Sold on free style cruising!: Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by marktlin
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Sold on free style cruising!
Upon boarding we were greeted by cheerful staff and were offered champaign and OJ. A representative from the specialty restaurants was there to introduce menus and to take reservation. Rooms were not ready till 2pm. In the meanwhile we went to the Garden Cafe for lunch. The food was typical of a cruise ship buffet: burger, salad, carved meat, sandwiches. The one complaint I had was with the layout of the buffet. Sky is an older ship. Unlike the newer setup of different islands for meat, salad, desert, etc., a line served all. This created unnecessary backup especially at the slow grill. The same applied for the omelet station during breakfast. Otherwise breakfast More offered plenty of fresh fruits, breakfast meats, and pastries.
The first thing we check when we got into our rooms was indoor plumbing. The toilets flushed and the shower had hot water with strong water pressure. We met our room attendants on the first day and daily thereafter. Rooms were made twice-a-day. Our attendants were always polite, cheerful, and responsive.
Our first dinner was at Le Bistro. The cover charge was $15/person. We ordered foie gras, escargot, scallop, and French onion soup to start followed by sirloin steak, seafood soup, pork, and duck for entrees. I liked the foie gras. We later found that the same escargot could be ordered from the main dining room. Overall the food was good, but did not merit the extra charge.
My wife and I also ate at Il Adagio. We had calamari and thin sliced beef to start and shrimp risotto and veal for entrees. The cover charge was $10/person. Personally I think Il Adagio is a better deal than Le Bistro.
The biggest surprise was the main dining rooms. After reading all the skeptical reviews I was not expecting much. To the contrary, the food was on par with the specialty restaurants. Some dishes we liked included: chilled fruit soups, veal liver, salmon, and turkey scallopini. The service was prompt and good. In my opinion, paying for dinner is really an option on the Sky.
We enjoyed good weather throughout the entire trip. We didn't participate in any NCL offshore excursions. At Nassau we took a taxi ($4/person) to the Atlantis resort and saw the aquarium ($35/person). Shopping and dining were plentiful off the cruise ship port.
The highlight of our trip was Great Stirrup Cay. We were lucky to have found a shady spot with a hammock (go early as real estate goes fast). Lunch was provided on the private island consisting of the usuals. The perfect temperature and gentle breeze made the day so relaxing. We walked the beach and watched the day go with our eyes half shut.
All in all the Sky exceeded our expectations. The staff was friendly, the formal dining was good, the ship was well maintained, and the ports were fun to visit. We enjoyed it so much that we put down a deposit toward a future cruise. Bon voyage! Less