Norwegian Sky Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Deck Hand

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

3 out of 5

First time with Norwegian

Sail Date: May 10, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This was my 6th cruise overall, but my first and last with Norwegian.This was a last minute cruise, so we got what we paid for. However, we compared it to similar size ships on other cruise lines we'd been on, and were disappointed in several areas like the food selection at the Buffet; the small pool area; No refills on the specialty cup drinks; Bed was too hard; limited night clubs; No general store on board -- mostly jewlery and namebrand stores. But some pro's included -- not as many smaller children running around ; the hot tubs were for adults ; the staff was very friendly; antibacterial soap dispensers everywhere you turned; NCL Private Island -Great Stirrup Cay was the BEST ! Awesome day at the beach. The Palace Dining room was VERY NICE and freestyle dining was great. Since we only went to the dining room once during the 5 day trip, and we never saw our room steward -- I felt that the $12 / pp per day was a little too steep. But I didn't want to wait 30 minutes in line at the pursors desk to get it adjusted. Drinks were good, but expensive and you had to buy & pay for the souvenir cup every time even though you just wanted a refill. I ended up paying for about 12 plastic souvenir cups just to get the drink. Who wants to bring home all those cups ?? Especially if you are limited with your luggage. Overall the trip was a nice getaway to a warm place for my husband and I when it was cold and dreary at home in New England. But I think I'll stick with the other 2 major cruiselines in the future.

Pros: Easy on, Easy off, and freestyle dining

Cons: Food and there was not a 24 hr pizzeria available for late night snacks

Recommends Norwegian Sky? No.

Ship Quality
Overall the ship layout was easy to get around; except they need to clean the windows more often; public areas were okay - typical for this average size ship; decor was lacking compared to other cruise lines but clean and efficient. They need more night club areas to sit and listen to a live band or just hang out.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had an outside stateroom with a round window (slightly larger than a porthole). It was what I expected for size. The bed was very hard though, and is rough on your back when you are used to a sleep number bed. I was disappointed there wasn't any hair conditioner available. Only shampoo and shower gel.
Service and Staff
the staff was friendly and the cruise director was very funny. Our room steward never introduced himself to us, but the room was made up nicely each time.
It was nice to relax with not much going on all the time ----and not many young children allowed to run amuck all over the place --- but I would have liked to see more night clubs to dance, listen to live band and just hang out.
Food and Dining
food at the Garden cafe buffet was the same every day and not much variety. The layout could have been set up better. Coffee was terrible. Freestyle dining was nice as we could go eat whenever we wanted, as long as it wasn't one of the specialty restaurants that required a reservation and a cover charge.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
Dont go to shore early -- nothing is open early, and you won't be able to get back if you want to get back on the ship early. You have to take a shared shuttle van into the marketplace --- which is nothing more than a couple jewlery stores and a straw market. We had to wait around for an hour for other people to share a van trip back to the ship. Not woth the trip !
Don't Miss: nothing
Nassau, Bahamas
We had been to Nassau before, and didn't much care for it. But we knew what we wanted and where to get it, and then went to Senor Frog's to hang out at the outdoor bar and join in the conga line for free shots !
Don't Miss: Take the water ferry (only $3) over to Atlantis & visit the Aquarium --awesome
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
This was the best day of the trip ! The day was gorgeous, the beach was gorgeous, the views were gorgeous ! This was the day I had been longing for the whole trip ! They had a barbeque on the beach, with music, dancing, sun & fun ! The water was about 78 degrees. Just right !
Don't Miss: Sun & Fun

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