Considered a Norwegian Cruise Line first innovation, the Norwegian Sun was the first ship the line built for the purpose of the “Freestyle Cruising” concept. The ship which was launched in late 2001 can accommodate up to 2,002 passengers
- Shared a dual premier ceremony with the Norwegian Star in Miami, a first for a cruise line to launch two new-builds simultaneously
- Features nine distinct international restaurants
- 32 mini-suites complete with balconies, an Internet Café with 24 stations, and two large swimming pools
The concept of “Freestyle Dining” is to allow cruise passengers dine in to the ship’s various restaurants at times that are convenient to them. Guests can eat as late as 10 p.m. or go as early as 5:30 p.m. for dinner. The ship also offers a 24-hour snack area and 24-hour room service.
Guests who prefer traditional scheduled seating will find accommodations in one of the main restaurants of the ship. Some of the restaurants will require reservation and surcharges ranging from $10-$25.
- Two main dining rooms, Seven Seas and Four Seasons serve contemporary and traditional cuisine, respectively.
- Pacific Heights, in partnership with “Cooking Light” magazine showcases menu that is low in fat and sodium
- Garden Café, buffet restaurant serving specific dishes in specific areas
- Separate dessert and fresh fruit stations in the afternoon and evening
- Le Bistro, offers French-inspired dining, with a $15 surcharge
- II Adagio, features northern Italian cuisine with specialties of pizza and pasta
- Ginza, the ship’s Japanese food destination, requires reservation
Entertainment and Night Life
Norwegian Sun ship has an onboard theatrical group presented by a professional dance company; the Jean Ann Ryan. Broadway-style musicals are held in the Stardust Lounge. Usually 2 different productions are shown each cruise.
Daytime entertainment in Norwegian Sun includes bingo, craft-making, art auctions, pool games, and trivia contests.
Sixty seven percent of the cabins have an ocean view, most have balconies measuring 150 to 173 sq. ft. Each has a small sitting area and furnished with a television set, telephone, refrigerator, safe, and individual thermostat.
The ship has 20 cabins designed for guests in wheelchair, 42 are for those with hearing impairment.
The ship’s fitness center called, Body Waves Fitness Center and Aerobics Studio offer their machines for free but charges a minimal fee ($5-$10) for classes such as yoga, Pilates and spinning. A spa is also provided for those looking for some personal treats.
Complimentary sauna and steam rooms for both and women are provided for all the guests. It has a basketball court, two golf driving cages, batting cage, shuffleboard court, and a ping-pong table.
As NCL policy, each guest is charged $10 per day, children ages 3 to 11 are charged for $5 each.
Taking the Kids
Belonging to a family-oriented cruise line, Norwegian Sun showcases programs that both parents and their children can enjoy. An area named The Kids Corner presents three rooms with age-appropriate activities in each.