Norwegian Sky Ship Review

The ship that started it all: the venerable Norwegian Sky. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

The 77,104-ton, 2,004-guest Norwegian Sky was the first new ship NCL built in its modern era, as it carved out its place among the major cruise players. Launched in 1999, she spent several years in the middle of the next decade renamed Pride of Aloha and sailing Hawaiian itineraries, then returned to her original name in late 2008. In 2009 she got a major refurbishment that updated her interior decor, making her much more fresh and exciting than her age would suggest.

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Public Rooms & Entertainment On Norwegian Sky

There's nothing like enjoying a drink - and the passing scenery - from the Atrium Bar aboard Norwegian Sky. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Sky offers a number of attractive bars and lounges, including the Plantation Club, a bright, Hawaiian-themed lounge on the top deck, specializing in champagne; Captain Cook’s, a dark, clubby bar on Deck 6; Dazzles Nightclub, a cabaret and disco; the bright Atrium Bar for vodka, champagne, and piano music; and the aforementioned Longboard Bar, a large sports bar way up on Deck 11.

The Stardust Lounge is the venue for NCL’s normally high-quality production shows, and the Outrigger Observation Lounge on Deck 11 turns into a disco once the sun dips over the horizon. Other public rooms include library, an Internet center, and several shops.

Just For Kids On Norwegian Sky

Kids get a cavernous play room up toward the bow on Deck 7, plus an outdoor pool area on Deck 12 with a kid-size pool, a hot tub, a waterfall, and some cute kid-size deck chairs. Teens get their own room on Deck 11 for movies, games, and hanging out.

Dining On Norwegian Sky

Le Bistro, one of the most attractive dining rooms at sea. Photo courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line.

Sky offers a smaller selection of dining choices than the newer NCL ships, though your options still include:

  • Two main restaurants, Crossings and The Palace
  • Le Bistro, the most formal restaurant onboard, serving French and continental cuisine in a long, narrow room between the two main restaurants
  • Cagney’s, a classic steakhouse
  • Il Adagio, an elegantly designed Italian restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows
  • The Garden Cafe buffet restaurant
  • The Longboard Bar, a large sports bar that also serves breakfast and lunch

Pools & Fitness On Norwegian Sky

The ship’s main pool area, on Deck 11, offers two pools, four hot tubs, a bar, a dance floor, and an old-fashioned kind of cruise ship vibe: nothing too flashy, just teak decks and deck chairs, with a basketball/volleyball court perched one deck above. Farther forward is the Balinese-inspired Body Waves Spa and Fitness Center. Joggers and walkers can do their thing on the full-circuit promenade on Deck 6, and there’s a pair of golf driving nets on Deck 12.

Staterooms & Suites On Norwegian Sky

Sky’s oceanview and balcony staterooms are done up with a simple, almost old-fashioned look , all creamy white walls, blonde woods, and accents of color in the bedding and curtains. Outsides measure a tiny 149 square feet, while balcony staterooms measure in at 202 square feet. All offer limited closet/storage space and smallish bathrooms with tiny showers and little space to store toiletries. Balconies are designed differently from the cruise ship norm, accessed via a single door that sits next to a large round window.

There are four different levels of suites, from the 402-square-foot Mini-Suites to the 835-square-foot Owner’s Suite, with its separate bedroom and living/dining room, bathroom with whirlpool tub, and huge balcony with a second whirlpool.

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