Notices

Norwegian Sky

Old 07-11-2011, 06:07 PM
  #1  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Myrtle Beach SC
Posts: 8,045
Default Norwegian Sky

We just booked a short trip (days). We received a great deal, and it will give me a chance to get a couple of dives in.

Has anyone been on this trip from Miami>
kingair is offline  
Old 07-11-2011, 06:30 PM
  #2  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: jersey shore
Posts: 63
Default

i just went in march. it was my 1st cruise and dont think i would do it again. the food in the buffet was ok. try to eat in the restaurants. the servers with the alcohol where real pushy. other then that it was ok. things where clean and the rest of the staff are nice and helpful.
sc13mw is offline  
Old 07-11-2011, 07:21 PM
  #3  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Myrtle Beach SC
Posts: 8,045
Default

Sounds good. We thought about doing the kayak thing in Stirup.
kingair is offline  
Old 07-12-2011, 04:46 AM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sunny florida
Posts: 22,227
Default

I will NEVER EVER cruise from Miami again..and probably never cruise again. For a cruise line I guess Norwegian is ok, but SCREW the port of Miami and Homeland security. I'm not at all comfortable in groups of strangers, and all they do is herd you like cattle.

You gotta realize all the land tours they offer are scams. Any shopping they recommend, avoid like the plague. Remember, the shops only stop at tourist traps..I know a tourist trap, I live in Florida!

Stay on the ship. Food is decent. Find a quiet place (good luck) and drink. I preferred the piano bar setting.

Who the hell wants to go on a ship to climb rock walls, shop in expensive stores, and do stuff you can do on land?
billinstuart is online now  
Old 07-12-2011, 04:59 AM
  #5  
Senior Member
 
Captain Willie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: HAAF
Posts: 25,434
Default

Avoid the cruise arranged tours. The cruise director gets kick backs from the shops that are visited. There is plenty to see and do on your own.
Captain Willie is offline  
Old 07-12-2011, 05:46 AM
  #6  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Myrtle Beach SC
Posts: 8,045
Default

Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
I will NEVER EVER cruise from Miami again..and probably never cruise again. For a cruise line I guess Norwegian is ok, but SCREW the port of Miami and Homeland security. I'm not at all comfortable in groups of strangers, and all they do is herd you like cattle.

You gotta realize all the land tours they offer are scams. Any shopping they recommend, avoid like the plague. Remember, the shops only stop at tourist traps..I know a tourist trap, I live in Florida!

Stay on the ship. Food is decent. Find a quiet place (good luck) and drink. I preferred the piano bar setting.

Who the hell wants to go on a ship to climb rock walls, shop in expensive stores, and do stuff you can do on land?

Wow...take a deep breath



Originally Posted by Capt.Willie View Post
Avoid the cruise arranged tours. The cruise director gets kick backs from the shops that are visited. There is plenty to see and do on your own.
I am well aware of kickbacks. I suppose they need to earn a living and the liguor sales are a majority of that on a ship
kingair is offline  
Old 07-12-2011, 06:03 AM
  #7  
Senior Member
 
Captain Willie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: HAAF
Posts: 25,434
Default

I worked for Royal Carribean Cruise Lines from 1983-1987. During that time their parent company also owned NCL. I do not know if that is still true. That being said--they were the best operated cruise ships around. ie: best food, accommodations, safety, entertainment etc....

Cruises can be fun and relaxing because you don't have to put any effort into anything---have fun.
Captain Willie is offline  
Old 07-12-2011, 08:02 AM
  #8  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: CT
Posts: 3,050
Default

Don't leave home without them... Saved me a pretty penny...

http://www.rumrunnerflasks.com/
paulyjsob is online now  
Old 07-12-2011, 09:41 AM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: BAHAMAS / FLORIDA
Posts: 439
Default

I went on Norweigan Epic and the cruise was great but like said if you go off the ship do your own thing.
Sea Cat is offline  
Old 07-12-2011, 11:27 AM
  #10  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Albemarle Sound, NC
Posts: 1,698
Default

Originally Posted by paulyjsob View Post
Don't leave home without them... Saved me a pretty penny...

http://www.rumrunnerflasks.com/
x 2. We actually took extra empty ones, and we got off the ship in St Thomas, bought some bottles of liquor, poured them in rumrunners out on the front porch of the liquor store and snuck them back on the ship and no problems!
appfan99 is offline  
Old 07-12-2011, 01:10 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Edgewater, Florida
Posts: 802
Default

I got talked into going on a cruise once. I hated it so much I paid big bucks and booked a flight off at our first stop in Grand Cayman. I'm not into crowds, time limits, and being herded like cattle when I'm on vacation. But, to each his own. I hope you have fun.
Mofugga is offline  
Old 07-12-2011, 03:48 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sunny florida
Posts: 22,227
Default

Originally Posted by Mofugga View Post
I got talked into going on a cruise once. I hated it so much I paid big bucks and booked a flight off at our first stop in Grand Cayman. I'm not into crowds, time limits, and being herded like cattle when I'm on vacation. But, to each his own. I hope you have fun.
Glad to see I'm not the only one! The ONLY good thing at Grand Cayman was going to Guy Harveys shop and meeting him! BTW..he was NOT on the "recommended" list..geee. I wonder why?
billinstuart is online now  
Old 07-12-2011, 06:12 PM
  #14  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Estero. Florida
Posts: 207
Default

Dive the wall with Hugh Parkley's Dive Center. I was awesome!
esterodiver@yahoo.com is offline  
Old 07-12-2011, 06:30 PM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Michigan
Posts: 3,868
Default

Floated without power for a couple days on the Sky... then got screwed around to get home on time... Me and 3000 of my new best friends.

Cruises are for the over fed, the newly wed, and the nearly dead...
ericinmich is offline  
Old 07-13-2011, 09:54 AM
  #16  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: north miami beach Fl.
Posts: 4,384
Thumbs up

Originally Posted by kingair View Post
We just booked a short trip (days). We received a great deal, and it will give me a chance to get a couple of dives in.

Has anyone been on this trip from Miami>
been twice on NCL Dawn...my fav cruise line, NO time set to eat in dining room 24 snack bar had good food too...yeah take your own booze in your checked bags...I liked the buffet food as well specially breakfast, do your own shore trips...usually find folks in port for 1/2 ship tour price...enjoy........
evernic is offline  
Old 07-13-2011, 10:01 AM
  #17  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Davie / Islamorada
Posts: 12,242
Default

I am taking my first real cruise this Xmas on the Epic..... I hate crowds and crappy food... Not excited at all.... Hope I am wrong....

Enjoy your trip.....
triplenet is online now  
Old 07-13-2011, 03:46 PM
  #18  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: buzzards bay,ma.
Posts: 3,651
Default

i like cruises. easy, cheap, mindless fun. cant get lost or lose the kids. i dont have unrealistic expectations though. if you want quiet, romantic, gourmet 5 star cuisine then you wont have a good time. if you look hard enough, on every ship, there is a quiet place, be it a bar stool or a deck chair, where you can sit down and drink yourself stupid or just drift off into la la land. we do anytime or freestyle dining so you can eat dinner whenever you want. i dont know what all the complaining is about, for the money they are hard to beat as long as you arent a professional drinker
andyp262 is offline  
Old 07-13-2011, 05:01 PM
  #19  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: North Myrtle Beach SC
Posts: 8,045
Default

Originally Posted by esterodiver@yahoo.com View Post
Dive the wall with Hugh Parkley's Dive Center. I was awesome!
Already booked

Taking a GO HD video cam so I will post up some videos when I return.
kingair is offline  
Old 07-13-2011, 07:34 PM
  #20  
Senior MemberCaptains Club MemberPLEDGER
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: SE FL
Posts: 3,997
Default

Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
I am taking my first real cruise this Xmas on the Epic..... I hate crowds and crappy food... Not excited at all.... Hope I am wrong....

Enjoy your trip.....
I have been on cruises - 4 of them for 1 week, 1 for 9 days and 1 for 3 days. they have been on 4 different lines, and I have extensively read the reviews and spoken with friends that have also cruised.

There is a tremendous difference between the cruise lines. We LOVE Celebrity Cruises. They are a little more laid back, less crowded and very classy. the food is fantastic! The last cruise that we went on, we ate in the main dining room for 5 nights and every night was like going to a nice restaurant. We ate in 2 of the specialty restaurants the other nights. One Great! the other OUTSTANDING!! - possibly the best dining experience we ever had. It was in the Tuscan Grill on the Celebrity Solstice. It was an Italian steakhouse and really was fabulous! antipasto that was not your "run of the mill" and I had a Seafood Cioppino (stew/soup) that was so good, I would but a 5 gallon vat of it if I could! The service was world class - very classy, but not "stuffy"

We have found that Celebrity just really does it "classy" - but down to earth classy and not at all snobbish. They had an Ice Bar near the Casino - over 50 different vodkas - on an ice bar top with the most talented bar tenders I ever saw.





we took our 9 year old and he had a terrific time in the kids program. It was during Spring Break so there were other kids - but the ship was not overrun with kids, because that is not what Celebrity is about - some of other lines during spring beak - you should only go if you have kids



Never been on NCL, but friends have - with their teenage sons and they liked it for the different restaurants and no set eating time + more to "do" than on Celebrity
makosteve66 is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread