Bright Beginning to a New decade Aboard the Sun: Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by bigjohnwvu

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Bright Beginning to a New decade Aboard the Sun

Sail Date: January 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
DW and I booked this cruise about nine months in advance. We were particularly attracted to the Sun because of the Eastern Caribbean itinerary and the fact that it left from Port Canaveral in central Florida. The PC location allowed us to spend a week with my Dad who lives in central Florida prior to embarkation. We also like the idea of the smaller ships and the Sun did not disappoint.

We arrived at the port around 11:30 and were quickly checked in and aboard. This whole process including paying corkage fee on wine took about twenty minutes. We made our way to the pool deck and waited for our friends to arrived from central Ohio.

The entire Sun staff went out of their way to be friendly, courteous and helpful. Our cabin steward, Freddy, was extremely helpful and on more than one occasion went out of his way to accommodate our particular needs. The wait staff in all the eating venues we visited were very helpful and accommodating. For instance, DW is allergic to More uncooked onion and adjustments and recommendations were made to assure her that she got just what she wanted at every meal. Even the casino staff knew us and greeted us by name.

We went to the CC Meet and Greet and had a chance to meet the captain and some of the staff as well as interact with other CC'ers. We provably had about 20-30 at the M & G and ran into one another throughout the week.

We ate in the Seven Seas Dining Room, Pacific Heights, both buffets and visited Los Rambas for tapas. Pacific Heights is easy to overlook and the meal we had there was exceptional. I am pretty particular about food and I enjoyed every meal. Some I liked better than others but each dining experience was good to exceptional. We did have to wait for a table one night at Seven Seas but did not wait long. I had read so much about the food prior to sailing that I was a little nervous. My worries were for naught as each dining experience was good.

We went to about 80% of the shows and particularly enjoyed the female vocalist Jeri Sager and the Broadway review show. We missed the comedian, Bud Anderson but heard he was very good. The entertainment on this cruise was our best entertainment experience on cruise ships to date.

We stopped in Nassau, ST. Thomas and St. Martin. We had been to Nassau and got off the boat for about an hour to walk around town. At St. Thomas we went to Magen's Bay which was very beautiful and very crowded as there were five ships in port that day. We did discover Bushwackers in ST. Thomas. At St. Martin we had booked a tour with Bernard's Tours which was a great experience. At Nassau I had the opportunity to lead an Ecumenical Prayer Service which was coordinated with Madelina, the Entertainment Administrator.

The ship is due to dry dock after a short cruise to the Bahamas. I understand that new propellers as well as some face lift changes are to be made. I do know the carpet in the casino is to be replaced. The ship looked to be in good shape, though. It seemed that the carpet in our stateroom was new.

I should mention that our TA recommended an aft balcony and I am glad that we booked this cabin. We had a panoramic view from the back of the ship. This location also sheltered us from the wind so that when it was windy on the pool deck we enjoyed the sun with out the wind from our balcony.

We did self disembarkation and carried our bags off the ship. There was some congestion on Deck 5 but it moved quickly and smoothly.

Overall, we had a wonderful time aboard the Sun and felt well taken care of for the week we spent there. We would definitely consider sailing aboard the Sun again. Less

Published 01/11/11

Cabin review: B10066 Aft-Facing Balcony

AS mentioned above we were in state room 0066, an aft balcony. This was a BD balcony but had wonderful storage and plenty of room. This was our first balcony cabin but the aft location sheltered us from the wind and provided a beautiful panoramic view from the back of the ship. I am a big guy and the shower was more than big enough even though at first glance this looked like it might be a challenge. Lots of storage, great view and shelter from the wind will have us start our search in this area again.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We really did not give Nassau much of a chance. In general we found it to be dirty and spent only about an hour ashore. We cruised some of the shops down town and strolled through the Straw Market and made our way back to the ship.

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WE had booked a tour with Bernard's Tours after so many positive reviews on CC. We were met at the port and toured on a comfortable bus with tour guide Gizmo who gave us a real flavor for the entire island. WE stopped at a local home, a small beach, Orient Beach, Marigot, Maho Beach. Along the way Gizmo made comments about the culture of the island and pointed out several interesting facts and points of interest. At Orient Beach we rented a chair and umbrella for seven dollars apiece which brought with it a drink and a bathroom pass. Cudo's to Orange Fever for wonderful Rum Punch. We stopped at Marigot where DW bought a sun dress and at Sunset Bar at Maho Beach to have a drink and watch the planes land. Eventually we were delivered back to the ship even though we could have been dropped in town. We had a wonderful day at St. Martin/St. Maarten and look forward to returning someday soon.

Our first stop at St. Thomas was Magen's Bay. Magen's Bay was beautiful and crowded. We knew before we arrived that five ships were to be in port that day so we were not terribly surprised to find Magen's Bay crowded. It was wall to wall people. We still managed to have a good time and stayed for a few hours before returning to town where we bought liquor and cigarettes and asked where to get a good Bushwacker. Franklin at the liquor store recommended The Big Kahuna under the blue tents and gave us directions. On our way we spotted a bar with a blue awning in Drake Mall. We stopped as we thought we were at the recommended spot. The bushwhackers made by Johnny the bartender were wonderful. We left there and strolled on down the street only to find the Big Kahuna and went in and tried their Bushwackers, too. They too were awesome and the bartender, Tim, took great care of us. Overall our day in St. Thomas was a home run.

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