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I booked this cruise for actually Carnival Live with Kathy Griffith to headline...This cruise was booked to go to Key West & Cozemel @ $955.02 We drove from Wisconsin to Miami, 22 hrs, spent $150 for a 1 nite hotel room, to recieve ... Read More
I booked this cruise for actually Carnival Live with Kathy Griffith to headline...This cruise was booked to go to Key West & Cozemel @ $955.02 We drove from Wisconsin to Miami, 22 hrs, spent $150 for a 1 nite hotel room, to recieve a email that our itenerary had been changed @ 9:15 pm the nite before we were to depart, not even a 24 hr notice!!! They instead, decided to take us to the bahamas, in which we DID NOT book a trip to the Bahamas!!! Since, we were already in Miami we kept the cruise....Well, we shouldve CANCELLED!! First, we get to the port @ 3 pm, as they told us to.....And NO BOAT!!! Boat didnt come to port until 7:30, so CARNIVAL decided to put us all, about 1500 people on shuttle buses & take us to a mall!!! Then once the boat showed up & we all boarded & we went to FREEPORT, where the boat had technical problems, AGAIN, and we were stuck at port til about 11:00 pm.. Then we went to Nassau, where we were basically bombarded by people who were selling everything but their mother, it was rediculous!!!! No public beach, no dolphins, $150 to go on Atlamtis tour, but plenty of BARS!!! Well, thats great for those who drink, but Im a cancer patient and on this trip with my 20 year old daughter & her boyfriend, we took this cruise to make memories & it turned out to be a nitemare!! But on Carnivals be half they did give us a $ 50 credit & 25% off our next 2-5 day cruise!?? Are u kidding me!!! What an insult, they took our money for a trip to Mexico & cheated us into going to the Bahamas for the SAME PRICE!!!! I WILL NEVER CRUISE WITH THEM, AGAIN....I called their customer service complaint dept, ABSOLUTELY USELESS!!! Do your self a favor & take a cruise with a company that delivers what the customer paid for, not what they decide to give you!! THEY ONLY HAD TO ROB ME, ONCE!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Like others that have posted about unknowingly booking on the Gronk party cruise, my wife, myself and our two best friends fell victim to it as well. This was our third cruise on Norwegian and will be our last. We arrived at the port ... Read More
Like others that have posted about unknowingly booking on the Gronk party cruise, my wife, myself and our two best friends fell victim to it as well. This was our third cruise on Norwegian and will be our last. We arrived at the port with anticipation of past experiences. Getting through check in and on-boarding was quick and easy. That's where it all went south. Walking on to the ships in the past we had been met with music, staff/crew members dressed up in festive outfits and excitedly welcoming us aboard. This time we were herded through the main door and left to figure out which way to our state rooms, which when we got there were roped off at the hallways since they happened to not be ready and would not be ready for several more hours. We had paid the extra money for the unlimited beverage package, so we headed up to the pool deck to grab a lounge chair and enjoy a few drinks. On past cruises, waiters were like swarms of bees on hone, on this cruise, much like the American Honey Bee, they appeared to have become nearly extinct. So we spent much of our time waiting on the pool deck in line at the bar trying to fend off large crowds just to get a drink. We also quickly noticed that one of the two pools was covered with green felt lined plywood and a stage with sound and lighting had been erected. This was/is a permanent fixture on this ship so all people wanting to go in the pool and hot tubs cram in to just the one pool and set of hut tubs that remained uncovered. Not long after we steamed out from port, we and all others were asked to leave the pool deck, which was still packed with people and those who appeared to once be waiters quickly snapped up lounge chairs and stacked them up in preparation for a Gronk party that we did not have access to because we did not have the pass because we weren't told before or during our booking process that this was a party cruise. From there we headed back to our cabins to prepare for dinner (had the dining package too) at Cagney's Steak House. Our service was average at best, although the food did come out lightning fast. The taste of the food was as expected. Upon receiving the checks, our waiter detailed that although we had already paid gratuities, we could leave him an extra tip. As he picked up the checks, he opened them and said to us out loud, "Wow, you didn't leave me any extra"! The second day we landed at Stirrup Cay. The seas had been very rough the night before, were still pretty rough and the air and water cool, so not many people were anxious to leave the ship. Eventually, our group of four (we travel with our two best friends) headed over and grabbed a chair. The last time we were at Stirrup Cay, there were more than enough waiters to go around and they were jovial and happy to get you drinks. This time there appeared to be two over the entire beach and they had upside down smiles the entire time. So, we (I) spent at least half of my time on Stirrup Cay in line at the cabana bars getting drinks. Back on the ship, we enjoyed walking around, taking in a show or two that night, and singing a little karaoke. They had a sum total of one song book for several people to try to peruse at one time and after about 5 songs they had "technical difficulties" and shut it down. I met a nice couple at the bar who were cruising on Norwegian for the first time after cruising on a few other cruise lines. They mentioned to me in conversation how this would be their one and only cruise on Norwegian since the service was so bad and things were largely off limits to regular cruise passengers. I explained that other NCL cruises we had been on were vastly different experiences, but I ended up being convinced by them that there are too many other options out there to waste time and money on a sub par, budget cruise line that can't afford to properly train or staff their cruises. On previous cruises with NCL, we were warmly greeted by our room attendant and they were happy and jovial conversing openly and freely each time they saw us. Us and our friends had mini suites next to each other and we ended up leaving our tips in the room because we had no idea who our room attendant was. To top it off, our last day we did a quick excursion in Nassau and came back on to the ship around 1pm. We grabbed some food and went to our favorite spot to enjoy music, dancing and festivities on the pool deck. Not only did we not get any drink service other than waiting in long lines at the bar again, but for 4 hours straight there was no music and no entertainment. Just as we were expecting music to come out and play as we were preparing to steam out of port, we were once again whisked off the deck and had our lounge chair privileges revoked. In summary, because of the lack of communication from the cruise line regarding the type of cruise we were sharing the boat with, the poor service from the wait staff, the lack of available entertainment to us, the lack of wait staff on the pool deck and at Stirrup Cay, and the other items mentioned above, we will be cruising elsewhere on our next trip. We booked this cruise with cruise credits from an issue on our $6000 family cruise last spring where our bathroom flooded for over 6 hours and they moved us from our balcony suite to an interior room midway through the cruise. On this cruise, we did spend several hundred dollars more on the beverage package and dining package, but as mentioned, the value just wasn't there. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
As past veteran NCL cruisers , 10 cruises, this was by far our worst cruise ever. Too much alcohol with little control by ship staff. Loud, noisy cruisers keeping late hours - didn't allow for much sleep. Our embarkation as a ... Read More
As past veteran NCL cruisers , 10 cruises, this was by far our worst cruise ever. Too much alcohol with little control by ship staff. Loud, noisy cruisers keeping late hours - didn't allow for much sleep. Our embarkation as a latitudes member went very smoothly, as was the carry off debarkartion at Miami. The NCL Sky is a comfortable ship, as 2000 passengers fit nicely. Some lines at breakfast, but overall ok for the garden cafe. We ate in the Crossings restaurant each night for a different tone - taking your time to have a full meal. We visited Nassau by walking the Main Street, then taking a ferry to Atlantis, which is a small city unto itself. Had a small visit to the casino - then ferried back to the ship. The day at the beach, was comfortable and NCL has invested some resources in making it more use friendly. They have added many beach-chairs and additional areas to eat and relax. Our cabin was on the 9th floor - midship - easy to get to the cafe - floor 11- as well as the main shops and theatre on floor 11. Entertainment was well done, comedian and rock show was enjoyable. Cruise director Tyler was informative and entertaining. All in all, aside from little sleep do to some unruly patrons - it was as we have expected on NCL cruises we have taken before. I will mention again, that the NCL free drink policy attracts a much younger crowd - I.e. - this is not for the older crowd ! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Having sailed on the PEARL previously, I was excited to be on board again and share the next several days with 7 friends. 8 ladies, high school friends, and having all hit a milestone the previous year was a reason for fun and sun. We ... Read More
Having sailed on the PEARL previously, I was excited to be on board again and share the next several days with 7 friends. 8 ladies, high school friends, and having all hit a milestone the previous year was a reason for fun and sun. We did have fun, we made the best of the situation, however this was not the cruise we all expected. First off we had no idea it was a GRONK cruise when we booked and we were NEVER informed of this. The GRONK party people, for the most part were fun and it made for great people watching. Only a few people we ran into were a tad "out of it". This was not a cruise for children, and we saw many. The first thing I noticed was how unhappy the staff seemed to be, compared to my first cruise on the PEARL. I felt like I had to make an effort to get a smile from the NCL employees. I felt sorry for them, to be so unhappy. We, as a group, booked a large cabana and looked forward to this special treat on the island. Check in was rather un-eventful...the person checking us in made us feel like we were a burden. When we inquired about getting our free drinks, that came with the cabana, we were told where the bar was. The reviews praised the service of the staff...well we sure missed that "boat". So off the bar we went, several times, and waited. The GRONK people left their event in the lagoon to get their drinks over by us common folk (LOL) as it was taking them over a 1/2 hour to get a drink. We that then slowed down us getting our drinks. No big deal we made friends in line, we tried all weekend to make the best of things. Upon returning to the ship a few of our group went to the front desk to express the lack of service we got and basically we were told "we can't guarantee the service". WOW no I'm sorry, here is ______ to make up for it. Nothing. Dinner that night was awful. Lotus Garden: we waited longer to get our order taken then it took to get seated. My dinner was cold, fish undercooked and the rice was so peppery it was not enjoyable. We ordered dessert, 15 minutes later we all left the table. No dessert, half cleared, no drink refills. We met the 80's band in the casino and they asked if we were going to come listen to them sing. We had no idea (guess the GRONKS had a special itinerary). We quickly changed, headed to the STARDUST and got stopped at the door...yep a GRONK ONLY EVENT. Later that evening we saw them in the casino and the band asked why we didn't show up. We told them and found out there were only 50 people in attendance..HELLO NCL 8 more fun loving women would not have "crashed" the GRONK event. By far the biggest disappointment was the service or lack there-of. I fixed the light in our stateroom....the staff never got around to it. Luckily we all made an effort to have fun, look past the down side of the weekend and enjoy ourselves. If we had not kept that positive up-beat attitude it could have been a horrible trip. Will I cruise the PEARL again? Hmmmm I'll give that some thought. Next time I'll ask if they have a "party" booked for the weekend. I felt sorry for those getting on the cruise after us...a rock and roll event....the poor cruisers that had no idea. We got GRONK, and survived, due to our fun loving spirits and the ability to get by even with the lack of concern from the staff. Just a suggestion NCL~~~~book more staff for these events! Cabin was very good--balcony made it perfect. Dining I rated poor due to service in Lotus Garden and cold food. Otherwise LeBistro was good and the buffet was okay (not like my first cruise). Entertainment, except for Jim in the Piano Bar and a band in the atrium Sunday night, we didn't get any! Shore excursion: cabana was nice, service was not. For all the down sides it really made me hard to rate the value for the money better than poor. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My husband and I planned a short cruise with our daughter and family on Feb 19-22 to the Bahamas. After embarking the Norwegian Pearl we noticed that this was not an ordinary cruise. The music at the Sail Away Party was so loud we had ... Read More
My husband and I planned a short cruise with our daughter and family on Feb 19-22 to the Bahamas. After embarking the Norwegian Pearl we noticed that this was not an ordinary cruise. The music at the Sail Away Party was so loud we had to leave. We learned who was onboard (Gronkowsky Party) and didn't realize how that would impact our family trip. This was our fourth Norwegian cruise and our first three were the excellent in service, food, and entertainment. This ship was the worst cruise of all fourteen cruises we've been on. Drunk people vomitting all over the ship and sleeping in the atrium during the day was offensive. Some people maybe felt this was an added plus to their cruise experience if partying was their priority for the weekend. This wasn't why we planned the cruise with our daughter and family. Getting to the service: About 90% of the employees on the ship acted like they didn't want to be there and were the most unfriendly servers I've ever encountoured on a cruise ship. Getting to the food: We ate at the Garden Cafe because it met our family needs better, but the food was so cold I was afraid to eat most of it, so I had to be careful what was chosen. Going to the LaCinda Cafe was the biggest mistake of all. They need an Italian chef for this restaurant not what is in there. The food was not even close to Italian and the lobster was the biggest disappointment of all. Getting to the Entertainmenet: Some of the entertainment was geared to our kids and granddaughter's age, but there was nothing for my husband and I to go to. We hoped to try to enjoy the ship at Great Stirrup Cay but with the pool area was a disaster due to the continuous party going on. We also went to the main theater for the comedian and had to leave due to the material he used when there were kids present. Some of the parents did not see the warning obviously. Lucky for us, we enjoyed our mini suite because we spent a lot of time in it. The only problem was the 90 degrees at 4am that woke us up. It was fixed within an hour but it was hard to go back to sleep. At this price we were hoping for a fun three day vacation, but we sure were disappointed. My husband is a poker player and this is why we like cruising NCL. They normally have live poker dealers and not the digital tables like other cruise lines. Since this game was not promoted he only got to play one evening during a planned poker tournament. He was not happy about the casino experience. I usually play slots and normally get good service but I sat two hours the first day without a beverage. I was told they don't open that up to patrons until noon? Service in the casino was the worst of all my NCL cruises. Not a friendly happy crew in that area either. The highlight of our cruise was with a Glass Bottom Boat tour. We not only got to see fish up close and feed them, we had a great tour past all the stars homes on Paradise Island. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I was very excited to sail with Disney on the Wonder. As a Disney Vacation Club member for almost 25 years, I had visited their parks numerous times. As a cruise lover, with almost 20 cruises under my belt, I was very interested in ... Read More
I was very excited to sail with Disney on the Wonder. As a Disney Vacation Club member for almost 25 years, I had visited their parks numerous times. As a cruise lover, with almost 20 cruises under my belt, I was very interested in checking out the accessibility features of the Disney ships (knowing that Disney sets the standard for accessibility and comfort for the disabled at their parks). I must say, I wasn't super-impressed (sorry, Disney, I still love you). Our room was beautiful (Deluxe Verandah Stateroom, #7636) and spacious, but I had an issue with our roll-in shower. Could have been the angle of our cabin, due to the all the way forward location, the shape was of a triangle. I require the use of a built in shower seat, which was provided, but due to size and shape of shower, it was placed on the same wall as a grab bar. The grab bar impeded into the space of the 7 inch deep shower seat, a good 3 inches, only allowing 4 inches of seat for me to use. I'm an average sized person, 145lbs, but was too big for the seat allowance. Had to ask housekeeping for an additional shower seat (portable) that I had to use during the entirety of cruise (uncomfortable and not safe..one slip, and...). Other areas I found lacking were the doorways leading to the pool and upper decks. They were either automatic with a huge lip to get over (popping a wheelie required each time, impossible for a scooter-user), or if the transition was flat/ramped, the door wasn't automatic...not possible without help each time. The elevators are VERY small on this ship, only holding 4 passengers comfortably. Spent a LOT of time waiting for an empty elevator to fit in. Enjoyed the decor on board immensely, and definitely got my love for Disney flowing...seeing the characters was a lot of fun, enjoying fireworks one evening was a special treat, too. As adults without kids, we were happy to enjoy the adults-only pool area and adult entertainment district. Had fun playing movie quotes trivia with the ever-energetic host Brett and the various mixology, beer-tasting and Mojito-making events on board. Loved loved loved the day at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. Was happy they had a wheelchair accessible tram to get around the large island as there was a lot to see and do. Was disappointed with the stop in Nassau, however. Of the thirty-plus excursions offered by DCL, not one was wheelchair-friendly. I know and understand that Nassau is not the US so isn't required to offer anything for disabled guests, yet, I was surprised Disney didn't or hadn't tried to find at least one option. Our visit to Nassau lasted 20 minutes...off the ship, through the masses of vendors offering tours and activities, into town, which was a difficult trek in a chair, to find nothing but tee shirt shops and the regular Diamond International stores known in cruise ports. We quickly returned to the ship. Key West was a lot more comfortable stop, shops, restaurants right outside the cruise port. Our dining experience was average. It was fun to rotate restaurants throughout the cruise while keeping the same table mates and service staff. Our server, Jose, was always super enthusiastic and efficient. The food was just okay, I must admit, and I would definitely NOT classify myself as a 'foodie', I'm pretty easy to please. I found the selections were minimal and I wasn't very impressed with the quality. The push at the end of our stay to provide a good review of the service (so that our waiter could earn a much desired day off) was a little off-putting as well. Lastly, I find it necessary to include, the strange vibrations and shaking our cabin endured several times throughout the cruise. I assume the location of our cabin is to blame. Whenever we would pull into port, our cabin would shake and vibrate, sometimes violently, for several minutes. This also occurred all the way from Nassau to Key West. Instead of the nice rolling motion of the ocean, we rattled and shook...not exactly relaxing. Because of this, I wouldn't recommend a cabin towards the front of the ship (our table mates, in a similar location, but two decks down from us, experienced the same thing). In closing, loved the Disney touches and decor, did not appreciate the lack of wheelchair accessibility on board. My understanding is that the Wonder will be undergoing enhancements later this year, I hope to contact Disney to ask them to address my concerns and advise of my experience. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
We have traveled on four different cruise lines and have been reluctant to book a Disney cruise since we have no young children. I have always wanted to visit Key West so when we found this cruise, thought we would give it a try. We are ... Read More
We have traveled on four different cruise lines and have been reluctant to book a Disney cruise since we have no young children. I have always wanted to visit Key West so when we found this cruise, thought we would give it a try. We are DVC members and enjoy the Disney parKs. My husband and my 22 year old daughter joined me. It was a four day cruise to Castaway Cay, Nassau and Key West. Embarkation was easy and went quickly and we were on the ship by 1 PM. They announced every family when you entered the ship. It is a modest lobby as it was one of the smaller ships. Rooms were available about 1:30 PM so we grabbed lunch. The rooms are larger by cruise standards. We were on Deck 7 with a verandah. The bed was close to king size and a nice sitting area with a couch which became my daughter's bed. She said it was comfortable. The cabins have a two room bathroom, one with a toilet and sink and another with a Tub/shower combo and sink which was vey handy when we needed to get dressed at the same time. The veranda was a nice size which easily fit two chairs and a table. The rooms also have two wave phones which can be used on the cruise ship and cadtaway cay. This avoids the roaming charges on your cell phone. There is limited things to do as an adult. In the adult section of the boat, there was an adult only pool but since there was a strong breeze, it was uncomfortable to sit and relax or read. They did have a great cafe serving various coffee, tea and hot chocolate drinks as well as a nice bar area. In the evening, they had trivia in one of lounges which served appetizers of buffalo wings, hot dogs and chips and salsa. Very tasty with a nice bar menu. This worked well since we had the late seating and this was usually before dinner. The adult entertainment after dinner was a bit kitchy so we only went once. The shows were mostly aimed at the kids with the Disney characters but had a comedian/ventriloquist one night who was quite good. Disney rotates you to three dining rooms for dinner and unfotunately the food was disappointing. We ate at Parrot Cay the first night and everything was over salted. The other two dining rooms had mixed results depending on what you ate. Very disappointing. The staff were great - friendly, attentive and easy to have conversations. In particular, the matre-d, Simone, was very good. We had an issue in that we were seated with another family of three the first night and they were not very sociable and obviously annoyed to share a table. Disney should provide people an option to choose a private rable versus a group table as other cruises ask, when you choose your dining options. We met another couple at lunch at Castaway Cay who were traveling with their son and they had a similar experience in which they were seated with a family of 5 who wanted a table on their own. we found we had the same seating and rotation and Simone was able to seat us together which made a very enjoyable dining experience. Simone was transferred to the Fantasy on our return and they now have a great staff person. We had an unfortunate experience that my daughter signed up for the scuba trip in Nassau and when we went to the Activities desk on the first day to get her forms, they said she was the only one signed up and it might be canceled but provided no alternative. The scuba trip was the second day in port so they said to check the next day. We did and the women at the desk said it was going to be canceled but when we asked if she can refer us to private operators, she said you can check when you get off the boat. Not very helpful. After getting off the ship the first day on Castawat Cay, my husband saw the cruise director, Natalie, and explained our dilemma for our daughters scuba trip. My daughter was running the 5K at this time. Natalie took our wave phone number and said she would get back to us. Within two hours all was sorted out and my daughter had a wonderful scuba trip the next day. Thank you Natalie, the activities people can learn from you. Castaway Cay was nice but because of the breeze and cold water, it limited your activities. Nassau was a waste of time and Key West was great. We took the bike tour in Key West and enjoyed ourselves. We definitely will go back to Key West. Will we take another Disney cruise? We had very mixed reactions as the food and ports were the priimary attractions for adults and the food was so so and ports were mixed. It would depend on pricing and ports but we would not go back on the Wonder. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our third cruise. We had previously sailed on the Getaway last year and the Reflection the year before and both were 7 night cruises. Truthfully after our previous great experiences on these two ships I lowered my expectations for ... Read More
This was our third cruise. We had previously sailed on the Getaway last year and the Reflection the year before and both were 7 night cruises. Truthfully after our previous great experiences on these two ships I lowered my expectations for the Sky but it turned out to be a fun cruise nevertheless. Embarkation was smooth and no issues. We were on the ship within 30 minutes of arriving at the port and went on a walking tour before the cabins were announced as being ready for guests. The sail away party was well attended and set the tone for a fun four days. The ship is aging well IMHO and the crew was very friendly and helpful. I have to say the bartenders in the outrigger lounge were the best on the ship and made the best drinks from scratch. The food was fine in the buffet and did the trick for breakfast and lunch for us. We did have one meal at Cagney's and it was the best meal we had on any of our cruises. Rubin was a great waiter and the steak was prepared perfectly. The cruise director Tyler had an endless reserve of energy and certainly was entertaining watching his antics. Russ Rivas was hilarious ! We thought the entertainment was fine overall although not as polished as the entertainment on the Getaway and the Reflection. Overall it was a fun cruise and tremendous value. The private island was a great beach day and we had an enjoyable time in Freeport doing the Caves and beaches excursion. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Hi, I don't like to review much but it's almost unfair since I always count on this site to all my cruises, at least to give me a sense in what to expect. First let me say that this is my 4th cruise and I have a lot to compare. ... Read More
Hi, I don't like to review much but it's almost unfair since I always count on this site to all my cruises, at least to give me a sense in what to expect. First let me say that this is my 4th cruise and I have a lot to compare. We were in a large group and some of the factors were not the cruise line fault like the weather. Right from the start they made a mistake on my mothers room card, and she had to wait close to 20 min to get in the ship. The ship was old but that didn't bother us, and cabin was somewhat comfortable , and I soon as we got in our rooms were ready, so that was a plus. I can't emphasize enough the fact that the staff was so friendly, very,very nice and worked very hard to make us happy. The big plus of this ship is that it's all inclusive and the drinks were very good and strong. The bartender was also very nice. So unfortunately this wasn't our greatest cruise and actually was the least enjoyable. First my son got sick on the second day and spent the whole day in the room. The food in the buffet is very blend. I mean I hate to talk bad about food because we are not very picky but the food was very disappointing. To the point that my older son as soon as we dock in Miami told me I can't wait to get out of here and eat. The Mexican night food was horrible. The only night I can say was ok was when they grilled salmon on the deck and had paella. To make things worse the restaurant was awful too, and that's me trying to be polite. My husband who loves to eat would ask for 2 plates just to see if one of them would be eatable. That was pretty good. Now for the entertainment... Oh boy, I bragged so much about to my mother that was a first time cruiser about how cruise ships will keep us entertained the whole time but this ship left a lot to be desired. Tyler the cruise director was very funny, but pretty much it. The shows never started before 8 pm, there was not much to do, karaoke was so weak, no songs, no good comedy shows, no magic shows, kids club was very blend, the kids lost interest in the clubs and wanted to join us all the time, thank God I brought some board games with me . Unlike our last carnival ship that they entertained the kids all the time. the hot tubs were always full and the pool was empty since the weather didn't cooperate. The white party was very boring and we were actually bored the whole time, The weather in the Bahamas in February can be a bit cold, and I shouldn't complain because we live in Boston but i feel that if I'm spending all this money in a vacation I should get good weather, the sea was very rough and my mother was very scared, and I felt so bad because I used to tell her that the ship never rocked, the last day was soooo bad. The only one from our group of 9 that seemed to enjoy this trip was my step dad who was a first time cruiser And always had a beer in his hand and said that he was glad he was not working. The only thing I really enjoyed was a excursion with a guy named Amos who showed us the real Nassau and all the important parts, he was very enthusiastic about his island and he was funny and very entertaining. their private island was very cold and rainy and Freeport was also cold. So my agent said that usually short cruises are like that and I didn't agree with her, I've been to budget ships and not so budget ships and this one was my least favorite, so no February vacation for us anymore and I would not cruise Norwegian sky again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
After reading the reviews I certainly prepared myself not to have a good time. I was wrong! This was an amazing cruise! The staff gave great service during dining and my stateroom though extremely small was manageable (suitable for 1 ... Read More
After reading the reviews I certainly prepared myself not to have a good time. I was wrong! This was an amazing cruise! The staff gave great service during dining and my stateroom though extremely small was manageable (suitable for 1 person) If you want more room I'd recommend a balcony or a suite if you really want to splurge. I certainly made my money back with the unlimited drink package. I had a drink at breakfast and all during the day. I thought for sure they would be watered down. No in fact I was pleasantly surprised by how orderly the lines are, the bar staff made sure we understood where the line was and they did it very respectfully. With the unlimited package I was expecting a few unruly passengers and only met 2 who should have been cut off, security was present and were not intimidating at all. The entertainment was amazing I did not expect it would be that great on a 4 day cruise! The production quality was comparable with a Broadway production. I really enjoyed the rock and roll show the singers can really belt out a tune. The dancers were amazing the lead dancers are very proficient in their choreography. The food was outstanding! Only an Indian Chef could make the Mexican night food taste like we were South of the Border. He really knows how to season with unique spices. I also appreciated the pairings. Having something chocolate every day assisted me with the few lbs I added. Tyler our Cruise Director and his team were very creative keeping us sufficiently entertained. I don't recall any down time, I always had something fun to look forward to. Thanks to the Captain for changing our itinerary in order that we could enjoy our private island. I'm definitely a Norwegian from this day forward! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I took my girlfriend on her first cruise and I was hoping it would be as wonderful as my previous cruises. We start our journey by waiting about 2 1/2 hours before we were allowed to check in due to a coast guard inspection. Ship ... Read More
I took my girlfriend on her first cruise and I was hoping it would be as wonderful as my previous cruises. We start our journey by waiting about 2 1/2 hours before we were allowed to check in due to a coast guard inspection. Ship didn't leave the dock until about 8pm. Next, we were placed with a few other couples at dinner. I'm not sure exactly how they decide who sits with whom, but we lost that lottery. We sat with a few older couples that were probably the most boring people on the planet. It would be nice if they looked at your age and sat you with people closer to your age range. The ship is small compared to the others I've been on. There are only two pools and two Jacuzzis. The heat in the jacuzzi wasn't working well, so they were mildly warm and not at all hot. The entertainment schedule seemed lacking and we found ourselves waiting around for hours to kill waiting on the next show. I love the cruise game shows, but one of them was held in the atrium area where there is the least seating available on the ship. You had to sit on the stairs or stand around the railings to watch the show. During the "parade of flags" they parade down half the stairs, so even these "seats" are unavailable. Public bathrooms were difficult to find. You would think there would be some in the Windjammer area, but you had to exit that area and head outside to the pool to find the closest rest room. Overall, the food was good, the service was good and the islands were fun. If you are looking for a cheap cruise and have low expectations, this might be a great cruise Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My boyfriend and I just got off of the Norwegian Sky after our 3 night cruise to the Bahamas February 12-15. He and I are both experienced cruisers and have cruised larger and smaller ships on Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and ... Read More
My boyfriend and I just got off of the Norwegian Sky after our 3 night cruise to the Bahamas February 12-15. He and I are both experienced cruisers and have cruised larger and smaller ships on Norwegian, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Disney cruise lines. We booked this cruise in the beginning of January to get away from cold temperatures in the north. Our most recent cruise prior to this sailing had been a week long vacation on the Norwegian Breakaway (a newer and larger ship) in August out of New York City. For this time around, we flew out of Philadelphia on Thursday night into Fort Lauderdale and then took a 30 minute cab ride to our hotel in Miami. The next morning, we arrived at the port around 10:30 am to be the first boarding group onto the ship. Arriving early allowed us to not have to wait in any lines for check in and to get our sea pass cards immediately. We were able to board the ship at around 11:15 am which meant we could enjoy the 75 and sunny degree Miami weather and explore the vessel. We ate on the back of the ship outside at the Great Outdoor Cafe and then headed up to Champs Bar by the pool to grab a drink before posting up on lounge chairs. We rarely spend time in the cabins so we booked an inside cabin located on Deck 10. We normally have balconies so it was a bit of a change going to an interior but we are both easy going and had no complaints. Our stateroom attendant Jimmy was very talkative and was always asking us if we needed anything from him. I personally thought this was a great location of a stateroom since the buffet was on Deck 11 and the shops were on Decks 6 and 7. We rarely heard any noise from the floors above or below us so I would highly recommend this deck. There were plenty of elevators that never seemed crowded but we always take the stairs except for disembarking when we have our luggage. We had made dinner reservations online for all three nights but found that in the MDRs, the dining reservations were not necessary and you could walk in whenever you would like. We dined in Crossings the first night, the Palace the second night, and Cagney's Steakhouse our third night. I am used to taking week long cruises and getting to know our waiters in the MDRs but on a shorter cruise, this is not the case. With this said, all of the wait staff was still very courteous and our food was brought out at the perfect speed, but no one gets to know your name. Although I had never dined in Cagney's before, my boyfriend had and recommended we do it to celebrate Valentine's Day. Our steaks and selected sides were absolutely delicious and this is truly worth the extra money. Due to windy conditions, our port days were reversed and we ended up going to Great Stirrup Cay on the first day and Nassau on the second day. We had booked the jet skiing tour through the ship and found that we did not have to make any new arrangements due to the port change. The jet ski tour lasted about an hour and a half and is a great excursion for those who are both experienced and not experienced jet skiers. After, we headed to the lagoon at the far end of island to avoid the crowds. One thing to note is that there is a bar by the lagoon but it was not open so you have to walk to the more popular part of the island to get a cocktail. There are shuttles that run to the various parts of the island so for those who may have disabilities, the only struggle may be getting on and off the tenders. The food on the island was delicious, plentiful, and what to be expected: burgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, salad, a sub station, etc. Nassau has never been a favorite port of mine because it seems poverty-stricken unless you purchase a day pass for the Atlantis. Having been there on other cruises, we ended up going to Junkanoo Beach instead which was about a 10-15 minute walk from the port. It provided great photos of the ships in port but due to the wind, we only stayed about an hour and a half before heading back to the Sky. Junkanoo Beach had many restaurants where you could have lunch but the overall beach was a bit small and not as nice as other public beaches we have been to on other islands. Knowing I was going to be on a smaller ship, I did not have any expectations of amazing entertainment. After being on a large ship last summer where the entertainment was top-notch, I knew it would be hard to live up to the performances we had seen. In the theatre, we saw comedian and the Rock Show. While both were average performances, I still recommend going. We attended the Newlywed/Not so Newywed show and the Quest in Dazzles lounge (which are on most cruises). These were both very funny and the cruise director was lively. There were always a lot of people dancing in Dazzles around midnight after the shows (being that my boyfriend and I are both 24 and love to dance, this was important to us). According to our Freestyle Daily, during the day, there was always something to do on the ship and by the pool. We saw the Mr. Sexy Legs competition which occurred when departing Great Stirrup Cay. The Norwegian staff made disembarkation an absolute breeze. We had our last breakfast and one last mimosa at the Outdoor Cafe and then went back to our stateroom to grab our luggage. We got right on an elevator, took it to Deck 6, and walked straight off the ship with no problems. Kudos Norwegian! The all-inclusive drink package was one of the reasons that we chose this ship over Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas as well as knowing that this ship had been updated more recently. I read many reviews prior to our cruise that the ship had a lot of noticeable wear and tear. While the Sky is definitely not a new ship, it was still a beautiful boat and the crew was constantly making small updates where they could. Both on and off the ship, we had no problems finding lounge chairs or had a problem with the drinks being "watered down" (something I had read prior to getting on our cruise). The longest I had to wait to get a drink at the pool bar was about 2 minutes and the staff was always so kind. The food at the buffet was the same as newer Norwegian ships we have been on and was great. Overall, this was the perfect ship and itinerary for a few days of rest and relaxation and I would highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I went into this cruise very skeptical due to a previous poor experience on the "greyhound" of cruise lines (Carnival). This cruise changed my view on traveling by sea and I will definitely travel with Norwegian again. The ... Read More
I went into this cruise very skeptical due to a previous poor experience on the "greyhound" of cruise lines (Carnival). This cruise changed my view on traveling by sea and I will definitely travel with Norwegian again. The service and attention to the detail on this cruise was incredible. Every turn there was a surprise and delight! The entertainment was phenomenal and the Cruise Director Tyler and his crew were full of contagious energy that made every minute exciting and engaging. There was always something to do on this cruise, and did I mention the alcoholic beverages were INCLUDED!!! With libations flowing freely and smiles all around, this cruise is a no-brainer. There was always something to do on the boat. There were a-la-carte restaurants in which you paid for dining and the food at Cagney's really out-shined the "inclusive" dining areas. Definitely spring for at least one night of fine-dining. When we got on land, I'd planned all of our excursions and Nassau was by far the most fun. We visited the Tiki Hut on Junkanoo Beach which was run by Amanda and she was AMAZING! The food and drinks here were incredible and there was FREE WI-FI! Once they get a crowd there, the singing and dancing begins! We also visited Watlings Distillery where "Uncle Will" made us by far the BEST Pina Colodas I've ever tasted (and I've had plenty). We also visited Graycliff Resort where I was trained by "Vilma" on how to hand-roll cigars. A drawback to the Nassau is when we went to buy White Hennessey, we were charged more than what it cost on the ship. I felt a bit cheated by the lady on the island. This could be the case for all "duty-free" liquor so if you're looking to buy I would compare pricing. Hands down, this cruise gets 5-stars for the crew from the captain on down. I was highly impressed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
I'm writing this more to answer the questions that I wish I had found here before our trip... ya know. DRINKS: This is why we took this cruise. And it's true. From when we woke up till 2am it was no-holds-barred good ... Read More
I'm writing this more to answer the questions that I wish I had found here before our trip... ya know. DRINKS: This is why we took this cruise. And it's true. From when we woke up till 2am it was no-holds-barred good stuff. Bloody Maries where we'd call Stoli or Absolut or Tito's or Ketel One or Russian Standard. Drinks with Gosling's Ginger Beer - and Gosling's dark rum or Meyer's dark or Bacardi dark. Blended mango daquiris and margaritas and pina coladas. 6 flavors of mojito. Plentiful wine and sparking wine at dinner. Endless beers in those strange metal bottles for the pool deck - bud and miller lite and Corona. (I didn't see any dark beer, but I wasn't looking...) All included. From what we could tell, only the tippy-top shelf and red bull and bottled water were excluded. I heard a rumor that shots were excluded, which we proved wrong, too. We drank our money's worth. And then some. EMBARKATION: We showed up around 12:30 and the line was moving fast. Probably waited only a few minutes. We were on board by 1pm and the bars, pools, and buffet were open. There really aren't enough tables at the buffet for the first/last day when everyone's chowing at the same time, but that changes on other days when some of us sleep in. Muster drill was fast and easy- no need to bring your life jacket with on this one- and the following welcome from the cruise director and his folks was fun. ROOMS: We were in 2 adjoining porthole outside forward rooms. The outside of the windows badly needs cleaning. We loved having the door open, giving us a 2-room 2-bath suite! Not a lot of clothing storage but plenty of room under the bed for suitcases, so we kept stuff there. Not a lot of outlets either - 1 on the desk and one in the bathroom. And the minibar was all water - $$$ and not included in the free drinks- so we avoided that. The steward was friendly but we didn't get any towel animals, which is fine. Bathroom had a hair dryer, shampoo, liquid body wash, hand soap, a bar of soap, a 1oz of body lotion. No conditioner. SHIP: Let's be honest - it's an older design. The pools and pool deck are small for how many people are on board, so it gets crowded. But the cocktail servers aren't sparse, which is nice- they'll even deliver a drink to the hot tub. The decorations in the "Captain Cook" bar are pretty backward and racist IMO. The lobby bar with its flavors of mojito was awesome, as is the omnipresent blender drinks and the amazing staff in the longboard bar. FOOD: Let's just start with, the food in the outdoor buffet is not good. The indoor buffet had a good selection including VEGETARIAN OPTIONS and indian food options with each meal! We ate at Palace and Crossings (2x ea) and loved having dinner there. They were flexible about letting us order multiple appetizers or odd substitutions. There were 2 veg entree options each night, though someone needs to tell them that grilled veggies alone as an entree is no good for people drinking all day. ;) Wine was poured plentifully and staff were friendly and attentive. We also had breakfast at Il Adagio, where they made omlettes and waffles. The line was horrendous for omlettes, so we didn't go back. There was this dude who sat with us at dinner one night and just whined and moaned about how bad the food was, but he was a jerk and looking for something to be upset about, and we actually sent him packing from our table because, heck, nobody wants to be around that kind of negativity when we're on vacation!!! ENTERTAINMENT: Disappointingly, it all seemed to shut down at 2am. Being from the West Coast, that was the equivalent to 11pm for me. Bummer. Either way, we enjoyed the white hot party (which also ended too early!), karaoke, and bingo. The piano bar- something we usually love- was populated by an older crowd that took their Elton John all too seriously. There were no camels or other smelly animals on board. We didn't go to the shows-- just too much else to do! THAT ISLAND THING: Yes, it's true, drinks are free there too, and there's a buffet there, so for free you can sit on a chair (under a shade if you wish), swim, drink, eat, dance, play volleyball for free. So nice! Tenders were NO TICKETS - just show up and get on the next one. I waited only because I barely missed the last one. FREEPORT: They're starting to build a tourist village at the dock, complete with at Fat Tuesday and Senor Frogs and shops. So if you're cheap like us, no need to take the taxi to Lucaya to go to some lame jewelry shops. I hear there's a walkable beach, too. NASSAU: We like Senor Frogs. They make us dance for free shots. Is very good. DISEMBARKATION: So... we didn't leave our rooms till after 9am and nobody seemed to care. We had a full buffet breakfast and several bloody maries and nobody seemed to care. We got off the ship with full bellies and a few drinks in sometime around 10am, and that was cool. Can't image why anyone would rush off. Just carry off your own luggage. Clearing customs was fast and easy. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Just got back from a fun 4-night cruise to the Bahamas on the NCL Sky. This is one of the older and smaller NCL ships. On the plus side, it offered the unlimited beverage package as standard, which is why I think that this ship had a ... Read More
Just got back from a fun 4-night cruise to the Bahamas on the NCL Sky. This is one of the older and smaller NCL ships. On the plus side, it offered the unlimited beverage package as standard, which is why I think that this ship had a much younger crowd on it....we saw more of the under-40 crowd than on our previous cruises (we are mid-50s). On the negative side, this ship has no thermal spa - something I was very disappointed to learn after I was on board and will be sure to check next time before I book a cruise. This was my 4th cruise and I have to say that the wait staff in the restaurants and the bar tending staff was the best I have ever encountered. I wasn't particularly impressed with my room steward - the first two cruises I was on, they came to the room and introduced themselves and were exceptionally friendly. Last year on the Gem and this year on the Sky, we barely saw our steward - although we did have clean towels every night, which was important. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Great Cruise, the crew was very friendly, food was good and dinning was perfect. The best day was on Cococay, RoyalCaribbean's private island. You have full access to the island and the crew prepare your lunch on the island (no ... Read More
Great Cruise, the crew was very friendly, food was good and dinning was perfect. The best day was on Cococay, RoyalCaribbean's private island. You have full access to the island and the crew prepare your lunch on the island (no need to go back to the ship). They also organize Sport activities which was very fun. Hoping to visit Cococay again, even more now, after the improvements I wish there were more pools and jacuzzis on the ship. Cabin was a bit small and bathroom size was ok. Onboard activities were fun, with entertainment crew being very funny and providing lots of entertaining options (quiz/trivia/sports/etc). Boarding procedure was very organized and fast. Dinning course was very tasty and waiter very friendly. Also, water and juices were included as courtesy beverages at all meals. Buffet food was ok. Pizza options were good. Ship is a bit old, but doesn't affect the trip experience. Recommend this cruise for everyone. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
Just back from a short 3 night cruise on the Sky. Read plenty of reviews before going as to what we should expect. This was super bowl weekend and the ship was close to full. Never did seem to be too crowded expect prime time for food ... Read More
Just back from a short 3 night cruise on the Sky. Read plenty of reviews before going as to what we should expect. This was super bowl weekend and the ship was close to full. Never did seem to be too crowded expect prime time for food around buffets. This is where I feel NCL has dropped the ball on this ship. We sailed the Getaway in 2014 and not one complaint on food, Sky needs to follow suit with the NCL brand. Choices was the same pretty much each day, nothing special about what was offered. Like others have posted, the grill out on the pool deck was better than the rest. Cagney's was worth the upcharge! Great service and quality of food. Overall, the food was a 3/4 out of 10. Pretty disappointing in my opinion. Entertainment, again nothing like the Getaway, maybe a show each day but the production was subpar. Comedian was good, white party was average. I feel the Sky did a good job on providing areas to watch the game and also bar foods were provided at the locations. Casino, I been on 10+ cruises now and this ship has to be the tightest with the slots. Never did I see any hand pays or even machines whistling. Casino executive host was good, make sure to go see her before your final bill is calculated. Rooms are out dated, the worst mattress we have ever slept on cruising. Overall, the ship is still in decent condition, just doesn't live up to the NCL brand. Embark/Debark was easy, boarded in group 1 and had lunch by 1140am. Unlimited beverages was great, I believe NCL has this wrapped within the overall prices now on your fares. I feel for the servers, as now the tips are not present, just make sure to have some cash to give, they are getting short changed on that deal. Overall, I will stick to the newer ships, hopefully NCL keeps the standards with all the ships, not just the 7+ day ones. Food was just the issue for us, not the NCL we are used to. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our third cruise and our first with RCL. We have previously cruised with Disney and Carnival and both time it was in brand new ships. Given the spotty reviews and the age of the ship we were a little nervous about this cruise. ... Read More
This was our third cruise and our first with RCL. We have previously cruised with Disney and Carnival and both time it was in brand new ships. Given the spotty reviews and the age of the ship we were a little nervous about this cruise. Ultimately we had a great time, though. The Good The ship is very well maintained and clean. Service is great. Aside from some of the wear on the common area carpets, we hardly knew it for an older ship. Food in the dining room was great. It's smaller, but there are less people so we were always able to find somewhere to hang out where there weren't crowds. We had a room on deck nine which was close to the action, but never noisy. The only downside for some people might be the small old TV's, but I imagine these will be changed out during the upcoming refurb and we didn't watch ours. We loved Coco Cay. You could basically walk around the whole island and there are lots of out of the way places to explore. The fitness area is nice. The casino was fun. The Not Bad Food in the Windjammer was bleh and often cold. A lot of recycled items appeared over and over again. Also, there was little variety in the music. Basically there are two kinds of entertainment: Salsa/Latin Music and 70's lounge/disco music. We made the best of it, but seriously! The Uncontrollable The weather was windy and cold which basically put the pool deck out of commission for our entire cruise. We had a sunny day in Coco Cay but could not dock in Nassau. The "extra" sea day was actually nice, but we were unable to try out many of the on deck facilities during this cruise. As I mentioned above, we still had a great time. But if I were RCL I would put a little more money in the buffet quality and mix up the entertainment. We also found the similarities between our previous Carnival cruise and this RCL cruise a little weird. The stores carried the exact same items. The dining room menu was almost exactly the same. The buffet was similar (although I think Carnival had them beat on quality). Given that Carnival is generally cheaper I would lean towards them on a future cruise. I had heard from others that RCL was higher quality, but I did not see it. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
My husband and I had booked a cruise on Norwegian sky for Feb 1-5 and after booking it I went to this site, read some reviews, and was wicked nervous that we had just booked a cruise from hell. From first stepping onto the ship to stepping ... Read More
My husband and I had booked a cruise on Norwegian sky for Feb 1-5 and after booking it I went to this site, read some reviews, and was wicked nervous that we had just booked a cruise from hell. From first stepping onto the ship to stepping off the ship disembarking our experience was absolutely wonderful. All the staff that we ran into were amazing, wonderful, and willing to help us out any way possible. Both cruise director Tyler and Assistant Cruise director Kristine were great! Food/Drinks--My husband is a picky eater and found that there was a lot of food for him to eat at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We mainly ate at the buffet and food was good, got repetitive after a while but still good. We did eat at Cagneys and the Italian restaurant and prices for both was well below what we had thought they would be. Meals at both restaurants were delicious. If you can, please eat at one of these places. We did have a snag, we made reservations for both and both times they stated our reservation was somewhere else. I know they were wrong because when we made the reservations we had the person write it down for us. There was no problem in getting in as we went between 6-630 and both places were very empty at that time so wasn’t a huge problem, but still a snag we didn’t want to encounter. Drinks were unlimited and yes at times you stood in line for a while just to get your drink because they only had 1 bartender, however, there are waitresses around the pool asking if you want drinks and there are multiple of places to get a drink so it didn’t spoil our vacation. Room—when going on a cruise you have to know the bathroom and room will be very small from what you are used to. We had no problem with the beds, unlike other people who posted and hatted the mattress. When we booked, we booked an aft room with a balcony and if you can afford a balcony do it as we loved the extra space and views from the balcony. We sat out on the balcony every morning checking out the island and every afternoon into the night to sit relax and watched the sunset. Bathroom wasn’t too bad for my husband or I, but yes it was small and shower was about the size maybe a little bit bigger of a phone booth(if anyone remembers using them). Ports of call----1) Freeport, we docked at 7am, but were cleared to go ashore around 8am. There is this little shopping area with some bars right as you get off the ship, however, for beaches and bigger shopping you need to go downtown which we were told is about a 20minute taxi ride. We just did some little shopping and then went back on the ship to enjoy the pool and ship as most of the guests had gotten off. 2) Nassau, we did the Atlantis shore excursion and that was amazing. We got to the Atlantis around 12, hr guided tour of the main building and the aquarium, and then we were free to do whatever we wanted rest of the day. If you don’t want the guided tour, you don’t have to stay, but it was nice to hear stories and information about the hotel and aquarium. We had lunch overlooking the lagoon, gambled, walked around(place is amazing to take it and look at all the beauty and what it has to offer), then took shuttle back to ship where we walked bay street and checked out another little shopping plaza area before we got back on the ship. 3) their private island Great Stirrup Cay, we took the 915 tendor boat to the island and they made us wait till boat was almost filled which was about 20-30mins and then another 10min boat ride to island which I wasn’t happy with. We got a beach chair, but by 11am most beach chairs were taken and people had just put down towels and sat on those. They have a bbq on island that is free and same food as on ship but was free and good which is all we cared for. We didn’t do any excursions, just laid on beach, went swimming, relaxed, and checked out the small shopping area before we got back on the tendor boat. Entertainment—we went to the casino every night and played some slots, black jack, and roulette. Casino is small and gets crowded later in the night, but we won and had a good time. They offer bingo, deal or no deal, they had a comedian who was funny but average, family feud, battle of the sexes, name that tune, and shows every night but we weren’t able to see them except the comedian. Most of the things are corny, but made us laugh , and kept us entertained. We are husband and wife and in our early 30’s. We have traveled all over the place and stayed in some great hotels and not so great hotels. This was our first cruise together and yes it was only a 4 day cruise and was short(I wish we had at least 1 day at sea), but we knew what type of cruise we were booking when we booked. Please don’t take the negative reviews by heart, keep an open mind and make the cruise what you want out of it. You are on a vacation, just relax, have a couple of drinks, take in the scenery, take in what the ship has to offer, and most important have fun. Overall we had an amazing time and I give this ship and staff an 8 out of 10. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We cruised before with Holland America, NCL and Celebrity cruise lines in Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and Caribbean. This was a first cruise just to get away from winter. We stayed 2 nights ... Read More
This was our first cruise with Royal Caribbean. We cruised before with Holland America, NCL and Celebrity cruise lines in Europe, Alaska, Hawaii and Caribbean. This was a first cruise just to get away from winter. We stayed 2 nights before the cruise in Miami Beach exploring the historic Art Deco district and enjoying the South Beach. Embarkation was quick and efficient. We arrived at assigned time (12:30 PM) and got on board right away. We brought 2 bottles of wine with us - no questions were asked. The ship is in very good condition and easy to navigate, with ample public spaces, convenient promenade deck, observation decks and amazing centrum. we expected less and were pleasantly surprised by ship condition and amenities considering the Majesty's age! We didn't participate in many activities, but enjoyed the life music in the Boleros. The main theatre shows were so-so, and we couldn't make them all due to early dinning. Service was excellent, thank you to Roche and Oleksandr in main dining room and our cabin attendant Putu! We didn't do any excursions, just enjoyed the beach and historical city walk in Nassau, private island amenities in Coco Cay and Mel Fisher Maritime and Hemingway museums in Key West. US Immigration control in Key West was awful - it took 2 hours before we could exit the ship! What to they really check? How all the people got aboard in Miami? We had an ocean view cabin on deck 8, slightly obstructed by a lifeboat, but still with a view. True, the cabin and bathroom are very small, but we didn't spent much time there at all! We disembarked early (at 7:30 AM), no issues or delays. Overall, it was an excellent winter getaway! Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
This may be a little lengthy, but worth it for those of you who read as many reviews as I did leading up to this cruise. First of all, my wife and I went on this cruise with her brother and wife as a short getaway. We are in our thirties ... Read More
This may be a little lengthy, but worth it for those of you who read as many reviews as I did leading up to this cruise. First of all, my wife and I went on this cruise with her brother and wife as a short getaway. We are in our thirties with three kids, so we were looking for a fun time away from the kids while not spending a fortune. We basically chose this cruise because flights were cheap, the cruise itself was cheap, and it was all inclusive. I read a lot of reviews on the ship, and tried to keep an open mind when we arrived. We had gone on a Carnival cruise six years ago for our honeymoon and had an amazing time, so we found ourselves comparing everything to our first cruise. So here we go... Embarking and disembarking the ship was extremely easy and fast. Don't worry about getting to the port at your assigned time. We were let on an hour before we had signed up to embark the ship. I think the overall process of embarking took less than twenty minutes once we arrived at the port. Disembarking took even less. Once we arrived on the ship, we got our luggage within an hour or two. We went to the Crossings for lunch while we waited. Service was slow, but the food was good. We found that the service at both sit down restaurants were very slow. My wife even complained about her food one night, but they didn't really care. We mostly ate at the buffets, which always served something different every day. I thought the buffet food was pretty good. Yes they serve burgers and hot dogs everyday, but there is also plenty of other options as well. They will even cook turkey burgers or grilled chicken for you if you ask. Everyday, they had a BBQ poolside which was really good. The food at the private island was also very good. We ate at Il Adagios and Cagneys for dinner. The food was pretty good and the prices were pretty reasonable. I would recommend trying either at least once if you get tired of the buffet. I thought the service at the bars was pretty good. At peak times, the poolside bar would get pretty busy and you may have to wait a few minutes for a drink, but that's why they let you order two drinks at a time! Where I think they really dropped the ball is the amount of wait staff working poolside. Maybe two servers at a time is all you would see taking drink orders. Some servers wouldn't serve poolside while others would. I decided I would tip one server some cash. Armando took care of us for the hour or two he worked the pool deck, but then his shift would end and someone else would take over. This was the exact opposite that we experienced on our first cruise. As far as ports and excursions, we did not do any excursions. None of them really seemed that interesting. Freeport and Naussau are basically one in the same. Not much to really do but shop at either. I would save my time and money and stay on the boat during Freeport and go shopping at Nassau. The great stirrup cay was amazing. The food was great and the water was beautiful. Plenty of bars and beach to find your own spot. Some advice once you get off the tender. Do not be tempted to just walk to where the hundreds of chaise lounges are. Go to the left and the beach areas become smaller and more isolated. Keep walking a few hundred yards and you will find the lagoon if you want peace and quiet. Overall, we had fun and would probably cruise Norwegian again, just not on the Sky. If you are looking for a quick getaway for cheap, this is the ship for you. But if you are looking for an upscale, high end vacation, you will be very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date February 2016
First a little background. I have sailed Carnival many times and I have Gold status in their loyalty program. Unfortunately, I will not be loyal with them any more. When I first sailed with them years ago, we were impressed with the ... Read More
First a little background. I have sailed Carnival many times and I have Gold status in their loyalty program. Unfortunately, I will not be loyal with them any more. When I first sailed with them years ago, we were impressed with the service, the friendliness, and attention to detail. Apparently this is all gone now as it seems like they are trying to run it like a cheap airline rather than a vacation. I brought my parents with us, as first time cruisers, I found it embarrassing that I put them through such a low rent experience, and trust me, they noticed! All the special touches are now gone. The stewards don't do turn down service anymore and will ask you what time of day you want them to come by. We eventually had a towel animal, but that took until day 3. Compare that to the old days when they would straighten your room almost like magic when you weren't looking. Also absent were robes in the closet and chocolates on the pillows. Embarkation was easy BUT the safety drill is DANGEROUS. I am serious! It takes about a half hour standing crammed in with hundreds of people in the hot Miami sun. There were a few people around us who looked like they might have heat stroke. I can only imagine people drop like flies in August when it is 87 degrees with 98 percent humidity. You would think after a few decades Carnival would have their stuff together with things like this. If you see elderly people during this drill, keep an eye on them. The Victory is "old" in today's standards, but it is falling apart unacceptably. For comparison, the Disney Wonder is a year older, but looks brand new. Things on the ship are rusty and in disrepair. There is a smell of sewage that seems ever present, which is probably related to the many non-flushing toilets we encountered. The ambient air on the inside decks smells like someone smoked a pack of pall malls and covered it with pina colada. A once smoker myself, I understand that smoking is allowed on the ship, but this is 2016 and investing in a good air handling system would alleviate that. Dining: The waiters seem dreadfully understaffed and under trained, no fault of their own. They come over within a minute of you sitting and expect you to be ready to order. It is like they follow a script. Deviate from that script and they can't handle it. For people pushing booze on you all day, you would think you wouldn't have to hunt them down for a beer at dinner. Also strange, selling shots during dinner! What is this, a wet t-shirt contest at Hooters or formal night on a cruise ship? this The food is OK, but has definitely taken a nosedive. Quality is like going to a friend's dinner party: Sure they can cook, but it isn't restaurant quality. Also if you want quality food, you have to pay extra for it. Lobster apparently is for those who are on 7 day cruises after I asked about it. You can buy it though for 20 bucks. I am from Maine, I could get two whole lobsters in a nice restaurant for that price. Before I go on, let me thank the staff again. These are hardworking people that work hard for their families. I am convinced it has nothing to do with them, but how Carnival has been training them as of late. Excursions: Grand Turk Cruise Center is excellent. They have a great pool and we rented a cabana since we have young kids. I recommend it! You will be right by the pool and have the option to chill out in the AC if it is hot. It is a short walk to the ocean as well. The cabana is staffed by Margaritaville. The staff there are very friendly and the prices are quite reasonable considering it is both an island and a captive market. Half moon Cay was a blast. Just chilled at the beach. This island is a gem. In Nassau we did the private island beach. Really nice relaxing place with bar and food, although the bar only had Bud and Bud light (I'm a beer snob) and some mixed drinks. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
First off I have to say that the specialty dining restaurants are excellent. I consider myself a bit of a foodie and am hard to impress, but I have to say the service, food and atmosphere in the space was special. All of the crew where ... Read More
First off I have to say that the specialty dining restaurants are excellent. I consider myself a bit of a foodie and am hard to impress, but I have to say the service, food and atmosphere in the space was special. All of the crew where very friendly and seemed accommodating, the bar staff was very good and efficient. The all inclusive alcohol is definitely a big perk and should be followed by other cruise lines in the near future. The staterooms are a little dated but very clean and not too small. The Sky is an older ship but is kept very clean, I believe she is scheduled for a major overhaul in 2017 which will be appreciated. The vibe of the ship is young and upbeat which I enjoyed, the cruise director was young and very energetic. He did some cool acts on the pool deck to keep everyone entertained. Overall it was a very fun quick getaway with friends and would definitely sail on Norwegian again, most likely on the newer ships. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
The food was terrible, and both my husband and I couldn't wait to get off the boat to get a good meal. Probably the only thing we enjoyed was the Porterhouse steak. The unlimited drinks were amazing, so if you don't care ... Read More
The food was terrible, and both my husband and I couldn't wait to get off the boat to get a good meal. Probably the only thing we enjoyed was the Porterhouse steak. The unlimited drinks were amazing, so if you don't care about food this is your trip. The staff were friendly, I don't know how they keep that smile on their face working 6 months straight. So they must be treated right! The rooms were small but the beds were comfortable. We both slept like babies. The ship is a little old and has a musty smell to it when you first get on. The shows were good, I like that they kept you entertained. Russ Rivas, the comedian, was hilarious! So overall, I think this is the last time we will take a NCL cruise because good food is very important to us on vacation!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2016
I took my wife on the Def Leppard cruise as a birthday celebration, and to give MSC a try, this was our 9th cruise... I'd read about all I could find about Divina prior to the cruise and so was aware of others misgivings. While ... Read More
I took my wife on the Def Leppard cruise as a birthday celebration, and to give MSC a try, this was our 9th cruise... I'd read about all I could find about Divina prior to the cruise and so was aware of others misgivings. While certainly not a perfect cruise, it was no where the life shattering experience others claim. Yes, the weather wasn't great and a performance on the pool deck was postponed- they did slow the ship down and tried to position it to minimize the wind. It would've been better to have the show moved to another venue, but that's for MSC to explain. As with several negatives about the cruise, both sides dropped the ball; which is odd since this wasn't the first theme cruise for either party. Quite a bit of the negativity I think comes from a share of the passengers who were drunk and stupid even before boarding.....complaining when looking for your boarding photo that DL wasn't the back drop? really, that ignorant?? You didn't see the ship as the backdrop??? I agree that it was "different" from other cruise lines to need to go to the reception desk to set up the onboard spending account, but it went well for us. Maybe the attitude you give is what you receive... Also agree a good portion of the staff could be more engaging, but in my travels in portions of Europe it came as no surprise. Not saying anything negative about it- it just is what it is and one accepts it; hopefully they will continue trying to improve catering to Americans if they're going to succeed here. I've seen several comments about how the Muster was handled. Agreed bringing flotation devices wasn't the greatest idea (a demo from crew would suffice). While MSC bears the ultimate responsibility of presenting it; at least at Station E the passengers would not shut up and pay attention, the few who did try could not hear anything. You fools- this is for YOUR benefit! I at least did see staff pull one lout aside who couldn't bother to bring his vest or listen. Yes, the weather was unfortunate and affected a lot of the cruise. Nothing any human could do about that- some cruise lines would give monetary consideration, some don't. There was rain and wind, hardly a hurricane. We got off in Freeport for a bit of quick shopping- nobody ever said you couldn't. At Half Moon Cay, the seas were not safe for tendering. Wandering up and down the Bahamas the rest of the time was monotonous and an alternate port of call would've been good, but I don't know the intricacies of unscheduled porting a cruise ship, maybe it was too involved for the amount of time we'd have been there. The food.....we didn't try any restaurants, as we like buffets for variety (reasonably portioned). The entrances to the buffet posted layouts of both Calumet and Manitou sections, showing icons and names of all stations. It was strange that dinner sections were pretty limited, and late night basically a few salads/sandwiches and fruit. I do fail MSC there. Breakfast was pretty good (didn't care for roasted bacon though), lunch we thought was the best. Variety and taste were very good if one bothered to look around and maybe be adventurous. The Ethnic station had a fine paella, jerk chicken and others. The pizzas were decent, but I thought they'd be better if they did a mix through the day, not the four daily varieties.... I really do agree the servers are understaffed, which sets up the situation of dishes empty for too long--- MSC gets hammered on this and has to improve. We DID enjoy the ship itself, the stage shows were pleasurable (wish the pirate show would've been part of this cruise), we really enjoyed the overall lack of smoke; and I'll certainly entertain the idea of another MSC cruise-- on several conditions. Read Less
Sail Date January 2016

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