The cruise was July 4th 2004 the NCLA Inaugural cruise. The ship, cruise and Islands were great, on the other hand the service was not and the food so so. Most everyone have heard or read something about that cruise. Pride of America didn't make it out of the ship yard NCL rushed the Sky into service. NCL did try to make it right, some cash refund and a good credit on a furture cruise. We used it to go to the Mexican Riviera in 2005 on the Star. We are very pleased with NCL, we leave Sunday 9/21/08 for the Panama Canal on NCL Pearl our 5th cruise and 4th with NCL.