Built in 2001, Norwegian Sun underwent a three-week bow-to-stern renovation in May 2018, which resulted in refreshed staterooms, restaurants and public spaces, and three new venues -- Los Lobos Cantina, Bliss Ultra Lounge and Spinnaker Lounge.
Part of the cruise line's Norwegian Edge program -- which was designed to elevate the standard of excellence across its fleet -- the revitalized Norwegian Sun boasts lots of bright, open spaces both inside and out; cozy, intimate nooks throughout the ship; and signature favorites that are popular with Norwegian Cruise Line passengers. Ocean lovers will appreciate the amount of sea blues and wave-like design elements around the ship, from the atrium, various lounges and restaurants to staterooms and the spa.
Many of Norwegian Sun's current itineraries call on Cuba, so you'll also notice nice new touches around the ship to remind you of that. For example, the Havana Club cigar lounge and bar, Cuba-inspired artwork in the Spinnaker Lounge, special Cuban-themed menus and cocktails and even a Cuba gift store for those last-minute souvenirs (although you'll still have to shop ashore for authentic Cuban-made products).
The bright multi-deck atrium, complete with a large circular skylight at the top, is the hub of the ship and features three decks of shopping, lounging and learning about your cruise. Four inward-facing glass elevators make for great views of the action below. A midsized ship with less than 2,000 passengers (double occupancy), Norwegian Sun is big enough to offer plenty of onboard amenities and space, yet small enough to not feel overwhelming. Service is spot on, with crew members around the ship who are highly visible, friendly and eager to help, whether it's to point you in the direction of the lounge, answer a question about a shore excursion or handle a special stateroom request.
Norwegian Cruise Line favorites remain, such as the ship's fun, relaxed atmosphere and action-packed days and nights, its can't-miss sunshine hull artwork and the clever way of reminding passengers which direction they're going in stateroom hallways: The fish on the carpet swim forward (except of course, that one rebellious fish). Side note: Try the Rebellious Fish cocktail.
Need one more reason to cruise on Norwegian Sun? The ship's three- and four-night Bahamas and four-night Cuba sailings feature a free open bar, which includes designated spirits, cocktails, bottled beer, draft beer, wines by the glass and unlimited fountain soda and juices at all bars, lounges, restaurants and on Great Stirrup Cay (the line's private island in the Bahamas). Some exceptions apply, but there is nothing better than ordering drink after drink and not having to worry about your end-of-cruise bar tab. Worth noting is that even with free drinks flowing, passengers never seemed out of control or any more rambunctious than on other ships with regular drink pricing.
Norwegian Sun Dress Code
Norwegian's casual dress code is about as relaxed as you can get. By day, pool wear and resort casual are acceptable around the ship. As far as dining dress guidelines, during the day as well as in the Garden Cafe for breakfast, lunch or dinner, passengers must wear cover-ups, shirts and footwear. At night, dress is "cruise casual," which means khakis, jeans, shorts, casual shirts and no tank tops for men and casual dresses, skirts, pants, capris, shorts, nice jeans and tops for women. In the evening, resort casual and shorts are allowed in all dining venues except Le Bistro and Seven Seas Restaurant. Tank tops, flip-flops or baseball caps are not allowed anywhere.
The final night of the cruise features the chance to take photos with the captain, so many passengers choose to go all-out in their fancy clothes, especially if they scored an invite to the captain's cocktail party. Others still prefer to keep it casual and stick with shorts by the pool, which is perfectly fine as well. There is no formal policy onboard. Also, don't forget to pack you best whites for the White Hot Party, which is held every cruise.