It’s unusual how booking the Norwegian Sky cruise came to be a reality. I wanted to celebrate a milestone anniversary about a month away. This 3 day cruise out of Miami was eye catching with two private islands, Harvest Caye and Great Stirrup Cay, along with Key West! This juicy itinerary sold us and we booked right away! This would be a great way to celebrate
Cruise day was finally here and we had an amazing time exploring the ship, meeting new friends, enjoying open bar, and private islands. What was a 3 day cruise felt like a whole week! Here is my photo journal of my time aboard the Norwegian Sky.
The Norwegian Sky has a brilliant pool deck. It is one of my favorite places to hang out. The energy was even more exciting at the sailaway parties from Miami and any port than I had ever experienced on a cruise. I was shocked the fun lasted almost 2 hours with lots of dancing, music, and shenanigans. The best sailaway ever.
The pool deck is surrounded by oodles of lounge chairs, chairs and tables in the shade, a bar and stage. Very nice setup. 4 hottubs take center stage as the very middle of the two pools. Occasionally, they will have bands play at the pool, have a Ms. Norwegian Sky, or hairy leg contest. I love the seating in the shade where you can enjoy the music, see the shows, and get great service from the bar.
The bar, Topsiders, is also the location to get a fresh squeezed veggie and fruit juice in the morning, and they always have self serve fresh lemon or fruit infused water at the bar. I loved the night party at the pool, the White Hot Party with the glow sticks and paint was so much fun for all ages! There is a deck overlooking the pool with tables and chairs, and Champs Bar to enjoy a cold drink on a hot day.
I chose to stay in an ocean view room. The room was plenty spacious with lots of storage in the closet and drawers. The light from the window made all the difference. In each light, next to the bed, there is one USB charge port and a standard and European outlet on the vanity/desk. A chair that folds into a bed sits in the corner and is so nice to have. The vanity has an extra light and shelves for more storage. The bathroom is decent size; however the shower is very small with a fabric shower curtain. Overall nice, warm decor and coloring and was very comfortable.
Bars and Restaurants
For being a smaller ship, there are so many places to listen to music or take in a show and enjoy an adult beverage of your choosing. Here are a few of my favorites.
The Spinnaker Lounge is at the very front of the ship, its outside deck provides a great viewing place to watch a port come or go. Inside the Spinnaker Lounge you will find a bar, piano, stage, and many chairs, tables and benches. The decor is modern, with a classic almost cigar lounge feel. Dark woods and leather mixed with gold and off white. I found myself going up there just to find a quiet spot to sit for a while.
Pinnacle Bar and Sushi was another favorite, it is located at the aft with large windows to view the ocean as it goes by. As sushi places usually go, this has a cool vibe. Lots of chairs and small tables. There are seats at the sushi bar where you can watch the sushi artists put together their delicious masterpieces.
Sugarcane Mojito Bar seems to always be different on the Norwegian ships. This one is tucked away a little. Its convenient when you board this ship so they used it as a bag and suitcase check before the rooms were ready. It has a long bar with mirrors in the back and shelves perfectly lined with rums. It has a speak easy feel. Stand or sit at the high table in the middle or take in the scene feom the couches and chairs along the outside. Its low lit, and it’s a lot of fun to sip on an exotic cocktail and listen to the piano or singer in the evenings.
Bliss Ultra Lounge is right next to Sugarcane Mojito bar. This is a large venue with round seats, a stage, and a bar. This is probably the most versatile space as they change up the seating throughout the sailing to meet the needs of whatever event they are holding from lit night life to art auctions.
The Local Bar & Grill is a neat English style pub. Big leather chairs along the outside edge, dining chair and tables in the middle and bar seating with large wooden barstools. This place transports you to a different world. There is pub fare well into the night, and TVs to watch teams become champions.
The Sky Casino is larger than I expected. It looks very nice and doesn’t seem to feel too squished. Table games take up the middle and slot machines along the outer edges. I felt that they had current games mostly which is nice. I almost expected an old casino with clunky games and this was the complete opposite than that. The ceiling was not mirrored tiles like you might expect, or gawdy colors. There is color, but it does not overwhelm you. This is a surprisingly fun place to hang out. There is a bar to one end with video poker and attentive bartenders.
The buffet is next to the pool which is super convenient. It looks nice with seating near the windows to watch the ocean fly by. Its clean and modern, with fresh colors of green, tan, and white. There is a separate spot for scoop ice cream. The main buffet has two entrances that meet in the middle. I would prefer stations since the people.flow would be better. It works though, you might have a little wait in the middle of the day.
Right outside the Garden Cafe is a shady outdoor area with tables and chairs called The Great Outdoors. Enjoy a breezy morning watching the wake. This is a pretty spot!
There are plenty of places to enjoy the fresh air. From the upper decks with shuffleboard, golfing nets, basketball court to the promenade where you can walk around the ship on the walking/jogging path. There are a few loungers to help you get away for a moment and watch the ocean. I am glad they have this and feel it is under utilized for the outside relaxation potential it holds.
Overall, this ship was a pleasant surprise. Its clean, updated, and feels more like a large ship with all the venues it has.
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