We had a group of 62 people board the SKY on 09/21/12 for the 3 night cruise to the Bahamas. I had sailed on the Sky back in 2010 and was impressed with how clean the ship was and the entertainment it provided.
We took a private charter bus to the Port of Miami and embarkation went pretty smooth. The TSA's are checking everything that comes through the scanners from water bottles, Gatorade bottles, and anything else you may think of to get a little head start on the party.
We were able to get right into our cabin which at 147sq ft may seem small to the newer ship standards, but the room was very clean. We were met by our room steward who took notice of all the cabins we had together. Our ship sailed right on time and the deck party commenced. The crew had everyone doing the cupid shuffle, cha cha slide, and the wobble. Going with a group that size made it seem like you knew someone everywhere on the ship, plus some decided to wear fedoras all weekend long. The first night we skipped dinner and headed right to the buffet since we still hadn't received our luggage. The buffet had plenty to choose from and the food was good. The first night we had the 80's dance party to Michael Jackson and we stayed at the Night Club until 3am. Some of our group ordered pizza which was $5 per 16" pie to crave their hunger late in the evening.
Day 2 started with a few of us dehydrated, but was able to make it onto Great Stirrup Cay which is NCL's private island. Being here a couple years ago and seeing it now shows the cruise line's commitment to make people want to come back. They must of spent over $50 million in this place building new cabanas to eat, pulling in soft sand, and having vendors away from the guest. The water is crystal clear as always and for the most part it was a nice relaxing day in the water doing a whole lot of nothing. We chose to book Cagney's Steakhouse this night and there were 32 of us at dinner. I would not recommend this as the dinner service was very slow and the fillet Mignon was very tough. I was not impressed at all compared to other NCL ships we have been on. Later that night was the "white night" where everyone dresses up in white attire. It was pretty neat to experience this even though it was cut short by rain. No worries, they moved the party down to the night club where we stayed until the end.
Day 3 we docked at Nassau and decided to book the RIU All-Inclusive Resort day pass for $75 per person. The RIU welcomed us for the day and passed out arm bands to show we were permitted on their property. The day pass included OPEN BAR all day long and unlimited food. Let's just say our group got our money's worth and would do it again in. The resort has it's own private beach with water as clear as glass. We took a cab back to the ship which cost $4 per person and made it back just in time. The last night we packed our bags and held onto them so we could self assist off the ship. We shut down the night club again and boarded our private bus by 8:30am. Needless to say, everyone had a good nap on the way back home.
Overall, the ship is in great condition and the food was good. I would highly recommend this ship over Carnival who also departs from Miami if you are looking for competitive pricing.