Norwegian Sky Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 8 years ago
We sailed the first week of November from Miami to the Bahamas. It was the first cruise for all three of us so we didn't know what to expect. My first concern prior to sailing was seasickness which I know I'm prone to. To my surprise, I could barely tell we were on a boat! The only place, for some reason, I could feel some rocking going on was near the kid's corner. Service was great starting from the cleaning of the room and throughout the ship. Food at the buffet and Garden Cafe was OK but it was convenient since you didn't have to wait for someone to take your order like at the restaurants. Just grab a plate and plow through the various dishes offered. We ate there mostly for breakfast since we wanted to get done quickly and off the ship to visit the city. The rest of the meals, we went to the other two inclusive restaurants: The Crossings and Palace. It was definitely worth it to dress a little bit, nothing extravagant, just long pants and a polo shirt. The quality of the food there was way better. We had, escargot, salmon, steaks and even lobster! You almost felt guilty destroying those dishes prepared like an art work served by an excellent group of servers making you think you are at a five star French restaurant :). As far as the stops, Freeport, Nassau and the private island they were OK, no reason to want to see them twice. Im maybe spoiled since I live in south Florida, but I would definitely select a longer (7 nights instead of 4 nights) and different ports: Jamaica, Dominican Republic, St Thomas, Puerto Rico for my next cruise. Freeport is a very run down city, poor and dirty. To add salt to the injury, prices were ridiculously high. $18 for burger, $5 for a bottle of water, $9 for a shaving cream can that I get for 99 cents in US.
I told the merchant about the shaving cream how do you sleep at night?. His reply, we have to import everything because we a re a small island. I dont buy for a second, we and the rest of the World imports from China too but prices are nowhere near your little precious islands prices!
Anyway, Atlantis is the main attraction in Nassau but again at $160 per person, I dont think any water park is worth that kind of money, period, even if your last name is Madoff. We just took the water taxi from the port to Atlantis for $3 a person and you get to see the water side of the island with the expensive houses and yachts that the few lucky rich bastards like to remind you what your life could have been like if you only had stayed in school and got that GED that would have opened the doors to this richness, yeah right :).
We took a look at the free aquarium and other areas of the hotel without shelling a penny and walked to the adjacent public beach.
Last stop was the Great Stirrup Cay, private island. Chairs and food were plentiful but the weather sucked. I made the most out of it by organizing some beach volleyball. Be cautious, do not dive on any of the courts or you risk breaking some ribs! Im glad I had read another review in here prior to departure, so I didnt take any risks. They should put warnings on those courts because the ground is rock solid and they just damped some fake sand which in many places is less than an inch thick.
Overall, it was a great experience and I intend to cruise again soon. We had a balcony room on deck 10. It was great to be able to watch the sun go down from the balcony but I could do without it next time unless I get an upgrade for next to nothing as I did on this booking. Kids corner is a fantastic service! Our 4 year old daughter couldnt wait to go (neither did I, finally a chance to get a break :). It took us a couple of days to convince her this was a boat not a house. Biggest boat she had been on until then was my fishing kayak, so I dont blame her :).
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Pros: Freestile cruising, food, service, kid's corner and shows.
Cons: Not much to dislike.