Norwegian Sky Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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3 out of 5

A Pregnant Womens View

Sail Date: July 24, 2009

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

So I went on the cruise with my husband and I am 5 months pregnant. For the part of the cruise - it was fun and I would do it again. The food was okay - believe it not there really was not the best selection. There are really only 2 buffets that are open all the time - and they always had the same stuff. There are 2 restaurants to eat at that are free, with no extra cover charge. The buffet is one, and then the Crossings is another. We ate at the crossings 2 times. The creme brulee' was awesome, and the carbs were really good. The protein parts of the meals were okay. It was definitely not designed for a pregnant women to go and stay hydrated. On the web they said they offered lemonade, and juices, milk, and tea for free. Well upon arrival it seems that the juices (cranberry, and orange) were shut off and taken away at 10 a.m. when breakfast closes. There was no lemonade at all, and only tea available for free. As a pregnant women you are not supposed to drink a lot of tea because of the caffeine - and their tea was so strong you had to add water. Basically - if you didn't want to pay 2.00 for every ginger ale you had, you were stuck with tea or milk. And the water - which pregnant women in other countries are only supposed to drink bottled water - was 5.00 a bottle. Watch out also - at dinner they will ask you if you would like bottled water with your meal or tap, and if you say bottled... then boom - 5.00 added to your fee even if it's a glass or it's a free meal. Also - be careful when walking off of their boat onto the small boat that carries you to their island called Stirrup Cay. The top part of the boat has no floor gripping or hand rails when you walk along it... I saw an elderly man slip and bust his head on the benches in the walk way. The benches have nails and hooks coming out of them and one of the nails went right into the side of his eye and he needed stitches. I have seen that if you do get hurt on the small boat or the island - it is pretty bad. They sent the housekeeping crew, and the sushi chef to come and address the fallen bleeding man. After about 8 minutes of guests (my husband, and an American paramedic) helping the man up and addressing him with a towel and keeping him alert - the crew nurse came upon board. Although about 9 other people who worked there came to look and did nothing. I recommended that they get some rubber for the boat - but i am sure they are not rushing to do that. Once you are off the smaller boat they have a nurse and area for you. Another thing for a pregnant women - bring your own bottled waters and keep them with you. There is a long walk from off the boat at Nassau to the cabs. It was so hot and so far that I almost got dizzy. I had some water and was fine. If you are going to Atlantis - it was nice, but I did the aquarium part only. It was neat and if you go straight to the hotel you save about 20.00 a person. It was smaller than expected and my husband was disappointed - but I liked it. It was 30 a person for the 2 part aquarium. They call it a 3 part - but really 1 part is walking to the 2nd part, and is very small. They have a game show called the quest - it is for adults only and you will see girls in thongs, girls french kissing each other, and guys dressed up in bras. The newlywed game was very funny - and be cautious of bingo - no joke the cheapest card is 30..00 the 2nd night and 40.00 the last night. The cruise was smooth and you can eat where you want and with whom. The French restaurant is great but they charge 15 a head. The steakhouse is 30 a head and we didn't make it there. The state room was bigger than expected, and they had a good size bathroom. Which is great for a pregnant women to get in and out of.
Overall it was fun time - the cabin was bigger than expected and the staff was always very friendly. If I could do it over I would stock up on drinks for me, skip the quest game, and not play the bingo. Hope this was helpful.

Pros: The friendly staff, and clean environment

Cons: The safety hazards and the lack of non alcohol drinks

Recommends Norwegian Sky? Yes!

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
We could have done without this. They run out of seating easily, the small boat to get you there is a danger - I saw an old man slip and bust his head because the boat had no padding on the floors. They sell rafts for 26.00! And unless you are going to be there the whole day - it's not worth it. Also - they talk constantly about how you get to snorkel while on the island - and then you learn it is 30.00 a person! They have shops on that island that are cheaper than at the boat. That is where we did our shopping, and I recommend that.
Nassau, Bahamas
Atlantis was nice to see - it was pretty there and I did enjoy their aquarium. But go there on a taxi - do not wait around and pay extra for the excursion.

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