My DH and I wanted to celebrate our 41st Wedding Anniversary and chose the NCL Sky because of its Balcony availability and shortness of trip. We had a great time, and by The third day were really wishing we had booked the four day cruise instead of the weekend cruise.
We live in Miami, and since Parking at the port is about $20 per day, we decided to have my son drop us off and pick us up. The Port of Miami is easily accessible from downtown an it is easy to get in and out of it. Embarkation was very easy, we were there by 10:30 am and were able to board the ship around 11:00 am. You can take your luggage with you and drop it off at Captain Cooks until the cabins are released - in our case that was by 2:00 pm - you can then proceed to enjoy the buffet or have a drink or two by the pool.
We had a mid-ship Balcony, on deck 9. The size of the cabin is small (202sq/ft) but is was perfectly fine for the two of us. The twin beds were set up as a king, and there is a small sofa that can accommodate a third person. There is a single sliding class door and a large window to the balcony, which has two chairs and a small table. The round shower was small, but worked well. There is a liquid soap and a shampoo dispenser in the shower. The shower hose is right against the dispensers which make them a bit hard to use. Cabin was kept immaculate by the stewards, and the turndown service was great.
This is a small ship that is older and is showing it's age. The Staff makes a great effort to keep it in great shape. Public areas are always clean, and some of the pool areas were getting a new coat of paint. The facilities on the ship are quite nice, they have a general store as well as the Colombian Emerald shop an a small Bijoux Turner outlet. The Bars and Restaurants are well supplied and service is great - the $12 daily service fees includes all tips for room steward, and restaurant waiters. Bar bills have a built in tip included, but you can add an additional tip on the receipt.
Dinning on NCL Sky gives you many options. There are two Main Dining Rooms, Crossings and Palace, that offer a set menu and a different Chef's menu daily. Remember the first night is "Surf and Turf - Lobster and steak" There are also a couple of Buffett areas in back of the ship which are open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The specialty restaurants are very good. We went to Le Bistro and had a great meal with excellent service.
Entertainment was varied and had something for every taste. The shows at the Starlight theater were well done. Currently they have the "Vegas" show which is a take on the real one that plays in Las Vegas, and the next night they had "Showtime" were the main entertainers do a talent show and a winner is selected by the audience - this was a lot of fun to watch, and the singers were amazing.
The private island has gone through a major renovation. The beach is fantastic, we were standing on 5 feet of water and could see our toes, as well as a few adventurous fishes swimming between your legs! Tendering is well organized. Tickets are given out in advance with your tender time, you can also wait and go to the island later in the day with practically no waiting. Tenders go in and out every 15 minutes.
Disembarkation was quick and easy. The line for customs seems impressive, but goes on very quickly. Make sure you have your completed Customs form in hand.
Overall this was a great experience. Maybe next time we'll go on the four day version of the same cruise!