I'll try to make it brief and to the point about the most important things: -The ship was very nice. Didn't look shabby or aging. The atrium was nothing spectacular or grand, kinda small actually. -The embarkation process was very good-no holdups of any kind. However, as soon as you get on, there's like 4 lines for things to sign up for immediately, slowing down the process of actually walking around the ship.
-My group and I all got the soda package, which for 3 days was like $21. It worked out well, because whenever I wanted a drink, instead of paying more for a mixed drink, I used the soda card. It helped to keep my bar tab at almost a minimum. -I had an inside stateroom and it was by far the smallet room at sea I've ever stayed in. My guest and I could barely walk around the bed without hitting something. It was tiny. The bathroom was average size.
-The bathroom: What I liked- probably the one thing- was that there was a soap pump instead of a bar of soap near the More
sink. A very good thing to me. What was not good- the soap pump for the shower was empty the entire trip. I didn't say anything since I had body wash, but that was interesting to note. They did have a shampoo pump but I didn't use it. Oh yeah, the shower head went from very hot to cold during the shower each time I used it. That's not so good.
-The bed: Very hard. We didn't find it comfortable at all. They gave 2 pillows for each side, one soft regular-size one and one brick-like giant size one. We didn't see the purpose for the big one since you couldn't rest your head on it. There was an extra soft pillow hidden away but of course didn't find it until we were leaving.
-Room service and upkeep: The room was made up without fail, which was good. No complaints there. We ordered room service twice, the first time at like 12:30 am- that took about an hour. The 2nd time was around 11 pm or so- they said it would take 45 mins to an hour- it took 45 mins.
Dining: Overall, I would say it was average. We ate at the Crossings and the Palace, both of them the free restaurants. I liked the appetizers and desserts better than the main meals. I got the caesar salad all 3 nights- very good. The menu always had a side the stayed the same with staples like steak and chicken. I ordered from that side each night. The chicken was the best out of the steak and the tortellini. The other side changed every night but I didn't care for any of that. The wait staff was courteous, but nothing above and beyond.
Freestyle dining: I liked being able to go whenever we wanted, however, I guess because we ate at like 6-6:30 every night, the place wasn't filled up at all, and I missed that atmosphere of every one eating dinner at once. It didn't feel like an "event" like on other cruises.
Buffet food: It was good. Had the standard burgers and hot dogs which were fine. The breakfast options were good. A special note: for lunch at one of the specialty restaurants, at least for Il Adagio, it was free to eat there. Granted they have a limited menu, but it's a break from the buffet and it's gives you a chance to see the restaurant if you weren't going to eat there for dinner.
The casino: Very nice. I was pleased it wasn't run-down looking. I played the slots and the quarter machine.
The shows and entertainment: Saw one show, the Broadway revue show. It was good, nothing to complain about but nothing to really write about either. Had some people in my group complain there wasn't enough activities on board. Didn't attend their hyped-up White Party. Did however attend the adult comedy show and The Quest. The Quest was raunchy- just be prepared, but it's fun. The cruise director was okay- his trademark "Pahty Pahty Pahty" in his Australian accent got my group laughing, but didn't see him much otherwise.
The pool: Most of the time, pretty crowded. Especially on the day they canceled the tender at Great Stirrup Cay. I did not want to be in a tiny pool with 25 other people. Same with the hot tubs. Apparantly there were some fights or beer bottle throwing going on so they closed the pool.
Ports of call: Nassau was okay. Nothing much to see except at Atlantis. Was disappointed by them cancelling the tender at Great Stirrup Cay but was not surprised. They cancel it when the waves are even slightly rolling. But, no credit was issued for the cancellation.
Medical: Did have to visit the medical office. Be warned: they don't issue medicine without a dr.'s consulation. For seasick pills, I'm sure they give those out for free. But for other stuff, the fee is $105. That hurt, but what can you do. The staff and doc were nice.
Overall: A pleasant experience, made more fun by the people I was with, which is what makes any vacation really. I would go on Norwegian again, to give them a 2nd chance, but would think twice about the Sky. Less
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