Norwegian Sky: Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by Oahu_BP

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Sail Date: February 2013
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Miami
Crew were uniformly professional, well-groomed, friendly and attentive.

Dinner each night in the "Crossings" main dining room showed the quality that went in to even this short cruise. The staff was very professional and engaging with the guests -- smiling, conversing, recommending choices from the "daily special" menu and from the regular menu. (Key Lime pie was the best I've ever tasted). We noticed the excellent team work among the restaurant staff, as we were facing the "ring" the runs around the restaurant where the servers interact.

"White Hot" poolside dancing, drinking, and partying was a crazy event -- with guys and woman from every age group out having fun under the night sky with good dance music on a huge sound system.

Leah Rodriguez the Concierge...what can I say? More than just a beautiful person, she was simply everywhere offering help, making guests feel welcome, and being the professional "face" of Norwegian Cruise Line. (And we were in a More porthole cabin on deck 8)

Hotel Director Jean-Michel Dhelin introduced himself throughout the Crossings Dining Room, and took interest in our comments!

Archie the Cruise Director was full of info and ideas, but no hard sell.

The big production show was not onboard (Captain noted that they were returning in April), but the musical act -- 4 guys doing their "Oh What A Night" Frankie Valle tribute -- was completely entertaining, and the show was packed 2 nights in a row.

Bottom line, this short cruise was on par with longer cruises we've taken. Food, crew, cabin (it was about 25 sq foot larger than other ships), and the shipboard amenities -- all very good. Definitely worth the long flight from Honolulu for a fun time.

I recommend the ATRIUM BAR for live music, great service, terrific ocean views from comfortable chairs,
and a good place to meet other people.

Lastly, the Captain announced that he was delaying the departure by 90 minutes to accommodate 41 people arriving from Toronto on a delayed flight -- on the day of the big blizzard up north. This was a class act, and those 41 Canadians were very happy to be there! Less

Published 02/15/13

Cabin review: OG8071 Oceanview Porthole Window

Deck 8 Cabin 8071: Porthole is MUCH larger than the pictures make it out to be. Completely unobstructed view - I could watch the stars at night just laying down on the bed! This cabin is AFT of the last elevator bank, and very conveniently located. The Great Outdoor Cafe and Longboard's bar are 3 decks up - walk it or ride the elevator, and the Plantation Club bar is just above that. Crossings main dining room is 2 decks below. In short, being AFT was very convenient. And the corridor leading forward takes you to the Atrium glass elevators.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Big lagoon with lots of people moving their beach chairs into the shallow waters - plenty of space for swimming, partying (especially in front of the tequila bar), and snorkeling. Cruise staff had a big group activity going on - lots of participants. I rode over on the tender, just because the ride over from the ship was across some beautiful blue water under a sunny sky. Returned to the ship after 30 minutes and enjoyed having an almost empty ship to myself! This is a fun place if you're with some other people, and want to hang out on a beautiful beach. For me, more fun back on the ship!

The small arrival hall ("welcome center") is an assault on one's senses. Chaotic, noisy, crowded, disorganized. Bought tickets for the water taxi over to Paradise Island, then waited 30 minutes for the group to form, and to walk through the crowd to the nearby boarding point. $4.00 fare, but the "narrator" and so-called tour guide asked for a gratuity before we arrived at Paradise Island ( 15 minutes from the cruise ship port to Paradise Island. Atlantis Resort is beautiful, and we're glad we went over. On the other hand, we could have taken a short tour of Nassau and the island of New Providence. I've been there before, and already knew the British colonial feel for the place. The other choice was to walk through Nassau for awhile, returning to the ship early. Had I not gone to Paradise Island on the water taxi, this would have been my first choice!
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