Norwegian Sky Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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4 out of 5

Excellent Getaway

Sail Date: October 01, 2011

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

Had a great time. The staff and crew members were very friendly and helpful, especially our cabin steward. Despite being one of NCL's older ships, it is very clean and well maintained. It was not particularly difficult to get deck loungers around the pool. It was a friendly and mixed group of guests.

Recommends Norwegian Sky? Yes!

Food and Dining
Average cruise food, which is to say there was plenty to eat and for the most part it was quite good. Since this was only a four-day cruise, we chose not to pay for the upgraded restaurants (there are only three on this ship), and did not feel we missed anything. The two big table service restaurants were both very good, with friendly staff members. The buffet on the top deck was quite good, about what you would expect. The only real weak link was the 24-hour sports bar. The food there was definitely not up to the standards of the rest of the ship.
Cabin / Stateroom
I know the staterooms are relatively small, but even given that, the television in our stateroom was ridiculously tiny. I think an iPad is bigger.
Entertainment
A lot of energy and talent, especially in the ship's dance troupe. The comedian was very good, but I had the impression he could have been so much better and funnier if he did not have to tone down his act for a "family" audience.
Ship Quality
A smaller and older ship in Norwegian's fleet, but very clean and well-maintained. Very easy to get around and find everything you want.
Service and Staff
Our room steward, Santiago, was the best my wife and I have experienced at sea or on land. A person like that can make or break a vacation, and our room steward really elevated an otherwise average vacation. He was so friendly and helpful. Most of the rest of the crew members were also very friendly and approachable.
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
A relatively boring port. My wife and I spent most of the day on the ship, essentially treating it as a "sea" day.
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas
The island is undergoing an extensive construction project, so workers and equipment were everywhere. Unfortunately, that really took away from the experience. Maybe things will be much better in a year or two.
Don't Miss: Snorkeling, especially on the far side of the bay away from the crowds.
Nassau, Bahamas
We had a lot of fun touring Atlantis (we did not want to pay an arm and a leg for the water park or beach, but the Dig and aquarium were awesome). In town, closer to the cruise port, there are some very good local (non-chain) restaurants that are worth checking out. We had drinks and an appetizer at Olive's, which was very good, and also tried the conch salad at a little diner (can't remember the name) toward the west end of Bay Street, which was also delicious.


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