Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Sun

Year built2001  /  Age : 17
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderLloyd Werft (Bremerhaven, Germany)
ClassSun
Building costUSD 330 million
Owner(NCLH) Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Operator(NCL) Norwegian Cruise Line
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)258 m / 846 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage78309 gt
Passengers1936 - 2323
Crew847
Passengers-to-space ratio34
Decks13
Cabins968
Decks with cabins9
Last Refurbishment2018
Christened byAngela Baraquio

Current itinerary of Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun current cruise is 7 days, round-trip & Caribbean from Miami. Prices start from USD 499 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 16 Sep, 2018 and ends on 23 Sep, 2018.

Date / TimePort
16 Sep      Departing from Miami, Florida   
17 Sep 07:00 - 14:00     Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas private island   
18 Sep 10:00 - 23:00     Havana, Cuba   
20 Sep 11:00 - 18:00     Harvest Caye, Belize private island   
21 Sep 10:00 - 18:00     Costa Maya, Mexico   
23 Sep      Arriving in Miami, Florida   

Review of Norwegian Sun

Launched in 2001, Norwegian Sun is the second Sky-class NCL ship, together with Norwegian Sky. NCL Sun is 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 worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania and RSSC (Regent).

NCL Norwegian Sun cruise ship

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

Most Norwegian Sun staterooms are 170-sq.foot Balcony rooms (380). There are a total of 968 staterooms in 32 categories. 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)
  • 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.

NCL Norwegian Sun cruise ship

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, 4 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.

Norwegian Sun wiki

  • Cabin grades number: 32
  • Total number of cabins: 968 (of which 380 Balcony, 293 Inside rooms)
  • Dining Rooms: Four Seasons, Seven Seas
  • Restaurants and food bars: "II ADAGIO" (Italian), "MODERNO" (Brazilian steakhouse), "LE BISTRO" (French), "EAST MEETS WEST" (seafood & steakhouse), "LAS RAMBLAS" (Latin), "TOPSIDERS" (grill), "GINZA" (Asian), "TEPPANYAKI" (Japanese),"GINZA" (Sushi), buffets (Garden Cafe, Kid’s Cafe, Great Outdoor).
  • Lounges & Bars: CHAMPS, JAVA CAFE, WINDJAMMER, SPORTS, nightclubs (DAZZLES, OBSERVATION), STARDUST.
  • Amenities: 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.
  • Entertainment - the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each sailing), WHITE HOT PARTY (magicians show), casino, BODY WAVES Spa and Fitness, 5 jacuzzis, 2 pools (Splashes Kid’s Pool).
  • The NCL Sun ship was christened traditionally at the Miami port on November 17, 2001 in a dual ceremony - together with NCL Star. The Sun's godmother was "Miss America 2001" Angela Baraquio (Asian-American).
  • The Norwegian Sun cruise ship is of the Sky-class Norwegian Cruise Lines vessels. Her sisters are NCL Sky and Costa Victoria.
  • 2001 was the year when to the NCL company were delivered two brand new ships - 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.
  • During NCL Sun's 2016 drydock refurbishment, the ship 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 dry mode, as well as in open and closed loops.

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Norwegian Sun Itineraries

The below listed Norwegian Sun cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Norwegian Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2018 Jul 20 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral
2018 Aug 17 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral
2018 Aug 20 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral
2018 Aug 24 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$279
2018 Aug 27 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$349
2018 Aug 31 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$469
2018 Sep 03 5 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$499
2018 Sep 09 7 days, round-trip & Caribbean from Miami Miami$619
2018 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip & Caribbean from Miami Miami$499
2018 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip & Caribbean from Miami Miami$399
2018 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip & Caribbean from Miami Miami$399
2018 Oct 07 7 days, round-trip & Caribbean from Miami Miami$439
2018 Oct 14 7 days, round-trip & Caribbean from Miami Miami$399
2018 Oct 21 9 days, round-trip & Caribbean from Miami Miami$479
2018 Oct 30 13 days, round-trip Caribbean & Panama Canal from Miami Miami$1269
2018 Nov 12 15 days, round-trip & Southern Caribbean From Miami Miami$849
2018 Nov 27 10 days, round-trip and Panama Canal from Miami Miami$549
2018 Dec 07 15 days, one-way from Miami to San Antonio Miami$1049
2018 Dec 22 14 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio$1299
2019 Jan 05 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires$1439
2019 Jan 19 14 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio$949
2019 Feb 02 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires$1079
2019 Feb 16 14 days, one-way from San Antonio to Buenos Aires San Antonio$1349
2019 Mar 02 14 days, one-way from Buenos Aires to San Antonio Buenos Aires$1599
2019 Mar 16 16 days, one-way from San Antonio to Miami San Antonio$1279
2019 Apr 15 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) From Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$599
2019 Apr 19 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$399
2019 Apr 22 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$629
2019 Apr 26 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$429
2019 Apr 29 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$599
2019 May 03 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$399
2019 May 06 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$579
2019 May 10 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$379
2019 May 13 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$579
2019 May 17 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$399
2019 May 20 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$599
2019 May 24 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$449
2019 May 27 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) From Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$629
2019 May 31 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$399
2019 Jun 03 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$579
2019 Jun 07 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$399
2019 Jun 10 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) From Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$599
2019 Jun 14 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$429
2019 Jun 17 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) From Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$599
2019 Jun 21 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$429
2019 Jun 24 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$599
2019 Jun 28 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$429
2019 Jul 01 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$699
2019 Jul 05 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$429
2019 Jul 08 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) From Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$599
2019 Jul 12 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$449
2019 Jul 15 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) From Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$599
2019 Jul 19 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$449
2019 Jul 22 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$619
2019 Jul 26 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$449
2019 Jul 29 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) From Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$629
2019 Aug 02 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$429
2019 Aug 05 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$599
2019 Aug 09 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$399
2019 Aug 12 4 days, round-trip (Overnight) & Key West from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$579
2019 Aug 16 3 days, round-trip from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral$379