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Norwegian Sky Cruise Tips

Updated on November 25, 2012

Going on a 3 or 4 day Bahamas Cruise on the Norwegian Sky?

After taking several cruises on the Norwegian Sky cruise ship, I decided to offer some tips on how to make the most of your cruise. These tips will include how to avoid the crowds, where to have lunch/dinner, tips on the port of calls, what to pack for your cruise, and most importantly, what to expect while out at sea. I want to help you have a great vacation to the islands of the Bahamas.

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Embarkation Day

When you arrive in the port of Miami to board your cruise, parking will cost you $20 per day if you are driving and parking. Embarkation begins at noon, if you arrive sooner, they have a waiting room for you to wait. It generally takes about 20-30 minutes to go through security, check in, and board the ship. For lunch, you have 3 options. If you preferred to be served, you can head to one of the 2 main dining halls, The Palace and Crossings. One of the 2 will be open, they rotate between the two. Both are on deck 5. The 2nd option for lunch is the buffet (Garden Cafe) on deck 11 by the pool. The buffet can get extremely crowded by 2 pm and at times, seem chaotic. The 3rd option is one of my favorites. The Italian restaurant (IL Adagio) is open (free for lunch) and usually not crowded at all since not many know about it. They serve made to order pasta and pizza.

Your room will be ready around 2 pm. An announcement will be made over the PA system. At around 4:30, all passengers must report for the muster drill. You do NOT have to bring your life vest to this life you had to in the past.

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Restaurants for Dinner

Norwegian Cruise Line is known as the cruise line with "Freestyle Cruising". With freestyle cruising, you can eat at whatever restaurant you want at whatever time you want. The dress code is also very relaxed,. Some prefer to dress up, while others prefer to wear shorts or jeans. There are no formal nights on the Norwegian Sky. For dinner, you have the choice of the buffett on deck 11, the two main dining rooms (Crossings and the Palace) on deck 5, and the 3 specialty restaurants. The 3 specialty restaurants require an additional fee but the food and service is much better than the main dining rooms. The 3 specialty restaurants are IL Adagio (Italian, $10 per person) on deck 11, Le Bistro (French, $15 per person) on Deck 5, and Cagneys Steakhouse ($25 per person) on Deck 12. Longboard Sports Bar is open until 5 am for late night munchies: wings, burgers etc.

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Ports of Call - Nassau, Freeport, and Great Stirrup Cay

Great Stirrup Cay Tenders
Great Stirrup Cay Tenders

The Norwegian Sky has 3 ports of call: Nassau, Freeport, and Great Stirrup Cay (GSC). If you take the 3 day weekend cruise, you will stop at just two of them, Nassau and GSC.

Freeport: The port is in an industrial area, there isn't much to do at the port itself besides a few shops run by the locals. For $5 per person, you can take a taxi to Port Lucaya, about a 15 minute trip. There is a sign and there will be many taxis lined up, getting one will not be a problem. Port Lucaya is the shopping, dining, and entertainment hub of Grand Bahama Island. Across the street from the marketplace is a beach where you can go swimming, get jet skis etc. (all beaches are public in the Bahamas) There is also a casino at one of the resorts. If Port Lucaya does not interest you, you may want to look at the shore excursions that NCL offers. You can also stay on the ship and enjoy the empty pool deck. It's your vacation, do whatever interests you.

Nassau: Nassau is loaded with things to do right at the port. There will most likely be 3-5 other cruise ships in port that day with you on the Sky. The Atlantis resort offers tours, swimming with dolphins, has a great waterpark (over $100 a person) and is the grand daddy of resorts in the Bahamas. There will be many shops when you step off the ship, a straw market, jewelry stores, local restaurants, and a favorite of cruisers, Senor Frogs. Junkanoo Beach is a short walk past Senor Frogs, for those would like a beach day without paying for a taxi ride. Nassau also has many historical sites to see, the Queens Staircase, Fort Charlotte, and Fort Montagu. There is also a pirate museum located near the port. If you would like to take a private tour of the island, I highly recommend They offer great excursions for a much better price than the cruiselines.

Great Stirrup Cay: This will be your day to relax on a private beach, go para-sailing, or explore the sea life while snorkeling. Everyone snorkeling must wear a life vest. You can rent them on the island for a few dollars. For $35 you can rent snorkeling gear and a life vest. You may want to consider bringing snorkeling gear with you. For the same price, you can buy it and use it over and over again. You can get great deals on brand new snorkeling sets on eBay. To get to GSC, you will need to take tenders (board smaller boats that take you to shore). If the weather is rough, it can be unsafe to board the tenders. If this is the case, you will have a sea day and not stop at GSC. This happens mostly in the winter months when the cold fronts move in. There will be a buffet lunch served on the island. The locals also run a small straw market on the island. This is the only place where you can and must use cash on the island.

Key Tips about the Norwegian Sky

Here are a few different tips about your cruise that I hope will be helpful.

1. Soft drinks are not included in your cruise fare. You can get a soda pass (Pepsi products) for $7.25 a day and get unlimited soft drinks. Otherwise, they are around $2 each.

2. You can not bring alcohol on the ship. Your luggage will be x-rayed and it will be confiscated. Google "rum runners" if you would like to get around this.

3. Room service is available starting the morning on day 2. There is no charge for this, however, it is usually proper to tip a couple dollars.

4. The ship has a library if you would like to get away and do some reading or borrow a book. There are also some board games there.

5. Each passenger will be charged $12 per day in tips to their room. This includes tips for your waiters/waitresses at lunch/dinner, and your room steward.

6. Any drinks that you order will automatically be billed with a 15% gratuity.

7. There are 2 pools on the deck 11, they are not heated and are salt water. There are also 4 hot tubs between the pools. There is a kiddie pool at the front of deck 12, along with another hot tub.

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      chickie99 4 years ago

      nice lens...thanks for the insightful info!

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      simplyben 5 years ago

      @NYCGotham: I do not drink so I am unsure of the prices but I believe they are similar with Royal and Carnival.

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      NYCGotham 5 years ago

      Gr8 info...Very helpful, even if you are a Red SOx fan, hehe

      Could you or someone tell me how much are the alcoholic beverages are at the Sky. I remember that the competition (Royal) used to have a $5 "drink of the day" but everything else was like $8 to $10 per drink.

      Im going next week for the 3 night Bahamas and while the wife is not a drinker I will likely enjoy some wine (maybe a JWB as well) with my lunch and dinner

      Thanks for your replies in advance

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Great lens ... looks like a "boatload" of FUN!

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      This looks like a lot of fun. Sign me up!

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      noriukeliauti 5 years ago

      as i see you are the professional sellers in usa. we just started in Lithuania ;) east europe ;)

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      noriukeliauti 5 years ago

      as i see you are the professional sellers in usa. we just started in Lithuania ;) east europe ;)

      nice info regards

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      surfin4dough lm 6 years ago

      I've been on the Sky and really enjoyed Longboards. Got to watch the big game and eat all the chicken wings i could eat.

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      elsiehui 6 years ago

      Great Lens! Be sure to check out Cruise Ship Balcony Deals!

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      I-sparkle 6 years ago

      I've always wanted to know the breakdown of costs and such that come with taking a cruise. Very nicely done lens. I'll definitely use it as a reference in the future.

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      Tamara14 6 years ago

      Very good information here. Nice lens :)

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Nice to see something about an NCL ship here.