Perfect Way to Turn 30: Norwegian Sun Cruise Review by HGVGuy

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Perfect Way to Turn 30

Sail Date: January 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Port Canaveral (Orlando)
For my 30th birthday we decided to book a cruise. It was my first cruise, and the second for the rest of my party. Having looked at the reviews of the sun, I was beginning to get a little worried. After a week aboard, all my worries were for nothing.

Embarkation was a breeze. Go through security, set up the account, take a picture, and board the ship! We took the elevator to the pool deck, and enjoyed our first drink as we waited for rooms to be ready. By 1 o'clock we were in our room and ready to sail!

Once we took off, we explored the ship. Initially I was confused by the layout of the ship. You have to walk through some odd areas (the club, casino) to get to the theater or shops. It really wasn't a big deal to me, and it didn't take long to learn how to navigate the ship.

Activities on the ship are plentiful! They work hard at giving you choices in activities. My favorite was the mojito tasting. It had a charge, but it was worth it.

Food was fine. More There is always somewhere to eat. We chose the Seven Seas or Four Seasons for most of our dinners and the Outdoor Cafe or Garden Cafe for most breakfasts and lunches. Portions at the sitdowns can seem a bit "small." In reality, I think they are just "American" small. If you want more, order another. It's the perk of cruises!!!! My only disappointment was dessert. Most desserts offered were just mushy and boring. My favorite food, however, was the chicken wings from the Sports Bar. So good!

Ports... oh Ports... I think this is my biggest complaint. We didn't do an excursion in Cozumel, so that was fine. Lots o people selling stuff, and yummy Margaritas. However, we did excursions in the rest of the ports. I was AMAZED at how chaotic it was to get to your respective excursion. Signs were used in Grand Cayman. There were a lot of people, but we found where we needed to go. Jamaica was VERY confusing. There was a mass of people, and not all groups used signs. We repeatedly asked where we needed to be only to be given a stock "Stay under the tent, and someone will get you" response. We finally got someone to help us, and found our van before they left. After we found were we needed to go, I must say the excursions were really fun! We did the Sting Ray Sandbar in Grand Cayman, Tubing in Jamaica, and Wave Runners in the Bahamas. They were all amazing, and worth the money. I just with we'd not had the chaos in the beginning.

Disembarkation was a bit of a cluster. I understand there are 2000 people trying to leave, and didn't mind the line, but there needed to be more direction in forming the line. That being said, we got off the ship relatively quickly. It was just a little confusing.

All in all, I loved the trip. The ship is very nice and clean. The staff were great. Our room steward was awesome. I would absolutely choose NCL again, and would choose the Sun. Less

Published 01/20/12

Cabin review: OG4013 Oceanview Porthole Window

We had an outside porthole. The view was unobstructed. Salt clung to the window, but we could see fine. The room is a bit small, but probably average as cruise lines go. The room was by the elevators and stairs. It was far enough away to not hear the traffic, but close enough for easy access. The 4th floor may be a little low, but it was only a floor or two away from most activities (other than the pool sides stuff). I would choose this room again for it's minimal noise and easy access.

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Port and Shore Excursions

There are a LOT of shops. Everyone calls to you, and tells you they have the best prices. It can get a little overwhelming eventually. Just have a margarita, and it'll get better.
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The sting rays were amazing! I was a little turned off by constantly being yelled at to look at the photographer, or being reminded over and over they had pictures of us for sale as we rode back. I understand that's how they make money, but it got on my nerves.

Once we finally got on our way, this was awesome. It's a bit of a drive to get there, but that's just the reality of this excursion. The people leading the excursion were helpful. The water was a bit chilly, but it was relaxing with a mixture of exhilaration when we hit rapids.

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