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Old 10-04-2008, 07:21 AM
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Hi everyone,

We just booked our cruise on the Norwegian Sky for Nov 24th and our stops are Grand Bahama Island, Nassau, & Great Stirrup Cay.

Are there hidden charges we should know about??

I read that there is no need to tip on the cruise. Is tipping added on to our ship acct automatically??

Is there a charge to go onto Great Stirrup Cay??

Do we really need to make reservations ahead of time for the specialty restaurants on board the ship??

How is the food in the dining rooms and on the buffett??

What kind of food is served on the buffett? Any steak or seafood?

This is our first cruise and ANY TIPS would be helpful!!

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Old 10-04-2008, 02:36 PM
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Hi Harley,

Others will be along to welcome you to cruise-chat, but let me be the first. I have not been on the Sky so I'll let others answer those particular questions. However, I have sailed on Norwegian before and been to Great Stirrup Cay. The tips are automatically added to your sign and sale card at a specific rate per person per day. As of March, it was $10.00 per day per person. Any additional you'd like to tip is up to you - usually for room service, room stewards, a special bartender, or something.

The day at Great Stirrup Cay was great. The tenders go back and forth all day. There are plenty of beach chairs (you wouldn't think there would be room for everyone but there is). They BBQ lunch and all you pay for is whatever you drink, if you rent any water toys such as snorkle gear or if you buy anything at the little souvenir shops.

Have a great time
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:47 PM
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I usually give my room steward a crispy $20 bill on the first day on top of the regular cruise-end tip....It always seems to help for the little things.....On a 4 day cruise a $10 bill would work as well....I carry $2 bills or $1's for handing out to anyone that does something special for me....Finding a chair, getting me that extra towel, etc. They work hard and deserve something extra...BUT it's not required....Go to the Atlantis while in Nassau...it's a great place to spend some of the day...and there is a lot of shopping to be done too:-)....Happy Cruising....I've been on the Sky twice, she is an older ship, but a very nice one....

Bob E
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Old 10-05-2008, 03:03 PM
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Penny3333 and I just went on the NCL Sky Sep 12th. The ship came out in 1999. It was just refurbished in July before she started sailing the 3 and 4 nt cruises. The ship looks very nice, clean , and fresh.
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Old 10-07-2008, 01:43 PM
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As Cruise Fanatic stated, we just sailed on her in July. The only thing wrong, was the cruise was too short! The hidden charges are: excursions, casino, alcohol and soda pop, the extra charge restaurants, and the salon or spa. The tips are automatically added to your shipboard account, $10/pp per day. There is no charge to go to Great Stirrup Cay, and they had a good bar-b-que on the island, the beach was nice, and there were plenty of chairs. They have boards posted for the specialty restaurants that will show you what times are booked and what times are still available. We boarded around noon and by 2 there were some slots that were full. The food in the restaurants and buffet area was very good. My favorite thing was the sticky buns on the breakfast buffet. They did have some type of seafood and either chicken, pork or beef on the buffet. They had a very good selection in the dining rooms. My biggest tip is to bring plenty of film or memory cards, take loads of pictures, and have a wonderful time. Best wishes for a fantastic cruise, and welcome aboard!
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