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Norwegian Sun -  Atrium

Let's start our ShipTour at the heart of the ship. Crowned by a glass roof, the tall 8-deck high atrium serves as the first introduction to the beauty of Norwegian Sun. With marble flooring, offset by colorful carpeting and walls covered in wood veneer paneling, the atmosphere is elegant but not too elegant. If ever the term "Freestyle Cruising" could be translated to a shipboard area, this would be it. Four glass elevators (two on each side of the atrium) and a grand staircase help passengers move from deck to deck.

At the base of the atrium on deck 5 is the very inviting Java Café. Carrying the same look and feel as the atrium with colorful carpeting and chairs, this is the ship's coffee and pastry bar that is open almost around the clock. A great place for some serious people watching, and perfect for night owls wanting to enjoy that very final nightcap before retiring.

Directly opposite the Java Café is the huge semi-circular reception & shore excursion desk. Other than on most ships, there is one desk for all shipboard services. Offset by marble flooring the area looks almost bare, but somehow it blends in perfectly with the swirls of the carpeting found elsewhere in the atrium. All in all, I consider this as one of the more successful atrium spaces found on today's cruise fleet. Although closely resembling the atrium on near-sister Norwegian Sky (now Pride of Aloha), the addition of the Java Café on Norwegian Sun is a big improvement over the previous design, while the contemporary looks perfectly fit NCL's new "Freestyle" image.

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Photos and text: © 2001-2006 Bart de Boer - www.ShipParade.com.

Originally published on September 25, 2001. This version published on May 28, 2006

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