Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by barnickle bill
- Sail Date: November 2018
- Destination: Cuba
- Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window
From past experience we prefer cruises of at least 10 days as there will be more of an older generation of cruisers and less children and that is exactly the mix on this one.
We were on the Sun last year at this time just before it was upgraded so we were looking forward to discovering all the upgrades. We were pleased with the new theater seating, buffet makeover, photo gallery, Bliss lounge and the freshening up of the pool deck. It was convenient to have USB chargers in the bed side lights, a large flat screen TV, bedding accents such as throw pillows and a bed runner along with new carpet. The overall appearance of the Sun reveals that there are many more good years of service to offer.
There appeared to be less choices on the menu in the main dinning room however there was always something appealing to choose. We had three evenings of Cagney's Steak House which never disappoint and one evening at La Cucina Italian which we would most likely not return to. It was mentioned often to be sure to make reservations in the main dinning room for Thanksgiving Dinner, which we did. Unfortunately it was a disappointment as the service was slow and the turkey entree was compressed turkey roll, no option of mashed potatoes and gravy, we did not finish our meal and went to the buffet and they were serving a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with carved turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the trimmings.
The entertainment at poolside was terrible as there were only two bands featured, one only played reggae with a singer off key and bad harmonies the other was an instrumental band that featured a steel drum, both played excessively loud. I don't mind hearing some reggae and steel drum music provided it is mixed with other music from the average generation which on this cruise would be 60+ years. Everyone's attempt to have these bands turn down the volume and complaints to the cruise director did absolutely nothing. It was frustrating to be in the Caribbean relaxing on the sun decks or by the pool and being tortured by the awful choice of entertainment by the cruise director. There was one afternoon when a duo played at poolside all the music we liked at a decent volume, people were applauding and some were even dancing, sadly it was just that one day. There was also a jazz quartet in a lounge near the main dinning room however we did not partake in their show. The other entertainment options are "Deal or No Deal", Not so Newlywed, Mr. sexy legs, Miss Norwegian Sun which was entertaining and fun. We do not gamble and therefore did not play at the casino.
The entertainment in the theater was the same as the cruise last year. Same shows, same comedians and magicians doing the same routine so we didn't spend many evenings there.
Shopping on board was in line with the duty free at the ports with the convenience of getting to know the sales crew gaining their trust to buy with confidence.
The ports were amazing and although we did not take any excursions from the ship as we had been to most the islands before, we chose to interact with the culture near the pier.
Disembarkation was smooth and easy as we are not in a hurry to leave so we take the last color of tags. Basically we just walked off the ship without any obstacles. Staying an extra night in the debarkation city makes for easy travel the next day as well as a less stressful day leaving the ship.
This is our 6th cruise with NCL and our 19th overall, it is difficult to say if we will remain loyal to NCL or try an alternative cruise line as they have dropped the ball in overall service, entertainment and not providing the amenities for the age group they are catering to.
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