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Norwegian Sky Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

3.5 out of 5
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Norwegian Sky

4 Night Bahamas(Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 19, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Sky

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 0319

Traveled as: Singles/Friends

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We drove 11hrs straight and waited about an hour from parking to being on the pool deck on board the ship. (Pro tip: put on sunscreen before you pass out in a lawn chair). They let us know which in the first hour that we’d e going to Cozumel instead of the Bahamas. After visiting Cozumel I’d rather go to the Bahamas any day but I’d never been to any part of Mexico before so that sounded exciting. We took a quick nap and hit the hot tubs then the club after dinner. We’re two single guys, and let me tell you, there were plenty of beautiful ladies to talk and dance with. Not mad about that one bit! Didn’t know it at the time but key west was the best port of the trip. Very pretty town and you Americans don’t try to swindle you every step of the way like the Mexicans did. At least lost Americans won’t lol. Friend lost his iphone on the trolley and they found and returned it! Can you believe that? I couldn’t, so good vibes all the way around there. Another night at the club and we woke up to Mexico. First things first, the cops are not your friends. I mean like their only job is to try and take money from you. It happened to us. Best bet is to avoid contact at all cost. If you can make it back to the ship I’d limp back there before asking for help from locals. Now that you’ve got a good idea of the environment you can have a good time, just keep your head on a swivel. You do have to do a bit of “posturing up” to the local populace which is not really what I want to have to do on vacation plus I’m from the south and I’m generally nice/courteous as a default… but the beaches are absolutely stunning. The water is like bath tub clear with a slight tint of blue. Visibility underwater is like 25+ feet. This was in the afternoon too and as most know that’s when the water is dirtiest due to incoming tide and choppiness of the surface etc. I highly recommend snorkeling if you’re a decent swimmer. Bring or buy gear as crazy as it sounds it’s cheaper than renting plus once again they’re always trying to swindle or alter deals on you. Just go ahead and buy a cheap rig for like $8-$20 (we bought the $8) and then when you’re done give it to a local. Win/win. There’s also a lot of good deals on leather products sunglasses etc in town especially if you’re a good negotiator or speak Spanish or best if you have both skills. That being said that place gets “dark” quick. The same guy that’s trying to sell you weed is also trying to sell you heroin and girls. We didn’t investigate further but judging by the seediness of these guys it seemed like sex trafficking. Disgusting human beings who have no regard for human life. These are the people that you rent the scooters/jeeps from etc that are also friends with the local cops. This trip really opened up my eyes to how good we have it in America and I’m grateful for that! That being said, “build that wall” and I didn’t vote for the orange man. We survived and made it back on board. Cleaned up and back to the club, crew was getting pretty tired of the guest by this point and you could really start to tell. By the last day they shut down the pools by draping nets across them and shut off the WiFi. It was raining off and on more so than it was earlier in the trip so it really left everyone with little to do. Plus with out WiFi it was near impossible to coordinate with anyone you met on the ship on where to hang out. Would I do it again? He11 yes!

Embarkation

4 out of 5
We had an absolute blast but could have easily been better in several ways!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
You can’t beat the buffet, drinks are poured to taste strong but they water down the alcohol(just being honest). Also the bartender tend to act like jerks although, some are really nice and fun!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Gym was better than I expected, they had dumbbells that go up to #75 so not bad. Plus all your general push/pull cable equipment and a half dozen treadmills.

Entertainment

3 out of 5
We left out of Miami so the crowd really made the party. The DJ insisted on trolling he crowd by playing a banger and then immediately switching it up too a slow song(f that guy). The live performers out on the deck and in the sugarcane lounge we’re all outstanding. Great voices and a wide range of music.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Our stateroom guy was the awesome, super nice and helpful. My favorite person on the ship. He was an older gentleman from Indonesia I want to say his name was Nikolai. He should be promoted. I’m guessing the bartenders are severely over worked and it’s reflects in their morale. Even when they’re not being blatantly rude they just seem fed up with their job. Side note I hate describing people this way but don’t remember their names but all the black bartenders were outstanding! Like 5 stars good!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Staff did a great job with cleaning in my opinion. I’m actually impressed at how they’re able to keep it so clean with all the people making messes everywhere.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Look we bought the cheap cabin and we know it so weren’t expecting much. Only thing is that cabin smells like fish all the time, plus the shower temp control is broken. A few other things but those were the main draw backs.

Ship tip

Might be obvious for most but bring a pair of running shoes, also the ships WiFi sucks so download music prior to boarding.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5
Good ol’ USA. You’ll be happy to this place when you come back!

Key West, Florida

5 out of 5
What a lovely little town. 10/10 rent some bicycles and go cruise around. Also heard the jet skis are worth every penny but didn’t get a chance to try this last time.

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas Did not visit port

We went to Cozumel due to bad weather.

Nassau, Bahamas Did not visit port

Spent this day on the ocean, that day sucked the most since they closed the pools and they shut the WiFi down. Pretty boring all day!

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
Woke up early, crammed in as much breakfast as possible and were close to the front of the line waiting for he allowed time to leave.

Traveler Photos

Sunset with ship in background, Cozumel Pool Party Leaving Cozumel
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