Norwegian Sky has fewer families traveling than other ships, in part because of the ship's weekly visits to Cuba, an itinerary that appeals mostly to American couples. Programming feels fairly adult in nature, with late-night parties and the all-inclusive drinks package. Still, the ship does have good programming for kids under the company's Splash Academy program, and many of Sky's cabins can accommodate families, thanks to third, fourth and even fifth berths. The kids' facilities tend to operate from morning to night on sea days, and from the time the ship leaves a port until late at night, though they generally close during dinner. Parents and their kids can visit and walk through the facilities to get a sense of what they're like on their first day onboard from late morning until late afternoon. Facilities are colorful, decorated with bright animal art. Passersby (and parents who want to check in without being obtrusive) can look in on the action via portholes in the hallway.
Splash Academy, located at the front of the ship on Deck 7, divides kids into age groups and assigns activities based on kids' ages. Turtles (3 to 5), Seals (6 to 9) and Dolphins (10 to 12). The youngest group is the Guppies, ages 6 months to 36 months. Parents must accompany Guppies, who have a playroom designed to stimulate the wee ones with bright colors and plush toys. Short (around 30 minutes) activity sessions are also offered, where parents and kids color and play together. Turtles (ages 3-5) have more organized activities, and parents aren't required to stay. This group might engage in storytime, learn about the ocean by playing games, dress up as super heroes or compete in the Turtles Olympics. A late-night group babysitting option runs from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.: Turtles, Seals and Dolphins can hang out supervised in Splash Academy for a fee of $6 an hour for the first child in a family, $4 for additional siblings. (Signup ahead of time is required; if there aren't enough signups, the session might be canceled.) Club counselors can supervise kids during mealtime for a flat $6 fee; breakfast, lunch and dinner options are available most days.
Seals, those kids ages 6 to 9, will participate in roll play games (with fun titles like, The Crook Who Took The Snook), learn circus skills and get crafty. There's also free time for things like Wii gaming. Parents and kids in other age groups can join in the fun with things like cupcake decorating and dodgeball.
Tweens on Norwegian Sky are called Dolphins (ages 10 to 12), and they participate in themed activities, trivia, video games and sports events, plus have more built-in free time. They also might take part in activities based on the ports they're visiting, so a stop in Cuba might inspire a session of traditional Cuban arts and crafts or games, such as chess. Dolphins can sign themselves out of the clubs if parents have given their consent.
The teen program on Norwegian Sky takes place in the Entourage Teen Club on Deck 11. The space is designated a "parent-free zone" so teens feel comfortable just hanging out in the club, which has wood floors, purple and blue chairs and sofas, and games like air hockey and foosball as well as Wii gaming stations. There's also an adjacent arcade, exclusive to teens. (A second arcade, on Deck 7, is open to all passengers.) Stateroom keycards are required to play the games, but parents can limit how much their kids can spend.
Teen programming is far more casual than that for younger kids, and a lot of it takes place outside of Entourage with things like basketball and dodgeball tournaments. The club can transform into a teen disco at night, where nonalcoholic drinks are served.