Sea vs. Sun vs. Dream
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NCL Sky, 3/4/2001
NCL Sky, 9/1/2002
NCL Norway, 2/2/2003
NCL Star, 4/6/2003
NCL Star, 1/25/2004
I my view (everyones is different) it is the first ship in the fleet built for freestyle that will allow to enjoy the advantages. I in some ways I like it better then the Dawn.
If you want to test the waters of NCL start with the Sun and see if freestyle is for you. If it is you will come Back. With all the choices in resturants you wil always find food you enjoy not just eat.
Do your homework. Read lots of reviews. The good and the bad. Get a feel for freestyle. If having the same waiter everynight and all the dining rituals are important move on.
If being able to stay an extra hour and enjoy new friends or a great sunset rather then rushing to dinner is important call NCL or your TA.
Seaward 1/89,Southward II 1/91,Windward 10/93,
Carnival Spirit 7/02
NCL Sun 10/03
NCL Dawn 2/03,7/03,2/04
July 10th NCL Spirit
NCL Dream - Canada/NE 9/25/02
NCL Sun - Alaska 7/13/03
NCL Sun - Panama Canal 4/11/04
NCL Sea 3/03
RCCL Sovereign 10/03
NCL Dream 3/7/2004
CCL Jubilee 7/24/2004
Our maiden voyage in January was on the Sea. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We thought the food was very good. Hubby gained 10 pounds, I gained 5.
The staterooms are small and dated, but we didn't spend enough time in them for it to matter. The beds were comfortable. The first night, one of our group slept in until 9:30 the next morning, which they never do. Those nice, dark, inside staterooms, with the motion of the ship were great relaxers.
We thought the ports were great, and enjoyed our shore excursions. We went to both Tulum and Altun Ha, and loved them.
That being said, our friends that we were with had been on a cruise last year on one of the bigger NCL ships with his boss -- might have been the Sky. His boss HATED the Sea and kept comparing it to the other ship.
If you think the itinerary is right, I would definitely recommend it. I think it is an excellent choice for first time cruisers, as you won't be comparing it to other cruises.
We will be going on the Sun next week. It will be interesting to see if my feelings change after that, but right now, I would do another cruise on the Sea if given the opportunity.
NCL Sun 06/04
NCL Sea 01/04
The Sun is something special...beautiful, clean ship, great crew, good passenger mix, etc. I would definitely recommend her!