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Norwegian Sun - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Norwegian Sun cruising The 78,000-ton, 1,936-guest Norwegian Sun and her near sister-ship, Norwegian Sky, were the first new ships Norwegian Cruise Line built in its modern era, as it carved out its place among the major cruise players. Introduced in 2001, Norwegian Sun in many ways set the pattern for the great new Norwegian Cruise Line ships that followed, stressing a huge variety of restaurants and a casual onboard vibe.

Introduced in 2001, Norwegian Sun is a bit dated decor-wise, though she still packs a heavy punch when it comes to options and amenities.

Public Rooms & Entertainment On Norwegian Sun
The ship also offers an enormous number of bars and lounges, including a champagne bar, a sports bar, the cozy Windjammer piano bar, Dazzles nightclub for dancing, and the Observation lounge/disco up toward the bow on Deck 12. Down on Decks 6 and 7, the Stardust Lounge hosts Norwegian Cruise Line’s normally high-quality production shows, but is a bit underwhelming decor-wise. Other public rooms include the Sun Club Casino, a library, an Internet center, and several shops.

Just For Kids On Norwegian Sun
Kids get a cavernous play room up toward the bow on Deck 7, plus an outdoor pool area on Deck 12 with a kid-size pool, a hot tub, a waterfall, and some cute kid-size deck chairs. Teens get their own room for movies, games, and hanging out.

Restaurant Ginza on Norwegian SunDining On Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Sun gives you ten different dining options:
•Two main restaurants, the Four Seasons and the Seven Seas
•Il Adagio, a long, narrow Italian restaurant located between the two main restaurants
•East Meets West, a pan-Asian steakhouse
•Ginza sushi bar and restaurant
•A teppanyaki room, where chefs prepare your meal at a tableside grill, Japanese style
•Las Ramblas, a tapas bar and restaurant
•Le Bistro, the most formal restaurant onboard, serving French and continental cuisine
•Moderno Churrascaria, a South American–style steakhouse where servers circulate among the tables with a huge selection of grilled meats
•The Garden Cafe buffet restaurant
Five of the specialty restaurants (all the Asian options, plus Le Bistro and Las Ramblas) are located at the very top of the ship on Deck 12, in the stern.

Pools & Fitness On Norwegian Sun
The ship’s main pool area, on Deck 11, offers two pools, four hot tubs, a bar, and an old-fashioned kind of cruise ship vibe: nothing too flashy, just teak decks and deck chairs, with a basketball/volleyball court perched one deck above. Farther forward is the Balinese-inspired Body Waves Spa and Fitness Center. Joggers and walkers can do their thing on the full-circuit promenade on Deck 6, and there’s a pair of golf driving nets on Deck 12.

Cabins On Norwegian Sun
Balcony cabin on Norwegian SunNorwegian Sun’s oceanview cabins measure a tight 145 to 170 square feet, and are decorated with pleasant if not inspiring wood veneers, bright fabrics and carpeting, and island-themed art. The 19 cabins located at the forward end of Deck 6 have porthole windows that look out onto the promenade. Balcony cabins are a bit nicer and roomier, most measuring 220 square feet and offering plentiful storage space.

There are four different levels of suites, from the 322-square-foot Mini-Suites to the 828-square-foot Owner’s Suite, with its separate bedroom and living/dining room, enormous bathroom with whirlpool tub, and huge balcony with a second whirlpool.

Freestyle Cruising

Norwegian Cruise Line's ships are all about Freestyle Cruising. Freestyle Cruising means individual flexibility and freedom. On a Freestyle cruise you choose what to do on your vacation.

Freestyle Dining
Freestyle Dining: choose between up to 20 different dining venues per ship (20 on the Norwegian Epic). No need to rush, no need to watch the clock. In addition to two Freestyle main dining rooms, Norwegian Cruise Line's ships offer an array of a la carte gourmet and ethnic restaurants and casual eateries. From elegant French bistros and Italian trattorias to sushi and tapas bars, and more, there's a different dining option for every night of your cruise. Dine at a cozy table for two or reserve a table for up to ten friends and family members. When, where, and with whom you dine is your decision.

Freestyle Attire
Freestyle Attire: On your Freestyle cruise the attire is "resort casual"; think collared shirts and pants or designer jeans in the evening for the men, and the equivalent for the ladies. No need to pack gowns, suits, or ties. Should you prefer to dress up a little more, feel free to do so. With Freestyle Cruising the choice is yours.

Observation Bar on Norwegian SunShip Information
Norwegian Sun is specially built for Freestyle Cruising. In addition to the multitude of Freestyle restaurants we have come to know and to love, the ship features a Broadway Theater, casino, several bars and lounges, 380 balcony cabins, and much more.

Ship Facts
Year Built 2001 ♦ Country of Registry Bahamas ♦ Tonnage 78,000 ♦ Length 853 ft - 256 m ♦ Cruising Speed 23 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 1,936 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) TBA ♦ Passenger Decks 10 ♦ Officers and Crew 935 ♦ Officer's Nationality International ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Total 968 ♦ Suites with Balcony 52 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 380 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 243 ♦ Inside 293 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 20 ♦ Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Freestyle Dining - you decide when, where, and with whom to dine. Dining in the two Main Dining Rooms, in the indoor and outdoor buffets, the around the clock dining venue, and the poolside eateries is included. For the more exclusive specialty restaurants, such as Cagney's Steakhouse or the French Le Bistro, there is a $10 - 25 cover charge. ♦ Traditional Dining - None, there is no traditional, assigned seating dining on Norwegian Cruise Line ships ♦ Formal Nights - for those who wish to dress up (usually about 1/3 of passengers), there is a "formal optional" evening, but don't expect to see any tuxedos or ballgowns ♦ Main Freestyle Dining Rooms: Seven Seas, Four Seasons ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Le Bistro, East Meets West Steakhouse, Teppanyaki, Las Ramblas, il Adagio, Ginza ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

il Adagio Italian Restaurant on Norwegian SunPublic Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge - Broadway style shows ♦ Casino ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck - wraps around the ship

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center