November 2015 - Norwegian Sky to Caribbean - Bahamas
This was our first cruise on Norwegian. I realize that the Norwegian Sky is an older ship, so I did not have high expectations. The overall process of embarkation and disembarkation was relatively easy so that was appreciated as I was traveling with my husband and three children (11, 9, 4). The ship was a little worn but fine. Our room was small and the bathroom was small but I did appreciate that they had a cabin that fit five with a window that was not a suite so did not cost a crazy amount for all of us to go.
The shore excursions were fun - Atlantis and Great Stirrup Cay. We did not book Atlantis through the ship but instead used the Bahamas Day Pass. Was easy to find a cab and get over to Atlantis before the larger groups so we got to spend as much time on the slides as we wanted. Great Stirrup Cay was a nice beach with a protected cove so my kids learned to snorkel (even the 4 year old) and I was not worried. We did have to take tinder boats so that was a little rough but at least was not cancelled.
The people on the boat were all friendly so no complaints. We did not go to any of the shows as we were worn out. But we did use the Splashzone for my 4 year old and she loved it. Pretty basic but fun for her age. My other two children had no interest in going as their ages just did not match well with the kids that did attend and the activities were not exciting enough.
The food was just alright. Had hoped for a little better in the main dining rooms of which we used every evening. It was just OK and not what you expect on a cruise ship (I've been on Carnival and really thought their food was better in the main dining (even the desert)). The breakfast buffet was good. The other buffets were fine. We did not go to the specialty restaurants because of the high cost.
So overall, for our first cruise with our kids, it was a good experience for the price! But of course, when we were docked in Nassau, a Disney ship was right next to us so that was, of course, what my kids want to do next. Though the cost would have been significantly more so I'm satisfied with this experience.