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A friend and I decided on a last-minute cruise, as we both were looking for a week's vacation that required little planning. We booked about three weeks in advance and we were able to get an ocean view room. We were nervous because the room was on the 5th floor, same as the two main dining rooms, and near the elevators, but it ended up being a great location. Quick and easy to get everywhere, and we didn't hear any noise from the elevators. The ship was refurbished this year and it was done very nicely. Just the rooms can use an update!! Havana was a fun experience. I recommend the 'Best of Havana' six hour tour. We wouldn't have known where to go without doing a lot of research (and since we didn't have cell service for directions). The tour was half bus ride/half walking. We ended up being on the bus a little more due to the rain, but our tour guide was great. We also got to do rum and coffee tastings, and time to purchase cigars as well, if you wanted. After the tour we wandered to the hotel where Hemingway spent his time and sat in the lobby bar drinking mojitos and listening to a wonderful piano player for an hour or two. It was fantastic. The indoor market isn't worth going to. It's about 100 booths with tourist tchotchkes. The next day was a ship/cruise day. Unfortunately it rained a bit and was cloudy, but we still enjoyed some sun on the deck. Not too much great entertainment on the ship, but that was expected since it's a smaller ship. We spent most evenings at the mojito bar or the local or at the karaoke bar. Great Stirrup Cay was wonderful. If you plan to lay by the beach all day, I recommend trying to get out on one of the first tenders so you can get chairs by the water. Floats are only $16 to have all day, and we had a $50 credit that we used towards them. Getting on the ship and disembarking (in Havana as well), was run very smoothly. We never waited in a line at any point. Even exchanging currency in Havana. I've been on cruises we're you're in line for a long time. I recommended keeping your suitcase and walking off with it on the last day. Again, there was no line, so we walked right off!

Great Last Minute Escape

Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by MSO825

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2019
  • Destination: Cuba
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview Porthole Window
A friend and I decided on a last-minute cruise, as we both were looking for a week's vacation that required little planning. We booked about three weeks in advance and we were able to get an ocean view room. We were nervous because the room was on the 5th floor, same as the two main dining rooms, and near the elevators, but it ended up being a great location. Quick and easy to get everywhere, and we didn't hear any noise from the elevators. The ship was refurbished this year and it was done very nicely. Just the rooms can use an update!!

Havana was a fun experience. I recommend the 'Best of Havana' six hour tour. We wouldn't have known where to go without doing a lot of research (and since we didn't have cell service for directions). The tour was half bus ride/half walking. We ended up being on the bus a little more due to the rain, but our tour guide was great. We also got to do rum and coffee tastings, and time to purchase cigars as well, if you wanted. After the tour we wandered to the hotel where Hemingway spent his time and sat in the lobby bar drinking mojitos and listening to a wonderful piano player for an hour or two. It was fantastic. The indoor market isn't worth going to. It's about 100 booths with tourist tchotchkes.

The next day was a ship/cruise day. Unfortunately it rained a bit and was cloudy, but we still enjoyed some sun on the deck. Not too much great entertainment on the ship, but that was expected since it's a smaller ship. We spent most evenings at the mojito bar or the local or at the karaoke bar.

Great Stirrup Cay was wonderful. If you plan to lay by the beach all day, I recommend trying to get out on one of the first tenders so you can get chairs by the water. Floats are only $16 to have all day, and we had a $50 credit that we used towards them.

Getting on the ship and disembarking (in Havana as well), was run very smoothly. We never waited in a line at any point. Even exchanging currency in Havana. I've been on cruises we're you're in line for a long time. I recommended keeping your suitcase and walking off with it on the last day. Again, there was no line, so we walked right off!
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Oceanview Porthole Window
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Cabin was average. Small like most cruise ships, but we did have a little love seat. The rooms could use some updating to get up-to-date with the rest of the renovated ship! The bathroom had a lot of counter space, which was great.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    'Best of Havana' six hour tour. Was a bus and walking tour. Included lunch at an authentic restaurant and two alcoholic beverages (government-owned restaurant, not a paladar). It said you visit a distillery, but it's really just a shop that sells cigars, coffee, and Havana Club and Legendario Rum. You get to do tastings of the coffee and rum, and get time to make purchases before heading over to the cemetery. I recommend this tour! We definitely wouldn't have seen as much if we wandered around the city on our own.
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