Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Sun is a popular floating resort. The waters are crowded with sea-worthy vessels, so to make planning easier, we've done all the prep work for a cruise vacation. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on cruise ships, here is a tip sheet offering all the key information one could ever need to know about the Norwegian Sun.
From The Baltic To The CaribbeanThe Norwegian Sun cruises to Europe's historic Baltic capitals. The ship also sails to the Caribbean. The ship offers three- to 14-day cruises and sails throughout the year. In 2011, the Norwegian Sun underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, which updated its decor and added new restaurants.
"Freestyle" CruisingThe Norwegian Sun is an 848-foot ship that boasts Norwegian Cruise Line's "Freestyle" cruise experience. It can accommodate 1,936 passengers with a crew of 953. The ship cruises at a speed of 22 knots.
All-Ages FunThe Norwegian Sun is home to a newly refurbished Kid's Crew club. It also offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, a sports court and teen discos.
AccommodationsThe Norwegian Sun offers inside staterooms that can house up to four guests, oceanview rooms, staterooms with balconies and a variety of suite and penthouse options. Rooms designed with families in mind are available in each of the categories. Inside staterooms are 145 to 172 square feet; oceanview rooms are 145 to 170 square feet; balcony rooms are 198 to 221 square feet; and suites range from 322 square feet to 828 square feet.
PriceCruise rates on the Norwegian Sun range from a three-day, round-trip Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida, at $289 per person for an inside stateroom to a 14-day Norway, Iceland and Faroe Islands cruise from Copenhagen at $3,699 per person for a suite. Children younger than age 2 receive a reduced fare. Certain itineraries offer discounts on the third and fourth guests in the same stateroom. Infants younger than 6 months old are not eligible for travel on Norwegian Cruise Line ships. Check the website for last-minute and online deals. The website also has a "best price guaranteed" policy.
City Tour ExcursionsThe Norwegian Sun offers a nine-day, round-trip Baltic capitals cruise from Copenhagen with stops in Berlin (Warnemuende), Germany; Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland; and Stockholm (Nynashamn), Sweden. Shore excursions include city tours of Berlin and St. Petersburg.
Dining ExperienceThe Norwegian Sun has restaurants that are included in the cruise price and those that are an additional cost. The two main dining rooms, a tapas bar and a garden cafe are complimentary options for guests. Restaurants that are available for an extra charge offer French and Italian cuisine as well as sushi. Room service is complimentary from 5 a.m. to midnight. There is a delivery charge for room service from midnight to 5 a.m.
Maiden VoyageThe Norwegian Sun's maiden voyage was on Sept. 10, 2001. The Norwegian Sun was christened alongside the Norwegian Star.
In The NewsThe Norwegian Sun was in the news on Feb. 5, 2011, after the Coast Guard received information about a bomb threat. No bomb was found on the ship.
This video and photo slideshow highlights some charming parts of Tallinn, Estonia, during a Norwegian Sun shore excursion.
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