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Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by SJDymond: An Honest Sky Review


SJDymond
1 Review
Member Since 2011
113 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 5.5

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An Honest Sky Review

Sail Date: February 2014
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Miami

After reading the reviews for the Sky I was scared to death to sail on her. The reviews were either amazing or horrific. I feel the Sky needs an honest review so people do not have the same reaction I do. With that being said, I went on with zero expectations because of the inconsistency in the reviews.

Just a little background, I have cruised once before on Carnival aboard the Valor. She is an older ship as well so I cannot say I have any large ship experience to compare it to, however I am always honest in my opinions, whether good or bad. We flew into FLL very early the morning of the cruise so we just rented a car, had some breakfast and headed to port.

Embarkation: Embarkation was a BREEZE! We arrived at about 11 AM and to our surprise there were already quite a bit of people in the waiting area. We checked our bags outside at the sidewalk and proceeded through security. We were handed a boarding card with a group number on it and had a seat until our number was More called. As always, your cabins aren't ready until later in the afternoon so we brought along a change of clothes to enjoy the Miami sun while we waited. Upon boarding we headed to one of the main dining rooms to have some sit down lunch instead of fighting the crowds at the buffet.

Ship: Although the Sky is an older ship, it holds up for its age. Of course there is the expected rust in a few places or creaky something or other, but all in all it was in pretty good shape.

Cabin: Our cabins were ready fairly early, at about 1 PM. We headed to our room to check it out. We had booked an inside cabin which worried me slightly. Our last cruise was in an aft wrap balcony and I am claustrophobic so this was going to be an experience. We were in cabin 8302 which was almost all the way Forward and Starboard. I was told the room was 147 square feet. Much to my amazement, the cabin was not bad AT ALL. We had a full size bed, 2 nightstands, a sofa and a small desk. There wasn't a ton of room to walk around but it wasn't cramped in my opinion. We stored one suitcase on the sofa so I could "live" out of it (there wasn't enough room in the closet for both of us) and we stored the others under the bed. The bathroom was small but that is to be expected. The room was very quiet. I don't believe we heard noise more than once the entire time and that was someone entering a room across the hall.

Dining: Because my boyfriend and I are very health conscious and picky, we opted to purchase the Ultimate Dining Package. With this package you can eat in any of the specialty restaurants every night of the cruise. We pushed our limits with this because of what we had read in the forums and because we are "those people" who like to time our meals and eat every so often. The first 2 nights we had appetizers and shared one entree very early in the evening at one restaurant and then we ate a very late dinner at another restaurant. The 1st day we made the reservations with the restaurant reservations desk so we assumed this was allowed. On the 2nd night at dinner (our "second" dinner) the hostess informed us that we could only eat at one restaurant per day/night. They allowed us to keep our reservation that night but the next 2 days we only ate once per night. No big deal but we thoroughly enjoyed being able to have appetizers in one of the specialty restaurants instead of snacking at the buffet. All in all the food was much better than expected. The breakfast at the MDRs was average and the buffet was average too, but not horrific as I had read before. It is a buffet for 1000s of people, what do you expect. We did try the sushi in Plantation Club early one evening. The prices are pretty decent and the sushi isn't half bad. It was a nice breakup to the same meat/pasta/chicken we were used to.

Crew: This was another area I was iffy about (again based on reviews). The crew was nothing more than polite and friendly from the moment we walked onto the ship. Once in a while we encountered someone who wasn't as outgoing and friendly but very rarely. I think it has a lot to do with the many cultures all mixed together on the ship. We did not come across anyone who was "rude", so to speak.

Entertainment: We actually didn't go to one show or presentation on the ship. But when we walked through the pool deck after dinner a few nights, there was a lot going on. A lot of energy. There were also game shows and entertainment in the theater that looked intriguing but we never got around to fitting it all in.

All in all we had a great time aboard the Norwegian Sky. I would suggest you don't shy away from the reviews that are horrific because it is less than horrific. I would imagine these reviewers are expecting something super luxurious and are used to 5 star quality and service. This isn't the biggest or best ship, but for a 4 night cruise it was pretty close to perfect. Less


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Cabin review: Norwegian Sky 8302

Our cabins were ready fairly early, at about 1 PM. We headed to our room to check it out. We had booked an inside cabin which worried me slightly. Our last cruise was in an aft wrap balcony and I am claustrophobic so this was going to be an experience. We were in cabin 8302 which was almost all the way Forward and Starboard. I was told the room was 147 square feet. Much to my amazement, the cabin was not bad AT ALL. We had a full size bed, 2 nightstands, a sofa and a small desk. There wasn't a ton of room to walk around but it wasn't cramped in my opinion. We stored one suitcase on the sofa so I could "live" out of it (there wasn't enough room in the closet for both of us) and we stored the others under the bed. The bathroom was small but that is to be expected. The room was very quiet. I don't believe we heard noise more than once the entire time and that was someone entering a room across the hall.

Port and Shore Excursions


Snorkeling

(4)

We had booked a snorkeling trip to Paradise Cove/Deadmans Reef and took a taxi to get there (we missed the shuttle). When we got there the waves were so rough that we couldn't even get into the water so we decided to head over to Port Lacayan instead and walk around.


Great Stirrup Cay was a fun experience. Although we decided to just lounge on the beach, we had a great day. There is a lot going on so if you are looking for peace and quiet it is probably best to head past the main beach and find a few more secluded loungers. I did rent a snorkel vest and head out to snorkel for a bit. While the snorkeling wasn't phenomenal, there was a bit to see when you get out far enough. I went as far as to see a Barracuda and then booked it back to shore. If I wouldn't have been such a scaredy cat I'm sure I would have seen a lot more. The swimming is very easy with no real current. The beach is a little rocky but there are lots of areas where you can walk around them without hurting your feet. The water was chilly but not bad after you get used to the initial shock. The BBQ was average, basically buffet food on the island.


Atlantis

(5)

We decided to purchase tickets to Atlantis Beaches and Aquariums. The Aquarium was pretty cool, a lot of different marine life to see. Believe it or not we never made it to the beaches because somehow we were allowed inside the Aquaventure park, even though we didn't pay for it so we decided to take advantage of that instead.

Atlantis Aquarium

(4)

We decided to purchase tickets to Atlantis Beaches and Aquariums. The Aquarium was pretty cool, a lot of different marine life to see. Nothing spectacular.

Atlantis Aquaventure

(5)

We decided to purchase tickets to Atlantis Beaches and Aquariums. The Aquarium was pretty cool, a lot of different marine life to see. Believe it or not we never made it to the beaches because somehow we were allowed inside the Aquaventure park, even though we didn't pay for it so we decided to take advantage of that instead.

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