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  • Ideal for a first cruise or quick getaway
  • Extensive kids program plus parent-supervised activities for toddlers
  • Food and entertainment offer "big ship" value

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Norwegian Sky Overview

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Norwegian Sky may be a teenaged ship, but a decidedly youthful feeling is evident onboard. The average age on this 77,104-ton, 2,004-passenger vessel is lower than on many other ships, likely because it offers such an excellent value -- a roster of year-round three- and four-night Bahamas cruises at excellent price points on a midsize ship with big-ship amenities. Other cruise lines are seeking this young demographic, but Norwegian is actually getting it, due in no short part to the flexible dining options and multiple venues for late-night drinking and dancing. This ship's short itinerary, in particular, appeals to first-timers (and those with less vacation time).

The ship offers a throng of features, from multiple specialty restaurants to a state-of-the-art children's area. Norwegian has done an especially good job separating key areas for families and adults on this ship -- with separate pools, programming and even nighttime lounges for both demographics. And embarkation and disembarkation are relatively quick with little wait time. Norwegian Sky marked the first time we were actually greeted by a crewmember ready to show us to our cabin -- not one who only said "hello" as we juggled laptops, purses and rolling suitcases.

Decorative interiors and vivid colors -- remnants of Sky's days sailing Hawaii under the name Pride of Aloha -- are still fitting for its current Bahamian itinerary. The cheerful, tropical decor -- floral carpets in the panoramic elevators; warm, island colors; and a feeling of light and air, made most dramatic by a series of beautiful, brightly hued kites hanging in the seven-story atrium -- puts everyone in a lively mood. And, thanks to regular refurbishments, including an upcoming 2013 dry-dock, this ship still shows little sign of wear.
Norwegian Sky Fellow Passengers
Expect to see a lot of young couples, friends on girlfriend getaways and guy's outings, and European visitors who want to tour the Bahamas. The weekend sailings find lots of youngsters toting their school backpacks on Friday afternoons and then heading out again with mom and dad -- and the backpacks -- early Monday morning.

You will also find many young families (strollers abound) and some multigenerational groups. On our weekend cruise, 82 percent onboard were Americans, and 18 percent represented some 20 other countries. We heard about six different Spanish dialects and several Asian tongues.

The ship has proved very popular with first-time cruisers.
Norwegian Sky Dress Code
Resort-casual is the term Norwegian uses, and it covers everything from nice jeans to a bit of glitz. Shorts aren't permitted in specialty restaurants, but the ship promotes a casual attitude toward dress entirely. Pack some nice collared shirts for men and a dress or pants and a cute top for women, and you're good to go. Daywear is shorts and a T-shirt -- if you are not in the pool.
Norwegian Sky Gratuity
A $12 per-person, per-day, service charge is added to the onboard account for the food service team and room steward or stewardess. Amounts can be adjusted at the purser's desk. Additional tips can be made in cash or added to the onboard account. Bar service carries an automatic 15 percent gratuity, and an 18 percent gratuity applies to all spa, salon and fitness services booked in advance through Norwegian's Web site.
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Norwegian Sky Member Reviews 977 Reviews
   Great Weekend at Sea!
September 2014

So much to say about the Sky and the cruise that I'll start where it began, in the Port of Miami.

We taxied to the port ($24 + $1 fuel surcharge, plus tip) in about 25-30 minutes. Once there, and perhaps because we were quite early (11:30 ...continue


   Bartenders could use a pep talk
September 2014

First, any complaints we had were handled (sometimes eventually). When we arrived at the cruise port it was 2:30, we finally got on the boat at 4:00. There was a huge line of guests waiting to check in. An NCL Official showed me there was a ...continue


   Average at best, you get what you pay for...
September 2014

I have been on many cruises and different cruise lines. My boyfriend wanted to try NCL so for his birthday I bought him the 3 night cruise to the Bahamas on the Norwegian Sky. First of all, Port of Miami is SO unorganized and chaotic. If I can ...continue


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Norwegian Sky Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
5.0
3.5
Public Rooms
4.0
4.1
Cabins
4.0
3.6
Entertainment
5.0
3.7
Spa & Fitness
4.0
3.8
Family & Children
5.0
2.9
Shore Excursions
3.0
4.6
Enrichment
3.0
NA
Service
3.0
3.9
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.1
Rates
4.0
4.0

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Ship Stats
Crew: 934
Launched: 1999
Decks: 13
Tonnage: 77,104
Passengers: 2,004
Registry: Bahamas
CDC Score: 97
 
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