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Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Sky

Norwegian Sky Cruise Review

Launched in 1999 for Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Sky was the first ever cruise ship to offer Internet service at sea. Restyled for service in Norwegian’s Hawaii division in 2004, the ship was renamed Pride of Aloha. When that venture was scaled back, the ship underwent a multimillion dollar renovation in 2008 and returned to Norwegian’s international fleet once again as Norwegian Sky.

Norwegian Cruise Line hadn't introduced many new ships in awhile at the time Norwegian Sky was launched and Norwegian Sun was on the drawing board, but it didn't take long before they got the hang of it. With Freestyle cruising growing in popularity, the vessels moved into the forefront of the fleet with multiple restaurant choices, expansive casino, trendy spas, and more family- and kid-friendly facilities.

Rich wood tones and fabric colors prevail throughout. The Observation Lounge is a subdued spot for afternoon tea in a light, tropical setting with nothing to distract attention from the expansive views beyond the floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Internet café is large, and the nearby coffee bar is a delight. Sunshine pours into the atrium through an overhead skylight by day; at night it's the ship's glamorous hub of activity.

Norwegian Cruise Line set sail in 1966 with an entirely new concept—regularly scheduled Caribbean cruises from the then-obscure port of Miami. Good food and friendly service combined with value fares established the line as a winner for active adults and families. Innovative and forward-looking, Norwegian has been a cruise-industry leader for decades, and its fleet is as much at home worldwide as in the Caribbean. Several of the line's ships cruise Alaska's Inside Passage, including one of its newest, Norwegian Bliss.

Noted for top-quality entertainment, Norwegian combines action and high-energy activities as well as a variety of dining options in a casual, free-flowing atmosphere. Norwegian's freestyle cruising signaled an end to rigid dining schedules and dress codes. Norwegian ships now offer a host of flexible dining options that allow passengers to eat in the main dining rooms or any of a number of à la carte and specialty restaurants at any time and with whom they please. The ships' accommodations include some of the largest suites at sea, studio cabins for solo travelers, and a private ship-within-a-ship complex called The Haven, a more luxurious area with personalized service.

From a distance, most cruise ships look so similar that it's often difficult to tell them apart, but Norwegian's largest, modern ships stand out with their distinctive use of hull art. Each new ship is distinguished by murals extending from bow to midship.

What You Should Know


  • Many of the elements found in newer fleetmates have been added to these older ships
  • There is a hot tub exclusively for kids
  • Norwegian Sun has separate steam rooms and saunas for men and women


  • The main restaurant is not on a direct route from the main atrium
  • These are sister ships but not twins, and dining facilities vary
  • Standard accommodations are somewhat tight for more than two people
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 917,916
  • Entered Service 1999
  • Gross Tons 77,104
  • Length 853 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,002
  • Passenger Capacity 2,004
  • Width 105 feet
  • New

Oct 14, 2016


Go with an open mind. We read some of the reviews and were apprehensive, we needn't have been. The ship is a little older but immaculately kept. We booked an aft cabin 9078 and were very pleased indeed. It wasn't huge but had enough space, the bathroom was compact but adequate and the balcony was great for relaxing with lovely views. Embarkation was fine, the food was more than acceptable and the all inclusive drinks included premium brands

so all in all, great value for money. All in all, it was a chilled experience without the formality that some cruises inflict on you. Nassau was OK for a walk around and we were diverted to Key West because of Hurricane Matthew - transport was laid on free of charge to get into town so all in all, we were pleased with the alternative. I wouldn't have any worries about sailing with NCL again and wonder what on earth the moaners were going on about for the price paid. A great fun experience with people who were enjoying themselves. Food was more than adequate and plenty of it Great aft stateroom 9078. Compact but adequate and the balcony was a bonus Good fun activities all cruise We didn't do any excursions but just chilled and did our own thing I wouldn't have any worries about sailing with NCL again and wonder what on earth the moaners were going on about for the price paid. A great fun experience with people who were enjoying themselves.

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By Ron _CR

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Sep 3, 2016


This was our first cruise. Every aspect of this adventure exceed our expectations. I can't say enough about the amazing staff! every staff member we encountered was very helpful and very friendly. The food was excellent, there was something for everyone and available at all hours. The rooms were a good size and the beds were very comfortable. I had a great sleep every night. The entertainment was excellent. We managed to see most of the entertainment

and found it to be top notch. Cruise director J.C Sanchez is one of the best! Our family joked how he seemed to be everywhere all the time. We would watch one show with him as the announcer and walk straight to the next show in another area of the ship and he would already be there announcing the next show.We highly recommend Norwegian Sky! The food was excellent! The staff was available to clean up your dishes with in seconds of you finishing your meal. There was not one thing that I ate that I would have a complaint about. In the higher end restaurant's there was a good selection of meal chooses. All 5 in our group had different meals and everyone commented at how delicious there meal was. The stateroom's were a good size and the beds were very comfortable. I read after I booked the cruise the the extra cost of a balcony was not worth the extra cost. We found that the balcony was very enjoyable and agreed I could not imagine sailing with out one. We had our morning coffee out there every morning and watched every docking. All the activities added a great deal of enjoyment to our cruise. The only negative I would have to say about our trip was the stop at Grand Bahamas. Was a bit disappointed in this port. Found the whole island a bit run down and felt bad for the residents who worked very hard to sell you some of there goods. It would be nice if this was changed for a nicer stop. The next stop at Nassau made up for it. Nassau was everything we expected and more.

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Nov 4, 2015


When I boarded the Norwegian Sky ship and found my room (inside 10th floor, room #0134) we passed a fan drying the smelly carpet that smelled like dirty dish water most likely from the dishwasher backing up and flooding the hallway we had to smell the entire cruise on way to our room. Do not get a room on 10th floor below the buffets! Carts will be rolling all day and night and they tend to either drop stuff making loud noises waking you up. The ship

is old and I think it's time to retire this ship, not sure how they can keep putting band aids on everything and expect to have their special cruises in 2016 on this ship. There were cracks in glass all over the public areas and just sitting by the kids pool a pipe breaks and floods out control room behind it flooding onto the deck I was sitting on and closing the kiddie pool for the day. Took them 10 mins to realize to shut the water off! I had to walk around every person who was working on the rooms who literally rushed in front of us to get what they needed off their cart causing me to squeeze between them and the cart in passing and not one of them asked me how I was or even said hello. On day 3 of my cruise was the worst. I was woken up at 630 am by a loud machine and then found out it was routine maintenance being done which caused me to have no plumbing in my room for most of the day. When I complained to guest services they gave me a room to use the facilities until my plumbing was completed that was 2 floors down and opposite side of the ship. Later that day when I returned from the island I went out to look at my pictures after my shower and returned ten minutes later locked out of my room. I once again went down to guest services and they gave me 2 more cards to carry since they didn't have drink stickers to put on my new cards, these didn't work either. I walked down to guest services once again where the lady told me they should work and finally called 'security' to come look at my door and it turned out the batteries were dead. This was waiting around and walking for 45 mins that I was hoping to be eating before the diner rush, which I missed out on and sat in a crowded dining room after waiting 10 mins to be seated. The dining room service was horrible! The first breakfast morning we waited an hour to get our food that was undercooked. Then I asked for refill on my soda (I had the soda card) finished eating and was tired of waiting so as I was leaving and walking out the waiter asked if I still wanted it and I asked if it was ready and he said yes he will give me the can, well he handed me the can which was a regular Pepsi when I ordered a diet. Then Dinner that night I ordered medium rare steak and received rare, and then the last night I ordered steak again and had to ask for a steak knife to eat my steak with and had to ask for refills on my drinks after waiting again. The food choices were horrible in the dining rooms and we ate in the specialty restaurant one night since we couldn't find anything we liked on the menu that night and ate foods that were on most normal menus on cruises I have been on in the past. Seems like they put crappy menu items on there so more people choose the specialty restaurants. The food was better tasting in the specialty dining we ate at though. The pictures I had taken one night of the cruise were the worst pictures anyone could have taken. This was the first cruise I have ever gone on where I did not purchase a single picture. After all this and spending most of my cruise at guest services and having them keep telling us sorry and fake smiling to us after we walked away with no kind of resolvement, I decided I was not paying my full gratuity and would pay the ones I felt deserved theirs in cash after this horrible experience. This would be my first time out of 11 cruise experiences. Well I found out that you can only get reimbursed after turning in a form POST cruise in the form of a check mailed to your address. So.. They pretty much don't even have to work for their gratuities anymore? Great Stirrup Cay was okay, they best thing I ate for lunch was the watermelon and the banana nut bread. I did not see one waiter walking around to sell drinks. And you will need cash for the island as it has little shops like in Nassau with the same stuff, nothing for Norwegian. A chair with shade was $30 for the day same as a huge float for the day. Looked like there was plenty to rent at the island to do though, we did not want to give Norwegian anymore of our money at this point. After this experience and getting the impression they did not care about my poor experience every time I went to guest services I will probably not cruise Norwegian ever again.

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Apr 8, 2013


After reading the reviews of this ship, I was a little worried. But ended up having a wonderful time with my 2 teenagers and husband. The Sky is clean and the service was very good. The evening entertainement was very good! loved the comedy, the Sky Dancers did a wonderful job, Vegas show was awesome...Something for everyone! Buffets are ok, if you are in a hurry for breakfast, we had to use them so we could get off at the ports early. They

did offer cooked to order eggs which was nice. lots of fresh fruit, bacon, sauage, french toast, cereals...Ate a few lunches in the buffets but not too impressed. The dinner in the 2 sit down restruants were much better. My kids liked the 3 course meals there. I didnt care for the Crossings as much as the Palace. There was a terrible odor on decks 6-7 that smelled like rotten eggs....yuck! Rooms are very small for 4 and the bathroom is a lot smaller then other ships. Next time, I would get an adjoining room for my 14 and 18 year olds. We were tripping over each other trying to get dressed and the bed for the 4th person is a pull out sofa. He said it was comfortable but the problem is when they have it out in the evening you cant get around it without steppin on top of it to get to the other beds....not fun! its horrilbe if you have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night! My son loved the Teen Club. He spent all his time there. They really did an excellent job in keeping them entertained with on board activities. He made friends with kids from all over the USA and abroad. His club was 13-17 years old. I just wish they had something for my 18 year old. They really need a 18-20 year group nite so they could meet others their age and hang out too... Went to all the ports.. Freeport go to Grand Lucayan Resort. $10 cab ride round trip. $15 pp to use everything at the resort. Wonderful clean resort. Loved the beach and Pools were great. Save money and do your own tours! Nassau we hired a taxi driver for 3 hours and he took us to all the places i wanted to visit- Forts, local shopping, Queens Staircase, took us to try Conch fritters, different neighborhoods, went to Atlantis to walk around and take some pictures, and beaches.. only $30 pp...Loved the tour! Overall it was a wonderful trip.. I would recommend to anyone. Stay on deck 10 loved it!!!

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Feb 19, 2013


I first experience NCL in 2010 and loved it. Everything about it, it as great. I booked this cruise and this was my third time on the ship. I have cruised 2010,2012 and now 2013. I got a email for the dinner special for all three restaurants. For one price for all three and I paid it over the phone. However when got on board I was told that I didn't pay. So that was a unnecessary problem. That didn't get resolved till the next day on my three night

cruise.On top of that to solve it I had to call my bank onboard to tell them that it was charged. Which was an inconvenience on my vacation. I also had a problem with my rewards, I got 2 rewards for 250 each. So I paid 500 cash up front. Then when I got the 200 on board credit I was told by the woman that if I didn't use it all on board then I would lose it.So I tried to use it all before got off board. Then on third day I found out that was not true. I was upset because I could have saved it. Which made me have to get things that I would not have gotten if I didn't have to. I really didn't like the service I got either at the restaurant the crossing was nice however the servers act like they didn't want to be there which is very surprising because I have always had a great experience onboard. Then when we went to LeBristo the server was serving us however he just stopped in the middle we didn't even know who our server was at that point. Food was great service not so much! wonderful food great cabin boring activities not really worth it..just explore yourself great would have been better if didn't have to g through the things talked about earlier

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