276 Norwegian Sun Bahamas Cruise Reviews

We first sailed on the Sun in 2010...The ship is an older one (2000 I believe) but the upgrade in 2018 really made the ship look new. We originally had a family ocean-view but bid $140 (x2) for an upgrade and got a balcony two days ... Read More
We first sailed on the Sun in 2010...The ship is an older one (2000 I believe) but the upgrade in 2018 really made the ship look new. We originally had a family ocean-view but bid $140 (x2) for an upgrade and got a balcony two days before we sailed! I also bid on a mini-suite but did not get it sadly. The bidding game is kinda fun! Getting on the ship was the fastest we ever experienced! Room was ready by 130pm and baggage was delivered at 230pm. When we tendered to Stirrup Cay it was quick and easy with no lines and the same goes for when we got home. For a sold out cruise it was amazing! The cabin was really clean, well laid out and roomy (for a cruise ship anyway). Bathroom a bit tight but we also like to RV so we are used to small bathroom showers! Bed was VERY comfortable, but the convertible sofa not so much for our two adult children with us...a bit like sleeping on the floor they said (hard). Balcony was GREAT to have and the in room coffee maker was a really great thing to have as well! We were on 10th floor, port side AFT (Room 10062). Some noise from chairs on pool deck but other than that the AC was great, water hot and pressure great, lots of places to plug in phones and was very clean. Room steward was very good as well. Dining was very nice. We ate in Seven Seas one night (dress accordingly), Four seasons once then hit buffets the rest of the cruise. Kids ate in Sushi Bar on 12 one night, they said it was great. Food was very good, appetizers and entrees changed nightly in all restaurants (to keep things different) and quality was very good. Buffets were also rotated...Mexican one night, american the next...etc We watched both main shows and loved them. The quality of the dancers.singers was better than expected and the shows were entertaining and enjoyable. The final night show with the crew was really the best. We also spent time in the Windjammer listening to the piano player (great by the way) as well as did several trivia games, newlywed and couple games and also spent time each night in Spinnakers watching Karaoke after 10pm. The casino was eh...I brought money expecting to play but the table minimums were too high and the electronic games were really "rigged" or set so you never win anything...avoid them at all costs! Drink package was AMAZING and the service, for the most part, at the bars was good. Expect to wait when it gets crowded. I read a few complaints about the sales tactics on board and must agree...My wife and I spent around $400 (with extra tip) for couple massage and were hit with a lengthy sales pitch afterwards...really took the enjoyment out of a really good massage. We did not buy anything because of this high pressure sales tactic. As far as the other sales pitches...simply don't go see them! Great Stirrup Cay was really nice (ocean freezing...but it is December mind you) and we spent about three hours there. Rented the covered lounge chairs for the afternoon and later found that the shore excursion credit we did not used covered them! :) Overall we loved the trip and already booked the Sun for our next cruise in October (14 days thru the Panama canal). The smaller ship keep lines and crowds to a minimum, few children running around and the clientele seem more "adult" and behaved than on Carnival (mad house usually)...and with the smaller ship we don't have to fight to eat, swim or get a lounge chair! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We have exclusively sailed Disney Cruise Line. We wanted to sail during Thanksgiving week and DCL was very expensive for the same itinerary and ports (minus Grand Bahama). NCL was for the right price and decided to give it a try. It seems ... Read More
We have exclusively sailed Disney Cruise Line. We wanted to sail during Thanksgiving week and DCL was very expensive for the same itinerary and ports (minus Grand Bahama). NCL was for the right price and decided to give it a try. It seems that NCL's schtick is Free at Sea. We booked a balcony cabin which allowed you to choose all Free at Sea offers. This meant we would receive (for 1st and 2nd guests only) a beverage package, 100 minutes internet (1st guest only), $50 shore excursion credit (1st guest only), and dining package (1 meal for 1st and 2nd guest). We booked early. We didn't realize that prices go down closer to sailing. DCL only goes up. We were following the DCL pricing model. We didn't book excursions ahead of time because if you book online, they have to be pre-paid. That wasn't an issue. Everything we wanted to do was available to book on the ship. We prepaid the service charges before our cruise. The free beverage package isn't truly free because you have to prepay the gratuities for it at the time of booking. Plus, depending on your port, you may pay taxes on the drinks. At that point, we were good. We paid everything and prepared for our trip. One last-minute change was room. I upgraded from a balcony to a mini-suite. When all was said it done, I only paid $60 extra for the upgrade. Embarkation: As we pull in, we follow the road signs directing us to Terminal 5. The person directing traffic points us to the proper parking deck marking the last occasion we’d get information on how to embark. We park the car, follow some folks towards a terminal. There are no signs welcoming you, no signs informing you where to drop bags off or check in, and no signs even indicating you’re here for an NCL cruise. We make our way to the top floor of the terminal with bags still in tow and are greeted by an NCL agent who sees us and says right this way to pass security and check in. Ok, maybe they take our bags after security, again we only know DCL. Next, we are greeted by another NCL agent prior to security who directs us to the security queue. We pass through security and are greeted by another agent who sees we still have our bags but directs us to check in. We wait in line for a few minutes when we meet our check in agent. She starts checking us in (she was very nice and helpful) and we finally ask “when do you take our bags?” She responds with “oh no, another one? They should have told you to take them to the porters”. Mr. NCL manager made his way over and confirmed that we need to exit through security and take our luggage down the escalators to the porters then come back through security again. Once we had that taken care of, we waited about 20 minutes to board the ship. That process was surprisingly smooth. Ship: The sun artwork on the hull is very nice. I really like this aspect of Norwegian ships. For the most part, everything was clean. Rust could be seen in a few areas and the windows were always dirty on the outside. There was never a clear window outside except for our stateroom. The tables were not bussed in a timely manner or there was some trash in the common areas. The ship was easy to navigate and we never had any issues getting around. Dining: All the food bordered on terrible.There are a ton of options, but the quality just wasn't there. The MDR team was slow and we honestly felt the couldn't have cared less. The best item I had was potato salad in Moderno on the first day of the cruise. Entertainment - NCL wants you in the casino. I believe they purposely have nothing past 8 pm to give you no other choice for entertainment. Dance parties were happening, but I would rather have activities over dancing. The cruise director, Jeimy, just needs to go. I know no one can compare to #tonyfromspain, but she came across as completely fake. She hosted a few of the activities, but was hardly seen. One specific game show, which was being filmed, the audience didn't respond to her introduction the way she preferred. She made them introduce her again. The cruise team staff, however, were pretty good. Paul Newman and Mark from the Philippines and Tina from Argentina did well and tried to really make sure the guests were having a great time. The pool and pool deck were the general hub of activity during the day. There were games and live music. The techs need to work on the volume. The music of the live bands was so loud that it made it being on deck uncomfortable. A couple of surprising things about the pool were that it was saltwater and there was only one lifeguard. There was absolutely NO WAY he could watch two pools at once. However, each lifeguard (during each shift) would make sure the little kids had adults watching them, and if they didn't, he wouldn't let them in the pool. Activities - There were a lot of things to do and plenty of activities to keep one busy, but that really ended around 8 pm. Service - Well, this one is tricky. The MDR dining team wasn't great. Our stateroom host was fine and kept the room clean. The bar team was excellent. The bars were hopping about 90% of time and the bartenders kept the drinks and crowds moving. They are definitely worth the service charge on the drink package. They were as good or better than DCL. Ports and Shore Excursions - It was easy to reserve shore excursions. We went to the shore excursion desk. The agent was very helpful. We docked at Nassau and did the seahorse snorkel. The catamaran was packed. Probably around 50 people. Imagine that number on two separate catamarans and put all of those guests in one small reef to snorkel. The only fish we really saw was when a guest vomited over the side in the snorkel area. The fish took care of it. On Great Stirrup Cay, we chose the Swimming with Pigs excursion. Keep in mind, you will not actually swim with pigs, but this was still a great excursion. It was fun and the number of cruisers to pig ratio was low. There were tiny piglets and giant pigs. The guides were great and we had a ton of fun. The island itself was fine. Both the Sun and Sky tendered, so it was a little crowded. The water was nice and it was a fabulous day of weather. Disney's Castaway Cay is better by a long shot. No tendering needed with DCL. If you needed to go back to the ship for something with NCL, it could take you an hour. We traveled with our 17-year-old. She didn't partake in the kids club for her age. She went to the shows and activities we attended. She said she had a good time. There were not many little children on this cruise. Maybe this is normal. We only know DCL in comparison. Debarkation - Well, NCL one upped themselves. We happened to be awake as we approached Port Canaveral. It quickly became apparent that we were docking at a different terminal than where we embarked. What’s the big deal you say? Well our parking deck was now at least a quarter mile away across the port with no way to walk to it. We eat breakfast and then head to guest services to inquire about shuttle service. I asked if there would be a shuttle to terminal in which we were directed to park for embarkation. The NCL agent looked at me funny and said “Why did you even park there when we are docking here?” I informed her that we were directed to park there since it was attached to the terminal we left from. She said oh no, you should have parked over here and taken a shuttle over. I reiterate that we were directed by NCL agents to park there and now want to know if they will have a shuttle. She makes a call and learns that they have several shuttles waiting for us to take us back to our parking deck. She ends her conversation with “you will take one of those shuttles like you should have before the cruise.” After all that is sorted out, debarkation was a breeze. You pass through customs on the ship and they use face recognition (DCL does not). Time from exiting the ship to exiting the parking garage was about 40 minutes. Bottom line: Would we do this again? It would have to be a great deal with the free at sea options. The food was terrible, all of the common areas on the inside smelled of smoke and the service (minus the bar team) just wasn't there. We definitely learned that you get what you pay for when it comes to cruising. There were only a couple of things that NCL did better than DCL. The internet is by minute and not megabyte and the bar service team. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I chose this cruise because of the perks and the price. The perks were nice, but as for the food, it was definitely below my cruise standards. The specialty restaurants- The Cagney Steak House burnt my lamb chop, and the sides were sub ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of the perks and the price. The perks were nice, but as for the food, it was definitely below my cruise standards. The specialty restaurants- The Cagney Steak House burnt my lamb chop, and the sides were sub par. The Moderno Brazilian Restaurant was excellent and should not be missed. The buffet was very limited and very poor selections. My dininig rooms selections were nothing special either. The taste of the food was nothing special. MSC, Holland America or Royal Caribbean would be MUCH better choices. Activities were lame. Evening entertainment for 5 nights was generally poor 3 out of the 5 nights, with a fair to poor comedian 2 of the 5 nights. The perk for the shore excursion came in handy but had they not discounted them, it would have been cheaper to book them yourself. If you are a first time cruiser, you will probably love the experience. If you are an experienced cruiser, forget this cruise line More info: The ship- Not huge so fairly easy to get around. It is clean and well taken care of. The Cabin- plenty of room for items but notch people room. Dining- In main dining room service was fast and efficient even though food wasn't. Entertainment- A couple of good 45 minute shows. A couple of bad comedian shows for the 5 nights. Service- Reasonably good. Ports- Bahamians want your $. Their entire economy is based on them making money from tourism. Shore excursions- see above Would I go again? I love being on the ocean, so almost a maybe, but probably not! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Point off for this eval format, the smell in the room, and the room steward. Is this what Norwegian is doing now instead of a REAL eval of your cruise paid for by your hard-earned money?? That's so cheap, and very low on the customer ... Read More
Point off for this eval format, the smell in the room, and the room steward. Is this what Norwegian is doing now instead of a REAL eval of your cruise paid for by your hard-earned money?? That's so cheap, and very low on the customer service side of things. Makes me want to decrease my rating. The cabin was great, room 9078, it's Aft facing. It has a coffee pot and bathtub. Had two robes and two pair of slippers ( I think you get those with a mini-suite). I think it now only has one robe. ; ) Room steward wasn't the best, didn't see him until the second day. This was cruise number 19('ish), most of them with Norwegian. The past stewards have always made an appearance on the first day and asked if we need anything. Ours never asked the few times we saw him on day two, and we rarely saw him the rest of the week. He did turn-down and cleaned though. :) No towel animals all week, which is ok with me although it is kind of cute perk of cruising. And what about the people in the room next to us, did they not get that all week too? It was their first cruise, that's supposed to be part of the cruise experience. I feel sad for them if they didn't get that. Hey NCL, if you're listening, the outlet plug inside the cabin door doesn't work. It's the one next to the mirror, kind of unhandy to not be working. On day one I noticed the bathroom had a sewer smell and there was hardly any water in the toilet. I mentioned it to the room steward on the 2nd day when I saw him. He said he would take care of it. Nothing happened until the 3rd day when I went to the Customer Service desk and complained about the smell. They sent a plumber almost right away to eval the issue. He came back later and the problem was fixed. NCL needs to put a door stop in the room because the door to the bathroom is closes automatically and to bathroom area gets hot. Have to prop the door open to cool off. The toilet closet is big enough, I think it needs a small shelf in the corner or get fancy and do a small shelf and a magazine rack, the room is big enough. So, the room steward got his full tip because they are pre-paid and he did a so-so job all week. The Customer Service desk followed up to make sure the problem was solved. Kudos to them. Dining was great. Beware if you dine at the rear of the boat in the main dining. There were only two chairs for people to sit in to wait. We ate at Cagney's and the Mexican Restaurant, both were fantastic! This cruise was supposed to go to Cuba but didn't so NCL gave us those two dinners as compensation. We could have picked any restaurant. We would like to see a taco stand on the back of the boat in addition to burgers. Last cruise on Carnival had a Guy Fierie's Burger ( OMG :) ). Are you getting this NCL?? The tacos on their private island were the BOMB! We like the private island. The lunch was good, tacos great, and liked not having to haggle over the price of a clamshell. You pay for those on the boat and when you get to the island they tender you in and you find an empty clamshell and someone will set it up for you if you don't beat them to it or if you don't mind doing it yourself. You get tendered in, each tender holds up to 450 people so it goes fast. Had a nice relaxing day on the island. We would have like to see interactive TV like on the Epic. Would like to have that to check our account and check dining reservations, etc. I have the app but not everyone has a cell phone or wants to use it constantly ( you listening NCL?) Didn't do any shore excursions, got a lot of other perks because our itinerary changed three times because of hurricanes and politics. I'm certainly not going to ding them on that. Had a nice cruise despite a few bumps ( you out there NCL?) I'll cruise with NCL again. Enjoy your cruise, no matter who you chose! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was my first cruise. My wife booked this to celebrate our 35th anniversary. I was expecting an upscale experience from Norwegian compared to the lower cost lines. Our first experience was a thirty minute wait to get a drink. I ... Read More
This was my first cruise. My wife booked this to celebrate our 35th anniversary. I was expecting an upscale experience from Norwegian compared to the lower cost lines. Our first experience was a thirty minute wait to get a drink. I assumed that this was early crowds just arriving but the wait times didn't really get much better. We spent some time in the pool area but left because the sound system was turned up too loud. I suspect the live entertainment was good but we couldn't enjoy it with the volume turned up that loud. The cafeteria was never very busy. There were plenty of seats. The food was OK, not great. The sit down restaurants were better although the meat portions were small and over cooked. The Italian Restaurant was pricey but excellent. The private island was nice. The barbecue was OK, not great. The music was turned up really loud there as well. We found some seats at the opposite end of the beach from the DJ. Snorkel rental wasn't worth it. The equipment was of poor quality and there wasn't much to see. The last night, the ride was really rough so we didn't get much sleep. On our way out, I left behind a toiletries kit with an expensive shaver in the state room. You can't go back to get it once you depart the ship so we relied on the lost and found system. I'm sure it was found by our steward but not turned in so it's gone. It was my fault that I left this behind but it should have been turned in none the less. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We had been cruising with Carnival and wanted to try a different line thinking higher price = better experience. The ship was smaller than I expected and that is on me, I should have read the reviews before booking. The complimentary ... Read More
We had been cruising with Carnival and wanted to try a different line thinking higher price = better experience. The ship was smaller than I expected and that is on me, I should have read the reviews before booking. The complimentary food was not as good as Carnival but the specialty dining was pretty good, just pricey. The free drinks were amazing of course, but you better get them before midnight because everything closes down at midnight except the sports bar and they aren’t too happy to see you when you come in. We chose swimming with the pigs as our excursion and it was pretty cool, but the whole time we were on Great Stirrup Cay we were covering Royal Caribbean’s private island. It looked like it had a lot more to do on the island. If I were to ever choose Norwegian again, it will be on a much larger/newer boat. Really glad this was not my first cruise or I probably wouldn’t cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Had issues on day one and they just haunted my girlfriend and I throughout our trip. A paid for drink package, that we had ample proof of.( email from NCL and our itemized reservation.) Couldn’t get it on our room card at the check in, ... Read More
Had issues on day one and they just haunted my girlfriend and I throughout our trip. A paid for drink package, that we had ample proof of.( email from NCL and our itemized reservation.) Couldn’t get it on our room card at the check in, computer issues were blamed and we were told to see Guest Services once onboard the ship. Here’s where it starts to unravel, gentleman we dealt with was virtually a recording. He disputed the email, from NCL Sr. VP Passenger Services. As our itemized reservation wasn’t enough proof of our claims. Finally after having all his ridiculous and vague questions answered, we got the “We can do nothing on the ship, it must come from the office” on a loop from him. Literally his response to us for the next 5 minutes. We decide to purchase the package AGAIN to avoid paying exorbitant prices for beverages on our vacation. After wasting 4 hours waiting to hear from “The Office”. We head back to Guest Services and miraculously our package was already on our reservation! A Christmas miracle! The attendant asked us why we purchased onboard, a package we already had... we had to tell the ridiculous story for a third time since check in at port. We thought the worst was behind us and we began to enjoy our vacation. Until we were greeted by some of the worst bar staff I’ve ever encountered. I don’t think they served me what I ordered until the third different bar we visited. The language barrier was ridiculous for any guest service position. It’s very frustrating to get blank stares and “ok sure” after simple questions. 2 different areas we visited failed to open at posted hours. The response we were given was, “It open when it open” in the worst broken accent you can think up. All in all, there were some great crew members who salvaged my vacation. However, they’re far outnumbered by staff who are either poorly trained or just don’t care. That’s a good overview of the negatives, I’d like to touch now on some of the positives. We found the food offerings truly awesome, dinners were fantastic, the buffet was wonderful! Our room was quite spacious and had a great view. The people watching on a 4 day “booze cruise” is some of the best entertainment you’ll find aboard. Great stirrup cay is just Ok in my opinion. It’s crowded and was like any other weekend at the beach. This was my first cruise and my GF’s fourth. Neither of us want to get back on the sun! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I chose this ship, because it is one of the best in class for service and friendless. (there are only two in class: The Sky & The Sun). The better dance choice is The NCL Sun, if you like live music and great dance floors, it is ... Read More
I chose this ship, because it is one of the best in class for service and friendless. (there are only two in class: The Sky & The Sun). The better dance choice is The NCL Sun, if you like live music and great dance floors, it is better on the Sun than on the Sky. The Latin band, 440 duo, is an excellent band, I cruised three times over the last two months just to go back and party with them, their contract is up in January so hurry. The new High Five band is incredible as well. The staff on the Sun know how to pick entertainment for this ship. The food service in the MDRs, service taste and temperature was perfect. I will give the buffet 8 to 9 out of a 10 for their meals and service. Now for the not so good, my cabin upon arrival was reeking of vomit, I don't know how they could have released this cabin into service for the next guest in this condition. All I can say is that the poor cabin steward is over worked and was afraid to not clear this cabin; it should have been condemned until a proper clean out could have been performed by the right members of the crew. I complained but there was a little bit of nonchalant about the way the handled the situation. Believe me, they did try to rectify, but they fell short. Of course I got sick, vomiting like Linda Blair in the Exorcist. I had to visit the hospital; $1800 and two hours later, I was sent on my way. Do you think I got an apology, maybe roses? I got nothing. The crew members I knew went all out to to help, with cut green apples from the Manager at Cagney's Steakhouse, to the Bar Manager in the Atrium sending me ginger ale. Those are the little people who make you feel special, not the big bosses who ignored my hospital visit and their lack of a clean cabin. With all that I still have not lost hope in NCL. They, the bosses, did as little as possible to rectify, but in the end, it was the little people of NCL that came to the rescue. That is what keeps me coming back. But YOUR experience will differ so don't get on the ship looking for negative, have fun and put in writing to the GM on board your troubles and then get back to the fun, letting the proper people handle your complaint. Happy cruising to all! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
The food was horrible, service was not great, front desk was no help at all. The boat was rocking more than any boat I ever been on the first and last night. When I went to the front desk in the middle of the night to get water because my ... Read More
The food was horrible, service was not great, front desk was no help at all. The boat was rocking more than any boat I ever been on the first and last night. When I went to the front desk in the middle of the night to get water because my girlfriend was throwing up from all the rocking they sent me to the back of the ship. Not to mention water isn't included on your all you can drink package, it cost about $7 a bottle. The ship went to their private island and then decided to cancel it last moment and we skipped on stop. I don't know if tips were paid before attending the cruise is the reason all the staffs were slow and not friendly at all, I would much rather they earn their tips. on the 4th day when we went to their private island my drink package did not work and when I asked why they said its not activated go back to the ship to see why its not working there is nothing we can do. Because you have to take a boat back to the ship and it would've took probably over an hour to do that we decided not to drink. When we went to the front desk after we boarded back on they said "there is nothing wrong with your card I don't know why it didn't work." They really didn't seem to care, didn't apologize, I wasn't compensated or anything. Overall probably one of the worst cruises I have been to. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
When I saw the advertisement for $199 for the 5 day Bahama cruise, I couldn't pass it up. We booked it about two weeks prior to departure, chose the drink package and two specialty dining meals. Getting on and off the ship at the ... Read More
When I saw the advertisement for $199 for the 5 day Bahama cruise, I couldn't pass it up. We booked it about two weeks prior to departure, chose the drink package and two specialty dining meals. Getting on and off the ship at the beginning and end of the cruise was a breeze. We were checked in promptly and offered water to drink while waiting. For debarkation, we elected to walk off, and since we timed it between platinum and special guests, we didn't have a long line. Customs was on the ship deck with a facial recognition camera and a quick look at the passport. On board, the only drawback was the music choices and hours. During this cruise, we had no classical or instrumental entertainment other than the piano in the Windjammer. I get tired of the oldies music (even though I'm 53). The evening show was the usual cruise ship venue, but on the last night the cruise director introduced all the managers and many department supervisors, so we were able to thank them with applause. I thought this was nice. Our cabin could only be reached from the bow of the ship. See cabin review below. Fitness: We like to walk on the promenade in the mornings but two mornings on our trip it was partially blocked for maintenance. No big deal, just reverse and go the other way until you get back to the barrier, but it seemed like they could've blocked just a portion of the deck instead of the entire deck section. I have to appreciate that NCL takes safety seriously. The food was good. We had the buffet every morning for breakfast and usually went to the aft Great Outdoors buffet for lunch. Dinner at Cagneys was delicious and filling. No problems ordering or waiting at the Four Seasons. The last night, we had dinner at the sushi bar. The staff was exceptionally courteous. Overall, the sushi menu is rather limited but the entire meal was well prepared, fresh and delicious. The chef even made my husband a typical California roll that wasn't on the menu at all, and gave us an additional plate of sashimi and nigeri beyond what our meal package included. We easily ate $80 worth of sushi and sashimi, in addition to our edamame appetizer and sake (two kinds available) and were stuffed. All was included in our meal and beverage packages. So the sushi bar, for us, was a great added value. Shore excursions: We couldn't stop at Great Stirrup Cay the first day because the waves were too rough for tendering. So we puttered over to Nassau a day early. My husband and I didn't get off the ship as we've been there before. In Freeport, we took an NCL offered excursion for the Luxury Day Sail and had a good time. Drinks, a bento-sandwich lunch and snorkeling was included. We didn't go very far off shore and my only complaint was that it was too short. The guides were friendly and attentive. The last port was Great Stirrup Cay again, and that's always fun. We just get chairs and stay by the beach but some seniors next to us said they had a great time on the zipline. My only complaint about the Cay is the barbecue offerings. Hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and fried chicken are your choices. I was hoping for a fish option, but they had salads, too. I've traveled on the Sun twice before and like the ship because of its small size. The staff remember you and the ship is well kept. I would go on it again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was my husband's and my first cruise and we enjoyed it. Norwegian offered a great deal on the cruise with many added perks. Expect to spend an additional $200-300 each in other charges and on board purchases. We even had $150 on ... Read More
This was my husband's and my first cruise and we enjoyed it. Norwegian offered a great deal on the cruise with many added perks. Expect to spend an additional $200-300 each in other charges and on board purchases. We even had $150 on board spending credits and $100 in spa credits, and no booked excursions. We had a balcony cabin on deck 10 and loved our room. It was plenty room for the two of us. Outlets were sparse and the blow dryer was not very good...strange setup. Take your own if you need one. We had breakfast delivered to the cabin every morning versus going to the buffet. The buffet and dining room meals were average and nothing special to write about, but I'm a good snob, foodie. We had specialty dining available for two nights of the cruise and had pretty good meals and great dining experiences those two evenings (Tepanyaki and Mexican food). Our cruise included the drink package and the drinks were good. The entertainment on the ships was great and there were plenty of activities going on around the ship. Andre the piano guy was incredible. We watched and listened to him several nights. The last night he played the organ versus the piano, which was very disappointing, and took away from his incredible talent. we went to Darans comedy show twice, one family friendly, the other not. Both were very good. We ported at Nassau, Grand Bahama Island and Great Stirrup Key, which was by far the best port. Nassau and Grand Bahama were both very ghetto and we didn't like the locals trying to lure us into buying little trinkets, then made to feel guilty when we politely declined. We didn't book any excursions and instead went to the beach on Grand Bahama...the shuttle company (not NCL) who taxied us to the beach again was very ghetto. We went to Taino Beach, which had an entrance fee and fees to use beach chairs and umbrellas. Don't waste your money on the drinks in cut coconuts or pineapples. we decided that if we take another cruise to the Bahamas, we will definitely book excursions. The weird excitement of the trip was when a drink girl jumped overboard on the 4th night of the cruise after fighting with her boyfriend, and we witnessed her rescue (she survived) and we heard the next day that she was escorted off the ship in the middle of the night. Day one and day five were very choppy and several passengers experienced seasickness, including myself. The staff were very helpful and offered me motion sickness RX from customer services. We booked massages and pedicures on the ship and were very satisfied, aside from their attempt to upsell us into purchasing products and to book more services. All in all, it was a great mini vacation for us. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose a short 5 day cruise with 2 beach stops to relax after a 6 month chemo. Treatment. We chose an inside cabin which we only did once before( and never again ) to keep costs down. Embarkation was smooth but not the seas that first ... Read More
We chose a short 5 day cruise with 2 beach stops to relax after a 6 month chemo. Treatment. We chose an inside cabin which we only did once before( and never again ) to keep costs down. Embarkation was smooth but not the seas that first night. To quote george costanza "the seas were angry my friend", rocking and rolling. This added to the pleasure of an inside cabin. Our first beach day was scrubbed due to high seas not condusive for a tender operation, instead we headed to nassau bahamas for an overnight stay. Our sea day was cancelled and replaced with a stay in freeport bahamas. The main dining was adequate, nothing special, however the brazilian stekhouse, and le bistro were excellent. The buffet area is small and there is additional buffet dining at the rear of the ship. On two occasions we found hairs embedded in our food, which was a turnoff. We found some of the higher level staff lacking in courtesies when asked about certain conditions. The entertainment on board was excellent. We loved the high energy dance group and their production shows were top notch. Duran howard the comedian was excellent with humorous situational comedy that was very creative. We saw both his regular show and his adult only show. Both top shelf. WE HAD A RELAXING TIME AND HAVING NO EXPECTATIONS, WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED, AS SENIORS THAT CRUISE AND STILL LIKE TO HAVE FUN Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This cruise started well after bidding on an upgrade from outside cabin to mini suite was successful. Embarkation was easy. took 5 minutes maximum. We loved the ship and felt that the only thing that let it down was the MDR breakfasts ... Read More
This cruise started well after bidding on an upgrade from outside cabin to mini suite was successful. Embarkation was easy. took 5 minutes maximum. We loved the ship and felt that the only thing that let it down was the MDR breakfasts which offered little more than the buffet; the unfunny comedian performing on the main stage rather than in a more atmospheric lounge and the cruise director whose one line of "I'm from beautiful Colombia" wore thin by the end of the cruise especially as she just didn't seem to do much. She'd last less than one cruise on Carnival. The food was, in the main, pretty good and the Sports Bar, open until 3am, was a great late evening hangout especially as we had the drinks package thrown in. The full bath, walk-in closet and larger balcony meant that our cabin was worth every penny. We stooped twice in Great Stirrup Cay which was nice if a little dull and the restaurants close far too early there. Nassau was nicer than anticipated. Disembarkation the easiest ever. Off the ship and in a taxi within 5 minutes of leaving. Overall thoroughly recommended Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was my first time ever on a cruise and I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. I’ll start by saying the staff on the sun were absolutely amazing and extremely helpful. Not only did the staff do an amazing job, but they made us ... Read More
This was my first time ever on a cruise and I couldn’t have asked for a better trip. I’ll start by saying the staff on the sun were absolutely amazing and extremely helpful. Not only did the staff do an amazing job, but they made us feel at home and went beyond their job titles to make everyone feel welcome and special. Our room was amazing and extremely clean everyday. Very thankful for our housekeeper. We ate dinner every night at the Seven Seas and it was absolutely amazing. The menu was amazing and there were endless possibilities for dinner. We celebrated two birthdays on board and they were amazing thanks to everyone who took part in the experience. All of the staff in each lounge were very helpful and made sure we had the best experiences possible. Jamie the cruise director was amazing at her job and coordinated a great trip with so many great things to do on board. Definitely enjoyed everyday out on the islands. Everything was great from getting off the boat to the beech and even back on board . The private island exceeded my expectations with the cleanliness and fun atmosphere. Also very thankful for Irma and her advice on how to shop in Nassau. With her help we were able to find many great gifts to bring back home and enjoy. I took part in the stingray city excursion on November 8th and it was by far the most fun I’ve ever had. Our guide Miguel was super nice and made sure to make our experience far more than just taking photos with the rays. I would highly recommend traveling with Norwegian Cruise Line to anyone looking for a get away. I most definitely will be looking back into traveling with Norwegian again in the future. Thank you so much for the great staff and the unforgettable memories made! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was our first cruise and was booked for us as a surprise by very good friends of ours. We had a fantastic time and would love to go again soon. The ship was beautiful and clean and everyone we met were super friendly and ... Read More
This was our first cruise and was booked for us as a surprise by very good friends of ours. We had a fantastic time and would love to go again soon. The ship was beautiful and clean and everyone we met were super friendly and helpful. The cabin, was beautiful and clean and surprisingly spacious. The food selection was really good and plentiful. The entertainment was also very good with a good selection for all tastes. There were plenty of quiet areas on the ship too if you wanted to just get away and relax. All the crew from the minute we were checking in to the very last minute when we left were so helpful and kind and friendly, they all made us feel very special and as if we were the only people they were dealing with. The weather was lovely. The private island was perfect the food selection and preparation were really good and at no time was it ever crowded or queing for anything. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
2nd cruise with NCL. Platinum on Disney, nearly same on RCCL and Carnival. I would rate my experience level as similar to RCCL and Carnival. My first NCL cruise was in The Haven on the Epic. For this cruise, my room had a fair amount ... Read More
2nd cruise with NCL. Platinum on Disney, nearly same on RCCL and Carnival. I would rate my experience level as similar to RCCL and Carnival. My first NCL cruise was in The Haven on the Epic. For this cruise, my room had a fair amount of broken/damaged furniture and worn carpeting in front of the balcony door. The dryer hose in the bathroom kept disconnecting from the wall unit. The toilet generally had a delayed flush process, sometimes taking up to 3 minutes after pushing the button before it would flush. Felt the balcony table was way too small to be very useful. Room Steward team (Ji Wei Wei) was excellent, friendly and efficient. Room Service Steward "Jeekerson" was also excellent, had a great memory and friendly/outgoing presence. Looked forward to his morning delivery of coffee and goodies. Sadly, I had a disappointing attempt at dinner at Los Lobos. Food was just not good and was bland, uninspiring and generally flavorless. The salsa was just weird tasting, I sent my appetizer back and after 2 bites of my entre I gave up. To their credit, the service and management staff did a great job in attempting a service recovery; offering to replace the food, offered other entrees, a beverage and dessert. I politely declined as I didn't really think a different dish would have made a difference in my ability to enjoy a meal. I really enjoyed the Indian food choices that were on the buffet. Desserts were very good. The fresh, made to order dessert crepes was a real treat. Pizza. Where was the pizza? I discovered it quite by accident on Day 4 while walking through one of the specialty restaurants one morning and noticed some pizza condiment containers. They weren't open and I asked a steward setting up what time service started and for how long. I was stunning when he said from 11 - 2pm. That's it? Pizza available only 3 hours a day and for lunch only? You need to fix that! Stage shows: The Family and Adult versions of the comedian show were both enjoyable. I saw two of the three singer/dancer productions; the Rock show and World beat were both enjoyable mostly. Regarding Rock show, the sound mix was so tame with a live band on the stage you couldn't tell audibly the band was there. The mix was so conservative and totally lacked any dynamic range the bands presence on stage was superfluous. Male principal singers (both). Great voices overall. However, please, it's a rock show, they need to "butch" it up. Rock songs aren't sung with a voice singing like they were singing an Opera. You know what I mean. The World Beat was very, very good. Enjoyed the ethnic variety of songs and different dances. Female principals had great voices and excellent range. Dancers were very good overall, some were 'marking' here and there but I doubt most of the audience could tell. First time doing a cruise alone. There's always a "friends of Bill W" meeting in the schedule everyday and of course the LGBTQ freestyle bar meet. Nothing in the schedule regarding a "singles meet and greet" though. Have seen it on the other cruise lines. In this case, I was looking for that. Cruise director. Very pleasant and attractive woman. Doesn't really have the energy lever/presence I expect from the person that has that very hard job to do. She's not really funny and doesn't know that well how to use sarcasm for comedic effect. The double private island was a plus for me as Freeport is still heavily damaged and when I spoke to some people I met in a bar in Nassau that were on a ship that did a stop there said many of the excursions were not working. So, the private island is nice. I'd rate it last of the 4 private islands I've been on, with Disney's Castaway Cay far and away the best. RCCL 2nd and Half Moon Cay 3rd. Signage is just not that good. Need map/sign boards showing where you are. The black and white page they hand you when you get on the island is of little help. Nothing posted anywhere showing what the food menu is at each place. On my way out the 2nd time stop of the week I found the pavilion which had a huge variety of food choices vs the tents scattered everywhere that only had burgers/dogs and bone dry near burnt chicken. I thought that's all you could get there. I also stumbled over the trailer/food truck setup that was serving ceviche, pulled pork, and mahi mahi sandwiches. Wow, that was a nice accidental discovery. So, my cruise experience overall was Very Good. Hope this all explained why. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
To begin, embarkation was fantastic. We were met at baggage claim (Orlando) and taken directly to the cruise terminal where we left our bags at the bus. When we walked into the terminal around 11:30 it was full. We checked in, our number ... Read More
To begin, embarkation was fantastic. We were met at baggage claim (Orlando) and taken directly to the cruise terminal where we left our bags at the bus. When we walked into the terminal around 11:30 it was full. We checked in, our number to embark was called, and we were onboard within 30 minutes. Everyone was friendly and everything we paid for was accounted for. When we walked on the ship it looked and even smelled very clean. Our room was ready at 1:30. We stayed in a balcony on the 8th floor. It was plenty spacious for the two of us and was very clean and updated. We spent two days on Great Stirrup Cay. Both days we shared the island with another ship. We participated in the stingray and kayak excursions. Both were fantastic. I was a little bummed when I saw the stingrays were in a cage, but once we saw the nurse sharks swimming in and out and held our stingrays, those judgements faded. The guys working there love their jobs and the rays. The kayaks were also fantastic, probably more so. They took us around the island, to a ship wreck, two natural beaches not available to the public, and pointed out a lot of marine life. Excursions aside, this island is absolutely gorgeous. We spent our days at the beach farthest from the tenders. Hardly anyone else made their way down that far. You can also snorkel around the rocks and see thousands of fish! We had the Mahi Mahi sandwiches from the food truck and they were delicious. I will advise - around lunch time there is a long line for a drink, but otherwise, lines were average. Entertainment - the shows were good. The comedian was funny. However, the pianist and guitar God (Jason) that play at Windjammer make up for any shortcomings found anywhere else around the ship. Food - we ate at Seven Seas three nights and found the food to be quite good. Service was friendly and expedient if needed. We also ate at Le Bistro and Moderno, both were good, but nothing beat the steak at Le Bistro. My only qualms were with the ship layout and room steward. The layout was very choppy. Walking around or through restaurants to get somewhere got old but not annoying enough for me to be angry. Our room steward had a few miscommunications with us which were annoying but nothing I can’t chalk up to an English as a second language issue. Also, every single other employee on this boat was extremely friendly and accommodating. For disembarkation we chose the DIY option. We rolled our suitcases off the boat on our own and we were back through customs and back to reality in less than 20 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Please understand that this is just my opinion and experience on the Norwegian Sun out of Port Canaveral on October 31, 2019. I'll break it down into categories. Embarkation: Pretty good although there was some wait. ... Read More
Please understand that this is just my opinion and experience on the Norwegian Sun out of Port Canaveral on October 31, 2019. I'll break it down into categories. Embarkation: Pretty good although there was some wait. Debarkation: Very good. Staff that greets you on and off the ship: Excellent and smiling all of the time. Room: Clean and a good size. Room Steward: Best thing about the cruise. He was perfect, addressed us by name, very friendly and worked hard. Ship: Older and small (comparatively) but OK. Built in 2001, refurbished in 2018. Cruise director: I couldn't stand her. Annoying. Phony. Said the same thing every time you saw her. Very poor choice having her for social director etc. Second least favorite subject about the cruise. Bartenders: In most cases or at least in many, terrible and slow. No sense of urgency. Worst thing about the cruise was the very long wait to get a beverage. People in line complaining. Allowing of people to cut in front up to bar ignoring line. Very long wait for a drink. Slow moving bartenders and this clearly showed me a lack of desire to ever get the drink package again. Seriously terrible experience. Occasionally, not as horrible as the norm. To this minute it pisses me off at the time wasted in line trying to get a drink, especially at pool area but not good in any area where people gathered. And I am not a big drinker, but because of the long waits, I'll never buy the package again. Food: Average and repeated selections far too often at both the dinner indoor restaurants as well as the lunch buffets. Sometimes cold. This was the third letdown. Yes you could eat a burger, hot dog or pizza anytime. But I expected more and I do NOT expect much in the line of decent food. Menu items for dinner in the regular restaurants were repeated several days. In 29 cruises, this cruise was the worst. I did not eat at any of the pay extra restaurants which may have been better but I have a problem paying for a cruise and then being expected to go to those restaurants for great food. Too much of this pay extra for this and that seems to be the norm on cruising these days. Thus, the title of my review....Cruising, going downhill fast. Wait staff in all restaurants: Fantastic, friendly, fast most of the time. The waiters and busboys ALMOST made up for the food variety and quality. Don't get me wrong, food was ok, even good, but repeated. But the wait staff in the restaurants was great. And the same with the people cleaning up and greeting you. Entertainment: Horrible shows, dancers and music. Terrible stage lighting and presentation. One exception was the guitar player in the Windjammer lounge as he was pretty good. But almost all other musicians were really bad, sorry but true. Private Island: Not bad, slow bartenders. If it's just that there are too many people, add a few more bartenders, or another bar or two. Long lines to get a drink take up too much of your shore fun time. Final thoughts: I go on a cruise to enjoy entertainment, have a drink or two from time to time, enjoy good food and relax like most others. But I was disappointed in the food to some degree although it was OK and not my biggest gripe. But the entertainment, long lines at most bars to get a drink, the annoying cruise director and the poor music choices were the reason that I'll choose another cruise line next time. There was just not enough fun entertainment, after the sun went down. The pool was fine, everybody that served food or cleaned your room or greeted you doing anything other than make a drink was fantastic, friendly and hard working. But the lackadaisical attitude of the bartenders and their slow movement was bad. I've been on 29 cruises (on 4 cruise lines) and will try the others or a new one next time. It's almost a shame how some people try so hard that earn so little and yet the top management make poor choices on a good part of what makes or breaks your fun cruise ship experience. Advice to Norwegian: Change cruise director, revamp food choices, add better entertainment and get rid of most that you have now. Add at least one decent band that can play some classical rock and popular music. Train or replace bartenders with energetic young people and enforce the "take your turn" fairness. And thank and keep and appreciate all smiling waiters, room stewards etc. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our first cruise so we weren’t sure what to expect, but now I can say I will only cruise norwegian for vacations from here forward. Getting on the ship was so easy and took about 10 minutes from checking in to walking aboard. ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we weren’t sure what to expect, but now I can say I will only cruise norwegian for vacations from here forward. Getting on the ship was so easy and took about 10 minutes from checking in to walking aboard. Our stateroom was perfect ( we had an ocean view). It had 2 twin beds and a pull out couch. Being able to chose when and where we ate was so important to us because some days we were busier than others and we got to fit eating times into our schedule. The food was amazing and there were so many options to chose from. Each crew member we encounter was so kind and made sure we were having a great time. Harold (one of the bartenders) even remembered my name and drink order. We were a little worried with a day at sea that we would get cabin fever but they planned activities out so well that the day flew by! The ports were so beautiful and made me never want to leave. I will definitely be cruising with norwegian hopefully soon! Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We were very underwhelmed by our cruise. We had a balcony room towards the front of the ship. The room was clean, but nothing spectacular. The TV channels were almost non existent, we had 2 movie channels and 1 sitcom channel, the other ... Read More
We were very underwhelmed by our cruise. We had a balcony room towards the front of the ship. The room was clean, but nothing spectacular. The TV channels were almost non existent, we had 2 movie channels and 1 sitcom channel, the other few channels were related to the cruise. The beverage staff was slow and constantly forgot your drinks. There was little to no entertainment on the ship. The smoking section was so small there was never enough seats for everyone to sit. Additionally, you weren’t allowed to smoke at the bar that was located in the smoking section. Food was mediocre and the service one night at the four seasons was horrendous. We were there for almost two hours after being seated and it wasn’t because we couldn’t decide what we wanted to eat or drink, it was because our server kept disappearing. I will definitely not be going back on a Norwegian Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was our first cruise. So we didn’t know what was normal and what wasn’t. But wow. There are some issues here. First of all, as newbies, as the ship was leaving, we went up to a viewing point to watch us sail away from ... Read More
This was our first cruise. So we didn’t know what was normal and what wasn’t. But wow. There are some issues here. First of all, as newbies, as the ship was leaving, we went up to a viewing point to watch us sail away from Florida. To our absolute horror we watched miles of sewage being dumped by our ship. I’m scarred for life after seeing this. I immediately started googling to see if this was allowed and sure enough, to my absolute disgust, it is. And it was done so blatantly: an enormous amount of sewage being dumped as we sailed away. No care that excited passengers would be watching. THAT is what we watched as we sailed away on our first cruise. I’m home now and still traumatized by such blatent pollution to that beautiful ocean and all the creatures within it. Why it isn’t dumped in a more responsible way when it sits at port for four hours is beyond me. And while I obviously don’t know if it was “treated” it sure looked raw. Another issue. After two days of suffering through an issue that we just thought was “just the way it is” we learned from a fellow passenger that no, it is NOT normal for our bathroom to smell like sewage all the time (which permeated into the cabin). Fortunately we had a balcony door that we could open for fresh air. We mentioned it to guest services who seemed very ‘meh’ about it but said they would send a plumber up. To our knowledge this did not occur and no one followed up. I make this assumption because the problem was never rectified. The entire duration of our stay we suffered through the smell of sewage in our cabin. 9039 was our cabin. Another issue. We were at the pool area when we saw a girl get so intoxicated that she sat on the backside of a pool lounger and urinated right onto the chair and pool deck. I brought this to the attention of a staff member (Towel guy) and then went to the opposite side of the ship to avoid the area and to ensure it got cleaned. The only question he asked me was where was the girl who did this. He never summoned anyone, the pool deck was never cleaned. I stayed for one hour. The chair that was soiled was simply stacked on top of the others. The deck never mopped. I’m absolutely disgusted and scarred for life from watching this and how it was handled. Shame on them for allowing passengers to get so intoxicated. And double shame on them for not cleaning it up. An employee was told. And he did NOTHING. Good thing I was forced to pay a service fee to allow equal tipping to all of their employees. Another issue with the pool, not once during our four day cruise did I see anyone testing the water quality despite the multitude of people always in there. This should be done not only for a visual assurance for passengers but also because to not do it is disgusting. This should be done SEVERAL times per day, given the number of people using the pool. The Casino REEKED of smoke and is a common thoroughfare. Not impressed that we had to walk through there on a fairly regular basis just to get where we wanted to go. So that is my review. For my first experience this was very disappointing. That’s unfortunate because the staff and other service personnel were excellent. Oh. One more thing. Nassau. OMG. Although the water is beautiful we didn’t feel safe for one minute after we docked there, hustled every 30 seconds, it’s a big safety issue, I don’t even know why they go there. Their private island: Great Stirrup Cay was much safer and more inviting. I would rather do that two days of that vs putting myself through the stress and chaos of Nassau. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I read the reviews prior to leaving for this trip (not before booking) and have to admit, I got a little scared. However the negative reviews were way off. This was an outstanding trip. ship was clean and well maintained for an older ... Read More
I read the reviews prior to leaving for this trip (not before booking) and have to admit, I got a little scared. However the negative reviews were way off. This was an outstanding trip. ship was clean and well maintained for an older vessel. Staff was outstanding. I do recommend that getting the premium drink package if you plan on drinking more higher end stuff. The private island was amazing with lots of options of stuff to do. If there was one downfall that I could mention was the shady stuff happening once you got outside security in Nassau, but that isn't Norwegians fault. We had a balcony cabin on the 9th deck and it was outside. Two chairs and a small table was great to have coffee in the morning. The cabin had plenty of room and was great for two people. Bathroom was a little tight, but it is a boat. Meals were also great. We ate at two of the onboard restaurants and they were outstanding. We had breakfast on morning in the main dining room and service and food were great. The buffet was well stocked and hot. If I learned one thing is take reviews for what they are. My experience and expectations may be completely different than someone else. I do believe that the crew does try to help out as much as possible. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I just got back from my first NCL cruise today and I definitely didn't want to wait to write this. Let me start with the pros: The ship is very clean, and it is nice. The wait and cleaning staff are nice and knowledgeable. ... Read More
I just got back from my first NCL cruise today and I definitely didn't want to wait to write this. Let me start with the pros: The ship is very clean, and it is nice. The wait and cleaning staff are nice and knowledgeable. Okay now the cons: 1. Our itinerary got changed because of the hurricane damaging one of the ports we were visiting. I know this is not NCL's fault, but the way they handled it was. Previously this happened to me on a Royal Caribbean cruise and they found another place for us to go. I understand NCL didn't have that option, so we just got a day at sea. I called them to ask about the port fees for that specific place being reimbursed, and they said they would not be. I asked for compensation some how because it didn't make sense that we were having to pay port fees for somewhere we were not going. It took me 2.5 hours on the phone multiple times to get them to give us anything. I will say they eventually upgraded us to a balcony room when we were initially in an inside cabin, but that was only because the balcony rates had dropped to what we had already paid anyway...so really they didn't give us anything. 2. We were sailing with others, and whoever upgraded their room on the phone, ended up removing their unlimited drink package without telling them. We didn't find this out until we were on the boat. This took another hour and a half on the boat to resolve!! We literally had printed out proof that we had paid for it, and they still wouldn't listen. The in person staff said they could only speak to corporate to resolve it. I told them I would wait while they called them, and they said they could only do it through email and asked me to step aside so they could help someone else. I asked how long it would take through email and they said they could not give me an estimated time. The guy I was talking to said I could call corporate, so I did, right there in front of him. When I finally got corporate to realize what THEY did, he said he couldnt talk to to them over the phone. I asked why he told me to call then and he just shrugged. This was a terrible start to the cruise. 3. When they finally heard through email from corporate, we went back to get our cards reprinted with the drink package on it, and there was a couple in front of us dealing with the same situation and they were on their second hour of standing there! 4. Royal Caribbean's food is way better 5. It literally took 10 minutes to get a drink, even if there was two people at the bar, and the drinks were pretty weak (and I'm not normally a drinker) 6. They didn't stick to itinerary times..like if entertainment started at 1, they would start it at 1:10 or whenever they decided to 7. The entertainment on royal is way better There's so much more I can't even remember but I had another NCL cruise booked and I came home and cancelled it immediately. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I chose this 4 day cruise to celebrate my birthday. I traveled solo and had a fantastic time. I noticed NCL had reduced the price to $99 without a single supplement plus 1 perk, and I jumped at the offer last minute. NCL then offered ... Read More
I chose this 4 day cruise to celebrate my birthday. I traveled solo and had a fantastic time. I noticed NCL had reduced the price to $99 without a single supplement plus 1 perk, and I jumped at the offer last minute. NCL then offered me the option to bid on an upgrade. I bid $50 for a balcony and won. I also applied 1 cruise next coupon so sailed away with a great deal on this cruise. This cruised sailed out of Port Canaveral and embarkation took 10 minutes (at noon). Debarkation was even quicker. They examined my passport before I left the ship and I was at the shuttle within 5 minutes. No wait for an elevator, wait at customs... or wait at all. It was the smoothest getting on and off the ship ever! The interior of the ship appears new and is very clean. My stateroom was clean and showed minimal wear. For instance, the cabinets had knicks. There was plenty of storage. The only weird thing was the hairdryer....bring your own. I normally dined in the main formal dining room and had 3 fabulous dinners. So delicious! The last dinner was average. I did not find the buffet area crowded, and in fact appreciated the outside section that had two buffet lines. One could dine on the outside deck, use the sports bar tables (since they are closed until the afternoon), or go into the inside buffet. I had lunch in the dining room or in Modernos. Breakfast was a combo of the formal dining room or the buffet. Breakfast was the same everyday, but was tasty and fresh. I loved the wide selection of fresh fruit every day. The staff went above and beyond to be helpful, friendly and courteous. The musical talent on board was amazing, and I especially loved the pianist/singer named Andre. He is an unbelievably talented man and I never tired of listening to him. I met many other solo travelers, and NCL had a cruise staff host a solo get together every evening. I dined with them. I also was given a cake for my birthday and was chosen to participate in the officer's dinner the 3rd night of the cruise. I really liked the design of the Sun. Even though it is one of the smaller ships and was at capacity for this trip, I never felt crowded and always found little private places and or seats. The bars at the pool had a wait, but I solved that problem by walking to the back bar by the outside buffet or I visited the bar in the Sports restaurant. I don't understand all the bad reviews for the Sun. For the price it was an amazing short vacation and I would sail on her again anytime. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
my wife and I cruised on the sun,after reading some reviews we were skeptical.this cruise could not have gone any better. the crew was amazing the food was very good.and the weather was great.the entertainment was very good as well.Jeimy ... Read More
my wife and I cruised on the sun,after reading some reviews we were skeptical.this cruise could not have gone any better. the crew was amazing the food was very good.and the weather was great.the entertainment was very good as well.Jeimy our cruise director was excellent. vishall was the waiter we had in the four seasons dinning room was great.we had cabin 10021 a balcony cabin on the port side,which was fine plenty of space to put all your clothes.the shower ic very small but that is to be expected. the water pressure was great and the a.c worked great. over all we would do this ship in a heart beat.our room steward lorry was great he gave us anything we asked him for.our room was right below the pool deck which we were a little concerned about,but the only time you heard anything was when the crew was putting out lounge chairs or putting them away,or when they were playlng music which we didnt mind. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Norwegian Sun Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.2
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 3.5 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.8
Family 3.5 3.8
Shore Excursion 3.5 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 3.5 4.1
Value For Money 3.5 3.8
Rates 4.0 4.1

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