Today is the day we disembark Norwegian Sky in Miami. I was happy to get off the ship, which has maybe happened one other time in the five dozen cruises I’ve taken.
I will say that I was very impressed with the disembarkation procedure and process. I chose to do self-assist disembarkation where you get no assistance with your luggage but you’re also allowed to be the first off the ship. I made my way down to deck six around 7:50 and found there to be only a little line to get off the ship. It was under 10-minutes so no complaints. Customs was a breeze, they had five lanes open and people were breezing through.
My next thought was going to figure out how I get to the airport to pick up my rental car. I walked out of the terminal and there was a shuttle for Thrifty rental cars that gave free transfers to the airport rental car station. Piece of cake.
Overall the cruise was good. I met some friends for life on this sailing and learned what I appreciate about other cruise lines. Though I could find things wrong with the ship, it’s really not fair to judge a ship that’s so outdated. Though Norwegian Sky is only 13 years old, she is worn like a ship that’s 23 years old.
If you’re looking for a party cruise, a cruise that’s non-regimented with lots of entertainment or a quick and cheap sailing out of Miami, Norwegian Sky is your boat. If you’re more service focused, foods is a primary factor in your sailing and want a toned down vacation, you may want to consider another cruise line. It’s not for everyone.
I read your reviews of the Sky and cannot believe we have been on the same ship. I’ve sailed her twice one 3 day and one 4 day. I thought she was very well kept, very clean, the food was good (especially the sticky buns), and the crew was very friendly. Yes, she is an older ship, but she is well maintained and clean. She’s bright, easy to get around, and has good ammenities for a short cruise. I actually think she’s better kept than the Monarch of the Seas. Just my two cents, and since you’re the expert I guess you know better. I’ve only been on 35 cruises, so by no means an expert, but the Sky is a good ship and a great get-away.
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