(Jan) A big part of the fun of cruising is joining in all of the activities on board & of course, the Food. The Sun features two main dining rooms on deck 5, and on Deck 11 there’s a huge buffet, two smaller buffets on the back deck and breakfast available near the Pool area plus Bar food at the Sports Bar and on Sea days the crew is out by the pool grilling up featured lunches. We enjoyed all of them! There are also six gourmet restaurants to choose from for an extra fee. Our usual schedule was eating breakfast, (usually fruit) on the back deck, lunch from one of the buffets and dinner in one of the dining rooms. We joined John & Cathy many times as well as eating dinner with new friends Tom & Robbie. For dinner one evening we were seated with well traveled sisters Diane, Jane and Linda. On the last day we ate lunch with a group from Cruise Critic, where we had a good time sharing a table with Joan, Michelle, Randall & Ron.
Chuck tried his hand at Black Jack in the Casino and I played Bingo several times. This first time at Bingo I luckily won $110, a free drink of the day & a Norwegian T-shirt! We also played Deal or No Deal. Each day the Library offered a new Sudoku, Crossword Puzzle and a 20 Questions Quiz. If you chose there were also trivia games (John was whiz with Beach Boys music) and contestant games such as Not so Married, 55 to Stay Alive and Golf Putting Challenges among many. There was always live music at several different places aboard the ship as well as a main performance at the Stardust Theatre each night. We saw a comedian, a hypnotist and a Juggler as well as a 4 Seasons tribute group; all were very highly entertaining. There is also a group that does Music/Dance Themed shows. Above are the Officers and some of the crew from the NCL Sun on stage on the last night.
For this cruise our inside Cabin was on Deck 6. We had a terrific room Steward, Jhonas, who took very good care of us. The promenade Deck was also on Deck 6 and we took many walks around the ship at all hours of the day. Often we would see dolphins playing in the ships waves and even saw a turtle. One day we saw whales spouting in the distance.
Unbeknownst to us, we had a near miss with Hurricane Patricia as it was building in the Pacific Ocean, barreling toward the Mexican Coast that we had just left days earlier. We did have rough seas after we left Cabo but never really had any problems. We are concerned for those wonderful Mexican people and cities we had just visited, however. It was very hard on the agricultural and mountainous peoples & regions around Colima but luckily it came ashore between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta and missed these two very populated city ports.
We had our final breakfast on the Back Deck in beautiful San Diego’s Harbor. It was nice to have internet again! Cathy snapped this photo of us as they joined us on our last morning on board. It was a fun cruise and we were happy to share it with these two good friends. The weather was a little too hot and humid but everything went well. And as always, It’s good to be Home!