from the Bridge Cam [updated
every 15 minutes]
Seas Restaurant, Il Adagio Restaurant, Four Seasons Restaurant,
Reception, Shore Excurisions, Java Café.
Longe, Jogging Track, Photo Gallery, Conference Centre, Library,
Havana Club, Windjammer Bar, Dazzles Nightclub, Internet Café,
Life & Tech Styles rooms.
Lounge [balcony], Shops, Sun Club Casino, Champagne Bar, Shuffles
Card Room? [a $10 shop I think it was], Teen Club & Kid's Korner.
Outdoor & Garden Cafés, Sports Bar, Sprinkles Ice Cream
Bar, Pacific Heights, Topsiders Bar, 2 Pools, 4 Hot Tubs, Spa &
Fitness Room, Beauty Salon.
Bistro, Las Ramblas, Ginza/East Meets West, Golf Nets, Batting
cages, Shuffle Board, Basketball Court, Champ's Bar, Chapel, Kid's
Pool & Hot Tub, Observation Lounge.
My Photos of Norwegian Sun
Aft on the Jogger Track
was completed in August 2001. Built at Lloyd Werft in Germany,
she took 17 months to build at a cost of $350 million. Her
Maiden Voyage was on 10 Sept 2001. At 78,106 grt, a speed of 23
knots, 853ft long, 105.8ft wide, 194.2ft high, and with a draft
of 26.2 ft, she is not amongst the largest of today's cruise ships,
but certainly the biggest [and newest] we have been on.
wasn't sure what to expect in the way of decor, only that she may
have rather more glitz than I have previously encountered. Not so;
she is beautiful. Tastefully decorated in most areas, inside &
out. Not overly bright clashing drapes & carpets. Everything goes
well together. The only glitz is in the casino where it should be;
even the nightclub wasn't overdone.
Sun carries 1,936 passengers [double occupancy] with a maximum
occupancy of 2400, and 950 multinational crew members. The Officers
are from Greece, England, South Africa, Canada, Norway, Philippines
and others. The majority of the Hotel Management team seemed to be
from either England or Canada, with others from New Zealand, USA and Italy.
Captain Constantinos Fafalios. We
only saw him at the Captain's Welcome Party, to which we arrived
late after dinner, so didn't even get to shake hands. He introduced
all the main staff and officers, but sounded a bit 'bored'. Probably
is, if he has to do exactly the same thing, week in and week out! If
he ever wandered about the ship mingling, then we didn't see him.
Norwegian Sun looks somewhat 'boxy'. A rather short bow and
blunt stern with no curving fantail; this area in the main given over
to aft facing cabins. No sleek liner, but not as square as some of
the new builds. She was not at all 'crowded' unless you rushed along
with everyone else to some activity being announced. Some of the
lounges were often quite empty. Around the pools everyone seemed to
just have to grab a lounger within 6 feet of the water; but if you
are happy to sit further away, in the shade, or even on the deck
above, there were plenty of free chairs.
Atrium extends from the Reception Area on deck 5 to the Body
Waves Spa on deck 11. Decks 8, 9, & 10 are cabins only with no
seating around the Atrium. There are 4 glass lifts from top to
bottom, and a sweeping staircase rising from deck 5 to 6. It's a
light and pleasant area. Sit and have a drink on any of the 3 lower levels.
- Java Café - Internet Café [2nd
deck 5, the Java Café serves specialty coffees and cakes.
the Atrium on Deck 6 is the Internet Café,
run by Digital Seas. There are numerous computers, all with cams
attached so you can send video emails. It is however rather pricey at
$0.75 per minute, but there are 2 cheaper packages; 100 minutes for
$55 and 250 minutes for $100. Specials deals were on offer during the
week, some free time, some 2 for 1 ecards. There wasn't an 'all week'
rate. You can have access via a modem from your cabin but the chap
said it was slower than using their computers.
Access is also available. If you have your own laptop with a
wireless card running XP this is ideal. You can rent a laptop or even
just a wireless card. Having our own laptop we took the wireless
option. It was only the second week it had been running. There was a
bit of a hiccup on initially connecting, due to our pop-up cruncher,
but the chap now knows about that:) Also the system was 'down' for a
few hours on the last afternnoon, but it works well and you get a
fast connection. The Wireless Access locations are all around the
open areas of the Atrium, the pools, the conference centre and library.
are 10 restaurants to choose from, catering for every taste. You can
eat when, where and with whomever you please. If you prefer the
traditional way of dining, you need only see the Maitre d' to arrange
a particular table at a set time that suits.
Garden Café and Great Outdoor Café are
both buffet style and serve similar fare. Both are open for
breakfast, but the G-Outdoor Café is not open for lunch during
some port days. Cold meats, cheeses, salads, hot food with varying
themes, a carving station, fruits, breads.. many items to choose
from. An omelette station at breakfast in one corner, which is also
used at lunchtimes for a selection of Indian and Oriental dishes.
Outdoors is where you will find the burgers, hotdogs, ribs, pork
chops and minute steaks.
outside Seven Seas
was a bit of a queue sometimes inside, but go through the doors
outside and there's no one there. Coffee, iced tea and hot chocolate
were available at all times in the Garden Café, along with
juices at breakfast. We ate here one evening; but for dinner the
choices are limited. For buffet type food the quality was good,
sometimes the choices better than others, but no complaints. The
tables were cleared promptly and kept clean. You were given a damp
cloth to wipe your hands on before handling the food. The cutlery was
wrapped in a serviette. Only one minor point was that some of the
plastic trays had been subjected to too much heat and were warped
causing a bump in the middle:)
Ice Cream Bar,
in the Garden Café is open from noon until 3pm every day,
serving a selection of scoop ice creams and soft serve [frozen
yoghurt] with 'help yourself' to the sprinkles. Howard's favourite
place, especially as the waitresses from the Seven Seas would go and
fetch his lunchtime ice cream for him! Häagen Dazs is also
available at certain times by the pool bar, for a charge.
Mural - Seven Seas Entrance
two main restaurants, The Four Seasons, traditional cuisine
and The Seven Seas, contemporary cuisine were both excellent.
There was a selection of 3 or 4 soups and salads, around 5 different
entrées including a vegetarian option, a 'Cooking Light®'
option and various desserts each evening. Coffee to follow with no
extra charge for a Cappuccino. There is also a special menu for the
children, which comes with a few activities [dot-to-dot, colouring]
and a crayon to keep them quite for a while.
food was tasty and well presented. Service in most cases was very
good, although one evening our waiter seemed a bit otherwise
pre-occupied. Food is cooked to order and you can "design your
meal by selecting your own combination of these dishes in any order
you wish". This caused amusement one night when I asked for some
okra off one dish to go with the meal I had ordered. I got served two meals:)
is a good selection of wine
to choose from. In the main from America, with some French and
Australian vintages. Bottles start at $18 and rise. There is a 'buy 4
bottles get 5th free' voucher one can obtain from a waiter during the
first 3 nights. One must ensure all the 4 bottles are purchased on
the same cabin account, preferably the same Sun Card to take
advantage. The Seven Seas is open for continuous breakfast every day
and for lunch on sea days.
the 7-night cruise:- The first night was casual; the second evening
was termed "Resort Elegant/ Formal Optional"; the third
"Resort Casual/ Caribbean"; the fourth "Resort Casual/
70's Disco"; the fifth "Resort Casual/ 50's & 60's"
and the final two evenings as "Resort Casual". Despite all
the references to 'casual' by far the majority of the passengers got
changed into smart attire for the evenings, and on formal night most
were dressed up to the nines. A few people remained in their
jeans/t-shirts, but were in the minority. No Shorts/t-shirts/jeans
are permitted in the dining rooms.
in the Seven Seas
Sports Bar, which shows live broadcasts of sporting events, although
I didn't see quite what of, serves pizza from 4pm to 11pm, and from
noon on the first day at sea. Tapas are available in Las Ramblas from
5pm to close each night. There are late night snacks available in
various locations and a Chocoholic Midnight Buffet midweek. So you
won't go hungry on this ship. We tend to eat early around 6.30pm and
at that time the dining rooms are fairly empty. However if you come
about an hour later they are beginning to get busy and there may be a
short wait for a table of the size you request. One evening when
later, we were about 10 names down the waiting list, but it was only
5 minutes before we were seated [some on the list had gone elsewhere].
didn't try any of the Speciality Restaurants as we were quite
satisfied with the main restaurants and didn't feel it would have
been appropriate having the children with us. Although they can go to
the Kid's Korner in the evenings if parents want a meal alone, ours'
prefer to eat with us and us them. I did however look into all the
restaurants and they looked wonderful. Speaking to some of the other
passengers the food is apparently very good and well worth the $10
Sushi Bar & Teppanyaki [À
la Carte pricing]
Adagio:- Fine Italian Cuisine
Bistro:- French Mediterranean Cuisine
Meets West:- Pacific Rim/ Asian Fusion
Heights:- Cooking Light® [No
Speciality Restaurant Menus & Wine List can be found here.
Shuffles Card Room as shown on the deck plans appears now to
be an 'Everything is $10' store. In the Shopping Gallery, one
can buy everything from diamonds, to duty free goods, logo souvenirs
and sweets. The Library, I didn't investigate as I had my own
books and not enough free time for them. The Photo Gallery was very
expensive. We didn't buy any photos of us; well we only had the one
taken on embarkation in which Howard had his eyes closed, but it was
$20 [inc a keyring]. Other photographs were cheaper but still double
what I would have expected. The photographers were around the ship if
you wanted a shot taken, and of course on formal night people had
portraits taken, but we just said 'No thanks' with a smile. There
were some nice photographs of the ship that were sold at $2 each;
that's more like it:)
our cabin wall
'Stage' - [Perfomers
entrance on the Promenade]
is two-story and well appointed. There are some supports in the way
of viewing, but not a problem. What I did find annoying, and I only
went to one show [Jane Powell who was excellent], was that the seats
in the second half towards the rear have high backs to them, and I
couldn't see over the top without sitting up very straight. They are
comfortable and have slots for one's drinks. It is icy cold in here!
shows* are held twice nightly except on the first night and one
other, when there is only one performance. See Part
II for details of the Entertainers.
Table Tennis, Dolphin Racing, Golf in the nets, Basketball Ball, are
all played. Endless Bingo and Art Auctions every day and sometimes twice!
Body Waves Fitness Centre had lots of good equipment, all
sorts of programmes running and was very popular. The Mandara Spa
& Beauty Salon was always busy, and various demonstrations held.
Spa - A
strong smell of Pine
all around the pool area, midships, deck 11. There are two nice
sized swimming pools [heated sea water], one between 3ft 6" to
4ft deep and the other between 5ft & 6ft. The shallower pool was
more popular, but both became very busy during the days at sea. The
deck is all teak. 4 Hot Tubs between the pools were shaded with a
canopy and always full too. A few competitions were held poolside,
including a 'Hairy Chest' one. There is also a stage and dance floor
f''wd of the pools, where some evening parties were held, with the
whole area being sheltered by surrounding glass. The 4 table tennis
tables are here too, but not enough height available as one keeps
hitting the ceiling and other passengers on their loungers with the balls.
Deck - Basketball Too [above]
Kids Pool Hot Tub & Slide
are provided around all the pools; just drop them in the collection
bins when finished with, or leave outside your cabin.
Kid's Pool on deck 12 was fun for the youngsters, with its own Hot
Tub, small slide and a round half-ball with water coming out the top,
which could be 'squirted' at unsuspecting parents! Deck 12 and the
Sun Deck, 13, are covered with blue plastic matting rather than teak.
on the Loungers eating Cookies!
Shallower of the Pools
towels can also be signed for and taken ashore on excursions. Return
with the receipt when reboarding or you'll be charged $20.
more photos of the Pools can be seen here
Kid's Korner was excellent. All the staff were Canadian,
except for one counsellor from America. A wonderful room, forward on
deck 7, which can be split into 3 for the different age groups,
depending on the number of children in attendance. A good structured
timetable to keep the children occupied. Click here
to view the 10 - 12 year olds age group programme. Full details of
the times and various drinks packages can be found on NCL's
The Teen Club looked good, full of Playstations or similar and
discos for Teens only are held in the evenings. Unfortunately
Beverley was a few months too young to join the teens and too old for
the activities in her 9-12 age group in the Kid's Korner. All
children have to be signed in and out by an adult over 21. She is
used to being able to come and go as she pleases in kids clubs on
P&O and Fred. Olsen, so was a bit put out by being treated as a
'baby' here. She wouldn't therefore go. Just at the inbetween age,
and they do have to have a 'cut-off' somewhere. Howard however had a
great time, met lots of friends and played with them in the pools thereafter.
My Photos of Norwegian Sun