Norwegian Sky

Norwegian Sky Review and Specifications

Specifications of Norwegian Sky

Year built1999  /  Age : 20
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderBremer Vulkan (Bremen, Germany) & Lloyd Werft (Bremerhaven, Germany)
ClassSun
Building costUSD 360 million
OwnerNorwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd
Speed23 kn / 43 kph / 26 mph
Length (LOA)258 m / 846 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage77104 gt
Passengers2004 - 2405
Crew847
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks12
Cabins1002
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2019
Sister-shipsNorwegian Sun, Costa Victoria
Former namesCosta Olympia
Christened byMargaret Awamura Inouye

Current itinerary of Norwegian Sky

Norwegian Sky current cruise is 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami. Prices start from USD 429 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 22 Apr, 2019 and ends on 26 Apr, 2019.

Date / TimePort
22 Apr 17:00      Departing from Miami, Florida   
23 Apr 07:00 - 24 Apr 06:00     Havana, Cuba   
25 Apr 08:00 - 17:00     Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas private island   
26 Apr 07:00      Arriving in Miami, Florida   

Review of Norwegian Sky

Launched in 1999, Norwegian Sky is the first Sky-class NCL ship, together with Norwegian Sun.

History - construction and ownership

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a subsidiary company of the shipping corporation Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NCLH). NCL was founded in 1966, headquartered in Miami (Florida USA) and publicly traded (NASDAQ) company listed on NYSE (NYC). NCLH's major shareholders are the corporations Apollo Global Management (American), Genting Group (Malaysian) and TPG Capital (American). In 2017, the brand NCL had a worldwide cruise market share 8,7% (passengers) and 8,4% (revenue). NCLH (shipowner) owns the brands NCL, Oceania and RSSC (Regent).

NCL Norwegian Sky cruise ship

The 77,104-ton, 2,000-passenger cruise ship Norwegian Sky became operational on 9 August 1999 with an inaugural 4-day trip from Dover to Norway. The cruise ship was refurbished and changed her name several times. She is designed in beautiful tropical colours. NCL Sky was originally ordered by Costa Cruises as Costa Olympia, but later the line refused the ship. In the period 2004-2008 the vessel was operated by NCL America and sailed as Pride of Aloha under US flag, but was owned by Genting Hong Kong.

Cruise itinerary program

Norwegian Sky itinerary program is based on 3- and 4-day short Bahamas cruises from Miami FL. Feature port destinations include Nassau and the private island of NCL Great Stirrup Cay.

  • NCL Sky's 2017-2018 itinerary program offers 4-night cruises from Miami that include Havana overnights (May through December 2017). The itinerary also visits the Great Stirrup Cay (Bahamas).
  • With Norwegian Sky, NCL's first ever ship call at Havana was on May 2, 2017 (overnight). NCL Sky's Cuban cruise prices started from USD 700 per person (inclusive of unlimited drinks).
  • In 2018, NCL will expand its Cuba cruise program - to a total of 63 itineraries, most of which offer Havana overnight. The season starts with NCL Sky (4-day Miami roundtrips) on March 26, 2018. The number of previously scheduled 2018 NCL Cuba cruises was 30 (through December 2017).

Cabins

Norwegian Sky has a total of 1002 cabins (of which 489 Balcony, 429 Inside, 15 suites) in 27 grades. Most Norwegian Sky staterooms are 120-sq.foot Inside rooms. The largest aboard Norwegian Sky is the Owners Suite (350 ft2).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Just as Norwegian Sky has changed since her launch, so has Freestyle Cruising. The programme is simply considered as the choice to dine where you want, when you want, and take part only in those activities that interest you. Cruisers can have a good time with freestyle dining onboard Norwegian Sky and a lot of options to choose from. They can try gourmet cuisine or go to Le Bistro to taste innovative dishes. Norwegian Sky offers two main dining rooms for the passengers seeking traditional dining experience: Crossings and Palace, both very flexible. Guests can make reservations for the same time each night, or choose different times, based on their schedule. Both MDRs are open nightly for dinner. Each day, one of the two provides open-seating breakfast and lunch. Compared to the cuisine and service in the speciality restaurants, the dining rooms experience doesn't lag. Service in Crossings and Palace is better than that of bigger cruise ships.

NCL Norwegian Sky cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Sky restaurants and food bars.

  • Palace Restaurant (forward Dining Room, complimentary, with Your Time dining)
  • Le Bistro (French speciality dinner-only restaurant; reservations-only; US$20 cover charge)
  • La Cucina (classic Italian fare)
  • The Crossings Restaurant (aft-location Dining Room; complimentary; Freestyle dining)
  • Il Adagio (Italian speciality restaurant; cover charge US$15, reservations-only)
  • Great Outdoor Cafe (complimentary lido buffet restaurant)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (speciality dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood specialities; reservations-only, US$30 cover charge per person and free Kids Menu)
  • The Local Bar & Grill (pub-style eatery)
  • Pinnacle Lounge and Sushi Bar
  • Garden Cafe (complimentary buffet restaurant with various cuisine stations); Kid's Cafe.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

Norwegian Sky's guests will each be able to find their own way to relax: drink a favourite cocktail at the pool; indulge in luxurious body procedures at the spa or enjoy a challenging work out in the fitness centre while kids are being entertained by activities at their private area. When the night comes, passengers can go to the Star Dust Lounge or try their luck at the casino. Expect to hear music everywhere. You'll be able to listen to Frank Sinatra tunes and island steel drums, hearty soul and piano classics, lots of salsa and rock and roll. Guitar and piano, as well as a Caribbean group, are staples in the variety of lounges. Entertainment options also include the NCL's FIREWORKS show (on each voyage), "Rock of Ages", "Cirque Dreams", "Illusionarium" (magicians show).

Additional amenities include: Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Supervised Kids Program ("NCL Kids"), Internet/WiFi Access, Laundry. NCL Sky tipping/gratuities (US$12 pp per day). Norwegian Sky cruise ship weddings are held in the onboard chapel.

NCL Norwegian Sky cruise ship

Follows the complete list of Norwegian Sky lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.

  • Stardust Theatre (1000-seat; features Broadway-style musical productions; two grand-shows per night)
  • Captain Cook’s Cigar Bar; Plantation Club; Champs Bar; full-service Starbucks licensed store
  • Dazzles Disco & Nightclub; Outrigger Lounge & Disco
  • Java Cafe; Breakers Bar; Longboard Bar; Sugarcane Mojito Bar; Topsiders (pool bar)
  • Sky Atrium (midship hub area with a big-size LED screen, dance area and live entertainment)
  • Atrium Cafe & Bar (speciality tea & coffee bar); The Coffee Bar
  • Internet Cafe (24-hour); Art Gallery; Photo Gallery & Shop
  • Sky Club Casino
  • Spinnaker Lounge and Bliss Ultra Lounge late-night venues
  • Galleria Shops (tax and duty-free shops); Colombian Emeralds International (precious stones, jewellery, watches)
  • Body Waves Spa & Fitness Centre (Spa treatment rooms, sauna, herbal steam room, thalassotherapy pool, Beauty Salon; Body Waves Fitness Centre); 2 swimming pools, 5 Whirlpools, tennis tables
  • Kid’s Corner Club; Splashes (kids pool); The Zone Teen Club & Disco; Video Games Arcade
  • Combined sports court; Jogging Track; Golf Nets.

Norwegian Sky wiki

Norwegian Sky is of the Sky-Class NCL liners, with sisterships Norwegian Sun and also Costa Victoria. Vessel's construction started as an order from Costa Cruises (Costa Crociere) placed to Bremer Vulkan AG (1893-1997 / bankruptcy, a shipbuilding company, Bremen Germany) as the 2nd in a pair of Costa newbuilds. The ship name in this order was "Costa Olympia". Due to Vulkan's financial problems at that time, Costa Olympia's construction was suspended with only ~1/3 of the vessel completed. On October 5, 1996, Olympia's incomplete hull was floated out from drydock.

Costa didn't pay for the incomplete vessel, so it was laid up until December 1997, when NCL purchased it and re-designed it as "Norwegian Sky" (using the services of Tillberg Design, Sweden). NCL Sky's construction was continued at Lloyd Werft's shipyard in Bremerhaven (another major German shipbuilder) to where the hull was towed on March 8, 1998. The ship was officially acquired by NCL on July 29, 1999. The Inaugural Cruise (Maiden Voyage) was on August 9, 1999 (Norway Fjords from Dover England), also featuring 20th century's last total solar eclipse. Ship's inaugural USA season started from homeport Boston MA to Canada-New England (Sept 18, 1999) and from homeport Miami FL to Caribbean (Nov 14, 1999).

Ship's godparents were its entire crew. The liner was christened during the August 9 cruise (1999). As "Norwegian Sky", it was operated between 1999-2004. On July 4, 2004, the vessel left drydock in San Francisco CA as "Pride of Aloha".

Pride of Aloha ship's godmother was Margaret Awamura Inouye - wife of US Senator Daniel Inouye (Hawaii). The liner operated exclusively Hawaiian Islands cruises in 2004-2008. During that period, it was US-flagged and operated by the "NCL America" brand (NCLH's subsidiary). In NCL America's fleet, Aloha was joined in 2006 by the sistership Pride of Hawaii (now Norwegian Jade).

NCL originally planned to sell the vessel to Star Cruises (GHK-owned company). Later a decision was announced to sell it to Pullmantur (RCCL-Royal Caribbean brand in Spain). In May 2008, NCL announced that the ship stays in the fleet. After being re-flagged to the Bahamas, it re-entered service as "Norwegian Sky". The second "Maiden Voyage" (now as NCL Sky) was on July 14, 2008.

In early-2009, NCL Sky was sold to GHK (Genting Hong Kong). NCL operated the vessel under one-year charter, with the options to extend the charter, but also to buy the vessel during the charter period. On June 1, 2012, NCL exercised the option and bought the ship for ~USD 260 million.

Norwegian Sky was the first ever passenger liner with an Internet Cafe (via satellite connection). At that time, this venue had 9 PC terminals for going online at sea. List of services (available 24 hours a day, at US$20 per hour or 33 cents per min) included emailing, PC games, photo imaging, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps, printing. Sky is also NCL's first ever ship equipped with "Bridge Cam" (digital camera offering 24-hour real-time views from the bow / updated every 15 min).

Since January 2016, all NCL Sky passengers leaving from Miami FL enjoy free unlimited drinks (including alcohol - beers, wines, premium spirits). All onboard beverages (normally priced up to USD 11) are included in cruise fares. The list includes cocktails, premium spirits, bottled beers, draft beers, wines by the glass. Passengers 3 to 20 years of age also enjoy unlimited drinks - soda and juices. Being the oldest in the fleet, Norwegian Sky operates on short cruises (3- and 4-day Miami roundtrips) to the Bahamas - the whole year-round. The all-inclusive cruising experience includes unlimited beverages also on NCL's private island Great Stirrup Cay, which is paired in the itinerary together with Nassau.

In 2017, Sky became NCL's first ship with itineraries visiting Cuba. The Cuban cruise program (May through December 2017) offered 4-day roundtrips from PortMiami (Monday departures) with Havana overnights. The itinerary also visited NCL's private island Great Stirrup Cay. Bookings on NCL's Cuba cruises opened on February 21, 2017.

Next table shows NCL Sky's ever first cruise to Cuba (itinerary May 1-5) with the port times.

01 MayDeparting from Miami, Florida
02 May 08:00 - 17:00Havana, Cuba
04 May 11:00 - 18:00Great Stirrup Cay, NCL private island, Bahamas
05 MayArriving in Miami, Florida

The 4-day roundtrip Miami cruise prices started from USD 950 pp (double occupancy inside cabin rates).

During drydock refurbishment 2017, the ship was retrofitted with new "scrubbers" (exhaust gas cleaning systems). The new scrubber technology reduces the equivalent of approx 1500 tons of the poisonous gas Sulfur Oxide. Norwegian Cruise Line was the first cruise company retrofitting with a scrubber hybrid system vessels while in service. The new in-line scrubbers (5 units) are lightweight and able to operate in a dry mode, as well as in open and closed loops.

During drydock 2019 (Jan 25 - Feb 6, done in Freeport Bahamas), renovations were made to pool deck and some lounges, also the Starbucks Coffee Bar was added.

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Norwegian Sky Itineraries

The below listed Norwegian Sky cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Norwegian Cruise Line fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Mar 31 5 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $849
2019 Apr 05 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami - FREE OPEN BAR Miami
2019 Apr 08 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami
2019 Apr 12 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami - FREE OPEN BAR Miami $339
2019 Apr 15 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $379
2019 Apr 19 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami - FREE OPEN BAR Miami $329
2019 Apr 22 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $429
2019 Apr 26 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $329
2019 Apr 29 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $399
2019 May 03 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $429
2019 May 06 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $429
2019 May 10 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $399
2019 May 13 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $529
2019 May 17 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $399
2019 May 20 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $429
2019 May 24 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $539
2019 May 27 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $479
2019 May 31 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $409
2019 Jun 03 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $629
2019 Jun 07 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami Miami $439
2019 Jun 10 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $629
2019 Jun 14 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $459
2019 Jun 17 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $579
2019 Jun 21 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami Miami $419
2019 Jun 24 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $579
2019 Jun 28 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami Miami $379
2019 Jul 01 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $789
2019 Jul 05 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $459
2019 Jul 08 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $739
2019 Jul 12 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $509
2019 Jul 15 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $699
2019 Jul 19 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami Miami $449
2019 Jul 22 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $549
2019 Jul 26 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $529
2019 Jul 29 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $599
2019 Aug 02 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $459
2019 Aug 05 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $659
2019 Aug 09 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami Miami $419
2019 Aug 12 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $629
2019 Aug 16 3 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $479
2019 Aug 19 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $479
2019 Aug 26 5 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Great Stirrup Cay from Miami Miami $519
2019 Aug 31 5 days, round-trip Cuba & Bahamas from Miami Miami $549
2019 Sep 05 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami (Free Open Bar) Miami $349
2019 Sep 09 5 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Great Stirrup Cay from Miami Miami $499
2019 Sep 14 5 days, round-trip Cuba & Bahamas from Miami Miami $499
2019 Sep 19 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami (Free Open Bar) Miami $369
2019 Sep 23 5 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Great Stirrup Cay from Miami Miami $499
2019 Sep 28 5 days, round-trip Cuba & Bahamas from Miami Miami $549
2019 Oct 03 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami (Free Open Bar) Miami $349
2019 Oct 07 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $429
2019 Oct 11 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami Miami $349
2019 Oct 15 4 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Bahamas from Miami Miami $459
2019 Oct 19 5 days, round-trip Cuba & Bahamas from Miami Miami $649
2019 Oct 24 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami (Free Open Bar) Miami $379
2019 Oct 28 5 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Great Stirrup Cay from Miami Miami $599
2019 Nov 02 5 days, round-trip Cuba & Bahamas from Miami Miami $649
2019 Nov 07 4 days, round-trip Bahamas from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $429
2019 Nov 11 5 days, round-trip Cuba (Overnight) & Great Stirrup Cay from Miami Miami $699
2019 Nov 16 5 days, round-trip Cuba & Bahamas from Miami Miami $699
2019 Nov 21 4 days, round-trip Bahamas & Florida from Miami: Free Open Bar Miami $379