Norwegian Sun current position
Specifications of Norwegian Sun
|Year built||2001 / Age: 20|
|Builder||Lloyd Werft (Bremerhaven, Germany)|
|Building cost||USD 330 million|
|Owner||(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd|
|Operator||(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line|
|Speed||23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph|
|Length (LOA)||258 m / 846 ft|
|Beam (width)||32 m / 105 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||78309 gt|
|Passengers||1936 - 2323|
|Decks with cabins||9|
|Christened by||Angela Baraquio|
Norwegian Sun Itineraries
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 Jun 10||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$818|
|2021 Jun 17||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$517|
|2021 Jul 01||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$517|
|2021 Jul 22||7 days, round-trip Alaska Round-Trip Seattle Juneau, Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$741|
|2021 Aug 19||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$538|
|2021 Sep 02||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$538|
|2021 Oct 07||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$552|
|2021 Oct 12||15 days, one-way from Seattle to Yokohama||Seattle||$1028|
|2021 Oct 28||12 days, one-way from Yokohama to Tokyo||Yokohama||$1245|
|2021 Nov 19||10 days, one-way from Yokohama to Tokyo||Yokohama||$944|
|2021 Nov 29||12 days, one-way from Tokyo to Yokohama||Tokyo||$1077|
|2021 Dec 11||11 days, one-way from Yokohama to Hong Kong||Yokohama||$783|
|2022 Jan 04||14 days, round-trip Asia Thailand, Indonesia Malaysia||Singapore||$1119|
|2022 Jan 18||10 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong||Singapore||$839|
|2022 Feb 02||11 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Laem Chabang||Hong Kong||$1091|
|2022 Feb 13||11 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Singapore||Laem Chabang||$1035|
|2022 Feb 24||11 days, one-way from Singapore to Laem Chabang||Singapore||$965|
|2022 Mar 07||11 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Hong Kong||Laem Chabang||$965|
|2022 Mar 18||12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo||Hong Kong||$1112|
|2022 Mar 30||9 days, round-trip Japan Osaka, Busan, Beppu Shimizu||Tokyo||$1105|
|2022 Apr 08||11 days, one-way from Tokyo to Yokohama||Tokyo||$1371|
|2022 May 05||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$489|
|2022 May 26||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$510|
|2022 Jun 09||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$755|
|2022 Jun 16||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$510|
|2022 Jun 30||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$538|
|2022 Jul 14||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$839|
|2022 Jul 21||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$839|
|2022 Jul 28||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$839|
|2022 Aug 04||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$797|
|2022 Aug 11||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$755|
|2022 Aug 18||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$503|
|2022 Sep 01||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$510|
|2022 Oct 06||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$524|
|2022 Nov 08||10 days, round-trip Japan Osaka, Nagoya, Busan Beppu||Tokyo||$993|
|2022 Nov 18||10 days, round-trip Japan Osaka, Nagoya, Busan Beppu||Tokyo||$1140|
|2022 Dec 22||13 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore||Hong Kong||$1630|
|2023 Jan 26||11 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Laem Chabang||Hong Kong||$1343|
|2023 Feb 06||11 days, one-way from Laem Chabang to Singapore||Laem Chabang||$1364|
|2023 Mar 11||12 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Tokyo||Hong Kong||$1588|
|2023 Mar 23||9 days, round-trip Japan Osaka, Busan, Beppu Shimizu||Tokyo||$1245|
|2023 Apr 01||12 days, round-trip Japan Osaka Busan||Tokyo||$1854|
|2023 Apr 13||12 days, round-trip Japan Osaka Busan||Tokyo||$1854|
|2023 May 11||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$692|
|2023 May 25||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$741|
|2023 Jun 08||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$993|
|2023 Jun 15||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$846|
|2023 Jun 29||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$846|
|2023 Jul 13||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$1042|
|2023 Jul 20||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$993|
|2023 Jul 27||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$1042|
|2023 Aug 03||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$944|
|2023 Aug 10||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$944|
|2023 Aug 17||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$741|
|2023 Aug 31||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$741|
|2023 Sep 14||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$846|
|2023 Sep 21||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$790|
|2023 Sep 28||7 days, round-trip Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Juneau Ketchikan||Seattle||$790|
|2023 Oct 05||5 days, round-trip Alaska Ketchikan Victoria||Seattle||$692|
Norwegian Sun Review
Review of Norwegian Sun
The 2001-built Norwegian Sun cruise ship is the second Sky-class NCL vessel, with sistership Norwegian Sky. NCL Sun is currently the company's only liner operated with all-inclusive cruise deals (tickets prices inclusive of unlimited beverages, including alcohol).
History - construction and ownership
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American). In 2017, the brand NCL had a worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania and RSSC-Regent.
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 colours 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
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.
NCL's Cuban cruise program was based on two Florida-homeported liners - Norwegian Sky (from Miami) and Norwegian Sun (from Port Canaveral). Following the US Gov's June 2019-issued ban on group travel to Cuba from USA, NCL revised all its scheduled itineraries visiting Cuban seaports. All planned departures beyond September 2 (2019) were auto-canceled. Cuba-visiting itineraries prior September 2 were modified to exclude Havana and visit other Caribbean ports - including in Bahamas (Great Stirrup Cay Island, Freeport, Nassau) and Florida (Key West).
In November 2021 - March 2022, for the NCL Sun ship is planned an inaugural season in Asia. The itinerary program includes NCL's first visits (maiden calls) to ports in Japan (Nagoya, BeppuHimeji), The Philippines (Manila, Coron), Malaysia (Kota Kinabalu, Malacca), Brunei (Muara) and Cambodia (Kampot, in Jan 2023).
Norwegian Sun staterooms (968 total) include 52 Suites, 380 Balcony, 213 Oceanview and 293 Inside cabins in all 32 grades. Most are 170-ft2 Balcony cabins. The largest are the Owners Suite (570 ft2 / 53 m2 plus 260 ft2 / 24 m2 terrace).
NCL Sun ship has 12 decks, of which 9 are passenger-accessible and 8 with cabins.
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 speciality 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 speciality dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
- Four Seasons Restaurant (aft-location Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining)
- Il Adagio (Italian speciality restaurant; cover charge US$15, reservations-only)
- Great Outdoor Cafe (complimentary lido buffet restaurant)
- Topsiders Bar & Grill (complimentary poolside bar)
- Cagney’s Steakhouse (speciality dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialities; 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 speciality restaurant at surcharge US$25 pp; located inside Cagney’s)
- Sushi Bar (Ginza restaurant)
- East Meets West Steakhouse (speciality dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialities)
- 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 a 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 per day). 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 (speciality 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.
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The NCL Sun ship was christened traditionally at PortMiami on November 17, 2001, in a dual ceremony - together with the fleetmate NCL Star. Sun ship's godmother was "Miss America 2001" Angela Baraquio (Asian-American). The liner is of the Sky-class NCL vessels, with sisterships NCL Sky and Costa Victoria.
2001 was the year when two brand new ships were delivered to the NCL company - Sun and Star. Both vessels were ordered and built specifically to embrace the line's revolutionary innovative "Freestyle Cruising" concept. All the three Sky-class ships together worth more than 1 billion USD - at that time a huge investment in this market.
NCL Sun refurbishment 2018 review
The list changes after ship's 3-week drydock 2018 refurbishment (April, done in Victoria BC) includes:
- extensive renovation of all staterooms, public areas, restaurants, bars, lounges
- stateroom upgrades - new flat HDTVs (infotainment system), USB ports, carpets, headboards, artworks, some furniture
- Bliss Ultra Lounge (ex Dazzles disco nightclub)
- Los Lobos Cantina (Mexican restaurant, former Las Ramblas Bar Restaurant)
- Spinnaker Lounge (ex Observation Lounge)
- renovated Cagney's Steakhouse, La Cucina, Le Bistro, Teppanyaki, Main Dining Rooms (Four Seasons, Seven Seas), Mandara Spa, Stardust Lounge, Theater, Sun Casino, Splash Academy (kids park), pool deck
- During drydock 2016, Norwegian Sun was retrofitted with new "scrubbers" (exhaust gas cleaning systems). The new scrubber technology reduces the equivalent of approx 1500 tons of the poisonous gas Sulfur Oxide. Norwegian Cruise Line was the first cruise company retrofitting with a scrubber hybrid system vessels while in service. The new in-line scrubbers (5 units) are lightweight and able to operate in a dry mode, as well as in open and closed loops.
Both drydocks (2016 and 2018) were part of NCL's "Norwegian Edge" program for fleetwide upgrades (2-year project budgeted USD 400 million). Each drydock costs around USD 35-40 million.