Norwegian Sky

Former name: Costa Olympia

Norwegian Sky current position

Norwegian Sky current location is at Caribbean Sea (coordinates 18.29504 N / -65.08416 W) cruising at speed of 17.8 kn (33 km/h | 20 mph) en route to St Thomas Island USVI. The AIS position was reported 2 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of Norwegian Sky

Norwegian Sky current cruise is 9 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic. Prices start from USD 1299 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 15 Jun, 2024 and ends on 24 Jun, 2024.

Date / TimePort
15 Jun 17:30    Departing from Miami, Florida hotels
17 Jun 07:00 - 15:00    Puerto Plata-Amber Cove, Dominicana
18 Jun 10:00 - 19:00    St Thomas Island USVI, Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands
19 Jun 08:00 - 18:00    St Johns Antigua, RCI Royal Beach Club
20 Jun 08:00 - 17:00    Philipsburg St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles
21 Jun 07:00 - 16:00    San Juan, Puerto Rico
23 Jun 09:00 - 18:00    Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas NCL private island
24 Jun 07:00    Arriving in Miami, Florida hotels

Specifications of Norwegian Sky

Year of build1999  /  Age: 25
Flag state Bahamas
BuilderBremer Vulkan (Bremen, Germany) & Lloyd Werft (Bremerhaven, Germany)
ClassNCL SKY
Building costUSD 360 million
Speed23 kn / 43 km/h / 26 mph
Length (LOA)258 m / 846 ft
Beam (width)32 m / 105 ft
Gross Tonnage77104 gt
Passengers2004 - 2405
Crew899
Passengers-to-space ratio32
Decks12
Cabins1002
Decks with cabins7
Last Refurbishment2022-2025
Sister-shipsNorwegian Sun, Costa Victoria
Former namesCosta Olympia
Christened byMargaret Awamura Inouye
OwnerNorwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd

Norwegian Sky Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 May 28 9 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1049
2024 Jun 06 9 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1199
2024 Jun 15 9 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1299
2024 Jun 24 9 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1499
2024 Jul 03 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Great Stirrup Cay Nassau Miami $699
2024 Jul 07 9 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1249
2024 Jul 16 9 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1299
2024 Jul 25 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Great Stirrup Cay Nassau Miami $529
2024 Jul 29 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Great Stirrup Cay Key West Miami $479
2024 Aug 02 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Great Stirrup Cay Key West Miami $379
2024 Aug 05 4 days, round-trip Bahamas Great Stirrup Cay Nassau Miami $399
2024 Aug 09 3 days, round-trip Bahamas Great Stirrup Cay Nassau Miami $399
2024 Aug 12 9 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $1049
2024 Aug 21 9 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Dominican Republic Miami $999
2024 Aug 30 5 days, round-trip Caribbean Great Stirrup Cay Cozumel Miami $599
2024 Sep 07 11 days, one-way from Baltimore to Quebec City Baltimore $879
2024 Sep 18 10 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City $849
2024 Sep 28 11 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York $929
2024 Oct 09 10 days, one-way from Quebec City to Baltimore Quebec City $649
2024 Oct 21 14 days, one-way from New York to Barcelona New York $799
2024 Nov 04 12 days, one-way from Barcelona to Lisbon Barcelona $949
2024 Nov 16 21 days, one-way from Lisbon to Cape Town Lisbon $1549
2024 Dec 07 13 days, one-way from Cape Town to Port Louis Cape Town $949
2024 Dec 20 17 days, one-way from Port Louis to Singapore Port Louis $3699
2025 Jan 06 11 days, one-way from Singapore to Manila Singapore $3499
2025 Jan 17 10 days, one-way from Manila to Keelung Manila $1849
2025 Jan 27 12 days, one-way from Keelung to Singapore Keelung $2149
2025 Feb 08 13 days, one-way from Singapore to Keelung Singapore $2299
2025 Feb 21 10 days, one-way from Keelung to Tokyo Keelung $1599
2025 Mar 03 10 days, one-way from Tokyo to Incheon Tokyo $1699
2025 Mar 13 16 days, one-way from Incheon to Singapore Incheon $2499
2025 Mar 29 14 days, one-way from Singapore to Doha Qatar Singapore $2599
2025 Apr 12 7 days, one-way from Doha Qatar to Dubai Doha Qatar $999
2025 Apr 19 14 days, one-way from Dubai to Port Louis Dubai $1299
2025 May 03 11 days, one-way from Port Louis to Cape Town Port Louis $1099
2025 May 14 21 days, one-way from Cape Town to Barcelona Cape Town $1999
2025 Jun 04 10 days, one-way from Barcelona to Istanbul Barcelona $1199
2025 Jun 14 11 days, one-way from Istanbul to Civitavecchia-Rome Istanbul $1549
2025 Jun 25 9 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Lisbon Civitavecchia-Rome $1449
2025 Jul 04 9 days, one-way from Lisbon to Le Havre-Paris Lisbon $1449
2025 Jul 13 10 days, one-way from Le Havre-Paris to Lisbon Le Havre-Paris $1749
2025 Jul 23 11 days, one-way from Lisbon to Copenhagen Lisbon $1749
2025 Aug 03 11 days, one-way from Copenhagen to Lisbon Copenhagen $1699
2025 Aug 14 9 days, one-way from Lisbon to Le Havre-Paris Lisbon $1449
2025 Aug 23 10 days, one-way from Le Havre-Paris to Lisbon Le Havre-Paris $1449
2025 Sep 02 10 days, one-way from Lisbon to Civitavecchia-Rome Lisbon $1449
2025 Sep 12 10 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Trieste Civitavecchia-Rome $1399
2025 Sep 22 10 days, one-way from Trieste to Istanbul Trieste $1399
2025 Oct 02 12 days, one-way from Istanbul to Civitavecchia-Rome Istanbul $1649
2025 Oct 14 9 days, one-way from Civitavecchia-Rome to Lisbon Civitavecchia-Rome $1149
2025 Oct 23 11 days, round-trip Europe Spain, Morocco Azores Lisbon $1499
2025 Nov 03 9 days, round-trip Europe Spain, Morocco Canary Islands Lisbon $1129
2025 Nov 12 12 days, round-trip Europe Spain, Morocco Azores Lisbon $1479
2025 Nov 24 12 days, one-way from Lisbon to Barcelona Lisbon $1399
2025 Dec 06 16 days, one-way from Barcelona to La Romana Barcelona $1229
2025 Dec 22 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Bonaire La Romana $1079
2025 Dec 29 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Bonaire La Romana $1079
2026 Jan 05 9 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Barbados La Romana $799
2026 Jan 14 12 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Barbados La Romana $1149
2026 Jan 26 9 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Barbados La Romana $749
2026 Feb 04 12 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Barbados La Romana $1199
2026 Feb 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Bonaire La Romana $699
2026 Feb 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Bonaire La Romana $729
2026 Mar 02 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Bonaire La Romana $729
2026 Mar 09 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Bonaire La Romana $729
2026 Mar 16 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Bonaire La Romana $729
2026 Mar 23 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Bonaire La Romana $729
2026 Mar 30 7 days, round-trip Caribbean Curacao, Aruba Bonaire La Romana $729

Norwegian Sky Review

Review of Norwegian Sky

The 1999-built Norwegian Sky cruise ship is NCL's first Sky-class vessel, with sisterships Norwegian Sun and Costa Victoria (1996-2021).

The vessel (IMO number 9128532) is currently Bahamas-flagged (MMSI 308865000) and registered in Nassau.

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 2000-passenger ship Norwegian Sky started operations on August 9, 1999, with the inaugural 4-day roundtrip from Dover to Norway's Fjords. The cruise ship was refurbished and changed her name several times. She is designed in beautiful tropical colors. NCL Sky was originally ordered by Costa Cruises as Costa Olympia, but later the company refused the vessel. In the period 2004-2008, it was operated by NCL America and sailed as "Pride of Aloha" - USA-flagged, but owned by GHK-Genting Hong Kong.

Decks and Cabins

Norwegian Sky staterooms (1002 total, in 27 grades) include 15x Suites, 245x Balcony, 319x Oceanview and 423x Inside cabins. Most staterooms are sized 120-150 ft2 (11-14 m2). The largest accommodations are the Owners Suites (350 ft2 / 32 m2, with terrace sized 300 ft2 / 28 m2).

The boat has 12 decks, of which 9 are passenger-accessible and 7 with cabins.

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

Just as Norwegian Sky has changed since her launch, so has Freestyle Cruising. The program 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 specialty 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 dinner-only specialty 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 specialty restaurant; cover charge US$15, reservations-only)
  • Great Outdoor Cafe (complimentary lido buffet restaurant)
  • Cagney’s Steakhouse (specialty dinner restaurant for prime steaks and gourmet seafood; 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 favorite cocktail at the pool; indulge in luxurious body procedures at the spa or enjoy a challenging workout in the fitness center 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 (specialty 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, jewelry, 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.

Itineraries

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

  • NCL Sky's 2017-2018 itinerary program offered 4-night voyages from Miami to Cuba with Havana overnights (May through December 2017). The itinerary also visited Great Stirrup Cay.
  • 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 expanded the Cuba program to a total of 63 itineraries, most of which with Havana overnights. The season (4-day Miami roundtrips) started on March 26, 2018. The number of previously scheduled 2018 NCL Cuba cruises was 30 (through December 2017).
  • NCL's Cuban cruise program was based on two Florida-homeported liners - Norwegian Sky (from Miami) and Norwegian Sun (from Port Canaveral). Following the US Gov's June 2019-issued ban on group travel to Cuba from the USA, NCL revised all its scheduled itineraries visiting Cuban seaports. All planned departures beyond September 2 (2019) were auto-canceled. Cuba-visiting itineraries prior to September 2nd were modified to exclude Havana and visit other Caribbean ports - including in Bahamas (Great Stirrup Cay Island, Freeport, Nassau) and Florida (Key West Florida).

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, the NCL Sky ship was paused for 2 years (March 2020 thru 2022), restarting on March 2nd with 3-4-5-day roundtrips from Miami to the Bahamas.

The ship's 2023 schedule (September-October) has a mini-season based on homeporting in Baltimore MD (at Cruise Maryland Terminal). The program includes 10-11-day Canada and New England itineraries between USA and Canada (Baltimore and Quebec City) visiting Halifax, Bar Harbor, Shelburne Harbour, Oak Bluffs Marina, Baie-Comeau.

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Norwegian Sky is of the Sky-Class NCL liners, with sisterships NCL Sun and 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 (RCL-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 liner 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 Cuban cruises opened on February 21, 2017.

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

Date / TimePort
01 MayDeparting from Miami
02 May 08:00 - 17:00Havana, Cuba
04 May 11:00 - 18:00Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
05 MayArriving in Miami

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 at Grand Bahama Shipyard in Freeport Bahamas), renovations were made to the pool deck and some lounges, also the Starbucks Coffee Bar was added.

Drydock 2022 (Jan 5 - Feb 7) was conducted in France, at Damen Shiprepair Brest.