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Norwegian Sky Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
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Norwegian Sky

4 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: July 01, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Sky

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 9314

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

All in all, this is just an ok cruise. This was our first cruise, and we had high expectations based on everything we'd been told about cruises. This didn't meet those expectations for certain. We had a good time, but I am hopeful the next cruise vacation will be much better. I would not go to these ports again and wouldn't cruise on this boat again. For the price, it was fine, but it certainly wasn't what we expected. (And, we never got a towel animal! I thought that was standard. We were very disappointed in that.)

Embarkation

5 out of 5
No problems whatsoever. The person taking luggage was very helpful. Luggage arrived that evening as expected.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
The food was very disappointing. It is very processed and not fresh at all. There is no difference in the quality of food in the main dining rooms and the buffet, so just go to the buffet. Drinks are fine.

Crossings Main Dining Room

1 out of 5

The food is disgusting. They are trying to be fancy, but the food is the same that is in the Cafe - just plated. Most of our dishes were cold or simply inedible. We ended up eating a hot dog later. Skip this!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The fitness center is very nice but needed more classes. I was disappointed that this cruise didn't have a yoga or kickboxing class as advertised by Norwegian. The pool is tiny when compared to the number of passengers. I never got in. The hot tubs are nice, but they are so close together. It isn't a good layout.

Pools

2 out of 5

The pools are TOO SMALL for the number of folks on the cruise. There are two tiny pools and no areas to sit in the water. They are all deep. They have an even tinier kiddie pool. Bad planning on this!

Shore Excursions Desk

2 out of 5

Never open and changed every one of our excursions (cancelling one and changing another to another day, messing up our plan).

Entertainment

3 out of 5
The DJ at the White Hot party was great, and the rock show was very good. We went to bingo and quickly learned this was an expensive, not fun game. They made it all about the money and not just having fun winning stupid prizes (which is what I expected). We didn't go back. The games in the Bliss and Mojito lounge were fun, but they seemed rushed and that the personnel was just "going through the motions." I wish there had been more opportunities to meet other people. There weren't any activities that fostered that.

Children's Programs

No kids with us

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
While there were a handful of really outstanding ship personnel, most of the folks working seemed to not be too interested in going out of their way.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship was clean and well-maintained. However, I thought it was in bad form to be painting on the main deck while guests were there.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The room was very comfortable, and we slept well on the bed. The bathroom is tiny, but that was to be expected. There is ample storage. The room was well-stocked with towels and was clean.

Ship tip

Bring your water shoes as there are many rocks on the ground at the Great Stirrup Cay. Also, go to the back bar; it's the best.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5
I love Miami, so I expected to love it. We did our own things while there. There's plenty to do.

Nassau, Bahamas

4 out of 5
We enjoyed Nassau, but it would have been nice to have had a tour that integrated the distillery (which was very cool) and some Bahamian food. We did our own thing and had a very good day there.

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

2 out of 5
Freeport is a dump. I didn't feel really safe there. I would not go back. We did swimming with the pigs there instead of at GSC due to a schedule change by the cruise people. It was fine, but the excursion we signed up for was about 1 1/2 hours. This one lasted all day and included a tour of the island. It was boring and a joke. The tour guide David was rude to myself and my friend. We were dropped off at this :shopping center" for lunch in 45 minutes, and there were few food choices and all were things we could eat back home. Very disappointing.

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

5 out of 5
GSC is beautiful and was a fun day. The bar staff were super-friendly and accommodating. My friends snorkeled and enjoyed that. The paddle board excursion was NOT what was advertised and was simply a rental. That description needs to change. It was a fun day, though, and I would recommend this stop.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very fast and no issues.
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