My husband and I just took our first cruise and it was on the Norwegian Sky. It was a 10- day cruise around the Islands in Hawaii. We spent virtually 5 days at sea doing nothing. We had to port at Fanning Island, which was a total waste of time and money, for we could not even go on this cruise without getting passports, which over all cost us an extra $100 per person. The ship had two girls selling bottled water at $2.00 for what amounts to 2 cups of water or $3.00 for what amounts to 3 cups of water. They were stating that you had better buy the water for there is no water on the island. Well, when you got to the island there was the staff of the ship with fresh ice water, orange juice, soda, cookies and fruit. So they bilked you out of the money for the water on board ship. Then they had no gambling which upset a lot of people. Hawaii made them get rid of all of their gambling machines for now it is banned in Hawaii. This was not told to any passengers before boarding. To get on the ship in Honolulu, it took waiting in the hot sun 3 hours or more, due to the security. Now I can understand the security bit, but there was people over 60 waiting with no relief or liquids, standing in the hot sun. They were starting to pass out. The Freestyle dining was wonderful and the wait staff was terrific. There were 5 restaurants on board and you had to pay a cover charge of $20.00 if you wanted to eat in 3 of them. Also, to get fresh grapefruit juice in the morning, you had to pay $2.00 for a small glass. The shows were neat, but any decent entertainment was after 7pm. During the day there was nothing to do but sit by the pool, if you are a sun lover, which we are not, or go to crafts for 45 minutes. My husband, who is Italian, even went to an Italian learning class that is how bored he was! The excursions were a horrible waste of money. We spent a whole day trying to see a water fall. We went to 3 different places and they were either muddy, or you had to step or climb over fences on private property to see them and after a 40-minute trek was told it might be dried up. We thankfully got our money back for that one for it was $105 per person, but we wasted a whole day just driving around out in the boonies looking for these elusive falls. Needless to say for our first cruise ever, this was such a disappointment that I don't know if I can get my husband on another one. Thanks NCL
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