1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We needed to fit a cruise in between our booked flight times and this one fit. We booked a suite which was one of 8 at the front of the ship. our balcony was nearly 20 feet wide. Plenty of room in the cabin. Not much to see on the TV, ... Read More
We needed to fit a cruise in between our booked flight times and this one fit. We booked a suite which was one of 8 at the front of the ship. our balcony was nearly 20 feet wide. Plenty of room in the cabin. Not much to see on the TV, but we had movies delivered to us twice. Each day something surprising was delivered to us(cookies, fruit, desserts, water,flowers, champagne, cheese and crackers). I guess because we booked a suite. We felt really spoiled. The food was exceptional as we enjoyed every single meal. We did not eat at the buffet. The house wine was fine. There wasn't a whole lot to do on the ship but there were shows and a casino. Every night we arrived back at our room happy! The pools were very small. The island which they own and are developing was ok but I will not be returning there. The snorkeling wasn't all that great and there are much better beaches. Many will like that place but it just wasn't for us. Our concierge person(John) was exceptional as was our butler(Made). They took care of any and all of our requests. One night my wife was having a particularly tough time walking so we requested assistance. They brought us a wheelchair in less than 5 minutes and delivered her to our destination on the ship. Amazing!! A big "Thank You" to Rowena who made sure we were well fed at Cagney's and who is so friendly. All of the staff were nice to us and did a great job. I can't think of one thing to complain about. All in all we enjoyed the cruise. My wife liked it that the ship was small and the required walking was minimized. We just found that there was not a lot to do on the ship. The entertainment wasn't bad. The idea of charging so much to get drinking water is getting a bit ridiculous. We were treated very nicely though and since the food was so good, we would strongly recommend this ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Loved the Sky, great bang for the buck! I was a worried about the open bar at first, thinking there would be a lot of out of control people and bad service. This was not the case. The bars were well staffed and the crowd was fun - not ... Read More
Loved the Sky, great bang for the buck! I was a worried about the open bar at first, thinking there would be a lot of out of control people and bad service. This was not the case. The bars were well staffed and the crowd was fun - not the obvious drunks. Entertainment was good and fun. Don’t expect a Broadway production or band that can fill a football stadium. But they sounded good, kept the crowd evolved and had a good vibe. Rooms are old looking, but for the price a couldn’t complain. Food was surprisingly better than I had thought. It was fresh and the selection was more than adequate. In my opinion the sky gives you every opportunity to have a great time, after that it’s up to you. This is not a cruise for kids, very little for them to do - you will be very disappointed. I’ll have to take my kids on one of the new (more expensive) ships with the golf, water slides, and rock climbing walls. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We were on a three day cruise onboard the Norwegian Sky from January 5 - 8 2018, and overall had a great time. We flew in the night before and stayed at the Fairfield Inn and Suites South in Miami which was a good hotel to stay at pre ... Read More
We were on a three day cruise onboard the Norwegian Sky from January 5 - 8 2018, and overall had a great time. We flew in the night before and stayed at the Fairfield Inn and Suites South in Miami which was a good hotel to stay at pre cruise, and had a shuttle to the port and airport. While the shuttle to the airport was free, the shuttle to the port cost $15 per person and needed to be reserved the day before. To get to the port, we took an uber around 10:30, and our ride showed up within a few minutes. The ride was good with little traffic to the Port of Miami, and the cost was around $12, so for the two of us it worked out cheaper than a cab or the hotel shuttle. When we arrived at the port, we were met by a porter, but we did not need their services since we planned to just carry our two carry on bags onboard the ship ourselves. Before we entered the terminal there was a passport and document check which took a little while, and then was security. One thing unique about Norwegian compared to other cruise lines we have been on is that Norwegian has you fill out the health questionnaire at the port, instead of before getting there. Also, with carnival for example, you enter your credit card information online during the pre cruise check in, but with norwegian that was taken care of at the check in desk. The person who checked us in was friendly, and quickly got us processed. To get through check in from the time we entered the terminal was probably only around 10 minutes. We next were guided up stairs where we did have to wait for around 20 minutes for the ship to be ready, and our group, 4, to be called. During our wait, they had water set up in the terminal, and they played a game where one of the workers stood up in the middle of the terminal and screamed asking for different objects, and the winner would get priority boarding. Once our group was called we made our way onboard, and after a short line to scan our cards we were finally onboard! One unique thing about Norwegian compared to other cruise lines was that in Captain Cook’s bar they were allowing people to leave their carry on bags there until 1:30, when the cabins were ready. We then made our way up to deck 11, and got lunch from the great outdoor where there was no line, compared to the long line inside in the garden cafe. We would have eaten outside, but because it was quite chilly that day in Miami we dined in longboards bar, which was nice and quiet during lunch that day. We were thinking that it would be challenging to get drinks from the bars due to everyone having a drink package, but we were pleasantly surprised how most of the bars we encountered had prompt, and friendly service. We especially found the outrigger bar to have friendly bartenders, and the lounge was often empty in our experience. Around 1:30 we were able to go their room, and for this cruise we had an ocean view cabin on deck 8 forward, and while there was some debris on the carpet, the room was otherwise clean. A surprising thing that we encountered compared to our other cruises on other lines was that we never actually met our cabin steward. While the room did get clean during the day, it typically was not clean until after we had lunch some days. The bathroom did look dated, and the toilet did smell some the entire time, and also the sink had some cracks on the bottom of the basin. The shower had a fabric curtain instead of a door which isn’t the greatest in our view, but it got the job done. We had dinner that night in crossings and the hostesses, and our waitress that night were very attentive to our requests. We got to the dining room around 6:00 and it was still very quiet at that time, so we were seated at a table on the back window. After dinner we walked around some and eventually made our way to the theatre for the welcome aboard show at 9:30. Another difference we saw with Norwegian compared to other lines we have been on was there was only one show each night instead of two. I don’t know if that was just because of the shorter cruises, or that is how things are like across the fleet. The welcome aboard show consisted of the cruise director and senior officers introducing themselves, a latin group playing a few songs, a comedian doing a short set, and then finished with the production cast performing a song. One comment about the cast was that when we saw them around the ship, they seemed to always be rude to the guests, and even at one point when we were walking on the promenade deck they passed us in a rude manner, and even though the deck was wide open monopolized the entire span of it while walking, blocking us and a few other guests walking around. The rest of the crew we encountered we found to be friendly though. We were supposed to be at Great Stirrup Cay the second day of the cruise, but due to high winds they were unable to safely conduct the tender operation. We were fortunate enough that the captain was able to get us into our next port, Nassau, early thanks to a dock being available. We were not supposed to dock until the next day at 8, but got in the previous day at around 4 pm. It was good that we got in early because it probably would have been rough that night at sea with how strong the winds were that night. That night at dinner the waiter spilled an entire glass of wine on me, and the assistant Maitre’d, Denis, came over to our table and handled the situation well, dry cleaning the clothes that was all soaked from the glass of wine, and sent a bottle of champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries to the room. The show that night was showdown, and while a little different than other shows we have seen the past, it was enjoyable. The next day we were still in Nassau and after having breakfast in the dining room, which each day always seemed to be uncoordinated for that meal especially, we made our way ashore. In Nassau, we walked around for a bit and then came across a business called Jetline Simulation Bahamas, where they have a full 737 cockpit simulator that you can fly along with their instructor assisting you along the way. That was a great experience, and I would recommend it to anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to fly a plane, as that is about as close as you can get to flying an actual plane. I would recommend making a reservation beforehand, as they were able to sneak us into their busy schedule that day, but otherwise have a fairly full schedule. After our time in Nassau we made our way back to the ship and got lunch from the Great Outdoors (buffet outside in the back of the ship) and had a nice lunch with a great view of Atlantis and Paradise Island. Docked next to us was the Norwegian Epic, which was chartered that cruise by Holy Ship!, a music charter cruise and it looked like they were having quite the party! We could loudly hear the bass from their music on our ship, to the degree that talking outside on our ship was a little challenging due to their loud music! We saw multiple people on the epic smoking on their balconies, and people also had numerous hammocks strung up on balconies. We also saw a drug sniffing dog board the ship shortly before it sailed, so we assumed the dog sailed with the ship. For dinner that night we were again in crossings, and seated in the same waitresses section from the first night, Agnis, who was a wonderful waitress, very attentive, and promptly took care of any requests we had. All of our food we had we felt was served warm, had good plating, and most importantly tasted delicious! Compared to food on Carnival, and even Celebrity, the food we had in the dining room and buffet was top notch. The next day the cruise was over, and after a troubled breakfast in the dining room due to extremely slow service, we made our way off the ship around 8:50 and were in the rental car bus by 9:00. Debarking the ship was quite easy, with the only line to scan off the ship. There was only two people in front of us at customs, and that process went smoothly. We would not hesitate to cruise again on the Norwegian Sky, and thought all the public areas were in great shape. The cabins and corridors could use some work, but the great lounges and overall excellent crew made up for those areas. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
What a letdown! The ship didn't have much to do, nothing for children (luckily I didnt bring mine for this trip, they would've been bored) I guess since it was open bar, they just expected everyone to be so drunk, no one would realize it ... Read More
What a letdown! The ship didn't have much to do, nothing for children (luckily I didnt bring mine for this trip, they would've been bored) I guess since it was open bar, they just expected everyone to be so drunk, no one would realize it was a boring ship. That was my first experience with Norwegian, I don't think I will go on another one. It was an all girls trip, we all work, have children and very busy lives... so to finally get on vacation just to be disappointed really sucked. The 3rd bed wasn't a bed at all, it was a sofa. A very hard sofa, laying on metal all night is not my idea of good sleep. I didn't sleep at night on the sofa, my friend did. I offered my bed but she said "you wont be able to sleep on this thing" Another thing, we were supposed to go on Norwegian's private island, which "because of the weather" we could not. I understand that, the waters were pretty choppy. However, while speaking to others, it seems like no one really ever gets to that island. My boss was on a cruise and didn't get on the island either, and that was in the summer. So why advertise it if no one ever gets to go? The one guy said hes been on 50 cruises and has never been able to get to that island. It seems like false advertising to me. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
We went on this cruise with about 80 Buffalo Bills fans from western NY after attending the game vs. the Miami Dolphins. The cruise included an open bar and we did feel that this was a good option which avoided the shocking moment when ... Read More
We went on this cruise with about 80 Buffalo Bills fans from western NY after attending the game vs. the Miami Dolphins. The cruise included an open bar and we did feel that this was a good option which avoided the shocking moment when you are presented with a bar tab and gratuities when leaving. Also, no one stuck a pricey drink in your hand and THEN asked for your room number. We liked the concept of open dining, however, we were hugely disappointed the ability to handle a large group. We tried to be courteous by reserving a table for 10 since we were told that sometimes it would be hard to accommodate 10 people walking in. In all cases they would offer before 6 or after 8:30pm - in spite of there being many empty tables during those times. The dinner we reserved at 6:00pm took 3 HOURS. We missed several activities that we were interested in. The next night we walked in with 10 and it took over 2 hours. The service was slow and the food was generally unimpressive. There were too few activities that did not involve an extra charge and they were in out of the way places - not by the pool or in the lobby where you could just join in "spur of the moment". The "show" the first night was a joke - not entertaining at all. Just say NO to paying extra for the games of chance like raffles, Bingo,or the slot, Blackjack or Poker tournaments. I would not have a problem funding winners out of the take for the game, however the cruise ship takes over 50% of the money collected and then distributes the remaining to the winner(s). Example: Blackjack tournament - advertised as win up to $500 cash. We did not stay for each of the prelim rounds but it appeared that approximately 22 people entered at $20 per person ($420 take). The winner received $140 winner or 1/3 of the total pot. There was no prize for second so it seems that NCL kept the profit (67%). Way better profit margin than any table game and it comes with 0% risk to NCL. If many more people entered the prize is still capped at $500. They made it very difficult to deposit raffle tickets at a different time and place from where you bought them and then you needed to be present to win (the drawing inconveniently being held during the long, slow dinner). Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Please feel free to skip to the short recaps below the experience to cut to the chase: This 3 day should have been called off or give the guests an option to take a rain check...IDK, anything but what happened!! We left Miami to face ... Read More
Please feel free to skip to the short recaps below the experience to cut to the chase: This 3 day should have been called off or give the guests an option to take a rain check...IDK, anything but what happened!! We left Miami to face 15-18 foot seas with the occasional 20. Winds and rain for the duration on land. 1st port - Nassau with 4-6 ft seas and winds that would not accommodate many excursions except Atlantis:( After a night of many on board vomiting and feeling green the next day, we sailed to Great Stirrup which was canceled & being replaced by a day at sea with no plan B (imagine how the poor motion-sick guests felt!) and with no forethought into ensuring what scraps left were even remotely entertaining. We felt completely hijacked; A cruise ship should be prepared to have a very solid back up plan or some type of consolation. Instead, we were repeatedly invited to enjoy the indoors; visit the Casino, offered to attend an Art Auction, another was a "Sale" peddling $10.00 souvenir aka/ garbage. Or, OR you could purchase Bingo / Deal or No Deal game cards for later in the evening. Sensing a theme here?!!! If none of that interests you? Then come to cloth napkin folding class! Yes, this was for REAL!! I was not overly impressed by my first cruise (Carnival) about 5 years ago but in retrospect, that was a real winner compared to this one in all aspects. Positive: Embarkment / Disembarkment: No issues Crew: Was very expeditious in cleaning the piles and piles (and piles) of puke customers giveth (due to rough seas) They seemed eager to please; both happy and helpful.Our awesome room steward Edgar tended to our room 2x/day. No complaints about this. The room is what you would expect for this ship. Negatives: Food: I wish I could even say mediocre but no. Guess they hope you consume enough free liquor so you don't notice just how below average it is. I have had better food at hospital cafeterias, unfortunately. Entertainment: Just....FAIL!! I feel bad to give a poor review as the performers appeared to do the best with what they were asked to perform but the shows were just corny. Barry the (funny) piano entertainer was corny but legit funny held the entire crowd. He was the saving grace of this trip but the rest of the performances, just not great for the young ones or more experienced folks. Families: I can't speak for younger children but this ship is wildly uneventful and NOT entertaining for kids 10-15 esp the 10-12 range and it was outright remedial. There was a small arcade as well which was ala-carte. $1.50 per game which is not outrageous by any means but adds up real fast when you have kids stuck inside w/ bad weather with no entertainment available for their range. Not even one single program on the TV for kids inside the state-room. A camping trip would have been the equivalent without all the regret. In short, if there is any chance at all for poor weather where the Lido deck can't be used and you have kids, you are really up a creek without a paddle on this vessel. Total snooze-fest for active people who aren't content just sitting in your room reading or taking a napkin folding classes. Disgusted I wasted my time and money on this. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We choose Norwegian for the Freestyle dining and New Year's Eve dates, not the destination of Bahamas. An added bonus was the all inclusive drink package for everyone on the ship . We have cruised on Carnival at least 10 times in past 30 ... Read More
We choose Norwegian for the Freestyle dining and New Year's Eve dates, not the destination of Bahamas. An added bonus was the all inclusive drink package for everyone on the ship . We have cruised on Carnival at least 10 times in past 30 years, RC a couple of times and Disney twice. We have found the quality of Carnival to be lacking recently. We were extremely pleased , all around. The ship was immaculately clean and never felt overcrowded, which was expected for NYE. Our cabin, while a bit worn, was always clean, steward was always available and did an excellent job, even with paid ahead tips. Balcony was larger than most ships. Freestyle dining is the way to go - not sure I can ever go back. We were able to eat anytime, with no wait. The musical entertainment was some of the best at sea ! Great bands, guitar guys and the staff were high energy, without being cheesy. Crew and Officers were always on hand, very friendly, courteous and helpful. They all actually looked like they enjoyed being there to greet me and help me out . The presence of officers on decks amazed me. I had never seen so many, just out and about, chatting with us and keeping on eye on things. They really had a pulse on the goings on, which made me feel super safe and secure. We have been to the Bahamas many times in the past 20 years. As things had deteriorated over there, we debated even leaving the ship. However, we decided to check out Taino beach on Grand Bahama, which had recently received great reviews ! So glad we did. We pooled with a group on a taxi and the driver gave a great tour along the way , all for $14 pp. The economic downturn of '09 saw many resort/ hotel/ casinos leave the island and they are hurting. Taino beach is doing a great job, for $3 entrance/ $15 for 2 chairs and umbrella, we had a beautiful beach, tiki bar, small snack shacks, watersports, security guards and the hawkers could not enter the beach chair area( surprised). $20 for a great 25 minute massage. All the workers were friendly, and anytime we were approached on the island, when we said no, they would not badger us, but instead say " have a nice day " . Being used to their aggressiveness, I was surprised! Having such a great experience at Freeport, we also went to Junkanoo beach at Nassau. ( something I had never desired to do ) . While it is not the most beautiful beach, we enjoyed ourselves . 2 beach chairs $15. 3 beers and 3 shots for $10. The BEST jerk chicken grill. Security guard presence ( also, officers present all along Bay St. ) . And very few hawkers, who again were courteous when I said no thank you. George, our chair guy gave us useful knowledge on where to eat and drink and showed his vendor badge, which I then saw all beach workers wearing. Norwegian's private island was fantastic, with great snorkeling right off shore ! The drink package was honored on the island, also, but all bars closed at 3 pm . Abaco taco was a nice snack shack, and the area near lighthouse bar is less crowded . High marks all around for this cruise ! Will cruise with NCL again ! Read Less
Norwegian Sky Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 3.6
Dining 4.0 3.5
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.7
Family 3.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.7
Enrichment 3.0 3.3
Service 4.5 3.9
Value For Money 4.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 3.9

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