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Norwegian Sun - casino, shops

On deck up and we come to International Deck. All the way forward is the extensive Kid's Corner & Teen Club, full of things to make children "disappear" for the duration of the cruise. Passing a number of passenger cabins, we come to the main staircase again. A small card room is located on starboard side, in its turn overlooking the Champagne Bar which runs around the whole atrium.

A very inviting bar is placed right next to one of the floor-to-ceiling walls of glass, which make sure you are in good contact with the outside world. Seating in pale green chairs is very comfortable, the atmosphere is elegant yet low-key (some would call this "Freestyle" perhaps?) and there is always something to see. A winner! Directly aft of the Atrium is the entrance to the Sun Club Casino. With its combination of inlaid marble flooring and bright red carpeting this is indeed an elegant "gaming club" rather than the ridiculously ornate casino's found on so many new ships. One brilliant thing is the passageway that runs aft on starboard side. If gambling leaves you cold, you can take the shortcut and pass by the casino altogether!

Running from the Casino to the aft stair tower, the Shopping Arcade on Norwegian Sun is a very nice passageway. I especially like the painted cloud-like ceiling and the shop fronts that were most likely inspired by London's Burlington Arcade.

Final stop on International Deck is the aft stair tower. Artwork in the stair towers is unconventional, with huge photos and paintings cut into pieces. It sounds strange, I know, but the result is original, upbeat and works extremely well.

Entrance to Sun Club Casino

Sun Club Casino
Sun Club Casino
Stairwell art
Stairwell art

Atrium

Champagne Bar
Champagne Bar
Shopping Arcade

Shopping Arcade

 

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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