CruiseMates' Readers Cruise Reviews


Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Sun Western Caribbean December 18, 2004

This was our 7th cruise - previous cruises on Carnival/Costa/Princess. We arrived at the Port of Miami about 1:30 p.m. and were cruising the ship by 2:15 at the latest. Very short lines and they moved quickly. Port of Miami was not marked very well as to what lane to be in for the Sun and we had to ask several people where to park, etc. I'm sure this is due in large part to the construction at the port. Parking was DIRECTLY across from the ship, which was awesome - especially when we returned. Parking is $84. for the week - upfront, cash. Ship is immaculate and workers friendly and helpful - and, it stayed that way the entire week! Sunday - at sea day - lovely weather, seas a little rough. No trouble finding deck chairs and enjoying the day's activities. Could use more "pool games/activities" - a little dull, but very relaxing. Monday - Grand Cayman - VERY windy and rough. Still amazed and HAPPY that we were able to tender in. We booked the Stingrays with Capt. Bryan and had a wonderful time. This was our second/third visit to the stingrays and still was awesome. Caught the last tender to the ship.....:)

Tuesday - Roatan - What a beautiful glide in to port along side the island. Lovely. VERY poor port, but great people and scenery. Booked with Paul David w/Salt & Pepper and transported to Foster Bay for Discover Scuba and snorkeling and delicious lobster lunch. Fabulous scuba/snorkeling and beach. Great time. Again, caught the last tender to ship as we had to give up the pier to the Norwegian Sea :) Wednesday - Belize - Again, poor port, but lovely. LONG tender in....great shopping when you get off the tender. We booked Xtreme Tubing and had a great time. The car/van ride is pretty long and the last 5 miles is on HORRIBLE road - don't know how they keep their vehicles tied together. Anyway, was fun :) Caught the second to last tender...:) Thursday - Cozumel - Went snorkeling at Dzul Ha and then to Paradise Beach for fun. Both, awesome! Cozumel is so neat - every time we go we find something new to do and it's beautiful. Friday - At sea day - again, no problem with deck chairs and just relaxed. Saturday - :*( Off the ship - chose self-disembarking, which was FABULOUS. 7:30 a.m. you line up and off you go with all your bags, of course. We had some trouble with 11 bags, but well worth it! We were in the van and out of the parking lot by 8 a.m. Couple of notes: Video arcade could use updating and some repair of games...Video arcade uses quarters. Food was very good, but buffet in the Garden Cafe could have better selections and quality. It was good, but I think there's room for improvement...we did not starve LOL Cruise Director Colin Kerr was GREAT - what a funny guy! :) We had category BB #9048 and category I #9033 - Rooms were BIG and AWESOME - balconies a little on the small side, but thoroughly enjoyed! Chairs on the balconies were very uncomfortable - if you have a wide load, you may get stuck. Recommend the plastic chairs with reclining backs - would have been SO MUCH BETTER! Coffee pots in rooms are indeed water boilers, but I found an instant coffee I liked so enjoyed my coffee on the balcony each morning. The towel check out on port days is nuts. You have to line up and check out towels - just causes more lines and more confusion. Just put the towels in the cabins, if they don't return them...charge them. The Wednesday "laundry promotion" (all the laundry you can fit in a bag for $20) is at the ship's discretion. They chose not to do the "laundry thing" on our cruise and I packed depending on it, so we were a bit stretched. The shows were all VERY GOOD and we enjoyed them all! We ate three times in the Seven Seas dining room -food was very good - hot and served rapidly. I think that does it - hope you enjoy the Sun half as much as we did. Was a GREAT CRUISE and can't wait for next year (wait a minute...this year) for the next one! Happy Cruising!

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