Norwegian Sky

3.5 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: M     Refurbished: 8 yrs ago    
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Norwegian Sky is a medium ship, carrying 2002 passengers and 914 crew, and sails from Miami, Florida.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

Cuba Cruise

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The Norwegian Sky is very old and outdated. The value of all inclusive drinks is nice but this should also extend to all restaurants on the boat. Unfortunately, the weather was bad and we could not go to our last stop (Grand Stirrup Cay). There was no contingency plan for this so we were forced to stay on the ship. As you can imagine the patrons were not happy about this.

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
5 out of 5

Great cruise

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Norwegian sky is an older boat but is in great shape.  Cabins are a bit small.  Food in cagney, and bistro very good.  Bring cash to cuba. Credit cards nor accepted.  You can change money at the port.  Classic car excursion  through vacation outlet was nice but not much of a guided tour.  Buena Vista social club excursion through ncl was excellent. Carriage ride by Rudy at Port was very good. Cross street to San Francisco square and ask for Rudy.   Do have a mojiyo, drink at hotel ambrose,  rooftop bar.  For $2 you can view Hemingway room

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Cuba is amazing but Norwegian not so much

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We loved seeing Cuba but Norwegian was lacking. Our first issue was with shore excursions. We booked a tour that was supposed to show us Havana then take us to a cigar factory to see cigars being made, then to a rum factory....Norwegian changed our tour to a 3 hour bus tour with no cigar factory or rum factory and didn't even notify us. Once I called they were extremely rude and non-apologetic. I ended up switching our excursion to the Cigar, Rum and Art tour. The description said that we would visit a rum factory to see and learn about rum production then go to one of the oldest cigar stores in Cuba to learn about cigars....the tour actually just brought us to a closed rum factory that had a store where you could buy cigars....since the factory was closed so we didn't get to see any production or learn anything about it and the cigar store was just a store...not the oldest in Cuba....no education...just merchandise. I just wish the descriptions were more accurate, I felt duped. Also beware...a three hour tour actually took 5 hours, bring a snack. Lastly, we were supposed to go to the Bahamas on the last day which was cancelled...again no apologies or compensation (other than port tax) from Norwegian, just an attitude of "oh well, things change". We paid thousands of dollars to go on this cruise and although we enjoyed our trip, it was nothing that was described. They just collect your money ahead of time and then change everything with no apologies. Cuba was amazing, but I recommend seeing it with a different cruise line. I have cruised Norwegian before and was a loyal customer but I will be exploring other companies for my next cruise.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

First cruise for wife's 32nd B-day

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I want to say that we had a blast! The employees were really welcoming and helpful! Our room was clean and my wife said that the bed was comfortable! The drink package was well worth it and the food was good! I want to recommend Mimi wright from cruise only.com because she gave me the best cruise deal and catered to our needs!  

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
5 out of 5

Great cruise!

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Embarkation/Disembarkation:  Could not have been easier….NCL knows how to do this….when we first entered the room I thought "whoah" Disney lines….but we were moved right along and 15 minutes later were boarding.  Disembarkation:  Just like the Epic….was in wonder when we asked about it and was told once declared cleared just take your luggage and "walk off"  hello?  That easy no rooms to go to no lines to stand it….NOPE and it works…..we just walked off and in approx 5 minutes were walking out the door at the port….no customer paperwork to fill out UNLESS you have something to declare, and the customs officers are standing at the end of the line and just check your passport and off you go!!!!!

 

Room 9064:  right next to elevators aft this was really handy for going straight up to the buffet area, and got no noise at all from hallway that bothered us:  small room but bed for third person NOT GOOD on most larger ships the couch is the size of a regular couch but on Sky it’s a very small couch;and on the Sky balconies have a large round window adjacent to a single glass door; balcony good size. 

 

Main Dining Room:  Loved being seated right away each time we went whether breakfast or dinner (did not eat lunch in main dining room at all).  Breakfast was great…everything we tried was delicious and they had regular home fries (they called them country potatoes) and not the deep friend hash browns other lines serve.  Dinner had the usual fare and again excellent service and no complaints there, how can anyone complain if you don't like it…..they will go above and beyond to make it right ….. 

 

Casgney's Steakhouse:  We sailed on Mother's Day weekend so my daughter splurged on specialty dining for the three of us…..WONDERFUL…..I had the ribeye, daughter NY strip; granddaughter filet mignon…..all excellent!!!!  And Dessert lets not even talk about how good that was.

 

Music:  Did not attend main shows, but the music we listened to:  Aldo/guitar was excellent he could sing anything;Al/:Piano Captain Cook's excellent;El Sol very lively.  Loved the Plantation Club on 12th floor hidden gem, where they held Karaoke, my personal favorite, and it was fun!!!!

 

Bartenders/Bars:  OK Sky is a 3 night cruise on the weekend and everyone on the ship has "open bar pkg" no cards to show, nothing to sign, everything (except top shelf there is an upcharge for those) Crown Royal, Titos,  included in our pkg……so no worries the stuff wit the upcharge is REALLY top shelf…..and the service never begged for any drinks service was above and beyond!!!! 

 

OK hope any of this helps and I have just gone back to NCL again and as far as I'm concerned I will continue to sail with them as one of my preferred cruise lines!

 

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Contributor Level: Second Mate
5 out of 5

heavenly havanna

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)

a fantastic journey, cuba and the cubans were wonderful. the food, the music, the sites all great. shopping is limited compared to other ports, but prices were good.

will return to cuba and hope to see more of the island.

great stirrup cay was also wonderful. the ncl crew went out of their way to assure everyone had a great time.

have been on over a dozen cruises, this was the best.

the Norwegian sky is a great ship with an outstanding crew.

only suggestion is try to make the travel affidavits a less difficult process !

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Great Cruise!

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The ship was a perfect size for this cruise.  We took the classic car tour on Tuesday.  It was fantastic!  We chose a 1950 Cadillac and our driver spoke very good English and gave us lots of information about Havana as the parade of cars drove around the city.  One stop was at a cemetery where a guide took us around. It's gorgeous!  Next we drove through a beautiful forest, then to Revolutionary Square where all the old cars parked and we had the opportunity to walk around and take pictures off them.  We ended up at the Hotel de Nationale and were treated to mojitos.  Instead of the tour lasting 3 1/2 hours they spent nearly 6 with us.  It was worth the whole trip.  On Tuesday evening we attended the Parisian cabaret.  It was colorful and entertaining.  We were supposed to take a bus tour around Havana the next morning but read that we'd be going to the same places so we opted to stay on the ship and enjoy the pool.  We didn't go to private island but I sat on our balcony and watched people coming and going and they all said they had a great time there.  The specialty dining didn't disappoint on this cruise either.  We went to Le Bistro one night and to Cagneys twice.  We ate at the buffet twice, the Garden Cafe once, and the Main Dining Room three times.  We only had one meal in the MDR that wasn't quite to our liking but the rest were superb.  We enjoyed the casino each night and my husband came away a winner.  There are bands in different places around the ship in the evening but no big stage shows.  I signed up for unlimited internet prior to sailing and got a good deal on that.  The fellow at the Internet cafe is very helpful.  I also prepaid the gratuities and took the 3 meal specialty dining plan.  All in all, we had a great cruise.  Go to Havana while it's still like stepping back in time.b

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Cuba is the best destination yet!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

Tropicana show booked through the ship in Cuba is a must!  We felt very safe and welcome. Cuban people were warm and friendly. Hemingway house tour on our own was really fun.  We hired a vintage taxi & had so much fun!  We toured all around & ate a Cuban sandwich with the locals.  We can't wait to return to Cuba. NCL had everything very well organized & we loved it!!!Happy

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
2 out of 5

poor stateroom

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Our favourite part was our stay in Havana, the food on the ship, in the themed restaurants, was good, all other aspects were disappointing. The cabin was small with barely 4inches between corner of bed and cabinet, the handle of the cabinet protruded into that 4inches. We had a blocked bathroom sink for the first 24hrs.

The price shown by rocketed on booking, we normally book with Vacations to Go, their price would have been significantly less.

Our main 'gripe' would be that we had problems getting our visas, your representative said that  'we could get them on the ship' implying that you just turn up and buy them on day of departure, when we found out this was not true we sent an email to her - with no reply.  We contacted NCL in the UK, they were helpful but told us we would need to contact the US office for clarification, we made several US calls before we had peace of mind.

I believe if I had had ample information beforehand, I could have got my visas in the UK - for £15 - not the $75 dollars charged by NCL.

 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Friendly faces?

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Enjoyed the port of call in Havana.  Did not enjoy the less than friendly faces of the majority of the bar staff at the poolside bar.  Perhaps the fact that we are all billed for their tips they see no reason to go out of their way to please the customers.  The all-inclusive drink service keeps them busy but, apparently unhappy.  

Someone needs to reorient them to the proper way to engage a customer especially if you want the customer to be a return customer in the future.

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MainelyVoltage
Contributor Level: Purser

We found a little gem on Deck 11 in Il Adagio for breakfast. They serve made to order omelets, and waffles. It's quiet and there wasn't much of a line. It was quaint, and not a lot of people went up there to eat. Most people hit the buffet for breakfast.

savrine1
Contributor Level: Purser

There is a hot tub at the very front of the ship on level 12 that no one seemed to know about. Perfect for a peaceful night with few people.

AnthonyFeria
Contributor Level: Purser

We will not recommend this cruise our friends and family. I hope that this was an isolated incident and the service we rec'd was from people who were training and did not perform well. Guest services should field their calls better especially if they have a guest who is off to a bad cruise.

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Price

M

Size

Jan 1999

Built

8 yrs ago

Refurbished

2002

Total Passengers

2.19

Crew to Passenger Ratio

10

Number of Decks

966

Total Cabins

30

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