Let me preface this review by saying that we got what we paid for, and our expectations were met, if not exceeded in some areas. We got a great deal on a midship balcony cabin, we ate well, we laughed, we had a massage, and that was really all we could ask for on a quick 3 day trip such as this.
We pulled into the garage at 12:35, and we were at the restaurant reservation desk by 12:55. A word to the wise, if you want to try Cagney's (which I suggest you do), make your reservation early, so that you don't get stuck with a 5:30 or 10:00 option. We proceeded from there to the spa to make our massage appointments for Sunday. They offer a 20% discount for services on the day of embarkation, but we preferred to explore on Day 1. Had lunch at the Garden Cafe. Turkey burgers, hummus, and pretzel rolls were very good. It is what it is...it's a buffet with many different selections, and that's it. We ate in Cagney's that night at 6:45, as we wanted to make the 9:00 show. The food was very good. For $20, it was amazing! Where can you go and have an Ahi Tuna Carpaccio appetizer, a caesar salad, a 10 oz. filet, white truffle french fries, warm apple crisp w/ ice cream and Bananas Foster for $20? Nowhere!!! Is it the SAME exact quality as The Palm or Ruth's Chris, no. Was it very good and a steal for the price, absolutely! The comedian, Tim Kaminski, is very funny. We saw him that night and then again on Sunday. Both performances had us laughing the whole time. We stopped by Carnival, but we were tired, and not in the mood to dance and listen to the Latin music.
The day started with 45 minutes on the elliptical machine at 7:45 a.m. If you have any interest in the elliptical or treadmills at that hour, get there before 8:00, as there are only about 10 machines. We had breakfast in the Palace Restaurant, which is only open to balcony guests. I imagine it is open to suite guests as well, but the flyer we got in our Freestyle Daily said it was open to balcony guests. The fruit was delicious, and it was nice to eat in a more quiet environment. Same menu as Crossings, but without the sour vomit/ sewage smell. No idea. Don't ask. Just avoid that part of the ship...we certainly did. We got off of the ship around 10:30, and we took a taxi over to Atlantis ($5 pp). The beach and pool options there were $60 pp to use the beach and $105 pp to use the beach and pool. No thanks...not worth it. We checked out the aquarium, threw some money in the slots, made some calls back home, checked out the shops, and headed back to the ship to lay out. We opted for dinner in The Palace that night, and it was fine. Not great, not terrible, food was cooked well, and the desserts were sweet and satisfying. Went to the Newlywed Game show after dinner, which was very funny, and then off to the White Hot Party. With all the hype, you'd think this was gonna be some huge bash. Um, ok. Not really. It was kind of like a rave of sorts with the costumes and glowsticks, but we were happy to play cards at a poolside table and head back to the room by about midnight.
Another 45 minutes on the elliptical, same bat channel, same bat time. Palace again for breakfast, and then off to catch a tender to Great Stirrup Cay. It was drizzling, so the top of the tenders were not being used. The wait time was minimal, and we got to the island relatively quickly. Again, underwhelmed here. Too many chairs on top of each other, not enough full body chairs, no umbrellas, etc. We picked a spot away from the masses, and we enjoyed about 20 minutes of sunshine before the rain came. We checked out the straw market quickly, and then hopped on a tender back to the ship. Lunch at Il Adagio this time, and the penne bolognese was very good. Pizza was good, not fabulous, and then we retired to the pool deck for some intermittent sun. Had our massages at 4:00, and then it was off to Cagney's again for dinner. Food was even better than Friday night, as was the service. Some of the dishes were repeated, and some were new, but all were delicious. Saw the comedian again that night and then milled around the ship for a while before bed.
Breakfast in Garden Cafe was very good, although it was crowded at 8:30. We ate relatively quickly, and we were in our car headed home by 9:20.
All in all, we had a good time. The cabin was clean, cold, and comfortable. The ship was small enough to navigate with ease, and large enough to feel like you had many options. There were some funky smells near Crossings and the Stardust Lounge, but we avoided that area for the most part if we could. Food in Cagney's was way above average, and it's a must do IMO. The entertainment was good, bordering on cheesy, but you're on a ship...you can't expect Broadway. If your goal is to relax, eat, laugh, and sleep, you'll do fine on The Sky. For those who have complained about every little thing on these boards, they shouldn't have such high expectations on a ship like this. In the 3 day market, the Sky is the winner, hands down. Happy trails...