home where we sampled local food, we drove to the drive in volcano where we had an excellent tour guide, we had some beach and snorkel time, we visited a water fall that you could swim in and ended with the best freshly baked bread ever. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and funny. Highly recommended.View All 1,195 St. Lucia Cruise Port Reviews
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Beach BreakNice relaxing time on Orient Beach with an enjoyable bbq lunch. After the excursion we walked on our own around Philipsburg. A very lovely port city.View All 33 Beach Break Reviews
Glass-Bottom BoatOne of the worst shore excursions we have ever been on. A couple hundred of us were herded onto a giant boat and it seemed the primary purpose there was to sell alcohol. The only thing free was non alcoholic punch. The tour guides did not seem to be native. The only thing local was the steel drum band which was pretty good. After a short cruise to the middle of the harbor, they opened up the glass bottoms. You could see reefs, but no fish. We then went to a beach for about an hour swim The beach was nice, but nothing special. We then had about a 15 minute tour of the bayView All 12 Glass-Bottom Boat Reviews
The best part about this stop was walking around St. Thomas afterwards. We ate lunch at a local restaurant, Cuzzin's, a block up from the main street. Highly recommend. The rest of St. Thomas seemed to be one jewelry store after another