We celebrated our 45th anniversary with a cruise on the SUN. It was fantastic. We cruised to Alaska on Cruise West last August but this is the first 'big' ship we had ever been on. So we consider this to be our first cruise experience! We chose the SUN because we wanted a Freestyle experience and a new ship. It was the best decision for us!
We left Boston the day before to stay at a hotel in the Art Deco district, the Lowe's Miami just in case we were delayed by anything. Wonderful. Lovely hotel, great dining and we walked the beach for quite a while. So we were rested by the next morning and took a cab to the pier. We had no trouble boarding, just followed the crowd and were in our rooms by noon. We dropped off everything we were carrying and began to explore the ship. We had a BA cabin on deck 10 on the starboard side of the ship. Loved it! Clean and roomy. Larger than I expected. Bathroom small but adequate. Good storage. Balcony was wonderful to have. Took great pics of Miami skyline before and after our cruise. The changing sky conditions made great photos. We checked out the restaurants first , and had our first drink on the SUN. (Not to be the last) The lifeboat drill was a breeze and we met several people standing on line.
I really didnt care which restaurant we ate at as long as it was a window seat. I grew up near the water and have loved it all my life. We ate early (6) every night mostly because we had been on an excursion all day and never had that much of a lunch to speak of. Have heard people rave and complain about each of the SUN's restaurants and it's just the luck of the draw. We never had a poor meal.
Our anniversary meal was at the back of the ship at the Seven Seas with a table for two at sunset watching the waves made by the ship with the sun setting slowly. Our meal was excellent and the service was better. We were not rushed - it was heavenly. I wished I had brought my camera because I missed some great shots of a sunset.
Unlike every other review, we decided to do all the ships excusions since we were new to cruising these waters and countries. Grand Cayman: We had take Capt Marvin's trip when we were in the Caymans 3 years ago for a week. This time we chose to do the kayaking and snorkeling trip. We had plenty of time to shop. There were about 14 of us on this trip. The kayak guide was great explaining the eco system of mangroves then took us out into the bay for some great snorkeling. We got back about 3 hours later tuckered out from all the exercise.
Roatan: We chose the snorkeling and sailboat excursion since we are from New England and do a lot of whale watching cruises. Oliver, from the SUN, was with us and we had a ball. The snorkeling was the best we have ever done, our guides were fantastic. The group only numbered about 25. Lunch was great at a local restaurant who closed the cafe for this group for the morning. After lunch, we went on the sailboat for 1 1/2 hours. It was a glorious experience.
Belize: we took the ships excursion of cave tubing. Our group was only 40. The walk thru the jungle was no problem. Going down to the river was tricky but really no problem and the drifting through the caves was awesome. This time we took several cameras and will always cherish this different excursion along with our past treasured ones of white water rafting, ballooning over the Arizona desert, helicopter trip to the top of a glacier in Alaska; it was right up there with those wonderful experiences.
Cozumel: We took the Sailing, Snorkel and Beach tour which was a lovely trip. Snorkeled for about 45 minutes (I could have stayed longer) relaxed at a very clean beach and partyied all the way back to the dock. We showered and changed and went back to shop. I did not care for the shopping as much as in Grand Cayman, probably because I had bought almost all my gifts in Cayman. There was a man standing outside each and every jewelry store agressively selling the wares of his store. It reminded me of something else! We chose to go back to the ship for an early dinner and a cool one!
Ship's Entertainment: We went to everything! Enjoyed it all especially Jane L. Powell! After to 9:30 show we went to the casino where the slot machine from hell would beckon to me. I just fed it and it spit its treasures out 2 or 3 machines down from where I sat! The lounge entertainment was fun. Everyone tried so hard to please that I simply cannot and will not criticize! Paul Baya the cruise director was to be commended on his constant good attitude, his amazing talent and good nature.
All in all, there was so much to do on the ship we never got to do most of it. I woud love to do the cruise again because there were so many choices left undone.
Disembarkation was a breeze. We just followed instructions. Chose to take a taxi back to the airport instead of waiting for the bus. My husband and I hate lugging luggage after a trip and wanted to maintain our holiday cruise flavor for as long as possible. We did!
I know I left something out so if there are any specific questions, .......................