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Old March 28th, 2006, 08:40 AM
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Hello, we will be on Norwegian Sun outta New Orleans in December(pray no hurricanes come our way) for daughters graduation. Have booked a BA cabin on Norway Deck-port side ,across from some inside cabins and only been on Carnival. Since I already have my cabin number thru travelocity will Norwegian upgrade?How big is cabin, Hubbie likes to sleep on balcony or with balcony door open. Suggestions!! How is freestyle? We are laid back people and prefer to eat when we want and what we what. Some in group want to do the formal night. Don't feel to good about the ports ,but thats what daughter wants. Golden Princess also in New Orleans would like her,but heard she is way big. Comparison if you can. Thanks in advance for all the help.. Tell me everything you can. Most reviews I have read are old,not up to date,pictures I've seen are generic
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Cass, if you want to read more updated reviews CC has several posted in the past week or so. Let me tell you our experience on the Sun 4 years ago. We are sailing her again in 2 plus weeks and I will have an update at that time: We had a balcony cabin the first time BC, and will have BA like you this time.

You can sleep with the balcony door open, the balcony is as private as any cruise ship balcony I have seen, more private than some. I wouldn't wander around totally naked but it is very private and quiet. There will be a queen sized bed and a fold out couch. The biggest problem you will have is the couch will be between the bed and the balcony door or it was in our case.

Freestyle is the best way to handle meals in my estimation. It is more like what you would experience on a land vacation and great for laid back types. With so many choices of eateries there is always something you will like and if some what to dress up for formal night, they will not be out of place as several will be dressed to the nines while others will be content wearing polo shirts or basic sport shirts. Gals will be dressed in everything from capris to formals. I will say, you won't see nearly as many formals and tuxes as you do on many ships.

the chance of you getting upgraded are pretty slim, but other than a mini suite there isn't really anyplace for you to go.

You mention not being excited about the ports< I don't blame you. All the lines that sail out of Texas on NOLA do about the same. It is great for those who like to snorkel, otherwise many of us are waiting for the cruise lines to do the eastern Caribbean, even if just a port of two with embarkation originating in Texas.

Trying to compare the 2 lines is a bit more difficult: Princess is a little more subdued with less activities. The food will be similar. Some like the food on Princess better, NCL has many more options. Both offer a form of freestyle, but Princess's isn't nearly as relaxed as NCL> The cabins are similar in size. Princess may be slightly larger.

I can't think of much else to add right now, but if you have more questions I would be glad to answer them. NMNita
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Thanks so much for all the info. What about people my daughters age(20-26),like to sleep late,snorkel,swim with dolphins,beach and party til everything close on the ship and then eat. Also will I need a cord to hold balcony door open. I know you can't bring wine on board,but hubbie does like it and occasional beer in room. What about bottled water? Should I bring it? I really didn't think getting a suite was worth the extra money as it did not seem there were any extra perks,I can really do without a concierge and butler. If were a larger cabin it would have been worth it. Disappointed that there were no two bedroom suites,but daughter didn't want to be with us anyway. I hate ask this ,but security wise,how is the ship. Sorry
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Security, I am sure it's fine, but still mixing the party life and the young age can be a perscription for who knows. I am not trying to scare you, we did a cruise for our granddaughters 21st birtday and it's great way to celebrate. I just think it's back to that "do not wander around alone on the ship or anywhere" Will there be others in the group her age, are you going right around Christmas so other young people will be cruising? NCL is not Carnival. I say that so you will know there won't be as much partying, but certainly there will be lots of 20 somethings in the bar area and everything will be open til the wee hours. Yes, she can stay up 1/2 the night and sleep 1/2 the day plus still finding time to snorkel, swim with the Dolphins etc. Relax, she will have a wonderful graduation celebration and you will enjoy the Sun. Again, I am certain she knows the importance of being is a group. I know my oldest granddaughter who is 23 and just married says, never did she and her friends wander around without a buddy. this was true even a frat parties she said. For her graduation we did Vegas last year. By then she was engaged so her fiance was with her, thank goodness. NMnita
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We sailed the Sun in October of last year. I posted a review that was fairly thorough as I recall. Hurricane season will be over by December so that shouldn't concern you.

The Sun is a great ship. There will not be the glitz or neon you may be accustomed to on Carnival nor will there be dancing waiters or red, white and blue competitions. All plusses from my perspective. Freestyle is a great way to go for dining, especially when you've gotten back from a late excursion or want to be railside for sail away which might be during your dinner seating.

We found security to be good. I've forgotten the particulars now but I do know there was an incident with a rough and roudy cruiser and she was nicely warned and when her behavior persisted she spent the night in the brig. The seemed pretty no nonsense about security - which is as it should be.

I think you'll enjoy your time on the Sun. Any particulars, just ask.
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magnolia blossom will read your post from last year. Will tell all the young people to stay in groups,although they probably were going to do that anyway I will just reinforce it. I am so looking forward to this. The last Carnival cruise we were on my hubbie said we needed a vacation after the cruise to rest. We will kinda be chaperones on this one. What ever you all figure I need to know will be greatly appreciated. What about water,do I need to bring my own.
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magnolia blossom will read your post from last year. Will tell all the young people to stay in groups,although they probably were going to do that anyway I will just reinforce it. I am so looking forward to this. The last Carnival cruise we were on my hubbie said we needed a vacation after the cruise to rest. We will kinda be chaperones on this one. What ever you all figure I need to know will be greatly appreciated. What about water,do I need to bring my own.
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Cass, the water is wonderful aboard the ship. We usually bring a couple of bottles from home just so we have something to re-fill as it is so much easier to carry a bottle around rather than always looking for a glass. NMNita
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I've never had a problem with the water on an NCL ship, but then, I'm not much of a water snob. I do remember Carnival's water having an odd taste but not so with NCL. I always have a travel bottle stashed in my backpack and fill it when leaving the ship rather than buying $3 bottles of Evian. Water is always available at shops on the pier for less than onboard in case you've forgotten to fill up.

If I remember correctly you can rent walkie-talkies onboard. Although I find them annoying, I'm also not trying to corral a group of teens either. Might be something to think about bringing or renting.

As you know there is as much to do as you can squeeze into a day, but just choose wisely and remember it's about relaxing, not winning the scavenger hunt!

Enjoy!
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hi the norwegian sun is a great ship nice looking and super service great staff no frills cruiselines super entertainment and when they say hello to you they really do mean it very genuine
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Thanks everyone for your input. I am really looking forward to this cruise. We went to the beach earlier this year ,rented and everyone vacationed but me. I cooked,ran errands, bought groceries,cleaned. Everyone came back rested but me. On this cruise I will do NOTHING stressful,except kareoke. HA! HA!
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Thanks everyone for your input. I am really looking forward to this cruise. We went to the beach earlier this year ,rented and everyone vacationed but me. I cooked,ran errands, bought groceries,cleaned. Everyone came back rested but me. On this cruise I will do NOTHING stressful,except kareoke. HA! HA!
If you play slots, that can be stressful as well.
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Hey, I actually made $20 or so on the penny slots! NCL also has a Casinos at Sea program so if you go to the casino at all, sign up on the first day. It's like any casino, you'll get a card that keeps track of your play and on the last night if you have the right amount of points they'll pay you off. I was a few short since I was a slug and didn't sign up til half way into the cruise. The points are also good for a year or so,so they can be carried over.

In another thread somewhere I was told about NCL honoring land based casino points for free or discounted cruises. I was dubious and gave the Casinos at Sea office a call and sure enough after receiving a fax of Dwain the Magnificent's card they offered us a 20% discount on any cruise. Not free, but not too shabby either. I know the really high rollers have gotten free rooms but I use my Cruise Points anyway.
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Hey, I actually made $20 or so on the penny slots! NCL also has a Casinos at Sea program so if you go to the casino at all, sign up on the first day. It's like any casino, you'll get a card that keeps track of your play and on the last night if you have the right amount of points they'll pay you off. I was a few short since I was a slug and didn't sign up til half way into the cruise. The points are also good for a year or so,so they can be carried over.

In another thread somewhere I was told about NCL honoring land based casino points for free or discounted cruises. I was dubious and gave the Casinos at Sea office a call and sure enough after receiving a fax of Dwain the Magnificent's card they offered us a 20% discount on any cruise. Not free, but not too shabby either. I know the really high rollers have gotten free rooms but I use my Cruise Points anyway.
I not to addicted to the slots: I have about 19 or 20 points on my card and need 25 to get an obc; that is one of the many reasons I was so anxious to cruise this time. Now if that isn't silly I don't know what is. What slots did you win on? I didn't know if the Sun had any penny slots. 2 weeks from right now we will be heading to the ship. NMNita
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There are 3 sets of penny machines. There are two to the immediate right of the bar. I didn't do much on either of those two. Then around the corner there are 3 and I did real well on the middle machine and the one to its right. Then there are 5 around the corner from those. I pretty much broke even on that bunch. Played all of them I think. Needless to say, the penny slots are hard to get on. Some folks must sleep there because they were there ALL the time. Anyway. . . I played some video poker on the other side of the main aisle and didn't do squat on any of the poker machines.

I too have about 20 points but my next NCL cruise isn't until November and that will be 13 months so guess I'll have to start over. Well, there are worse things in life to start over at!
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There are 3 sets of penny machines. There are two to the immediate right of the bar. I didn't do much on either of those two. Then around the corner there are 3 and I did real well on the middle machine and the one to its right. Then there are 5 around the corner from those. I pretty much broke even on that bunch. Played all of them I think. Needless to say, the penny slots are hard to get on. Some folks must sleep there because they were there ALL the time. Anyway. . . I played some video poker on the other side of the main aisle and didn't do squat on any of the poker machines.

I too have about 20 points but my next NCL cruise isn't until November and that will be 13 months so guess I'll have to start over. Well, there are worse things in life to start over at!
Thanks I will try them all; I know what you mean about the slots. We had the same thing on the Jewel, almost impossible to get near the really good ones, but I will find a way. Celebrity doesn't have penny slots and very few nickel ones. Does that surprise you? I thought the points were good for 18 months, maybe I was wrong or maybe they changed it.

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There actually were quite a few nickel slots although I didn't play them so I don't know how they paid. Good luck.
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The Sun is a great ship, well maintained, and the crew is great. Entertainment was so-so, The highlight being the comedian that after 2 shows in a small room, they finally realised they goofed and did another in the largest room.. My wife and I are in our early forties and this was our 9th cruise.. we have been 2 times on RCCL, Carnival and NCL, and 1 time on Princess and Celebrity... We are very much glass 1/2 full , no reason to get upset people and heavily discount anyone that says a cruise or any vacation was horrible.. we love them all. The freestyle dining is nice, and although the ship was full, we never waited more than 10 minutes for a table. You can sit alone or agree to share.. we always shared in the main 2 dining rooms and it was great. We ate at East meets West, Le Bistro, and an Italian one and they were all very good
There is something lost in not being thrown together with strangers and coming out with friends after eating together for several days, but was very nice picking our time based on what was happening that day. Cruising is pretty much the same on all ships, with some variation in food, although other than Celebrity, all the other cruises we have gone on were equal... Not spectacular, but great. Rooms on Sun were comparable to all others. We got a deal in a mini suite, and the room was still quite small, just a big bathroom. Now I will say this... We lean more to RCCL and Carnival, as we like fast action and fun.. The Sun has a disco that is the teen until about 11:00 and then is for over 18.. What we found was 16 year olds dancing until 11:00 and then overun with 18-20 the rest of the night.. The other 2 rooms had a big band, or Karaoke, and a very small Piano bar.. RCCL Voyager had no less than 3 bands at all times, and a seperate teen area, so the adults could go out do their thing. Carnival is big on the same.. If you drink beer, learn to like draft selections early on.. A bottle of beer was over $5 with auto gratuity and the draft glass which was twice as much was $4... Also ask for a regular glass for your frozen drinks as otherwise they put it into NCL glass and charge you xtra $2... Volume is about the same. One last comment, regarding the flow in the buffett... It is easily the worst I have seen. To get water and coffee or tea, you have to fight your way down a narrow aisle that is packed with people in line for the buffett... It was very frustrating for several.... ... we loved the cruise and would go again in a heartbeat.. But if RCCL or Carnival was going the same route, we would probably pick them.
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Hey Falconman and all others ,thanks for replies. I know I will have a great time. Will probably play cards a lot with friends(old and new if I can find some that play cards),not big on casino. Thanks for the heads up on the suite,so I really don't need one unless I want a big bathroom and since my daughter won't be sharing a cabin with us this time ,I won't need a big bathroom. She has a whole suitcase for her toiletries. I just want her and her friends to have fun. They picked the cruise line. We are easy going people so we will probably enjoy this. My daughter likes the idea of eating whenever and not having early or late seating for dinner.
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Hey Falconman and all others ,thanks for replies. I know I will have a great time. Will probably play cards a lot with friends(old and new if I can find some that play cards),not big on casino. Thanks for the heads up on the suite,so I really don't need one unless I want a big bathroom and since my daughter won't be sharing a cabin with us this time ,I won't need a big bathroom. She has a whole suitcase for her toiletries. I just want her and her friends to have fun. They picked the cruise line. We are easy going people so we will probably enjoy this. My daughter likes the idea of eating whenever and not having early or late seating for dinner.
Cass, the library/card room is a great place to waste away the day or part of it anyway. They have Bridge games going morning and night, but if other games are your thing you can play them as well. I just read the latest review on the Sun and the poster did not seem to enjoy her too much even though his remarks were positive. Don't worry too much, everyone looks at things in a different light. NMnita
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nmnita will you be on the Sun soon. If so can't wait to read your review. Please post on cruisemates for all of us anxious to read
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this time next week while many of you are in church I will be asking forgiveness as I will be enjoying some spirits I bet and either reading in the sun or pulling the slot machine. I will report back just as soon as we return. NMNita
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