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Norwegian Sky

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Built in 1999, the 2,004-passenger Norwegian Sky was the first ship in Norwegian Cruise Line's Sun class. She was actually renamed the Pride of Aloha in 2004 and relocated to Hawaii, where she spent four years sailing the islands before becoming Norwegian Sky once again. The ship now cruises exclusively to the Bahamas. Even in its new location, Norwegian Sky retains a casual, relaxed “aloha” feel — and look: The leis on her hull were painted during her South Pacific respite.

What We Love

Nightlife: With a dozen bars for the 2,000 passengers, there's a lot of room to have some fun. Most of the after-hours spots also showcase live entertainment to linger over while you sip your beverage of choice.

Nassau: After you're done with the beach, head to the old Graycliff Hotel, enjoy lunch in the Humidor Churrascaria restaurant, watch cigar rolling, and visit a wine cellar where connoisseurs drool.

Best Known For

Great Stirrup Cay: Every cruise includes a full day on Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas, where you can snorkel, parasail, and take a trip down the 40-foot-high water slide. You can also book a stingray encounter — and swim right alongside the stingrays. Or you can just hang at the long beach. A barbecue lunch is included.

Freestyle Cruising:
 Norwegian's concept of doing what you want, when you want, and with whom you want works well on this ship, especially at dinnertime. With restaurants ranging from the quick and casual to fine dining for a fee (reservations, please), there’s something for everyone, at any time. Cagney’s, the signature steakhouse, is well worth the $30 fee.

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Who It's Best For

Younger Folks: With its short itineraries and focus on beach ports, this value-priced ship is great for first-time cruisers. And the party atmosphere is not too much to deter young families, who will appreciate the kids program.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

The Amenities Are Low-Key: You won’t find huge water slides, rock-climbing walls, or skating rinks on board. Norwegian Sky is all about simple fun, with just two swimming pools and no real high-tech entertainment.

Nancy Dunn

Nancy Dunn is a Vancouver-based travel writer and a contributor to ShermansCruise.com.

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Norwegian Sky at a Glance
  • Line: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Class: Sun
  • Number of Passengers: 2004
  • Ship Size: Large
  • Launch Date: 1999
  • Refurbish Date: 2008
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