Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by PomLove: Avoid this ship at all cost
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Avoid this ship at all cost
It was myself and my husband traveling and after this cruise we have decided to never, ever cruise with NCL again. Especially not on the sky. We were on this ship last year, and I believe I also wrote a review of that cruise experience. Well the sky has gone way downhill since then, as had NCL in general. If you have not yet booked the NcL Sky, do not book it. Royal Caribbean has a ship sailing from the same port on the same days that will be a much better option, though it may cost more. Well I wish we had book that instead. I would've been worth it. We could not wait to get off this ship!
Ok so here's the details...
The food is the absolute worst we have had on cruises, and this was our 14th cruise. The buffet was very limited. It had the basics and there were several questionable looking dishes. Everyday for breakfast, I had scrambled eggs and breakfast potatoes. One of the days we had breakfast at the Italian restaurant, which offered omelets and waffles. It was More all OK...it would have been nice to have an eggs Benedict station, or at least a choice of eggs Benedict since we don't eat pork, but I loved poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Oh well, that's not the end of the world but bear with me. Twice at the buffet, I saw that my juice cup had lipstick stains from the previous guest. It was dark lipstick, so they obviously don't check the dishes at all before putting them out. For lunch, we soon figured out that we could eat cheeseburgers, hot dogs, or salad. Again, they had the questionable trays of goo and deli meats that had been sitting out for who knows how long. They had a really scary looking enchilada or lasagna. There were few signs and you definitely couldn't tell by looking at it. The salad dressing were in small plastic jugs with no labels. I tried to look inside to determine the dressing. I was not able to figure it out so I had to smell them. That didn't work either so I didn't eat my salad. The next day, the dressings did have the labels. It was strange that they only had ranch, bleu cheese, and 1000 island dressing. No low-fat options like vinaigrette or anything remotely interesting. The last day I poured a bit of the bleu cheese on my daily cheeseburger and saw how watery it was. They definitely water down the dressings.
MDR was Ok... Each evening there was one course that was enjoyable. The first night had nice fresh bread. The second night I had pan-seared tilapia which was quite good. The third night I got the grilled chicken off the everyday menu and that was nice, and the last night I enjoyed the pear salad as an appetizer. We dined in Crossings the first two nights and Palace the last two nights. The other courses besides the ones mentioned were bland, blah, or gross. None of the desserts were anything special. The house cheesecake was okay and my husband enjoy a German chocolate cake from the buffet on the first day. We got ice cream from the buffet each day - not bc it was good, but bc it was OK. And we needed something for a snack. Oh how could I forget....the lobster night. Lobster night is always the first night on NCL (at least for the Sky and the Epic). I think this is bc they know few ppl go to MDR this night. It was pretty dead in there. So anyways it is a surf and turf, bc the lobster tail came with approx a 2 ounce portion on "NY Strip". Yeah right! There is no way that was NY strip. The steak was pretty bad and we could not eat it. It was so grisly and fatty. We did get a couple bites down and the taste was not particularly bad, but the consistency... Uggghhh. Ok so the lobster had some strange orange glaze on it. I asked the server, and it was either rum butter or burned butter... I don't know what he said. I figured this "butter"sauce was what gave the horrible rotten flavor, but then I realized the obvious - that the lobster was a few days past it's prime. I hid the lobster that I couldn't eat back in the shell, because I couldn't deal with the waiter trying to bring me another one. He had already brought my husband a second tail, which he tried to choke down. There was salmon on the everyday menu, which I wanted to try but I refrained from it due to the lobster night issues.
Ok so moving on.., we were in an inside cabin. Wow this ship must have the smallest rooms at sea. We could hardly move in there. Princess and carnival have the lock down on good sized rooms, whether interior or not. This is an old and outdated ship. There were only 3 drawers and a closet. We each had a night stand with 2 shelves to store stuff also.we didn't bring much, just one suitcase between us, and our stuff just barely fit. So I can't imagine if we had each brought a suitcase. Since we have been on so many cruises, we have really learned to slim down the amount of clothes and things we bring. But wow... Good thing we didn't bring any more. Ths shower was so small that u could not turn around in there hardly. I brought my own conditioner bc I knew they wouldn't have any. But an unforeseen issue! The shower only gave cold water! I struggled through my first shower, trying to stand out of the water stream and lean over to wash my hair. I reported this to the room steward. Later that day he appeared with maintenance. My next shower was tolerable, but at best the water was warm. I still had to rush out of there as soon as possible it at least I wasn't shivering this time. The mattress was very firm, no cushioning and we each had 2 flat pillows to use. There is a tiny tube style tv. If u don't drink all day or gamble, there is almost nothing to do. Out of sheer boredom, we watched at least one movie every day in the room. All of the daily activities center around wayside get u to spend spend spend. The weather was rainy most of the time so the pool wasn't much of an option. Also, our private island day was cancelled due to the waves so we were given a sea day. They added some additional activities, like putt putt in the atrium and extra jewelry talks, in case there weren't already enough of those haha. We ended up taking an extra nap and watching an extra movie in our room. Also, the sea look very calm to me so I don't know why they really decided to skip the private island.
On the first day, we noticed our luggage had been delivered outside a room down the hall from us. our suitcase is a bright blue color, so it was easily recognized. the next day we overheard our neighbor explaining to the room steward that he was missing something. later that night we got a letter in our room that someone had lost a camera case with a camera and hard drive in it. i believe that it was delivered to the wrong room, as our stuff was. Also, pieces of floor moulding were loose all around the ship, the railings were all crooked. There was caution tape on several stairwells, particularly on the pool deck. Our room steward was very friendly and tried his best - ill give them that. But most of the buffet and dining room workers were very unpleasant. You could tell they did not want to be there.
Entertainment (or lack thereof) - the comedian did a full show on the third night and it was pretty good. We missed his adults only show on the 4th night. The second night had a production show that was okay, and the first nights show was a variety show. Which meant welcome to this ship, plus brief dance performance and a brief set by the comedian. Less
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