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We chose this cruise because we just wanted to visit Cuba and the Norwegian cruise stayed overnight giving us two full days in Havana. We assumed that Norwegian was comparable to other cruises we'd been on ( Holland American, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Carnival. This particular ship, the Sky, was a definite step down from our previous nine cruises mostly on Holland America. The Sky is an older ship. The rooms are small and spartan as is the bathroom. Nothing in either room approaching luxury. We had a veranda room which did not have sliders but a regular hinged glass door and a porthole. We could've accepted all this because we knew that only the older smaller ships can make it into Havana harbor. But we knew we were in trouble when we entered our room to find a pair of male underwear on the floor by the sofa. In fairness I have to say that our steward kept our room clean during the voyage as was the rest of the ship. There are six restaurants on board - three that come with your fare, two sit down and one buffet. There are three three premium restaurants. The menus at the two sit downs are identical giving you little choice. It really doesn't matter because the food was horrible! I can only compare the quality of the food as comparable to a Denny's or a Perkins. Norwegian is obviously pushing you to pay extra at one of their premium restaurants. It must be working because the restaurants were more than half empty both nights we ate there. There is no dress code which is all right if you don't mind diners next to you in shorts, flip flops, and tees. The other two nights we ate at the buffet which was ok. Norwegian nickels and dimes you for eyes a service charge for room service. No bottled water for sale on board unless you buy it as a package from their mini bar, and it's mineral water only. The last night of the voyage they tell you that they are automatically charging your room $18.99 per person per day for gratuities. The front desk staff was generally very good but on one occasion when they charged me for mini bar water which we hadn't touched, the clerk told me she couldn't help me and I'd have to come back later. The wifi on board is very slow and only good for checking emails. On the plus side, they were very good in getting people off the ship and through Cuba customs.

Fantastic city. Like walking into a time capsule. Going back but on different cruise

Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by operageek

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2017
  • Destination: Cuba
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We chose this cruise because we just wanted to visit Cuba and the Norwegian cruise stayed overnight giving us two full days in Havana. We assumed that Norwegian was comparable to other cruises we'd been on ( Holland American, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Carnival. This particular ship, the Sky, was a definite step down from our previous nine cruises mostly on Holland America. The Sky is an older ship. The rooms are small and spartan as is the bathroom. Nothing in either room approaching luxury. We had a veranda room which did not have sliders but a regular hinged glass door and a porthole. We could've accepted all this because we knew that only the older smaller ships can make it into Havana harbor.

But we knew we were in trouble when we entered our room to find a pair of male underwear on the floor by the sofa. In fairness I have to say that our steward kept our room clean during the voyage as was the rest of the ship. There are six restaurants on board - three that come with your fare, two sit down and one buffet. There are three three premium restaurants. The menus at the two sit downs are identical giving you little choice. It really doesn't matter because the food was horrible! I can only compare the quality of the food as comparable to a Denny's or a Perkins. Norwegian is obviously pushing you to pay extra at one of their premium restaurants. It must be working because the restaurants were more than half empty both nights we ate there. There is no dress code which is all right if you don't mind diners next to you in shorts, flip flops, and tees. The other two nights we ate at the buffet which was ok.

Norwegian nickels and dimes you for eyes a service charge for room service. No bottled water for sale on board unless you buy it as a package from their mini bar, and it's mineral water only. The last night of the voyage they tell you that they are automatically charging your room $18.99 per person per day for gratuities. The front desk staff was generally very good but on one occasion when they charged me for mini bar water which we hadn't touched, the clerk told me she couldn't help me and I'd have to come back later. The wifi on board is very slow and only good for checking emails. On the plus side, they were very good in getting people off the ship and through Cuba customs.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BC 0245
Smaller than other ships. Very spartan. About 16" between end of bed and wall. One very uncomfortable love seat/sofa. Bathroom was very tiny. Shower has curtain. Don't drop the soap or you'll have to get out to pick it up. Soap provided is in a wall mounted dispenser as is the shampoo/conditioner combination. If we had large luggage we would have had to keep it on the love seat.
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