My fiance and I just returned from the Norwegian Sun's western caribbean and it far exceeded our expectations. The emabarkation process was a little slow but it wasn't as bad as I had heard. The ship is beautiful and clean. We had a Category G porthole and there was plenty of room. The safe was a godsend for jewelery and valuables we didn't want to take on shore excursions. Make sure you take advantage of the shore excursions!! There is a wide variety and although a little expensive they are well worth the money. We LOVED freestyle cruising. We are in our late 20s and don't equate getting dressed up with vacation. There were plenty of people who chose to dress up but we didn't feel out of place because we hadn't. We took advantage of the freestyle restaurants onboard and they were really nice. We especially enjoyed the hibachi table and Italian. It was not difficult to obtain reservations and we were seated promptly. There was a lack of variety of food at the lunch buffets every afternoon but being that we were off the ship 4/7 days, that didn't bother us as much!
In Grand Cayman we decided to explore the beaches and shopping on our own which we enjoyed very much. In Roatan we took the catamarran/snorkeling trip which we loved. the scenery was beautiful and calm. In Belize, we went snorkeling in the Barrier Reef feeding rays and nurse sharks and spent the afternoon at a beach club. In Cozumel, we rented 4 X 4s and went offroading in a caravan. It was an excellent combination! We had a terrific time and I am sorry it went by so fast.....!