Number of Cruises: 2
Cruise Line: Norwegian
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Sailing Date: May 27th, 2001
Jeffrey B Runyan
This was our second cruise and my wife and I decided to do something special for my 50th birthday. I selected Alaska, after all it was my birthday. We fortunately were the first cruise ship of the year to do the inside passage. We selected NCL as we were very pleased with the service and the great dollar value. Mind you, this isn't the QE2, but neither is the price. The worst part of this seven day adventure was the Port of Seattle. What a night mare for both embarkation and debarkation. We have done another line since and learned that this does not have to the 'breaking point' in ones vacation much less their marriage. Pass the bad and on to the good. The Sky was the line’s newest ship at the time and a beautiful one at that. She had app 2,200 passengers and about 13 decks. We were on the last passenger deck the 11th with a veranda. Now, being nurses we can't afford the luxury for such accommodations but NCL made our 'dream trip' much better through the Latitudes Club. This free service is for anyone that has done NCL before. When I originally booked my bottom rung cabin I got an automatic upgrade of four decks. Two months before the sail I got call from NCL with an offer to upgrade to the top deck with a veranda for $150.00--what a deal. The cabin was 145 sf with a 40sf veranda. A little small and little stow space but imagine the first morning waking up and looking out of your bed through the glass window and door at snow cap mountains. All this for $150 more just by filling out a membership card!! Let me quickly give you a quick overview:
The ship--you would not want a cruise any shorter than a week due to the Sky’s massive size. She has numerous public areas all with beautiful glass windows and sky lights. The atrium is adorned with huge open areas looking right up through to the top deck. Although some class this is as a mega-liner she still plenty of private areas to relax.
The food is very good and NCL offers a variety of 'alternative' dining, most which will cost an additional ten dollars a person. Save the money and enjoy the dinners in the dining rooms.
If you enjoy the night life the shows in the show room are top notch. Broadway entertainment quality. Great lounge acts through out the ship. The casino is as fun as any in Vegas.
The crew was great and went out of their way to make your trip more enjoyable. The sail and sign cards with your name on them were a great way for the crew to make you feel more welcome when they referred to you by name.
The ports (Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan) were all fantastic. One tip--the shore excursions offered on board are very expensive. The same deals are available on the docks for half to the third of the price. The key to packing for shore in Alaska is wet weather gear and layered clothing. NCL makes this easy as the 'freestyle' mode limits the number of dress nights and allows one to me more informal.
Overall, Margaret and I thoroughly enjoyed our two NCL cruises and just completed a Carnival cruise this week. Although Carnival could teach NCL a heck of a lot about moving people on and off ships, they cannot match the quality for the dollar value of Norwegian. I surely feel there will be another NCL vacation in our future. Thanks and please use my e-mail address for any additional information.