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1,048 Miami to Bahamas Cruise Reviews

Ship needs to be updated. Plumbing problems which resulted in the constant gurgling in the shower. Guest services was very attentive but the problem persisted the whole cruise. A constant banging on the pipes most mornings. That was an ... Read More
Ship needs to be updated. Plumbing problems which resulted in the constant gurgling in the shower. Guest services was very attentive but the problem persisted the whole cruise. A constant banging on the pipes most mornings. That was an irritant. We were on a much needed vacation. Rest was so needed. Our dining staff was awesome! Our Lido Deck selections were very tasteful. The staff we pass daily were quite friendly and spoke often. Our Diamond Level gift was in very poor taste. A lanyard with Carnival Cruise Line on it. How cheap! Embarkation is getting less complicated every cruise as long as you have your proper paper work completed. The ports were suitable. Disembarking went very well. Improvements were very noticeable. We didn’t cruise with anyone else this time. This is the first time we flew to Ft Lauderdale and then shuttled to the port in Miami. I was a little nervous about leaving out the same day we arrived, but it was okay. I would recommend this ship again ONLY after updating. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
My DH (age 60) and I (age 54) saw a great deal on the NCL Sky. The itinerary was Miami, Half Moon Cay, Nassau, Freeport, Half Moon Cay, Miami with no sea days. We arrived at the terminal at 12:30 pm and were on the ship in 20 minutes. ... Read More
My DH (age 60) and I (age 54) saw a great deal on the NCL Sky. The itinerary was Miami, Half Moon Cay, Nassau, Freeport, Half Moon Cay, Miami with no sea days. We arrived at the terminal at 12:30 pm and were on the ship in 20 minutes. My 1st impression of the ship was that it was in good condition and the staff was friendly. The ship was refurbished in 2019 and it was very nice. We originally booked and inside cabin and then bid and "won" the upgrade to an Oceanview on deck 8. Deck 8 was a convenient deck, not to far from anything and quiet. Food: We purchased the 2 specialty restaurant package and ate at Le Bistro and Cagneys. I really enjoy Le Bistro, the food is good and the staff friendly. Cagneys was good as well. The main dining room food and staff were very good and we enjoyed eating there also. We ate at the buffet for lunch one day and found it to be adequate - but we only had salad and cold cuts with cheese. The entertainment was standard cruise ship entertainment nothing outstanding, but not bad either. Debark was quick and efficient. I liked that we went through customs on the ship (facial recognition) and walked off, picked up the luggage and were on our way. Overall we had a great time and would take the Sky again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I have been on this ship in the past, and was unimpressed then. After it being refurbished and the dirt cheap pricing we figured let's give it another try. Pros, great staff, super friendly, and cheap pricing. I went to Cagneys twice ... Read More
I have been on this ship in the past, and was unimpressed then. After it being refurbished and the dirt cheap pricing we figured let's give it another try. Pros, great staff, super friendly, and cheap pricing. I went to Cagneys twice and it was excellent. Unfortunately very boring, as it was the last time. If you want to lay around the pool the entire day then this will work for you. However I have been on other cruise lines with so much more to do like fun pool area games etc. I literally watched a movie in my cabin one day I was so bored. Terrible activities, unenthusiastic entertainment staff. I went to a trivia contest and it lasted all of 10 minutes. The person doing it rushed through as if he couldn't wait to get out of there. The cruise director Jasper is just boring, plain and simple. A 5 night cruise that has a comedian, who was hilarious, and a magician. Why only 1 night for the magician? Buffet food is god awful. Also there is a funky sewage smell on occasion at the rear of the ship. Hate to be so negative but it's the truth. Again staff was awesome, and disembarking was as easy as it gets, Carnival should take some notes on this. I hope this helps, even for the very low price, I will not be on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We like Key west and wanted a short getaway. Actually, it's our 4th or 5th time on the Victory & we're going again December 2nd. The ship externally is tired, but a quick inspection below decks looks like brand new. ... Read More
We like Key west and wanted a short getaway. Actually, it's our 4th or 5th time on the Victory & we're going again December 2nd. The ship externally is tired, but a quick inspection below decks looks like brand new. ('Vic') is going to Spain in March for a complete refit. The food is equal to or better than any other cruise line. (This was our 46th cruise). Our balcony was bigger than most, head (bathroom) was also bigger than most others. Ship was kept extremely clean, but wear and tear and outside rust everywhere. But, being built in 1998, it was looking great from a distance. We compare the ship to the NCL Spirit regarding decor level. Beautiful ship. The new name will be Radiance. Crew was especially attentive and we're looking forward to seeing them again in December. Their dis-embarking procedure needs work. One had to go to the purser go get luggage tags. These have, in the past, been delivered to your stateroom. Also, uponboarding, we we couldn't find the time for MUSTER DRILL even by reading the notice on the cabin door. Getting off was a nightmare due to port facility problems and NOT Carnival's problem. We have avoided Carnival due to some big problems in the distant past. We're letting bygones be bygones. The dis embarkation was NOT Carnival's fault. It was with the port facility escalator and half the ship had to go through only one elevator. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I took this cruise to see what this $115 million dollar amplification was all about- WOW what fun. This ship still has some dated decor (Royal needs to get out of the 80's), but the water slides, laser tag, food were just amazing. ... Read More
I took this cruise to see what this $115 million dollar amplification was all about- WOW what fun. This ship still has some dated decor (Royal needs to get out of the 80's), but the water slides, laser tag, food were just amazing. So much to do on this ship, one weekend isn't enough. Also doing at video blog https://youtu.be/e-WekB7Ztjk This was a cruise to Nassau but I cruised for the ship and CoCo Cay. The drinks were so so. but the food was delicious. There is plenty to do on Coco cay even if you just want to sit and relax by the lagoon. This ship is perfect for families or non-families- there's tons of fun for everybody. The main dining room as well as the Windjammer had excellent food. Service on the ship was good. The MDR had delicious food and the Windjammer had a lot to choose from. It was however very crowded and made it difficult to find seating- so much so that Jamie's Italian was opened for extra seating. We got the drink package and all I can say is that the drinks were just so so- Even a long island seemed too be skimped on the alcohol and the drinks were never made the same. The Ice Skating iSkate was the most amazing show using lighted drones to open the show. Gorgeous show with a lot of talent. Singers and dancers did a great job as well. Although Nassau is a main port of call, Coco Cay is where it's at. What a fun private island. something for everybody. A bit "small" when you have 2 ships and 8000+ people there but the food was great. Beaches nice. Embarkation and debarkation was quick- the quickest I've ever experienced. LOVE THAT. Terminal A is amazing. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
This was an excellent value cruise for 5 nights. It was my mom's first cruise and she was very nervous about getting seasick but she was never bothered at all. The entertainment was very good, just wish there had been more of it. ... Read More
This was an excellent value cruise for 5 nights. It was my mom's first cruise and she was very nervous about getting seasick but she was never bothered at all. The entertainment was very good, just wish there had been more of it. The weather was perfect. Had a couple issues with or y room that were quickly resolved. Communication was lacking in pre boarding information. We were told to go to the wrong terminal and had to walk from terminal c to terminal g in the extreme Miami heat. The staff offered no condolences, just basically said that things would get better. The dining experience was average.... Both nights we tried the dining room we were left waiting for desserts that never got served.... Left the dining room two times disappointed. Was very pleased to find a 24 how buffet though!! And the burgers were great! The pools were clean but a little warm Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I'll hit the major points: Getting on the ship was super fast and smooth. Bought the deluxe drink package. Sometimes had to wait behind 1 or 2 people....but the majority of the time I could walk right up to an open bartender. ... Read More
I'll hit the major points: Getting on the ship was super fast and smooth. Bought the deluxe drink package. Sometimes had to wait behind 1 or 2 people....but the majority of the time I could walk right up to an open bartender. Lots of bars, very good service. My Stateroom attendant was excellent. Saw him multiple times a day. We ate dinner at 6 pm every night. We had the same excellent waiters every night. They were outstanding. I thought the food was good, not great. Presentation was very good and we very much enjoyed the dining experience. French Onion soup outstanding. Was fun trying new things. There are two slides. One with a pad you lay on. At the end of the ride the person hands the pad to the next person in line and up the stairs they go. This line moves fast and had a very small line (maybe 5 minutes). The other slide has a tube with a 400 pound limit and two people can go on this if they want. The line for this was always very long. I waited probably 40 minutes in this line. Both slides were fun (but not worth 40 minutes). There is a place where you can get thin crust pizza and sandwiches when everything else is closed. Late in the night they have a hard time keeping up with demand and lines form. Nassau: We walked around a little. Took a horse drawn carriage ride around the city. Was just ok. Didn't feel like the safest place. I wouldn't get off the ship next time unless I had an excursion planned out. Coco Cay: Awesome. We were the only ship and there were plenty of chairs. The beach was nice and quiet, the water was nice. Lifeguards watching. The freshwater pool was a bit of a party at the swim up bar. Lots of drinking and music. This area was crowded. My 77 year old mother booked a glass bottom boat ride. She said it was excellent. All ages seemed to enjoy it. A diver would bring up creatures from the ocean floor for people to examine before throwing them back. The food at Coco Cay was good, not great. It's a large buffet and quite frankly much better than what I expected at something like this. We did not do the Thrill side. Not sure how the island is when TWO boats are docked on the same day. Day at Sea seemed crowded. Getting off the ship was quick and easy. I'm guessing we got lucky with our timing. Room: We booked two suites because when we booked for whatever reason they weren't much more than a normal balcony room. Our rooms were large with big closets. For just two people per room it was a nice treat but not needed. Kids Camp: My 6 year old enjoyed it but it looked like chaos in there and I thought they didn't have enough workers watching the kids. No issues though. Condition of the ship was very clean and I found the crew to be extremely friendly. I'm not sure how often the shows change...but: Ice Skating show was excellent. Don't be that couple that walks in after the show starts and blocks peoples view because you can't find a seat. Comedian had two shows. The family-friendly one was horrible. Did not see the adult one. The juggler was talented and funny and personable. Great show. Quest game is for adults! Lots of laughs. Great cruise, overall pleased with meals and Coco Cay. Ship does at times feel crowded, especially on the day at Sea. Would sail the Navigator again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I chose this cruise because we wanted a quick getaway and the price was right. I am NCl platinum, actually this was our 3 rd cruise in 2019, the first on a smaller ship. The ship was only half full. This was due to the change in ... Read More
I chose this cruise because we wanted a quick getaway and the price was right. I am NCl platinum, actually this was our 3 rd cruise in 2019, the first on a smaller ship. The ship was only half full. This was due to the change in itinerary. Originally the itinerary was for Cuba and due to trump that was no longer possible . Passengers were given the choice of refunds. We also couldn't dock at the private island due to high winds. Royal Caribbean dropped anchor, however I did not see their tenders out . We left and had a nice day at sea.. We were lucky enough to take a behind the scene tour. It was Fantastic NCl was also dropping off many pallets of supplies to assist the post Dorian Hurricane efforts.Our oceanview room was clean and more than adequate with a large porthole.We enjoy dining room breakfasts and the service and food was quite good. Dinners were at both the main dining rooms or Cagneys and La Cucina. My husband enjoyed his steak at Cagneys. I am a pescatarian and there were always several selections for me. We never eat hamburgers , hotdogs or that kind of food at home so I can't speak for that on a cruise. There was always fresh salads, Indian food, fish choices etc, The buffet was compact ,but adequate for lunch. Entertainment was good . There was 1 show per night at 9 pm. The comedian was funny and the singers and dance troupe was great. Both embarkation and disembarkation was a breeze. I was initially concerned that since free or discounted air was offered it would be a circus. It was handled in a quick and organized fashion. Already looking forward to the Western med cruise on the Epic next year Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
It was a last minute decision. We booked like 9 days before take off. We got a really good deal. The ship was a lot smaller than I had been on in the past, but I really liked the staff. They were Great. The food was great the whole ... Read More
It was a last minute decision. We booked like 9 days before take off. We got a really good deal. The ship was a lot smaller than I had been on in the past, but I really liked the staff. They were Great. The food was great the whole time. I really liked the fact that at supper time, we could sit where we wanted, it wasn't assigned. I would diffently try Norwegian again on a little bigger boat. We had a blast. We had a Great time playing Bingo. Again, The staff on this ship were Amazing. And I loved the washy washy, happy, happy. It was great. I got to hang with my grown daughter for 5 days that were truly amazing. And we had 2 specialty suppers. I was not a big fan of the Italian restaurant, but the Streak restaurant was Delicious. That was one of the Best steaks I've ever had, and the staff was Great in the also. We had never been on Norwegian before, and didn't know what to expect, but the staff was great for helping us right from the get go. I would return to Norwegian ship again. I did not exercise( I suck at that. Lol) Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Pre-Cruise: I booked parking through Spot Hero. Parked at the Embassy Suites in Crystal City. They have an airport shuttle. I paid $44. If I had parked at Reagan it would have been $68. Flight was direct DCA to MIA. Transfer to the Port ... Read More
Pre-Cruise: I booked parking through Spot Hero. Parked at the Embassy Suites in Crystal City. They have an airport shuttle. I paid $44. If I had parked at Reagan it would have been $68. Flight was direct DCA to MIA. Transfer to the Port through Royal. The transfer service was fantastic. I have never had a cruise line employee board the bus and give a little speech - telling parents that a ship is a mini city and to be vigilant. To the adults the same thing, don’t take your safety for granted. Embarkation: From the time I got off of the bus until I was on the ship was less than 5 minutes! We got off the bus and the cruise line employees told us to just leave our bags by the bus and someone would be over to get them. There was no one to tip. It was strange and I felt weird leaving my bag there. Into the terminal, up the escalator and over to priority. A lady scanned my phone (I had the app loaded and ready) and asked if I’d been feeling ill at all recently. She then directed me to the security screening. From there directly to the ship – AMAZING efficiency. Stateroom: Loved my cabin and there will be video and details in the Cabin thread. Junior Suite – Deck 10 – 1344. Rooms were ready at 1:00pm on the nose and my bag was at my room when I opened the door to leave again at 1:30! Service: Wonderful service. I never met my room steward. Cabin was serviced twice a day. The room was always tidy. I LOVED my dinner servers. Aiman and Josephine were fantastic. Bartenders and bar servers were also pleasant and fun. CocoCay: I was up and at the gym, had a bite to eat and then was the first one off the ship. I already knew where I wanted to “camp” for the day. The island is wonderful. I would go again for sure! The weather was not great. A bit of sun here and there before 12pm. Mostly cloudy with showers. Finally, after grabbing a chicken sandwich as the Snack Shack, I gave up. The wind was terrible. I went back to the ship to explore and read before dinner. Nassau: Terrible weather, again. I had not planned to visit. However, I wanted to lay in the sun, read, drink, people watch. Nope. Raining, cold and windy. I wandered the ship, watched some trivia, read, watched a movie. Food: I like GOOOOD food. I consider Ruth Chris a good steak not a great steak. I was expecting a solid three based on reviews (scale 1-5). Overall a solid 4. I ate dinner two nights in the MDR and once at the Windjammer. Breakfast each morning in the Windjammer. Lunch on embarkation was at El Loco Fresh and then the Windjammer for Saturday and Sunday. I truly enjoyed the MDR. Windjammer was completely average. I do like that they have the Freestyle soda machines. I can’t believe they never had pizza in there. You travel to deck 5 the Café Promenade or order Room Service to get pizza. El Loco Fresh was good. I had a simple chicken quesadilla. Of Note: The only show I saw was a Battle of the Sexes contest. It was lively and fun! The piano playing, musical comedian from Schooners, was amazing. If you are a wine drinker prepared to be disappointed with the options available with the Drink Package. The one I drank was the Andrew Peace Cabernet Sauvignon. Bourbon – No Woodford. I found Bulleit in the Royal Theater when I was wandering around on the last day. Most passengers were polite and friendly. LOTS of families and groups (bachelor and bachelorette, Quince, birthdays, etc.). I did not witness any elevator rudeness or disgusting drunkenness. It really was a lovely, relaxing few days. Disembarkation: I was up at 6:00am. I showered, then ate a quick bite and was headed off at 7:15. I did self-assist. I was sitting on the shuttle by 7:30. Final Thoughts: I would sail on the Navigator again. Based on this one trip Royal is heads and tails above NCL and Carnival. I was worried about the ship being bigger than my previous ships. It didn’t overwhelm me. I was able to find my way quite easily. The ship, the food, the staff, the fellow passengers all put this ahead of the other two, IMHO. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Booked this 5 night cruise because we wanted a shorter vacation than typical 7 day but longer than the 3-4 day ones also offered. This was a first time cruise for my travel partner as well. I’ll go day by day to give you an idea of what ... Read More
Booked this 5 night cruise because we wanted a shorter vacation than typical 7 day but longer than the 3-4 day ones also offered. This was a first time cruise for my travel partner as well. I’ll go day by day to give you an idea of what to expect. I will review the ship and her services and not the ports since you can read about them separately (two of our port days were cancelled due to hurricane Dorian’s destruction (Grand Bahama) and a new tropical system that formed over Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island). First, arrival at Miami airport went as planned. Finding Norwegian transport desk was very easy on baggage claim level. Staff there were friendly, professional and prompt in getting us to the ship. Once we arrived at cruise terminal, going through various stages of embarkation went so quickly we were on the ship within 30 minutes (fastest embarkation I’ve ever experience!). We were given ship information and locations open for lunch. We decided on main dining room (Crossings). Again, staff were friendly, welcoming and helped ease us into vacation mode. Food was good....wine was too lol! Note, even with drink package , whenever you are in US ports and waters, the ship will charge tax and add it to your shipboard account. After lunch we heard the all clear to be able to get into our staterooms. The Norwegian Sky is an older ship (put into service in 1999) and had a substantial renovation earlier this year. Most public areas were nicely refreshed. Even stateroom art and bed linens were updated. Unfortunately what WASN’T updated was stateroom carpet and furniture. I was really surprised to arrive into my stateroom (balcony 9268) to find stained and worn carpet and stains on love seat, in several places. That was kinda disappointing considering how good public areas looked. The bed was very comfortable. Also note, stateroom size is identical to windowed/portholed staterooms. The only difference is the addition of the balcony and bed/loveseat configuration (instead of bed being on outside wall, it’s turned to side wall leaving about 10 inches between foot of bed and cabin wall and providing access to balcony door. Also note, cabin has a full length single glass door with a wall that has a porthole on balcony side and not usual full length double glass...strange appearance, but you get used to it. Bathroom is, well...small, but it’s functional. Definitely very tight for two but again, functional. My cabin steward, Michael, always had my room freshened up and ready whenever I returned. I kinda wondered if he ever got sleep lol! He was very talkative and friendly too. I unpacked quickly (had carried our bags on with us) and headed out to the Spinnaker lounge for sail away. The lounge, as much of the ship other than buffets and pool/hot tub areas always felt roomy and not crowded. In fact sometimes we felt as though we had the ship mostly to ourselves. Not sure if it’s always that way or just for this cruise. After sail away, we had a few more drinks, then went to dinner in Palace main dining room. Again, we were greeted with smiles and immediately seated. Great service and good food. There was a nice variety on the menu. Some items are available everyday, while others only once, ask your server. Menu is the same in both dining rooms so it just depends on which dining room is your preference for location, decor and servers. Although we ate non specialty dining dinners in Palace, lunch was usually in Crossings (Palace is only open for dinner). Food generally was good in main dining rooms. Steak was cooked as ordered (med rare) too, which was nice. After dinner, we headed to theatre for evening show. Keep in mind, main dining rooms are not fast food places so plan your time accordingly if you want to make evening shows. First night show was very good! I’m fact I was surprised at the quality of shows in main theatre. I don’t normally enjoy non production shows, but this cruise the comedian and magician were really good! So, I definitely recommend seeing them. I’d also like to take a moment to say how good the cruise director Jasper is! He’s a natural up on stage and at putting people in a relaxed vacation frame of mind. Next day was port day in Key West. Ship docks at Naval dock so Norwegian provides shuttles to the base of Duval Street. Shuttles run frequently. After spending time in town, we returned to ship to get ready for our dinner at Cagney’s Steakhouse. What a great experience that was! Awesome service, ambiance and food! I can’t recommend Cagney’s enough! Day 3 was at sea...although pool area was crowded and total party atmosphere, we were able to secure lounge chairs in a quieter area close to the atrium while still having access to pools and hot tubs. Fun relaxing day. Drinks flowed freely both from the bar and servers walking around taking orders. Dinner later in Palace was good. The comedian performed in main theatre that night, again enjoyable! Day 4 was a port day in Nassau. We did not take advantage of any excursions as I’ve been here several times. Once back on ship, went to gym, small but very adequate and never looked crowded. Dinner in Palace was good, and again consistently friendly service! Next up was magician night in main theatre. This guy was really good. He was entertaining and talented. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised at the talent on the ship. Day 5 was supposed to be a port day at Great Stirrup Cay. However that was cancelled due to weather, so we had another day at sea. Basically we had a repeat of day 3. However dinner that night was at Le Bistro, the French restaurant. This place was the biggest disappointment of the trip. I’ve eaten at Le Bistro on the Escape a few times. On the Escape, the food was excellent. Le Bistro on the Sky (while quite beautiful in ambiance) was a total disaster. The service was incredibly slow and inconsistent (can’t blame our server, he was the only waiter for our whole section). But what made the meal a total disaster was the food! NOTHING was good. The escargot were bland and over cooked. The scallop appetizer was basically ONE sea scallop cut into 3 pieces and even more bland than the escargot! The mushroom soup was runny and bland. Wine pours were small (I had the drink package so I don’t understand a pour that is less than the pour mark on the glass...I just had to wait and wait for a refill). Once the recommended entree’ (the Sole) arrived, it was over cooked and cold. I’ve eaten a lot of sole in my life in various places. I’m NOT even sure this WAS Sole. Regardless, it tasted more like the sole of my SHOE. The dessert (the Napoleon) was sickeningly sweet with cheap hard chocolate on the top. The French Press coffee was the best thing about the meal. I cannot stress just how bad this meal was. As we walked out of Le Bistro, another patron was leaving as well. Her opinion of her dining experience was spot on with ours! So, in the end. If you have a dining package, make two reservations at Cagney’s and skip Le Bistro altogether. Day 6 was arrival back in Miami. Disembarkation went even faster than embarkation! Norwegian Sky is part of a new program using facial recognition technology to process passengers. We were off the ship as quickly as we could walk! The transport for Miami airport was just as we left terminal. We boarded the bus and waited for delivery at the airport. Everything went smoothly and as planned. All in all, an excellent cruise experience. No, it’s not Crystal, Regent or Seaborn. But, the value for what you pay is really good. All the staff were friendly, professional and efficient. I would take this cruise again for a nice relaxing trip! I’d avoid Le Bistro like the plague.... Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We originally chose this cruise as a Cuba & Key West itinerary with a stop at Great Stirrup Cay. Our itinerary changed several times (including even as we were aboard the ship because of Hurricane Dorian) and I was frustrated that the ... Read More
We originally chose this cruise as a Cuba & Key West itinerary with a stop at Great Stirrup Cay. Our itinerary changed several times (including even as we were aboard the ship because of Hurricane Dorian) and I was frustrated that the cruise was still departing even with the storm looming but in the end the weather was pretty fantastic and we still got a chance to stop at Key West. Our family was very impressed at the cleanliness of the ship and the service throughout was fantastic. My favorite band by far was the Iguana Duo (I went to listen to them nearly every night) but many of the other acts on the ship were underwhelming. I loved the drinks at the Sugarcane Mojito Bar but found the bartenders there to be particularly unfriendly and inattentive. Aside from that, the cruise staff in restaurants and throughout were always friendly and helpful. I enjoyed the food overall and did not partake in any of the specialty dining but I would have expected the food in the main dining rooms to be more than just average catering hall quality. I did not participate in many of the ship's activities but found the bingo game to be drawn out and boring. I was surprised to find that the fitness center had such outdated weight equipment (mainly the limited dumbbells and no barbells or kettlebells). We did not book any of our excursions through the ship as it seemed that better value was found making plans on our own. The ship photo gallery was offensively overpriced--next time, we will not bother buying the professional photos. Overall, I enjoyed the cruise and will be going on another Norwegian cruise next year but am hoping to find better food (and a better gym) and more consistent entertainment on the next ship. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
The people serving on this cruise were awesome. A special shout out to Katherine San Juan for her energy early in the morning in the dining room buffet area. "washy washy makes you happy" loved it!! and to Edith from Peru and ... Read More
The people serving on this cruise were awesome. A special shout out to Katherine San Juan for her energy early in the morning in the dining room buffet area. "washy washy makes you happy" loved it!! and to Edith from Peru and and everyone else that cleaned our room, always with a smile and a friendly good morning. The food could be better at the buffet. The stateroom was comfortable, the bed was great had the best night sleep ever. the embarking was a smooth process. The entertainment could be better and the food as well. I definitely want to do another family trip and bring more family members, can't wait for my next cruise. I want to try another Norwegian ship and a longer cruise. This cruise in the overall was awesome and everyone was very friendly. The Stirrup keys Island was amazing, had a wonderful time there did not want to leave you left the best for last. Thank you Norwegian Sky. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise as a replacement option. Our Cuba cruise was cancelled by presidential order and NCL offered us to take this cruise, instead. Although the itinerary wasn't our first choice, vacation time was set aside and this ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a replacement option. Our Cuba cruise was cancelled by presidential order and NCL offered us to take this cruise, instead. Although the itinerary wasn't our first choice, vacation time was set aside and this was our only alternative. NCL discounted our cruise 50% and gave us a 50% discount towards a future cruise. Therefore, the deal was right. The vessel looks beautiful inside. We learned it was recently refurbished. Other than difficulty finding public bathrooms (few and far between), and the A/C blasting far too much, particularly around the Stardust theater (trust me, way too cold), the cruise was fabulous. The attention to detail and the incredible high customer service made it even better. Our recent experience with NCL wasn't good. Customer service was lacking, and the little things missing. This time around everyone was very attentive to our every need. A couple of disappointments included learning that our Platinum standing was limited to on-board discounts. We did not receive our "usual" perks (water, champagne, free laundry, free specialty dining, etc.). NCL claims that said perks are reserved for cruises in excess of 5 days, which was news to us. We had never heard such thing before. We did two tours: Atlantis on our own and swimming with the pigs. Both were perfectly organized and fun. A final thought: NCL must realize that Royal Caribbean and others charge virtually the same, do the same itineraries, and have a better reputation. Every time NCL changes the rules, it turns us off. We have two more cruises coming. Afterwards, we are going back to Royal. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
I researched ship, cruise ports and excursions for this cruise ahead of time. The oceanview stateroom was fine no complaints other than minor cosmetic issues. The entertainment was ok. I really enjoyed the comedy show. Re-entering the ship ... Read More
I researched ship, cruise ports and excursions for this cruise ahead of time. The oceanview stateroom was fine no complaints other than minor cosmetic issues. The entertainment was ok. I really enjoyed the comedy show. Re-entering the ship from port was quick with no issues. The food in the buffet was not not but rather just warm enough to tolerate if you at right away. Some in my group complained that their food was cold. The cruise lines offered a shuttle service to airport however, there was only 1 shuttle and if you had to claim luggage, you may have missed the shuttle. I was a little disappointed that there was no adult pool area or quiet cabanas on this ship. There was a smaller kiddie pool in the front of the ship. I think that this could have been the adult area rather than the kiddie area. I did snorkeling on the private island for $30 but later found that if you brought your own mask it was much cheaper. When I purchased the excursion there was not an option to bring personal equipment. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this cruise because we were traveling with our two adult children and there girlfriend/boyfriend. The drink package which was included in the price was the main reason we booked this particular cruise. The packages on the other ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we were traveling with our two adult children and there girlfriend/boyfriend. The drink package which was included in the price was the main reason we booked this particular cruise. The packages on the other cruise lines would have made it prohibitive for us to bring everyone on the vacation. The room credits were helpful in booking our excursions. The Norwegian Sky is a smaller ship - good for our long weekend but we prefer larger ships for longer stays. Most staff members were nice but few made eye contact or interacted unless we initiated a "hello". Maybe this is how they are trained but we much prefer the friendliness of the other cruise lines staff who interact with the guests, make you feel welcome and have fun with you. Take some pointers from Royal Caribbean. One exception to this was Regina - who was our Cabana bar tender - she deserves 5 stars!! Compared to some of the other cruise lines, the food options and quality of the food was superior. Always had to be careful not to over indulge !!!! The wait staff in the main dining room never seemed to have it all together . We would start with one waiter then mid way through our meal wound up with a new wait staff - this happened all three nights of the cruise. On several occasions we didn't get what we ordered but when brought to their attention we quickly got the correct meals. Maybe they were being trained and that's ok for us but I imagine this wouldn't go over too well with other guests. Great Stirrup Cay was fabulous - we booked a cabana and what a treat it was!!!!! Regina who was our bar tender was awesome. It was so nice to have the shade, lounge chairs and sofa for our group. The food truck that was close to the cabanas was Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We love cruising. We stay loyal to Royal. We have been on Oasis class, freedom class and now voyager class ships. This trip was a four night trip from Miami to the Bahamas. It included a stop at CocoCay, Nassau, and one sea day. ... Read More
We love cruising. We stay loyal to Royal. We have been on Oasis class, freedom class and now voyager class ships. This trip was a four night trip from Miami to the Bahamas. It included a stop at CocoCay, Nassau, and one sea day. Embarkation - The ship left from Port of Miami Terminal A. The process was incredibly smooth. When you walk in there is two options. 1) If you have your set sail pass you go to a tablet and scan it. Then you have your picture taken and are on your way. The process takes a couple minutes 2) If you do not have your set sail pass then you go to the counter. We did not in this case because we booked the cruise after the three day check in window. Therefore we had to go to a clerk to complete the check in process. This process took about 6 minutes. Either option you get your room keys once you get on the ship. That was strange to us but apparently it’s becoming a more common practice. Once you finish the check in you go through security and then into a holding room. We didn’t have to wait long and were on the ship by 10:30 Ship - Wow! It is a beautiful ship. We were a little nervous since this is the oldest/smallest ship we had been on yet but we thought it was wonderful. The ship recently went through the AMPED upgrades and it looked great! Food - Overall the food was amazing. We ate all of our dinners in the MDR. We didn’t have a bad meal. It was delicious. We split our breakfasts between cafe promenade and the windjammer. The windjammer was good but it is still buffet food. Cafe Promenade has delicious sandwiches and is a good option if you just need something small. El Loco Fresh is where we had lunch on sea days- all I can say is YUM!! We loved it. Stateroom - We stayed in an interior room. It was fine for what we needed. The room was not the cleanest we’ve had but it was fine. Entertainment- It isn’t the best on this trip. The ice show is AMAZING. It’s the best I have ever seen. However the productions shows were awful! We also felt like there was less options of activities on this trip compared to normal. disembarkment - Smooth! We were able to walk off and go right through customs. The port at Miami has been upgraded and makes it easy to get on and off. Overall we had a great trip and would jump at the chance to cruise on Navigator again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Hi folks, we just got back from a short cruise onboard the NCL Sky. I have to say that I was over all impressed with the conditions to the ship. The Casino had new slots and they came out to win on the last night. So here are a few things ... Read More
Hi folks, we just got back from a short cruise onboard the NCL Sky. I have to say that I was over all impressed with the conditions to the ship. The Casino had new slots and they came out to win on the last night. So here are a few things that I will point out. 1. Ship, the ship looked really good after the refit We had good weather and we made all the stops. Being a casino guest really is a nice experience with NO waiting to get on the ship. The ship looks years newer the NCL Sky is again a treat to go cruising on. 2. Cabin, the cabin was really nice with all the new schemes and colors. They replaced all the doors out to the balconies and took out those nasty blue waffle matts with new flooring. Nice job NCL! 3. Dining, We had dinner at Cagney's and the food was excellent. The food in the buffet was average but hey, it was a 3 day cruise. The food in the main restaurant what good over all but my favorites was breakfast. 4. Entertainment and Activities, well we are talking about the NCL Sky here. The best party boat at the Port Of Miami!!! Pools side is great and the party never stops. The other passengers where having a huge good time and of course the "Free Drink Package" pays for it self over and over. For me I enjoyed the nights at the Karaoke in the big lounge up forward from 9:00 to 11:00pm. My over all activities was in the Sky Casino and the grand new machines paid out for me on Sunday night. 5. Service, we have cruised on NCL 12 times and the service is always EXCELLENT. From the moment we got to the Terminal to the last minuet stepping off the ship it was again excellent. My hat off to the Crew of the NCL Sky. 6. Port and Shore excursions, Key West was really nice but my all time favorite was Private Island, loved the water and the drinks. There were 8 of us in our party some had cruise before and some for the first time. They are all booking again for March 15 2020 sailing on the newest NCL ship, NCL Encore. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
My husband and I are frequent cruisers but have been loyal to Royal Caribbean, and occasionally Carnival for convenience. This was our first NCL cruise, and we chose it because we wanted to visit Key West on a short weekend cruise. The ... Read More
My husband and I are frequent cruisers but have been loyal to Royal Caribbean, and occasionally Carnival for convenience. This was our first NCL cruise, and we chose it because we wanted to visit Key West on a short weekend cruise. The schedule and value were perfect, and a low priced direct flight out of Charleston, SC was the icing on the cake! (We live 2 hours from Charleston). Having never experienced the open bar concept, we weren't expecting much as far as service or food (to compensate for the free alcohol), and also expected a ship full of belligerent drunk people. Boy, were we wrong! The ship was beautiful (although a little confusing at first), the crew was SUPER friendly, the food and drinks were amazing, and other cruisers were a blast! We didn't experience any extremely drunk people, surprisingly enough, and the ambiance of the ship was laid-back and just fun. Our oceanview room was perfectly comfortable from the cool AC to the bed and pillows. We are extremely satisfied and pleasantly surprised, and look forward to more cruises on NCL, particularly the Sky. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We just wrapped up a four-night Bahamas cruise on the Navigator of the Seas. We had the Key, got to the terminal about 9:30am, checked in, did security, sat in the Key area and were literally the first to board at 10:40am. We had ... Read More
We just wrapped up a four-night Bahamas cruise on the Navigator of the Seas. We had the Key, got to the terminal about 9:30am, checked in, did security, sat in the Key area and were literally the first to board at 10:40am. We had already dropped our luggage with the stevedores, but should have waited and dropped it at the Key area on deck 4. Information about the Key was sort of scarce. We didn’t receive our bags until about 5pm. Fortunately we had packed swimsuits and sunblock and were able to enjoy the pools and slides. About the Key: -The internet package was great. -We didn’t know until the last day that the Key acts as a “fast pass” for the water slides (grr). -The Chops lunch was excellent (filet) -We only used the priority seating for the ice show, but there was plenty of room at the other shows. -Our main dining room departure breakfast the last morning was really nice. -Info on departure procedures was a bit sketchy, so we left our baggage in the cabin during breakfast and after we grabbed our luggage and just went to the bamboo room to be escorted off (shorter line). It worked out just fine. -Our “checked luggage” was with everyone else’s, no specific “Key” Area was marked off at customs. Service was always friendly and attentive, except the bar servers were surly. At the theater one night, a server refused to provide a drink menu, and at one of the pool bars the last night, the bartender acted as though he was doing us a favor by making drinks and wouldn’t even talk to us. Hopefully these were the exception. The water slides and flow rider were fun, although the pools were really crowded on the sea day. We enjoyed the soft serve ice cream once we found it, and were so stuffed from meals we didn’t snack too often! We aren’t big drinkers, but the $12 mixed drink prices seemed high. We felt that RCI “nickels and dimes” passengers a lot. The main dining room charged an extra $8 for squeezed orange juice. That’s ridiculous. We didn’t do any formal excursions and instead explored Nassau independently and spent the Cococay day at Chill Beach (the island food was better than the Windjammer buffet, especially the brownies!) Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Embarkation was a breeze, arriving at 11:00, changed into bathing suits and had a great day at the pool. The band was entertaining and great dj music and enjoyed tacos by the pool. Our luggage arrived to our cabin by the time we finished ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze, arriving at 11:00, changed into bathing suits and had a great day at the pool. The band was entertaining and great dj music and enjoyed tacos by the pool. Our luggage arrived to our cabin by the time we finished at the pool, in plenty of time to clean up for dinner. Dinner service was great in My Time Dining and with our pre-board reservations we were sat immediately. The only real complaints I have for the ship is the lack of bar service. There was only one waiter in the casino and he served only the table games. If you played slots or video poker, you must fend for yourself. There was usually only one bartender at the casino bar as well. The other thing that we found lacking was the Diamond Lounge. We missed the ambiance and the view from the Crown Lounge. Being a small lounge with no windows on Deck 5 (I think) was no where we wanted to be. However the Concierge there was wonderful. Debarkation was very fast although no one adhered to their departure time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We enjoyed the spacious Family Suite although it wasn’t cleaned very well. When we boarded to dropoff our carryon before heading to lunch the room appeared to be finalizing cleaning so no big deal; however, after using the loo and ... Read More
We enjoyed the spacious Family Suite although it wasn’t cleaned very well. When we boarded to dropoff our carryon before heading to lunch the room appeared to be finalizing cleaning so no big deal; however, after using the loo and approaching the sinks to wash my hands, I noticed toothpaste in bothe sinks! We cruise often in Haven and Suites so this was a first for us! Upon leaving the room the steward came up, we thought to introduce himself as usual, but instead berated is for coming in before the room had been cleaned! Not the best first impression at all. A normal request to have the fridge emptied so we could store juices and canape plates was ignored the entire cruise by the Steward and butler. After 3 days of reminders and notes left in room it became a battle of wills, one we lost. The steward was a bit standoffish and neglected to turn down our room, something we have never had to specifically request. Not a big deal but not ordinary. We ended up wasting food because we had no fridge to store it. I ended up not going without slippers because the same debri from when we arrived in the suite remained the entire. cruise. The ship was nice, food great and service was good outside suite, and we had a fun trip overall. Just wanted to point out some oddities and make sure this is the exception! Oh, and the concierge, Reoul, I think, we never met. He brushed past us a few times and we didn’t even know who he was until disembarkation when he was waiting at the exit to say goodbye. Uh, he never said hello! Again odd since we always bond with Haven personnel including Courtyard valet, Butler, steward, etc. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
There was kids sail free promotion going on with Royal Caribbean Cruise and this was perfect sailing for our group. This was our first cruise and wanted to go on short cruise. We were 28 passengers in group including kids. Ship is ... Read More
There was kids sail free promotion going on with Royal Caribbean Cruise and this was perfect sailing for our group. This was our first cruise and wanted to go on short cruise. We were 28 passengers in group including kids. Ship is recently rebuild so interior is modern and rooms are spacious. We were all had interior rooms but still found spacious enough even 4 of us (2 + 2). Staff were awesome and they arranged welcome gestures in form of making animal from napkins. My kids love that. Dinning facility was outstanding. This was our first cruise so we were quite worried about food and our special dietary requirement but they have taken care of this very well. They arranged our big group very easily. There were so many options that we never felt short of option. From 24X7 Pizza to special dinner all were perfectly arranged for all needs. We loved theater act as well magic show. Kids loved movies on deck at pools. Shore excursion are little costly compare to direct purchase but still they have enough option, if you want to use their services. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I chose this cruise because it was something I always wanted to experience and so I took my 9 yr old grandson during Spring break from school. We love the Disney Parks and wanted to try to cruise. My husband, 23 yr old son, my grandson ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was something I always wanted to experience and so I took my 9 yr old grandson during Spring break from school. We love the Disney Parks and wanted to try to cruise. My husband, 23 yr old son, my grandson and myself were in stateroom 7536. My brother, sis in law and 18 yr old nephew were in 7520. We had a nice time all in all. There was a mishap on first night dinner in AP. We ordered steaks and my bro got a one inch piece of metal in his. He was chewing and after feeling it, he spit it out - thank goodness. The wait staff, chef and head waiter were very apologetic and I felt bad for the chef. He looked so upset and puzzled. It was a piece of metal from a wire brush that would be used to clean a grill. This could have ruined entire cruise if it had been swallowed. Like I said, they were very upset that this happened and I hope they do whatever they need to do to ensure this never happens again. Swallowing that could be fatal. At the very least would require surgery. We received Magical Memories certificates for our troubles. The ports were fine. Key West was nice. Nassau - been there, done that. Unless your doing a day at Atlantis, might be best to stay on the ship. Castaway Cay, was beautiful. The weather was great. The shows were awesome. Saw every one of them. They released END GAME on the ship and that was so fun. Disney details were the best. We enjoyed some late night trivia and juggling entertainment. The food was okay but nothing over the top. We didn't do Palo. We were very disappointed that Lumiere's did not offer any entertainment for dinner. AP and the Tangled restaurants did have lovely entertainment, but not Lumiere's. It was our last night's restaurant so we looked forward to some fun, but there was none to be had. The wait staff said they removed the Beauty and the Beast entertainment because it was frightening to the little ones. This is Disney and they could have done something else rather than nothing. So yeah that was disappointing. Would I do another Disney Cruise, possibly but not 100% yet. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I have not sailed on the Voyager class - have been on all the others but somehow missed the Voyager class - Mariner was like an abbreviated Independence of the Seas! Anyway, I usually dislike weekend cruises because of the hassles ... Read More
I have not sailed on the Voyager class - have been on all the others but somehow missed the Voyager class - Mariner was like an abbreviated Independence of the Seas! Anyway, I usually dislike weekend cruises because of the hassles boarding and disembarking - lines, crowds, chaos AND the cruise lines typically use older, less feature rich ships. So when I saw the Mariner OS pop up and I found out she has just completed a massive refit - I decided to risk it and go. While the price was no deal, and since I went solo it was double the fare(almost), it was worth it to me to get on the ship. I did receive an onboard credit so I bought the Ultimate Dining Package with it so that as a solo I would not have to navigate the MDR. Upon arrival at the Port of Miami to the new monolithic RCCL terminal , I have to admit I was impressed. While I am Diamond with RCCL it did not matter at all as I was through check-in, security, and on the ship within 15 minutes of hitting the curb - Amazing. No lines, no fuss, no muss. Once on board at 12:30 Cabins were not available so I explores the ship and went to johnny Rockets for lunch. I must admit my first impression was that the ship was spotless and appeared almost new - everything was refreshed and shimmering. Lunch was ok at Johnny Rockets as I was the first customer I didn't get any of the fun stuff - just a burger and drink. Rooms became available and I went to my "inside" cabin with a window overlooking the Royal Promenade - I had chose a guarantee rate and this is what I received. It was very spacious and centrally located. I then went looking for the Diamond Lounge and found it on deckk 14 - I love the Diamond Lounge as it can be an Oasis of Calm on these dold out cruises - and it was! I used it extensively all weekend. Beautiful sail away from Miami as the sun set behind the skyline. It got dark and we were out to sea about 2 and 1/2 hours out we were told we were returning to Miami due to a medical emergency. What a treat (for me, not the poor patient being rushed back) as the skyline of Miami was in full illumination and it was spectacular. Dinner night one was at Jamie's and I would rate it as just ok, nothing outstanding - Service was less than attentive and I attributed this to being a solo diner. Dinner Night Two was at Izumi and it was fabulous - the food was excellent and service spot on! As good if not better than land based Sushi restaurants. My only dislike was the Teppanyaki shows were ongoing and LOUD but hey that is part of what Teppanyaki is about. Dinner Night Three was in Chops and though I am not a beef eater, I found plenty on the menu and it was very good - service was excellent However, my best dining experience was Sunday (Nassau) for lunch and I opted to go to Jamie's - It was outstanding! I had the Brushetta - yum, the chicken in mushroom cream sauce - Outstanding - lick the bowl clean good and a light Raspberry custard desert that was amazing. Service was attentive and friendly - a great experience. Coco Cay - Will be amazing when finished. The new pool is incredible and the facilities are on par with a Disney WaterPark! Just worry the first hurricane will take it out! The Solarium pool was my hangout as I had the ship to myself while at Coco Cay and Nassau and I was extremely please to see the lifeguards and pool attendants enforcing the 30 minute chair reservation limit AND the smoking rules. Shows were mediocre Lounge acts were excellent Ship is gorgeous and clean!!!!!! Fellow Passengers - all types - some loud and obnoxious others respectful and nice while many were drunk becuase they had purchased drink package and wanted to get their money's worth! All in All - very nice to excellent Read Less
Sail Date April 2019

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