Norwegian Sky Experience - Don't Look for the Bells and Whistles

Norwegian Sky Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 23

Overall rating:

3.4 out of 5
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Norwegian Sky

5 Night Bahamas (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 10, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Sky

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 8113

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

First I will say that this is definitely a "booze cruise". I have cruised on several of the other lines many times but this was my 1st Norweigan cruise. We booked using a promo which stated that our package included the drink package but upon arriving on the cruise, we were told that it wasn't included in our package and they were unsure of the promotion we were using to book as it had changed since the time we booked and they had no access to previous promotions. So I suggest that you read everything when booking and make copies immediately. Next, be aware that the children's program is very limited, as I believe they cater more to adults and adult activities. They group the children in age groups, which is good, but for children that are more mature, they will get board and the cruiseline does not allow the parent the opportunity to approve moving the child to the next level based on their judgement. For example, my daughter was in the 6yo-9yo class. She will be 10yo in 1 month. She wanted to do video games, etc and the bigger kids games but had to settle with arts and crafts with the 6yo. During our Nassau port, we did the swim with the pigs excursion. Upon returning to the ship, we found out after returning to our cabin that the ship lost water for almost an entire day. This was unacceptable as we had been in contact with live animals and needed to wash. After 3 hours of reboarding the ship, all they could offer us was a bottle of water per passenger to wash. My 9yo daughter ended up with a rash that I believe came from her inability to shower immediately upon return. Hearing that this has happened before on this ship would have definitely detered me from booking this ship. As a more experienced cruiser, my expectations are a little high so I personally am not sure that I will book another Norweigan Cruise. But it is a ok for a new cruiser or those just wanting to do a "friends" getaway and not looking for many frills.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
Easy. Everyone was friendly

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5
The ship's food was good but not great. I am a past cruiser and expected a better selection. Everything was the same every day. Although the food on Grand Stirrup Cay was wonderful.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
On the ship we spent alot of time at the pool, the game shows and the performance shows

Entertainment

5 out of 5
The entertainment was really good. I really enjoyed all entertainment

Children's Programs

2 out of 5
She is 9yo and felt that the activities she had were too young for her age. And there was no opportunity to move her to a higher level, even as the parent.

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
everyone was friendly

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
ship was clean and newly renovated. Layout is kind of outdated but again the ship was renovated not new

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
I was beyond impressed with cabin size. It was perfect for the 3 of us. There was hair from previous guests in the shower and bathroom

Ship tip

I suggest that you read everything when booking and make copies immediately.We booked using a promo which stated that our package included the drink package but upon arriving on the cruise, we were told that it wasn't included in our package and they were unsure of the promotion we were using to book as it had changed since the time we booked and they had no access to previous promotions.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5
I live in Miami

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

1 out of 5
It is still recovering from Hurricane Dorian. It was like a desert. But I would go again as I am aware that the Bahamian people need tourism in order to rebuild

Nassau, Bahamas

4 out of 5
We swam with the pigs here. We had a good time

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

4 out of 5
Great little island and food was good

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Easiest I have ever experienced with the facial recognition and open disembarkment
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