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Norwegian Sky Review

3.5 / 5.0
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Review for Norwegian Sky to the Eastern Caribbean
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SpringsGuy
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: May 2022
Cabin: Mid-Ship Balcony

After 4 years of waiting, 3 cancellations, and passing the COVID test the day we flew into Miami, we finally were able to embark on the Norwegian Sky at the end of May 2022.

Embarkation (5 stars) – We used the new NCL Miami terminal. The new facility is very nice and a great first impression. Embarkation was smooth, quick and the staff were very professional.

Ship (3 stars) – The ship was refurbished in 2019 just before COVID hit, so you can subtract 2 years in terms of actual usage. The retro carpet and furniture were upgraded to a newer more conventional cruise ship design. The Sky is a small ship, so for example it is not too difficult to find a spot in the Garden Café. However, if you show up on a sea day and it is 9am in the morning during rush time, seating does get a bit more challenging. Overall, the ship is in good shape.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony

Cabin (2 stars) – We stayed in a balcony cabin on the 9th deck, mid-ship, which is the best if you are getting a balcony. It is two levels under the pool deck and away from other unwanted noise. We were VERY disappointed when we actually saw our cabin. The photos on the NCL website show a sliding door to the balcony, which we thought happened in the 2019 dry dock. In reality, the cabin has a porthole and a door (see the picture comparison), which is very misleading. This made the room darker and felt “retro”. I noted this in my NCL post-cruise survey, and as of the posting of this review, the NCL website has not updated the photos. The bathroom has a curtain for the shower and is small, and the shower hardware was partially falling apart. We had water in the shower soap dispenser, so we had our room steward refill that. There were enough hangers in the closet but only 4 small drawers, so we partially lived out of our suitcases under the bed. The lock to the balcony “door” kept falling off, so I fixed the lock so it looks and works like new. When we chose a movie night in the cabin, we ended up missing portions in the middle of the movie, due to the signal going in and out. On an up note, there is a USB plug in both lamps above the bed headboard. The pillows and mattress were comfortable. The cabin was clean and our room steward was good. If you have not cruised in the recent past, animal towel figures on your bed are a thing of the past.

Port Reviews

St. Thomas

We also enjoyed St. Thomas were we went to Coki Beach for snorkeling and Coral World (coralworldvi.com). The taxi was $10 per person each way, and a 20-30 minute drive, depending on traffic. Coki has primo snorkeling, and depending on the number of ships, the beach will be more or less crowded. It was not too crowded when we went. Coral World is an “island version” of Sea World. They have dolphins, sea turtles, small sharks, provide rescue services, science studies, and the like. They also have an underwater observatory. Surprisingly NCL does not offer this as an excursion.

The new Dominican Republic, Taino Bay is very posh, where you can find shopping, pools, bars and restaurants (porttainobay.com). You can also walk to downtown Puerto Plata, which is a 15 - 20 minute walk from the port.

Great Stirrup Cay

We really enjoyed the Great Stirrup Cay, NCLs Private Island. We had to tender to the dock, which took maybe 30 minutes to include waiting on the ship. We were the only ship so there was plenty of seating combing the beach. Having perfect weather did help. Be sure to bring plenty of sun block, since there is not much sun protection. We nestled up next to the gear rental building to optimize our shade until early afternoon. All food and drinks on the Island are covered. For alcoholic drinks, they had Patron and Bacardi shacks. There was a Fish Taco shack, where you make your own. They also had a building with grilled meats, BBQ, and a variety of other dishes. Snorkeling on Great Stirrup Cay was quite good. I saw a stingray, and a variety of tropical fish. At the far back end of the cove they had an underwater Sculpture Garden, where there was a “Gorilla King” and other figures for the fish to swim around. The water was fairly clear and calm. This is definitely a nice island.

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