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Norwegian Sun
2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Entertainment
2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
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Norwegian Sun Overview

Norwegian Sun underwent a refurbishment in spring 2018 during which it received the Mexican eatery Los Lobos (replacing Las Ramblas Bar and Restaurant), Bliss Ultra Lounge (replacing Dazzles) and the Spinnaker Lounge (replacing the Observations Lounge).  Additionally, all cabins and suites were outfitted with USB charging ports.

When it debuted in late 2001, Norwegian Sun was considered Norwegian Cruise Line's first real innovator. It was the first cruise ship the line built expressly for the "Freestyle Dining" concept, and raised quite a few eyebrows when it launched with nine -- count 'em nine -- restaurants. Even its launch was unusual -- the ship shared a splashy dual premier ceremony with Norwegian Star in Miami (how many cruise lines can you remember that actually debuted two new-builds on the same exact date and at the same locale?).

What's kept Norwegian Sun up to date is continaully refurbs. In 2016, the ship received the company's latest additions, bringing the number of restaurants up to 14. The company also deploys the ship on some of its longer itineraries; South America is a mainstay. You'll rarely find families on these journeys, which makes Sun a great choice for couples who love mainstream cruising. 

In fact, with so many ships and cruise lines from which to choose, it's often the little things that make a difference between a great experience and one that is so-so. For me, it's usually staff and crew behavior that drives my appreciation, and then touches like porcelain cups and real cream at the coffee stations, well-maintained and clean public rooms, attentive room stewards and enjoyable activities for all age groups. All of these factors are present on this ship.

About Norwegian Sun


Pro

Thorough refurbishments keep this older ship up to date.

Con

Longer itineraries can make this ship less family friendly

Bottom Line

With exotic itineraries, Sun provides benefits of Freestyle cruising in South America and Panama Canal.


Find a Norwegian Sun Cruise

Fellow Passengers

Norwegian Sun's guests are casual, sophisticated but unpretentious people who like the flexibility of Freestyle dining, ample staterooms and lots of shipboard activities. The age range is from young families to seniors; the ship is filled with children during school vacation periods.



Norwegian Sun Dress Code

Casual. Even with Freestyle dining, most guests dress up a bit for supper, in resort-casual clothing. There is one optional formal night per seven-day cruise. Shorts, tank tops, bathing suits and flip-flops are not allowed in any of the restaurants in the evenings; the fine-dining alternate restaurants require resort-casual clothing.


Norwegian Sun Gratuity

Norwegian charges a "service fee" of $13.99 per person, per day, for passengers booked in standard cabins and mini-suites. Those in suites are charged $16.99 per person, per day. Cruisers wishing to adjust or remove the charges must fill out a form post-cruise to request a refund.

Norwegian recommends that suite passengers who use butler and concierge services tip according to the level of service rendered.

An 18 percent gratuity will be added to all bar purchases and services in the spa and salon.


Norwegian Sun Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Entertainment
2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2018 Best for Shore Excursions
2017 Best for Cabins
2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2017 Best for Shore Excursions
2016 Best Overall
2016 Best for Cabins
2016 Best for Embarkation
2016 Best for Entertainment
2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2016 Best for Public Rooms
2016 Best for Service
2016 Best for Shore Excursions
2016 Best for Value
2015 Best Overall
2015 Best for Cabins
2015 Best for Entertainment
2015 Best for Fitness
2015 Best for Service
2015 Best for Shore Excursions
2015 Best for Value
2014 Best Overall
2014 Best for Cabins
2014 Best for Dining
2014 Best for Entertainment
2014 Best for Fitness
2014 Best for Public Rooms
2014 Best for Service
2014 Best for Shore Excursions
2014 Best for Value
2013 Best Overall
2013 Best for Cabins
2013 Best for Dining
2013 Best for Embarkation
2013 Best for Entertainment
2013 Best for Fitness
2013 Best for Service
2013 Best for Shore Excursions
2013 Best for Value


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Deck:
Biscayne Deck
Atlantic Deck
Oslo Deck
International Deck
Viking Deck
Fjord Deck
Norway Deck
Pool Deck
Sports Deck

Norwegian Sun Ship Stats

  • Crew: 800
  • Launched: 2001
  • Decks: 13
  • Passengers: 1,936
  • Registry: Bahamas
  • CDC Score: 99
Norwegian Sun Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 3.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 4.0 4.1
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.8
Family 4.0 3.8
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.8
Enrichment 2.0 3.3
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 4.1

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