Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Sun

Year built2001  /  Age : 18
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 / position of Norwegian Sun

Norwegian Sun current cruise is 4 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar. Prices start from USD 549 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 15 Jul, 2019 and ends on 19 Jul, 2019.

All Itineraries Current Position
Date / TimePort
15 Jul 16:00    Departing from Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida hotels
16 Jul 15:30 - 20:30    Key West, Florida
17 Jul 12:00 - 20:00    Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas private island
18 Jul 07:00 - 15:30    Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
19 Jul 07:00    Arriving in Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida hotels

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 a 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 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

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 is the Owners Suite (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 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.

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 (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.

Norwegian Sun wiki

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.

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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
2019 Jun 28 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $399
2019 Jul 01 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral
2019 Jul 05 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral
2019 Jul 08 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $549
2019 Jul 12 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $499
2019 Jul 15 4 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $549
2019 Jul 19 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $429
2019 Jul 22 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $529
2019 Jul 26 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $449
2019 Jul 29 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $479
2019 Aug 02 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $379
2019 Aug 05 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $449
2019 Aug 09 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $399
2019 Aug 12 4 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $329
2019 Aug 16 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $529
2019 Aug 19 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $349
2019 Aug 24 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $349
2019 Aug 29 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $529
2019 Sep 02 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $329
2019 Sep 07 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $329
2019 Sep 12 4 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $419
2019 Sep 16 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $299
2019 Sep 21 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $299
2019 Sep 26 4 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $449
2019 Sep 30 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $329
2019 Oct 05 7 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $429
2019 Oct 12 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $379
2019 Oct 17 4 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $569
2019 Oct 21 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $379
2019 Oct 26 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $379
2019 Oct 31 4 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $389
2019 Nov 04 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $379
2019 Nov 09 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $379
2019 Nov 14 4 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $479
2019 Nov 18 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $449
2019 Nov 23 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $429
2019 Nov 27 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $349
2019 Dec 02 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $299
2019 Dec 07 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $329
2019 Dec 12 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $349
2019 Dec 17 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $349
2019 Dec 22 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $549
2020 Jan 03 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $329
2020 Jan 08 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $299
2020 Jan 13 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $299
2020 Jan 18 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $379
2020 Jan 23 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $349
2020 Jan 28 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $299
2020 Feb 02 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $399
2020 Feb 07 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $399
2020 Feb 12 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $529
2020 Feb 17 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $599
2020 Feb 22 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $529
2020 Feb 27 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $529
2020 Mar 03 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $549
2020 Mar 08 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $549
2020 Mar 13 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $599
2020 Mar 18 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $649
2020 Mar 23 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $549
2020 Mar 27 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $479
2020 Apr 03 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $499
2020 Apr 17 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral): Free Open Bar Port Canaveral $499
2020 May 01 20 days, one-way from Port Canaveral to Seattle Port Canaveral $1499
2020 May 21 11 days, round-trip Alaska: The Great Glaciers From Seattle Seattle $1399
2020 Jun 01 11 days, round-trip Alaska: Holkham Bay Glacier From Seattle Seattle $1449
2020 Jun 12 11 days, round-trip Alaska: Holkham Bay Glacier From Seattle Seattle $1499
2020 Jun 23 9 days, round-trip Alaska Highlights From Seattle Seattle $1349
2020 Jul 02 11 days, round-trip Alaska: Holkham Bay Glacier From Seattle Seattle $1649
2020 Jul 13 11 days, round-trip Alaska: Holkham Bay Glacier From Seattle Seattle $1649
2020 Jul 24 11 days, round-trip Alaska: Holkham Bay Glacier From Seattle Seattle $1699
2020 Aug 04 9 days, round-trip Alaska Highlights From Seattle Seattle $1449
2020 Aug 13 12 days, round-trip Alaska: The Great Glaciers From Seattle Seattle $1749
2020 Aug 25 10 days, round-trip Holkham Bay Glacier From Seattle Seattle $1449
2020 Sep 04 11 days, round-trip Alaska: The Great Glaciers From Seattle Seattle $1499
2020 Sep 15 10 days, round-trip Glacier Bay From Seattle Seattle $1349
2020 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Glacier Bay From Seattle Seattle $799
2020 Oct 03 15 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver $1399

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