Sail Date: January 01, 2010 Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 7 years ago
This was our first cruise. I had been avoiding the experience because the thought of 2,000 other passengers in a confined space, like a ship, was a little overwhelming and I didn't want to spend time waiting in a line. All of my preconceptions were wrong and I enjoyed myself thoroughly.
Food and Dining
3 out of 5
There are two menu-based restaurants and two buffet-style restaurants that are included in the ticket price. The larger menu based rooms offer very good food. We used them only for our evening meals and were pleased both by the breadth of selection and by the quality. The buffet restaurants offered a nice variety of breakfast and lunch items for a quick grab-and-go. We tried one of the extra-charge upgrade restaurant (Cagney's Steakhouse). While it was a nice experience and the food was certainly good, we felt that it wasn't worth the extra $25 per person over the price-included restaurants.
5 out of 5
The cruise director keeps a slate full of on-board activities as well as entertainment. There seemed to be something for everybody. Other people's children seemed to be engaged and happy. The 20-30 set seemed to have a good time with club style entertainment at night. the retirees seemed to get on nicely, and we enjoyed the variety of shows in the theater.
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Crew sign on for 9 months. They live and work on the ship for the entire time working long shifts. They represent over 60 nationalities. We found them to be not only very good at their jobs but also friendly and engaging, smart and good-looking. Their answer to every request seems to be "yes" and their ability to keep guests happy is amazing. Cheers to the crew and cheers to the folks who are responsible for their training.
3 out of 5
The NCL Sky is one of the older ships in the line. It used to sail the Hawaii routes and still has some elements of Pacific Island themes in the decor. That said, the ship appears to be in excellent repair and the public rooms are well maintained. A nice feature is that the ship offers a small map of each deck that is very helpful for locating all of the amenities, activities, and the way back to your stateroom.
Cabin / Stateroom
5 out of 5
The rooms were large enough so that we didn't feel cramped but small enough to propel us to the public spaces. The were attended by two of the staff and were always in immaculate shape.
Pros: Something for everybody
Cons: upgrade restaurants not enough better than regular one to justify additional $$$$
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