2001

Year of construction

12

Decks

1936

Number of passengers

23

Speed

260 m

Length

33 m

Width

11

Restaurants

12

Elevators

Special Features

  • Pitching stabilizers

Cruise ship review

The 78,309-ton, 1,936-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Sun entered service in a dual christening ceremony in 2001 at the Port of Miami with Norwegian Star. The famous TV presenter Brooke Burke acted as ship's godmother. NCL Sun was constructed at Lloyd Werft shipyard (Bremerhaven, Germany). A 12-day drydock in early 2011 saw the ship sparkling with bright colors from top to bottom, spacious accommodations (the 33 suites were refreshed) and pretty public spaces. Sun also received a Brazilian-style churrascaria, which debuted on Norwegian Epic.

Cruise itinerary program

Norwegian Sun itinerary program is based on Caribbean (Cuba) cruises from Florida and around South America cruises leaving from homeports Buenos Aires Argentina and Valparaiso-Santiago Chile.

Starting May 7, 2018, the ship was repositioned to Port Canaveral (Orlando Florida) for all-inclusive 4-day Cuba cruises (Mondays departures) to Havana with Key West Florida, alternating with 3-day itineraries to Bahamas (Fridays departures) to either Freeport or Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay Island. All departures are from Port Canaveral's "Cruise Terminal 10", at 4 pm. Arrivals back to homeport are at 7 am.

In the period September 9 - October 14 (2018) were scheduled all six 7-day roundtrips from Miami to Havana, Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas, Costa Maya Mexico and Harvest Caye Belize.

In 2018-2019, the ship offers on relocation westbound and eastbound 14-day winter itineraries between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires.

Cabins

Norwegian Sun has a total of 968 cabins (of which 380 Balcony, 293 Inside rooms) in 32 grades. Most Norwegian Sun staterooms are 170-sq.foot Balcony rooms. The largest aboard Norwegian Sun are the Owners Suites (570 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Norwegian Sun is NCL's first cruise ship planned definitely for Freestyle Cruising (eat at any place and time, dressed in what you like). Cruisers can have a good time with freestyle dining and a lot of options to choose from. They can try gourmet cuisine or go to Le Bistro to taste innovative dishes. Norwegian Sun offers two main dining rooms for the passengers seeking traditional dining experience: Four Seasons and Seven Seas, both very flexible. Guests can make reservations for the same time each night, or choose different times, based on their schedule. Both MDRs are open nightly for dinner. Each day, one of the two provides open-seating breakfast and lunch. Compared to the cuisine and service in the specialty restaurants, the dining rooms experience doesn't lag. If you are looking for something different, Il Adagio, Le Bistro and Ginza are there to present various food from Italian to Sushi Bars but all are at a cost ranging from $10 per person and up.

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Sun restaurants and food bars.

  • Seven Seas Restaurant (forward Dining Room, complimentary, with Your Time dining)

  • Le Bistro (French specialty dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)

  • Four Seasons Restaurant (aft-location Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining)

  • Il Adagio (Italian specialty restaurant; cover charge US$15, reservations-only)

  • Great Outdoor Cafe (complimentary lido buffet restaurant)

  • Topsiders Bar & Grill (complimentary poolside bar)

  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialties; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu)

  • Moderno Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse; reservations-only; US$20 per person cover charge; with outdoor seating waterfront area)

  • Teppanyaki Room (Japanese Hibachi specialty restaurant at surcharge US$25 pp; located inside Cagney’s)

  • Sushi Bar (Ginza restaurant)

  • East Meets West Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialties)

  • Los Lobos Cantina (Mexican eatery replacing Las Ramblas Restaurant & Bar during 2018 refurb)

  • Garden Cafe (complimentary buffet restaurant with various cuisine stations); Kid's Cafe.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The domed 8-deck-high Atrium, with nice elevators, is the heart of the vessel. Norwegian Sun has twelve bars/lounges plus some to suit intimate moods. There is also an Internet Café on the Promenade Deck with 24 computer stations (basic fee is 75 cents per minute, after a one time $3.95 activation charge). The NCL Sun is also the spot for enrichment classes, lectures, computer classes and children's programs. When the moon goes up, passengers may enjoy Broadway-style revues presented in the 2-deck Stardust Lounge, complete with proscenium stage. Entertainment options also include the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), "Rock of Ages", "Cirque Dreams", "Illusionarium" (magicians show).

Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry. NCL Sun tipping/gratuities (US$12 pp pd). Norwegian Sun cruise ship weddings are held in an onboard chapel.

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Sun lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Stardust Theatre (1000-seat; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand-shows per night)

  • Windjammer Bar; Champagne Bar; Champs Bar; Stardust Lounge; Sports Bar; Topsiders Bar; Sprinkles (ice cream bar); Java Cafe

  • Bliss Ultra Lounge (replacing Dazzles Disco & Nightclub during 2018 refurb)

  • Spinnaker Lounge (replacing Observation Lounge & Disco Nightclub during 2018 refurb)

  • Sun Atrium (midship hub area with a big-size LED screen, dance area and live entertainment)

  • Atrium Cafe & Bar (specialty tea & coffee bar)

  • LifeStyles Room; TechStyles Room

  • East Indies Meeting Rooms; East Indies Library & Conference Room

  • Internet Cafe (24-hour); Art Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop

  • Sun Club Casino

  • Galleria Shops (tax and duty free shops)

  • Body Waves Spa & Fitness Centre (Spa treatment rooms, sauna, herbal steam room, thalassotherapy pool, Beauty Salon; Body Waves Fitness Centre); 2 swimming pools, 5 Whirlpools, tennis tables

  • Kid’s Corner Club; Splashes (kids pool); The Zone Teen Club & Disco; Video Games Arcade

  • Combined sports court; Jogging Track; Golf Nets.