Great ship with a good itinerary for the Bahamas

Norwegian Sky Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 50

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Verified Review

Sail Date: October 20, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

This was our second experience with NCL with the first one being way below our past experiences on other cruise lines.  I am happy to say that this cruise definitely made a positive impression on us.  The Sky is a smaller ship which is nice in that you don't do as much walking as you do on the bigger ones- which was great as we took my 83 year old mother-in-law,  The check in process was smooth and they had plenty of folks out there managing the crowd.  We had a balcony cabin which was small, but sufficed - small ship-small rooms.  The staff and crew were extremely personable.  They always spoke when you met in the hall - or even going to your dinner table - other waiters spoke to you.  We ate dinner in the Crossings dining room and the food was excellent.  Service was prompt and efficient.  We ate breakfast and lunch at the buffet which was generally crowded but it moved quickly. The biggest negative in the Garden Café were their sensored water and ice dispensers.  They were very hard to get to work and they usually had a staff member standing by to assist you.  The ice machine outside was the traditional type of machine and once we found it, kept getting our ice out there.  It was worth the extra steps to avoid the lines and frustration.  They had several other options for breakfast and lunch but we did not try them.  The entertainment was good.  Their Las Vegas review on the last night was excellent.  They had a staff talent show which was just OK.  It might have been better had we been in different seats, but we were under the balcony and it was so loud that is was almost unbearable.  Their entertainment was held in the Stardust Theater which is big and should accommodate everyone.  Unfortunately, they have "barrel-type" chairs as part of the furniture and they had them too close together which cause a lot of seats to remain vacant because no one to get to them.   We've been to the Bahamas several times, so Nassau and Freeport weren't real exciting for us.  If you've never been, they're nice ports to do some sightseeing and shopping.  Their private island was nice and had plenty of chairs spread out along many coves on the beach.  Unfortunately we were there on a rainy/overcast day so we weren't able to enjoy it like we would have like to.  All in all, a nice quick getaway.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Port is not in the best area of town.
3 out of 5
Have to take a taxi into town.
3 out of 5
Most things are within walking distance of the ship.
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