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Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise Reviews

Norwegian Cruise Line pioneered the flexible dining trend more than a decade ago, and the line continues to offer numerous, creative dining choices. (Think lobster roll stands and Cuban grills.) The line’s studio cabins on newer ships are a boon for supplement-weary singles, and Haven suites — which share a private sundeck and restaurant — feel like the concierge floor of an upscale hotel. Among the many kid pleasers: breakfast with Nickelodeon® characters (such as Dora and Sponge Bob) and learning Cirque du Soleil®-inspired tricks.
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Review Summary

  • Couple
    3.4
  • Family w/young children
    3.3
  • Family w/older children
    3.4
  • Singles/Friends
    3.4
  • Large Group
    3.2

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

4 star
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Nice get-away

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Aug 15, 2014

Considering the cost was so low, this was a nice little get-away.  The food could have been better, but I loved the free-style dining of NCL.  Next time I would invest in at least one night of specialty dining though. The crew and staff were all very welcoming and eager to help.  The one thing that I would definitely do again is renting the small cabana on Stirrup Cay.  If your idea of heaven is lounging on a beach chair sipping a fruity drink, snacking on shrimp & fruit, under a ceiling fan, with the warm turquoise water spread out before you then rent a cabana.  It is well worth the high price tag.  First, it comes with a $50.00 food/drink credit. The ceiling fan is the bomb when it is very hot & humid.  The cabanas also come with towels, floating cushions, a small refrigerator, and a freshwater shower. Sooo worth it!!

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Family w/older children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
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very fun

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Aug 15, 2014

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Family w/older children

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 star
3 star
3 star
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Customer Service Good-Food Options Average

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Aug 15, 2014

Regarding customer service, I thought your entire staff (with one exception) was extremely attentive, helpful and exceedingly pleasant.  We celebrated 2 birthdays and 1 wedding anniversary and we were all acknowledged nicely.  

 

The food options were just alright.  The best event was on the private island which I could have stayed at longer.

 

All in all, we had a nice time but the ship is very old, the tv and staterooms were very worn. 

 

Also, late night options and room service were very limited.  

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

Norwegian Sky

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Aug 15, 2014

This was my first cruise.  Loved it!  The staff was excellent!  Anything you need, they will get it for you.  Very relaxing for the most part.  Really loved the beaches, Crystal clear waters, was beautiful.  Rented one of the party rafts to float on, too bad someone stole it when we went to lunch.  :(  The ship was very clean.  The staff was very helpful. I would do it again, but I would take a longer trip next time!

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Family w/older children

Room Type:
Suite

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
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Excellent Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Epic | Sail Date: Aug 13, 2014

We really enjoyed this cruise. The whole itinerary was beautiful. The cruise ship was in pretty good shape. The rooms were great we stayed at the family suite stateroom and it was great the carpeting could use some replacement and movement within the room was a little difficult as it's tight but other than that everything was wonderful. We would have really liked to have halal options on the cruise ship since there weren't many vegetarian options we got stuck eating a liot of fish thourhgout the cruise trip which got boring after sometime.

The activities were great, we really enjoyed the cirque dream show, although the blue man group wasn't that great.

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Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

The captain and his crew

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Aug 11, 2014

This was my second cruise on the Norwegian Sky. In my opinion; weather, crew and ship play a role in the enjoyment of a cruise. The Sky has been in service for a while, she is still a nice ship. The weather was nothing less of perfect (coming from a south Florida native). Captain Pelle (sp) was very professional, friendly and entertaining. In my opinion, his crew followed his lead on my cruise.

 

Bobby Broughton is the cruise director that hosts and participates in much on the entertainment around the ship. We found  the entertainment (that we saw) fun and very funny! We spoke briefly by the control booth in theater (you drive by Bonita Springs on the way to work) Great Job!!!

 

Andrew Kennedy was the comedian on this cruise. Any time he had a show, good luck finding a seat if you were late. He had all ages laughing out loud. If his show had kids in the audience, he kept it clean. Very funny for all ages. Would enjoy seeing his show again!

 

Jose took care of our room. He was very polite, attentive and fun to interact with.

 

Every place I/we went on the ship, the crew was nice to us. In passing many acknowledged you with eye contact and had a smile. Many that I interacted with, I had a great conversation.

 

The places we went to on Freeport and Nassau were not part of a tour sold on the ship. We enjoyed both islands and the people we interacted with were great. Wellington (Welli) on Freeport and Patrick (Goldies Arawak Cay) Nassau.

 

Norwegian Cruise Line's private island, Great Stirrup Cay, was very enjoyable. Clean and modern amenities. Much of the ships crew came ashore to work on the island in many areas. Great lunch buffet and great job on updating the island. Only comment, more places to hide lounge chairs in the shade. After an hour or two of baking, Captain Pelle may serve you as lobster on the cruise back to port.

 

I read a few other reviews on this cruise before booking for a second time. My FIRST cruise the sea was a bit to rough for the captain to allow the tender boats to bring us to Great Stirrup Cay. It was disappointing BUT safety is first for the captain and seeing how much that gangway moves in calms seas, it is understandable. We used the safe for any valuables we left behind in the room. Push in a four digit code, hit # and wa-lah, valuables are "safe". The buffet food was good - very good, the service restaurants had a slightly better selection (we did the two that were part of the cruise). In my opinion, overall a pretty good meal. Keep in mind, the Sky has been in service for a while, she is still a very nice ship for her age.

 

A lot of fun for people who want to get away for a few days and disconnect. The people that I spoke with were having a great time. Some celebrating college graduation from St Louis, others up from south America (Brazil)....  Weather played a role with our cruise, and ports of call, but I also believe it was in combination with the crew of the Sky. 

 

Thank you for a great cruise!

Cruise Photos

Leaving Great Stirrup Cay heading to the Sky Nassau parking lot

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
2-3 cruises

4 star
4 star
4 star
4 star
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Norwegian Cruise Line

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Aug 11, 2014

Our cruise was a bit more than expected according to other reviews. Yet my husband and I have talked about our experience and we are planning to cruise with Norwegian again, this time with our grands. 

The excursions were great at all 3 ports. I especially enjoyed the Great Stirrup Cays. Quiet, yet a lot of entertainment. The Wave Runner excursion was on the money! The food was tasty, maybe step it up a notch with some sea food. Other than that my birthday week was AWESOME.....

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Traveled As:
Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

Excellent

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Breakaway | Sail Date: Aug 10, 2014

e will differently travel this cruise ship again. Lots of on board entertainment and bars to enjoy. I am 42 years old and enjoyed using the water slides almost every day .Thanks 

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Family w/young children

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
2-3 cruises

5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star
5 star

Excellent experience,highly recommend this cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Pearl | Sail Date: Aug 10, 2014

We had a great time on the Norwegian Pearl cruise to Alaska.

From the food to the kids program everything was excellent.Various entertainment and activities.

The staff was friendly and knowledgeable .The only thing I would like to see is heated pool.It was too cold to use it.

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Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
7+ cruises

3 star
3 star
3 star
empty star
empty star

Alaska cruise.

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Pearl | Sail Date: Aug 10, 2014

The food on the Pearl was excellent as were the people who worked for Norwegian. But I have to say this cruise had more than 500 children on it and they ran up and down the halls day and night.  The The weather did not  cooperate.  The fog completely surrounded the ship on two of our sailing days making it impossible to see the scenery along the way. Also the television set in our cabin was a 13". Didn't matter too much though.  Reception was awful.  Until now, Norwegian was my favorite ship line. We will be more careful to choose cruises when children are in school and the weather is better. 

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Ships for Norwegian Cruise Line

Name Age Rating Reviews
Norwegian Dawn 11 years, 8 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.5 out of 5

1075
Norwegian Sky 15 years, 7 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.3 out of 5

941
Norwegian Jewel 9 years, 0 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.5 out of 5

886
Norwegian Spirit 16 years, 7 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.4 out of 5

756
Norwegian Star 12 years, 9 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.4 out of 5

712
Norwegian Pearl 7 years, 8 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.7 out of 5

682
Norwegian Gem 6 years, 10 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.5 out of 5

575
Norwegian Sun 12 years, 11 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.5 out of 5

561
Pride of America 9 years, 2 months old
3 star 3 star 3 star empty star empty star

3.1 out of 5

427
Norwegian Epic 4 years, 2 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.4 out of 5

424
Norwegian Breakaway 1 years, 3 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.4 out of 5

246
Norwegian Jade 8 years, 2 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 half star empty star

3.6 out of 5

154
Norwegian Getaway 0 years, 7 months old
4 star 4 star 4 star 4 star empty star

4.1 out of 5

100
Norwegian Escape empty star empty star empty star empty star empty star

0.0 out of 5

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Ports in Norwegian Cruise Line

Cozumel, Mexico (8740 Reviews)

Sitting just off the gorgeous Yucatan coast, Cozumel revels in its mythic white-sand beaches and world-class coral reefs. Yet Cozumel is also the last stronghold of the Mayas, who settled the island in 300 A.D. Residents still speak Maya, and sometimes wear traditional Mayan clothing. Nearby stand the great pyramids and temples of their ancestors.

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Nassau, Bahamas (7817 Reviews)

Nassau/Paradise Island is the capital of the Bahamas. Explore Parliament Square, the government center that dates back to the early 1800s or check out the port's vibrant night life, including more casinos, theatres, and fabulous cuisine than you could possibly fit into a short stay. During the day, there's plenty of golfing, tennis, and swimming.

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George Town, Grand Cayman (5353 Reviews)

George Town is the capital of the Cayman Islands, and is situated directly on Grand Cayman. Once a center of turtle fishing, the area is now a popular tourist destination. Snorkeling and diving are especially popular, and the opportunity to swim with and feed the giant, graceful stingrays should not be missed. Don't worry--it is said that no one has ever been stung.

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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (4840 Reviews)

Charlotte Amalie, is the capital of the United States Virgin Islands and the most popular cruise port in the Caribbean. Named for a Danish Queen, the city features pastel houses that are heavily sprinkled against a background of emerald hills. Colorful sloops dock along the waterfront, and a few steps back, down alleyways lined with old Danish warehouse buildings, is a world-famous shopping center.

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Philipsburg, St. Maarten (3621 Reviews)

An island under two flags, St. Martin/St. Maarten is French and Dutch. Philipsburg is on the Dutch side and famous for its duty-free emporia and casinos. A short drive will bring you to Marigot, a charming French Colonial outpost featuring shops filled with French fashions and imported Gallic goodies, as well as beautiful beaches.

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Key West, Florida (2977 Reviews)

Key West has the best diving, snorkeling, fishing and boating in the continental U.S. Just a three-by-five mile Island, Key West offers a treat for the masses that flock here. Locals and tourists alike stroll down Duval Street each night to witness the Sunset Celebration, where they find hand-made souvenirs, munchies, cold drinks and a show so spectacular, only nature could have created it.

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Belize City, Belize (2771 Reviews)

Belize City is the country's chief seaport, so snorkeling and diving is big here...bring a suit! Travel to a city previously inhabited by the Mayan people at Altun Ha, ancient temple of the Sun God. Or visit the Belize Zoo or Baboon Sanctuary. Gales Point is a great place to view manatees!

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San Juan, Puerto Rico (2479 Reviews)

The fortress of El Morro guards the harbor against long-gone Sir Francis Drake and his British privateers. The colorful streets of Old San Juan retain the Latin flavor of its seafaring past, when this was the heart of the Spanish Main. Sample the fiery rum made here, or indulge in an icy treat made from fresh tropical fruit and enjoy the Caribbean atmosphere.

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica (1867 Reviews)

With its swaying palms, glistening white beaches, and sophisticated resorts, Ocho Rios is a favorite vacation spot. For a splendid view, visit Shaw Park Gardens, overflowing with fragrant flora and refreshing waterfalls, or enjoy a refreshing trek through Dunn's River Falls one of the most celebrated attractions of the Caribbean.

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island (1851 Reviews)

Freeport/Lucaya is located on Grand Bahama Island and is the second largest city in the Bahamas. Freeport's many beaches offer you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually swim alongside dolphins! Freeport is truly a sports-lover's paradise; besides the scuba-diving, windsurfing, and fishing, Freeport boasts first-class golf courses!

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