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3.8

Some good experiences, some not by hoku

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

Glad that we had a short getaway on this ship--food was good, bed was comfy and the drinks were free--what more is there???

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4.0

Great First Cruise! by Jes10801

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

We were invited on this cruise by another couple. I had never been on a cruise before, but my boyfriend had been on one over 10 years ago. Having nothing to compare it to, I thought this cruise was great! The ship was smaller than others that we saw, but other than a windy first night, that wasn't really noticeable. Boarding was very easy. Having your drinks included in the fare is great for the price, convenient, and prevents the shock at the end of the trip when you get your bill! While there was often a short wait for drinks, you never waited more than a few minutes, which was a pleasant surprise considering everyone's drinks were included. (Be sure to try a Miami Vice!)  Our stateroom was "fine" - we did get one with a window, but not a balcony. Upon boarding, we were told our stateroom was ready and to expect our luggage to arrive in about 2 hours. We each kept a backpack of necessities with us. When we arrived at the stateroom, it seemed...half-ready. No towel animal (no big deal), the tent with the stewards name was tossed on a shelf, no waters (which we initially didn't realize should have been there) and a pair of shoes and dirty socks were still in the drawers, but the bed was made including a plastic piece to toss your luggage on. We tossed our backpacks in the room, unpacked a bit, and left in search of sunshine. When we came back, the shoes and dirty socks were gone and the tent was on the bed. How they knew those shoes needed to go and the other shoes we had tossed in the room didn't need to go is a bit of a mystery. Maybe the person came back? We didn't see our Steward Sandro until the last night. We never got any beach towels (the couple we traveled with did). Overall, probably below average.  The complimentary food is average. We typically used the buffets out of convenience. The food is good, but nothing fantastic. I was surprised by how few seafood options there were. The buffets are nice for breakfast because breakfast and mimosas on the back deck is picturesque. We did go to the Palace once for dinner and it was slightly above average. We went to Cagney's the last night (it was Easter and my birthday) and it was PHENOMENAL. Our server was Bosco and he could not have made our experience any better. I don't know what he's getting paid, but it's not enough. He made me feel very special once he found out it was my birthday, he honored my request that they NOT sing, and the guy literally cut my steak for me. One of the best parts of the whole cruise.  Due to the weather, we only stopped at Nassau and did not leave that port for Great Stirrup Cay. Disappointing, yes, but safety first and I understood. We went to a different beach the next day at Nassau and it was almost like you were at a different stop anyway! The downside is that you would have had free drinks and tacos at the private island, because we stayed at Nassau, that was an additional day where you had to pay at restaurants and for drinks unless you chose to stay on the boat. Overall, safety is definitely the priority so I have no complaints with us staying especially considering the high winds and anticipated 9 foot swells.  The onboard events were great! Some of my favorites were Bandaoke, White Hot Party, Piano Bar at Captain Cooks, Perfect Couple Game Show, the Casino, and the gift shop (be sure to go to the tasting and try Sheridans!). We had some photographs taken in addition to the ones they take of you boarding and coming off the ship each day. When we went to the gallery, we had 7-8 pictures. I wanted 5 of them at about $20 each. My boyfriend asked one of the staff if that was a firm price. After some back and forth negotiations, he offered to pay $50 and give her $10 cash. She tried to say the machines only allow $20 increments (maybe that's true, but I doubt it). They finally agreed to $60. When he went to pay, he handed her $60 cash. She then asked for his room key and he asked why she needed it and she kind of stumbled on an answer and it quickly became obvious she was going to charge an additional $60 to the room. He finally told her if she was going to charge the transaction to the room, he would need his $60 cash back. She was very obviously unhappy about this, took the cash out of her back pocket and slammed it on the counter. We probably should have known better than to use cash when everything can be charged, but it was obviously she was trying to make an extra $60 off of us. I'm not sure if she thought we wouldn't notice, but neither of us appreciated that. (Her name was Melissa, by the way. We were so untrusting of the transaction that we made sure to keep the receipt and it had her name on it).  Overall, this was a great experience and a great first cruise. I definitely hope to take more cruises in the future and would definitely be open to using Norwegian again!

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My experience by masby9885

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

My overall expererience was very good.  I was only disappointed when I booked my cruise I was asked if I was celebrating any special occasion. When I told them yes, my wedding anniversary I was then asked which specific date we would be celebrating the anniversary. I specified July 2nd to the person who booked my cruise.  I was told by numerous different people that Norwegian would do something special for us on our anniversary and we never received anything special on July 2nd. So why bother asking and getting a specific date if it truly didn't mean anything? I was really looking forward to something really special like a bottle of champagne in our stateroom at some point during the day or something special. So I was bummed about that.

 

Overall, I enjoyed my experience and hope to cruise again with Norwegian.

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4.5

Nice ship, nice crew, nice stops, great food and lot's of fun! Thanks NCL! by dsorel

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

Awsome! This was my second time on the Sky. She is now even more beautifull since her refurbishment! Good job NCL!

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Great Cruise for a cheap price !! by br2dxv

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

Great Cruise for a cheap price , very clean and new remodeled small ship so don’t expect the moon- If you want Lobster, Prime Rib ,or Shrimp you will need to pay for speciality restaurants.

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3.8

Poor service by mkudlewski

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

Overall we had an enjoyable cruise and enjoyed our ports of call, we just hope their dining service improves. I felt safe in Cuba and would not hesitate to go back to explore some more.

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not impressed by twinmom042195

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

We sailed on the Norwegian Sky May 12-16, 2014.  When we were going through security, my purse AND carry on were both searched.  The carry on had 3 bottles of wine which we had to pay $15 a bottle corkage fee on (the other cruiseline we sailed does not charge this fee UNLESS you take it to the dining room to have with your meal) I paid more in corkage fees than I paid for the wine in the first place!!  After we got that issue taken care of, I was looking for my purse and it was still on the conveyor.  I went to get it and was very harshly asked where I was going with that bag.  I explained to the lady that it was my bag and I was going to board the ship.  She immediately started YELLING for security and I asked her why my bag needed to be searched, she never answered me, she continued to YELL security and I asked her if it was ok for me to take it to the table where my other bag was searched.  She didn't answer me, kept yelling security and I picked the bag up and took it to the table where my carry on was and she watched every step I made.  Had she told me what they were looking for, I could have told her that it was my fold up cane.  I was humiliated, to say the least.  Everyones eyes were on me.  The last cruiseline we sailed on, 3 weeks prior to this one, had no issue with my cane.  It went through the scanner with no problem.  By this time I was ready to cut our losses and drive back to NC from Miami!!!!!  I was totally blown away with the way I was treated.  I mentioned this to a couple of Norwegian staff and they just kinda blew it off.  They acted like it wasn't the first time they were told about this.  By now, I have been up for 36 hours, driven 14 hours, had a migraine and was past disgusted!!!  I needed to go to our balcony room, which I had been looking forward to, to sit on the balcony with a glass of wine and chill.  Not so much.....We had an aft balcony and there was soot EVERYWHERE!!!!  Avoid an aft balcony at all costs!!  Ruined a pair of brand new shorts because we weren't sure what it was, until we got up and had it floating in our drinks!  DISGUSTING to say the least.  When we mentioned this to our stewardess, she made out like that was the first time she had seen anything like that and 'attempted' (not very well) to clean the lounge chairs. Not only was there soot everywhere, there were chicken bones and cigarette butts out there.  Again, I was ready to cut our losses and go home!  When we received our checked luggage, it had been gone through also.  No one could explain why.  I guess, because of my cane, I was smuggling something in my checked luggage.  We only ate at the outdoor buffet and the garden cafe.  The food was wonderful!!  No compaints at all there.  I will have to say that the ship itself was clean and the staff was cordial.

We had made up our minds that we were going to try all of the cruise lines and see which one we liked best and right now the winner is NOT Norwegian!  I will never sail Norwegian again, unless they offer extremely deep discounted rate or give us a free cruise, even then, we would really have to think long and hard about sailing Norwegian again!!

Pictures are of the soot of the balcony that we took to send to Norwegian...

 

 

 

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The Shy is wonderful by brennagardner81

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

We had a wonderful time on the Sky. Norwegian does it right. Looking forward to the next one.

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4.3

Best cruise ever! by SusanCSusan

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

I had such a great time I’m already looking for another one Solo cruising has been a revelation for me as a vacation where I can do as much or as little as I need in the moment without sacrificing any of the fun😃

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3.8

Cruise I'll always cherish by Dawnbt

Sail date: / Traveled as: Family (older children)
Ship: Norwegian Sky

Worth every penny to visit Havana. Not the greatest ship but it's understandable since it's older. They need to amp up their game when it comes to food quality.

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3.5

Historical Havana is beautiful! by Mhenley3523

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

We booked passage on the Norwegian Sky and departed 9/03/18and returned 9/07/17. Although this was my 18th cruise, it was my first on NCL and the experience was memorable. One of the most amazing features of this cruise venue is free bar service throughout the entire cruise, no fees whatsoever and your pick of anything offered in each bar, lounge and restaurant. Typically our drink tab runs anywhere from $500 to $1,000 or more depending on the cruise length so that was a wonderful perk. The food was good to excellent and there was plenty of it as well as varied selections. We upgraded to a balcony stateroom on the 9th deck (9215) starboard side. The stateroom was small but the balcony was delightful. There were many shows and activities onboard and the entertainment was enjoyable with high impact singers and dancers and an excellent comedienne who offered both a family and adult show later in the evening on one night. You depart Port of Miami promptly around 5 pm EST and cruise overnight to Havana arriving around 7 am. We were fortunate to be berthed next to a visiting Ecuadorian Navy cadet training tall ship the Guayas which was one of the best surprises of the trip. The Havana cruise terminal is located directly across the street of downtown and the view upon entering Havana harbor is very picturesque. We disembarked, went through Cuban customs (an easy process) and after a short walk to the street were in a different world. What impressed us the most was the architecture and artistry of the Cuban people. Although a poor country, the area we visited (clearly intended to impress tourists) was clean, well maintained and yet the buildings were amazing, some built in the early 1500's. We walked around for about 2 and a half hours whereupon the heat got to us and we decided to return back to ship. One does need to convert US dollars to Cuban pesos and that is easily done in the cruise terminal where they have a currency exchange. Expect your US $ to be worth about .83 cents in pesos with the conversion and fees. As it turns out we did not spend much on shore since food and drink was free onboard, so why pay to savor Cuban cuisine (expensive) on shore? As Florida residents we are used to heat but not Cuban heat and humidity, thus our exploration was short but memorable. We did go on the Tropicana nightclub/cabaret excursion which was offered by NCL and was worthwhile. The fee for that is $200 pp, albeit we got a discount through our Starwood Preferred booking and status allowing us to save some $65 pp. We were transported by a modern, clean and luxurious air conditioned bus from the terminal to the club. The Tropicana we learned has been in continuous business since 1939 and it looked wonderful, similar to being in any swank place to be in Miami Beach. The show was amazing, albeit all singing was in Spanish (which we don't speak) but the vocals were still amazing as was the dancing. The show runs two hours with no break, performance after performance. Upon arrival the women are greeted with a Carnation, the men are given a Cuban cigar. Each table in our group had two bottles of Cuban Rum and colas which was included in the charge as well as some nut snacks on each table. Our seats were close to the main stage and that is all part of the NCL package. The show ended close to midnight whereupon we returned back to the ship and had wonderful memories to take back with us. You can take photos in the show by paying a $5 fee for pictures or $10 for video based on the honor system. We did not bring any cameras or smartphones with us since we presumed pictures were forbidden, but surprise if you pay they are not. All in all it was a wonderful cruise, NCL impressed us, we would highly recommend this cruise and cruise line for a short but memorable visit to Cuba. We had a great time from the time we left to the time we arrived back at the port. Access on and off the ship was quick, efficient and painless. We did take our own bags off with us and had no problem being one of the first off to our waiting vans for offsite parking. One last thing, we celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary onboard with a specialty restaurant meal in Cagney's, the ships steakhouse and the cuisine and ambiance was both enjoyable and worth the upgrade, with excellent service in all dining venues."

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Great cruise great ship, better than I expected by kimanimorris

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

The all inclusive aspect was fantastic. The food in the main dining was always great. The Lunch and dinner buffet I felt was limited not alot of choices but the food was good. The main dining was better. I didn't go to a specialty restaurant though I had a few reservations because the main dining was so good. I do wish I had tried at least three steak house. Cuba was great, understand up front is a poor country so if you walk around people will beg. If you have issues with that do excursions directly through cruise but understand you can do the same things dealing directly with the people of Cuba for hundreds of dollars cheaper. Private island was great of course, nothing ing new there. The only problem I had was my bed was very uncomfortable. I've been on 8 different cruises this was the first time I've had an uncomfortable bed, I didn't complain I delta with it, I may have had an old bed that needed to be changed out. I've cruised NCL before never had bed problems so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. 4 stars and not 5 because of breed and limited dinner buffet menu. I'd really go 45 but the survey won't let me

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4.0

Had a great quick weekend getaway. by tommyg265

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

This cruise was very good and I really liked it.  I found the boat and room nice and there was plenty of things to do.

 

My only knock was the lack of assistance from the staff.  This cruise had drinks included, so bartenders and wait staff were not attentive and friendly probably due to no drink tips each order.  I even saw some folks give waiters a cash tip at the start in order to have their attention the rest of the day, makes sense I guess. 

 

When I first boarded, the crew was more concerned with spraying you with hand sanitizer than answering questions. 

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Recommend, great way to see Cuba by greeneyes630

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

The quick and easy embarkment / disembarkment process was flawless. No lines, right on and right off! The excursions offered for Cuba were good choices. I know this is going to sound disappointing, but go for the hard top car. Cuba is so very hot, a convertible will make you miserable and you can't hear the tour guide. Trust me. About the Sky, she's an older ship but in adequate shape. The drinks were strong and the food was good cruise food. The private island's food was impressive picnic style. The staff was friendly. I wasn't sure what I would think of freestyle, but I enjoyed it. I would recommend this cruise. 

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5.0

My first cruises by yeney2630

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

The services. Is the best services 😚😚😚😚😚😚😚😚😚😚😚❤️❤️❤️❤️😚😚😚😚😚😚😚😚😚😚😚😚😚😚i love the service in sky cruises. They are friendly and the room service was wonderful 

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4.0

FIRST CRUISE AND FIRST REVIEW by Joshcamille

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

Hello there cruise community. My wife and I just got back from our first cruise together on the Norwegian Sky for 4 nights traveling to Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport. 

We booked this cruise because of the all inclusive drinks they were offering which in the end turned out to be a real saver for us and made it less stressful in the fact you weren't having to swip a card all the time when you ordered a drink.

The staff on board were all very friendly and wiling to help with any question except for one photographer who after we declined a photo

from him made a smart remark to us that we didn't want any evidence of us being together. Insinuating that we weren't there as a married couple and there under different reasons.  I told him that we were happy married and he opoligised but the damage was already done. 

 

The food on the ship was very nice. Just a few dishes could have used abit more seasoning. We never experienced any time waiting at the buffet or waiting for a table at the dining room. 

 

We loved the fact that you wake up in a new port every day. I enjoyed Great Stirrup Cay the best. The water and the beach was amazing. They have a buffet area for lunch and the bars are open for alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.

Nassau  was beautiful as well. We did a shore exclusion. This included a one hour bus ride around the city and then a hour and a half at Ardastra Gardens. On the way back to the port we stopped at the beach for 10 minutes. If we do the cruise again we would just stay at the beach and town areas lol day. All of which is within walking distance of the boat. In fact you can see all the boats in the port from the beach area. 

 

We stayed in a inside stateroom because of the fact you aren't in the room very much. It was a little tight but we expected that. If you pack light and don't have big bags you can manage. If we wanted to see the ocean and get some air we just went up deck to the Great Out Doors bar area. 

The mid part of the ship deck was where the main pool and bar is. If you like the party and music atmosphere then this is the spot for you. 

We spent most of our time at the rear of the ship were it was much quieter. 

 

I had read other reviews saying that the SKY was showing its age. I didn't see this to be the case. Everything was clean and in working order. 

All in all we had a wonderful time and would definelty book again with Norwegian and any of there ships. 

 

 

 

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4.9

Anniversary Cruise by firetrucker518

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

We visited the cruise next desk on our previous cruise and learned about how do book future cruises. Our anniversary is in January so we booked this cruise. Fun little weekend getaway.

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4 days & nights of my life i will never get back by rockinreuben

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

36th wedding aniversary cruise (first cruise)

before leaving port of miami, 3 floors & restaurant flooded. my wife and i and another couple was stuck between floors in glass elevator.

raggae & techno music, duo in bar stage show  BORING.

karaoke 10pm til close, closed at 11pm  (1 hour???), everything closes at 11pm except lounge with rap music and casino.

great food, fantastic service staff, excellent comedian.

 

will never cruise norwegian again

 

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NCL Norwegian Sky "Dream Vacation" 2013 by Henrythevoyager

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

Food and Services are Excellent, Enterteinment Staff very Professional and Courteous. Honestly NCL Cruise meet our Expectations, Extremely Satisfied and Will Recommed this Cruise with Other Persons. P/S Safety Regulations and Cleaness of Vessel where Outstanding.

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4.6

Nice ship! Friendly crew! by Scrabblemomof1

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

I would sail on the Sky again and visit the same ports

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