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This was my first cruise with Norwegian, probably the last as well. It was a truly average experience. Nothing was fabulous and wowed us, on the other hand nothing truly terrible happened. Embarkation went very smoothly, didn't take long to get on the ship. The Entertainment on the ship was not great. One night there was a magician from France and he did a really nice job. The ship performers and singers are hit and miss. Some could sing and some definitely could not. The Dining was strange, I personally do not like the come as you are dress code. I don't want to sit in the dining room with people in their shorts/ tube tops/ flip flops. The dining room was almost completely empty every night, I'm not sure where people were eating. The buffet was very small and didn't have many options. Our cabin attendant was not thorough. Our room was dirty when we arrived, we removed hair from the shower and the bed. And the carpet had not been vacuumed. Some of the workers on the ship were not very friendly or hospitable, I did witness a couple of interactions where I thought they were quite rude. Shore excursions were not plentiful, we booked everything outside the cruise line because we couldn't find enough options. Visited the spa once for a massage, the person doing the massage was very pushy and aggressive with the sales pitch to buy products. I was so uncomfortable I never went back and I had a 50.00 coupon, it just wasn't worth it. Overall, it was all "okay" but I want to have a great experiences on vacation...not just okay. I probably would not cruise with them again.

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Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by bizzyfamily

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2019
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window
This was my first cruise with Norwegian, probably the last as well. It was a truly average experience. Nothing was fabulous and wowed us, on the other hand nothing truly terrible happened.

Embarkation went very smoothly, didn't take long to get on the ship.

The Entertainment on the ship was not great. One night there was a magician from France and he did a really nice job. The ship performers and singers are hit and miss. Some could sing and some definitely could not.

The Dining was strange, I personally do not like the come as you are dress code. I don't want to sit in the dining room with people in their shorts/ tube tops/ flip flops. The dining room was almost completely empty every night, I'm not sure where people were eating. The buffet was very small and didn't have many options.

Our cabin attendant was not thorough. Our room was dirty when we arrived, we removed hair from the shower and the bed. And the carpet had not been vacuumed.

Some of the workers on the ship were not very friendly or hospitable, I did witness a couple of interactions where I thought they were quite rude.

Shore excursions were not plentiful, we booked everything outside the cruise line because we couldn't find enough options.

Visited the spa once for a massage, the person doing the massage was very pushy and aggressive with the sales pitch to buy products. I was so uncomfortable I never went back and I had a 50.00 coupon, it just wasn't worth it.

Overall, it was all "okay" but I want to have a great experiences on vacation...not just okay. I probably would not cruise with them again.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window
Cabin OI 4011
Cabin was an adequate size for two people on a short cruise. There was enough storage.
Biscayne Deck Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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