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4.7

Havana - Best Caribbean Destination by motoitalia

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Cuba

Once US citizens are allowed to travel again to Cuba, do it!

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3.7

First NCL cruise - nice introduction. by DBLK

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Sky

It's a great short first timer cruise or in our case a cruise just to escape the cold weather. I've been on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Disney and now NCL. Each cruise has something to offer and each port has its own charm. I base my opinion on each cruise and not as a whole so I will definitely sail on NCL again. Hopefully this review doesn't sound all negative because I did enjoy the cruise and I tried to highlight what I liked. But a good review points out details. But as far as the Norwegian Sky, I've checked the box and it is a one and done for me.

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Cuba and Mafia Mojitos by pallsworth

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Cuba

Great cruise and Havana is a place we would love to go back to and spend more time exploring.

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4.0

Good TIme On The Sky by TERRI1962

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Enjoyed our time on the Sky , food was good, entertainment was good,  drinks flowed well , ship was in great shape , Not a five because certain crew members were rude and had nothing to do with language barrier,  ports were nice , 

 

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly by JStack

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

The Norwegian Sky is an older ship that needs updating as far as furniture and decor. Broken seat on the desk chair in our stateroom and the leather sofa was pretty scuffed up. The Atrium chairs were looking old and the color schemes were old fashioned. 

During rain storm, there was a bad water leak coming into the Palace dining room. The friendly, efficient  staff makes up for the the deficiencies. Our room steward kept our room spotless and was attentive to all our needs. 

The food in the complimentary dining rooms is fair and forgettable. After our first meal, for the rest of the trip we ordered from the specialty menu and also dined at the specialty restaurants. It was worth the extra money. The food and service at these  restaurants was outstanding. Cagney's Steak house especially. Great food and great service. A must for anyone dining at a specialty restaurant.

Many on board activities to suit everyone's individual likes. You could find music at many locations. Captain Cook's Bar was great. Richard the piano player was exceptionally entertaining. Michelle, the cocktail waitress has to be the most pleasant staff member on board. She remembered our names whenever we came in. Found us seats and recalled what we were drinking. She would spend time chatting with us whenever there was a lull in orders and showed a genuine interest in what we were saying. A little itty- bitty gal with a great big smile that is infectious. 

The casino was large enough to accommodate those who wanted to play. They didn't have a "Let it Ride" table, which is my favorite, so I entertained myself at the roulette table. The shows weren't "Broadway Productions" but they were entertaining. 

The free drinks were a definite plus. Many bars at many different locations. Some had frozen drinks which I preferred. I liked the pool deck bar since they had TV's that showed the Professional Basketball finals. 

My wife visited the many shops on board. No need to say more about that.

The onshore excursions are another story. Due to weather our Glass Bottom Boat trip was cancelled. I can't fault the ship for that. We had booked an excursion to Atlantis Aquarium that was "disastrous" We disembarked the ship to go to the pier at the designated time. We had to search for the excursion Representative who we found sitting on the side of the area. She put gold plastic wristbands on us and directed us to the bus at the end of the pier. The bus took us to the front gate of the Resort and left us off. There was no one there to guide or instruct us what to do next. The group decided to go into the main building where we encountered Atlantis staff, who had no idea what we were to do. We were directed to the ticket counter and once again encountered puzzlement by the Atlantis staff. A Supervisor was called and she informed us that the Aquarium tour required a different colored wristband, ours were for the water activities. The Supervisor then found us a guide, Ella,  who was very entertaining and made us forget our aggravation. The problem with the guide, I believe she thought we were to take a tour of the resort and the Aquarium. We then proceeded to take a long hike through the grounds. I felt like I was back in the military. There were many older people on this tour including my wife and I, and when we finally got to the Aquarium we were exhausted. This wasn't the guides fault, it was the company that set up the excursion and their lack of personnel to take care of our group. Many of us voiced our complaints when we got back on Board. Caution if you are hungry while at Atlantis, stay clear of the restaurant next to the casino, unless you want to pay$105.00 for a burger, seafood salad and two drinks each!

The private beach island was nice but the weather was not good so the Barbecue was cancelled. It still was a nice excursion. Go early to get a good beach lounger by the water.  Later in the day it reminded me of a seal island. It still was good fun though.

All in all it was a good cruise, that had it's flaws. 

We met some really nice folks on board and struck up some friendships. We have already had contact with some since getting home.

The bottom line is if you want to relax and have a good time, you can't beat a cruise. I would travel Norwegian again but maybe choose a newer ship.

 

 

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Great Cruise! Excellent Food! by giaspirit

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

This was a great cruise for my daughter and I to celebrate her high school graduation.  We loved the 3 stops - all great islands with lots of options for excursions and beautiful beaches/scenery.  The food on board was excellent!  Lots of delicious and healthy options!  The room was comfortable and clean.  We had a 'porthole' room and it was plenty of room for the two of us.  The staff across the board was professional and extremely friendly.  We met lots of crew members from other countries and they were happy to answer all our questions about where they were born.  Our ONLY complaint was how much the rooms/ship/decor need to be updated.  Since we weren't in the room very much - this was minimally important.  We had an amazing trip and made lots of wonderful memories!Happy

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5.0

First time cruisers by egirard

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

We had an AMAZING time during our first cruise on the Norwegian Sky!  From beginning to end everything was perfect.  We ended up taking the "upsale" they sent us to the Penthouse Suite (0264 Deck 10 Aft).  We were supposed to be in an ocean view room, but so glad we paid the extra money for more room and many more extras!  Embarkation was a breeze.  We were then personally escorted to Cagney's for a nice lunch.  We got to order anything off the menu.  I got the burger and my husband had strip steak.  We also had the UBP, that was a cost saving feature.  Any drink $11 and under was included.  You name it, they could make it.  The "painkiller" was fantastic!  Our room was HUGE and the bed was so comfortable.  Everything was clean and well taken care of.  We had a living room, bedroom, tons of closet space and a bathroom with a jetted tub and shower.  Our balcony was awesome!  We really enjoyed it.  We did the 4 night cruise and went to Freeport, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay.  All were beautiful and lots of fun!  We did an excursion every day.  In Freeport we did the Beaches and Caves.  I HIGHLY recommend this.  In Nassau we did the Blue Lagoon Beach day, I don't recommend this.  It wasn't what we thought it was going to be.  And in Great Stirrup Cay we did the wave runner excursion.  It was pretty neat to see.  The weather wasn't the best, but I guess September is their rainy season.  We'll know that for next time.  There are so many things to do and see on the ship.  We went to the white hot party, deal or no deal, battle of the sexes, newlywed game, karaoke and watched the comedian Russ Rivas.  He's too funny!!  Como?! (watch him on YouTube!!).  There were so many food choices on there.  Even if you're picky like we are there's always plenty to pick from!  I would totally go on this cruise again (in fact we're discussing going next year!) and would recommend it to everyone I know.  We loved the "freestyle cruising" and that's what sold us on Norwegian!  I hope this review will help someone out there.  And I hope you'll have just as much fun!

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4.0

Maybe I Forgot... by MrChocoholic

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Second time on this ship for only two main reasons. After my first cruise on NCL three years ago, I started collecting ship models, neglecting to obtain one of the Sky. After my voyage to Panama Canal on NCL Pearl last October/November, I was left with only one more night to move to the next tier on their loyalty program. My goals: going Silver and getting a model. My goal was to avoid unnecessarily expenses despite temptations brought on by the constant buzz thanks to their open bar. Brought my buddy Steve because he was desperately in need of a change of scene. He came along three years ago and we wanted to see if this ship has gone into the toilet. My ex-wife originally volunteered to come but her work interfered. Here's what we noticed: the smoke in the casino had...disappeared. There were fellow drinkers a-plenty but none seemed particularly smashed. Just a few ones, the young stuff learning how. No one was belligerent, some drunks spontaneously broke out into a song at inappropriate circumstances (Such as myself.) Bar service was faultless, friendly and relatively prompt considering the demand, and good mixes used for Bloody Marys and Mojitos were delicious. Pours were standard jiggers. Both shows at the Stardust were about expected, songs and dances served with cheese. The duo performing mostly acoustic guitar ballads and required bar songs ("Margaritaville") were adequate for setting a mood. Food abounded, and the quality was hit and miss as expected. The beef was pretty good, at least it showed up as ordered. The prime beef was tasty but full of fat and sinewy waste. Same with the 18 oz. steak, that lost a good 5 oz. in trimmed fat and sinew. The crab and fish "cake" was inedible. Tasteless, like mashed potatoes. The dal and the Indian lentil dish at the buffet were exceptional. Good, inventive salads there including a Mexican bean. I refrain from eating gray meat, so I can't testify to the burgers and meatloaf. I also stay from frozen fish, so that eliminated most of the seafood dishes. The smoked salmon was delicious. As usual the chocolate desserts were superb, particularly that Mexican brownie--dense and rich. The peach melba was an unexpected treat. The coconut cheesecake married two of my favorite things. On Great Stirrup Cay the salads were delicious and cold, and the chicken was hot, not spicy. Re: hamburgers. Not this time. Saving my burger craving for Guy Fieri's aboard Carnival. The beaches and newly-planted palms frame views of the sea. Unexpected: a hidden picnic area in the mangroves, surrounding a well. Safe place to smoke without bothering anyone. Cabin was barely adequate for two adults--I had originally planned to go solo which would have been perfect. Tiny beyond belief, 121 sq. ft. Stand up STRAIGHT shower. No problem with a/c, electrical or plumbing. Bed was fine, pillows puffy. Excellent steward with some impossible-to-pronounce Thai name. Kept my ice bucket filled and my towels replaced. Did our exercise walk in Nassau--uphill and downhill--on our way to the Watling Distillery. Fantastic! Loved that place to drink and smile at the softness of the scented tropical air. Visited an old graveyard to get in touch some  forebears with my name. On the way back to the ship we stopped to buy fresh conch salad from a boatman tied up along Woodes Rodgers Walk. Excellent! Sweet as sugarcane and hot as blazing as the sunset. An altogether wonderful day. (Dis)Embarkation is a snap, organized and getting through the line takes about 10 minutes. The tenders shuttle folks between the ship and the dock at Great Stirrup every few minutes. I love it, to me it's like they throw in a free boat ride. Look forward to another one of my dumbass videos.

 

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4.7

Fantastic time! by jenlmccullough

Sail date: / Traveled as: Large Group
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Cuba

We had a wonderful time on our cruise! We met some new friends, had so many unforgettable experiences & got engaged on the ship!!! It was one of my all time favorite vacations ever!

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5.0

Amazing Bahamas cruise!! by Rebelcowgirl

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Our first cruise ever and we couldn’t have picked a better ship to experience it on!!’ Not one complaint!! Everything and everyone was Wonderful!!

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4.0

AMAZING! by dragonfly52

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

AMAZING! NCL staff & food were all awesome. It was our first cruise, but we feel it could not have gone any smoother. NCL should be very proud of all of their staffs amazing dedication to their jobs. Well done crew!

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Great Cruise! by gailn

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Cuba

The ship was a perfect size for this cruise.  We took the classic car tour on Tuesday.  It was fantastic!  We chose a 1950 Cadillac and our driver spoke very good English and gave us lots of information about Havana as the parade of cars drove around the city.  One stop was at a cemetery where a guide took us around. It's gorgeous!  Next we drove through a beautiful forest, then to Revolutionary Square where all the old cars parked and we had the opportunity to walk around and take pictures off them.  We ended up at the Hotel de Nationale and were treated to mojitos.  Instead of the tour lasting 3 1/2 hours they spent nearly 6 with us.  It was worth the whole trip.  On Tuesday evening we attended the Parisian cabaret.  It was colorful and entertaining.  We were supposed to take a bus tour around Havana the next morning but read that we'd be going to the same places so we opted to stay on the ship and enjoy the pool.  We didn't go to private island but I sat on our balcony and watched people coming and going and they all said they had a great time there.  The specialty dining didn't disappoint on this cruise either.  We went to Le Bistro one night and to Cagneys twice.  We ate at the buffet twice, the Garden Cafe once, and the Main Dining Room three times.  We only had one meal in the MDR that wasn't quite to our liking but the rest were superb.  We enjoyed the casino each night and my husband came away a winner.  There are bands in different places around the ship in the evening but no big stage shows.  I signed up for unlimited internet prior to sailing and got a good deal on that.  The fellow at the Internet cafe is very helpful.  I also prepaid the gratuities and took the 3 meal specialty dining plan.  All in all, we had a great cruise.  Go to Havana while it's still like stepping back in time.b

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First time Cruise by water81769

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

I got  the cruise for $149 actually thru .  I had a stateroom on deck 9, Ricardo, I believe was his name, he is tops for keeping the rooms up. No complaints with his staff. Ok, the food is ok, on deck 11, but I personally think the food was much better on deck 12, where the Captian and his staff hang out at by the Smoke stacks. The ship had a private hot tub at the front of the ship which was cool. The music was very up to date. As for the drinks, the liquor package I would not get, its waaayy to high, like $55/per person, per night. A bucket of 6 beers is $45 bucks though. Mixed drinks is more along bar prices. If you bring your own bottle of wine(1per person), its a $25 fee to drink it on the boat. Any liquor you buy on the ship (and they have good deals), you can't take back to your room, they put it up for you til your cruise is over. Now the coffee bar, (shout outs to Reggie). He had the best deals to me. A expresso and a shot of Baileys for women and Irish whiskey for men, $6.50, and that little joker gets you right. I luv the dirvesity of the ships staff, from different parts of the globe. Tips are already included in your purchases of liquor. Now what they don't tell you, it's a $12/per day per person they charge for the rest of the staff. (Its not the fee as much as not knowing about it). The shows and entertainment was pretty good, the comdien was good(Como). Now, do not purchase the shore excurisions from the ship, when we got to the bahamas, you can catch a ferry for $4 bucks all over the place, or rent a scooter for $40 for 2 ppl and use it all day. You go to Atlantis thru the ship, bout $70 per, (ouch). I wouldn't trust the diamonds and gold on the man land, and everybody basically sells the same thing, so don't get caught in the hype of the straw market, but they have good deals. You gotta go to Senor Frog for your drinks and eats. And the best liquor deals is the store by the straw market. F.Y.I, you can mail items home if you choose, especially if u like the cigars.  The ship is not child friendly, not really much for the youngsters to do, better look at disney for that. The sky is not a big ship by cruise standards, so no rock climbing, etc. Overall it was a good vacay.

 

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4.2

Norwegian Sky - Anniversary Cruise by Rebeccajoe

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

We like the Sky because it is a smaller ship. This was our 5th time on the Sky and we wanted to see the refurbishments. They were very nice. Service in the Palace dining room was not up to par. We had dinner there 5 nights and each time it was lacking enthusiasm by the waiters. They seemed rushed and overworked. Not as many working as before. We went for our anniversary dinner and turned in the anniversary card when we entered. We had our dinner and dessert and that was it. Waiter never came back to see if we needed anything, nor was our cake delivered to our table. Seems like we were forgotten. This was mentioned to the Asst Matre' D Agnelo Fernandes and he said to come back the next night and would personally make it right.....which he did. However, the server seemed to be lacking paying attention to our table. Seems like the overall staff on the ship has been reduced. Will that stop us from cruising SKY again...probably not.....we didn't let that ruin our cruise...... I do have to say they have the EASIEST debarkation process that we have ever done in over 16 cruises. In summary, if something doesn't work our quite right.....bring it to someones attention and move on and have a blast.

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5.0

OMG! by ifwalton

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

I had the absolute best time on this cruise! The staff was so friendly and went above my expectations to make my family comfortable.  The food in the making dining room was excellent! I don't know what these other reviews expected.  The prime rib night was fabulous, the suckling pig was sumptuous, and Latin night was super (and I don't like Mexican food)!  My grandson had the most fun in the kids program.  He is eleven and I hardly saw him the entire cruise!  I can't wait to do this again next year!  Norwegian truly spoiled me.

 

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4.0

Norwegian "Sky" lives up to its promises--a good time, cheaply had. by MrChocoholic

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (young children)
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

Intent was a quick getaway between the end of my 10 year-old daughter's school and the beginning of summer camp. Former colleague and her group had booked this ship this date--when she quoted the price she paid I had to do it. Got my friend, brother, sister-in-law and nephew to come along. All were first-time cruisers, two over 60 years old. Norwegian delivered a memorable cruise experience for all of us. For me, it was the first cruise I've been on without a problem of some sort. Everything worked. The cabin was well-situated and exactly what was expected despite the ship's age. Bed was firm, comfortable. Great service from our cabin steward. Extras I'd ordered to celebrate a birthday were delivered promptly. Restaurant service was impeccable. Food in MDR was good, unspectacular, nicely presented. Steak came as ordered instead of overcooked. Lobsters on first night were fine as were all other meals. Buffet was adequate, decent selection, breakfast was fine. Birthday dinner at Le Bistro was excellent, notably the rack of lamb and creme brulee. When the Captain came to the table and sang "Happy Birthday" to my sister-in-law she was delighted. It was polite and kind. When he told a story about a boy who was cured of autism by swimming with wild dolphins to my daughter it was sweet AND smart. Which shore excursion do you think she wanted? The crazy Hawaiian theme with the art, color schemes, decor and room names is kind of weird for a ship out of Miami that touches the Caribbean, but it's fun and eye-catching. The White Hot Party was moved into the night club due to inclement weather but it was surprisingly fun even for this old man. Karaoke in the upstairs sports bar was more inviting and less intimidating than on other ships. 

     Visit to Great Stirrup was sensational. We loved the water slide, the waverunner tour and snorkeling. Barbecue buffet was plentiful, fresh and offered some delicious salads with tropical ingredients. THAT was a surprise. Lack of natural shade trees is commercially solved--the cruise line accepts your money to rent this canvas wraparound chaise lounge enclosure. Nassau visit was short, we went on our own to Ft. Fincastle, Queen's Staircase, Ardastra Gardens (Marching Flamingos!), Straw Market. Had time for a late leisurely lunch at Arawak Cay Fish Fry's most celebrated restaurant, Frankie Gone Bananas. Last night at sea all of us adults won a couple of bucks in the casino (amazing!). My daughter found happiness between the video arcade, pools and hot tubs I was content to relax on surprisingly uncrowded decks, play ping pong, drink and dance.  

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4.8

Beautiful Caribbean Cruise by yolley

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Cuba

It was a great cruise, I haven’t cruised in 26 years, excellent experience.

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Our first cruise to Havana! by KimMWilson

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Cuba

It was an experience, but I doubt I will ever go on a cruise again. Just a little unnerving being out on the ocean like that. My first large cruise ship cruise. I have been on a paddleboat cruise in the Columbia River. That was very enjoyable.

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First Time Cruiser by jacarr82

Sail date: / Traveled as: Couple
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

We had a port hole outside cabin room.  It wasn't anything very elaborate but it did the job and let us rest.  Loved the view out the porthole, would love to stay in a balcony room next cruise. Amenities were average. We were limited to one electric outlet unless there were more hidden somewhere. Whatever we needed was just a  phone call away and they were quick to take care of what we needed.  The crew took care of the air conditioner which was blowing hot air the first day.  They came while we were out exploring the boat and when we returned to the room it was nice and chilled.

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3.0

Quick Bahamas Getaway without the Crowds by 855GR8TRIP

Sail date: / Traveled as: Singles/Friends
Ship: Norwegian Sky / Destination: Caribbean - Bahamas

The thing to remember about cruising is that when you hit a port, thousands of passengers disembark together and flood the port area with customers. The smaller the ship, the fewer the crowds. The Norwegian Sky holds about 2000 passengers. This is a good medium size ship that doesn't overwhelm the ports that it stops in. Although at the port, you are there with all the other larger ships also. There was definitely a young, party atmosphere on board culminating with the white hot party which was shoulder to shoulder dancing. I am a travel agent, and was cruising alone with friends. I had an inside cabin which was extremely small but I didn't need much. I was happy to have a couch and desk in the cabin, but without a window, I became very disoriented at night and when waking up. I didn't bring a clock and kept the TV in the room off which made it more difficult to adjust. I strongly recommend getting a cabin with a window even if it's obstructed. It felt like I was sleeping in a closet. The ship had lots of lounges and options for entertainment. I don't drink or gamble so I felt a little out of place especially without my family, so I didn't really take part in much. The food was wonderful, especially in the specialty restaurants. They cost more but they were worth it. I especially loved Le Bistro, the French restaurant, and the steakhouse. The food in the free restaurants was very high quality though, so you didn't need to do the specialty restaurants unless you want a little more variety. We ended up losing a port day due to a hurricane but had one nice day in Nassau. I spent it at the Atlantis which was really a great choice. There is lots to do there and I really missed having my kids with me for this port. It is a great ship for a young couple or for a family who wants a quick Bahamas getaway. It took a few days for me to start to relax and enjoy it, and then it was over. If it's your first cruise and you're not sure how you'll feel about it, a 3-4 day cruise is a good test, but the 7 day cruises are packed with more options for entertainment, dining, ports, so I would actually recommend going for the 7 day instead as a better way to get your feet wet with cruising, but if you are looking for a fun option for a quick get away, this is a great option.

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