We've cruised 3 times with NCL & every time gets better: Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by sunshinegirl1214

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We've cruised 3 times with NCL & every time gets better

Sail Date: December 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
We took a 3 day "taster" cruise on the Sky in Dec 09 as I really thought my husband would go stir crazy on a cruise, plus he gets sea-sick. WRONG !! He absolutely loved every moment and never once felt sick. RESULT! So HE booked a week on the EPic for April 2011 as soon as we returned.

That was incredible, fabulous cabin, top class entertainment and great restaurants. But soooooooooooooooo many kids. Don't get me wrong I'm not a miserable cranky old child-hater but I work in a school and I don't want to be surrounded by screaming over-excited children all day and all night when I am on holiday.

We then took this cruise from Orlando, to co-incide with New Year as we wanted to spend it back in Orlando with some dear friends who were also in town. Port Canaveral was very good, we chose the Radisson at the Port as it had a great package including the night stay in a 2 bedroom suite with Whirlpool bath, parking for the whole week and shuttle bus to and from the port. More We were a bit dubious but it was all wonderfuol. Lovely hotel, great staff and the bus and parking worked out really well, we will definitely go back there.

The Sun is a beautiful ship, identical to the Sky and we actually preferred it tothe Epic - on balance. You walk for miles on the Epic to get to this bar, or this lounge and we liked the intimacy of the Sky because you get to see people over and again and make friends.

Special mention must go to the Cruise Director, Candi, and her team, particularly Nikki and Felix who have created a wonderful atmosphere, very friendly vibe and fabulously diverse programme of entertainment with something for every taste. Candi is very visible, present at all events, and very charming and professional. The bingo team are fantastic fun and we went twice - great value entertainment even if you don't win!The ports were a good variety, we stayed on board for Cozumelo - been before and we LOVE the days when everyone gets OFF ! We took the Stingray Sandbar and Island Drive tour on Grand Cayman which was a fabulous day out,very good value and fabulous local staff who enriched our trip with their wonderful colourful personalities and local knowledge.

In Ochos Rios we walked to the shops and didn't feel safe once. Very dodgy area, lots of dubious looking individuals hassling you as you walk along. Other cruisers said they felt the same or worse. Do not plan your own tour here, is my advice - stick with the ships staff.

Great Stirrup Cay - always a wonderful day - even better as they have redeveloped the island since our visit in 09. We always go early, grab sun loungers at the far, far end and take them down toward the sea and sit with our feet dangling in the ocean. The snorkelling is out of this world, bring your own to save money and just hire life vests. Mandatory.

The ship bring over all the staff, waiters, chefs, band and there is every facility you could wish for. Good lunch with big shady places to eat, great bar service, volleyball for the kids, band playing, local crafts for sale, big lilo rafts to rent and lots of lovely sunshine to laze around and enjoy the view.

We snorkelled and saw dozens of fish, beautiful colours - probably our favourite day of all.

We will be booking our next cruise with NCL as soon as we get home. Less

Published 01/03/12

Cabin review: BA0211 Mid-Ship Balcony

Cabin 0211. Balcony on Starboard side. Location suited us very well, its a few steps from the stairs which take you up to Fitness Suite and pool deck, and across from there is the buffet. also close to the Atrium lifts and on a quiet corridor. Plenty spacious for the 3 of us with tons of storage. Tip: bring a 4 way adaptor, power thingy and some clothes peg to pin your clothes onto chairs on balcony to help things dry off. Another great tip I learnt from a cruise forum is to bring Wrinkle Decrease for your evening shirts - fab product!

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Port and Shore Excursions

You cruise out for about 30 mins to this amazing lump of sand in the middle of the ocean where you can easily stand, water is about 4 feet deep. Stingrays up to 5 feet wide are happily swimming all around you. The ship crew catch one and hold it in their arms for you to pet and have photos with - it is a fab experience.

Didn't feel safe, very dodgy area. Lots of crazy looking men hanging around bothering every tourist. I couldn't wait to get back to the safety of the ship. I would not recommend self guided tours at this port.

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