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I'm writing this more to answer the questions that I wish I had found here before our trip... ya know. DRINKS: This is why we took this cruise. And it's true. From when we woke up till 2am it was no-holds-barred good stuff. Bloody Maries where we'd call Stoli or Absolut or Tito's or Ketel One or Russian Standard. Drinks with Gosling's Ginger Beer - and Gosling's dark rum or Meyer's dark or Bacardi dark. Blended mango daquiris and margaritas and pina coladas. 6 flavors of mojito. Plentiful wine and sparking wine at dinner. Endless beers in those strange metal bottles for the pool deck - bud and miller lite and Corona. (I didn't see any dark beer, but I wasn't looking...) All included. From what we could tell, only the tippy-top shelf and red bull and bottled water were excluded. I heard a rumor that shots were excluded, which we proved wrong, too. We drank our money's worth. And then some. EMBARKATION: We showed up around 12:30 and the line was moving fast. Probably waited only a few minutes. We were on board by 1pm and the bars, pools, and buffet were open. There really aren't enough tables at the buffet for the first/last day when everyone's chowing at the same time, but that changes on other days when some of us sleep in. Muster drill was fast and easy- no need to bring your life jacket with on this one- and the following welcome from the cruise director and his folks was fun. ROOMS: We were in 2 adjoining porthole outside forward rooms. The outside of the windows badly needs cleaning. We loved having the door open, giving us a 2-room 2-bath suite! Not a lot of clothing storage but plenty of room under the bed for suitcases, so we kept stuff there. Not a lot of outlets either - 1 on the desk and one in the bathroom. And the minibar was all water - $$$ and not included in the free drinks- so we avoided that. The steward was friendly but we didn't get any towel animals, which is fine. Bathroom had a hair dryer, shampoo, liquid body wash, hand soap, a bar of soap, a 1oz of body lotion. No conditioner. SHIP: Let's be honest - it's an older design. The pools and pool deck are small for how many people are on board, so it gets crowded. But the cocktail servers aren't sparse, which is nice- they'll even deliver a drink to the hot tub. The decorations in the "Captain Cook" bar are pretty backward and racist IMO. The lobby bar with its flavors of mojito was awesome, as is the omnipresent blender drinks and the amazing staff in the longboard bar. FOOD: Let's just start with, the food in the outdoor buffet is not good. The indoor buffet had a good selection including VEGETARIAN OPTIONS and indian food options with each meal! We ate at Palace and Crossings (2x ea) and loved having dinner there. They were flexible about letting us order multiple appetizers or odd substitutions. There were 2 veg entree options each night, though someone needs to tell them that grilled veggies alone as an entree is no good for people drinking all day. ;) Wine was poured plentifully and staff were friendly and attentive. We also had breakfast at Il Adagio, where they made omlettes and waffles. The line was horrendous for omlettes, so we didn't go back. There was this dude who sat with us at dinner one night and just whined and moaned about how bad the food was, but he was a jerk and looking for something to be upset about, and we actually sent him packing from our table because, heck, nobody wants to be around that kind of negativity when we're on vacation!!! ENTERTAINMENT: Disappointingly, it all seemed to shut down at 2am. Being from the West Coast, that was the equivalent to 11pm for me. Bummer. Either way, we enjoyed the white hot party (which also ended too early!), karaoke, and bingo. The piano bar- something we usually love- was populated by an older crowd that took their Elton John all too seriously. There were no camels or other smelly animals on board. We didn't go to the shows-- just too much else to do! THAT ISLAND THING: Yes, it's true, drinks are free there too, and there's a buffet there, so for free you can sit on a chair (under a shade if you wish), swim, drink, eat, dance, play volleyball for free. So nice! Tenders were NO TICKETS - just show up and get on the next one. I waited only because I barely missed the last one. FREEPORT: They're starting to build a tourist village at the dock, complete with at Fat Tuesday and Senor Frogs and shops. So if you're cheap like us, no need to take the taxi to Lucaya to go to some lame jewelry shops. I hear there's a walkable beach, too. NASSAU: We like Senor Frogs. They make us dance for free shots. Is very good. DISEMBARKATION: So... we didn't leave our rooms till after 9am and nobody seemed to care. We had a full buffet breakfast and several bloody maries and nobody seemed to care. We got off the ship with full bellies and a few drinks in sometime around 10am, and that was cool. Can't image why anyone would rush off. Just carry off your own luggage. Clearing customs was fast and easy.

Oh, the Drinks!

Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by juliep2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: February 2016
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Porthole Window
I'm writing this more to answer the questions that I wish I had found here before our trip... ya know.

DRINKS: This is why we took this cruise. And it's true. From when we woke up till 2am it was no-holds-barred good stuff. Bloody Maries where we'd call Stoli or Absolut or Tito's or Ketel One or Russian Standard. Drinks with Gosling's Ginger Beer - and Gosling's dark rum or Meyer's dark or Bacardi dark. Blended mango daquiris and margaritas and pina coladas. 6 flavors of mojito. Plentiful wine and sparking wine at dinner. Endless beers in those strange metal bottles for the pool deck - bud and miller lite and Corona. (I didn't see any dark beer, but I wasn't looking...) All included. From what we could tell, only the tippy-top shelf and red bull and bottled water were excluded. I heard a rumor that shots were excluded, which we proved wrong, too. We drank our money's worth. And then some.

EMBARKATION: We showed up around 12:30 and the line was moving fast. Probably waited only a few minutes. We were on board by 1pm and the bars, pools, and buffet were open. There really aren't enough tables at the buffet for the first/last day when everyone's chowing at the same time, but that changes on other days when some of us sleep in. Muster drill was fast and easy- no need to bring your life jacket with on this one- and the following welcome from the cruise director and his folks was fun.

ROOMS: We were in 2 adjoining porthole outside forward rooms. The outside of the windows badly needs cleaning. We loved having the door open, giving us a 2-room 2-bath suite! Not a lot of clothing storage but plenty of room under the bed for suitcases, so we kept stuff there. Not a lot of outlets either - 1 on the desk and one in the bathroom. And the minibar was all water - $$$ and not included in the free drinks- so we avoided that. The steward was friendly but we didn't get any towel animals, which is fine. Bathroom had a hair dryer, shampoo, liquid body wash, hand soap, a bar of soap, a 1oz of body lotion. No conditioner.

SHIP: Let's be honest - it's an older design. The pools and pool deck are small for how many people are on board, so it gets crowded. But the cocktail servers aren't sparse, which is nice- they'll even deliver a drink to the hot tub. The decorations in the "Captain Cook" bar are pretty backward and racist IMO. The lobby bar with its flavors of mojito was awesome, as is the omnipresent blender drinks and the amazing staff in the longboard bar.

FOOD: Let's just start with, the food in the outdoor buffet is not good. The indoor buffet had a good selection including VEGETARIAN OPTIONS and indian food options with each meal! We ate at Palace and Crossings (2x ea) and loved having dinner there. They were flexible about letting us order multiple appetizers or odd substitutions. There were 2 veg entree options each night, though someone needs to tell them that grilled veggies alone as an entree is no good for people drinking all day. ;) Wine was poured plentifully and staff were friendly and attentive. We also had breakfast at Il Adagio, where they made omlettes and waffles. The line was horrendous for omlettes, so we didn't go back. There was this dude who sat with us at dinner one night and just whined and moaned about how bad the food was, but he was a jerk and looking for something to be upset about, and we actually sent him packing from our table because, heck, nobody wants to be around that kind of negativity when we're on vacation!!!

ENTERTAINMENT: Disappointingly, it all seemed to shut down at 2am. Being from the West Coast, that was the equivalent to 11pm for me. Bummer. Either way, we enjoyed the white hot party (which also ended too early!), karaoke, and bingo. The piano bar- something we usually love- was populated by an older crowd that took their Elton John all too seriously. There were no camels or other smelly animals on board. We didn't go to the shows-- just too much else to do!

THAT ISLAND THING: Yes, it's true, drinks are free there too, and there's a buffet there, so for free you can sit on a chair (under a shade if you wish), swim, drink, eat, dance, play volleyball for free. So nice! Tenders were NO TICKETS - just show up and get on the next one. I waited only because I barely missed the last one.

FREEPORT: They're starting to build a tourist village at the dock, complete with at Fat Tuesday and Senor Frogs and shops. So if you're cheap like us, no need to take the taxi to Lucaya to go to some lame jewelry shops. I hear there's a walkable beach, too.

NASSAU: We like Senor Frogs. They make us dance for free shots. Is very good.

DISEMBARKATION: So... we didn't leave our rooms till after 9am and nobody seemed to care. We had a full buffet breakfast and several bloody maries and nobody seemed to care. We got off the ship with full bellies and a few drinks in sometime around 10am, and that was cool. Can't image why anyone would rush off. Just carry off your own luggage. Clearing customs was fast and easy.
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