Posted December 17th, 2013, 09:23 AM
Last edited by polySeraph; December 17th, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Sailing for the first time on the NCL Sun in 2014, and have some questions.
1. We taking my 85 year old parents. Last year we sailed with them on the RCI Liberty of the Seas, and the size of the ship was 'challenging' for them. I think the size of the Sun will be much better getting around. Agree? Any specific mobility issues with the Sun? (They don't use walkers or wheel chairs, just tired out)
2. Confused on some dining options. Is the Moderno open for everyone for breakfast and lunch? Just sea days? So the Sports Bar does food, but only after 5:30 pm? Is the dining room open on embarkation day for Lunch? (Would love to have my folks avoid the buffet madness that day)
3. I know the shows may change by October 2014, but what are the current shows. My folks (especially Mom LOVES the evening shows).
4. Not thrilled about the $15/bottle charge to carry wine onboard. Other lines usually let 2 per cabin at no charge if consumed in room. Thought about buying my partner the wine package ($44/day plus gratuity), but it reads like i would have to buy it for me (recovering alcoholic for 23 years) and parents (would be on my VISA) who never drink alcohol. Plus ~$50 a day for his approx. 3 glasses a wine a day is just too much.
1. The Sun is a nice small size and if you study the deck plans you should have no problems navigating. For example, the galley is located on Deck 5 (I think) between the 2 MDRs so if you are forward on Deck 5 and want to go aft, you'll have to go up to Deck 6 to go aft and then back down to Deck 5. Five minutes now and then studying the deck plans will limit the amount of extra walking.
2. During breakfast and lunch, Moderno's could be considered as overflow seating for the buffet. They do have another, smaller buffet station set up in there and it's much more peaceful than the buffet area itself. For a more leisurely experience, one of the MDRs will also be open. (Sometimes the MDRs are not open for lunch on port days.) On embarkation day one of the MDRs will be open for lunch but they will direct you to the buffet. Check the Freestyle Daily (that you will be handed during embarkation) to see which MDR is open for lunch.
3. The shows will change depending on the passenger mix but you can generally expect a couple of Broadway reviews, a comedian or two, an aerialist/acrobat show, and sometimes a musical quartet (vocalists). There will be some live music in the bars (and some DJs) and the music will range from pop to R&B to light jazz. Probably no string quartets.
4. We've actually come to enjoy the corkage program. We pay $15/bottle and we can drink the wines we want anywhere on the ship. If we don't finish the bottle they will happily store it for us and retrieve it the next night - no matter where we are on the ship. (They also do this for wines purchased on the ship.) I've walked up to the pool deck with a bottle of Champagne and had them ask me if I'd like for them to bring an ice bucket and flutes.
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