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Price: $     Size: M     Refurbished: 6 yrs ago    

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"...n't allow you to establish a relationship with your dining room staff and some other key staff members as other and I..." in 52 reviews.

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Norwegian Sky departs from:

Miami, Florida

Norwegian Sky sails to:

Caribbean - Bahamas

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

Cleaning staff was not efficient compared to other cruise lines.  We really got sick of eating the food.  They used the same food items over and over, with no choices.

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Everything You Need To Know

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

The cruise was very enjoyable. If you've been on other cruises, you might notice that it doesn't have a rock climbing wall, or water slide, or whatever else you might be familiar with. But, the customer service was phenomenal. A couple of less than favorable interactions notwithstanding, the staff on the cruise was a pleasure to interact with. Their private island at the end of the trip was fantastic.

Things to know:

They charge about $14 per night for housekeeping, so if you're cheap like me, bear that in mind.

Parking is $20/night, totaling $80

Internet is expensive, but in the Bahamas was smoother than expected. I was able to have a smooth hour-long skype conversation with just a couple few-second hiccups. Details for the pricing can be found on the ncl website.

If you're interested in attending the art auctions, do your research on Park West beforehand. Based off of what I read, I am confident that they overcharged for the work I bought. The staff and their presentations were exceedingly informative and at the very least you can learn a lot by going to the auction, at best you can win some free artwork with their raffles.

Shore excursions are overpriced, and I think you can do mostly the same stuff independently or through some other company. Snorkeling, for example, as a shore excursion was about $40-50, but bring your own goggles, rent a $5 life vest, and you can go do it on your own. This way might not be as world-class, but on their private island, you can easily swim out (very close) to some interesting coral and see some beautiful fish. I saw a stingray and a barracuda (I think) as well.

Doing the shore excursion will guarantee you: 1) you will definitely get what you pay for 2) you don't have to worry about other variables (i.e., taxi drivers, bargaining with Bahamians, etc.) 3) give you access to otherwise inaccessible things (like dolphin swimming, stingray city, etc.)

Speaking of bargaining with Bahamians, I easily found jet skiing on Nassau near the cruise for much cheaper than the shore excursion, but they said they'd give me 30 minutes, and wave me in when my time was up. They gave me just under 20 minutes. So again, that's something you won't have to worry about with the shore excursion, if you choose to do that.

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In conclusion, if you are looking to travel on a budget, I think it can be done, but understand the aforementioned. I was expecting a roundtrip cost of $700 (~$450 for the cruise, plus some activities/souvenirs). For whatever reason, I think it was closer to $1,500. The internet for the trip was $100, the housekeeping an extra $50, parking was $80, unlimited soda was about $50, expensive taxi ride the most beautiful beach I've ever seen (Gold Rock Beach) for 5 people was $150, art work was $200, gambling was $150, plus gas driving to Miami, plus on island purchases, and so on... Surely, you won't incur all the same expenses, but be aware that it piles up quickly and quietly...

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Gold Rock Beach

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Nice and relaxing

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

This is the second time travelling on the Sky. The first was, lets do everything to do and that just wore us out. This time was lets just do a few things and go with the flow. Everyone on the ship was great and always greeted you or smile from the Officers to the maintenance guys painting the ship. Cruising, you get what you put in, it's up to you what you want, and this is the ship to do it, weather to take it easy or go all out. I have been on Carnival, Princess, RCL and NCL. I prefer the Free Style, you go at your own pace and not at the a set time as all the others.

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NCL Sky

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

All the crew were wonderful.  I didn't think much of Freeport as we were docked far away and not much there.  I was unhappy that there was not an elevator to our floor as my husband is handicapped.  There are not enough activities for smaller (8 year old) children even the arcade was aimed at older children.  Perhaps a family movie after dinner would be nice as there is nothing for children to do after dinner.We spent most of our time around the pool once again because there is not much for kids to do.  NCL's private island was wonderful.  We rented a cabana and NCL gave us one near the beach so it was very convenient for my husband.  They even brought lunch to the cabana because it was too far for my husband to walk.  Overall it was a great trip, beautiful weather and once again wonderful crew.

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First Time Cruise

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

My wife and I had our first cruise on the Norwegian Sky.  It was a very enjoyable experience, which we would do again.  I was surprised at how well organized and simple was the process for embarking and disembarking and boarding during stops.  Our stateroom was very comfortable and our steward very friendly and helpful.  While there were numerous activities on board, our goal was to relax, which we did.  We found booking tours of our ports through the excursion desk to be helpful, easy and worth the cost. The tours of Freeport and Nassau were very interesting.  The highlight of our cruise was the Ultimate Dining Package.  Each night were enjoyed a truly outstanding meal in a very beautiful setting.  We also enjoyed the private beach at Stirrup Cay.  A totally enjoyable experience.

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Much Needed Relaxation

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My wife and I have taken a couple of other cruises and had experience to compare. We really enjoyed the staff and relaxation offered by the Norwegian.

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Not a cruise for children or young adults

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Jun 15, 2015

This particular cruise ship is more for the older generation.  There is not much for children and young adults to do, besides the islands and pool.  With only one pool t gets rather crowded.  I recommend finding a different ship if you like the night life and hanging out with friends.  The islands were beautiful but if you do any shopping use cash not credit card or debit card as they will charge you a VAT, and possibly charge you twice.  On Freeport beach and Nassau beach the natives are constantly hustling you to buy stuff (alcohol, hair braiding, clothing, etc) which makes it impossible to just relax and enjoy the beach.  In Freeport it was very difficult to find a spot on the beach to sit our beach blanket down and relax.  Every time we got ready to sit down someone was there explaining it was resort property and we had to pay extra resort fee (hustling,I am sure).  We just left the beach an went back to the ship for lunch.  Be aware you will get hustled every where you go.  Great Stirrup Cay (private island) was the only beach/island where we could relax and enjoy time on the beach.  I am not bitter.  I had a good time relaxing in my balcony room while on the ship but I do not like being hustled.  If you want to book shore excursions wait until you are on the island because they will give you lower prices that you can find online and the activity is the same.  Just my personal opinion.

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It's a great cruise for first timers

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Jun 08, 2015

My 1st experience cruising with Norwegian sky was awesome.  The food was good.  The place was super clean.  The staff was off the chain.  They were so pleasant. It felt like family. Our cruise director Tyler is the one of the best in the game and it was only is 2nd week on the job.

Only downsides were the cabin quarters were really small and shops and events were finished or closed by mid night in comparison to other cruise lines. I would say this cruise line is a mix of carnival's party atmosphere and royal caribbean's classiness.

Other than that thanks for the awesome time Norwegian and thanks to my booking agent at cruiseoutlet.com

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Toilet Nightmare

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Jun 08, 2015

The cruise started out fine.  This is an older ship so be prepared that it really does not have a lot of amenities that new ships offer now in days.  On the 2nd day into our cruise, my niece was taking a shower late at night as we came in late from watching a comedy show (which was excellent), when all of a sudden she yells from the top of her lungs, that the toilet is overflowing for no reason. We flushed it several time to see if it would stop,but by this time it was flowing into the carpet in our stateroom. We rushed to get everything off the floor as this was unsanitary.  Called guest services to send someone up right away as the water now was free flowing under our door by now.  A supervisor and plumber came up and they were in shocked. Should have known something was wrong from the beginning as when we 1st arrived the bathroom smelled like "piss-Pee". Guest services said we would have to move to another stateroom.(REALLY!). Mind you this room was 10333..10th floor....she moved us to the other side, same floor & as soon as we walked in..I went directly to the bathroom & to no surprise, the bathroom reeked of piss smell again.  Obviously they have a problem with plumbing on the 10th fl.  I went down fuming that is was not acceptable. So they transferred us to the 8th fl. with a port hole...at least the bathroom did not smell.  Since it was after 1am when we transferred rooms, we decided to leave our belongings in our flooded room and retrieve the items in the morning.  When we arrived at 7am...the room looked like a war zone...still tons of water floating in the restroom with blowers outside & inside stateroom to dry the un-sanitary water....THE SMELL was disgusting.  It took us over an hour to retrieve our stuff so we had no time to set up for an excursion since we had to unpack in our new room.  I have sailed with Norwegian many times and never had a bad experience until now.  The only thing they gave us for all of our troubles and nightmares, was a dinner on them at the french restaurant "Le Bistro", which was fabulous, but not worth what we had experienced. This does not cost the ship any additional $$ out of pocket.  Poor Guest Services !!!!  Never again.

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small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Norwegian Sky | Sail Date: Jun 08, 2015

This was my husband and I first cruise. It was a wonderful experience. I highly recommend Norwegian Sky. The food, service, and everything about them was great. I will cruise with Norwegian Sky next year.

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Take the stairs. It will help you digest all the good food you eat onboard. Take in all the shows you can. You will be happy you did.

Loved the Bistro for dinner - French Cuisine - great service

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