Review of Our Cruise on the Norwegian Sky Cruise Ship
Review of Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Sky is one of the smaller classes of ships owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines. We decided to take a cruise on Norwegian Sky because they were running a fantastic deal on price, and we just wanted a quick getaway.
We've cruised on Sky twice, and our 2nd trip was more interesting than the first, because we had family with us on our 2nd cruise on Norwegian Sky, where the first time was just my husband and I.
There were more children onboard on the 3 day cruise, than the 4 day cruise that we were on. Parents apparently do not watch their children when they cruised on the 3 day that we were on, because the kids were playing in the elevators, and running up and down the halls.
We usually take Florida Red Line Shuttle Service, or ESCOT Cruise Connection, to get to and from cruise ports, however, we decided to drive to the port of Miami, and use the parking facility there. It use to be $20 per day to park at the cruise terminal area, but now it's $22 per day.
My son navigated with a map that I had printed out from Google Maps, and my husband did the driving. It was a smooth trip. We traveledl from SW Florida, so we just drove along Alligator Alley, also known as Interstate 75 that travels from west to east, across the state of the southern portion of Florida.
It took about 20 minutes from the time we pulled into the parking garage, until the time we gave our luggage to the porters, checked in, and stepped foot on the ship. Not bad at all.
Due to the sale that NCL was having, we decided to get a balcony room for this particular cruise. We just couldn't pass up the fantastic deal that they were offering at the time. Our balcony was on deck 9. It wasn't a very large balcony. It was nothing like the balcony we had when we cruised on Princess Cruise lines, but it was do-able. We had two very small aluminum chairs on our balcony, but found out later that the cruise line was in the process of replacing them with more comfortable chairs, however, they hadn't gotten around to replacing the ones on the portside of the ship at that time. We spent most of our time on the balcony leaning against the banister, anyways.
Our stateroom attendant kept our room clean at all times, and I've never had any problems with the beds on NCL cruise ships.
My photo shows an old white t.v., but now the staterooms have small black flat screen televisions.
Even thought it's been awhile since we've been on Norwegian Sky, the staterooms decor in the balcony rooms have not changed much. Still has the fuchsia plaid colored curtains. Not very attractive.
Kids Crew Club
My granddaughter, was 8 years old at the time, and she spent the majority of her time at the Kids Crew Club. She had no complaints, and seemed to enjoy the time she spent there. If she didn't get tired at night, I really think she would have liked to spend the night there. One evening they did face painting, and she really enjoyed that. They also painted a shirt, and got to keep it.
One problem about cruising during the winter months, is that you take the chance of running into a cold front. Yep, it even happens in the Caribbean. In our case, the nights were very windy, and on the chilly side, which made it almost impossible to enjoy the "White Hot Night Party" at the poolside. The cruise director did the best he could, under the circumstances that he had to deal with because of the weather.
Karaoke - Would have enjoyed it more, if the lounge wasn't filled with underage teenagers. It was held at Outriggers Bar & Lounge, however, it would have been more enjoyable, if adults would have been able to participate.
Casino - The slot machines on Norwegian Sky seemed to be very tight. It was difficult to win any money, and the machines took the money very quickly, leaving you a short stay at the Casino, unless you were planning on wasting a lot of money there. It was easy to find a slot machine during the cruise, because most of the time, the Casino was empty.
I can't give my opinion on the dining at the public dining rooms, for we are more of buffet people, and that's where we ate the majority of our meals. Norwegian Sky has one of the smallest buffets of any cruise line, and any ship, we've traveled on. The variety of food was very limited, however, it's was okay. For those that didn't want to eat inside, they were able to go to the aft portion of the ship, and eat there.
Our stateroom attendant always made sure that we had plenty of ice in our room, our room was always kept clean, our bed was always turned down at night, with towel animals, and clean towels in the bathroom.
If I was to rate the entertainment on Norwegian Star from 1 to 10, with 10 being the best, I'd give it a 5. It wasn't the best we've seen, however, it wasn't the worse either. The dancers had a lot of energy, but the shows were just what I would have called "so-so".
There was a comedy show that I could have done without. The entire show was based around embarrassing the audience. Some people even got up and left in the middle of the show.
Even though having to leave your cruise vacation, on the final day, the disembarkation on Sky went smoothly. NCL has a tendency to make you feel rushed though. It's just not this ship, but other ships we've cruised on with NCL. I can understand in a way though, because shortly after we get off, they have another group of people that will be coming on.
I would recommend Norwegian Sky for a first cruise, or if you just want to see what cruising is about, however, I, personally have no plans on going back on Norwegian Sky. It has the same itinerary today, as it did when it first came to Miami, many years ago.
The food was fine, the stateroom attendant was great, the shows were just okay. If I rated on a scale from 1 to 10, I'd probably give Norwegian Sky a 7.