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Norwegian Sun

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Norwegian Sun Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Sun

Year built2001  /  Age : 19
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

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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.

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 IslandFreeportNassau) and Florida (Key West).

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.

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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.

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
2020 May 21 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Alaska: Passage through the Glaciers from Seattle Seattle $720
2020 Jun 01 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Alaska: Passage through the Glaciers from Seattle Seattle $741
2020 Jun 12 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Alaska: Passage through the Glaciers from Seattle Seattle $881
2020 Jun 23 9 days, round-trip Alaska Highlights from Seattle Seattle $811
2020 Jul 02 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Alaska: Passage through the Glaciers from Seattle Seattle $1231
2020 Jul 13 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Alaska: Passage through the Glaciers from Seattle Seattle $1224
2020 Jul 24 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Alaska: Passage through the Glaciers from Seattle Seattle $1077
2020 Aug 04 9 days, round-trip Alaska Highlights from Seattle Seattle $986
2020 Aug 13 12 days, round-trip Alaska: The Great Glaciers from Seattle Seattle $1441
2020 Aug 25 10 days, round-trip Highlights of Alaska from Seattle Seattle $1091
2020 Sep 04 11 days, round-trip Ultimate Alaska: Passage through the Glaciers from Seattle Seattle $1175
2020 Sep 15 10 days, round-trip Glacier Bay from Seattle Seattle $1049
2020 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Glacier Bay from Seattle Seattle $1126
2020 Oct 03 15 days, one-way from Vancouver to San Diego Vancouver $1280
2020 Oct 18 14 days, one-way from San Diego to Port Canaveral San Diego $1000
2020 Nov 01 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $909
2020 Nov 11 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $909
2020 Nov 21 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $377
2020 Nov 24 5 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $531
2020 Nov 29 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $818
2020 Dec 09 10 days, round-trip Southern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $867
2020 Dec 19 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $622
2020 Dec 24 5 days, round-trip Western Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $832
2020 Dec 29 5 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $832
2021 Jan 03 10 days, one-way from Port Canaveral to Panama City Port Canaveral $818
2021 Jan 13 8 days, round-trip Panama Canal Round-trip Panama City: Curacao, Aruba & Bonaire Panama City $664
2021 Jan 21 10 days, round-trip Panama Canal Round-trip Panama City: Curacao, Aruba & Jamaica Panama City $818
2021 Jan 31 12 days, one-way from Panama City to Port Canaveral Panama City $958
2021 Feb 12 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Orlando (Port Canaveral) Port Canaveral $314
2021 Feb 15 12 days, one-way from Port Canaveral to Panama City Port Canaveral $993
2021 Feb 27 9 days, round-trip Panama Canal Round-trip Panama City: Curacao, Aruba & Cartagena Panama City $720
2021 Mar 08 9 days, round-trip Panama Canal from Colon to Panama City: Curacao & Aruba Panama City $720
2021 Mar 17 8 days, round-trip Panama Canal Round-trip Panama City: Curacao, Aruba & Bonaire Panama City $769
2021 Mar 25 16 days, one-way from Panama City to Seattle Panama City $1343
2021 Apr 27 9 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Glacier Bay, Skagway & Juneau Seattle $769
2021 May 06 5 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $454
2021 May 11 9 days, round-trip Alaska Highlights from Seattle Seattle $818
2021 May 20 7 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Glacier Bay, Juneau & Ketchikan Seattle $727
2021 May 27 5 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $510
2021 Jun 01 9 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan & Sitka Seattle $965
2021 Jun 10 7 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Juneau, Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $825
2021 Jun 17 5 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $608
2021 Jun 22 9 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Glacier Bay, Skagway & Juneau Seattle $1238
2021 Jul 01 5 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $769
2021 Jul 06 9 days, round-trip Alaska Highlights from Seattle Seattle $1182
2021 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Glacier Bay, Juneau & Ketchikan Seattle $1021
2021 Jul 22 7 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Juneau, Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $1021
2021 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Juneau, Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $1021
2021 Aug 05 7 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Glacier Bay, Juneau & Ketchikan Seattle $874
2021 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Glacier Bay, Juneau & Ketchikan Seattle $874
2021 Aug 19 5 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $608
2021 Aug 24 9 days, round-trip Alaska Highlights from Seattle Seattle $1168
2021 Sep 02 5 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $524
2021 Sep 07 9 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Glacier Bay, Skagway & Juneau Seattle $958
2021 Sep 16 7 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Juneau, Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $818
2021 Sep 23 7 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Juneau, Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $769
2021 Sep 30 7 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Juneau, Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $671
2021 Oct 07 5 days, round-trip Alaska Round-trip Seattle: Ketchikan & Victoria Seattle $433

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