As always, be prepared for a VERY LONG and extensive/picture heavy review. I love taking pictures, I love cruising and I love having fun. I enjoy sharing our experiences (good and bad) with the community and those that like detailed information. Some may like these type of reviews, others may not, but I appreciate those that stick around until the end...even though I can get a little "wordy" sometimes with the details. But, that's what makes it fun.
*Disclaimer* I tell my story through my eyes. This may or may not be the experience other cruisers have had with the Sun or Sky or ports or even those that were on board with me. I’m honest, I’m not too hard to please with service or food, and try to have the mentality of any cruise is a good cruise because you are not at home, work, or school right (and let's not forget the SNOW)? I will make reference to the good and the bad and it’s made as an observation and might not necessarily mean that it would provoke me to discourage others from trying it or having their own experience. This is MY experience only.
So, first off...a little about me and my cruising family:
I started cruising in the 80’s (with NCL) and did a cruise in the 90’s with RC. We started cruising again in 2010 and this is now our yearly vacation (with this year taking 3 cruises.) I’m in my 40’s, my husband in his 30’s.We’ve been married for a little over 8 years and going on our 12th year together. I have 3 grown children (ages 28, 26, 20 who have all cruised with me years ago and are by my first husband of 18 years) and 1 small child (who is 6 and these 2 cruises will be her 8th cruise and she is HOOKED!!! It’s all she talks about. Yea what can I say; she’s a little consumed with it like her momma). I also have 4 grandbabies, two are also 6 years old, I know… this is the part that everyone gasps at. Yes, me, my daughter, and daughter-in-law were all pregnant at the same time. Yes, we planned it that way. Yes it was a blast and yes the 3 of the little ones are VERY close. The other 2 other grandbabies that are 10 & 11 months old. I’ve been trying to get all of my kids to go on a cruise with me (and was successful in getting my daughter and her boyfriend going with us at least once a year and also my youngest son and his finance on cruises with us twice this year) but not all of them at the same time.
I work part time at the local hospital in the Emergency Room. I started working there in 1984. Yea, I’ll probably die working there still. I just love the environment, helping people, and yes…even the gory stuff!!! I graduated from nursing school last May and took a "Getaway" graduation cruise a week later.
We have been cruising exclusively with NCL since we started cruising in 2010. We have been on the Epic, Spirit, Pearl, Star, Jewel, Getaway (and once with Carnival on the Dream) and have the Dawn scheduled for next year. I don’t know, we just like the “Freestyle” aspect of NCL and we buy the cruise rewards certificates each cruise and it’s just been a line we have come to love. (Although I will admit, SOMEDAY my goal is to cruise the Oasis or Allure…what an experience that would be!).
We always book when they have the Kids Sail Free promo and this time I really jumped the gun and booked 3 of them!!! YIKES! At the time that I booked, I figured that by the time this cruise came along, I will have passed my nursing boards and will declare it a "I'm officially a nurse" cruise!!! IT WORKED OUT THAT WAY....so I rewarded myself by booking that second cruise on the Sky. (I love excuses to book another cruise).
EPIC studio SPIRIT PEARL STAR JEWEL GETAWAY SUN SKY DAWN BREAKAWAY JADE EPIC
Dream Pride Breeze Fascination
BAHAMAS: Great Stirrup Cay Blue Lagoon Melia Junkanoo Freeport: Paradise Cove
BELIZE: Cavetubing Cavetubing Bannister Island Shark Ray Alley Goffs
BERMUDA: Horseshoe Bay Snorkel Park Tobacco Bay St Catherines Beach Achilles Bay Jet Ski & boat rental Warwick-Horseshoe Long Bay-Clearwater Tobacco Bay Snorkel Park
COSTA MAYA:Almaplena Maya Chan Nohoch Blue Kay
COZUMEL: Chankanaab Dolphin Swim Chankanaab Nachi Playa Mia Sanchos Passion IslandPalancar
GRAND CAYMAN: Stingray Sandbar Stingrays, Rum Point
GRAND TURK: BOHIO Governors
HALF MOON CAY
JAMAICA: Sunset Hilton Rose
ROATAN: Little French Key LFK Maya Key West Bay ZiplineLFK
ST KITTS: Reggae Carambola
ST LUCIA: Jalousie
ST MAARTEN: Orient & Maho Mullet Maho Divi Pinel
ST THOMAS: Saphhire Coki Linquist Coki