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Norwegian Sun Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2215 reviews
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1st time NCL Cruisers.. Would sail on Sun again

Review for Norwegian Sun to the Western Caribbean
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2019
Cabin: Mid-Ship Balcony

Well folks gonna try and make this review as honest as I can.This was our first time time on NCL and on the Sun. I made reservations in early in Nov for the 5 day Eastern Cruise on 12/2/19 from Port Canaveral to Costa Maya and Cozumel the price was right and we've been to both ports before so we knew what to expect. I booked a ocean view cabin on deck 7 which was a forward cabin and you could choose 2 perks with that booking. I chose the drink package and dinning package for 2 nights. Even though those are considered free you have to pay gratuities up front which was $99.00 /pp for drink package and $15.50/pp for dining .Average drinks on board cost about 7-15 dollars for beer and mixed and drinks up to 15 dollars are included on your package. For top tier liquor it cost more. So if you drink more than 15 drinks on the cruise you'll pay for your up front money.Be aware if you are in Port on day of embarkation you'll be charged Fl state taxes which was about 60-80 cents per drink.Hope that info helps on your packages.Now as for the Cruise itself. About a week after I booked the the cruise I got a offer to to "Bid" on a upgrade from our ocean view room to a balcony or a mini suite room so for the heck of it I bid the lowest I could for each room which was 50.00/pp for the balcony and 75.00/pp for the mini suite. After reading some boards I saw where if you were a first time cruiser on NCL and you put in a low bid you probably wouldn't get a upgrade. About a week before the cruise I was notified they accepted my bid for the balcony so for 100.00 I got moved from deck 7 to deck 10 mid-ship balcony. So it's worth a shot to bid for upgrade.

Embarkation went smooth took about 10 mins to check in and get your key card. We waited for about 45-60 mins in terminal as we got there a little after 10 am and they started boarding at about 11:30 am. The ship it self is a smaller vessel and doesn't have a lot of amenities of the newer and larger ships.I really wouldn't recommend for kids it as there is not much for kids to do once on board but they do have a kids camp.I felt the ship was kept up and clean along with our cabin no issues at all. Our cabin steward did a good job of keeping up the room.As for the food I thought it was decent and was mostly your standard buffet choices and like most of the buffets I've been to the food could have been warmer on some of the dishes.Over all I thought the choices were good and flavorful.We also ate at the main dinning room for both breakfast and dinner . For breakfast It seemed to me they have about the same choices as other cruise lines I've been on nothing out of the ordinary. I thought the food was good. As for dinner I thought to choices of food they gave you was a good variety and the choices I chose was tasty.The service could have been a little better but the more crowded it got the slower the service became.I think the servers get overwhelmed. The 2 specialty dinning venues we chose was the Japanese which was great and our cook was funny and and entertaining and the food was very good. The second we chose was the Italian and the food and service there was excellent. Now for the bar service.When i went to any of the bars on board it never took me over 5 mins to get a drink and they made a good drink no issues there. Now if ya laying out on deck or in a lounge the service is slow. Sometimes it's best to waddle up to bar to get your own.I thought they had a good variety of things to do during the day and evening. We went to 1 show and the they did a good job of performing and we enjoyed it. The other place we spent most of our evenings was at the Windjammer lounge and listened to a solo guitarist name Jason. He was very entertaining and would take requests and played a variety of music.We really enjoyed him. We also thought the other entertainment we saw did a good job. Disembarkation went very smoothly as we chose to carry our luggage and get off of ship early. However we did have one snafu which disappointed us.When we docked back at the port we ended up docking at terminal 6 instead of terminal 10 were we had left. There was no announcement of this change prior to us leaving the ship. So for those of us who parked at 10 we had to take a shuttle bus back to terminal 10 parking garage and our poor bus driver didn't have clue as to where he was going so after driving around for a bit we finally made it back to our parking garage.Over all We thoroughly enjoyed our first cruise on NCL Sun, it wasn't perfect but then again there always some glitches that go along with cruising however we would sail on the ship again.Hope this review was helpful to you.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony

Cabin was clean and had plenty of storage. We had plenty of room for two people and didn't feel cramped.Over all it met our expectations. Our cabin steward was very friendly and kept our room up.

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