It was great experience for first timer.: Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by gtaguy
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It was great experience for first timer.
The sea was kind of rough and it was windy. We ordered some wings and chicken strips from the longboard bar (the one next to Garden buffet) for our dinner. This is the only free food I found to be great. We ate at Garden buffet most of the time and went to Palace twice for dinner. We found the service is slow in Palace restaurant. Even thought we got there around 8PM each time, we were running late for both 9PM show. By the way the shows were OK...but I wouldn't say they were great.
In Nassau, we booked for sub adventure through NCL (It was same price as with vendor but the time is also very tight. So to be on safe side, book with NCL). We were picked up around noon and were dropped off around 5:15 (cruise final call at 5:30 PM). Before the excursion we went to Atlantis ($4 taxi with a group or $11 flat rate if you don't want to wait for more ppl). We didn't buy any package in Atlantis. We just wondered around our self and saw the place and came back. When you take the taxi back, you will have to wait for more ppl for $4/person or pay $15 flat rate. Then we did some shopping in Nassau (Bacardi 1Lt bottle= 3 for $30...great deal)
Sub Adventure with Stuart Cove was great. The guys were really friendly and helpful. Buy the fish food ($4) and it will help to attract fish when snorkeling. Don't worry if you are not a swimmer, they sub is a great choice for anybody. They will help you get on board the sea scooter without getting your hair wet. Just relax and enjoy your self. There was a 65yr old woman did the excursion with us and she really enjoyed it. It's not hard. Don't forget your underwater video camera but you can also buy the one they will sell for $40 (Video in DVD). You can view the video right after the excursion.
White hot party on the 2nd night was good. It goes until 5 or 6 am.
NCL's private island was OK. Not much to do. We did some snorkeling as we took our own gear. The rentals are available for snorkeling, water mat & etc. Also you can book kayak tour, para sailing or jet ski. We didn't book any but just relaxed on the beach after some snorkeling. Snorkeling is not great in the water. If you want to see some fish, take some fish food. Other friends we met on board tried kayak tour and they said it was OK. They did see some sting rays and other kind of fish.
We chose to walk off from the ship with out luggage so didn't obtain any tags (different color tags departs at different time. You will have to leave you luggage out by mid night). We packed everything and left room at 9:00 AM and had our breakfast at Garden buffet and left around 9:40AM. I think the latest time you have to be out of the cabin is 9:30 AM (even though room service came knocked on our room around 8:45AM to make sure we are leaving soon) and you have to be out of the ship by 10 AM.
Over all it was great experience for a first timer. We had a great time for the $ spent. By the way the staff were great. Always smiling and helpful. I love the ladies who say washy washy (to sanitize your hands)when you enter the restaurant. Less
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