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Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun was designed with freestyle cruising in mind. The 2,000-passenger capacity cruise liner offers everything you need in a cruise, with a wealth of choice where cuisine is concerned, some fabulous entertainment productions, and plenty of activities and experiences to delight in. Having been refurbished in 2018, this ship boasts 15 dining options, 10 bars and lounges and a huge spa, meaning that there’s no end of ways to spend your days and evenings onboard.

There are also plenty of accommodation types to choose from, so all kinds of cruisers - families, couples, and single cruisers – can have a good night’s sleep, ready for a day of exploring the incredible destinations.

Cruising the Caribbean, Europe, South America, the Mexican Riviera and the Panama Canal, with Norwegian Sun you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the most breathtaking areas of the world on the cruise holiday of a lifetime.

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Ship Stats and Features

Year Entered Service 01/01/2001
Tonnage 78309
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 6
Number Of Decks 13
Number Of Elevators 12
Number Of Pools 2
Number Of Restaurants 2
Kids Clubs Yes
Maximum Capacity 2002 (2400)
Crew 916
Refurbished 2018

Ship Facilities

With freestyle cruising being the ethos behind Norwegian Cruise Lines, variety onboard the Norwegian Sun is among the best at sea. With different dining options - including both complimentary and speciality restaurants - there is something for everyone onboard.

Included dining

  • Four Seasons & Seven Seas Main Restaurants - these offer a fantastic array of choice from a la carte menus which are changed regularly
  • Sports Bar - this informal venue is great for those who want uncomplicated food like burgers and fish & chips
  • Garden Cafe - ideal for groups with a range of tastes, this is a casual buffet restaurant with all sorts of dishes to choose from
  • Topsiders Bar & Grill - another casual affair where you'll find tasty hot dogs and burgers
  • Great Outdoors Cafe - for burgers and hot dogs and such, in an outdoor venue

Speciality Venues

  • Teppanyaki - experience Japanese food in an exciting setting where it's prepared before you
  • Los Lobos Cantina - enjoy your favourite Mexican fare such as enchiladas and margaritas
  • Atrium Cafe - treat yourself to coffee and a cake in this central, social, hub of the ship
  • Moderno Churrascaria - delight in some supple and delicious steak at this Brazilian steakhouse
  • Le Bistro - for elegant French and Mediterranean dishes you'll surely want to recreate at home
  • Ginza Sushi - try Japanese bites such as sushi and sashimi at this stylish, contemporary restaurant
  • La Cucina - head here for all your favourite Italian cuisine, from rustic pizzas to delicate pasta creations
  • Cagney's Steakhouse - enjoy hearty American-style steaks with delicious side dishes to boot

There are four fantastic Broadway-style productions to enjoy onboard Norwegian Sun:

  • World Beat - be treated to an international journey of music and dance with authentic cultural styling from each corner of the globe
  • What the World Needs Now - celebrate the well-loved music of Burt Bacharach with the Production Cast and Show Band Orchestra
  • Pure Variety - an awe-inspiring show displaying all the talents of the onboard crew
  • Rock You Tonight - pay homage to decades of rock music with renditions of rock classics, from Tina Turner to The Who

In addition, adults can spend time in the Sun Club Casino, the Bliss Ultra Lounge for drinks and dancing, or one of the many other bars and lounges onboard. Our favourites include the sophisticated Champagne Bar for premium bubbles, vodka and caviar, and the Spinnaker Lounge which offers the best of both worlds with plenty of seating as well as room to dance.

Spa and Fitness

Stay fit and healthy onboard by utilising the pools, basketball/volleyball court, the jogging track, and golf-driving net, and then indulge in a superb treatment at the Mandara Spa & Salon. Here you can go for a classic back, neck, and shoulders massage, or finally try acupuncture for the first time!


Norwegian Sun boasts a great variety of recreation. During the day spend time in the pools, internet cafe, library, art gallery, or the fantastic Video Zone for some fun arcade games. For younger cruisers, there are some excellent kid's clubs onboard which offer all sorts of age-appropriate activities to take part in and make friends.

Customer reviews for Norwegian Sun

We were on a cruise to South America starting on the 9th. March, 17, visiting Chile, Falkland Islands and Argentina. Before the cruise, we stayed 3 nights in Santiago, in Santa Lucia District. Its in a Local residential area, full of hotels, bars and restaurants. Its very near the main shopping malls and the place where we stayed in, was quiet at night. We had booked TUR BUS on line before departure from UK and on the day of sailing we took a taxi from Santiago to Valparaiso for the bus to the port. The bus stops well away from the ship port and you have to take a taxi to the port. It costs us$12 in total and worth it.While waiting to check in at the port for ship embarkation, there was no announcement that the ship could not come to the port because the berth was taken up by a cargo ship. After waiting for over three hours, we finally boarded the ship. We have been sailing with NCL over a number of years and have visited almost all the ports of call in USA, Canada and Europe. We have been on this ship before but the facilities have been run down to cut cost. The quality of food did not vary from day to day, the entertainment on the ship was worst than before, there was no parties on the pool deck when on sea or Barbecues as before. Although the staff in general were quite helpful and courteous but watch out for the security check when disemarking at ports. Securitykept on telling the customers to put their DINEROS(loose change) in the small tray she was handing out. When customers put their money in the tray, she said its all right, don't worry about it and she had problems with customers who found it hard to understand why is she saying one thing and then saying don't worry about it. I wanted to go out to the port and handed in my card. She swiped the card and as I was about to go she said wait and after couple of minutes, said you can go. When I asked her for my card, she said that the tender is coming and I have to wait. You can see the problem she has caused and its the customer who is blamed for everything and not the staff. Otherwise the cruise was fantastic and the weather was excellent going round the Cape Horn and very sunny and virtually no wind in Port Stanley. The NCL Sun is more likely to be replaced by NEW ship BLISS but its time for NCL to look at the behavior of their staff towards their customers.We definitely would not sail on NCL Sun again because of poor management, lack of entertainment, which is the worst I have seen on any of the NCL line, the cruise director laughs at his own jokes and does not think outside the box. Its time for NCL to either train their staff to be customer friendly or fire them, get another cruise director and entertainment staff and variety of performers and not the same old performers on the ship coming two or three times doing the same things.

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BA flight to Tampa 4/10 Tampa Hotel 7/10 This was our first 'normal' cruise previously done Star Clipper x 2. The advice and suggestion from Saam was spot on, the ship was the right size for us, we saw the Epic in port and that really is too big! The experience was very enjoyable and I have no major complaints. The ship is 14 years old and showing a bit of 'wear and tear'. The main buffet area is OK but like a motor service area, however the food was good and lots of choice, the 'free style' dining definitely worked for us. The speciality restuarants were very good, we tried French, Brazilian and Tepanyaki. The two main restuarants Seven Seas and Four Seasons were generally good, service was great, food was average. Our cabin was great and service A1. The onboard facilities were good, we always got a sun bed and pleanty of room on the decks. The spa was pricey and not good value, sales pitch is quite heavy and it is easy to be 'confused' with the costs. The shows ,jersey Boys & We will Rock You' were amazing, as good as West End shows. The bar service was hit and miss, often slow and not as customer service focused as other services, maybe because they are not on the tip rota? The wifi was very expensive.

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We are frequent cruisers and have travelled with a variety of companies including NCL on Pearl. The Norwegian Pearl departed from Dover and embarkation and disembarkation was the most efficient we have encountered. It was efficient and speedy and our cases arrived in the cabin quite early enabling us to change for dinner. The Staff were friendly and helpful and our cabin was a good size and well equipped. The ship was rather tired in decor and limited in facilities. We struggled to find things to do in the day as we are not avid bingo fans. Three shows were performed and these were very good as well as some independent entertainers, but there just wasn't enough and after 10pm again we were bored. Tours were fairly expensive, but the ones we went on in Russia were of a good standard with excellent guides. The daily newspaper gave no information to cater for the independent traveller and just wanted every passenger to take their tours. There were no shuttle buses laid on and no suggestions as to how to travel on your own in cities. As it was there were always plenty of means of travel Food on board was just average, but we did pay a $50 dollar cover charge for a good meal in a separate restaurant. All drinks have 17% added and a daily tip per person is added to your account. I do not feel we would use this ship again.

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