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"Passengers are greeted with a glass of bubbly when they board the ship, as well as a "Taste of Freestyle" -- a sampling of food choices from the ship's specialty restaurants, all of which now feature new menus. ... Read More
"Passengers are greeted with a glass of bubbly when they board the ship, as well as a "Taste of Freestyle" -- a sampling of food choices from the ship's specialty restaurants, all of which now feature new menus. It's a very nice touch. Even though I don't drink, just knowing that it is offered made the welcome that much more gracious.".....HMMM that must be an older headline as we got none of the above... The trip was ok and there were no major mishaps but as they say the devil is in the details...We tried to get an upgraded room explaining that it was our anniversary, and were told the ship was full. Ok no problem. Returning to the room there was nothing there. Not that we were expecting it but on other Cruise lines we have done the same and received a bottle of champagne and choc. covered Strawberries, which were not even available on board the SKY even for purchase! Also the pull out couch in the cabin...Broken, towel animals...extinct! Chocolates on the pillow...none... Also the food selection never changed...everyday same choices even in the dining rooms. The food was ok but cant imagine eating it everyday! Variety is the spice of life. Bed upgrades...I'd argue that too unless you enjoy sleeping on a rock. Wish there were more positives to list. Everyone told me there would be but...guess not. I will say though that the shows and entertainment were good. Even the fountains at the end was great, despite the accident!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This cruise on the Carnival Imagination stays in Nassau all day and overnight which was the main reason we chose this cruise. This was my first Carnival cruise and this ship was fine for my first time. I found the ship to be nice. The ... Read More
This cruise on the Carnival Imagination stays in Nassau all day and overnight which was the main reason we chose this cruise. This was my first Carnival cruise and this ship was fine for my first time. I found the ship to be nice. The cabin stewards were great, nice and helpful. The rooms are larger than Norwegians oceanview rooms. Beds are comfortable. The towels are rough as sandpaper, but oh well I guess you can't have everything. It would be nice if the rooms had fridges like Norwegian though. The main dining room was great, food great and I LOVED the show the waiters put on during dinner. A MUST see!! The food on the Lido deck was nice also. I wasn't a fan of the Pizza though. They had a hairy chest contest on the Lido deck on Sunday and it was hilarious!! Hip Hop dance class and a singles meet and greet were some of the activities. They had a comedian that I heard was NOT good. The Club, Illusions was nice, but SMOKE FILLED. They played great dance music and it was packed every night. You WILL smeel like smoke hanging out in there. I guess Carnival is changing there smoking policy which will be nice next year. I guess the Imagination is one of the smaller ships, so someone that has cruised many times before might find it small and would complain, but it was fine to me. The pool was small as I have seen in many reviews, but that didn't matter to me. The pools did stay packed as well as the saunas. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Dacwpark On Sept 5-9, 2011 my wife, daughter, son and mother in law sailed on the NCL SkY out of Miami. We previously sailed on the SKY exactly 3 years ago. I have been on RCCL, Princess, Carnival and NCL previously, and this was ... Read More
Dacwpark On Sept 5-9, 2011 my wife, daughter, son and mother in law sailed on the NCL SkY out of Miami. We previously sailed on the SKY exactly 3 years ago. I have been on RCCL, Princess, Carnival and NCL previously, and this was the shortest of my 10 cruises. Embarkation/Disembarkation: Very easy, we parked at the port for $20 a day. Check in friendly and easy. The lines were not too long at 12:30. Ship: We like the ship, and that is one reason we are returning guests. The big atrium, layout, and design were appreciated. Clean. Food: The buffet- the workers were polite and helpful. Sometimes it was difficult to find a seat inside. The food was good-loved the sliced avocado, and my kids loved the grilled chicken breasts which they ate every day. The buffet has a better selection of items than on our previous SKY cruise. We ate breakfast every day at the buffet and the food was good. The buffet was easier with our small children. Crossings- Food was OK. Palace- Service was good. Try the wild mushroom quesadilla- I ordered it 2 nights in a row. Cagney's-I was particularly upset listening to a scammer complaining about his meal the day after he ate it, and wanted a refund at guest services. I was behind him in line. All he could say was he didn't like it-nothing more specific, and I just wanted to know if any of his steak remained on his plate when he was through with this supposed bad meal. Obviously he knew at that point no one from the restaurant was around to respond to what appeared to be a baseless complaint just to get a refund for the steak dinner he enjoyed the night before. Ice Cream bar- Still good, not open all the time, and the line was never too long. Free. The soft serve machine located out by the pool was not open a lot, and the servings I had were too soft-almost mushy. Staff- The staff continues to work hard to try to please everyone. They almost were being overly nice with the constant hello's etc, We were pleased. Room- we were a porthole room (5208 and 5209) mid ship. 149 sq feet. Comparable in size and dEcor to others we have sailed except that drawer space was more limited. Our 6 year old daughter slept on the sofa bed. Very quiet just like the balcony we had the last time we were on the SKY. They must have insulated the rooms better than other ships. There was a hairdryer in the desk drawer. Soaps are included in the bath. A/C worked very well. Cleanliness- The ship and our room were clean. I heard someone complaining that they had not seen their room steward in several days. He didn't say his room wasn't clean, just that he hadn't seen him. Obviously he didn't understand that a good steward is not seen unless needed. Once I had to put the clean room sign on our door, and our room was cleaned promptly while we were out. No problem. Kids Zone- Our 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son LOVED this experience. They open at 5 pm, and we would take them to the buffet to eat then drop them off so we could then enjoy our dinner. The face painting was hilarious-our son was a pirate one night. They didn't just babysit the kids-they were involved in activities. We peeked in several times and they were having fun, so we were pleased with what the workers were doing with them. Since these workers are not included in the automatic tipping we tipped them separately on the last day of the cruise. We also used the group babysitting once and our daughter was the only one there. Not too many kids on this ship either. Ports- The private island is really a jewel in NCL's crown. They have quite a buffet there too. Value- Very Good especially when you look at the prices of comparable sailings on Royal(smaller room sizes and an older ship), carnival and Disney(just look at those prices). Entertainment- The comedian we heard was OK, the music show was also very good. Overall- We enjoy the Sky and the shorter itinerary as we have small children. This is the only cruise we have ever done twice. The kids love the kiddie pool, so we spent a lot of time in it. I heard several people complain about the food quality- We found it good overall. It is not the best we have had, but it was good. We look forward to returning again! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
My DH and I took this cruise as a birthday gift to ourselves. We have only ever cruised with Carnival and are happy with the quality of cruise experience we receive for the amount we pay. We would rather cruise every year or so on Carnival ... Read More
My DH and I took this cruise as a birthday gift to ourselves. We have only ever cruised with Carnival and are happy with the quality of cruise experience we receive for the amount we pay. We would rather cruise every year or so on Carnival than have to wait and cruise less often on a more "upscale" cruise line. We are not hard to please but not pushovers either. I surprised my husband by upgrading us to a balcony room as a surprise birthday gift to him. This was our first balcony as we have always had ocean view in the past. It was wonderful!! We spent many hours out on the balcony and propped the door open a few nights while we slept. It was such a relaxing sound! I never once smelled the "sewer" smell others have written about and while the ship is older, it is well maintained. We had excellent service from our steward Richard and from waiters Nillson and Julius Cesar . We had anytime dining and loved it. New table mates every night. We met some fascinating people! The new menu was just introduced on the ship a few weeks prior. While there were a few of my favorites missing, there was plenty to choose from and everything was delicious. I don't understand how people can complain about the food being bad on these ships. Someone is waiting on me, cooking for me and cleaning up after me. I certainly don't expect 5star restaurant food when I'm paying $100 /night total for room and board. If I was paying what Disney charges for a cruise I would certainly expect it! PORTS OF CALL We spent the day in Grand Turk laying on a lounge chair under a palm tree and swimming in the pool at Margaritaville. Heaven on earth. If you want to save a few bucks on beer walk down the beach a short distance and they had beer for $2 you'll see the sign- its huge! The next day was Half Moon Cay W did the stingray adventure and rented a clamshell on the beach. Be sure to get off the ship early and rent a clamshell early as they go very fast! The stingray adventure was average but ok for the nominal price they charged. Stingray city in grand cayman is much more enjoyable. It is hot on half moon cay and if you can afford it definitely rent a cabana. We did that on a past visit when we brought our kids and it is well worth the money Nassau. We have been here several times and it is a port we could take or leave. I booked an Excursion to blue lagoon beach on my own and saved about $30 per person as compared to booking through the cruise line Blue Lagoon is a quiet island and you can always find a hammock away from everyone else and just relax. The water was beautiful and the food they served at the included lunch was typical grill fare and was included in the price ENTERTAINMENT We went to two comedy club shows and they were very good. Get in line early because these shows are very popular. We went to a few seaside movie showings outside and both got rained out before they ended. It is hurricane season! Overall this was a great cruise. So glad we got to experience a balcony room and we met some great people. We are fortunate we can afford to cruise about once a year and we try not to sweat the small stuff. Instead of being mad they took a few of my favorites off the menu it forced me to try a few new things and now I have some new favorites! (chocolate melting cake is still there every night)! Just remember how hard these people are working to make your vacation memorable and remember this is a VACATION! Enjoy yourself Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
i never write reviews but i read them before we travel so if this can help someone else out i thought i would write about our recent trip on the sky. before we left i read all of the negative reviews and thought geesh these people are just ... Read More
i never write reviews but i read them before we travel so if this can help someone else out i thought i would write about our recent trip on the sky. before we left i read all of the negative reviews and thought geesh these people are just picky hugh maintenance, it's vacation, how bad could it be.. well.. my fiance and i took the 4 day cruise leaving from miami on sept 5 and came back sept 9th, i have been on 4 other cruises, first time on NCL. where do i begin? how about the good first: pros: the food in the palace is great. the rooms are not as small as everyone is saying, small but for 2 people ok. met some great people. uh ok thats about it on the pros. cons: first and formost the buffet food is HORRIFIC, and I eat anything, i can only describe it by saying it all tastes the same and it is all horrible, really horrible. the first day before we even left the dock they had the buffet open for lunch,, I told my fiance i hope that this is not how the food is going to be for the enitre trip, it was. they try and nickle and dime you for everyting, i expected this on a cruise as the soft drinks aren't even free but 8- 10 bucks for a mixed drink and 35 dollars for a bucket of beer is a bit ridiculous, but what are you going to do you are on a boat at sea, you can't leave! the bucket of beer was 35 because the automatically add a tip, well not to be cheap but uh i thought that is what the 12 dollars a day per person for the entire trip was for,, no just room people. so expect the tips added additional on any alcohol. we played bingo the first night and it was 69 bucks.. we paid it because the ship does a horrible job at announcing activities, they give you a paper in your room ever day so i guess it was our job to figure it out which is fine but bingo 69 bucks really?! main casino host lady was probably the rudest person i have ever met in my life. paid 28 bucks for what i think was 40 minutes of internet access in which my fiance needed for a few work thinks & i wanted to check on our dogs at home, well their computer froze up while it was still charging us and used half our minutes until some guy in a ship board said he could not help me "he doesn't work there" uh i got a little smart with him and said you work on the ship right!? ugh so no refund on the internet, as the 2nd guy helping us did not understand what we were saying, his english was non existent. no towel animals in room, no bug deal but just wondering why some people got them and some didn't first port of call was freeport, you basically need to know what you are going to do before you get off the ship or don't bother going through securuty to get off and back on. we got back on. i overheard some people saying how a lot of people were getting sick, i didn't think much about it until i came down with bronchitis the night we got home, i thought maybe it was just a cold or something, stress but we got home fri and by monday i was in the hospital with horrible bronchitis and mild pneumonia.. what!!! i am still sick, feeling better but my fiance got is as well as did the 6 people that we met on the cruise, we haqve been keeping in contact via facebook who live in diffferent states are sick as well!! we are joking and calling it the cruise flu but it is not funny in the least, i had to go to the hospital.. all of us sick with the same thing tells me 99.0% we all got it from the boat. i know that in close quarters like that it is more likely and they bascially stalk you with the hand sanitizer there,, well it didn't work.. i got so sick i am hessitant to go on another cruise ever; however, the buffet food alone might keep anyone away from this ship which is a shame:( i could go on forever but basically you have been warned. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
If some of the larger cruise ships are like floating cities, the SKY is like a floating village. The SKY is small enough to learn your way around quickly and trekking from one end of the ship to the other is neither confusing nor arduous. ... Read More
If some of the larger cruise ships are like floating cities, the SKY is like a floating village. The SKY is small enough to learn your way around quickly and trekking from one end of the ship to the other is neither confusing nor arduous. This was my second time on the SKY and I think it is charming. But read the reviews carefully because even in cruising, there are "different strokes for different folks." I cruised with my sister and both of us are in our 50's with grown children and grandchildren. Embarkation was a breeze. We are low-level Latitudes members, but still were able to board ahead of others. Nice! We chose to roll our own luggage on this time and I recommend this. The SKY offered seating in the dining room as well as the buffets. As we were in no hurry, we made our way to the dining room, parked our luggage and ordered a lovely lunch while seated by a window overlooking the water. By the time we finished our leisurely lunch, the rooms were available, so we rolled our suitcases to our rooms and were able to make the cabin our home-away-from-home right away. The public rooms were all clean and more than adequate. I love the bright and cheerful look of the SKY. During our stay, we noticed staff cleaning the glass-front atrium elevators and all public areas were kept spotless. I don't believe I saw trash or litter at any time. Our cabin had an ocean view and included a very large round porthole type window. It afforded a view and kept the cabin bright. Our cabin was large enough for two women. I imagine a couple would be comfortable, too. I don't believe the small couch would be comfortable or practical for a third person, even though it's advertised as a 3-person cabin. Maybe it would be useful for a small child. Bathroom and counter space was adequate. Occasionally our room was a little warm, but it's hard to fault the cruise line when the temps were blistering. We didn't use the fitness room, but brought our own fitness hula hoops for fun on deck. The SKY has adequate room for that activity without bothering anyone else or impeding traffic. The rate of our cruise was excellent, but we had booked 9 months in advance, so we expected to get a good rate. I notice that costs have gone up, though, and doubt I can book another cruise at such a low rate. We love dining on the SKY. We ate most of our meals in the dining room and enjoyed the leisurely pace and the opportunity to make good choices. I am always surprised to hear of people complaining about cruise fare, especially on the SKY. Everything I ordered was cooked skillfully and beautifully presented. Wait staff was courteous and prompt. One evening, I heard a solo diner say, "I'm just not seeing anything I like on this menu," and I felt sorry for her. A glance in her direction revealed a young, overly well-nourished individual who clearly had little difficulty finding meals that suited. I don't require cosseting and fawning and it's hard for me to believe that a reasonable person couldn't find several delicious choices from every menu. I have diabetes and so have to choose very carefully, but never had a problem with the dining room menus. We ate a few meals at the buffets and other free venues and found them excellent, too. I don't like the elbow jostling of a buffet and often make bad decisions there -- but there were plenty of healthy choices available. We caught two shows while on board and loved the musical review/dancing. Several of the dancers were present at the White Hot Party and we had opportunity to speak to a couple of them and enjoyed that. We are not late night party people and so I can't comment about that opportunity (or lack thereof). It seemed that late night opportunities were abundant for those who cared to seek them out. I heard a young woman mention that she was unhappy with the late-night partying available, but as that wasn't one of the compelling reasons for my cruise, I was happy with all entertainment provided. Our room steward was competent and quickly attended to all our requests (mostly for additional towels and other routine questions). We chose two shore excursions and enjoyed both. On Grand Bahama, we took the 13 miles bike trip. I highly recommend this. It was hot, but the trip included a little bit of everything including the chance to eat lunch in a garden setting, swim on a beautiful beach, use canoes/kayaks, get a glimpse of the dolphins, shop, and learn much history. Mario was our biking tour guide and you won't be disappointed if you book this excursion. Our other excursion was swimming with the stingrays on Blackbeard Cay and we enjoyed this as well. We came just a short time after Hurricane Irene and the damage was obvious, but everything was back up and running for us. I didn't expect to be able to actually hold a stingray and look at her eye-to-eye—amazing! This was an inexpensive excursion that I highly recommend. I enjoyed the catamaran trip to the island, too. We were able to make all of our ports, including the private island, which was very satisfying. Again, it was extremely hot, and I was cranky at first, but scouting around a bit located a good, shady resting place on the far end of the beach. We had originally rented a clamshell, but that was disappointing. All of the clamshells were clustered together many rows deep and were hot, with no view of the beach/water, not a breath of air, and the constant beep-beep of a nearby bulldozer. When we asked for a refund, it was instantly given. I hope this situation is remedied as the island renovations are completed. We felt that we had excellent value for the money we spent. I will gladly enjoy the SKY anytime I am able to afford the luxury of another opportunity. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
My husband and I selected this cruise to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. Being first time cruisers, we were unsure if a longer cruise would be a good idea, so the 4 night seemed to be the best option. Also, NCL's Freestyle ... Read More
My husband and I selected this cruise to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. Being first time cruisers, we were unsure if a longer cruise would be a good idea, so the 4 night seemed to be the best option. Also, NCL's Freestyle concept was very appealing! Sunday 9/18, Pre-Cruise: We flew into Ft. Lauderdale on Southwest since it was the cheapest. No problems at all. We stayed at the Hyatt Airport North, which we got on Hotwire for $60 plus taxes - total was $75. It served its purpose, but we would not stay here again. It was "pretty" to look at, but the beds were terrible, the air conditioner was like a freight train, and the "breakfast" was extremely limited. DAY ONE, Monday 9/19: We had arranged QLS Transportation shuttle to pick us up at the hotel and bring us to the port of Miami. They were scheduled for 10:00am, and called us to say they were going to be early, at 9:45am. No problem for us - we were up early (the aforementioned crappy bed) and we were READY!!! The driver was very nice and professional. We had nice conversation with another family on the way to the ship, who were also going on their first cruise. We arrived at the Port of Miami, gave our luggage to a Porter (tipped $1/bag) and got in line for check-in. Check-in was extremely quick, as the lines were fairly short at this point (it was only 10:30 or so). After a short wait in line, we checked in and found out they upgraded us for FREE from an Oceanview to a Balcony! I was ecstatic, because the last month before our cruise I battled with whether or not to upgrade ourselves but we couldn't justify the cost. What a nice surprise! If I had $1 for every time we said "I can't believe we got a balcony", we could book our next cruise already! ;) We then proceeded into the waiting area, where they had juice, water, and I think coffee for everyone, along with some caribbean tunes playing. It was really nice and definitely set your mood. We were in Boarding group 2, so we didn't have a long wait here at all. Once onboard we proceeded to the Buffet for lunch, which was actually pretty good! We know that with most buffets the food can be iffy, but c'mon, they're trying to serve 2000 passengers! We never went hungry, that's for sure! Staterooms were ready at 1:45pm and we made a beeline for ours! The view of Miami from our balcony was beautiful. Once we saw our room and dropped off a few carry-on items, we headed up to the Outrigger Lounge, Deck 11 Forward. We relaxed and enjoyed the scenery until it was time for the Muster Drill. Afterwards, we went back to our lovely balcony for Sailaway. One of our two bags was delivered to our room by 6:30, and it turned out that our other bag was down on Deck 5 with Guest Services because when they changed our room they didn't put a new luggage tag on that one bag. Minor hiccup, no biggie at all. We chose the Crossings Main Dining room for dinner that night, which is on Deck 5, Aft. We both had the steak, baked potato, and green beans. It was pretty good, but I had a hard time eating because all of a sudden I was seasick. I was not expecting this since I grew up on a boat (on a Lake...) but thankfully I had brought Bonine just in case! Monday night was rough seas and very rough for me, but I survived and woke up better on Tuesday morning. DAY TWO: Tuesday 9/20, FREEPORT: Room Service breakfast of coffee, cereal, pastries, and a banana. We did end up going to the buffet as we were still hungry, but it was nice having breakfast on the balcony! I had done my research and booked a Snorkel excursion with Paradise Cove Deadman's Reef. They have a driver who picks you up at the Port, and then drops you back off. It was a secluded beach with only about 20 people, which made it very relaxing, along with a bar with food and drinks. The only thing we thought was strange was that there is no swimming area here. You can walk in up to your knees and sit in the water, but that is it. The rest of it is snorkeling only. That being said, we would still book this excursion again! Once back on the ship, we showered, napped, and then went up to the Buffet for dinner. Salad bar selection was fresh and wonderful, Roasted Chicken was excellent, and many other items to choose from. After dinner we lost some money in the Casino, walked the shops, and enjoyed our balcony some more. The show for the evening was Rich Purpura, a Comedian/Magician. Thoroughly enjoyed his show - he is hilarious! There was a rather intoxicated and rowdy group from Detroit there, which made it even funnier. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and enjoying the show. Before turning in for the night we did watch the "Dancing with the Sky Stars" show in Dazzles Nightclub. VERY entertaining! DAY THREE: Wednesday 9/21, GREAT STIRRUP CAY: Room Service breakfast again! Loved having my coffee on the balcony every morning. We took one of the earlier tenders in, and were glad we did. We chose not to rent a Clamshell, as they have them off to one side of the beach with no view and not easy access to the water. Plus, I knew my hubby would not be up to laying on the beach ALL day. We spent the majority of our time in the water, which was beautiful and warm. Around lunch time it was starting to get very crowded, and a very rude group from France had taken it upon themselves to move their loungers directly on top of and if front of ours, making it near impossible for us and another couple to get to them. We shrugged it off and moved on. Back on the ship we had lunch at the Buffet, showered and napped again (LOVED those daily naps!) and went to dinner at Il Adagio. We had been given a card to give to the Maitre De at dinner and that got us a "Happy Anniversary" cake. The food in Il Adagio was delicious! We both had the Fried Calamari, I had a salad, along with a glass of Chianti - also delicious. My husband had the Chicken Parmesan and I had the Pork Saltimbooca. Both entrees were very large and very good! Dessert was Tiramisu, along with that little cake they presented to us. All in all, we were very pleased with our meal here and would definitely go back! DAY FOUR: Thursday 9/22, NASSAU: Room Service breakfast again. We got off the ship easily and quickly at 8:30am. We had booked today's excursion with Bahamas Segway Tours, and were really looking forward to it. The van picked us up promptly at 9am, and the driver "Meeks" was a riot. She was very friendly, energetic, and welcoming. The ride to the location was about 25 minutes, and HOT. The air conditioning in their van was not working so that made it a little uncomfortable, but hey - we're in the Bahamas! We'll live! After a brief training with the two instructors; Meeks and Super Mario (he was a riot as well), we hit the trails! Riding a Segway is easy and fun, and the scenery was very pretty. The trail wound along the ocean inlets, the flora and fauna, and ended on a secluded beach that took our breath away. After a 30 minute rest on the beach with some much needed ice cold water, we headed back down the trail to end our tour. Excellent time, would highly recommend it! Once back in downtown Nassau we walked in and out of the shops, bought a few things in Del Sol (since we don't have them at home) and from the Straw Market. We were not fond of the Straw Market. Too many people coming at you from all directions trying to get you to buy their stuff. We know that this is how they make their money though, so we just browsed a little and moved on. We headed back to the ship around 2pm, and just barely made it in time for a quick lunch at the Buffet. After lunch we relaxed in the room, watched a movie, showered, and then went to dinner in the Palace Main Dining room. Dinner was very good, I had the Carbonara pasta and my husband had the grilled chicken. Of course once I had a full belly, the ship started to rock and roll like crazy again, so I ran upstairs to take a Bonine. That stuff worked wonders! After that, we made our daily donation to the ship's Casino fund - but didn't lose too much thank goodness! We attended the "Fairwell Variety Show" in the Stardust Theatre, which was enjoyable. Rich Purpura was fantastic in this as well. DAY 5: Friday 9/23, MIAMI: We disembarked using their easy walk-off option, since our QLS shuttle was scheduled to pick us up at 8am for a 10:55am flight out of Ft. Lauderdale. Again he was prompt and professional. Would definitely use them again! Overall our first cruise experience was fantastic. Small minor things that could not be helped (my seasickness, the spotty cell service, the bag mishap, etc) would not prevent us from sailing with NCL again. Every staff member we encountered was very helpful and friendly. Our room steward, Ritzel, was fabulous. We only saw her a few times, but each time she was friendly and accomodating. One thing we did notice was just how hard and how long the crew staff works! It seemed like they were always buzzing about, cleaning, assisting passengers, etc. We LOVED the NCL Freestyle experience - it was awesome to NOT be on a schedule. I've already started looking into another cruise with NCL in 2012, but this time we'll bring our daughter along because we missed her terribly! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
This was our first time cruising with NCL, and we may try it again, but definitely not on the Sky. Let me start out by saying that I realize that you get what you pay for. This cruise was very cheap. But we have taken several small, ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with NCL, and we may try it again, but definitely not on the Sky. Let me start out by saying that I realize that you get what you pay for. This cruise was very cheap. But we have taken several small, short, cheap Bahamas cruises that were awesome! This one was not. There were a few Pro's and I will start with those... The specialty restaurants were amazing. Unfortunately we were forced to eat at all of them because the normal food was horrible. The cruise director was super great. Can't quite remember his name, but he really went the extra mile. The staff overall were very attentive, and the ship was very clean. We had a large inside room, and it was hands down the nicest, biggest cabin we have had. Now to the cons... Probably the worst part of the cruise was the bed. It literally was like sleeping on concrete. No I didn't complain. In hindsight I would have the first night, but I thought maybe my back would adjust. It didn't. To be fair, the bed issue may be just with inside rooms however, because everyone we talked to that was not in an inside said their bed was super comfy. As stated above, any food that was "free" was horrible. Except for the breakfast buffet. We even went to the MDR as suggested by fellow CC for lunch the first day, big mistake. I had fish and chips, and half the fish was black... no joke. Their private island is a joke. Again, to be fair, it might be decent once the construction is complete. Everything was a wreck. There was NOTHING to do except sit and tan or snorkel. So we rented snorkel gear. We get in, get all our gear on, look down, and... NOTHING.... no fish, no shells, NOTHING. Now maybe we were spoiled by RCCL's Cococay, because there they have sea life by the millions it seems, a "plane wreck" to snorkel around, along with a "shipwreck" ... but something would have been better then NOTHING... which is what you see at NCL's island. Entertainment was lacking between the hours of 5-10. We saw one show which was decent, but ended up sitting and watching the photographers take photos of people in the main atrium because it was the most entertainment we could find. Finally we just went to bed. Casino - The casino royal screwed my husband. I'm surprised he didn't go NUTS on everyone. He was in the Texas Hold em' tournament and was All-In on a hand. He bet on the river card, and the gentleman he was playing against mucked his hand over the line, face down. The dealer proceeds to flip over the gentleman's hand, and guess what?!? He had the winning cards. The dealer gives him all the chips, and my husband is SOL. Even the other players in the tournament were expressing their disbelief, but the dealer said that was the rules, and my husband was told that the supervisor would back the dealers decision. Never in all my life have I heard of such nonsense. The layout of the boat is extremely confusing and inconvenient, you board the boat through a hallway, and are not directed where to go, we were lost within minutes of boarding. You do not board in the atrium like every other cruise I have been on. Overall in my opinion - if you want a cheap Bahamas cruise out of Fl, take Royal Caribbean. If you can't, take Carnival. DO NOT CRUISE ON THE NCL SKY. I would have rather been home. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Had read reviews so knew that the cabins were small but they were TINY! We got a great deal (4 nights out of Miami) and wanted to see Key West. This was cheaper than driving and staying overnight. Nassau and Coco Cay were also on the ... Read More
Had read reviews so knew that the cabins were small but they were TINY! We got a great deal (4 nights out of Miami) and wanted to see Key West. This was cheaper than driving and staying overnight. Nassau and Coco Cay were also on the itinerary. Surprised at the lack of fresh seafood and no variety. The beef dishes were actually the best items on the menus. We ate primarily in the Dining Room. Service was excellent. Windjammer buffet was fine for breakfast with a large variety of items. It was OK for lunch. We did not eat at any of the specialty locations. Cabin attendant was excellent. Entertainment OK. Pools were crowded. Smoking in multiple places is BAD! Some locations required one to travel through a smoking area to get where you wanted to go. All ships should be SMOKE FREE! Coco Cay was really nice as there were no other cruise ships there at that time. Beach bar-b-q/picnic was good. Restrooms were cleaned regularly! Total disorganization in disembarking at Key West--shame RCL, you've done this enough to know better. We abhor tipping! Cruise lines should incorporate enough into the fees to cover the cost of paying employees enough (Holland America and so many others do it). Will probably not take another cruise on RCL for that reason. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
I had a great time on this cruise. The crowd is mixed from seniors to young couples on their honeymoon and everyone is friendly and there to have fun! The dining was somewhat of a disappointment. I dined at the Palace and the ... Read More
I had a great time on this cruise. The crowd is mixed from seniors to young couples on their honeymoon and everyone is friendly and there to have fun! The dining was somewhat of a disappointment. I dined at the Palace and the Crossings main dining rooms and was underwhelmed by the food both times. My other meals were had in the Garden Cafe Buffet and Longboard's Bar. I actually preferred the food in these venues to the main dining room food, but neither was anything to write home about. Our cabin wasn't as cramped as I was expecting. All the little nooks and storage spaces really help! They also have a pretty good selection of movies available. The steward is constantly tidying up your room while you're away so that's nice. Our cabin was next to a crew area where they were prepping and wheeling out carts so if you like to sleep in, this cabin isn't for you. Around 7:30am to 10:30am it gets really loud and clankety. The service on the ship was alright. The people aren't Disney go-out-of-their-way-friendly but you'll eventually get what you asked for. We didn't have any days at sea since we were at a port every day. Be prepared for hot and humid weather! Walking around town might be tough due to the heat and humidity so you might want to spend your days in port in the water. The private island was beautiful although it might take 30-45 minutes from the time you line up to get onto the tender to stepping foot on the island. Another thing to note is that it seemed a good number of shops were closed because we were the only ship in port that day. I must say that booking excursions made the days in port amazing! All in all, the Norwegian Sky is a good time. It's not luxurious (if you don't book a suite or pay extra for the specialty dining), but there's plenty to keep you entertained for 4 days on the ship and in port. The best part is the fun cruise ship camaraderie! Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
I was a little anxious about my first time cruise after reading some of the reviews here. I am VERY picky about where I stay on vacation. I can be a little high maintenance. Our room was very small but very clean. And seriously we really ... Read More
I was a little anxious about my first time cruise after reading some of the reviews here. I am VERY picky about where I stay on vacation. I can be a little high maintenance. Our room was very small but very clean. And seriously we really did not spend much time in our room at all. We boarded quickly. We were greeted by a VERY enthusiastic crew with Caribbean music playing. Make sure you pack your bathing suit and/or a change of clothes and any toiletries you need because you will wait anywhere from 2-5 hours for your suitcase. They told us we would have our luggage by 7:00pm and we had our way before then. Shortly after boarding we made dinner reservations for Cagney's & Le Bistro. The food at Cagney's was MUCH better than I expected. The filet mignon I had was one of the best I've ever had. Le Bistro was just ok. We had awesome waiters at both restaurants. The buffet is about what you would expect. For breakfast I would highly recommend The Palace. Nice sit down restaurant that is included with the freestyle dining. Dinner there wasn't as impressive. If you don't like food at one place, you can go to another place or hit the buffet. The hidden gem we found was Longboard Sports Bar. The wait staff here was exceptional! Especially Muthu & Shighash. We swam withe the dolphins in Freeport. It was the most incredible experience ever!! Great Stirrup Cay is undergoing renovations so overlook the construction. We signed up for a snorkel excursion here. I was expecting to be taken out and snorkel out further in the sea. But the snorkeling is right off the beach which made me think, "we aren't going to see anything but seaweed." Wow was I wrong about that!!! I snorkeled most of the day and I saw thousands of fish. I even saw a stingray! I HIGHLY recommend snorkeling here. It was awesome. They did a nice BBQ lunch here and there is a small marketplace. Bartering isn't so great here. I would save that for Nassau. Our excursion in Nassau was the beach at Atlantis. The lines for the bus were long so we took a taxi. Definitely worth the $4 per person charge. The beach was paradise! Gorgeous crystal clear waters here. Rented a wave runner. Again....barter with the locals on the beach here even with the water sports. There are alot of locals walking around the beach selling everything from pina coladas to beaded jewelry. I love to barter so it didn't bother me but some people were annoyed with it. The local people are very humble and great to barter with. Atlantis was amazing. Would LOVE to spend a few days there. The cruise went by sooooo fast! I will be glad when The Sky goes non-smoking. The staff is huge and I only found 2 of the staff members to be rude. One was the "towel guy" by the pool and the other was a clerk in the gift shop. The staff was more than accommodating to us. I would highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
My sister and I cruised on the NCL Sky last year (her very first cruise)so decided to go again this year, picking up an extra night this time. We very much liked our room location - 5010 - as it was just around the corner from the main hub ... Read More
My sister and I cruised on the NCL Sky last year (her very first cruise)so decided to go again this year, picking up an extra night this time. We very much liked our room location - 5010 - as it was just around the corner from the main hub of elevators and guest services and just a skip to the Palace Dining Room. It was very easy to find our way around from this central location. We love the Sky - the layout is easy to navigate and the decor is light and airy. Everything was clean, and the service was great. We sailed only 2 weeks after hurricane Irene hit the East Coast, but were very pleased that we made all our ports of call. Our itinerary had two ports of call switched to accommodate another NCL ship - no problem. We opted to roll our luggage on ourselves this time. It was so easy! We rolled right to the dining room, sat down and had a wonderful leisurely lunch - by 2:00 our room was ready so we wheeled our luggage inside and were ready to sail! The other passengers started getting their luggage around 6:00, so either way works great. We particularly enjoy eating our meals in the dining room - we have yet to try the specialty restaurants - there are so many wonderful choices in the already-paid-for dining room. We caught two of the evening shows - very entertaining singers and dancers. We attended the White Hot party on deck which was energetic as usual. The only thing that bummed us at all was on the private island, Great Stirrup Cay. There are renovations going on, which is good, but we decided to treat ourselves to a clam shell cabana for the day since the weather was so very hot. Unfortunately, this did not work out well. All the clam-shells are at the far end of the beach, about 10 rows deep, and right beside the construction. So there was no breeze, no view of the beach, and the constant sound of the machinery. HOWEVER when we asked for a refund, it was given with no questions asked! It would be better if the clam-shells were on the back row stretched all the way across the beach - that would give everyone a view and a breeze. We found a nice shady area on the OTHER end of the beach - if you're facing the beach, head to your left, walk along the paved sidewalk area, and at the end there is another smaller beach with a shady spot. The picnic tables closest to the cookout building are now all under new solid shade large gazebos - I think when the renovations are complete it will be very nice! OH - I saw one young lady take a large insulated cup to the bar area and ask to have it filled with ice - it was filled without question - so don't hesitate to ask for ice. If you're expecting hot weather, one of those small misting fan sprayers might be helpful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Back in January I booked this cruise with our son and dil and her parents....I started to do some research after they talked us into it and to be honest after reading so many reviews here I was a little uncertain we had made a good ... Read More
Back in January I booked this cruise with our son and dil and her parents....I started to do some research after they talked us into it and to be honest after reading so many reviews here I was a little uncertain we had made a good choice......however we have always loved to cruise and believe we alone will decide how we perceive the experience...it's a choice So saying that......for a few weeks prior to our cruise there were some storms....Irene, Katia, Lee that made our cruise destination somewhat uncertain....so we on our cruise critic call started to call it Destiny Unknown....a term that proved that our CC group were obviously NOT the type to be whiners....but had a more adventurous attitude to life......a great start. With Katia in the eastern carribean and Lee in the gulf.....we had no where to go earlier in the week, but as our cruise day dawned.....it was a beautiful day in Miami........in fact the weather the entire 5 days was exceptional..........very hot infact...and we went to all our originally selected ports... Embarkation.....painless..but we have VIP...and our kids did not but it still didn't take them too long we just had a beautiful place to sit down and relax.....however......the welcome Lemonade was not there on this day..an oversight maybe.. We decided to wait for the rest of the family before entering the ship to get the "picture"...so we got on later than normal for us.......and once entering we went straight to the shore excursion desk to pick our "cabana" on Half Moon Cay.....we had our sights on a particular one.....which as it turns out on of our cc friends picked first...good luck to them.....and while in line someone called out my name as she recognized me from the cc roll call my kids were surprised.....but that is how the entire cruise went.. So we went up to Lido deck for lunch....it was packed and the seats were filled to capacity.....for me it was crowded for our kids they thought it was less empty than normal for them......so it depends on your perception.....always...but the food choices while buffet they were good and there was something for everyone.....if not then you are picky...that's all I will say When we got to our room an inside on the 7th floor we were very impressed.... very large and our room steward "Joseph" was amazing......throughout the trip.. We always do late dining as it gives time from shore excursions etc to have a rest and get ready.....however I will add at this point if you want to see the shows at later times or even catch some of the more popular shows you will have to pick early dining...as we missed lots of the shows we usually like to catch....many did anytime dining...I always love the interaction with the same dining room staff so I didn't want to do that... The ship had some bad reviews regarding being dated....scrap that...I saw only one are of carpet that needed some attention.....and it was an area that had a lot of traffic........I will say that the bar area in the aft bar while positioned nicely for the cruisers....really didn't do well for the staff.the full afternoon sun burned down on them and they were still friendly and it was very hot this week....I think Carnival should buy some sort of shade cloth to make a canopy over it for them.....and I'm going to mention it to John Heald on his blog...... Otherwise the only other concern I had was the timing in the dining room.....there were great lengths between courses..which might ordinarily be good for digestion...but these were more lengthly than normal.......and the staff seemed stressed...normally you have time to form friendships with them, but not this cruise...they were still nice....just didn't have the time for the chitchat...stuff...they were definately.....at their capacity.....did the chef's table the last night and found out one reason...the galley is very long and narrow on this class of ship and so they can only allow one dining room in at a time...hence the wait......and now that I see the interaction isn't as usual I might try the anytime dining option next cruise.....just sayin..... Chefs table.....only reason I did it was because some of my CC friends were and I loved being with them....the food choices somewhat scared my picky pallette...........OK...you have to do this.....the food was amazing....I was totally blown away and the entire experience was great....we even had a magician come to the table and he was amazing......how did he do what he did?....I analyze everything but couldn't figure it out..it was good fun... We did not go to too many shows as our dining room times didn't really coincide with them......but what we did do were fun...the staff where always fun.....always friendly......the casino dealers were awesome...very interactive which makes for fun even when you lose.........I will add that the first night one of the pit bosses was very serious looking and I told him we needed to see him smile and proceeded to show him how to do it.....he laughed and continued throughout the cruise.....he ended up being very funny....I totally believe YOUR interaction with others will decide how it will continue... This was an awesome cruise and we made some great CC friends...I wish you all the same luck......but always remember YOU make your vacation.....don't sweat the small stuff..........this was a good cruise with awesome destinations....go.....do it you won't regret it... I would add that HMC did have a lot of vegetaion damage and it was sad to see but the water was amazing as usual... Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
Fist of all what made the cruise enjoyable was the staff,,,Hats off to Richard, the cruise Director, Gio, the Assistant and my favorite girl Shirley,,who was awesome. She has it all,,,the shows were great,,the dancers and the singers were ... Read More
Fist of all what made the cruise enjoyable was the staff,,,Hats off to Richard, the cruise Director, Gio, the Assistant and my favorite girl Shirley,,who was awesome. She has it all,,,the shows were great,,the dancers and the singers were very good and professional. The dancing was very exciting and has us dancing in our seats. The food was ok in the buffets,,but if you wanted better you could eat in a dining area where the fee was $20 to #30 per person. Rading the reviews made me write this review, what did people expect at these prices the Ritz Carlton. We had a great time and for me the staff is what made my cruise so enjoyable. Keep doing what your doing,, the food, well, could be better at the buffet, but when your feeding 2000 people they try as hard as they can, and it seems to me watching everyone eat,,,no one slowed down at all, the plates were filled to the top. We had a ball and look forward to crusing again soon Thank you Shirley,,you are awesome,,Richard never let go of that energy, and Gio you should be in movies. Also hats off to house man who took care of our room, thank you again for everything. Till we sail again. Kathy & Mike Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
I went on this cruise the last weekend of September 2011 with 20 friends to celebrate a BF's 50th Birthday. Having worked in the Private Yacht industry in past as a Chef and Stewardess, I was concerned about what to expect. ... Read More
I went on this cruise the last weekend of September 2011 with 20 friends to celebrate a BF's 50th Birthday. Having worked in the Private Yacht industry in past as a Chef and Stewardess, I was concerned about what to expect. Overall I really enjoyed the cruise and had a lot of fun with my friends. The staff were great. Our room's steward left us a little towel figures every night - which we loved. The buffets were average. For dinner go with restaurant reservations - The BISTRO served the best escargot I have every tasted. CAGNEY'S served a perfect fillet mignon - well worth the extra price. It was nice receiving the daily itinerary that allowed us to choose what we wanted to do each day. I loved para-sailing at Great-Stirrup Cay and felt that although the Atlantis' Aquaventure was pricey, we had lots of fun on the "not-so-lazy" rapid river. When you first arrive on board you are greeted by many staff who have set up "special deals". We felt bombarded to make decisions about wine, drinks, sodas...etc. NOTE: If you drink more than 3 sodas a day go with the "soda" special that come with a cool souvenir cup. THE PUB CRAWL REVIEW: Don't do the PUB CRAWL if you actually want to drink because they are watered down. The 55 min - 5 bar/5 drink pub crawl was a BIG disappointment and nearly ruined my opinion of cruising ever again, mostly due to a rude bar manager at CHAMP's BAR. Our pub crawl guide was sweet and tried his best to make the evening fun for all. 1st stop- Captain Cook's for a round of beer. Hmm...started off quite good and we even got to see some fellow passengers drink beer in a unique way! 2nd stop - Aft Deck bar for Bahama Mama's. Yummy but not much alcohol. I've made them and know when a drink is weak. During our 3rd and unfortunate 4th pub stop at CHAMP's (located on the top deck above the pools) the manager freaked out over some of the drinks getting passed to some guests not part of the tour. First of all, some of the paying pub crawl guests were beer drinkers and did not want to drink alcohol and passed their drinks to people beside them while they ordered another expensive "bucket of beers" to drink. The manager flipped out and began yelling at the guests. If NCL or the bar managers did not want other guests to drink any of the cocktails then they should have organized a better way to distribute the drinks. THEIR METHOD: pass the drink back to the person behind you. Really? And trust slightly inebriated guests to check whether or not someone beside them has a teeny weeny sticker on them? Shame on you NCL and for hiring a rude manager. Our 5th and final stop was at BREAKER'S BAR. Hoping to finally escape the madness at CHAMP'S I was shocked to see that the manager had run over to BREAKER'S to hold off the tray of drinks. He actually began ripping the stickers of of each person's chest before handing a drink over to them. Some guest began to walk away in disgust and when I yelled out "touching a women's chest without her permission is considered an act of sexual harassment", people began taking the stickers off themselves and handing it to him. I pointed out his rudeness and took a picture of him which I will be sending to NCL. He yelled at me and tried to take my iPhone away and that he was going to call his boss. I promptly replied "Go ahead I want to speak to him about your behavior" and he walked away. Personally, if I had a crew member aboard my ship like this, I would DISMISS them! Only for the apology from our pub guide did I decide to give the cruise a second chance. I'm sure the pub crawl would have be much more enjoyable had it not been for a rude and unprofessional bar manager acting like a spoiled child. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
We went after RCI closed Cococay due to Irene, so it was nice to see their private island. They seemed to have small sections of beaches, instead of one big beach. The best looking one if you like going out a ways & playing in waves ... Read More
We went after RCI closed Cococay due to Irene, so it was nice to see their private island. They seemed to have small sections of beaches, instead of one big beach. The best looking one if you like going out a ways & playing in waves had a rope that wouldn't let you out very far. It looked like there was a nice beach area for children. There were plenty of chairs. The BBQ was OK. We didn't get to look through the shops because it had started raining so hard they closed. I was kind of surprised the tenders would not go until the top was completely full with it raining that hard. We had to sit there after the line of return cruisers was empty, until enough people decided to leave to fill the tender. Of course the bottom was packed, but why wait to fill the top? Nassau was nice to walk around, went to Fort Fincastle $1 to get in, I am glad we also went to Atlantis as I don't know when I would come back to this area. We didn't do the pools/slides/beach, but saw the aquarium/ruins/shops/hotel & casino. It was nice. Key west was kind of an OK place, went to Hemingway house & saw the 6-toed cats. The town had a lot of shops & interesting statues, etc. to take pics of. I did not know there is an actual place & structure to take pics by for the most southern part of USA. A table mate showed us her pics & I am so disappointed we didn't go. I guess take the hop on hop off trolley to get there so the walk is not so long. Well, the ship. Everyone always says the rooms are small on ships, but these rooms are SMALL. I have been on 9 cruises & these rooms are SMALL. The food was not very good, we had the 8:30 seating. The last night was the best with the garlic shrimp. They also had a tempera dinner/stir fry. We ordered a different dinner & had them just bring the tempura shrimp, that shrimp was good also. I can not believe in the main dining room they have a steak that you can pay $15 for, it's almost like saying our regular food that everyone can have is not good, but if you pay for your dinner you can have a good one. The buffet was OK for lunch & breakfast, but nothing great. I have been on several NCL cruises & their food is much better. The service was not good. They were not friendly as far as saying hi or good morning. The last morning all service was great,friendly & the buffet waiters came around with coffee & pulled out chairs, etc. That was the day for deciding on tips by the evening. Our room steward didn't have ice in our room. The second day we asked for ice so she brought some, but no glasses. We asked her to take the mini-bar articles out of the room but she just put them on the top of the closet. We had charges on our credit cards when we got home. We did get them removed, but what a hassle. The casino doesn't have slot or blackjack tournaments, which I always look forward to. The casino & bars never had appetizers which would have been nice. Room service has a fee if you call after 12:00. Activities such as scrap booking has a fee (on Celebrity things like that are free). The daily run down would not say how much $ things were just that there was a fee, so you kind of had to show up just to see if you wanted to pay that much to do the activity. I found RCI disappointing & will only cruise them again if they have ports I can not go to otherwise. One thing that was nice about this is I have never been on a 4-day short cruise, so being on RCI which wasn't very nice made it seem like our cruise didn't just fly by like 7-15 day cruises do. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We just completed our cruise on the Destiny which sailed 8/7 to 8/15 to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. We truly had a wonderful time and a great cruise experience. My husband is disabled with MS and walks with either a cane ... Read More
We just completed our cruise on the Destiny which sailed 8/7 to 8/15 to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. We truly had a wonderful time and a great cruise experience. My husband is disabled with MS and walks with either a cane or walker. We decided to bring his walker. On embarkation day, he was offered a wheelchair (we waited about 1/2 hour for one to show up). Once he was placed in the wheelchair, the attendant/crew member wheeled him right through security (with the rest of us following him), and we were brought to the checkin to get our sail and sign cards and then immediately brought right onto the ship and directly to our cabins..we had 2 insides..2287 and 2279 on the main deck/aft which we liked due to it's close proximity to the elevator/stairs which was just below the main dining room, and also convenient to buffet and aft area of the lido. Our cabins were very clean and the beds were soooo comfy. We found it to be ample space for two people in a cabin. Our steward was Patrick who kept up our room perfectly. The bathroom was slightly small but the shower was large. There was no sofa or arm chair in the cabin, but a stool under the vanity. There was no fridge or minibar, but they did have a large bottled water which you could buy if opened, which we did (the one bottle lasted me all week as I just needed a little water at night to take some meds). We found the food in the main dining room very very good (there were a couple of "misses" on some of the dishes, but we did order more than one entree and if one wasn't up to par, the other one was excellent). I really enjoyed the appetizers and the chilled soups..in particular, the strawberry bisque was excellent. Our waiters were Alfredo and Michelle who took very good care of us. We chose the late seating which worked out fine for us. We are used to eating later...and we also liked to take a rest/nap late afternoon or early evening. We ordered room service a couple of times which came promptly or early. We did find the lido buffet somewhat lacking in selection. The food was just "ok". Lunch on embarkation day left us with horrible long long lines due to the rainy weather that had everyone inside vs. being outside on deck). DH couldn't even navigate with his walker in the buffet as there was no room getting around chairs and tables, but a crew member came right up to him and took him to the front of the line. We ate there another night..no lines then. They really didn't have a great selection, but the food just "ok". They did have a decent salad bar and had a lot of nice dessert selections. We had once "at sea" day and enjoyed that very much. It got crowded out by the pools but you could find a spot somewhere. We grabbed a few chairs from the stack and made our own spot near the band under the large screen. The pools were crowded, but not unbearable. My son and I enjoyed the slide, but that line was sooo long so we only went down once. My daughter and I also went to the afternoon tea, which was very nice and quiet and peaceful which was held on the top level in the main dining room all the way aft..a very lovely view of the wake. They came around with a cart that had some cakes and mini pastries. There was a pianist playing nice music as well. It was not your fancy "high tea", but it was still very enjoyable and I do recommend it. We also enjoyed the "las Vegas style" show in the Paladium Theater. It was nice and had talented singers and dancers. The costumes were nice and similar to what showgirls would wear in Las Vegas reviews, but not raunchy at all..instead very tasteful. Another night we went to the talent show and thought it was fantastic...we had very talented passengers onboard. Our cruise director was Trevor Block who had a nice personality. There seemed to be a lot going on all around the ship and I did like the fact that the ship was "lively" at night. There were 800 kids on board of all ages and I found the ship to be very family friendly which I also liked. I found the ship to be very clean and in very good shape despite it's age. I do recommend if you are a group or family with kids and decide to split up, be sure to specify a "meeting time and place". On the first day at sea, the kids decided to sleep in a bit while DH and I walked around the ship. They spent hours trying to find us and I them. We were going in circles. I felt bad. From that point on, we made sure to have meeting time/place. One other thing..beware of some of the "jewelry and watch sales" onboard. They are not of the best quality. DH said the watch sales was a joke as he had seen those same watches in our local discount store..for a lot less. Just be careful what you are buying. We did like their two for $20 sale of tshirts,hats and large straw bags. We tried to watch a movie one night in Criterion Lounge, but people kept leaving the door opened (even though we tried to keep it shut) and the music from Kareoke next door made it difficult to hear the movie. I think they should have the movie elsewhere. On disembarkation, we called for a wheelchair, and a crewmember came in about 20 minutes. He took DH and the rest of us to the lounge as we waited for our number to be called and he waited with us. He took DH to customers where he had to switch wheelchairs since that one belonged to Carnival. I do want to say that if you are disabled and in a wheelchair/scooter or use a walker, you just need to learn to navigate the ship and find out where all elevators are, etc. and allow a little extra time to get here or there, etc. Overall, I would recommend the Destiny to anyone. We had a wonderful vacation and would sail again on her. We felt Carnival delivered an excellent cruise vacation for a very affordable price. Some of the onboard items were pricey..the photos being very overpriced even though I did buy a handful of them. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
First time cruiser review of Majesty of the Seas: In spite of no cruise experience with which to compare this one, our first time cruise has us hooked on cruising. We are already planning to take the family on a longer cruise next ... Read More
First time cruiser review of Majesty of the Seas: In spite of no cruise experience with which to compare this one, our first time cruise has us hooked on cruising. We are already planning to take the family on a longer cruise next summer. Our stateroom was on deck 2 with an ocean view porthole. The room was cozy but very comfortable, quiet and clean. Our steward was friendly and accommodating. We loved being so close to the water and being able to look right out at the waves while still seeing the stars and moonlight. The food was mediocre overall with the formal dining options much better than the cafe. We ordered room service for tea in the morning and evening along with a cheese plate "dessert". The cheese plate was the best item we ate! Room service was fast and efficient. Overall the service was terrific. I couldn't have asked for a more relaxing and enjoyable vacation, in spite of the tropical storm that nearly swamped us on Cococay. We will definitely cruise again, and would take Majesty of the Seas for a quick relaxing weekend getaway. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
So, after being on Explorer of the seas and Celebrity Eclipse, I knew this was going to be a big difference. First, I have to say that Our Waiter and his assistant were great. The bartenders on the main pool bar were also ... Read More
So, after being on Explorer of the seas and Celebrity Eclipse, I knew this was going to be a big difference. First, I have to say that Our Waiter and his assistant were great. The bartenders on the main pool bar were also exceptional. Beyond that, I have never been treated with such Rudeness On a trip before in my life. I actually had 2 crew members jump in front of us getting on the elevator to where there was no more room. Ordered Room service 1 night. They said 45 minutes maximum. 2 hours later and 3 phone calls the food finally arrived and it was cold. When my wife called after it was delivered to say she was unhappy with it and that it was cold. They said, well if you want hot food, come cook it. I was absolutely floored. She called back to ask for the supervisor and they would not connect her to him. The next day we went to breakfast and found one of the Officers in the Wind Jammer, Explained what had happened and what was said on the phone and he basically blew us off and said that he doubts very highly that his staff would be so rude. Asking the waiters in the wind jammer for a soda for my son was like asking for a million dollars Our Stateroom attendant sucked.. Woke us up at all hours as our room was next to his closet. Room was never cleaned by 3 pm. Usually he was in there as we were trying to get cleaned up for dinner. I understand this is not Celebrity or one of their new big fancy boats, but the service should be the same. So our son decided to go to adventure Ocean for a few hours each day. One day we decided to get massages. HORRIBLE is the best word I can find for my massage. My wife said hers was OK. When I talked to the desk clerk, She told me that If i was unhappy, I should have said something before I paid and that they was nothing she could do about it. Shows were good, game shows were hilarious. Darrel and Dave the Cruise Director puts on a great show. I will Cruise Royal Again as I wont base the great times i have had aboard other ships on this one , But I will not go on Majesty Ever again. Food was ok at best in the dinning room. Wind Jammer cafe was typical mass food buffet. Everyone has a different experience and Please dont base your trip on my review. But I do appreciate others reviews, as we do travel often and some reviews have led me in the right direction. Have fun on your next Vacation !! Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
I used my reward points to book a Grand Suite, U73. VIP boarding was fantastic. Entered the building at 10:50am showed our booking info. Employee saw the VIP and escorted us to the VIP lounge. In the lounge, we presented our info again and ... Read More
I used my reward points to book a Grand Suite, U73. VIP boarding was fantastic. Entered the building at 10:50am showed our booking info. Employee saw the VIP and escorted us to the VIP lounge. In the lounge, we presented our info again and within the minute, we were again escorted into the VIP lounge. 11:20 we were allowed to board the ship. The welcome lunch was empty and we enjoyed a great meal. Room was claen and great, only saw our steward 3 times in the hall. TV was terrible, apprx 26 channels, 20 of which were ship channels. Complementary movies(?) were old and repeated. I did not go to watch tv, but would prefer some decent shows to fill the idle hours. Really bad. Breakfast in the Lido was hit or miss. Better get there eaely as it closes at 10:30 and if you are not in the omelet line, they have a placard that sez buffet closed, and they mean closed. At 10:30, there was still a loooonnng line waiting to enter the main lines to get food. Possibly this was caused by the employy that stands guard over the baco, only handing out 2 small pcs and when you asked for more, you needed an FBI agent to pry it loose. Seriously, the server just did not want to give more than 2 pcs. The anytime dining was great except the service was real slow. Food taste and presentation was excellent. Shows were just ok. No chair hogs in sight. debarkation as VIP was fast and ezy, was in a cab by 8:30. Keep in mind, this was my view and your may be different Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
Hello~My husband and I just came back from a four night cruise on the Majesty of the Seas..This was our first cruise and I think it will be our last..at least for a few years..We were extremely excited about the trip..I have to say the ... Read More
Hello~My husband and I just came back from a four night cruise on the Majesty of the Seas..This was our first cruise and I think it will be our last..at least for a few years..We were extremely excited about the trip..I have to say the service aboard was excellent..The staff were helpful and pleasant..The food in the dining room was great..We ate there every night for dinner..We were not impressed with the buffets they provided..The room was kept very clean by our state room attendant and it helps to leave an extra tip for them everyday even though the cruiseline automatically takes out the gratuities and adds it to your bill..The entertainment was ok..We laughed at the comedy shows and the pool party seemed to be a big success with the younger crowd..My husband and I are in our forties..not "old" but not "25" either..Had read reviews of the POOL PARTY buffets and was really looking forward to it..too bad we were disappointed..They had corn dogs and chicken wings..cold cuts and desserts..The most disappointing was a "ROAST PIG"..It looked really appetizing..When I got it on my plate..it was like a meatloaf..IDK..very strange..needless to say I did not eat it..The ports were ok..We had been to Nassau a few years ago and knew what to expect..had a lovely day at Atlantis..Be aware though..The Atlantis has heightened their security and when you used to be able to just walk around the resort..now there is an employee at every entrance to the resort pool areas, etc. and if you are NOT wearing a wristband showing you had paid for a day pass..they will NOT let you through..We DID make it to the beach and walked through the resort however I can NOT reveal how we did so without paying for the day..The water was absolutely gorgeous..even better than the first time we had been..I love the Atlantis..It really is worth seeing..Was not really impressed with our first trip to Key West..The last port of call..nice to say that we went..but for the most part..it is just a bunch of gift shops and pubs..no beach access unless you take a cab or pay big $ and take a boat..so not worth the $..I do however recommend walking down to the "Southernmost Tip" of the US..everyone said to take a trolly or taxi but we walked it in about 30 minutes..bring water to keep hydrated..we figured we would never be there again..good photo opportunity at the buoy..We were lucky enough to have calm waters to take the tender at COCO CAY..Beautiful..but we did have rain..BBQ disappointing as well..Ok~So you are probably wondering if the trip seemed good..why are we not planning another? I will tell you..overall it was a great experience..not unhappy..but disappointed..We had a Junior Suite with a balcony..very comfortable..great view..BUT~There are ROACHES on this ship..YES~ROACHES..They don't seem to be in the state rooms or in the dining areas..but they were on my balcony and we saw some on the top deck too..Housekeeping came and sprayed and it helped..but after that I was conscious about it and always looking around..I was also worried about bringing the bugs back home with me..After talking to management..they reimbursed some of the $ for my inconvenience..but it was a real turn off and I believe ALL ships probably have this problem..maybe even rats in the lower decks..we saw some running on the ground at the port in Nassau..The cruise crews probably are able to "control" the situation..not fix and remove the critters..When you think about it..all big city restaurants most likely have this problem and no one knows..I wondered why no one had complained..but there were a variety of passengers and either they were too drunk to notice or they live with bugs and don't care..Well..I am going to end this..if there is a way to e-mail me any questions..feel free..If you haven't booked this cruise yet..I may recommend you reconsider..Go to an All-inclusive on an island somewhere..food is better and the alcohol is included..Our bill was almost $1000.00 USD after the cruise for drinks and things we purchased..pictures..massages..Anyway..GOOD LUCK..Hope this helps..I know I tried to find out as much as I could before sailing and was reading reviews daily..Take it easy.. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
My family and I went on a three day cruise on the Carnival Imagination and it was a huge disappointment from the very beginning. Miami is a horrible port to sail from. It was hard to find the correct highway that led to the port, there was ... Read More
My family and I went on a three day cruise on the Carnival Imagination and it was a huge disappointment from the very beginning. Miami is a horrible port to sail from. It was hard to find the correct highway that led to the port, there was construction making it difficult to even know if we were in the correct lane to get the ship we were sailing on. There were at least three different places once inside the building that our identification was checked. I would expect, after the first initial check when our passports were checked and we were given our ship cards, that that would be enough. When we got on the boat, it was very crowded and we soon discovered that most of the people on board, including the other guests, didn't speak English as their primary language. I have nothing against individuals from another country, but I would expect the staff to be at least able to hold a conversation with me when I ask about directions to a particular part of the ship. We didn't make it to our assigned diner area until the last night, when I finally over heard a guest speaking fluent English to ask them how it worked. The food in the dining room was disappointing as well. It was okay, but nothing I would consider great. The buffet food wasn't very good either. The hours that were posted for the restaurants weren't when they were actually open, so we'd go down to eat, and there was no food. The "Camp Carnival" that the kids were excited for was really lame to be quite frank. The counselors were from Asian and Russian countries and my nine year old daughter said she didn't want to go back after one two hour session because she was uncomfortable. She didn't know what they were saying. Not only that, but it was pretty much like a daycare. If you didn't pay extra for the 'projects' the kids did during the day or the 'parties' they had, it was just plopping the kids down in front of a video game and locking them in a room. Why would I take them on a cruise ship and have them playing video games? The 'water park' on the ship was one big slide, two smaller slides and a toddler slide. That's it. The pool was small, salt water, and full of drunk people that yelled at my kids for splashing their drinks. So there really wasn't anything for my kids to do other than wait in line for the one slide all day. The entertainment was a comedian that they didn't understand. The only thing that was nice was the cabin. The beds were comfortable and even though it was small, it didn't really feel cramped. Our steward was friendly and did a good job, but I can't remember his name. All I wanted to do after the second day was get home and then getting off the boat was confusing. No one told me what to expect, how we could get off the boat the fastest or in what order we'd be released and then when our deck was called, I was told that I had a message at the Customer Service desk. I thought maybe my card linked with my account was locked, but after waiting 30 minutes in line, there was no problem with my account and they didn't know why I was called over. We were literally, one of the last people off the boat. I was not happy with the over all experience. I felt like it was a 'stereotype' of having a good time. Sit around and pay for overpriced drinks all day listening to Jamaican music, then go to a club or gamble all night while I pay extra for the staff to watch my kids after hours. It wasn't the family experience that I was led to believe by Carnival's advertising. I was uncomfortable the whole time worrying about the other people around my children. My daughter, being 9, had the option of signing herself out of the Camp Carnival at any time she wanted. Why in the world would I want my 9-year-old daughter wandering around the ship with over 3000 people that don't speak English? I will never cruise after this experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We booked our cruise for Aug 22 from Miami to the Bahamas. My wife and I first time cruisers, age mid 30's. Embarkation - Disembarkation: Boarding in Miami was Ok. It took us about 25 mins from dropping off our luggage, passing ... Read More
We booked our cruise for Aug 22 from Miami to the Bahamas. My wife and I first time cruisers, age mid 30's. Embarkation - Disembarkation: Boarding in Miami was Ok. It took us about 25 mins from dropping off our luggage, passing through check-in and on the boat. Rooms weren't ready so you we grabbed lunch in the meantime. Getting off and on at the port of calls was pretty easy and quick. Final day disembarking at Miami took more time. A long line formed to get out. About 30 mins.. then at the terminal it was really quick to pass through customs. Ship, Rooms: The ship was nice, not run down or anything. Not super new but very good for that age of ship. The rooms where very good. Choose a balcony, yes it is more costly but nothing like looking out with some music and a cold one! Food and Drink: Ahh everybody is worried about the food :) I thought it was pretty good. Didn't try the pizza everybody's saying to be bad. A lot of choices to pick from. Buffet or Restaurants. My wife is vegetarian, no complaints. The burgers were good. Also breakfast buffet was great. About the specialty restaurants, they were very good. Cagney's Steakhouse was awesome. Really one of the best meals (rib-eye was great). We ate so much that night we were ready to explode :) Drinks: water, tea are included. Milk, coffee and juice also only at breakfast. Everything else has a cost. Alcohol is expensive. But what the heck I was on vacation, I had my "alcohol budget" set so no worries. Entertainment: A lot of events. You won't get bored. If you are the participating type there are plenty of events. If not, no problem plenty of shows and events just to be an expectator. Comedy show was very funny. The "broadway" shows where good (takinng in consideration that you are on a ship and not broadway). I recommend you to sit at the front, you will enjoy them more. Ports: Nassau was excellent. We went to Atlantis. We didn't buy the excursion with NCL. We got off the boat, grabbed a ferry, and bought the day pass to the Waterpark. It is costly but worth it. If you are 4 or more you should check of it's better to get a room and the passes are included. We couldn't make it to the other Ports in Bahamas. The captain made a change in schedule since hurricane Irene was just about to hit the Bahamas. So we had to sail West. Spent one day at sea and the other at Key West. Staff: I must say I never experienced bad service or rude staff members. They were very nice and accommodating. Not over the top or pushy for tips. I did tip here and there. You are charged $12 pp/pday for service fee. So it is up to you to tip more. I really liked the timely info about everything. The ship, events, excursions, hurricane news... everything explained very clearly. So you won't get lost or confused. That's it I do recommend it and will probably choose NCL in the future. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
B A C K G R O U N D I am a relatively experienced cruiser which has sailed everything from Seabourn to Transocean Tours, booked suites to inside cabins, and cruised to 6 continents. It is important to note that I shall rate the ... Read More
B A C K G R O U N D I am a relatively experienced cruiser which has sailed everything from Seabourn to Transocean Tours, booked suites to inside cabins, and cruised to 6 continents. It is important to note that I shall rate the Norwegian Sky not against, say, the Seabourn Odyssey, but rather as opposed to what the cruise line claims the ship is- NCL markets a mass market, fun for all, 'freestyle' experience that is very reasonably priced, and so the rating this ship achieves will take into account weather the prior promises were fulfilled. This way, the review can be fair- you get what you pay for, and in this case NCL provided a wonderful experience. This was my second time sailing with NCL, the first being a 12 night July 2008 voyage in the Baltic aboard the Norwegian Jewel. I never planned on being on this cruise- our 2011 annual family holiday was due to be a weeks cruise on Holland America Line's MS Veendam, followed by a two week tour of the United States. Somehow though, on the last day of the Veendam cruise, I decided that instead of exploring Florida, as a cruise addict what I'd rather be doing is be on another cruise, and so, I checked NCL's website, getting a good deal of $320 per person for a 3 night Bahama cruise. I snapped it up, and a week after disembarking in New York, we were in the Port of Miami. P R E- C R U I S E I looked for cheap accommodation near the Port of Miami for a nights lodging after the arrival of our midnight flight, as we were to be boarding the Sky the next day. I finally settled on the Courtyard by Marriott Miami Downtown, which was a fine hotel for a sole nights stay. It's location is not stellar if you want to stay in Miami, but for a cruise, its less than 5 minutes drive from the port and operates a shuttle to/from all the cruise terminals. As a Marriott Elite member, I got upgraded to a suite which was a nice touch, the stay wasn't anything to write home about but adequate, all for a very reasonable price. E M B A R K A T I O N What can I say? The smoothest of any large ship cruise I have ever been through. We arrived at the Port of Miami around noon, and I anticipated a huge queue similar to the one I experienced in Port Everglades a few years prior. Surprisingly, none was there, and we entered NCL's terminal, we went through a very friendly, quick security check- (through habit, I immediately removed my shoes, belt, etc. only to be told ''were notan airport, this is a cruise, your supposed to have fun ! '' by a smiling security guard). We checked in after signing the medical form, and were on board in about 20 minutes. Once on the ship we were greeted by dancing Entertainment department members, desks to sign up for drinking packages, etc. T H E S H I P The Norwegian Sky is a beautiful resort ship. She wasn't originally built as a ''freestyle'' vessel, but her conversion to one seemed to have worked just fine. The three story aft foyer prior to entering the dining room is sublime, and overall the ship didn't feel crowded, had everything you'd need and more for such a short cruise. It really felt homely, and quickly shot up my list as one of the nicest cruise ships I have sailed on. She is a large, huge ship, but doesn't make you feel it. The lounges, although numerous are still few enough for you to spend good time in all, and finding out which one is your favorite. Some spaces, like The Outrigger lounge, were nearly empty throughout yet had a regal feel to them that you'd struggle to find on newer ships, that of an old ocean liner, with the ceiling considerably higher than is the norm on cruise ships, giving a feeling of great expanse. The Plantation Club was another bar/lounge that was rarely used, up on Deck 12. Some decoration from her days as the Pride of Aloha remains, but much of it has been removed, meaning that the Hawaiian themed areas of the ship are no longer that obtrusive or out-of-place, they just add to the overall ambiance found on board. The theater, unlike the bulk of modern cruise ship, is located aft, and reminds me of a Las Vegas show lounge without the glitz, just more elegant. Again, more than enough for the ship, and finding a seat in a show was never that much of a struggle. The swimming pools were more than adequate, large enough, and the adult pool insures you can swim in peace should the filled-to-the-brim main pool seem to noisy. The atrium was a lovely place to congregate in, again, not the largest by any means, but all the same, it worked well within the Sky. I really just found the Norwegian Sky to be a great balance, and one of the few cruise ships I have sailed with real ''character''- something you can't put your finger on, but nonetheless, you can feel it there. The Norwegian Jewel for example, to me, was the exact opposite of this. Even the children play area forward of the ship had some nice views of the bow. The staff aboard the ship were wonderful, all willing to help and doing so professionally. When I had a dispute with the Shore Excursions team, they assisted me very well. My only quibble with the staff is that some of them, namely Guest Services would just do their jobs, even if helping a passenger was something as easy as turning around and opening a drawer. I know that this is not their job, but on the vast majority of other cruises I have been on, it didn't seem to be a problem- when I went up to the front desk and asked for a NCL brochure, she told me it wasn't her job. I could see the brochure on her desk, asked her if she could give it to me or find me a copy, again she said- ''the future cruise desk is closed''. To me it seemed very simple for her to go a bit further and hand it over to me, for I wasn't asking any big favor, simply something which would help me choose my next NCL cruise. However, this is a small quibble, an exception from a largely wonderful crew. E N T E R T A I N T M E N T The entertainment on the Norwegian Sky was really good. The shows were enjoyable, if not a tad to loud (again that is something subjective)- you need to note that these are loud, Broadway-style rock shows, not sublime classical music or top notch jazz- these can be found on other ships, but the NCL Sky does not advertise such an atmosphere, nor does it provide it. The Calypso band were always a delight to listen to, as was the violinist in Captain Cook's Bar. Other happenings on board, such as the newly wed show, who wants to be a millionaire, etc. were abundant, and fun to watch. Nothing very special, but all you'd expect from such a cruise and more- the most important thing was that they were, indeed, very funny as well as entertaining. The Cruise Director, a South African lady, was very welcoming, approachable, and did her job very well. She would always greet all the passengers entering the show lounge, usually accompanied by the Hotel Manager. A very nice touch seldom found on large ships. The Whit Hot Part was had to be moved downstairs due to whether, but the fantastic crew did a wonderful job of sorting the place out for NCL's signature party. P O R T S O F C A L L GREAT STIRRUP CAY, The Bahamas- My God, what an eventful day this was ! We headed to the Cay quite early in the morning, sitting on the top deck during light rain for the hell of it, on the SS Norway tender boat. I loved the fact that a little bit of the great SS Norway remained, as this was the famous ''ship'' she carried on her bow. Upon arrival to Great Stirrup Cay the construction work they were doing was very evident around the island, but not obtrusive within the designated beech areas. A quick exploration of the construction sight makes me think that upon completion, the island would definitely be one of the best private islands of any cruise line. While my family rested on the beech, and the rain starting to come down harder, I rented some snorkeling gear. Snorkeled from one beach to the other, but it was nothing to write home about, although still, very enjoyable. Beware of man-made huge boulders around the sea area there though. As I snorkeled, I noticed the Majesty of the Seas was all but gone from view, and the Sky was begging to disappear in fog. The rain then came down really hard. Deciding it would be best to come back on the beech, I swam to a somewhat empty beech. Suddenly, I heard whistles and red flags being waved. It was time to evacuate. Running across, from one side of the island to another, I managed to locate my family, who were obviously very worried about me, before returning the snorkeling gear and running back to the tender station, were a huge crowd had congregated. It was about here that the heavens truly opened up, for what was one of the heaviest rainfalls I have ever seen in my lifetime began. Eventually we learned on board it was the remnants of a tropical storm. The grey sky, rain and palm trees blowing in the wind made this a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, not a three day cruise. We were then told that the harbor has been closed, as ships could not navigate the narrow exit. We waited for 30 minutes, prior to finally being let on the SS Norway I tender boat again. After 20 minutes waiting, the tender moved. After getting to the Sky, the weather was such that it was truly nerve racking as our tender slammed into the ship numerous times. Of course, never were we in real danger, but with people stumbling all over the place, it did get your heart rate going. Once back on the Sky, the upper decks had been closed and I rushed to our cabin for a shower. NASSAU, The Bahamas- Many people usually complain about Nassau, yet on this, my first visit, I could not see why. For sure, it isn't the most exciting of cities, but still has plenty of opportunities to spend a relaxing day. The activity I had planned however, was anything but relaxing. I was due to dive with sharks in the open, and I had been quite nervous since the night before. Assured it was safe, come the morning I got my dive log, changed into suitable clothes and off I went. Upon arriving at the pier, I was told I needed an Advanced Open Water license as well as 25 dives, not the 12 that I had. I understood this, but previously, had inquired about the dive with the Shore Ex team, which assured me that it was doable from age 12, so I need not worry. The NCL website said the same thing- so when it was evident that the information was mistaken, it came as a shock. I spoke to the Shore Ex team, who all admitted to the mistake and highlighted the error in the NCL literature. It wasn't their fault, but I nonetheless asked for the Shore Ex manager, who apologized for the mess and said they would follow up with the tour provider, for it is quite embarrassing to have wrong information on both the brochures as well as NCL's website. He offered my entire family 25% off any other shore excursions I might want to take, as well as a full refund. He stated that any greater compensation would have to be approved by the NCL head office. Deciding not to cry over spilled milk, we chose a segway tour of Nassau, which to this day is the most enjoyable shore excursion I have taken together as a family. We really did have a wonderful time. After completing the tour we went jewelry shopping, and to anyone who wants to buy diamonds, etc. please note that in times such as these, the prices are very much negotiable, which could save you thousands of dollars. Overall, had a great time in both ports, and the happenings just added to the eventfulness. F O O D- Food on the ship was satisfactory. Lines would usually form for lunch and breakfast on the Lido, but nothing too bad. The food was more than edible, and enjoyable, though gourmet it was not (neither was it expected to be). In the dining rooms, food was again, tasty and enjoyable, but nothing to blow your mind away. Expect the quality you'd expect from very good land based restruants. You get what you pay for, and with the prices NCL charges, it was good value for money through and through. The food was plentiful, the midnight buffet at The Great Outdoors one of the best I have experienced. C A B I N- For this cruise I decided to book the cheapest cabin available, as it was a three night voyage and the cabin was going to be a place to do one thing- sleep. NCl allocated me an IB class cabin on Deck 6A (in between Deck 6/7 in the bow). The deck does not have elevator access- to some that may be a problem, but it wasn't an issue for us. The cabin was adequate, although with a third bed extended it did mean jumping over the bed to get to the other two beds. Quite cramped for three passengers, would not reccomend for any cruise over a week in length, but for three nights, it wasn't an issue. The toilet was quite large for a cabin of this size, and the shower, though tiny, was not minuscule. My father, who isn't the smallest of people, managed to shower there comfortably. Our room stewardess was a delight, always willing to help. S P A- This is probably where I was surprised the most on the entire trip, for the spa was not only quite low priced, but offered a very good product. Far superior to the experience I had on a two week cruise on the Legend of the Seas or Caribbean Princess in years prior. The massage experience was professional and revitalizing, the spa space large, the changing rooms comfortable. The spa attendant I had assigned to me was also a delight to chat to, and I overall had a great experience. Even if you're not spa-goers, it is a great experience that ensures you do not need a holiday-from-the-holiday if you have a massage on the last night. C O N C L U S I O N The cruise on the Norwegian Sky was outright one of my favorites. For the price paid I could have not expected any better, with a wonderful ship, enjoyable ports of call, good food and an even greater crew. I do find the policy NCL has to charge everything extra, now even fresh juice (for $2.50) to be quite annoying, but one must realize that they do give you alternatives (non-fresh juice, for example). As long as NCL keeps their prices where they currently are, with some of the lowest in the industry, then I cannot see if they are going wrong. If anything, it gives you more budget control- if you don't need fresh juice, why pay for it in advance? NCL continues to have some of the lowest prices in the cruise industry, and for that you cannot get a better product. The next time I plan on sailing on a mass market line, I'll be back with the Norwegian Cruise Line. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011
We just returned from our cruise. It was our second cruise on Majesty of the Sea and the same ports of call that we had on our first cruise in 2004. Traveling with my wife, my son and his 2 kids ages 10 and 7. The ship was clean and the ... Read More
We just returned from our cruise. It was our second cruise on Majesty of the Sea and the same ports of call that we had on our first cruise in 2004. Traveling with my wife, my son and his 2 kids ages 10 and 7. The ship was clean and the crew couldn't do enough for you to ensure a great time. Being older, I was in pain chasing the grandkids up and down the steps. They didn't want to wait on the elevator. On a 1 to 5 rating; Crew and attentiveness: 5 stars Dinning: 4 stars. I felt that dinning had slide since my 2004 cruise. Shore Excursions. 3 to 4 stars. Not a beach bum. I will give them a 4 on this Nassau and Key West were great with a good variety of excursions for the young and old. Coco Kay would be good for the beach bums, young and young at heart. Adventure Ocean: A program for kids. My 2 grandkids, ages 7 & 10, couldn't wait for the program to open each day. Don't know what they did with the kids, but they enjoyed it. At one of the shows, they had a segment starring the 4-5 year old group. It was like a school play and you couldn't help being amused by these little tykes. Since they have started charging for soft drinks, buy the refillable cup only offered on the first day, You will be ahead of the game. Overall I would rate the cruise 4 stars. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011

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