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Norwegian Sky - Cruise Ship Review - Passenger Reviews

Norwegian Sky passing South Beach The 77,000-ton, 2,002-guest Norwegian Sky was the first new ship Norwegian Cruise Line built in its modern era, as it carved out its place among the major cruise players. Launched in 1999, she spent several years in the middle of the next decade renamed Pride of Aloha and sailing Hawaiian itineraries, then returned to her original name in late 2008. In 2009 she got a major refurbishment that updated her interior decor, making her much more fresh and exciting.

Public Rooms & Entertainment On Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Sky offers a number of attractive bars and lounges, including the Plantation Club, a bright, Hawaiian-themed lounge on the top deck, specializing in champagne; Captain Cook’s, a dark, clubby bar on Deck 6; Dazzles Nightclub, a cabaret and disco; the bright Atrium Bar for vodka, champagne, and piano music; and the aforementioned Longboard Bar, a large sports bar way up on Deck 11.

The Stardust Lounge is the venue for Norwegian Cruise Line’s normally high-quality production shows, and the Outrigger Observation Lounge on Deck 11 turns into a disco once the sun dips over the horizon. Other public rooms include library, an Internet center, and several shops.

Just For Kids On Norwegian Sky
Kids get a cavernous play room up toward the bow on Deck 7, plus an outdoor pool area on Deck 12 with a kid-size pool, a hot tub, a waterfall, and some cute kid-size deck chairs. Teens get their own room on Deck 11 for movies, games, and hanging out.

Crossings restaurant on Norwegian SkyDining On Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Sky offers a smaller selection of dining choices than the other Norwegian Cruise Line ships, though your options still include:
•Two main restaurants, Crossings and The Palace
•Le Bistro, the most formal restaurant onboard, serving French and continental cuisine in a long, narrow room between the two main restaurants
•Cagney’s, a classic steakhouse
•Il Adagio, an elegantly designed Italian restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows
•The Garden Cafe buffet restaurant
•The Longboard Bar, a large sports bar that also serves breakfast and lunch

Pools & Fitness On Norwegian Sky
The ship’s main pool area, on Deck 11, offers two pools, four hot tubs, a bar, a dance floor, and an old-fashioned kind of cruise ship vibe: nothing too flashy, just teak decks and deck chairs, with a basketball/volleyball court perched one deck above. Farther forward is the Balinese-inspired Body Waves Spa and Fitness Center. Joggers and walkers can do their thing on the full-circuit promenade on Deck 6, and there’s a pair of golf driving nets on Deck 12.

Cabins On Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Sky’s oceanview and balcony staterooms are done up with a simple, almost old-fashioned look , all creamy white walls, blonde woods, and accents of color in the bedding and curtains. Outsides measure a tiny 149 square feet, while balcony staterooms measure in at 202 square feet. All offer limited closet/storage space and smallish bathrooms with tiny showers and little space to store toiletries. Balconies are designed differently from the cruise ship norm, accessed via a single door that sits next to a large round window.

There are four different levels of suites, from the 402-square-foot Mini-Suites to the 835-square-foot Owner’s Suite, with its separate bedroom and living/dining room, bathroom with whirlpool tub, and huge balcony with a second whirlpool.

Freestyle Cruising
The Outrigger Lounge on Norwegian Sky

Norwegian Cruise Line's ships are all about Freestyle Cruising. Freestyle Cruising means individual flexibility and freedom. On a Freestyle cruise you choose what to do on your vacation.

Freestyle Dining
Freestyle Dining: choose between up to 20 different dining venues per ship (20 on the Norwegian Epic). No need to rush, no need to watch the clock. In addition to two Freestyle main dining rooms, Norwegian Cruise Line's ships offer an array of a la carte gourmet and ethnic restaurants and casual eateries. From elegant French bistros and Italian trattorias to sushi and tapas bars, and more, there's a different dining option for every night of your cruise. Dine at a cozy table for two or reserve a table for up to ten friends and family members. When, where, and with whom you dine is your decision.

Freestyle Attire
Freestyle Attire: On your Freestyle cruise the attire is "resort casual"; think collared shirts and pants or designer jeans in the evening for the men, and the equivalent for the ladies. No need to pack gowns, suits, or ties. Should you prefer to dress up a little more, feel free to do so. With Freestyle Cruising the choice is yours.

Ship Information
Norwegian Sky is the youngest cruise ship to the Bahamas, offering 3 and 4 day cruises year-round. In addition to the multitude of Freestyle restaurants we have come to know and to love, the ship features a Broadway Theater, casino, several bars and lounges, more than 250 balcony cabins, and much more.

Ship Facts
Year Built 1999 ♦ Country of Registry Bahamas ♦ Tonnage 77,000 ♦ Length 853 ft - 255 m ♦ Cruising Speed 23 knots ♦ Passenger Capacity (double occupancy) 2,002 ♦ Passenger Capacity (incl. upper beds) TBA ♦ Passenger Decks 10 ♦ Officers and Crew 920 ♦ Officer's Nationality International ♦ Crew and Hotel Staff Nationality International

Total 1,001 ♦ Suites with Balcony 14 ♦ Oceanview with Balcony 243 ♦ Oceanview without Balcony 315 ♦ Inside 429 ♦ Accessible Cabins (all categories) 6 ♦ Amenties in all cabins include luxury bedding, refrigerator, satellite TV programming, and complimentary room service.

Cabin Amenities
TV with music channels ♦ In-Cabin Movies ♦ In-Cabin Internet Access ♦ Private Safe ♦ Minibar ♦ Hair Dryer

Le Bistro on the Norwegian SkyDining
Freestyle Dining - you decide when, where, and with whom to dine. Dining in the two Main Dining Rooms, in the indoor and outdoor buffets, the around the clock dining venue, and the poolside eateries is included. For the more exclusive specialty restaurants, such as Cagney's Steakhouse or the French Le Bistro, there is a $10 - 25 cover charge. ♦ Traditional Dining - None, there is no traditional, assigned seating dining on Norwegian Cruise Line ships ♦ Main Freestyle Dining Rooms: Crossings, Palace ♦ Specialty Restaurants: Le Bistro, Cagney's Steakhouse, il Adagio ♦ Specialty Coffee Bar ♦ 24 Hour Food Service Available

Public Rooms
Bars and Lounges ♦ Library ♦ Internet Center

Showlounge - Broadway style shows ♦ Casino ♦ Card Room/Game Room ♦ Video Games Arcade

Sports and Activities
Outdoor Pools ♦ Sports Court ♦ Fitness Center ♦ Jogging Track ♦ Promenade Deck - wraps around the ship

Spa and Wellness
Full Service Spa ♦ MedSpa Services ♦ Sauna or Steam Room ♦ Beauty Salon ♦ Yoga ♦ Pilates ♦ Fitness Assessment ♦ Health and Nutrition Evaluation

Children and Teens
Family Cabins ♦ Organized Age Specific Activities ♦ Children's Pool ♦ Outdoor Children's Play Area ♦ Youth Staff ♦ Dedicated Teen Center ♦ Teen Programs ♦ Teen Staff ♦ Group Babysitting Services

Other Facilities and Services
Duty Free Shops and Boutiques ♦ Dry Cleaning and Laundry Service ♦ Business Center Services ♦ Medical Center