by Anita Jackson
First and foremost, I must say that your packing list
and general information were excellent. Unfortunately, my husband didn't listen.
It was his first cruise and he insisted on taking his tux, 2 suits, plus the
sports jacket which he didn't wear on the plane so he, of course, had the jacket
he wore on the plane which he didn't need once we arrived at the ship. Norwegian
is Freestyle and resort casual is the norm. He was looking for a more
traditional experience and planned to dress every evening but he didn't
"get it" until the 3rd or 4th day which meant he returned home with
several dress shirts, a suit, dress slacks and sports jacket he never wore.
The layout of the Sun was very frustrating as you could
not always easily get to where you wanted to go. Our cabin was on the 8th level,
Viking Deck, Aft and the elevator was easily accessible. However, in order to
get to some of the locations (restaurants, pool, bars, Atrium, etc.) we had to
either walk forward or go to another floor and walk forward.
The cruise itself was quite enjoyable as we were part of
the Jazz Club at Sea and had access to all of the regular activities plus lots
and lots of music. It was very difficult to fit it all in but that's the beauty
of cruising because you can either do it all or do nothing.
Although there was plenty and a good variety, the food
at the buffets was average and I felt as if I was in a cafeteria. There weren't
many spectacular midnight buffets as I have experienced on other lines. The
Chocoholics Buffet was the only one they offered during this cruise. The Seven
Seas and Four Seasons restaurants were good and we ate breakfast, lunch and
dinner at both at various times during the week. We tried two of the premium
restaurants--Le Bistro and Il Adagio. We had no problem with paying the cover
charge. The ambiance and service were excellent. Le Bistro was so good we went
back a second time.
The shore excursions were expensive and although there
is a caveat in all of the materials--prices are subject to change. For one of
the tours, the price difference was over $20. The ports of call offered enough
variety that, although I didn't choose to snorkel or dive, I was able to get a
taste of the locale.
We enjoyed our experience and would try another
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