Passengers:1,936 Best for: Families, stimulation-craving adults, and anyone who likes a ship with lots of action
Sails: Alaska, The Caribbean, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama Canal, the Pacific Coast, South America
At a Glance: After undergoing a stem-to-stern refurbishment in 2016, Norwegian Sun looks fresh and ready to take on its second decade in service. You’ll also find many of the same restaurants and bars you’d see on Norwegian’s larger ships.
Thanks to sleeper sofas and pulldown beds, almost every cabin can fit a family of four. (Family inside cabins and family balcony cabins can squeeze in five.) Sizes range from 145 square feet for the smallest inside stateroom to 828 square feet for an Owner’s Suite with a big balcony.
Unlike on Norwegian’s newer ships, you won’t find a single water slide or ropes course onboard. But between the buzzing main pool deck, arcade, spa, fitness center, golf driving cage, and basketball/volleyball court, you’ll find plenty to keep you active on sea days. Traveling with kids? The ship’s Splash Academy children’s program will entertain them with arts and crafts and games.
With dozens of treatments on offer from hot stone massages to facials, the Mandara Spa might be the most relaxing spot on the ship. Sign up for a treatment, then take advantage of the complimentary sauna and steam rooms and stay awhile.
There are more than a dozen restaurants onboard, including the two main dining rooms and buffet restaurant. You can also eat for free at the colorful Las Ramblas Tapas Bar & Restaurant. But if you really want to treat yourself, make a reservation at one of the for-fee restaurants, most of which are à la carte. For oysters Rockefeller and bone-in rib eye, try Cagney’s, Norwegian’s signature steakhouse. Other for-fee options include Ginza Sushi, Brazilian steakhouse Moderno Churrascaria, Italian eatery La Cucina, Japanese eatery Teppanyaki, and traditional French restaurant Le Bistro.
Sip bubbly at the Champagne Bar, grab a beer and a game at Sports Bar, hit the dance floor at Dazzles Nightclub, or order a martini at Windjammer piano bar. As for entertainment, passengers can head to the Stardust Lounge to check out Broadway-level productions like the Burt Bacharach-themed What the World Needs Now and global-music-inspired World Beat