Stardust Lounge - showcasing a variety of entertainment
8 speciality restaurants including La Cucina and Cagney's Steakhouse
6 complimentary dining options including the Sports Bar and Four Seasons restaurants
Bespoke Cruise & Stay Holiday Flash Sale - Now extended to the 31st March & Save £50pp with a reduced deposit!^ AND Free At Sea Upgrade which includes - Open Bar, Specialty Dining Package, Wi-Fi & Shore excursion Credit packages worth up to £1980pp!*
DAY 3 - 21 Apr 2023
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 5 PM
The world’s most popular cruise port with plenty to explore before, after or as part of your cruise. Head to Miami Beach and South Beach to rub suntanned shoulders with Florida’s rich and famous on the golden sands before heading to the star-filled bars and celerity-chef restaurants lining the way. Alternatively, head to the Everglades National Park to spot alligators and many exotic birds in the deep swamplands just south of Miami city.
Things to do in Miami:
Everglades National Park
With over 1.5 million acres of wetland, Everglades National Park is the third largest national park in the US. There’s plenty to explore in this stunning landscape, and visitors can take a tour with a guide, hop on a tram or simply hike one of the many trails.
With no shortage of vibrant, lively attractions, Miami Beach is the place to be for sunshine, sand and the beautiful sea. Visitors enjoy a plethora of bars and eateries in the surrounding area, hit the art deco district or simply relax on a lounger on the beach.
DAY 6 - 24 Apr 2023
Time at Port: from 6 AM to 2 PM
Cartegena’s colonial quarter offers old Spanish squares and architecture dating back to the 16th century full of churches, towers, markets and classically Latin rambling streets with that dash of Spanish feel. Here you can visit the Castillo San Felipe de Barajas fortress and Palace of Inquisition historical museum. Lying on Columbia’s pacific coast, cruisers can also explore coral reefs just off the sandy beaches by snorkelling.
Things to do in Cartagena, Colombia:
Castillo San Felipe de Barajas Fortress
Built by the Spanish in 1536, Castillo San Felipe De Barajas underwent multiple expansions and dominates a large area of Cartagena’s city space. Guided tours of this magnificent structure are available, and a hike to the top provides stunning views of the city.
Palace of Inquisition Historical Museum
Found in the El Centro area of Cartagena, The Palace of the Inquisition holds a grizzly history within its walls. The Spanish Inquisition carried out cruel means of punishment here, which is told through the museums exhibits including old traditional torture instruments.
Panama Canal Transit
DAY 7 - 25 Apr 2023
Joining the mighty Atlantic to the vast Pacific oceans from Colon on the west coast to Panama City to the east, the Panama Canal bridges the two worlds without having to traverse the infamous Cape of Good Hope around Chile by ships. The journey down through the canal and its impressive locks by cruise ship is a destination and unique cruise ship experience in itself.
Things to do in Panama Canal Transit:
Miraflores Visitors Center
The Miraflores Visitor Center provides fantastic insight into the history of the Panama Canal, through films, exhibitions and observation decks overlooking the Panama Canal locks. Visitors can join guided tours and enjoy delicious cuisine and souvenirs.
DAY 9 - 27 Apr 2023
Time at Port: from 7 AM to 5 PM
Twenty minutes away from Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Puerto Caldera is a popular secondary cruise port with easy access to a number of local attractions and sightseeing destinations. Nemaclys is a scenic spot gazing out over the Gulf of Nicoya, here you can go tandem paragliding with local, trained experts as well as enjoy tours of the wildlife heading inland to see parrots, waterfalls and gorgeous tropical rainforest.
Things to do in Puerto Caldera:
With spectacular views across the Gulf of Nicoya, paragliding at Nemaclys is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Take the leap and enjoy the smooth descent with an expert pilot, before settling down for a delicious meal at the restaurant.
DAY 12 - 30 Apr 2023
Time at Port: from 6 AM to 4 PM
On Guatemala’s pacific coast, Puerto Quetzal is one of Central America’s most popular tourist spots. Serving as the gateway to such sought-after destinations as UNESCO-listed Antigua, volcanic Lake Atitlán and the wonderfully preserved Mayan ruins at Tikal, visitors will find plenty of must-see attractions all just a short ride from the port, making for a perfect day tour. Don’t forget to try milk straight from the coconut, or mixed with rum for a more traditional taste.
Things to do in Puerto Quetzal:
The deepest lake in Central America, Lake Atitlán is home to indigenous Mayan communities, with heritage of the tribe evident throughout lakeside towns, and opportunities to buy locally-made souvenirs and artwork.
Mayan Ruins, Tikal
Perhaps one of the most fascinating landmarks you could ever experience, the Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala is one of the largest archaeological sites in the world. The temple stands at 47 metres high and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
DAY 13 - 01 May 2023
Time at Port: from 12 PM to 6 PM
Santa María Huatulco is a popular tourist spot for those cruising through Mexico due to the amazing indigenous Aztec architectural ruins in close by Parque Eco-Arqueológico Copalita. Here, visitors can explore pre-Spanish Mexican history by seeing the ancient temple and famous ceremonial ball game court, while the Bocano Del Río Copalita Museum boasts numerous wonderful artefacts obtained from the site.
Things to do in Huatulco:
Parque Eco-Arqueológico Copalita
The archaeological site of Parque Eco-Arqueológico Copalita provides a fantastic glimpse into the history of early Huatulco. Featuring uncovered temples and ball courts, the site also includes a museum and jungle trail to a lookout out on the cliff.
DAY 15 - 03 May 2023
Time at Port: from 10 AM to 6 PM
Western Mexico’s largest cruise port, Manzanillo boasts two bays with gorgeous beaches offering fantastic water sports such as fishing and surfing, while the city centre offers interesting streets full of cafes and shops with local artists busking around the Garden Square. Tour excursions opportunities include visiting Las Hadas where the film ‘10’ was shot as well as gorgeous Pueblo Blanco for picturesque white plaster and red tiled buildings.
Things to do in Manzanillo:
This family-run hidden gem is a must-visit for animal lovers looking to get up close with native wildlife. Home to hundreds of large iguanas, visitors are free to donate on entry and are also able to bring fruit to feed the relaxed inhabitants.
DAY 16 - 04 May 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 4 PM
Nestled between the tropical lush hills, Puerto Vallarta is a popular Mexican cruise destination due to its lively downtown area and local resorts cruisers have access to. Depending on where you dock, you’ll have access to a nearby resort where you can eat, sunbathe and make the most of the pools and other activities. Meanwhile, if looking to head down town, just take the bus or the taxi for 15 minutes for cool bars, shopping and restaurants.
Things to do in Puerto Vallarta:
Los Muertos Beach
Earning its name for its legends of piracy, Los Muertos beach is the most visited beach in Puerto Vallarta. With countless restaurants and bars in the area, visitors can enjoy delicious cuisine followed by a dip in the sea or a stroll along the beautiful pier.
This golden, sandy beach is framed by coconut palm trees and a gentle surf, idyllic for swimming and paddle-boarding. Situated 25 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, it’s a quieter beach than most and makes for a blissful afternoon of relaxing.
Cabo San Lucas
DAY 17 - 05 May 2023
Time at Port: from 8 AM to 6 PM
Cabo San Lucas is the perfect destination to get out and about in the serene Mexican sun. From the picturesque harbour head south to the Lands End Peninsula. Here, you’ll find the beautiful Lovers Beach, perfect for snorkelling, before walking up Mount Solmar for unrivalled photo opportunities out over the town and the bay. Heading back into town the Museum of Natural History is a great for families while the resort to the east is a must for golf fans.
Things to do in Cabo San Lucas:
Natural History Museum Cabo San Lucas
This free museum is home to many exhibits, highlighting the fascinating archaeology, geology and culture of the area, including the history of the original inhabitants of Los Cabos, the Pericúes. Visitors will also find exhibits on the marine life, including the bones of a whale
Lands End, Cabo San Lucas
At the southern end of Cabo San Lucas you’ll find this spectacular rock formation known as Lands End. Created by rough wind and sea, this natural attraction is a fantastic opportunity to take photos and spot sea lions lazing on the rocks in the sun.
Victoria, British Columbia
DAY 22 - 10 May 2023
Time at Port: from 9 AM to 6 PM
The capital of British Columbia, Victoria sits just below Vancouver looking south and east over the Salish Sea. The city has a number of attractions such as the old carousel, Royal BC Museum Craigdarroch Castle and Chinatown district. However, the highlight of Victoria is its surrounding natural beauty where a tour is a must to Thetic Lake Regional Park. Here, you can explore the wonderful nature by hiking trail and sport wildlife such as eagles.
Things to do in Victoria, British Columbia:
Royal BC Museum
This fascinating natural and human history museum boasts over 7 million exhibits as well as a giant IMAX cinema for out-of-this-world shows. A highlight has to be the exhibitions covering the culture and history of indigenous peoples of North America.
Built by Robert Dunsmuir in 1890 with investments in the local coal industry, this Victorian-style mansion is where you can learn all about the family and locals’ fascinating history, while exploring the quirky castle via artefacts displayed in each restored room.
Originating in 1858, Victoria’s Chinatown is the second oldest in North America after San Francisco. With charming narrow, winding streets, Chinatown offers not only delicious food but an immersive look into the lives of its inhabitant past and present.
Thetis Lake Regional Park
Thetis Lake Regional Park offers pleasant walks around the banks of the lake and gorgeous evergreen woodlands, with easy yet beautiful hiking. Here, you get to spot such species as rainbow trout, red squirrels and the odd fellow hiker’s dog.
DAY 23 - 11 May 2023
Time at Port: from 6 AM to 5 PM
Boasting the iconic, futuristic Space Needle, visitors to Seattle can enjoy fantastic views from the Great Wheel as well as try delicious food in the Pike Place Market, or take in one of the city’s popular museums such as the Museum of Pop Culture, the Museum of Art or even the aquarium. Meanwhile, for those interested in horticulture and design, the Chihuly Garden and Glass is a must, while lovers of the great outdoors will find plenty of scenic hikes.
Things to do in Seattle:
Seattle’s most iconic symbol, the Space Needle towers 184 metres high over the city with jaw-dropping views from its observation area at the top. Completed in 1961, the Space Needle has been made world-famous by appearances in pop-culture, such as the hit film Sleepless In Seattle.
Museum of Pop Culture
“MoPOP” has regular exhibits celebrating everything pop culture and contemporary. Founded by Paul Allen of Microsoft in 2000, MoPOP is a great day of viewing original lyric notes, legendary instruments and even cinema, gaming, fantasy and sci-fi exhibits.
If you only have a day in Seattle, the Seattle Center is ideal for getting a taste of the city in one go. Here, you’ll find the Space Needle, the pop culture museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, ride the monorail and wander grounds boasting John T. Williams totem pole.
Seattle Great Wheel
Opened in 2012, this giant Ferris wheel is a great way to see the epic skyline of Seattle. Visitors will enjoy a leisurely ride a 53-metres up in the air - giving the London eye a run for its money - on pier 57 around Elliot Bay.
DAY 23-24 -
Hotel stay included
Mondrian South Beach or similar
4 star hotel
19 Apr 2023
2 nights stay
Customer reviews for Norwegian Sun
Based on 4 reviews
Value for money
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.
18 Apr 2017
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.
20 Jan 2015
Dear all This was our first cruise - we had no expectations and we were not really disappointed. Seasoned cruisers will tell you that the ship was not the best, in fact not good at all compared to other lines and ships. The price we paid, the value was very good. Please be aware that the ship deals in dollars, if the rate for sterling is low everything is v expensive! If you get a good deal - go on the trip - if you are looking for a cruise with all the trimmings - don't bother.
3 Jul 2010
The ship was very clean and the staff overall very good. Some would even help you with opening the heavy doors. Our cabin staff were excellent. Clean towels twice a day and nothing was too much trouble. There were two resident groups singing during our 3 week cruise through the Panama Canal, needless to say they repeated songs on a daily basis and never upped the beat. The food was great, only one comment and that was in the Pacific Heights Restaurant the menu stayed the same for 3 weeks. Not sure why.
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