A quick little review of our Sky cruise. 10/11/10 - 10/18/10
We originally were booking the 4 night cruise and later decided to add on the 3 nighter to make it a full 7 day cruise. Just couldn't see the point in flying all the way to Florida for a 4 night cruise.
Flew out the same day as the cruise left and arrived to the port around 2:00. Embarkation was smooth and we were onboard within 25 minutes.
The Sky looks surprisingly good for her age. I will admit we were a little worried about the age as we typically try and sail newer ships. I had read reports about dirt and grime but found none. Everything was nice and clean.
We had a regular balcony room (9051) which I will admit was a bit of a shock after sailing the last four cruises in suites. Sure did miss that Cagney's for breakfast.... **sigh** We knew it wouldn't be the same and the room was as expected. Small. The bathroom, VERY small!! The comedian isn't joking when he says you can sit on the pot, brush your teeth, and wash your hair at the same time. Overall the room was clean and well-kept just in need of updating.
Our room stewards were outstanding!! Otherwise the crew didn't quite seem like what we were used to with NCL. Probably a lot of this has to do with the short cruises and just a different vibe about the ship. The main dining room servers seemed distant and the staff at the buffet were just plain rude sometimes! Again, nothing like we have ever encountered before with NCL so we both agreed it had to be because of the short cruise.
FOOD: Overall the food was just kind of ok. We had an outstanding meal in Cagney's with an excellent server, a so-so meal in Le Bistro, and several good meals in the main dining room.
We had never tried Le Bistro before on NCL so were excited to do so, but felt it was not worth the cover charge for us.
Cagney's was excellent and we had reservations to eat there again until my DW got sick.
The dining had good food overalls with more hits than misses.
The buffet...well this is where I would have to say the food fell flat, very flat. I think the Sky buffet would qualify as our worst yet. Very limited selection and many Asian and Indian dishes every night. Seemed odd. Can't wait to compare it to the Pearl in January as I hear it is much better.
Longboards was good and substituted in place of the buffet for us when we wanted a quick easy bite to eat.
PORTS: At Freeport we decided to go with Paradise Cove and go snorkeling at Deadman's Reef. It was $35 all inclusive of transportation and snorkeling gear. There was some confusion at the port with picking other people up so we were delayed slightly getting there. The snorkeling was amazing here, some of the best we have ever seen!! Lots of jellyfish though, but many beautiful fish. Unfortunately it ended up raining on us, and we ended the beautiful day with LOTS and LOTS of sand flea, sand fly, no-see-ums (whatever you want to call them) bites ALL over!! We could see them and feel them biting us while we waited for our driver to take us back but didn't think too much about it. Let me tell you, we sure thought about it the rest of the week!! Boy do those little bugs make you itch!!
Nassau (trip 1) - We decided to do a Sandals day pass the first time we were here. We rode the #10 Jitney and had no problems getting there and back. Can't beat it for $1.25 pp. We had been wanting to visit Sandals and had thought about a land vacation here so wanted to give it a try. It was $110 pp which was a little steep. The resort is beautiful but wouldn't spend that kind of money again for it. Again, it rained on us.
Great Stirrup Cay (trip 1) - Decided to get off the boat around 9am to be sure to get a chair. Tender process was quick and easy and found a chair towards the end of the beach. We haven't been here in several years and they definitely need to expand. By 11:15 all the chairs were gone and it was getting very crowded. We decided to pack it up and head to the ship. Went to the ship and laid out by the pool and listened to some tunes. Great sunny day altogether.
Miami - Today was the end of our 4 day cruise and the beginning of our 3 day. Met at the theater with 7 other people at 10:15 and were escorted off the ship and through customs again. Got back onboard about 10:45 with ease.
Nassau (trip 2) - This time around we decided to go to the Sheraton. Again we did the #10 Jitney without a hitch. At only $25 pp it was a much more affordable option than Sandals and in my opinion a much better option for cruise shippers. The beach was big and beautiful and after a while we ended up at one of the pools which we had all to ourselves...a perfect day.
Great Stirrup Cay (trip 2) - This trip we opted to not get off the ship. Unfortunately many others didn't as well since we had rough waters and they were only running one tender. Another beautiful sunny day so we spent it laying out by the pool. We ended up leaving almost 2 hours late due to the slow tenders.
We actually only went to two shows the whole week. We watched the comedian's one late night show and the Rock show. Neither was real impressive and the comedian didn't compare to Dave Heenan on the Dawn!!
The casino on the Sky seemed to be one of the tightest casinos I have ever been too. Ate up my money and sure didn't give it back. Still managed to spend too much time here though!
The Sky was a great cruise as all of ours have been. However, if we would have known when booking the 4 night that we were going to be able to get away for 7, we would have chose a different NCL cruise rather than a B2B on the Sky.
The Sky is a great ship and looks excellent for her age but it definitely is a different vibe aboard the ship than the usual 7 nighter. Can't wait to try out all the other NCL ships!