Three-day to the Bahamas...the Sky's the Limit! May 25th, with Pics!

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Day One...

So, being from the Boston area, I never thought we’d be sailing the Sky. It just doesn’t make sense to fly all the way to Miami for a three or four night cruise (to us). But as we were planning on being in Florida anyway, the idea suddenly made sense. Instead of ending our vacation in Key West with a long drive to the Miami airport, we’d hop on the Sky and extend our vacation. It made leaving Key West just a little less painful. The three-night cruise was the perfect fit to our plans.

As it is a four-hour drive from Key West to Miami, we still thought it a good idea to arrive the night before the cruise. We spent the night at the South Beach Marriott and could just glimpse the Sky from our hotel when we got up Friday morning.

It is our habit to get to the port early and this cruise was no exception. We were at the Port of Miami by 11:00 and on the ship by 11:45. There was literally no wait to get through security or to check-in. (By two o’clock, the line to get into the security area would wrap around the building!)



We wandered around for little bit, beginning to get our bearings. This would be our first time on the Sky. We also had a few minutes to kill waiting for the Shore Excursion desk to open. When it did open at noon, I pounced and booked our clamshell on Great Stirrup Cay. I’d read that clamshells were limited and it was best to book them as soon as possible (and they aren’t available to book online).

After that bit of business was taken care of we headed to Crossings for lunch.



It’s amusing how every employee you encounter on the ship steers you to the buffet. They announced in the waiting area that Crossings was open for lunch and it’s in the Freestyle Daily, so I don’t know why they try to hide it from you. Speaking of the Freestyle Daily, it is NCL’s practice to give these to you before you board (used to be in your stateroom). Somehow we missed getting one. I was able to get one near the reception area later on.

Okay. Back to lunch. On my last cruise they didn’t serve bread and butter at lunch…but I wasn’t sure if it was a fluke since we still had bread plates and butter knives. Well I guess it wasn’t a fluke. No bread and butter on the Sky either (which I don’t mind at all) but they’re still putting out the plates and knives! Someone tell these poor people that they can stop putting out (and washing!) plates no one will use!

DH and I both had the steak figuring that we were planning on pretty much living at the buffet this cruise. The steak is decent and on par with the lunch steak served to the suite and VIP guests at Cagney’s.



We left the dining room intent on sneaking into our room if necessary to drop our carryon bags. No need! In what I believe is a record, the announcement came that rooms were ready at 12:45!

I believe this balcony cabin was the smallest we’ve had yet. (Of course I’ve thought that about our last two balconies on the Spirit and the America as well.) Ultimately it probably wasn’t the smallest, but it had the worst storage. There was only one shelf in the entire room (which I took up half of when I unloaded items from the mini bar) and three very small drawers. The storage was on par with our 108 square foot cabin on the Majesty…and on that cruise we left most of our clothing in our suitcases under the bed! One thing we did like about the room was the door leading to the balcony. Although the door and window combo let in less light than sliding glass doors do, just opening the door to get in and out was nicer than muscling a slider.



Now on cruises less than five days, there are no Latitudes benefits on board. So I was surprised to see on the bed an envelope with a letter welcoming us back as Latitudes members. The letter stated that our benefits could be found in the packet. There was nothing in the packet except the letter…and one ship pin (and why only one?). It was even mentioned in the Freestyle Daily to check with your Cruise Consultant to find out what your benefits are! There are none! It was really quite funny. I think that the Cruise Consultant making announcements welcoming returning guests was sufficient.

The muster drill was held at 4:30 and is very quick now that you aren’t required to bring your life jackets with you. After the drill, we grabbed a bucket of beer from Longboard’s and watched sailaway from our balcony.



This was the vacation of “whatever” for us. We would end up in Longboard’s later. They do serve the Blue Lagoon menu (between 6 pm and 5:30 am) but we went for the $5 pizza delivery. There was something great about hanging out at the bar and having piping hot pizza brought to us because we were too lazy to walk to the buffet…about 20 feet away! We found that (excepting the next night when play-off basketball was on) Longboard’s was generally pretty quiet and we enjoyed the conversation with Lily the bartender who was there between 7:00 and 9:30.

When we returned to our cabin, our room steward, Sherton (who had knocked on our door to introduce himself earlier) had left us a towel animal. Wow. Haven’t had a towel animal the first night of the cruise in who knows how long. What a nice surprise!

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Looking forward to the rest of your review. What a great way to end a vacation
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#4
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Hi Cubechick,
The only downside to your Sky cruise is we only get three days of review instead of a longer cruise! It's been many yrs since we were on the Sky so looking forward to reading more.

Funny about the bread basket issue. On our post-cruise survey I was getting ready to answer the usual gamut of questions about Jade & her crew. However, after a couple of intro questions it indicated that I was being directed to special F & B related questions.

Had nothing to do with Jade per se. Started asking things like do we prefer a bread basket to already be on the table or having to ask the waiter for it. So maybe that's what they're trying out? Funny that you had plates but no bread.

I was sitting at the slots on Jade late morning when a woman came up with a very large box. Turns out she had ordered the pizza and it was huge so she was sharing it with some of those at the machines. Tasted pretty good!

Any good entertainment onboard? Did you have a M & G? How was the crew? Wonder if they get tired of the constant turnover of pax from the short Sky voyages?

We just booked Jewel for next winter. What's up next for you and Chris?
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Originally posted by snorklin'barb
Hi Cubechick,
The only downside to your Sky cruise is we only get three days of review instead of a longer cruise! It's been many yrs since we were on the Sky so looking forward to reading more.

Funny about the bread basket issue. On our post-cruise survey I was getting ready to answer the usual gamut of questions about Jade & her crew. However, after a couple of intro questions it indicated that I was being directed to special F & B related questions.

Had nothing to do with Jade per se. Started asking things like do we prefer a bread basket to already be on the table or having to ask the waiter for it. So maybe that's what they're trying out? Funny that you had plates but no bread.

I was sitting at the slots on Jade late morning when a woman came up with a very large box. Turns out she had ordered the pizza and it was huge so she was sharing it with some of those at the machines. Tasted pretty good!

Any good entertainment onboard? Did you have a M & G? How was the crew? Wonder if they get tired of the constant turnover of pax from the short Sky voyages?

We just booked Jewel for next winter. What's up next for you and Chris?
The comedian, Andrew Kennedy was pretty funny (although I'll get to a highlight about him later on!). I was surprised that there was only one show per night...at 9:30.

No M&G...not enough of us.

Talking to the crew, they actually seemed to like the turnover. It wasn't necessarily that much more work for them and if they have passengers who are jerks they get rid of them quick!

My post cruise survey was all Sky, BUT when asked about Le Bistro, they asked much more specific questions than I've seen before. Did I think the value was good for the money? Was the food quality good? Were there enough menu selections etc. Maybe they're trying to improve things? (I sure hope so!)

Chris and I are off to the Med on the Epic in October. Our first Med cruise and our first time on the Epic since the inaugral TA, so I'm really looking forward to it!
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Just a note on why the Sky balcony cabins are smaller. When NCL purchased what are today the Sky and Sun they were already under construction. Neither ship was being built with balconies. The Sky was so far along the only way to do it was to take cabin space for the balconies. The Sun on the other hand has the largest balcony cabins with balcony space incremental.
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Originally posted by time2cruise1
Just a note on why the Sky balcony cabins are smaller. When NCL purchased what are today the Sky and Sun they were already under construction. Neither ship was being built with balconies. The Sky was so far along the only way to do it was to take cabin space for the balconies. The Sun on the other hand has the largest balcony cabins with balcony space incremental.
That would explain it! Thanks for the info!
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Hi Cubechick! We were on the same sailing. We had an aft cabin 9077 for the three of us (my mom and 18 year old dd) and it was challenging but fine. We left the boys at home so it was nice to spend time with my dd before she heads off to college.

We too were on about 11ish and thought since there wasn't anyone around we missed the rush but I see from your pictures that we were just early.
We had a bag to "check" and when we got onboard, right to the left there was a place to hold your bags so you didn't need to carry them around the ship. We are big RCCL cruisers and LOVED this feature on NCL. I hope they do it on all their ships since next year we will be sailing Breakaway from NY.

Also like you, we were at the Excursion Desk as soon as it opened and rented a cabana for GSC. We loved having the cabana and the shade. Even though it was just the 3 of us, we still got food, I believe, for 6. They gave us so much!

We got caught walking off the ship in the Bahamas in the rainstorm but had umbrellas but still got pretty wet. We went to Senor Frogs since that was one of my dd's requests prior to the cruise. Surprisingly, my 66 year old mother and I (turned 45 on the cruise) had a fun time and I thought the ship was very well kept and clean.

Our room steward never introduced himself to us but we would just say hi in the hallway. I left post it notes each day to please fill our NCL bucket and ice bucket with ice during day and night, which he did. Our room was kept clean so I never had a need to see or talk to him since he didn't have one for me either. Oh well. He was the least personable I've ever had during all our years of cruising but it really didn't matter either way.

I thought the staff were all friendly and we ate at LeBistro and Cagneys. The MDR we ate in our first night.
Sorry, I hope I didn't hijack your thread but we did speak on the Meet/Great thread so wanted to pop in.

I have pictures too but I don't know how to post. I posted another thread about the cabanas so if someone answers me and explains how to post pictures, I can do the same.

Glad you had a great cruise! We had a wonderful time!
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Cubechick and js, glad you had a good time! Brings back good memories Looking forward to reading more!
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#12
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Originally posted by capp
Yippee, a Cubechick review! Thanks!
Mimi, you're too funny. Glad you like 'em!

Originally posted by js
Hi Cubechick! We were on the same sailing. We had an aft cabin 9077 for the three of us (my mom and 18 year old dd) and it was challenging but fine. We left the boys at home so it was nice to spend time with my dd before she heads off to college.

We too were on about 11ish and thought since there wasn't anyone around we missed the rush but I see from your pictures that we were just early.
We had a bag to "check" and when we got onboard, right to the left there was a place to hold your bags so you didn't need to carry them around the ship. We are big RCCL cruisers and LOVED this feature on NCL. I hope they do it on all their ships since next year we will be sailing Breakaway from NY.

Also like you, we were at the Excursion Desk as soon as it opened and rented a cabana for GSC. We loved having the cabana and the shade. Even though it was just the 3 of us, we still got food, I believe, for 6. They gave us so much!

We got caught walking off the ship in the Bahamas in the rainstorm but had umbrellas but still got pretty wet. We went to Senor Frogs since that was one of my dd's requests prior to the cruise. Surprisingly, my 66 year old mother and I (turned 45 on the cruise) had a fun time and I thought the ship was very well kept and clean.

Our room steward never introduced himself to us but we would just say hi in the hallway. I left post it notes each day to please fill our NCL bucket and ice bucket with ice during day and night, which he did. Our room was kept clean so I never had a need to see or talk to him since he didn't have one for me either. Oh well. He was the least personable I've ever had during all our years of cruising but it really didn't matter either way.

I thought the staff were all friendly and we ate at LeBistro and Cagneys. The MDR we ate in our first night.
Sorry, I hope I didn't hijack your thread but we did speak on the Meet/Great thread so wanted to pop in.

I have pictures too but I don't know how to post. I posted another thread about the cabanas so if someone answers me and explains how to post pictures, I can do the same.

Glad you had a great cruise! We had a wonderful time!
Glad you enjoyed yourself! I knew you were apprehensive coming from Royal!
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Day Two – The Private Island: Great Stirrup Cay (Part One)

This is going to sound weird, but I literally had no idea how to go about getting tender tickets, so I had to ask! We’re platinum so usually at least have priority tickets delivered to our room (and if we’re in a suite, we get VIP tix and an escort to the tender). Found out that first morning you could go get tender tickets at Dazzles. The instructions were to wait until you were ready to go (emphasized many times) then get your tickets. Well I confess, based on the time it took between the first and second group to be called, we got our tickets for group 3, then went for breakfast. We had just gotten back to the cabin to gather our things when our group was called!

We had breakfast at the buffet. The buffet is small and not set up well. The main buffet gets congested very quickly, especially with the made-to-order egg stations at both ends. However they make good use of auxiliary spaces. Made-to-order eggs and waffles are available in Il Adagio and more self-serve food at the Great Outdoors. We would find that the Great Outdoors was usually less busy than the main buffet area (despite helpful wait staff directing you to the Great Outdoors and away from the main buffet).

I thought we’d be some of the last people to the tender, but we were among the first, which meant broiling in the sun waiting for the boat to fill. Oh! I forgot to mention that we’d left Miami concerned about a tropical storm forming and keeping us from Great Stirrup Cay. When we threw open the drapes that morning, the sea was like glass and there wasn’t a cloud in the Sky!

GSC has changed dramatically since only visit in 2007.

(My only "before" pic)



After...



Instead of pulling right up onto the beach, the tenders now take you to a nice dock.



Gone are the little metal chairs, replaced with cushioned loungers.



Now you can rent clamshells and, very recently, cabanas to provide shade.



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GSC part two (too many pics!)

For entertainment, there’s a huge Hippo Slide that appealed to kids and adults alike, eco-tours, snorkeling, kayaking and para-sailing (all for a fee). Except for the snorkeling, which can be free…if you bring your own gear!





There’s live music and games with the Cruise Director staff.



Drink abounds with several bars and wait staff ready to keep you hydrated. The buffet is all brought over from the ship, but a large variety of food is available nevertheless.



Our day was great. DH enjoyed some good snorkeling and wandering around the island checking out all of the improvements.



We were really glad to have the clamshell. I wouldn’t have lasted the four hours at the beach that we did without shade. But there wasn’t a breeze to be found, so even the protection of the clamshell got stifling at times…and our clamshell was ventilated! The people around us without ventilated clamshells looked like they were going to die and didn’t last nearly as long as we did!

Just a word of advice: There were several clamshells still available for rent when you got to the island, but they reserved the ones closest to the water for those of us who booked on the ship. The people without reservations had a view of the back of other clamshells.

Back on the ship we barely noticed when we set sail. I actually didn’t know that ships could go so slowly! I think it’s 50 miles from GSC to Nassau, and we had fourteen hours to get there!

Taking the advice of several people on CC, we went to the Plantation Club for a pre-dinner martini. It was a nice atmosphere for a quiet drink (no 2 for 1 martini’s as mentioned on the boards).

Dinner was Le Bistro. I’d made reservations on line before boarding and although we debated cancelling them (in keeping with our ultra-casual theme) we kept them after all. Le Bistro is on deck five but is accessed from a stairway on deck 6. We were glad that we’d figured that out when checking things out the day before. The restaurant is small but boasts that all tables have an ocean view (and they do). The dinner was standard Le Bistro. I wish I could say it was great, but except for the always consistent beef tenderloin, the rest of the meal just okay. Even our favorite escargots were topped with a heavy breadcrumb layer, without cheese and with too little butter. DH’s lamb was just okay. On a positive note, as usual, the waiters were very friendly and helped make for a pleasant dining experience.



Big surprise, we then went to Longboard’s and found the Celtics were playing a playoff game (a win clinched the series). The place was packed and the hot wings were flowing!
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Final installment tomorrow, but I wanted to add some more GSC pics!





It was too hot for the birds too!



A little more quiet on this end of the island:





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Wow! Great pics! I love the one with the ship in the background and the pic of the birds made me giggle.
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i am sooo jealous, look at all the fun you were having lol. Can't wait to know what happened next.
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Love the pictures of GSC. Enjoying your review as well. Keep it coming.
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Thanks for taking the time to post your review. Sounds like you had a good time. Can't wait for the last installment.
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Joined Jan 2010
man GSC looks so much nicer than when I went there a few years ago! Big fan of the improvements thus far! Seems like they are able to keep it looking like a remote island with a few upgrades to make the experience better Need to get the SO to do the bahamas /GSC itinerary again
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Norwegian Getaway 11/4/2018

Completed Cruise
Norwegian Gem 12/1/2014
Norwegian Star 8/19/2012
Norwegian Gem 3/2010