This was the second time for us on Norwegian Sky and we enjoyed it even more. Despite being an older ship, it packs a good deal of fun and services that more than makes up for the older decor. The only downside was the weather; it did not cooperate with our plans :(
Embarkation: we were checked in and on the gangway in less than 15 minutes from arriving at the terminal. The buffet was already open as well as the Il Adagio restaurant (made-to-order pastas and pizzas). We had lunch and relaxed at the quiet area on the 12th deck.
Sailaway: We watched Miami disappear from the Great Outdoor Cafe. Last year they had a guitarist play some easy listening music; not sure why they didn't have anything playing in the aft of the ship this time.
Food: Buffet always had a sizable variety of food. All fresh and cooked right there. Taste was great. We dined two nights at the Palace and one night at the Crossings. Both are included in the cruise price and have the same menu. The taste of the food was even better than what I remember of last year, although they didn't serve the souffles they had every night last year. Nonetheless, desserts were excellent. I tried to do the Il Adagio but we missed our reservation.
Entertainment/Activities: They do a good job of having a variety of things happening so there is no bottleneck where everyone is showing up at the same time for an activity. There was always room in the theater, nightclub, pool decks, etc.
Private island: They really did some construction since last year. There were more beach chairs available then last year but the island lost some of it's natural beauty. I hope Norwegian plans to replant the trees; it was slightly disappointing to see this island look like Nassau. Nevertheless, we enjoyed it greatly until the clouds started packing in, making it too chilly to tan.
Shopping: Gift shop had something for every price range. i regret not getting the Bacardi rum at 2 for $20. The free tester perfumes was great for trying out a new scent every night. The jewelry stand in the Atrium had some crazy deals on beautiful pieces.
Overall: Although this ship might look like a dwarf compared to the newer and better ships, it is a great inexpensive vacation experience.