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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.

Maimi FL. to San Antonio Chile

Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by happycruiser555

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: December 2017
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
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.
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Balcony
Cabin BC 926
Cabin size was adequate. Lots of storage space. Shower was very small and in balcony room I would have liked it be a bit more roomy so when I ned to bend over and pick up the soap bar my backside docent slam into the wall.
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