CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews

Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Sun Western Caribbean October 12, 2002

My husband and I are in our 40's, he is a dentist and I'm a Reg. Dental Hygienist. We recently returned from a wonderful trip aboard the NCL Sun. This is our first cruise as a couple without our teenage daughters. Keep that in mind when reading our review; realizing we would have fun alone no matter where we went :-). I had some last minute trepidation concerning the NCL line, wondering if it would live up to the standards of Celebrity and RCCL, that was hurridly dismissed as soon as we boarded this lovely vessel. I think this is our 12th cruise.

The lowest point of the trip could be our hour waiting to board the ship, but we used the time to people watch realizing newer safety regulations are being enforced. We purchased the picture they take of you as you board the ship (and leave in your room for $20). I'm glad that we did because the photographers on our cruise lost/misplaced or many of the rest of the weeks photos or so they told us.

The resturants should all be tried, especially Le Bistro. Pre-dinner we enjoyed the Tapas bar several nights. Free-style was wonderful and we are hooked on this concept. We always enjoy our sailings, but seldom are excited to reboard the same ship we just disembarked. We will sail on the Sun again. The public spaces are well thought out, restrooms well placed, the showers in the kiddie area are a nice touch and servers are pleasant, courteous and helpful especially if treated that way.

Our balcony cabin was great for viewing the lightening storm we had early one morning. We were lucky enough to watch a pod of dolphins jumping on our ships waves another morning. Also we saw many flying fish and jellyfish. At night I sat out on the very private balcony watching shooting stars. Oh I miss the view and the sound of the waves breaking against the ships hull!

In Grand Cayman we did the Captain Marvin stingray tour that we'd set up ahead of time on the internet. Do a search for " Captain Marvin " and you will find his site. We even met the Captain who is in his 80's. It was our anniversary and my dear husband surprised me with a ring from one of the jewelers insuring Grand Cayman will always have a special place in our hearts.

Roatan we rented a jeep and drove around the island. We made sure our driver spoke English (you have to insist) so that we could hear about the island's history and sites. He took us to see one of the weathy family's home near Fantasy Island and on the way down the steep driveway the woman homeowner driving a 4 runner drove us off the road and hit our rear panel on my side! Wow-scary. We purchased some very nice pottery and hand loamed table runners in Roatan. Also buy Rum here and in Belize, give it as gifts if you don't enjoy Rum because it's some of the best rum I've ever tasted.

In Belize we also used our home internet to sign up for cave tours with Reggie and his wife Shelly. Wonderful!!

We've been to Cozumel 8 times and usually rent a jeep and drive around the island which we did this time as well.

Can't comment on any of the shows because we didn't see them. We aren't gamblers as a rule but did put $2.00 in a quarter machine striking it "rich" to the tune of $220. Take the exercise classes, they are fun and well organized. We have nothing negative to say about this ship. The food is so-so in the buffet, but most ship buffets are like this. We eat breakfast in the formal dining room everyday and they accomodated our every request. We'll be sailing again over New Years on the Spirit (family reunion cruise) and on RCCL Explorer of the Seas the end of March. We met many wonderful people aboard the Sun that we are keeping in email contact with. Really I can't say enough good things about this trip and think going in with the attitude of having a good time (especially for the great price) is important.

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