Cruising on the NCL Norwegian Sun

Where in the world do you want to cruise?

Chances are Norwegian Sun can take you there with cruises to the laid-back Caribbean, the world’s greatest short cut the Panama Canal, up the Pacific Coast to America’s frontier state on an Alaska cruise, and to the exotic depths of South America– our newest destination! While you’re becoming a world traveler, you won’t have to worry about what to do or where to go, as there are 16 dining options, 11 bars and lounges, the relaxing Body Waves Spa and the always-exciting Sun Club Casino.

About the ship: Over 250 meters long and towering with thirteen decks within which to fit up to 2,400 passengers and almost 1,000 crew members, the Norwegian Sun is an amalgamation of every fun idea and activity in Freestyle cruising you could wish for on the high seas. Built in 2001 and refurbished in 2011, the Sun caters to families, couples and solo travelers in a wide assortment of suites, mini-suites, and studio rooms which feature balconies over the water and portholes for an unending series of gorgeous sights, day and night, throughout your journey. The best view from the interior of the ship, however, is reserved for the Observation Lounge. Its floor to ceiling windows offer the ideal panoramic view of land or sea from the air-conditioned comfort and plush seating paired with the delectable food choices available. The huge overhead skylight allows sunshine to bathe the atrium in warm hues in the day. At night, the atrium transforms into the pulsating heart of activity of the Norwegian Sun. The wood grain-focused interior décor is designed to provide a restrained, calm and soothing environment.

Focus: The Norwegian Sun was refurbished to capitalize on the boom in Freestyle cruising, and was retrofitted to a new layout that incorporated a host of international dining choices across multiple restaurants, and shifted the focus more towards the family cruise with more family-friendly facilities. There is even a kids-only spa on board. Adults have not been neglected, though, as the myriad of clubs and spas and the casino attest to.

Travel locations: If nothing else, the Norwegian Sun has to be commended for its versatility and intrepid itineraries. It virtually circumnavigates the two continents of North America and South America. With cruise lengths varying from just a four days to as long as six weeks, Norwegian Sun does two-week stints each way between Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina. There are week-long and fortnight length cruises to explore Western North America, where the Sun showcases the frigid scenes between Seward, Alaska and Vancouver, British Columbia. The shortest itinerary is the four-day trip along the Pacific coast from Vancouver to San Diego, California. The longest is the 42-day cruise that departs from San Diego and takes passengers on a visually stunning journey of the South American waters through the Mexican Riviera.

How is it different from other ships in its fleet? The most overt difference passengers will notice between the Norwegian Sun and its sister ships is its more subtle décor. Some find it less vibrant while others see it as understated elegance. It is the second-smallest in its fleet and therefore features fewer activities than the others.


  • Cruise Critic 2014 – Best Mid-Size Ship for Value of Money
  • Cruise Critic 2014 – Best Mid-Size Ship for Fitness
  • Porthole 2013 – Best Satellite Restaurants
  • Cruise Critic 2012 – Best for First-Timers
  • Family Circle – One of the Best Family Cruises
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