Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun Ship Review

Norwegian Sun at sea. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

The 78,309-ton, 1,936-guest Norwegian Sun and her near sister-ship, Norwegian Sky, were the first new ships NCL built in its modern era, as it carved out its place among the major cruise players. Introduced in 2001, Sun in many ways set the pattern for the great new NCL ships that followed, stressing a huge variety of restaurants and a casual onboard vibe.

Introduced in 2001, Sun is a bit dated decor-wise, though she still packs a heavy punch when it comes to options and amenities.

Public Rooms & Entertainment On Norwegian Sun

The Casino aboard Norwegian Sun. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

The ship also offers an enormous number of bars and lounges, including a champagne bar, a sports bar, the cozy Windjammer piano bar, Dazzles nightclub for dancing, and the Observation lounge/disco up toward the bow on Deck 12. Down on Decks 6 and 7, the Stardust Lounge hosts NCL’s normally high-quality production shows, but is a bit underwhelming decor-wise. Other public rooms include the Sun Club Casino, a library, an Internet center, and several shops.

Just For Kids On Norwegian Sun

The forward-facing Kid’s Corner aboard Norwegian Sun. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Kids get a cavernous play room up toward the bow on Deck 7, plus an outdoor pool area on Deck 12 with a kid-size pool, a hot tub, a waterfall, and some cute kid-size deck chairs. Teens get their own room for movies, games, and hanging out.

Dining On Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun’s Outdoor Cafe compliments the Lido Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Norwegian Sun gives you ten different dining options:

  • Two main restaurants, the Four Seasons and the Seven Seas
  • Il Adagio, a long, narrow Italian restaurant located between the two main restaurants
  • East Meets West, a pan-Asian steakhouse
  • Ginza sushi bar and restaurant
  • A teppanyaki room, where chefs prepare your meal at a tableside grill, Japanese style
  • Las Ramblas, a tapas bar and restaurant
  • Le Bistro, the most formal restaurant onboard, serving French and continental cuisine
  • Moderno Churrascaria, a South American–style steakhouse where servers circulate among the tables with a huge selection of grilled meats
  • The Garden Cafe buffet restaurant

Five of the specialty restaurants (all the Asian options, plus Le Bistro and Las Ramblas) are located at the very top of the ship on Deck 12, in the stern.

Pools & Fitness On Norwegian Sun

The ship’s main pool area, on Deck 11, offers two pools, four hot tubs, a bar, and an old-fashioned kind of cruise ship vibe: nothing too flashy, just teak decks and deck chairs, with a basketball/volleyball court perched one deck above. Farther forward is the Balinese-inspired Body Waves Spa and Fitness Center. Joggers and walkers can do their thing on the full-circuit promenade on Deck 6, and there’s a pair of golf driving nets on Deck 12.

Staterooms & Suites On Norwegian Sun

Sun’s oceanview cabins measure a tight 145 to 170 square feet, and are decorated with pleasant if not inspiring wood veneers, bright fabrics and carpeting, and island-themed art. The 19 cabins located at the forward end of Deck 6 have porthole windows that look out onto the promenade. Balcony cabins are a bit nicer and roomier, most measuring 220 square feet and offering plentiful storage space.

There are four different levels of suites, from the 322-square-foot Mini-Suites to the 828-square-foot Owner’s Suite, with its separate bedroom and living/dining room, enormous bathroom with whirlpool tub, and huge balcony with a second whirlpool.

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