Awesome Time!!!!! Great Value for 4 Day: Norwegian Sky Cruise Review by Titi920

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Awesome Time!!!!! Great Value for 4 Day

Sail Date: June 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: Miami
This was our 2nd sailing with NCL and our 2nd on the NCL sky. In Sept. we did the 3 day itinerary. It had pros and cons as compared to other similar ships with similar itineraries but I am pleased to say that either the 4 day is a big difference or they have improved greatly in a relatively short time b/c the cons had mostly all been fixed this time around.

Both cruises we picked NCL b/c we've done all the Royal Caribbean 3-5 day cruises out of our area that go to Bahamas and although I like Royal Caribbean I am very tired of their 3 day ships. NCL has the best rates and we find the Sky to be a better ship and offer more activities.

Last but not least we did the private island Grand Stirrup Cay. I've only ever been to RC's Coco Cay before so not sure how this is for a private island but we enjoyed it very much. I found there wasn't as much "private exploring" one could do (like Coco cay) as they weren't allowing access to non beach areas (and enforcing) but the main More parts were better I thought and the beach cookout/bbq was MUCH better than RC with burgers, chicken, ribs, salads, but be warned it closed at 2:30. We tried to get off the boat at first around 9:30 and the line went ALL the way up from the gangway to floor 5 (they said the delay was due to rough seas meaning they had to individually help each guest on ferry) so we just took our stuff up to the pool, relaxed an hour and a half and then went back down and got on no problem.

This is the first time we ever had an interior room and it was smaller than every room we've ever had as it did not have the couch/coffee table area. My husband and I are average build and could really not both be doing something at the same time without bumping each other but no problem we just didn't spend any time in the room. The constant darkness (10 am seemed like 3 am without lights) was worse than the sf.

We found there was so much to do on this ship that we were constantly going somewhere and exhausted ourselves. We are not normally "club types" but had a LOT of fun dancing under the stars or in their clubs. The pool areas were never too crowded even though the ship was near capacity. We found a great secret-2 for 1 martinis in the Plantation Club every night 6-8....go in there and ask for Singh or Tushar. Tell them Jason and Kristi sent you and you want 2 for 1 martinis! They don't advertise them but will honor it. It's been a favorite hang out to meet new people past two cruises.

I can't say much about the shows as we only made it to the comedy show. But the comedian, Rich was very funny and hosted quite a few other activities we went to. I saw a few shows in Sept. and I can say that they sure aren't Oasis or Freedom quality but very par for 2-4 day cruises.

Gambling was a dissapointment as craps is our game and on this particular cruise seemed like we were literally the only two people ever playing!!! Also minimum $5.00 bets made it more expensive than other crap tables on competing lines.

We didn't eat in the dining room or specialty restaurant as we just didn't want to spend the time! We were having too much fun so just grabbed food in the buffet which was actually the best cruise food (lunch and dinner) I've ever had....breakfast was just mediocre. Also there is a sports bar that serves a limited menu all night so one day after dancing we went down and had delicious chicken wings, free of charge, made to order.

what else? Oh yess........the spa. We have gotten quite a lot of services in this spa and it's wonderful....if you can, splurge for the couples massage. We also never used to be "spa" or massage people but the couples massage is a very special treat. In fact it was so amazing we both fell asleep and then woke up holding hands at the end when they rang a bell!

All in all, for the price we paid, this ship exceeds expectations for not only the price range but the price range + a 3-4 day cruise. If you have never been on a cruise before you'll see that generally the 3/4 day don't compare to longer stays with ship features/entertainment. If you have and you just want a quick cheap getaway and understand it's not going to be the Oasis you are going to have a blast!!!!!!!!

PS...fellow cruisers.....two things: 1. When at a buffet please try and decide what you are going to have while waiting and if you are at a station tell the person behind you to go ahead (this would have made the lines incredibly shorter!) and 2. Make sure your children are not cannonballing into the old people in the "adult only pool". : ) Less

Published 07/16/11

Cabin review: IB9314 Inside

Abutted elevator but would have never known and it was actually nice to be that proximate to it. SUPER tiny stateroom though-smallest we've ever been in.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Please do your research (internet) before visiting ports! Freeport is such a beautiful island and most the cruisers we were with didn't even get off the boat because they didn't do their research and just saw what an ugly industrial port Freeport is with nothing seemingly nearby. Yes, it is a 15 minute ride ($5-7) anywhere but it is WELL worth it-but you need to know where you are going. We went to Lucaya Beach area. We got a day pass at The Radisson (Our Lucaya)= It was the best part of our whole cruise! The grounds are amazing-never ending pools overlooking the ocean with swim up bars and negative edges. Steel drums play.....the drinks are very reasonable for island resort at a pool bar...I think they were $6.00 a piece and were relatively strong with just enough ice. There were abundant lounge chairs in all areas of sun and shade. The beach was wonderful and there were chairs there also.....the vendors were very nice and not aggressive or pushy like in some parts. There were a few hair braiders and besides that just the banana boat people and a dolphin trip tour guide. Billy Joes is just a quick walk down the beach and supposedly serves up wonderful Bahamian dishes. We just relaxed with cocktails in the pool and swam on the beach and then walked across the street to Port Lucaya marketplace for lunch. If you are on a cruise and want to do this it is $30/pp for a day pass. Yes-that's kind of high to use a hotel resort for a day AND have to pay for drinks, whatever on top, but it was a real steal compared to the the $79-$100+ the ship excursions cost for beach excursions. When you get off the ship and go to the taxi area the best bet is to ask to go to OUR LUCAYA marketplace. We made the mistake of telling them the resort we wanted and the first bus driver lied and said it was shut down and she had a better place to take us to and the next bus driver really wanted to sell us "his own better beach tour"....You have to just really stand your ground. It will be $5.00/pp each way. It's okay if they want to charge you $10.00 up front and give you a voucher for's okay/safe and they come back. We went with "Curry" Bus service. They WILL pack the bus full as it gets before they leave though-as will all others. The ride from port takes about 15-25 minutes. Once you get out you basically want to cross the street from the market and head towards the casino area the "our Lucaya". Walk like you are going to the beach and there will be a little white hut where the friendly people will sell you arm bands for a day. You can use the entire resort/towels, etc. for this price and can come and go. I've heard other people saying they just snuck in.....several people tried to do this from several different entry points when we were there and there was security at each one turning them away.

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First off-if you are sailing out of Miami it is very nice to come in at least the day before and stay in South Beach or at least plan a day here. A Caribbean vacation without starting in South Beach just isn't the same to us-we live in Florida and STILL feel like we are on vacation in another country when visiting SOBE. And the port is only a 10 minute drive from Ocean/Collins ave.

One thing I think about Miami is the ship excursions are always crappy. The Everglades one is an okay idea if you want to spend time boating around a swamp on your tropical vacation-otherwise you are best to just get off and do your own thing.

Miami Beach is one of the best beaches-it's a nice place to spend a day. Also our favorite thing to do in Miami is sit in one of the outside restaurants on Ocean Ave and people watch. You can see celebrities, wackos, you name it-all sorts of people. And get the GIGANTIC 2 for 1 drinks. Just be prepared that anything in SOBE is going to COST you!

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Nassau is special to us because my husband proposed at Atlantis, but this is another place to plan an excursion unless you really love luxury shopping (jewelry, designer clothes) or drinking in Senor Frogs all day. We have done Atlantis before (the entire beach/water park pass) and although it's pricey it's something to do at least once if you go to Nassau. Also I would recommend Blue Lagoon Island. While in the Bahamas it's also nice to eat some conch (cracked conch/conch salad, etc.) as it's their main specialty. There are a few local restaurants that are highly recommended. Stop in at the Tortuga Rum Cake place-buy some delicious rum cakes and ask where to eat lunch. The straw market is very interesting but be prepared to haggle and be haggled and don't expect to "just browse"....they are so pushy that my husband doesn't like to even go anymore. You can always get a good deal there though or also bring them American things to trade. The shops in the customs area, in my experience are high and have never negotiated a price with me. Make sure to head back a teensy bit early-the line in customs coming back was quite long this time going out the building which was a first ever. Nassau has a higher crime rate than some other areas so I would either do a ship excursion here or plan something on your own in the Paradise Island vicinity with a lot of research but we don't ever go outside the main "square" near the port.

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