Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by Dawgone: IN A HOT TUB!
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IN A HOT TUB!
Background...6th cruise...four with NCL and two with Princess...will probably stay with NCL because of the freestyle dining.
Travel...We drove to the pier..Terminal C...1741 N. Cruise Boulevard. Even if you miss the turnoff for the appropriate terminal, it's easy to reconfigure; car parking was in building C...right across the street from the terminal...easy, because my husband was doing the driving!
Stateroom...Warning...if you're in stateroom 8277, 8260 or 8346...you "may" experience a "water" situation. One was from the toilet...the other two were from (?).
We took the upsell to one of the four owner's suites...best decision we have made in a long time. However, all of the four owner suites are not created equally...ours was substantially larger than 9201 (especially the balcony), and we had a traditional size hot tub right on our balcony just outside our sliding doors. OMG, what a treat! Be aware that if you get this suite, the hot tub is heated by More the hot water spigot...only. We didn't actually see the other three suites, but we befriended the couple in 9201, and they relayed the differences. ("Anna and Morey" have 8201 reserved for an April cruise :-)...we'll be thinking of you.)
The balcony was huge...round hot tub, two lounge chairs with cushions, four wicker chairs with table, two square beverage tables and a trunk.
We had two bathrooms...one full with tub and shower. The master bedroom could be totally enclosed by closing the louvered window. The bed and linen was amazing. There was also a fold-out bed and a pull-out sofa bed. (Our upsell fairy told us that our room's capacity was for two people only...I'm positive she was wrong...she also told the couple in 9201 that it was for two people only.) There were two sofa's...two flat screen TV's...table with four chairs...coffee table...espresso machine...computer...plenty of storage. There was also a wet bar with a great selection of glasses. Three bottles of liquor (one-litre size) and one bottle of champagne was included.) Canned beverages, bottled water were also included and were continuously replenished. I can go on and on about our suite. It was a REAL treat and worth every penny. Our suite came with a concierge and a butler...we only used the latter. Our only request for him was to keep our ice bucket(s) filled. There were many other "extras" included that I won't bother to get into.
Dining...Suite categories were able to have breakfast and lunch in Cagney's and that's exactly what we did. Great food, great service, great everything! We had dinner (at our expense) on two nights at Cagney's...just as great. The only other place we had anything to eat at was at the Longboard ..fish 'n chips and chicken wings...the former was the better of the two choices, IMHO. I believe this is the only 24-hour food place. We did notice that the casino served sandwiches, fresh fruit and dessert around midnight. (located at the bar area)
Shore Excursions...zip. You'll know when you're in Freeport...ugly view, ugly smell, ugly, ugly, ugly! Probably need to do a day pass at a hotel to enjoy the island. Nassau...already been so we stayed on the ship IN OUR VERY PRIVATE HOT TUB! Great Stirrup Cay...when standing on shore and looking at the ship, it's lovely. When standing on shore and looking inward, not so much. Didn't do lunch there. The water is nice. Two Bahama Mama's were almost twenty bucks.
Embarkation and Disembarking...getting on was pleasant due to special treatment because of the owner's suite. Getting off the ship we did the self disembarking...very easy but a couple of NCL "helpers" were a little too zealous...me thinks they like to just boss people around unnecessarily. Wish I took names...they need to be in different jobs! Albeit, they were a very tiny blemish on an otherwise flawless vacation. Got a question? Dawgone234@aol.com
Summary...We had a wonderful time, but I'm positive much of it was due to our being in an owner's suite. Less
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