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Our cruise started out rainy and windy and that ended up being the theme for most of the cruise. The wind made the seas pretty rough, so it was pretty miserable on board 3 out of the 5 days. Couldn't enjoy the open decks because of ... Read More
Our cruise started out rainy and windy and that ended up being the theme for most of the cruise. The wind made the seas pretty rough, so it was pretty miserable on board 3 out of the 5 days. Couldn't enjoy the open decks because of the wind and cool temps. But don't get me wrong,that didn't stop us from having a great cruise! Our room steward, Denis, took excellent care of our cabin. The buffet lines were tolerable, and the food was very good, something was always available for any palate. We had a table of 8 in the Universe dining room. Our waiter, Carlos, didn't have much of a personality, like we've had on other ships, but he got the job done. We could see that the waiters at other tables were interacting with their people a lot more, they seemed to be having more fun than we were!! The food was good, but not outstanding. Many choices, so everyone could find somethng they liked. Desserts were a little disappointing. Chocolate melting cake was on the menu every night, along with about 3 other choices. I guess none of the desserts really stood out for me. Overall, I thought the Destiny was still a beautiful ship. It was always clean, and I never noticed any bad smells. The pools were small and looked like they needed an overhaul. Hopefully, they will work on them when she finally gets her 2.0 upgrade. Our granddaughters are 7 and 9. They went to Camp Carnival the first evening for about an hour. And then a couple of hours on the first sea day. When we picked them up for lunch, they weren't interested in going back, then never did ask to go back the rest of the cruise. I don't think there was a lot of kids on the cruise, but I did see several groups doing a scavenger hunt a couple of time later in the cruise. They both totally enjoyed the shows in the theatre. They couldn't believe how fast they could change costumes and be back on the stage! Each evening, that is what they wanted to do. There was two comedians that were fair, IMO. We don't gamble, so don't have any comments on the casino. I thought Noonan, the CD, was pretty good, as was all the entertainment staff. All in all, it was a great week, I give it 5 stars! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
My wife and I had not been on an NCL ship for over 10 years. We sailed almost exclusively on RCCL until about 2 years ago. We found that RCCL had begun to nickel and dime us for every little thing and they were the most expensive choice ... Read More
My wife and I had not been on an NCL ship for over 10 years. We sailed almost exclusively on RCCL until about 2 years ago. We found that RCCL had begun to nickel and dime us for every little thing and they were the most expensive choice of cruise line; so we opted to try NCL again with our 3 kids in tow. Let me start by saying that NCL's "Freestyle Cruising" is awesome! Eat whenever you want, where you want and there is never a shortage of food at anytime of the day. I found the buffet's to be a bit boring as the food remained the same for the entire cruise; but it was good fresh food (which is more than I can say for RCCL Enchantment/Seas who served hospital grade food each day in ALL the restaurants) and plenty of it. I like the size of this ship after going on the 140k ton ships, 77k ton is a nice size. Easy to get around, never feeling crowded and getting to know some of the staff by name is always a nice thing. There is only one negative thing I can say about this ship and it is a major flaw if you have trouble sleeping to begin with. The mattresses are hard as a rock! I tossed and turned all night long each night because it was so uncomfortable. I even had the room steward bring me an egg crate mattress cover because I had seen that on a previous posting; however, egg crate and all; still no improvement. If they got that taken care of they would have a perfect "10" out of "10" from me. I have been on over 40 cruises so I know a thing or two about ships and what they can offer. I had no real expectations before going on this trip. I expected a crowded ship, so-so food, and small cabins. Instead I had a full ship that never felt crowded, good food and a comfortable cabin (less the rock hard mattress). The staff could not say "no" to anything. I loved the dining options and food, food, everywhere! You will love this ship. If you have the opportunity to get off at NCL's Great Stirrup Cay; you will have a beautiful day filled with relaxation and fun. The island is emaculate and very nicely renovated. Better than stopping in Nassau. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
OK first let me say we where very worried after reading so many negative reviews. This was our first cruise that had freestyle dining and the tips "forced" upon you. Most reviews we read stated that the employees where lazy and ... Read More
OK first let me say we where very worried after reading so many negative reviews. This was our first cruise that had freestyle dining and the tips "forced" upon you. Most reviews we read stated that the employees where lazy and don't expect anything extra. I must say as a experienced cruiser we where pleasantly surprised. The Sky isn't the best ship we have been on but it was a blast. The Positive things: The food was nothing like we expected according to prior cruisers and their reviews. We ate everywhere except the pay places like Cagneys and the Italian place. Everything was always fresh and hot. There was a large variety from vegetarian,Indian,Asian and others. We ate at the buffets inside and pool side. Excellent burger and that type fare. Our room was small but was kept clean and neat (9345) They have 24 hour room service that is included unless you order pizza (5$ for large) Drinks are like most high price and easy on the liquor. (We carried on our own vodka and rum) Btw way in to types of ways to test their checking. They caught neither. They constantly are cleaning and picking up you plates and replacing silver/napkins. Their organization for exiting the ship was some of the best we have seen.Their private island Stirrup Cay blows away other private islands we have visited by a long shot. All newly built buildings, bathrooms, kitchen/buffet etc. Food on island was ribs,chicken,burgers, hotdogs and all the other fruit and side dishes. I could go on and on but I'm sure you get the point. We was pleased with our experience and will be back. Negatives: The ship is layed out really weird and cut up. Not sure why this is. But we are not that difficult. To wrap this up let me add unless you are a pain in the ass type traveler or one of those people that can never be pleased or maybe your a billionaire and used to 200$ a plate meals every day I would ignore the majority of the previous negative reviews. After using this site for the last several years to review ships prior to travel Ive found most negative comments to be 90% B.S. Check them out and have a great time. We will be going again soon. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Review of the December, 12, 2011 sailing on The Majesty of the Seas from Miami. The Majesty of the Seas is my favorite. A small ship, I think, feels more like classic cruising. Better service results from a better crew to passenger ... Read More
Review of the December, 12, 2011 sailing on The Majesty of the Seas from Miami. The Majesty of the Seas is my favorite. A small ship, I think, feels more like classic cruising. Better service results from a better crew to passenger ratio. Less time in lines to get on or off, and far fewer lines on board. This was my forth cruise on Majesty. The last one was a year and a week before, so I got to see a year of differences. The ship is looking a bit more worn. While I understand that the Majesty is scheduled for dry dock, most of things I saw were just a simple lack of general maintenance. More things were broken and left that way. For example: Water jets in the hot tubs. Only the bubbles worked. Major dents from a tender. More rust showing in many places. Many lights around the ship were out, including the pool deck. Most of the windows were dirty. My cabin window was foggy from salt build up on the outside. Leaking fire hose connections Broken elevator buttons Don't get me wrong, I do think that she's in good shape for her age. I think most of the issues in dry dock will be to update the styles. Not my area of expertise, but the 1990's chrome look is dated I guess. Just a thought for future designs, a choice of classic design will need less updating over the ship's life. With no new ships on the way, I have to think RCL will keep her going for at least a few more years. When she must be retired, I hope you will bring another smaller ship to Miami. The biggest omission is closing both of the hot tubs at 11 PM. When the ship is refurbished, I understand that they can not put in any new ones. That's a real shame. But please make the two huge to compensate. And there is NO technical reason that they need to be closed at the same time. Each should be totally independent. As crowded as the Majesty hot tubs are you have to realize you need more space and more hours. The pools are ice cold. When people from Chicago say they're too cold, you KNOW they're too cold. And the highs were in the 80s so we can't blame the weather. There are huge amounts of free heat available from the engine room. USE IT to heat at least one of the pools. And throwing the ice sculptures in the pool just adds insult to injury (and also looks lazy). I hope for the day that all smoking is banned from all ships. But in the meantime, cigars on the pool deck this time were bad. I was smelling some 100 feet away while at dock. I don't know where you can put them, but the pool deck isn't working. I brag that the service is better on the smaller ships. This cruise was no exception. Dining room, cabin, all excellent service. My cabin was spotless twice a day. One problem with a clogged shower drain was fixed quickly. Entertainment was down a notch this time. The dancers a year ago, especially Pete and Nicolas, had a lot more spirit. They were dancing around when talking to passengers even when they weren't officially 'on'. This year it was like they were waiting for a signal to entertain, then they danced. Then they left the party. They were friendly, but not the usual outgoing ice breaking party starters I've seen before. Last year it really felt like they enjoyed making us enjoy the cruise. This year it was just part of the job. I got the impression this was the second string. Again, not bad, but not as good as before. No one grabbed my attention this year enough to point them out. About the music. I totally understand that the pool area is made for the Caribbean music. But after a couple days, I've had more than enough Bob Marley. Please let some of the other bands play at the pool. The rock and latin bands were quite good but I only got to hear them in passing. Let them have a few hours at the pool. Bar service at the pool in the evening was lacking. I would have been happy to have another beer, but no one came around for hours. If the bar is open, why not have someone walking around to take bar orders? Thanks for the second ice cream machine. You have a hit here. Make it your own. Try getting blue cones with a logo. In the quantity you use, it should be practical. About the refurb coming up. There's what seems to be a lot of wasted space on 12 above the Windjammer. I get the impression that the priority on the last refurb was to add space to the Windjammer but the space above was just defaulted to be more tanning area. Think about doing an adults only section here with a bar and hot tub. Add some shade. This space would give an alternative to the noise of the pool area. On food, Windjammer was good, as usual. One suggestion, leave some yogurt out at all meals, along with the fruit. Many of us eat a little in the evening as a healthy alternative to desert. For the dinners in the dining room, all was good, except the NY Strip Steak. It was dry and tasted like it had been under heat lights for hours. I understand that when serving that many people at once there's no way to serve fresh off the grill, but this time it was worse than I remember it last year. And last year it was pretty bad too. You might want to omit NY Strip from the menu. The sliced steak was good, just too fatty. But I asked for more and I got it quickly, so no complaints there. The best meal was the lamb shank. A classic done very well. Our early arrival at Key West and the resulting REPEATED announcements to come to Immigration check ruined my day. I was up late the night before and this was just too early. When I got back and tried to get back to sleep, the announcements just continued. When you have to do something like this, use technology. When someone hasn't come, use an automated phone system to call the cabins. Once everyone in the cabin has checked in, stop calling that cabin. Let the rest of us sleep. Of course, where people are already awake, like the public areas, you can continue to announce. I'm sure you have heard it before. The two ports of call are backwards. Key West is a nighttime town. That's where we should have stayed until midnight. Nassau at midnight just seems like killing time in a cheap parking space. The dock we are at in Key West does not block Malory Square's view of sunset, so I don't think that's the excuse. Please consider making Key West the first night of the 4 night. Then Immigration and Customs are back to being the same time, in Miami, when we all have to be awake anyway. Again, overall, a good cruise. I will be back aboard the Majesty. But I think I will need to wait until the dry dock before scheduling my next one. I hope it will also return some of the spirit that was missing on this cruise. Thanks Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
I like to start out with the Pro's of this cruise: Expensive ticket price but caught a good sale so I liked the price I paid. They also gave us VIP check in because my husband is Active Duty Military. Overall great food but the dining ... Read More
I like to start out with the Pro's of this cruise: Expensive ticket price but caught a good sale so I liked the price I paid. They also gave us VIP check in because my husband is Active Duty Military. Overall great food but the dining room had better dining than buffet style. The entire dining staff, stateroom attendants and bartenders were amazing! Fairly smooth sailing. They also had a great holiday show. Cons: FIRST when I called to inquire if the online ship map was to scale the person from NCL lied. Deck 10 room 0106 is in fact the smallest style room (2.5' x10' less). So for the same price I was guided in to picking the smaller of the two room choices. I verified with my neighbors during the cruise of the sizes vs my initial options. SECOND the entire cruise experience seemed confused and not so organized. I called guest services 6 times during the 3 day cruise, of that 4 times during the day it FLAT OUT was never answered (ohh and I waited while it rang)! I had to go down to the guest services desk which was NOT at all busy. The entire upper level staff was curt and would constantly cut you off to answer the question they think you were asking. Several times I received contradictory information when asking questions because the initial answers did not pan out. THIRD our stateroom smelt like mildew BIG time. It was mainly the bathroom but the smell hit us when we walked in. When we got home MOST of our clothes WREAKED! Every single thing in my luggage (unpacked on the ship or not) wreaked when we got off the ship. Because the closet was right across from the bathroom we all smelt pretty bad on the drive home. Ironically my swim top smelt like chlorine inside the zip lock bag...lol I didn't notice my clothes smelled in the room but when we left the ship on the third day WOW my shirt was eeewww mildew smelly! FOURTH, I realized quickly that some things were discouraged on NCL Sky that is advertised as available. For example I did not receive a menu for room service (not the only one), nor did I receive one after telling guest services that I did not have one and wanted to see the menu. They said I have to call, they will tell me, when I did they said call back (NEVER ordered room service). Our parents had a menu in their room. Another example is carrying your own luggage off the ship. We did not fly so we could easily carry our three bags off, but were constantly told we HAD to check luggage off ship yet in the newsletter it stated it was optional but vaguely worded. Finally second attempt trying to reach guest services at 7pm they said it was optional and that we may actually carry our bags off. It sure didn't seem that way with the constant barrage of people reminding us we HAD to. FIFTH, we booked a shore excursion to tour forts and a museum. It was severely rushed to say the least but liked the tour. We also booked the hippo water slide (FUN!) but they shut it down nearly 2 hours early! So total waste of money. SIXTH con, we found a big roach in our stateroom. Sadly we had never brought food in the room and this last night I had just brought back a fruit plate, needless to say no so hungry after hunting down a cockroach. Perhaps this is why they discourage room service. I have been on another cruise and ordered constant food, never seeing a roach, big time EEEEwwww NCL! NEVER AGAIN, If I were a first time cruiser I would honestly never cruise again period. Since I am not, it will cruise again... just not be with NCL. Overall not worth what they charge. Thank goodness for Royal Caribbean! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We went on a three day Christmas cruise filled with families and first time cruisers. This was our first cruise in nine years. We booked a porthole room which was adequate and the same size as the ocean view rooms. There is always a lot to ... Read More
We went on a three day Christmas cruise filled with families and first time cruisers. This was our first cruise in nine years. We booked a porthole room which was adequate and the same size as the ocean view rooms. There is always a lot to do and the "people watching' on the pool deck is always interesting.Shore excursion to Atlantis was OK.. too much money for what it was,, take a taxi and go yourself. The food was good, but my memory was that the food used to be a little more gourmet, but it was tasty and well presented. I felt the 6:00 seating was a little rushed for dinner. The late seating which we previously had was better paced between courses. One dining room had assigned seating which we had, and it appeared to have better organization. The other dining room was open seating and at times there were lines. Also the open seating dining room served breakfast and lunch. They appeared short staffed for the pampering I expected, with coffee cups not being refilled without asking. Some of the entrees for breakfast were like McDonald's food.. like the hash brown potatoes... but we learned what to order. At lunch we complained that our server had not approached us in over 15 minutes and the host took our order directly. buffet was good with long lines. The music was loud and we prefer quiet soft background lounge music, and we found a bar that met our needs. The shows were spectacular with the best dancing I have seen on a cruise.. Broadway caliber.The acoustics were too loud and need to be altered for the size of the room. The debarkation had some glitches in that we were not at the usual terminal.there was along wait to get our bags and we stood in line for a while, although we were traveling with VIP guests that were supposed to be the first to leave the ship. I assume they have ironed out the issues in operations. All in all, we had a great time, and I recommend the cruise, but don't expect perfection.. This is a nice, short cruise at moderate prices and good value, and you will like it with that attitude and approach. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
Just got back from my first cruise and I enjoyed the cruise but did not love it so much that I want to go right back on another one. First off, I can't say enough about how nice the staff on the Majesty of the Seas were to me. ... Read More
Just got back from my first cruise and I enjoyed the cruise but did not love it so much that I want to go right back on another one. First off, I can't say enough about how nice the staff on the Majesty of the Seas were to me. Everyone spoke and smiled every time you passed in the hall. My room steward did a fantastic job keeping my room clean and stocked with fresh towels and ice, morning and night. I was travelling by myself so the room was more than what I needed. I would not want to have more than 2 people in that room but I did see families of four in cabins. The Casino was small and really not much going on there at any time other than late at night. Just as well, that is where the cruise line makes all their money! The price I paid for my cruise, they have to make it somewhere!!! Internet on the cruise ship is 65 cents a minute so leave the computer at home and enjoy your vacation! Food was good, although I was expecting it to be more readily available. It seemed at times that lots of places were closed, but maybe that was just me, after all there were places on the ship that I did not even discover until the last night. (and its a small ship) I chose to eat at the Windjammer buffet each night and there was NEVER a problem finding a table to sit down. I should mention that I also ate at Johnny Rockets, and not much has to be said about that place...its Johnny Rockets - awesome Burger - Fry - Milkshake kinda place. Ports of Call - COCO CAY is an fully owned by RC Cruise Lines and as such they own all the excursions. The day we were there the water was a bit ruff and most of the water excursions were cancelled. COCO CAY is nothing more than a beach day, so dont expect a whole lot and you wont be disappointed. I enjoyed my day there very much laying in a hammock and walking the beach when the tide went out. The shuttle boats that take you from the ship to the island are very efficient and get you across quickly. I was a little skeptical when I first saw them coming across from the island rocking back and forth but it truly was a piece of cake for the weakest stomach! (mine) Everyone should check out the island and if its not for you, hop on the next shuttle boat and head back to the ship. I spent the whole day there lounging around and it felt GREAT! NASSAU - Well first off, dont be in a rush to be the first off! I was and there is nothing to do until about 10am on a Sunday!!! I do have to mention again I was travelling alone (40 year old male 6 foot 240 pounds get the picture?), and I was a little concerned for my safety by myself. Pick and chose your taxi driver because there are plenty to chose from, and dont pay what they are asking! Learn from my mistake! I ended up in a grungy taxi and thought about jumping out half way to my destination. The driver first wanted 20 dollars from the Port to Paradise Island, and we settled on 5 bucks. The "Famous" Straw Market is nothing but a bunch of garbage souvenirs made in china and rejected by Walmart. If you are travelling with kids that makes for an inexpensive place to get some souvenirs. They are pushy so beware, and never ever pay the asking price. Rule of thumb is less than half what they are asking and close to a third. PLEASE NOTE THAT ONCE THERE WERE PEOPLE OUT AND ABOUT I FELT A WHOLE LOT SAFER. I walk Downtown Nassau away from the Straw Market for about 2 hours killing time and finally ended up eating at SENOR FROGS. The stores are only open for a small window on Sundays, so if you want to go into nicer stores do it mid day before they close. After taking the taxi to Paradise Island I thought about walking back to avoid another taxi ride, but instead ended up taking a shuttle ride to BLUE LAGOON. Much like COCO CAY it is about a 25 minute boat ride to the LAGOON. I paid 54 dollars for this excursion which included lunch (burgers, wings, fries, drinks,) and others but I can't remember. The Island was not overly busy so the food was hot and prepared for you while you waited! DO NOT PAY to go snorkeling here...DONT DO IT! Its not expensive (under 20 bucks) but the water is crystal clear and never deeper than 3 feet and that is being generous! Kayaking, again DONT DO IT!!! You can kayak around the lagoon in ten minutes. If you want to kayak or snorkel I suggest you do those things on COCO CAY. I grabbed a floating mat and floated in the lagoon for about an hour and then lounged in a hammock the rest of my time there. I took the ten oclock boat over to the island and the one oclock back to the cruise ship, only because I wanted to see more of Nassau when it was safe to do so. I passed on the Dolphin swim and Sea Lion encounter because I did not want to spend the close to 200 dollars to partake. There is beach volleyball, water sports, lots of hammocks in and out of the sun, a bar (of course), washrooms and showers, and most importantly they have LOCKERS for your personal belongings ie cameras, wallets, id etc. 5 bucks well worth it! No lockers on COCO CAY fyi, but probably not needed as it is only your cruise ship that is there for the day. I would go back to BLUE LAGOON again and would probably give it a 7 out of 10. (without the dolphin or sea lion package) The shows on the ship. Well they are entertaining, but if you have to have Vegas caliber shows, sorry not going to live up to your standards. Having said that, once again I did not pay to see Vegas style shows...and I got what I paid for. Overall, I was happy with my cruise. This was a trial to see if I could be on a ship without being sick and I passed! YES you do feel the waves and YES the ship does rock back and forth (again keeping in mind this is one of the smallest cruise ships sailing today) I get sick very easily and I was perfectly fine! Would I go on a three night cruise again, absolutely if the price was right! I plan on trying a longer cruise on a much larger ship in the spring! Sorry for the rambling but I wanted to answer some of the questions I was not able to find answers to myself while reading reviews. I enjoyed this mini vacation and again cant say enough good things about the ships crew on the Majesty. Please do yourself a favor, if you expecting to spend under 300 dollars for a three night cruise but expect five star everything, dont come back on here and right a poor review. Instead get off your damn wallet and spend some more money and go on a new ship...then see if you complain! Happy Cruising! Enjoy your cruise on the Majesty of the Seas Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Boarding: Cruised on November 28 to December 2. Arrived at Port of Miami from FLL courtesy of SAS transfers which worked out great and good value at $15 pp. Embarkation was easy, got on around 1pm, checked our 2 bags at the gate and ... Read More
Boarding: Cruised on November 28 to December 2. Arrived at Port of Miami from FLL courtesy of SAS transfers which worked out great and good value at $15 pp. Embarkation was easy, got on around 1pm, checked our 2 bags at the gate and went up to deck 11 for some lunch. Room was ready at 2pm, found that only 1 of our bags was delivered. Received a notice later that day informing us that the other bag was being held downstairs as they found bottles of alcohol in it through their x-ray screening. To claim, I had to join other 'offenders' on level 5 to collect the bag and pay their $15 corkage fee for both bottles of wine that I had in the bag. So keep in mind that you run the risk of this when bringing alcohol in your checked bags. They must not screen every bag as our other bag was delivered no problems and it had 17 cans of beer in it! ;) Cabin: We had a cabin on deck 10, right below the main outdoor deck 11. We were initially worried hat we would hear all the noise of deck 11 from our room but it was very quiet. You could hear the band playing if you were on the balcony, but wasn't bad. Cabin compact but comfortable and came with a mini fridge, which was handy to chill my beers! We never were welcomed by a steward or showed the features of our cabin, pretty much it was like checking into a regular hotel. Our room was made up each morning after we left and turned down each evening. Our ice was filled twice a day and our dirty towels always replaced. Food: OK, this is probably the most important part of the cruise right? I have to say that we were pretty disappointed with the quality of the food but given the type of cruise and the price we paid, we weren't that surprised. The buffets on deck 11 weren't bad. There was always something that we could find that we liked, e.g. grilled/roasted chicken, rice (jambalaya, spanish rice, etc.), good bread and rolls, salads. They also had on occasion a wok station and a crepe station, also an ice cream machine, but no sushi. The disappointment came from the sit down restaurants. FYI, we never tried either of the 3 restaurants that required extra payment. No complaints about the service, presentation of the dishes as well as the staff, it was just that the food was mediocre. For example, fish would come out overcooked and dry, sauces would be lacking in flavor, pasta would be finished with what looked to be cheese wizz or singles, and potatoes would be undercooked. They did a better job for breakfast, eggs were cooked to order, bread was toasted and hot, smoked salmon was tasty and country-style potatoes were well cooked and seasoned. Also, fresh fruit onboard was very good, especially the pineapple. We didn't order room service as the menu looked pretty limited and not very exciting, essentially just a few choices of sandwiches, soup and fruit. Drinks: My biggest annoyance with cruises is the underwhelming selection of beers. I was actually surprised that there wee some decent choices on the Sky, besides the usual mega-swill options. Bass, Newcastle, Sam Adams and Stella were available on tap at most of the bars, and for $5.50 for a 16oz serve, not too bad value. Remember that a 15% gratuity is added t every drink order. The wine selection wasn't that exciting but Matua Sav Blanc from NZ was available which made my wife happy. Also, my wife was impressed with the quality of mojitos that she ordered. We steered clear of the syrupy concoctions served in the ubiquitous plastic 'souvenir' cups. Ports of Call: Freeport. Nothing to do at the port, so we shared a van-taxi ride with 3 other couples to Paradise Cove, which is a small beach resort serviced by a bar, grill and restrooms. Entrance was $3pp, and chair rental was also $3pp. They also rented out snorkeling gear and kayaks. Beers were $3.50 and tthy had some drink specials posted. Since there were only about 10 people there that day, it was nice and quiet and we enjoyed relaxing on the beach. Nassau. We bit he bullet and paid for the $119 trip to Atlantis and booked through the ship. This included transfers, but did not include meals or drinks. Even though it is expensive. Atlantis is pretty impressive. The expansive grounds, pools and abundant aquatic life provides a lot to look at and the waterpark is fun with lots of rides, including a long lazy river tube ride. The best part was that it was a quiet day and we never had to wait long for any of the rides or to find a chair by one of the pools/lagoons. The resort also has a good-sized casino and high-end shops. It was too windy and cool to enjoy the beach so we mainly enjoyed the rides and the pools. Private Island: We took an early tender out to the island so didn't have to wait to get onboard. The later you go, the more people will be inline to get on a tender. The island was well set out, lots of facilities, like bathrooms, bars, even shops. Plenty of recliner chairs and we had no problems finding one in the shade of a palm tree. The food served at the open-air cafeteria on the island was good as well. Plenty of cold and hot food choices. Unfortunately we couldn't stay long. By 11am, we had to evacuate the island as rough sees made the trip by tender too dangerous. If conditions worsened they may not have been able to get us off the island. The rough water made for a rocky trip back to the boat and some tense moments boarding as the tender was thrown up against the ship. I have to give the crew credit for ensuring that everyone made the trip safely. There was some construction going on the island, but none of it was in the way or near the beach or eating areas. Ship Entertainment: Not bad. There were plenty of shows to go to, comedy by Rich Purpura (sp?) was good, and the entertainment crew worked hard at helping people enjoy themselves. We missed the opening night show, but saw the musical-themed production on the second night which was pretty good, if you are into that sort of thing. The bands on the main deck were good and they had the usual audience-involved events, eg. Belly flop competition, dancing, etc. We partook in the opening night pubcrawl, 5 drinks at 5 different bars in 1hr. This was a fun way to meet people, but note that you are handed a drink at each bar, you don't get to choose what you want. The gym was decent, plenty of cardio equipment available and also weight machines and free weights. They also had a room for classes that were extra, e.g. spin and yoga. Value: All in all, not a bad trip for the price. We enjoyed our getaway even though we were unimpressed with the food. I was impressed by the staff, found them to be pleasant, always quick with a greeting and friendly. Most folks seemed to be enjoying themselves and we saw all kinds of demographics represented so this is a cruise for pretty much anyone. Unless there was another great deal, I probably wouldn't cruise Norwegian again, at least not this ship as I wasn't really wowed by anything. We had a better time on our last carnival cruise, found the food and entertainment to be better and the cabin a bit more spacious. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
This was supposed to be a family get away for my sister and her family. However, I think she needed a vacation when she got off the boat. I know I wanted to kiss the ground in Miami yesterday as well. To start off, we have used the ... Read More
This was supposed to be a family get away for my sister and her family. However, I think she needed a vacation when she got off the boat. I know I wanted to kiss the ground in Miami yesterday as well. To start off, we have used the Port of Miami before and it is definitely not my favorite to say the least. We waited in line to check-in by a machine. Then we had to wait in a line for a person to give us our sail and sign cards. Then we waited in another line to get a picture we didn't want anyways. Then we waited in a huge line on the deck of the boat to get our picture taken by ONE photographer to attach to our sail and sign card. Might I add my parents 65 & 73, had to stand as there is no provision for those who can't stand for long times. At this time we had waited an hour and half, so of course our rooms were ready. Then after checking the room out, we went to the Lido deck for a bite. Oh my goodness, there were lines everywhere. Needless to say, the lines for the buffets never changed. It didn't matter what time of day. The only bit of rest from the endless lines was the day we didn't get off the ship in Half Moon Cay. But my BIL told me there were huge lines on the island. The economy must be hitting carnival hard cause they cut back on entertainment. We always look forward to sea days but the decks were crowded with people tripping over others and lines and not much to do. We ran into the fun-force guy on the last night and we were very sad they didn't put their schedule in the caper because we never saw them perform. Maybe they are saving money on the material cause I am not getting the whole thong on the dancers thing. Or the rear view detracts from the fact they aren't keeping time with each other. As far as outdoor activities, the pools were cold but decent sized except for the depth. At least one pool should be deeper than 4-1/2'. The adult deck had kids in the pool, whirlpools, and chairs. I guess reading isn't something toddlers or parents do well. The one thing my parents like to do is sit in the jacuzzi. But it was too cold for anyone. It gradually got warmer and I heard one old-timer said carnival no longer heats them because of lawsuits from drunk people who pass out from the heat in the "hot tub". Cabin was decent and clean. The last day the toilet wouldn't flush. Apparently, the whole ship was affected. Gross! Dining staff was great, especially Dewa and Herman. They were better entertainers than the Destiny dancers. We saw the maitre'd more on this ship than any other. Kevin and the Destiny band were great. Jamal was a fantastic guitarist. Karaoke was the same people every night. Comedian were OK at best. Noonan was not the best but not the worst cruise director we have had. Nassau was the best this time cause we walked up to the tour desk in the welcome center, told him what we wanted and got a fantastic price. Best to negotiate. We got to customize what we wanted to visit. Overall, I would never do the Destiny again. I will also read the reviews very carefully on any ship this size. I felt like a herd of cattle instead of a guest. Be wary of the Destiny, unless you like lines. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
I organized a group cruise for a group of ladies from our town (some were friends of friends from out of state also). I did this through my NCL personal cruise consultant. I highly recommend this, as our group received many nice ... Read More
I organized a group cruise for a group of ladies from our town (some were friends of friends from out of state also). I did this through my NCL personal cruise consultant. I highly recommend this, as our group received many nice amenities, including a free bottle of wine in each room, chocolates and strawberries on arrival to our stateroom, a free group picture for each room, and the best of all, a group cocktail party at Captain Cooks - open bar for one hour! Many of our ladies were first time cruisers. This ship is a good size for first timers as it is not too big and easy to maneuver around. I would say the only disadvantage to this size is it may rock a bit more, as it did with some rough seas we encountered. Many of us actually had trouble sleeping the first night. It was almost like the ship was bouncing. The next night, the waters were also rough, but the ship was more sway-like. There was a noise coming from the minibar in my stateroom,( which was locked, since it was the last night) so I couldn't fix the banging, which continued from 3-6am! I think this ship needs better stabilizers! I had a balcony room, which I was grateful for as the rooms seemed very small to me. Embarkation was a breeze. We were some of the first to come aboard and started enjoying the wonderful buffet food and beverages from the bar right away. The sail away party was jamming-the music was great and energy was high from the staff and dancers on deck. I could tell this was going to be a pretty good party ship! I would not recommend this ship for families for this reason. Great for an adult getaway! We were disappointed the next day when the captain announced we would not be able to tender into Great Stirrup Cay due to high winds and swells. This really was a bummer for me as I was so looking forward to coming back to GSC as the last time I visited was on my honeymoon 15 years ago-I wanted to see how much it has changed.The next day we docked in Nassau. I had 2 rooms reserved at Comfort Inn Suites, so I was able to get 8 wristbands for access to Atlantis on Paradise Island. Myself and 7 of my lucky friends got to spend the day at Atlantis and many of my friends said this was there favorite part of the trip! We bought some souvenirs from the straw market. Back on the ship for dinner at a speciality restaurant-Italian. Excellent service and food. Ive eaten here before on the Epic and wanted to share the experience with my friends. The night before, we had reserved for all 27 in the main dining room and everyone had a chance to eat together. The other nights, people just ate where they wanted. I LOVE freestyle dining! The cocktail party was my favorite as you can beat free drinks for an hour! The entertainment on the pool deck was good, as was the offerings at night. I attended the disco scene a few times-always happening, the Quest game show, and "Ship N Dales". I did not use the casino or play bingo, but some of the ladies did--they lost of course! Some attended the variety show the first night and said the singers were terrible, dancers OK. Overall, the SKY was a great ship for a weekend cruise, especially with a group of friends! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
This was my first cruise with NCL. I had been on Carnival, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean prior to this cruise and I had always been curious about NCL so I decided to start with a 3 day cruise and if I liked it, I would try a 7 day cruise ... Read More
This was my first cruise with NCL. I had been on Carnival, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean prior to this cruise and I had always been curious about NCL so I decided to start with a 3 day cruise and if I liked it, I would try a 7 day cruise in the future. It was me, my best friend and her boyfriend. This was my friend's very first cruise. I had a standard balcony room to myself and they had a suite somewhere else on the ship. We all live in Miami so getting to the port was no problem for us at all. We knew exactly were to go, they had signs that pointed us to the correct terminal. Parking though is a bit expensive at the port, $20 a day. For a 3 day cruise we ended up paying $60 which can be steep if you're doing a longer cruise. Checking in was a breeze. There were hardly any lines at all and getting on board was just as fast. We were on the ship by 12:30pm. My friends had a suite so they were invited to have lunch at the Cagney's Steakhouse and since I was travelling with them, they invited me as well. The food was excellent at this restaurant. For dinner they charge $25, the food is good but not sure if it's worth $25. At around 1:45pm they announced that the rooms were available. I had a regular balcony, I'm very spoiled when it comes to balcony, I've never been on a cruise where I didn't have a balcony. The rooms are a bit smaller than the standard room size in my opinion. I think next time I go on this ship, I may just get a regular ocean view. Not worth the money. Overall, the ship is very well kept. The common areas were very clean. Decorations were a bit tacky for my taste but still nice. There's definitely not a shortage of restaurants on the ship. 3 Specialty restaurants, 2 main dining rooms, and 2 buffet areas, and pizza delivery for $5 which is well worth the money. We had dinner one night at Il Adagio. The food was excellent. Price at this restaurant was $10. Plenty of bars on the ship our favorite hangout was the Outriggers Lounge on Deck 11, they had Karaoke every night and on the last night they had "the quest" which is allot of fun. I've done these on Royal Caribbean cruises before (Not sure who copied who here) but we had blast. Staff and service were great. My cabin steward was very attentive. Entertainment was pretty good, they had a comedian / magician. Which was very entertaining, from what I understand he's been with NCL for a long time. Were scheduled to call in Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, however the waters were too choppy for the ship tenders so we spent the day at sea. I had been to Nassau several times and so have my friends, nothing special there. We did the Sail and Sea snorkel trip which was very good however allot of standing around and waiting before you actually board the catamaran. They take you out to this reef that is absolutely spectacular. If you like to snorkel then you should definitely do this excursion just be prepared to wait a while. Of the 3 cruise lines that do the 3-Day Bahamas cruises (Carnival Imagination, RC Majesty of the Seas and Norwegian Sky) I've been on all three ships and after this trip Norwegian Sky is now my favorite of the three ships. Not sure if NCL is my favorite cruise line but this cruise was definitely worth a shot. Service was good, food was plentiful, and entertainment was good as well. . I would definitely do this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
My family and I decided we would take a cruise the week of Thanksgiving. There were six of us total: Me, my husband (who had never cruised before), my mother, my sister and her husband and my sister's mother in law (who had never ... Read More
My family and I decided we would take a cruise the week of Thanksgiving. There were six of us total: Me, my husband (who had never cruised before), my mother, my sister and her husband and my sister's mother in law (who had never cruised before). The ship was nice, but much smaller than I had anticipated it being. Majesty of the Seas is the smallest and oldest ship in the fleet. It was still nice for the size. This is a good cruise for first timers. Embarkation went smoothly. We had to wait a bit in line, but no problems. Once aboard we went directly to our cabin. The cabin was small but enough room for two people. The bathroom is very small...the shower was tiny!! The room and bathroom were very clean. Food: We had lunch in the Windjammer which serves food buffet style. The selection of food was plentiful. The taste of the food was mediocre. We ate dinner in the dining room most evenings. The food was OK. The staff was very nice. There is a Johnny Rockets on board, I did not eat there. There is also a deli and pizza spot. Food from both was mediocre. Ports: Nassau was nice. We toured Atlantis as our excursion. We all had a wonderful time. Coco Cay - was very nice as well. The food served on the island was very tasty. Grilled burgers, hot dogs etc. My family and I found a place in the shade and kicked back, it was very relaxing. The water was beautiful. There are a lot of activities to participate in. Key West - was nice. We walked around and shopped. We rode the trolley which toured the island. We had a good time. Complaint: Before you can venture out to Key West, immigration check point must be done. Everyone is asked to line up to have their credentials checked. The line was ridiculously long. Some people waited in line for over an hour. This is CRAZY!! RCI can do a better job of handling this part of the cruise. I suggest they call people according to their muster number. The lines would move a lot quicker and people would not have to wait in line for over an hour. This was the worst part of the cruise. Entertainment: There are a variety of activities on the ship to do. Each day you are given an itinerary of what is happening on the ship. Take your pick and have fun!! The love and marriage show if very funny. Disembarkation: Went smoothly. We took advantage of the early departure because our flight was leaving around noon. The cruise was a wonderful experience for all of us. My husband was hesitant about cruising, but liked it so much we booked another cruise while on the ship. YEA!!! My sister' s mother in law had a wonderful time as well. I would recommend this cruise to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Came into Miami via SAS transportation - excellent company, came highly recommended - and dropped the bag at the entrance to the building w/ cabin tag on it, hoping it would get to my room, as the attendant was busy w/ other people, so I ... Read More
Came into Miami via SAS transportation - excellent company, came highly recommended - and dropped the bag at the entrance to the building w/ cabin tag on it, hoping it would get to my room, as the attendant was busy w/ other people, so I just left it next to his cart. Processed quickly and easily through security and id card process - they are right, "embarkation is a breeze." Once onboard, around 1pm, I was told rooms would be available at 2pm, they were and my bag was suprisingly in front of my room. I did have a bottle of wine waiting and on-board credit from my travel agent in the room. Now, on Carnival last year, I was greeted by my room steward who knew my name and asked how everything was everytime he saw me in the hallway (which was a lot). He explained everything in the room, showed me where everything was, and even had his own number for us to call if we needed anything. There was a tv channel dedicated to the ship; ocean depth, temp, time, etc. Also, a disembark channel w/ tons of needed info for later. My ice bucket was endless and never seemed to melt. You could leave the room and come back 15 minutes later and the bed was re-made and/or turned down again. It's like they knew when you left and couldn't wait to clean your room again. Never ran out of towels. Now, on the room: on Norwegian, I never saw my room steward, nor did I see evidence of his/her service. The first day I entered the room was the only day it was correct. That night, I went to take a shower and could not get hot water. There were two buttons on the lever, red/blue. I turned it all the way to red and got lukewarm water, tried waiting for it, even tried to move it back to blue, but only got cold water. I talked to services and they said they would send a plumber, needless to say, he never came. Day two, another cold morning shower and left the towels in the floor, as is protocol for dirty ones. Used the cups in the room and in the shower area. Came back from excursions and towels were removed, but not replaced (wtf?), bed was made, and it seemed that my cups were replaced - more on that later. Talked to services again about hot water and the plumber showed up and showed me the "trick" to getting hot water (at least in that room). You must put it to hot first, then immediately move it back to cold side to get hot water. Why this didn't work the first night, I don't know. Day three, finally hot showers, but because the towels were not replaced, I had to ask services for more to be delivered, which they did, quickly. Day four, room "cleaned-out" and towels removed, but not replaced, again. It was this day that I realize that the cups in the room have never been replaced. There is a paper "cap" over your cups, which is supposed to mean "clean." I used a cup and left it in the bathroom, cup top thrown away. Supposed new one w/ cap in it's place. Just out of curiosity, I hold the cup up to the light and see that my lip marks have been wiped away and the same cup I've been using all week has never been changed. It has simply been "wiped down" and had a new cap placed on it. Now, this would not be an issue if I knew where the towel had been, but in this case, I didn't. Overall: room is small, bed it NOT good, bathroom has lots of counter/wall space; but no bath goodies - only shower gel/shampoo in shower. Safe in the room did not work, ice bucket was filled only once a day - in the morning, tv channels were ok, but no weather or disembark info. Now, on the the dining. I ate at the Palace the first night and it was ok. I ate at the specialty resturants the rest of the cruise. Here, you have to pay for it (25, 15, 10) but it is worth it! Impeccible service, they wait on you hand and foot, call you by name, refill your glasses all the time, and the food is even better! Ate breakfast in the Palace every morning and service was less than to be desired. Slow, had to ask for everything, and you never had the same waiter, it was a different person everytime. Excursions were wonderful! As long as I was off the boat, I was ok. They did call back to the room and ask if the plumber came and resolved the problem and I said yes. Overall, service was ok, but not good. Room service was not worth the 12$ a day paid. The private island is great place, I was suprised by that. They have an adult only area of beach, but you have to walk over to the family side to get alcohol - my only complaint. If you get there early, you can grab a spot in the shade. There was really no need for the spf covers (30$) as there were plenty of chairs left in the shade. It is rocky though, you MUST wear shoes if you walk anywhere other than the beaches. They have little chairs that you can put out in the surf to sit in the waves - wonderful, could have set there all day. The White Hot Party was ok, but I didn't stay for all of it. Never went to the night-time entertainment. Spa was ok, but better on carnival. Overall, an ok cruise, but I will not be sailing Norwegian again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Nov 14 I had purchased round trip bus transport tickets. When we arrived the bus there was no lift on the bus. The bus driver and I managed to get my husband up those huge stairs and into the bus. When we arrived at the port there was ... Read More
Nov 14 I had purchased round trip bus transport tickets. When we arrived the bus there was no lift on the bus. The bus driver and I managed to get my husband up those huge stairs and into the bus. When we arrived at the port there was no wheelchair. I had requested a wheelchair when booking the cruise. The bus driver stated that he called for a wheelchair, but normally you have to walk up the walkway to customs and then request a wheelchair. However the driver called for assistance since it was apparent that we were struggling. This was not stated when I asked for wheel chair assistance. Once we arrived to our room, I realized that someone should have instructed me to wait to book the cruise for a disability room. The door would not stay open and continually slammed on my back when trying to assist my husband in and out of the room. I rented a scooter for him and this was difficult to progress anywhere because of space issues. Restaurants There are no designated sitting areas for the disabled in any of the restaurants. Your free styling is a dismal failure. I had to have my husband wait in the hall, while I looked for a table that he could maneuver to with the scooter. There were several occasions that we headed to another restaurant to find seating that was comfortably accessible. When I say accessible I mean not in the back row where I would have to meander for 20 minutes. Elevators There are no marked elevators for handicapped. Tried several times to get to either bingo or drawings or even breakfast, arrived at the elevator and had to wait for at least 40 minutes for an elevator where there was room for the scooter. People would just close the door if there was no room for the scooter. Frustration set in many times and I would just go back to the room. We were really beginning realize we had made a mistake by choosing this cruise. Walking Deck The scooter could not make it over the planked door to get outside for some fresh air and exercise. Departure Nov 18 I checked three (3) times with the service desk to assure that a wheelchair was going to be available for my husband at 9:00 am. I expected someone to come and get him. The service person called, and I finally called myself. NOW they tell me that I need to move to deck 6 to get a wheel chair. Oh my GOD! How the .... was I to manage this? Well we arrived at deck 6 and my husband could not go any further. I ran to the restaurant down the hall and dragged a red chair for him to sit on. Let me tell you that the cruise director witnessed this entire scene and my frustration, only to disappear somewhere. Finally someone brought a wheelchair and we started to disembark. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
I am not to sure if this cruise was worth the money for a Penthouse. Especially when there are very rough seas, the higher up you are the more swaying and banging you hear, so if you are a light sleeper like I am, NO sleep during rough ... Read More
I am not to sure if this cruise was worth the money for a Penthouse. Especially when there are very rough seas, the higher up you are the more swaying and banging you hear, so if you are a light sleeper like I am, NO sleep during rough seas. LOL my husband said they should have seat belts for the toilet, seriously there was a lot of movement. But we were told the reason it was so much swaying, is because we were on the 9th deck, and the higher up the more movement. But it is not NCL's fault for the bad weather. If we were to ever take a cruise again, we would go to lower deck, but no penthouses down there :( So the first day, went very smooth, they check you in in a VIP area, at Miami Port, within 10 min we were escorted to the Ship, and brought to Cagney's (food was OK). Then at around 2pm an announcement that staterooms were ready so away we went. Our Penthouse was really spacious, and deck was huge. (Shower in 9275 has some tiles that look very brown and stained near the bottom, so it made it look dirty) We received little treats everyday around 4:30pm, and towel animals every night. Ate at Le Bistro, the food was OK, but I was first served someone else's meal. But the waiter noticed his mistake, and removed it right away. The waitress seemed to get upset with him, maybe it was not his job to serve tables? Got room service for breakfast for the first two mornings, served by the Butler, the only time we seen him. The cheap sparkling wine they give you for the sail away, is really bad, we couldn't drink it, it went to vinegar or something! Freeport is industrial, but we went to swim with the Dolphins, wonderful experience. Nassau we just went to Atlantis and see the Dig, then we walked around the shops in Nassau. Third day people that were on Great Stirup Cay was evacuated, and brought back to the Ship because of rough seas. So much for swimming! All in all food was just OK, could of been a lot better. The cabin Steward Michael was the most friendly of all the Team, even though he was busy he stopped for a min and talked to us, he kept our room spotless. I really don't think we would ever cruise with NCL again, maybe another cruise line, but not NCL. Maybe our expectations were to high. But for 979.00/person for 4 days, think I could do better somewhere else. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
I usually sail RCI; however this time it was a 4 day Bahamas sailing on NCL Sky over the Thanksgiving holiday. Ship was completely full with 2300 pax. Ships listed DO occupancy is 2002, so many of the extra pull out bunks were in use. Of ... Read More
I usually sail RCI; however this time it was a 4 day Bahamas sailing on NCL Sky over the Thanksgiving holiday. Ship was completely full with 2300 pax. Ships listed DO occupancy is 2002, so many of the extra pull out bunks were in use. Of the 2300, 500 were under 21. Yet in spite of the numbers I encountered no problems with crowding except around the pool and at evening entertainment shows where if you were late, you stood. Embarkation in Miami was extremely easy - just a walk thru it seemed. All lines now seemingly have this down to a science. Once on board you could go to the buffet area, or the main dining room where a full lunch was served. I had calamari for my 1st course, and an excellent steak and chips for the main course. All too many cruise lines do not open their main dining room at lunch on embarkation day, but NCL does. To my balcony room at 2 pm. It was rather small, plain, and showing wear, and I was glad I was a "single" for two would have been crowded, and if there were also two children occupying the "pull out couch (it was listed as a family suite for 4), it would have been ridiculously overcrowded to the point of not being able to "move". It was less than 200 sq ft plus balcony with the usual two chairs and small table. Although my needs were taken care of the steward was, shall we say, disinterested. At 4:30 pm the usual Safety Drill which lasted 10 min. and at which the Captain didn't even welcome us aboard. As a matter of fact the Captain didn't say a word on the P.A. system until Thanksgiving Day when he announced that he was cancelling the call to their private island, Great Stirrup Cay, due to high winds and seas. Later on embarcation evening I asked about receiving Platinum Benefits as a past pax., and was told that NO benefits are available on these "short cruises". This is contrary to what NCL's website says which only shows that the Welcome Back Party is not held on Epic and Sky. As a result I would not receive my complimentary meal/wine in Le Bistro, free laundry etc. I will talk with NCL about that. Food - overall was extremely good and MUCH better than on RCI. Selection, service, presentation etc. in main dining rooms, as well as extra tariff restaurants was very fine. I also noticed that Buffet fare was better than I see on other lines. My only problem with service is the attempt by servers to leave dirty silverware from 1st course on table for you to use again, rather than bringing clean silverware. A word to the maitre D' led to a promise of "retraining". Ship - built in 1999 for Costa, then became the Pride of Aloha for NCL, and the "sister" of NCL Sun, is bright, well decorated, clean, and at 77000 tons is of a size much more enjoyable to me than the behemoths that so many seem to like. I enjoy having a Promenade Deck to walk and read on; however on Sky there were no chairs on Promenade Deck forcing those without balconies looking for a quiet place to read etc. outdoors, to the pool deck which was always crowded and noisy. My other main objection to NCL is the never ending announcements on the PA to "come and spend". No other line that I know of is as intrusive in this area as NCL. As mentioned above Thanksgiving Day at Great Stirrup Cay became a day at sea. The next day we arrived to disembark in Miami and again with NCL there is no attempt to push you off the ship quickly. When I disembarked it was as easy and uncrowded as I have ever experienced. A good trip. Would I go again? Most definitely - except I am a single, and NCL unlike RCI, charges singles TWO full fares on almost all their cruises which means that I only sail NCL when they are having a reduced single fare sale. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
My boyfriend, who has never cruised before, and I went on the NCL Sky for a short 4 night cruise. We wanted to try something small since this was his first time and my 4th cruise. I've been on Carnival, Royal Carribean, and NCL ... Read More
My boyfriend, who has never cruised before, and I went on the NCL Sky for a short 4 night cruise. We wanted to try something small since this was his first time and my 4th cruise. I've been on Carnival, Royal Carribean, and NCL previously. We booked a penthouse suite because the amenities and price seemed worth it to us. Boy were we right! From the moment we entered the port, there was a VIP area waiting for us. They have small food items, as well as, coffee/tea/sodas etc. We didn't have to go to the normal check in lines. Once we finished checking in at the private area, we were whisked away in front of everyone to take our pics and then to Cagney's for lunch. Cagney's is only open for breakfast and lunch for suite guests. This is great because the only other option for the rest of the ship during lunch is the buffet. Once we got met our Conceirge (Omar) and Butler (Naveen), we started our cruise in good fashion. They left champaign in the room and treats every night. The room was very large considering the size of most rooms on the cruise. Our room had a large balcony with 2 regular chairs and 2 layout chairs with 2 tables. One day we asked the butler to bring our breakfast from cagneys onto our balcony for us. It was fabulous!!! Our bathroom was also bigger than normal. It had a jacuzzi tub with jets and a glass shower instead of the normal small shower with shower curtain. The sink had granite or corian counter tops. There was a smaller room that had beds similar to bunk beds. I assume this was for kids traveling with you. Other differences I noticed from the normal rooms was the flat screen television, refrigerator with drinks, large mirror over the bed, 3 closets, and plenty of space. Also, suite guests get invited to a special cocktail reception and meet/take pictures with the Captain and other department heads. Drinks were free there!!! The ports were normal. I had been to the bahamas several times. We did the Atlantis Aquaadventure, which allowed us to use the water park. That was fun. We got to go on the lazy river that turns into rapids at certain parts. That's very fun. When we went to the private island, we could only stay 2 hours due to the sea getting bad. It was nice and they had plenty of seats. It was good for relaxing for those 2 hours. The food on the ship is very tasty. We ate at Cagneys during their dinner steakhouse menu. That was tasty. However, my boyfriend thought the Italian restaurant was the shocking surprise. That food was delicious. We also ate in Longhorns sports bar. The buffalo wings were good there and it was nice to be able to watch the nfl games on monday and thursday nights. We went to the gym every morning. There were plenty of machines and they all have televisions attached. My boyfriend took part in a personal training session and they trainer gave him a program to take home with him. Overall, it was a great cruise. We are ready to book our next suite next year! Freestyle dining is the way to go!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Last year, our family took a Thanksgiving cruise because our children and I are off for the week of Thanksgiving. My husband learned of an outstanding one day sale for this several weeks before the cruise and we couldn't help but book ... Read More
Last year, our family took a Thanksgiving cruise because our children and I are off for the week of Thanksgiving. My husband learned of an outstanding one day sale for this several weeks before the cruise and we couldn't help but book it. We actually went on this ship back in 2003. It has since been refurbished. We live in Florida and so we did not need to use a hotel in Miami. The ship Majesty of the Seas is a lovely ship. It is smaller than many of the RCI ships and it typically is used for their 3 and 4 night cruises. It was refurbished a few years ago and is what I'd call understated classiness. I believe it holds about 3300 passengers. It never seemed crowded to me, which was a pleasant surprise. I was impressed with the list of activities that they offered on this cruise. We didn't do much on the ship because it was only 4 nights long and there were three ports of call. All of our party found the service to be excellent on the ship. The staff and crew members were very gracious. It was some of the best service I recall on a cruise ship. We did not use any of the ship's offered shore excursions because they are typically overpriced. The first stop was in Nassau, Bahamas. The second, was Coco Cay, RCI's "private island." The third was Key West, FL. All cruisers had to go through immigration before going to the island. They started it at ten and there were people who stood in the line for TWO HOURS. The line went ALL the way ACROSS the ship on the fifth floor. It was ridiculous. We didn't even bother getting in line. We hung out at the pool for a while, then got lunch. At 12:30, we went to immigration and walked right through. I know that the line was very frustrating for many people. Coco Cay is their private island. This was a very fun stop. We went directly to the closest beach when we got off of the tender. It was also the busiest section of beach. However, as you went further down the beach, certain areas were almost like quicksand because of low tide time. The snorkeling was very good here. We had our own masks and flippers, but they make you rent a vest, which is $6 per person. Those sneaky little RCI planners! There are a lot of activities you can pay to do, or you can just enjoy the beach. There is a "nature trail" but it's very short. There is a shopping area, of course and the people working there are actually all people from the outlying islands. They have plenty of restrooms and a few freshwater showers. A lunch was provided on the island and there was a decent selection for the lunch. There were things like burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken pieces, ribs and various salads, along with a few desserts and lots of drinks. All in all, that was a very fun day. We live in central FL, and were actually staying in Naples the previous night with some family. We drove to the Miami port and parked in an off the port lot. The particular company we used was NOT good, but it looks as though Premier is a good parking choice and it's much cheaper than parking at the port. The stateroom was a very small interior stateroom. Because the ship is a bit older than many of the big ones, there were fewer balconies and the rooms, in general, were a bit smaller than other ships. The room was very very clean, thanks to an excellent room steward. It was well maintained and the carpet and furniture were in good condition. It had two twin beds and two bunks that pulled down. There was a little pop up table between the beds, a small desk with drawers and one side on the top with little shelves. There was also a little closet with a good bit of hanging space. The bathroom was little with a shower, but it sufficed. The food was excellent. We had dinner in the Starlight Dining Room every night and our servers were great. My children especially liked the assistant waiter who did a new magic trick every night for them. My son appreciated this waiter because he helped him out when he saw my son in the buffet restaurant one morning at breakfast. There was a nice menu every night. The chicken marsala night was outstanding. I wasn't crazy about the duck when I got that one night. We had lunch and breakfast in the Windjammer, which is where the buffet is served. The breakfast selection was exactly what was available in the main dining room and it was always very good. The lunch selection was varied and everything was delicious. We also really enjoyed the Compass deli where they had a variety of premade specialty sandwiches, a small salad bar, and three soups with bread, along with a couple of desserts. The crepes there were a very tasty treat, as well. Our kids especially liked Sorrento's pizza. There was a constant supply of fresh baked pizza selections available when they were open. The yogurt and soft serve ice cream machine were open for limited hours. I never tried it, but heard the stuff was very good. The children's facility was very nice, but we did not use it this time around. Since we were in port every day, our children stayed with us and were actually pretty tired by evening. I met a few of the workers and they seemed very nice and the kids appeared to have a lot of fun. The entertainment was average to excellent. On opening night, the comedian shared for a while and was hilarious. My kids even loved him. I didn't see his regular show that was the following night. I think it might have been more suited for adults, from what I heard. There were two shows presented by the cruise singers and dancers. I'm a musician so I am fairly picky. Only one of the four main singers was very good, and even he had only a limited range. The other guy was fairly quiet and one of the girls sang WAY too loud and was off pitch. The other lady had a tough time singing out on her part. The dancers were very good but the choreography was pretty flashy and their costumes drew your attention away from the dancing, really. The themes were 1960's music and soul music each time. The afro wigs were just cheesy! During the soul show, I found it unusual that they were singing songs that were all done by African American performers, and they were showing slides of African American performers, yet only three of the cruise singers/dancers were African American. The band was actually one of the best I recall hearing perform on a cruise. They were the best part of the show. There was a juggler who had won some international competition. He was AMAZING! He had written and recorded all of his own music and his performance just blew my mind. The whole audience gave the guy a long standing ovation at the end of his performance, it was so good. It reminded me of the type of thing you'd see at Cirque de Soleil. We were supposed to disembark at 9:00 a.m. We did not get called to leave the ship until about 10:00 a.m. Then we stood in line for 15 minutes. Then we were sent to get our bags and customs, where we stood in line for 30 minutes. The backup was an annoyance to us, but would have been disastrous for someone who was needing to get to the airport. We were told that this had something to do with Thanksgiving, but when you are dealing with so many people, a business needs to be better prepared to handle something like this. The only real negatives were the lines in Key West and on disembarkation day. Overall, it was a wonderful cruise. The ship was enjoyable to be on, the service was excellent, and the ports of call were a lot of fun. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Before going on this cruise, I was slightly apprehensive due to reading about the ship's age (built in 1992; refurbished in 2007) and smaller size. We traveled as a family of 8, with 6 first time cruisers, and 2 veterans. We ... Read More
Before going on this cruise, I was slightly apprehensive due to reading about the ship's age (built in 1992; refurbished in 2007) and smaller size. We traveled as a family of 8, with 6 first time cruisers, and 2 veterans. We found the the Majesty to be very comfortable. I was surprised that it never felt crowded, and getting on and off the ship at each port was as fast as I've ever experienced. The ship was always very clean, and the crew fantastic. Food: The buffet food was the best we've ever had on a ship. The lunch choices were plentiful and changed daily. My favorites were the chicken fajitas, and the food served on Deck 12 at the Deli. The deli was open daily from 11:30-6:30pm and served great healthy choices such wraps, tuna melts, soups, and salads. The food for the sit-down dinner wasn't as good as the buffet, but was still very food. Also, the dinner buffet had sushi daily, which I enjoyed as a snack. Rooms: Small, but that is to be expected on a ship of this age. We had 4 in 1 inside room, but it will worked. The Superior Ocean View room was only an extra $100 for this cruise, and would be something to consider for those who enjoy extra space. Ports: We were disappointed that the ship was unable to disembark at the private island, due to large waves. The Bahamas were enjoyable as we spent the day at the Atlantis. Key West had nice scenery, but only a very tiny beach, and not a whole lot to see. Entertainment: Being a shorter cruise, I expected lesser quality entertainment. It wasn't bad, but we've also seen better on other cruises. The best 2 acts were the comedians; Dan Bennett and Kivi Rogers. Dan Bennett has a juggling and comedy act that you don't want to miss. The singers and dancers weren't anything special. Overall, this was an enjoyable and easy to navigate ship. I would recommend it especially for first time cruisers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
My husband and I was on this cruise for business and leisure. I am a health care provider that to re-certify I need to gain certain amounts of education in my chosen field. We receive educational credits by attending professional ... Read More
My husband and I was on this cruise for business and leisure. I am a health care provider that to re-certify I need to gain certain amounts of education in my chosen field. We receive educational credits by attending professional organizations meetings. These meetings are usually held in a hotel in a major city for several days. One of the organizations I belong to decided to have a "Learning at Sea" cruise. I thought this sounded fun, and a great way for my husband to accompany me and not be bored while I was attending the meeting. There were approximately 250 people in our group. I upgraded to a wrap around balcony, about an extra $1000. The cabin was comfortable and roomy, although a little dated, and had plenty of storage space. I didn't intend on spending much time in there. It's the balcony that I was looking forward to. Absolutely awesome! Great views, lots of space, loungers, chairs and tables. I couldn't wait to have breakfast watching the sunrise, lunch while reading a book on a lounger, romantic dinner for two, drinks at sunset etc etc Here comes the downer ... every day I received a note on the bed basically stating: please do not use your balcony from between x am and x pm. The shortest amount of time was 4 hours the most 8 hours. I went to guest services everyday, with basically the same complaint. I have paid extra money for the use of this balcony and now you are telling me I can't use it. Every day they apologized and said it wouldn't happen again, and of course it did. When I arrived home I wrote a letter to customer services and let them know how unhappy I was. I received an email back stating that they "we regret that you are upset" and stating that ships need to be cleaned and painted 365 days a year and it was for my own safety. I feel that if that is the case Carnival needs to have a note attached to the planning stages of your cruise to make you aware that "if you choose to rent this cabin you will only be able to use the balcony at certain hours of the day". Let's face if they did that would I have chose that cabin ....... NO! On a couple of the days my husband and I chose to ignore the letter, at no time did anyone come near our balcony with a paint brush or a mop! Dining. I have heard nothing but great things about cruise dining. Obviously not from anyone that had been on the Destiny. The buffet, the food looked great, but had absolutely no taste, very bland. Have you ever been to one of those $10 all you can eat buffets? I don't like those places, but the food is better than what was on offer on the cruise. We were early dining in the Universe dining room - although we were booked as "anytime" (was told they didn't see that on our booking). We were seated at a table with 2 other couples that we knew (through my organization), all had been on several cruises before, all were disappointed with the quality of the food. I was just really in a "this is really not what I had expected mode". Formal dining on this cruise was shorts and a t-shirt (as long as it had sleeves), again, not what I had expected. Entertainment. Get in line. We went to see two comedians in the comedy club. Sat down ordered a drink, comedian was on for 20 minutes, about to order another drink, when we were told to watch the second comedian we had to leave the club and line up to re-enter. I think not! To see any of the (very short) shows, we worked it out you had to be in line for a good hour plus. I think not ...... again. The piano bar was nice, but not everyday, all evening. Karaoke, all day, all evening, every night, everywhere! Why is it that many folks with really bad voices feel the need to get to a microphone and sing - no matter if it's Karaoke time or not? Casino. Small but still a casino - I shouldn't complain too much, I won $2200 on a 2c machine! But Karaoke singers there too! I didn't plan on going to any of the ports of call, I wanted to sit on my balcony, and use room service........ if I hadn't been asked NOT to use the balcony! I went to the spa for a massage, it was 10 minutes shorter than it should have been, I pointed this out to the masseuse. She said it was because she was required to tell me about all of the body lotions and potions that would help with anti aging, stress relief etc. Which of course was supposed to be the educational part of my massage. Let me add, everything she was trying to sell, nothing cost less than $80. I get a massage every couple of weeks at home, I've never had an "educational lecture" as part of my massage. 60 minutes should be 60 minutes. Overall: You could not pay me to get on board this ship again! Dirty, old, too many liars in guest services, poor entertainment, terrible food. This is the K-Mart blue light special of cruises and attracted a lot of "people cruising on the cheap". People that karaoke, all-you-can eat, and dressing in different color camouflage is living high-on-the-hog. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Just returned from NCL Sky -â€" Three night Bahamas cruise... WOW!!!! This was my first time aboard a NCL ship and my first experience of "FreeStyle" cruising. I am an experienced 75 year old cruiser. Why did I book a ... Read More
Just returned from NCL Sky -â€" Three night Bahamas cruise... WOW!!!! This was my first time aboard a NCL ship and my first experience of "FreeStyle" cruising. I am an experienced 75 year old cruiser. Why did I book a tree night Bahamas cruise on the SKY...? I live in SW Florida and friends told me don't cruise on NCL their "dreadful." This troubled me somewhat as I had just booked a transatlantic 11 day repositioning cruise next April on the Epic. Good excuse to try a short NCL cruise to check them out for myself. Thus last Friday morning (November 18) found me making the 146 miles drive from Cape Coral to The Port of Miami. Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau here I come. Arriving at the POM in driving rain and gusting winds was not exactly the dream start to the cruise! Parked the car in the multi story parking garage C ($20.00 a night) wheeled our small suitcases across the road to the terminal...all of 200 yards!!! We elected to keep are small suitcases with us rather than check them in. Embarkation was quick and painless. Friendly, smiling NCL staff had us on board in 15 minutes...the only delay in the smooth process was the ritual posed Photo taken of all passengers (often wondered who buys them!!!) At the top of the gangway we were welcomed by a group of happy, smiling dancing crew members. The Caribbean beat to the music playing, set the welcome aboard tone perfectly... OMG this has the potential to be fun!!! We were directed to the Captain Cook bar where we left our luggage in a secure and safe environment watched over by another friendly pleasant crew member. Luggage claim ticket in hand we went off in search of lunch...After being directed to the Buffet on deck 11 several times, we persisted and found a relaxing and excellent lunch in The Palace dining room (Thank you Cruise Critics for this tip.) Despite other comments and reviews...We found the service outstanding, friendly professional and nothing we asked for or requested seemed to be any trouble. I was impressed. The food was hot, tasty and the menu selection gave plenty of choice. Most important of all we were made welcome, Oh, how important is service with a smile. One disappointment... where was this bad food NCL served in the MDR? If lunch was any indication, who needs the specialty restaurants complete with cover charge? Lunch was my first encounter with the house wine, a very nice (to my taste) Chardonnay for $5.25. ($6.03 with 15% added) They carry Californian "Tisdale" winery Chardonnay and Merlot as the House Wine. Its available ship wide, but you have to ask for in. They also carry a house Champagne by the glass and bottle (not sure of the cost of a glass but a bottle is $22.00 plus the 15 %.) The house wine and Champagne do not appear on any wine list... You have to request them. More to come...must unpack! Embarkation and Lunch over lets checkout our cabin. Not only is this my first cruise on NCL, it's my first cruise without a balcony!!! I started out with a "inside" on deck 7 but upgraded to an "oceanview" on deck 6a... 6a you say, what sort of deck is that. Good question... If you don't need elevator access is wonderful. It's located forward of the forward elevator with access by a short stairway port and starboard of the deck 7 elevator stop. It's a small "half deck" sandwiched between deck 6 and 7...very quiet, cabins above and below you... Oceanview and inside cabins only... We did hear the sounds of the anchor being lowered, but not bad of disturbing. Frankly, the big picture window was great and with the bed split into two singles each side of the window gave us plenty of space. The cabin was small but seemed bigger than it was. The bathroom typical, small but function and the shower was great with hand held shower head. Adequate hanging space for two on a short cruise (longer might pose a problem) four shallow drawers and a safe with hanging space above completed the closet space. We had a small love seat (converted into a third bed if needed) a desk, shelves a small CRT TV (no flat screen) served it's purpose. Frankly, I did not miss the balcony on this short cruise... the price difference bought quite a few "daily" special drinks. The mandatory lifeboat drill went smoothly... we were not required to carry life jackets with us to our lifeboat station. Again a first for me, we all had to give our cabin number, which was dutifully check off on the "station" list. 5:00 pm and sail away time... The sounds of live music flowed from the poolside party filled the air. Apparently the party not too dampened by the light drizzle and gusty winds. We skipped the poolside antics headed for the "Champ's Bar, Deck 12 fwd. two Bahama Mamma's (those lack of balcony savings at work!) We headed for the little known "Hot Tub" as far forward as you can get on deck 12... great way to see Miami fade behind you. (Again thank you CC for this tip) Dinner on the first night saw us head for "Crossings" the second of Sky's main dining rooms. NCL has relaxed what were already relaxed codes allowing shorts in both MDR's. We found both MDR's excellent with hot tasty food and very, very good service. At first look, the menu's appear to be the same in both dinning venues, but beware there are subtle differences... I suggest you check them both when they go on display out side each dining room in mid afternoon. First night was "lobster" night we had Broiled Lobster and Red Snapper and I believe the other dining room had Broiled Lobster and Grouper. We live as I have said before in SW Florida where grouper and Red Snapper abound... I requested four lobster tails (yes they were not large Maine type tails nor were they. As one recent reviewer put it "like shrimp!!!" I also requested a strip steak cooked medium from the always available side of the menu. Again, this was no problem. The steak was to be honest not the most tender piece of meat I have ever tasted, nor would I expect it to be... but it was cooked to perfection and was very tasty...Much better than "The Denny's" quality referred to by another reviewer. I guess some people eat "Omaha" quality steak everyday!!! And use that as the yardstick to measure any other steak regardless of cost. The storm we experienced leaving Miami had grown into much stronger event and the 'Sky" was rocking and rolling big time... many people were feeling it and heading for free seasickness pills. I admit to not feel the motion at all, but my step-daughter traveling with really began to suffer as we eat dinner. She decided to retire to the cabin. Another new experience... The wait staff were so concerned they ordered a fresh dinner and dessert and sent it up to our cabin for her. Fabulous service, care and concern... Steve Knott, Hotel Manager and his staff had made a "NCL Believer" out of me and this was only our first evening. I must say after many cruises this was the roughest ship movement I have ever experienced. But the kindness and the attention and care shown to us on this "quickie" 3 night cruise to the Bahamas helped overcome the hardship. Well I'm all unpacked and all my laundry washed and hanging up.... Back to "Sky" Day two dawned with some ship movement and very choppy seas, white capes and breaking surf 10 -â€" 20 feet high around the entrance to Great Stirrup Cay... Thinks me "Here comes another sea day" This I became more a certainty as I watched a tender standing off the ship pitching and rolling very severely. Soon the Captain announced that the shore visit was cancelled and we would have a extra day at sea. Within minutes a new "Freestyle Daily" appeared with the new events of the day. I expect this missing GSC is a well practiced exercise by the Cruise Director and his staff as well as other ships departments. (A crew member confided in me that this happen on average about two out of three times!!! A statistic repeated on these CC pages before.) The Palace Dinning room was opened for lunch (don't know if Crossings was open) MDR's are normally closed on port days. I had a lazy wonderful day... great excuse to hit the free soft ice cream machine on the pool deck...again, great excuse to enjoy a couple of mimosas, (A Morning Special from 8: 00 am -â€" 11:00 am, all bars. They also do Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers for $4.95!!!) My daughter (Adult) enjoyed the YOGA session added on the new "Daily" I enjoyed a bonus leisurely lunch in the Dinning Room. We both enjoyed the fun "Name this Beatle Song" by entertainer/pianists "Randy" in the Captain Cook Bar... This was a trip down memory lane, and great fun for all. Stephanie will add her perspective and comments on her first NCL cruise and only her second cruise as a P.S. review. A pair of slacks and a fresh clean polo shirt (I love this "freestyle dressing for dinner!!!) And I was ready to give LaBistro a try. OMG heaven...The best service, super attentive, wonderful menu great atmosphere the long and narrow dimension and the wonderful ambience made me think I was on the Orient Express. The Escargot was good but the Rack of Lamb was to die for... Being an Englishman I love Lamb and I can honestly say this was the BEST lamb I ever tasted...you could cut it with a fork, cooked to perfection as ordered...a request for a different side dish and some mint jelly was handled in record time without any fuss or bother. We had outstanding, professional and attentive service. A meal to remember!!! The only blemish on a perfect evening was a rude comment by a photographer, but he is not NCL staff, just a vendor. On the subject of food. Let me comment on breakfast in the MDR. ... a great way to start the day... The Eggs Benedict were perfect and the individual small pot of coffee was always quietly and efficiently and frequently replaced with a fresh pot. Again any variation on the menu was no trouble and done with a smile. A lady fellow passenger was heard to say to her husband? "God, I have never experienced such a rude crew." What planet did she drop in from... I guess some people can never be pleased. In all my travels I have never experienced a more polite, friendly and welcoming crew Officers and Staff than the people of "SKY" on this cruise. The ship was in outstanding condition with staff always quietly working away in the background to keep her looking her best. Next morning we awoke in Nassau... I was up early and with a hot cup of coffee from the buffet watch the docking... This ship came to a stop and without any external aid did a 180 degree turn and backed in the berthing place...amazing. Then a few minutes later I watched the "Oasis of the Seas" do the same maneuver and dock right along side us... She towered above us...God is she big. Later on the dock I said to one of her officers "AOS is bigger, but SKY is better" to his credit he just smiled. I have been in Nassau many times over the years both by sea and air ( I used to be an Airline Sales Manager)... Not one of my favorite ports, therefore on any cruise I spend the day enjoying the ship always nearly empty and fun. This past Sunday was no different...I enjoyed lunch on deck 11 looking out at Atlantis and later standing at the rail looking across at what I still call the "British Colonial Hotel" (I drop Hilton) many years ago sitting on that beach I learned I was transferred to Buffalo NY!!!! Some you win some you lose. My daughter went ashore and enjoyed a snorkeling excursion. Dinner on the final night was again great. Disembarkation was smooth quick and painless. Minutes after leaving our cabin we had retrieved the car and were on the road heading back to the South West Coast of Florida. Last Friday I set out on this mini adventure with an open mind, not really knowing what I would find after being told NCL is terrible! After reading endless bad reviews of Sky on CC I was uncertain. If it turned out to be bad I still had time to cancel my Transatlantic 11 day cruise from Miami to Barcelona next April. I loved it!!! Every minute of it!!! My first experience of freestyle cruising made a believer out of me. Of course there were differences between Cunard and Holland America, Lines I would not hesitate to take again based on itinerary. Carnival...forget it never again, if NCL is available. Let me end my little review by saying this three day cruise on SKY to the Bahamas was certainly the least expensive cruise I ever made, but ranks among the best if not THE BEST experience I have ever had. Well done NCL. My booking on EPIC stays firm and I cannot wait. I hope you all have as good a time as I just had the next time you cruise. I will be cruising NCL whenever I can. I have all the Freestyle Daily's and up to date menus from the MDR, which I will be scanning into the computer and would be happy to email copies of to anyone who would like them. A very sad P.S. No the 2 for 1 martini special is no longer available in the Plantation Club on a daily basis... only on selected nights to be advised... we were at the Captains cocktail party the night they had them on this cruise, I guess an open bar trumps 2-4-1!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
My husband and I went on the cruise for a chance to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary-we had been together 21 years with 2 boys and never went anywhere without children and the moment I stepped on the sky I felt like we felt we were in ... Read More
My husband and I went on the cruise for a chance to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary-we had been together 21 years with 2 boys and never went anywhere without children and the moment I stepped on the sky I felt like we felt we were in heaven. It was beautiful. The staff were completely attentive and available. The food was amazing and the band and fun was just awesome My husband who DOES NOT dance to fast music DID.(amazing).... We felt like we were teenagers in love again and this trip actually brought us closer....CANT WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We parked our rental at 20 per day. Boarded the ship at 1pm NO HASSLE very simple for 1st timers! Toured the ship..WOW amazing for 1st timers. All rooms were amazing! Except the one show room StarDust, it looked nice but smelled ... Read More
We parked our rental at 20 per day. Boarded the ship at 1pm NO HASSLE very simple for 1st timers! Toured the ship..WOW amazing for 1st timers. All rooms were amazing! Except the one show room StarDust, it looked nice but smelled bad. Our room was an inside room GREAT PRICE..CHEAP! Small, but that is what i expected for the price. We only paid with port fees for 2 people about $650.00 for the 4 nights. We only were in our room for 6 hours per night, the rest of the time we were lounging pool side, watching the shows or on shore. Food- buffet was nice, liked that we could eat when we wanted, where we wanted. The buffet was the same every day but good. The Free restaurants at night were nice and the Steak was perfect. The last night was the best when we had a waitress named Dorothy, she was great! We didn't eat at the other restaurants, we saved our money for the special drinks by the pool :) Our room was always clean with towel animals waiting for us in the evening. that was always fun to see what animal was waiting for us. The "Perfect Couple Game Show" was hysterical!!!!! You had to be there. Loved Great Stirrup Cay.... BEAUTIFUL!!! Over all it was a quiet cruise, had nice shows, the comedian was great very funny, food was good, ALL the staff we passed said HI and very pleasant, beatiful weather with blue skys and 90 degrees what more could you ask for. YES we will cruise again, but maybe on a bigger ship or the same ship but a balcony room... We will work our way up to the ultimate cruise ship, port and room. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
We have been on 3 previous cruises before, all on Royal Caribbean. We decided to give Norwegian a try due in part to their advertising, pricing and Kidz Korner activities for our 6 year old twins. Upon our arrival at the port, we were ... Read More
We have been on 3 previous cruises before, all on Royal Caribbean. We decided to give Norwegian a try due in part to their advertising, pricing and Kidz Korner activities for our 6 year old twins. Upon our arrival at the port, we were greeted by friendly NCL staff and checked in quickly. So far, so good. We then proceed to the waiting area to board the ship. Boarding was delayed 30 minutes and we were held in the waiting area where they were blasting loud music. Finally NCL starts boarding at 12pm and we are greeted at the end of the gangway with festive music and the offer of a bubbly drink. As we are trying to marshal two boys and a carry on bag, we decline and proceed to deck 11 for the buffet. The food selection was underwhelming and the taste was very bland. My boys are very picky eaters and we had a hard time finding food to their liking. They also almost drink milk exclusively (white and chocolate). The only milk we could find was the white in the dispenser and my white milk drinking son indicated that it tasted funny. Chocolate milk could not be found and I inquired to be told that it was not available yet. What?!? More on the milk situation later. We hear over the ship speakers that the cabins would not be available until 2pm. Thinking to myself, what have they been doing between 9am and the time we boarded to get the rooms turned over? Finally tired of dragging the carry on bag any longer, we go to the cabin and ask the steward if it would be ok to leave the bag. We are told yes, so the bag is dropped off. We decide to explore the ship and check out the sites. Checked bags don't arrive until 6pm. For the evening meal, we attend the barbeque on the pool deck. While I am beginning to eat, my wife gets up with the boys to get ice cream. Seconds later, my son runs back to our table screaming "mommy fell and is hurt!". I hurry to where my wife has slipped and fell on the pool deck. She is quickly surrounded by NCL staff. My wife is complaining that her knee is hurting and that she felt her kneecap move. NCL staff summons a wheelchair and medic who both arrive quickly. We are then introduced to the NCL medical staff, not exactly how we wanted to meet them. They are very competent, although a bit on the slow side. X-rays are taken, leg splint applied, medications dispensed. I filled out the accident form with the specifics of what happened. The NCL Security officer went with myself and my son who witnessed my wife falling to the scene and took pictures of the deck. I am still unsure of what my wife slipped on as the deck was dry when we went back later. The pool deck is wood and not textured to give great traction. She was wearing flip flops and she does not have a habit of her feet just flying out from under her. After checking out of the medical office, she is taken back to our cabin where she rests for the remainder of the night. The boys and I are on our own for the evening and we attend the show in the Stardust lounge. I am pleasantly surprised with entertainment and we enjoyed the show. After the show, we turn in for the night. Next morning, get the wife up on her crutches and head to deck 11 for breakfast. What is that I see? White and chocolate milk in cartons! I should have stocked up right then, because it would be one of the last times we would see it. Again the food is uninspiring. As my wife is in no condition to go on the excursion to discover Atlantis, I proceed to the excursions desk to cancel her ticket. They did so without issue. The boys and I had a great time discovering Atlantis. The guide was very knowledgeable and had the boys at the front of the group as her special helpers. We hit up the Del Sol store after we get off of the bus and then head back to the ship. Very pleased with this excursion! Wife's leg was feeling a little better, so dinner that night as in the Crossing's dining room. Food was good, but chocolate milk was missing in action... we've run out. Huh?, run out?? You mean you don't have any Hershey's chocolate syrup anywhere on this ship to make some?? While we are eating, the Hotel Manager and assistant come up to us and indicate that they want to comp us dinner at one of the specialty restaurants. We chose El Adagio for the following night. After dinner, we attend the comedy/magic show with Rich Purtura. We were sitting up in the balcony and he asked if there were any first time cruisers in the audience. My boys both raised their hands and announced for the whole lounge to hear that they were. Rich later calls them down to help with a magic trick and they both brought the audience to laughter with the corrections of Rich when he purposely got their names wrong. They finally gave up correcting him. When the card trick messes up, my one son looks at the card and then at Rich and gives him a "say what" look and shrug. For the remainder of the cruise, other guests come up to us and the boys to say how great they were! Day three. Time to get up early for the Dolphin Encounter. Breakfast at the buffet. Again, no chocolate milk. This is really getting old for my one son... We ride the boat out to the encounter and the boys really enjoyed getting splashed, kissed and touching the dolphins. Very worthwhile and enjoyable excursion! We grab lunch back on the ship, the boys and I do some swimming in the afternoon while the wife relaxes on deck. Knee is still bothering her, but not as bad. Dinner at El Adagio is good and somehow they were able to procure chocolate milk that the ship was out of previously. I may be mistaken, but I don't recall the ship pulling over and restocking during any of the previous 2 days. After dinner, it is off to the show in the Stardust Lounge for Broadway songs. Again, the entertainment was very good. Turned in for the night after the show. Day four. Great Stirrup Cay. There is nothing great about this private island as most of it is under construction! $30 to rent a cabana was outrageous and should have been included. The water slide had a 48" height restriction. Funny how my sons measured over 48" at their most recent pediatrician visits, but came up a 1/2" short on the high tech 2 x 4 with a piece of plywood on top measuring device at the slide. Very disappointed in the island and ended up leaving after about an hour. Gave our cabana to another guest who was also noting that the island was a mess. Dinner in the Palace dining room. Service slow, staff forgetful. If you have read through all of this, you know what is coming next. Chocolate milk! Oh boy, here we go. We place our requests for a white milk and a chocolate milk. The white milk arrives and the waiter informs that they are out of chocolate milk and they are checking with room service for it. Appetizers are brought to the table from the assistant and we request two Pepsi's from him. He proceeds to not tell anyone and no Pepsi's arrive. 20 minutes later, waiter comes with food and still no chocolate milk or Pepsi's. Inform him of desire for Pepsi's and he indicates that the bar is making the chocolate milk. Finally after nearly 45 minutes after arrival for dinner, the chocolate milk arrives! Food was ok, not great. Head waiter comes around to the tables and I give her an earful about the week long ordeal with the milk... how can this be called a kid friendly cruise line if you don't have the drinks that kids like to drink? She make a note of it. After dinner, we attend the final show in the lounge and sat in the front row. Again, the entertainment was very good. Returned to the room to prepare to leave the next morning. We chose to keep all of our bags and do the early disembarkation. Very easy to do it this way. At this point in time, I don't think I would go on another NCL cruise in the near future as I felt it was an impersonal experience. I suppose we are just spoiled by Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011
Considering my family of 3 booked last minute on the Sky departing Miami on 11/14 only 3 days before sailing at $790 total this was a GREAT cruise for the money. (5% Total Rewards discount) Only thing to keep in mind is that you get ... Read More
Considering my family of 3 booked last minute on the Sky departing Miami on 11/14 only 3 days before sailing at $790 total this was a GREAT cruise for the money. (5% Total Rewards discount) Only thing to keep in mind is that you get what you pay for and on those terms this cruise was a 5. However, it does not compare to the larger and newer ships ... nor should it. Carpet needs to be replaced in several areas. One day we had a bath towel with a hole in it. The rooms are small (get what you pay for) and old (remember get what you pay for). Bed firmness was fine for me. It was the first time we'd seen a tube TV in so long my daughter thought something was wrong with the set. The picture was fine, but she'd never seen a non-flat TV. Rust on the bottom of the bathroom door. No bath products at all, only shampoo and shower gel in dispenser in shower area. On a good note, the pull out sleeper was GREAT and my child wants one for her room at home. So easy to put back in we put it back every day instead of waiting for the room attendant to put it away. The kids program was run so well that my child (and her new friends) were sobbing when the parents picked them up the last night. Food and service in main dining room was so good we found no need to pay for upgraded meals (lobster as promised). Found Longboard's Sports Bar a fantastic place for wings (fried crispy with sauce on the side) -- but skip the "tortilla" chips and dip -- oh and the fish and chips were good too. We caught the Monday and Thursday night games in the bar and it was a good time. Drinks on-board were good but we used bladders and they worked perfectly. On-board account was only $100. We are Total Rewards members and our CAS cards and drink cards were in our room. Kids pool is a little weird because it's in the middle of the quiet adult area. So it's hard to balance between letting your child have fun and being considerate of others. Although there was never a shortage of misbehaved children and crass parents so our well-behaved child never stood out. Most adults moved to the sides to get a little quiet. Internet on-board is useless if you have to check in with work and happen to use a VPN. It would not work for me and I had to literally take my laptop to the Internet Manager and shove it under his nose with a challenge for him to make it work or give me my money back. My suggestion, if you are not using their computer and want to use Wi-Fi, buy a few minutes and make sure it works to your satisfaction before purchasing a larger plan. Apparently the Internet is sub-contracted to another company so they don't offer the same "no questions asked" refund policies and will do everything NOT to give you a refund if you purchase too much time and have problems ... as in my case. Even when I went to Guest Services, all they could do is refer me back to the Internet Manager. I will go again for sure when I am looking for a quick, cheap get-a-way. Read Less
Sail Date November 2011

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