12 Norwegian Sun Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Panama Canal & Central America

We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. Going through the Panama Canal was the highlight of the trip and the only part of the cruise that I would recommend anybody doing. The stop in Costa Rica ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we have always wanted to go through the Panama Canal. Going through the Panama Canal was the highlight of the trip and the only part of the cruise that I would recommend anybody doing. The stop in Costa Rica was absolutely awful. Puntarenus, Costa Rica was our excursion for that day. Excursion was titled “scenic Costa Rica”. We saw nothing but trees, shack‘s and trash all along the route. I asked the excursion desk people why they even stopped in this area. They said their stops on the cruise ship came from the corporate office. I showed them the pictures I took from our excursion and they agreed, it’s an awful place for the cruise ship to stop, but their hands were tied. I advise them to call it something different then “scenic Costa Rica” because we surely did not see anything scenic. The room stewards were very accommodating, however, the staff in the dining room appeared new to the cruise line and very inexperienced. We had to wait great lengths of time to get our food, which by most standards, was just mediocre. The steaks were tough and the soups were the same almost every night, had very little flavor and not very interesting. There was nothing on the menu in the main dining room that I would write home about. The specialty dining’s were good, not great . The buffet in the upper deck were always crowded because there was not enough room for a more variety of dishes on the service line. They had the same thing almost every single night. Their nightly shows were OK but nothing that I would ever returned to see again. The movies that they showed in the movie theater were geared to children 8 to 15. The movie selections on the TV we’re also geared children. They had the Terminator II, a lego movie and Batman movie and some other child’s movie, They only had five TV channels, three news stations, one TV show station and movie station, again geared to children. TV stations were so bad that even the comedian in one of the shows joked about how bad the TV choices were. I have to say, the average age on this cruise was 65. The activities, movie selections and shows in the main theater should have been geared to a more mature audiences. We did not buy the drink package but we did find that the same glass of wine in one bar would be two dollars more in another bor for the same wine. I will not recommend Norwegian Cruise line anymore. We have been on several Norwiegian cruises, including the Sun the Epic and the Pearl and we will no longer recommend cruising with Norwegian. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
If you have read the other reviews of this cruise through the Panama Canal in March then you will know what all passengers had to suffer whilst NCL started the refurb of the Sun before the passengers got off ! I could not believe that this ... Read More
If you have read the other reviews of this cruise through the Panama Canal in March then you will know what all passengers had to suffer whilst NCL started the refurb of the Sun before the passengers got off ! I could not believe that this type of reconstruction work would be carried on during the cruise. After complaining on board ship I was given the details of the UK NCL Office who I could make my formal complaint to ( the buck was passed by the onboard customer relations staff ). I have now emailed the UK Office twice but have neither had a reply or even an acknowledgement about my complaint. If this is normal NCL customer service it again shows NCL's lack of consideration for their 'valued' customers. I would be interested to know what response other cruisers have had from NCL's UK Office ? Or does this problem only apply for UK customers. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We choose Norwegian as we had cruised with them before and we had a great experience. This time, not so good. We had persuaded out relatives to come along with us, and wish we had not. A great pity as it was a bucket list holiday for us ... Read More
We choose Norwegian as we had cruised with them before and we had a great experience. This time, not so good. We had persuaded out relatives to come along with us, and wish we had not. A great pity as it was a bucket list holiday for us and a retirement present to my husband from me his wife. We took the Premium drinks package which included coffee and juice. No one mentioned that this was restricted to the restaurants only. Otherwise you have to pay for a proper coffee. This felt like a misrepresentation of the facts in order for us to take the cruise. I don't drink alcohol much but do enjoy coffee. So not a great deal for me. I had a conversation about this and was reassured that I would get my specialist coffee. Panama Canal crossing was badly managed or not managed at all. People had got up extra early to reserve places. This was not shared by any member of staff. The result of this was I was walking around aimlessly trying to see and unable to. I have a disability and am short in height therefore lost out on the main highlight of the cruise. The serving staff were excellent and made up for some of the shortcomings. The entertainment was varying in quality, we enjoyed the comedians. The dances were often repeats of show we saw a few years ago on our previous Norwegian cruise. But overall we left with an unpleasant memory of what should have been a memorable time for us. Passengers should be informed of the tender ports when booking excursions. In Nicaragua we had a long delay due to tendering, which resulted in a long drive to a place then a short stay no time for a meal, and a had long drive back. All in all, a stressful day with little enjoyment. But an expensive bill. Every day we read that sun beds should not be reserved, but people did, and nothing was done about it. This meant that we were often without a sunbed. As senior citizens who can't sit for long it meant we were often wondering around trying to find a comfortable place to sit. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This cruise was excellent! Norwegian did a terrific job with the quality of the experience from the ship, food, staff, itinerary, and entertainment. We thoroughly enjoyed our 14-day panama canal cruise from LA to Miami, the ports ... Read More
This cruise was excellent! Norwegian did a terrific job with the quality of the experience from the ship, food, staff, itinerary, and entertainment. We thoroughly enjoyed our 14-day panama canal cruise from LA to Miami, the ports in-between, and the full daylight canal transit complete with informative educational talks and live narration. We had an absolutely great time and felt like Norwegian went out of their way to make their guests feel special and their top priority. This was the best production cast we have ever seen on a cruise. The quality of their dancing and singing was outstanding. The rest of the entertainment was very good as well. We were not disappointed as every aspect of this cruise went well. We went sailing in Cabo San Lucas, saw the cliff divers in Acapulco, explored Antigua on-your-own in Guatemala, Hacienda on Lake Riva in Nicaragua, Zip Line/ Aerial Tram/ Crocodile nature tour in Costa Rica, all-day Panama canal transit, and Cartegena tour in Colombia. Enjoyed six restaurants with free-style dining and got into a fun, relaxing routine of breakfast, tour, cocktails by the pool upon return from shore, dinner, great show, and good night sleep after enjoying the moonlight from the balcony. We felt like we were on our own yacht, doing what we liked to do, and we settled into cruise time for two weeks. No stress, just peace and enjoyment. It doesn't get any better than that! Tip: We researched and booked all of our excursions before we left home. That allowed us to relax and enjoy the entire cruise from beginning to end. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Finally took our bucket-list cruise to traverse the Panama Canal!! Unfortunately, things did not start out well when the computers went down in the Embarkation area, so had to stand in the heat and humidity for more than 90-minutes. As a ... Read More
Finally took our bucket-list cruise to traverse the Panama Canal!! Unfortunately, things did not start out well when the computers went down in the Embarkation area, so had to stand in the heat and humidity for more than 90-minutes. As a result, I spent the entire first full day on the ship in bed recovering since I come from a desert climate. The major positives of the cruise were the Entertainment (VERY talented Sun singers, dancers, musicians & Director's staff), Freestyle and Specialty dining☺!!! The four Specialty restaurants we visited were absolutely wonderful, and did a terrific job of recognizing the 2 Birthdays we had in our travel group. On the somewhat negative side, our cabin stewardess was friendly but was not well-trained enough to fill our ice bucket more than twice in 14 days or clean the bathroom thoroughly. Would have appreciated additional No Sugar Added dessert options. We did encounter numerous 'Vacation Heroes' once on board who made our experience enjoyable Met some wonderful people with whom I am certain we will remain in contact. I cannot say that NCL will be my first choice in future sailing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our first cruise. A dear friend set it up and invited us to participate. We are glad we did. Overall it was a good experience. Since we have nothing with which to compare it it is difficult to judge if other lines would be ... Read More
This was our first cruise. A dear friend set it up and invited us to participate. We are glad we did. Overall it was a good experience. Since we have nothing with which to compare it it is difficult to judge if other lines would be better, worse, or the same as Norwegian. We were not off to a good start nor was disembarking done smoothly. We were in line for about an hour on each. Why? Improvements we would like to see were wifi included in the fee to participate in the cruise. The additional cost to do so once on board was almost $30 a day! (No, we didn't partake.) Also, the TV channels were drastically limited. A "Dear Brian" at the registration desk was used twice with messages. Neither was answered. The walking surface on the sixth deck was great, although we were never told why we couldn't make a complete circuit before 8 AM which is when I like to walk. The staff was wonderful! We felt like family to a few of them with whom we had frequent contact. The food was great and the activities were plentiful. We are looking forward to trying Norwegian for another trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Our cruise isn't even over, but we are having such a good time we are writing this now! We chose this cruise because I had two weeks off for vacation and it was only $699 for the whole trip. (Plus lots of additional fees and a pretty ... Read More
Our cruise isn't even over, but we are having such a good time we are writing this now! We chose this cruise because I had two weeks off for vacation and it was only $699 for the whole trip. (Plus lots of additional fees and a pretty large bar tab already. Our favorite part of the trip so far are the shows at night. I love how the production shows use live music and the ventriloquist was so funny and the magician, Ben Nemzer was the highlight of our trip! We also love the music in the Windjammer. Our cabin steward is so nice and greets us by name every night and our room, although an inside cabin had enough space. The ports were fine so far. Nicaragua wasn't so pretty and it rained in Costa Rica, but we loved the rum distillery tour. Overall the service was great, the food was awesome (I probably gained 10lbs) and we would definitely come back to the Sun. We are so sad it ends soon! We love Cagney's Steak House and we love the omelette bar in the mornings. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I had always wanted to cruise through the Panama Canal. And what a wonderful experience it was! The ship was beautiful. I appreciated the attention to cleanliness. The meals were first rate. We were three adults in two cabins. There was a ... Read More
I had always wanted to cruise through the Panama Canal. And what a wonderful experience it was! The ship was beautiful. I appreciated the attention to cleanliness. The meals were first rate. We were three adults in two cabins. There was a snafu with the computers which left us waiting to board for a couple of hours. We purchased only two shore excursions: ”Acapulco City with Cliff Divers” and “Los Angeles Tour with Farmers Market.” The Acapulco Tour was wonderful. Our guides were Caesar and Eduardo(?). They loved their city and loved telling us about it. They encouraged us to return. They were loaded with information and history. When we arrived in LA and boarded the tour bus our guide Chris’ first statement was “I am here to tell you some lies about Los Angeles. If you knew the truth you wouldn’t be here.” This continued for several hours. Nearly every story was negative—government workers sleeping on the job, lynchings, red-lined neighborhoods, over-priced housing and lack of respect for history. Wow, I was exhausted by the time we got to the airport and glad to get off the bus. This tour company needs a more positive tour guide! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our second time thru the canal and the second time on this ship. We choose this cruise because of the itinerary as it had three ports we had not being to before. As Latitude members we were able to get on board rather quickly ... Read More
This was our second time thru the canal and the second time on this ship. We choose this cruise because of the itinerary as it had three ports we had not being to before. As Latitude members we were able to get on board rather quickly in Miami, though we sailed late as the ship was getting late supplies. The Sun is a smaller and a little bit older cruise ship. This means that it has good and some not so good things. First it is easy to navigate the ship as it is small. There are lots of dinning options and we never had trouble finding a seat or service. The crew it self seemed happy and were very accommodating. The entertainment on board was good to excellent. The production shows were all very good with a talented crew, especially the dancers. The smaller lounges had entertainment also every night. Henry Hood is a great entertainer, do not miss him. Our cabin was in the little known or seen Oslo deck. It is hidden between deck 6&7 at the front of the ship. The only access is from deck 7 down a small flight of stairs. The cabin itself was on the small size with a small washroom and shower. Bur remember you are not in your room much. One question for NCL. How can you call it a sports bar when you only show one channel? And that one shows soccer games 95% of the time/ The ports are what makes the cruise and this one did it for us. If you have never been on a Panama Canal Cruise, plan on doing one. We went to Cartagena, Puntarenas, Corinto, Puerto Quetzal, Acapulco, and Cabo San Lucas. A high and a low. In Puerto Quetzal we went to the city of Antiqua. This is a UNESCO city and a must for a traveler, We even had the opportunity to watch a volcano pop. Corinto on the other hand had little to offer. The port city itself is very impoverish, and our tour to Leon did little to change our mind about the conditions of the country. It would have been better to by-pass this port and go to another. Getting off in San Diego was a problem. As a non US citizen we had to all go up to the observation deck at 6:15 in the morning, The custom people did not start taking us though until 6:45. around 8 AM they start paging the 15 people who had not shown up yet :(. It took another hour to get them rounded. So everyone had to wait until after 9 to get off the ship. Not the ships fault, but some people think the rules do not apply to them and it effects us all. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was our 1st cruise with NCL. I think we will likely be cruising with another line in the future. Before I go blasting away, I do want to say that for the most part, this is a nice ship with a great crew. Before we even got on the ... Read More
This was our 1st cruise with NCL. I think we will likely be cruising with another line in the future. Before I go blasting away, I do want to say that for the most part, this is a nice ship with a great crew. Before we even got on the ship, we had an issue with NCL. This was supposed to be a Mexican Riviera cruise but NCL changed the itinerary to a Panama Canal transit. We had done a Panama Canal transit less than a year ago but decided to stay with this new plan. In fairness, NCL did offer to refund our fare. Curiously, once we decided to stay with this new itinerary, NCL charged us and addition $450 or so in taxes. We did get a $25 credit per person but it all just left a bad taste. Lost a star here. The lifeboat drill was a joke. It usually is but we did not even practice putting on the life vest. I also did not get the feeling that the crew took it very seriously either. On our 1st day at sea, I witnessed what appeared to be a near drowning in one of the hot tubs on the pool deck. At around 11am, a very large guest, who probably should not have been in the hot tub in the first place, lost his balance and fell in head first. I seriously doubt he could have righted himself. Luckily, 2 other guest were in the hot tub and able to lend assistance. The funny thing is that I saw NO crew members anywhere. Usually, there are some waiters around but not at this moment. We related the incident to a member of the management team. I noticed that there seemed to be at least 1 crew member around from this point on. I am not blaming NCL for anything but I wonder where everyone was. Speaking of service and such, I was disappointed by the customer service desk. I was on my way to a shore excursion and wanted to get some change for tips. I was told that the personnel manning the position could not give out change until later in the morning. Huh? That was a head scratcher. I want to add though that I was pleased with the crew other than this situation. The dining room was OK but there were a number of entrees that cost extra. I expect to pay extra in the specialty restaurants but not in the dining room. We ate in the dining room a couple of times. Once I had a steak which was not too good. Service was fair. We went to the Italian and the French specialty restaurants. I felt both of these were excellent. The rest of the time we ate at the buffet which was good enough. I noticed an odd thing about the way the ship scheduled the buffet line availability. At about the time when a lot of folks were returning from excursions, mid afternoon, there was just the small buffet at the back of the ship open. It seemed a lot of people were hungry just then resulting in longish lines. At other times the lines were not bad and seating available. Speaking of extra charges, why isn't water included in the Ultimate Beverage Package? Seems odd to pay for this perk and then get nicked extra for a bottle of water. Note to self, bring a water bottle next time and fill up in the room. This ship had the worst sports bar ever. Mostly they showed was soccer, golf, and tennis. They have NFL football Sunday, Monday night and Thursday night. A number of people wanted to watch the major league baseball playoffs but were told the ship did not get that channel. Lame, lame, lame given the mix of guests on board the ship. If you like a lot of action in the casino, this might not be the cruise for you. A lot of the time, the game tables were manned but no one was playing. The slots did not seem all that busy either. My favorite game is Craps but too often no one else was playing. I guess there weren't many gamblers on this cruise. Most of the guests were of a retirement age so it may be that many folks turned in early. The entertainment was good except for the hypnotist. What a waste of vacation time. The show was very poorly attended and we left early. I liked the production numbers the best and was pleased with the 4 Seasons review. My suggestion is to sit in the balcony on deck 7. Great view of the stage. During our previous transit of the Panama Canal, there was a great deal of cultural enrichment opportunities including history of the canal and port lectures. This was lacking on the Sun. There was a narration as we transited the canal but I felt the lecturer was not at all enthusiastic. Disembarkation was a mess. We were with the red tag group. We were called an hour later than scheduled. If that weren't enough, during our transfer to the Ft. Lauderdale airport that we purchased from NCL, the bus broke down. We spent an additional 45 minutes before another bus showed up. To make matters worse, some of the guests had to help with the luggage transfer just to speed things up. The corker was when we were all loaded on the "rescue" bus and the driver from the 1st bus went down the aisle looking for tips.Ya just can't make this stuff up. There were six stops on this itinerary. Cabo - You need to tender in here. Tendering was slow due to the sea conditions. I felt the crew did a good job dealing with the seas. In this case, we ended up staying in the port. Acapulco - We saw the cliff divers and the San Diego fort. Be prepared for heat. I thought our guide was going to pass out. The cliff divers were cool but it would not be worth a 2nd visit in my opinion. It would also be easy to do the San Diego fort on your own. It is right across the bridge from where the ship docks. Guatemala - We climbed the Pacaya volcano. This is a very rigorous excursion that I enjoyed a great deal. If you are not in shape, seriously consider taking one of the horses up. It costs extra but is well worth the view. I highly recommend this excursion. Nicaragua - We went to the boiling mud pots and toured the cathedral in Leon. This is a very worthwhile excursion. Our guide was great. Be aware that there is not much to do where the ship docks. Costa Rica - I did the zip line. It was fun and very safe. My wife climbed a waterfall which she enjoyed. Cartagena - We went to the fort which was fantastic. We had a good guide. Be ready for the heat and humidity. We also went to the old city but got caught in a torrential rain. Oh well. I hope I wasn't too negative. I did enjoy the cruise but there are a number of ways it could be improved. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Last year we both retired and we had a 1st cruise to the Alaska on board Celebrity Century. It was so relaxing trip and we enjoyed our moving hotel and services. This time we chose 19days Panama Canal Cruise by Norwegian Cruise Line. We ... Read More
Last year we both retired and we had a 1st cruise to the Alaska on board Celebrity Century. It was so relaxing trip and we enjoyed our moving hotel and services. This time we chose 19days Panama Canal Cruise by Norwegian Cruise Line. We had a wonderful time on board the Sun. A long 19days cruise, but every fellow passenger on board ship became a like best friend to us to the end. Kids were busy studying at school that very few kids on board the ship, we heard just over 10 kids including babies on boarded. We flew to Tampa by Delta airline 2nights before the cruise, and stayed Quality Inn Airport Tampa. This Inn was a typical Urban Motel, conveniently located and clean. They offered shuttle bus to the cruise terminal for $12 p.p. but we had 3 large luggage and 2 carry-on, therefore we chose to call a Yellow cab ourselves to reach Tampa cruise terminal. Less than 15mins ride and the taxi fare were $18 + tip. If your party was more than 2 persons, it might be cheaper and convenient to use a taxi. The embarking was a little bit nightmares, around 10:15am when we arrived at Cruise Terminal by taxi; In front of the terminal, there were huge pails of disembarking passengers and their luggage from previous cruise. So many disembarking passengers were trying to find their bus and/or taxi that drugging our luggage to drop off station was almost impossible. Long lines up to checked-in but soon we on-boarded ship and found ourselves eating lunch at Garden Café. Our cabin: our Balcony cabin #0218 on deck 10 starboard side was a great location, just 1 flight to the pool deck and Garden café. Our room was just below the spa facility on deck 11 that there was no nuisance noise at all. It was a very well organized balcony cabin; there were amount of storage spaces, big comfortable bed, and nice balcony with 2 chairs and a small table. However, we found very tiny shower stall in the cabin, even I could not bend myself to wash my feet. It was a practical shower booth but too tiny to do anything but just standing and get shower. We could store our luggage under the bed. Unfortunately, our house keeper “Yashiman” was not so eager to work or clean our cabin. Every day she checked our cabin but just set the bed sheets and replaced Ice box ice. Some day shortage of towels, another day no bath floor-mat, we had to chase her around and asked them but soon we gave up to ask her anymore. We believed she never vacuumed our cabin even once in 15days. Her work contract expired and she disembarked at Los Angeles. When a new house keeper “Sergio” who on boarded at L.A. started to taking care of our cabin, our cabin became crispy clean. Especially Balcony door glasses were crystal clear. Foods for 19days long Panama cruise; honestly we tired out to see everyday same routine foods at Garden café, at breakfast and lunch, but don’t get us wrong we didn't go hungry. We liked Freestyle dining. The Seven Seas and Four Season main dining room served almost the same menu and foods except daily chef special but they had slightly different atmospheres. We loved the Four Season because much friendlier hostesses and well-mannered wait staffs. We were not sure cover charging specialty restaurants were worth the money or not. Inclusive main dining was good enough for us. We met very unpleasant, rude waiter named “AJOY” at the Four Seasons restaurant. He was an Asian descend himself but by some reason he didn't like to serve Asian peoples at the restaurant. He clearly showed his attitude and treated Asian peoples differently. The NCL cruise passengers are their guest, nothing else but their guest. However, somehow he misunderstood this concept and acted with his own agenda. We enjoyed our Panama cruise very much but undoubtedly he spoiled some moments of our cruise. Entertainment: Stardust Theater had good shows every day, much, much better than typical Caribbean resort hotels’ shows. However, 50 minutes nonstop late 60 Beach-boy style guitar music/songs were too much for us. Dressing with White Clothes, the White Hot Party was fun to attend. The funniest and most entertaining show was the Crew’s talent show and the Crew Director and his Staffs’ show in cruise day 18th. Thank you and Well done! In sunny Sea days, pool deck was jam packed with sunbathing peoples, so that you should wake up early to ensure getting a sun lounger with some shade. Disembarking: A night before, we picked our disembarking time and got color coded luggage tags from the guest service and tagged luggage placed outside of the door before 12am. Next time we saw our luggage was at the cruise terminal waiting for us to pick up. It was as smooth as we could imagine, we waited at the Dazzles lounge to call our color tag to disembark, no line up at all. This cruise was a 3 weeks trip for us including 2nights Tampa but it was a great journey. We lacked out very good weather, in 19days cruise we believed we received just 15 minutes of rain that all. Highlight of this cruise was the Crossing Panama Canal. It was a marvelous dock system and very well organized. Nobody wanted in the bed at the 6am in the morning when our ship started crossing the Panama Canal. If we have a chance in the near future we definitely want to have this cruise again. Ports and Excursions: First of all we don’t like Group Tour Excursion at all, because we have to follow tour’s timetable, we hate it! Tampa: Don’t miss out Tampa River Walk; we started to walk from Water Park to Cruise Terminal. The beautifully constructed walkway and serenely was just breathe taking especially at evening. In front of the cruise terminal, we took a street car and visited historical Ybor city, regrettably just an old town nothing special about…. Cartagena, Columbia: Two of us hired a taxi to explore Cartagena. We visited Popa Monastery($5pp), San Felipe Fortress($10pp), and walked around Old Town with taxi driver, enjoyed a drink in the Wall city . It took 4½ hours to see them all with our own timetable, and total cost was still less than the Ship’s excursion price. Puntarenas, Costa Rica: Hot and very humid. Our ship docked right in Puntarenas. End of the dock, there were typical souvenir shops and eateries. We didn't know Costa Rica is such a peaceful country at all, we could describe a country Costa Rica as a Mexico without drugs. This time we took ship’s excursion “Pacific Train, Boat, and Bus Adventure”. Crocodile River Boat tour was an interesting to see and we saw many colorful birds too, but Train ride was a boring one, nothing to see just dirty old country scenery that it’s. Next time, we will definitely explore “Puntarenas” ourselves. Huatulco, Mexico: End of the dock, there were line up of the souvenir shops, and restaurants with free wifi. We stopped by one of the beach restaurant and see our ship from the beach. Not much interesting town for us, so we went back to our ship and enjoyed a salt water pool and Jacuzzi without crowds. Acapulco, Mexico: According to the news media, Acapulco became a dangerous town because of the drugs trafficking gang activities but from the sea it was such a beautiful harbour and town. We ventured out ourselves again into the town with very cautious minds. We walked Acapulco beautiful beach awhile from the cruise terminal to the Huge Mexican Flag at the beach and got a beach restaurant to have a beer. From there we picked up a taxi to “La Quebrada” to watch Cliff Dive($7pp) show. Great performances but looked very scarily indeed. Next we got a taxi again to see Fort of San Diego($5pp) just below the cruise terminal. We saw the great view of the Acapulco harbour from there. Funny thing about taxi in the town, before get into the taxi, asked “how much?” their answer was always “$5 US….. it didn't matter how far to drive. Again, this venture we spent a half the ship’s excursion price. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico: Tender boat to the shore. We saw the “El Arco” when ship entered the Cabo San Lucas Bay. It was looks very interesting from the distance, we hired a small boat at harbour to see Land’s End. We took a ton of photos with El Arco in back ground. It was better to see El Arco from small boat than big tour boat. Again 1hr Land’s End Boat Tour by ship’s excursion was $29pp but it cost just $25+tip for two of us. Los Angeles: Our ship docked in San Pedro, LA, about 20 minutes from Long Beach. We wanted to see Ship “Queen Mary” in Long Beach. We found a commuter bus to the downtown, and then there was a free Red color bus called “Passport” to get the Queen Mary. 30 some years ago, we saw a ship Queen Mary, at that time it was a beautiful ship. Sadly, present time, Queen Mary itself was very bad shape. San Francisco: Our ship docked Pier#35, easy walking distance to Peir39, and Fisherman’s Wharf. In the afternoon we took a bus to Chinatown. The Largest Chinatown in US, but looks like not much difference than our home town’s Chinatown, always feel likes same ambiance. Next, we went to see Japan-Town, it was more organized town than Chinatown and felt much safer. We found interesting things to see, authentic Japanese foods and shops. Victoria, B.C.: It was a beautiful and clean city to explore. We followed the signs and walked along the shore to reach Victoria downtown. Walking to downtown was very easy. It took about 20 minutes to get the heart of Victoria – Empress Hotel, BC Parliament Buildings, etc. The weather was great and Canadian people are gentle and polite. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
_Background: My husband and I took seven day cruise from Tampa to the Western Caribbean. We have experience with sailing with Norwegian, Princess, Celebrity, Holland America. Arrival Tampa:we were met in Airport and transferred by bus ... Read More
_Background: My husband and I took seven day cruise from Tampa to the Western Caribbean. We have experience with sailing with Norwegian, Princess, Celebrity, Holland America. Arrival Tampa:we were met in Airport and transferred by bus to the port. Everything was good. _Cabin review: We were staying on Deck 10 cabin 10213. Cabin was very nice, but a little bit small. There were many storage shelves. Toilet was nice and clean. Shower was good, water pressure was great. I liked the cabin. _ Activities: Pool was very nice and big enough for adult people. We have to use spa on ships, but not at this time. I was very surprised that ship does not have pool inside the spa, which I love . Jim was also big and helpful. My husband won prize for table tennis participation. _ Excursions: _Roatan: We took excursion on private island. Beach was beautiful, not too many people, water was warm and clean. We went around the island, funny parrots and other animals. Food was not too exited, I got allergy spots after eating there. Finally it was OK. _Belize City: We picked the Main Ruins. Tour was OK, but guide lady was very laud. Roads in Belize are too dusty. That bus was not too conditioned. The issue is that Belize is a tendering port , and it was too crowded on the boat. Price was good. _Costa Maya: We also took Main Ruins. This tour I liked better. Guide was very professional . It was very interesting excursion. Thanks _Cozumel: In my opinion, we took the best excursion with attendance chocolate place and Tequila testing. Tour was pleasant. I found it was very cognitive. _Dining was very good. Brazilian place was incredible. Main dining room was easy to get, there was no lines, love it. Food was very tasty. Bars were nice with serving good drinks. _ Entertainments: We liked funny shows. Casino was for pleasure too. Captains meeting was incredible. _Service was good, but sometimes desk clerks did not know about some events on the ship. _ Disembarkation was a little too boring, we were staying for a half an hour in a line and waiting for permission for disembark. _ And what we liked the most that it was very quiet on this ship, not too crowded. And we were recommended this ship to our friends. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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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