Chasing The Sun Aboard the NCL Sun
February 2013 allowed us the opportunity to venture into the Southern Carribbean aboard the Norwegian Sun for a nice long 11 night itinerary. We comfortably were able to visit Cartaghena, Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten and St. Thomas. The weather was puuurfect, the seas mild and the ship was a total delight! I think the Sun has become our new favorite ship as not only was our balcony cabin larger than usual but the food, service, staff and crew far exceeded our expectations.
Our fellow cruisers were an older group with an exceptionally large number of foreign cruisers out for an extended holiday. Announcements were in multiple languages and were unobtrusive, infrequent and not at all annoying......The flavor of the cruise was truly international. The Sun's crew handled the language barriers with no difficulty and gave all of us a very European flavor to the voyage!! We had a blast with our fellow travelers.
The Sun itself is in marvelous condition, extremely well kept up by the crew and is a very pleasant and unusually happy ship to cruise upon, diembarking this ship is a sad experience as we felt we were leaving many good friends behind...both ship personnel and the many Europeans (who were delighted to be continuing on...back to back...on the 10 day Eastern Carribbean itinerary)!!
The shows were good but not spectacular (We have cruised many times upon NCL and had seen many of them before) but the ambiance of the ship made the entertainment worthy of seeing them again. We dined in four of the Specialty Restaurants with Le Bistro emerging as our favorite followed by East meets West SteakHouse, Il Addagio and Moderno Churrascaria in order of favoritism! Main Dining Rooms were more than great and breakfast every morning in the Great Outdoors was a absolute must do!! (Plenty of Omelette Stations aboard...with very short waits).
For Us this was a memorable cruise aboard a ship We quickly learned to love.....yes it is a smaller ship....but then too..it is a real ship designed for real cruising and not a vacation destination in itself...We shall be back aboard her in the future....We loved her!!Love those Sultry and Warm Southern Carribbean Nights on the Balcony! MMMH! MMMH! MMMH! MMMH! MMMH!