This was my fifth cruise with my husband and two children 8 and 13. Two Royal Caribbean, two Princess, and now the Norwegian Sky.
Embarkation was a breeze - we arrived at noon, got our champagne and juice and headed to make our dinner reservations. Then we ate lunch at the buffet which was smaller than our previous experiences, but it included free ice cream with toppings! That was a cruise first for us. Next, we put on our bathing suits and hit the pool. At about 3:00 cabins were ready and ours was small (as expected)but the A/C was working like a dream. We had to wear sweaters every night in the public areas (I'm not complaining). We took a tour of the ship which I highly recommend, so you don't miss out on anything. Our tour was given by Hazel from the cruise director's staff. She was our favorite crew member.
The food: The dinner at Cagney's was outstanding and well worth the cost. We didn't try the other pay restaurants.The lobster dinner in the main dining room was also very good, but the prime rib was too fatty. We had breakfast every morning in the dining room and there was no wait- ever. We had lunch and late night snacks at the buffet and there was a good variety offered in addition to the hot dogs and hamburgers. We also had chicken wings at Longboards one evening and they were spicy and delicious.
The Entertainment: We saw all of the shows and enjoyed them all especially "On Broadway" and the comedian, Rex Havens. We danced the night away at the "White Hot Night". My daughter and I even went to see the movie "27 Dresses" in the lounge. There was a lot to do. My son played basketball several times and our whole family enjoyed the golf driving nets.
The Ports of Call: In Freeport, we took a van to the Lucaya beach, which was beautiful. The driver made arrangements to take us back to the ship at a pre-set time, so we didn't worry about missing the boat. My son was sold a shark tooth necklace that turned out to be plastic, so be careful at the straw markets. In, Nassau, we walked to the Pirate Museum - the kids really liked this. We did some shopping, then we took a ferry to Paradise Island and walked all around Atlantis. It reminded us of Las Vegas. Great Stirrup Cay - is smaller than other private cruise ship islands, but the water was crystal clear and the weather was perfect. If you bring your own snorkel equipment you are required to wear an inflatable vest.
The Staff: Our cabin steward, all of the wait staff, and every crew member we came into contact with was friendly and helpful.
Disembarkation: EASY - you choose your time, pick up your luggage tags and do what you want to do. We had a leisurely breakfast and lounged by the pool until our designated time. Our luggage took about 10 minutes at the turnstile. I cannot comment on the kid's club,the casino, or the beach BBQ because we did not participate. Overall, we had a great cruise and we are looking forward to a seven day trip on the Pearl next spring.