Norwegian Cruise Line’s 77,104 gross-ton, 2,004 passenger Norwegian Sky operates year-round three- and four-night Bahamas cruises out of Miami to Nassau, Freeport and Norwegian’s private “out island” Great Stirrup Cay. The ship was laid down as Costa Cruises’ Costa Olympia in 1996 at the Bremer Vulkan shipyard in Vegesack, Germany. After Vulkan went bankrupt in 1997, the unfinished ship was sold to Norwegian and finished at the Lloyd Werft yard in Bremerhaven. As originally conceived, the ship had no verandahs, but Norwegian redesigned it with two decks of balconies and additional dining venues.
The 848-by-118 foot vessel entered service as the Norwegian Sky in August of 1999. Shown here in its original NCL livery, the Norwegian Sky is manned by an international crew of 814. The diesel-electric ship is driven by twin screws for a cruising speed of 22 knots. In 2004, the Norwegian Sky was refitted with Hawaiian-themed hull art and decor when it was reflagged in the U.S. to join Norwegian’s Norwegian America subsidiary for Hawaii-based cruises as the Pride of Aloha. In 2008, Pride of Aloha was returned to the Norwegian fleet and once again renamed Norwegian Sky.
Norwegian Sky has 10 passenger decks and is still adorned with much of its vividly colorful Hawaiian artwork and decor. The uppermost level, Deck 12, begins with an open observation platform and a small terrace with a children’s wading pool. Sunning platforms continue aft along either side of Deck 12.
Champs is an al fresco bar that overlooks the pool area from the base of the mast housing on Deck 12. This is a view facing forward along the port side of Deck 12. On Deck 12, just aft of the pool area, there is a basketball and volleyball court. Two shuffleboard courts can be found on the aft/port side of Deck 12.
On the starboard side of aft Deck 12, there is a golf driving range. Deck 11 begins with a teak lined observation platform that is accessed via the Outrigger Lounge. Shown facing aft, midships Deck 11 features a teak-lined lido with two pools, four hot tubs and a bandstand in addition to shaded and open sunning space. This is a view facing forward along the midships Deck 11 pool area. Breakers Bar is a popular outdoor watering hole on Deck 11 adjacent to the pools. A jogging track fully encircles the public rooms on Deck 6.
The 100-seat extra-tariff Art Nouveau-influenced Cagney’s is located on aft/starboard Deck 12. This traditional steakhouse serves up cuts ranging from filet mignon to a 16-oz. T-bone as well as lamb chops, sea bass and more. Cagney’s also serves as a private breakfast and lunch dining venue for guests in concierge-level suites. A buffet is available in addition to a full-service menu. This is a Cagney’s breakfast with cooked-to-order sunny-side-up eggs “over easy”, chicken sausage and potatoes.
The Plantation Bar seats 58 on aft/port Deck 12 and is known for its premium selection of champagne, extensive wine selection and full bar. For several hours each day, it also functions as a concierge lounge. The spacious 262-seat Outrigger Bar is located on forward Deck 11 and features wine, beer and a variety of cocktails and moneybookers online casinos sa. The Fitness Center on Deck 11 has an aerobics room that is also used for spinning, stretching and exercise classes. The Fitness Center also has a large selection of state-of-the-art machines and free weights. The Body Waves Spa on Deck 11 offers exotic spa treatments from around the world as well as a fully equipped beauty salon.
Just forward of the pool area on Deck 11, the uppermost level of the seven-deck-tall Atrium has a glass-enclosed sitting area. Here is a view of the Atrium from Deck 11. The ship’s architect, Robert Tillberg, is known for creating lofty spaces infused with natural light. The Zone, located on aft Deck 11, is a 32-seat teen center by day and a teen disco (ages 13 — 17) by night. The Longboard Bar is located on aft Deck 11 and functions as a 74-seat sports and snack bar with breakfast and lunch buffets.
The Garden Cafe is the Norwegian Sky’s casual 190-seat buffet-style dining venue on aft Deck 11 with fresh-to-order action stations offering seafood, pizza, fruit, soups, salads, pasta, ethnic specialties, burgers and desserts. The al fresco, buffet-style Great Outdoors Restaurant is adjacent to the Garden Cafe and accommodates 252 guests. Located on forward Deck 7, Kid’s Corner has programs and activities for Junior Sailors (ages 2 – 5), First Mates (ages 6 – 8), Navigators (ages 9 – 12), and Teens (ages 13 – 17). A video arcade accommodating 25 guests is adjacent to the Kid’s Corner. A semi-circular gallery on the port Deck 7 level of the Atrium is home to the Atrium Bar.
The starboard side of the Atrium Bar is a piano bar that faces the promenade. The Sky Club Casino features Blackjack, Roulette, 3-Card Poker, Texas Hold ‘em and Craps as well as 160 of the newest video and traditional slot machines. More gaming includes Pai-Gow Poker, Pai-Gow Tiles and Mini Baccarat, on request. The Galleria Shops is a large arcade on Deck 7 with a selection of gifts, clothing, jewelry and necessities. The 20-seat Coffee Bar is adjacent to the Internet Center on the starboard side of Deck 7 and serves extra-tariff specialty coffees, teas, cookies and pastries. The Norwegian Sky’s aft stair tower has a dramatic multi-deck vestibule with a backlit stained-glass centerpiece.
The two-deck Stardust Theater is the ship’s largest public room, accommodating 1,000 guests. Located on aft Decks 7 and 6, it features Broadway-style productions and comedy acts. The Deck 6 level of the Atrium has another inviting semi-circular gallery of seating.
This is a port-facing view from the Deck 6 level of the Atrium showing the grand staircase and reception area. The 280-seat Dazzles Bar and Nightclub has the longest cabaret bar at sea and at night, it becomes the Norwegian Sky’s bonafide disco. Aft of Dazzles on the port side, Captain Cook’s is an 86-seat martini bar. The Hawai’i trio of meeting rooms on port Deck 6 begins with the Oahu Room. The largest meeting room, Maui, seats up to 50 guests. The Kaua’i rounds up the meeting room on Deck 6.
All three rooms can be combined to accommodate a total of 110 guests. There is a photo gallery on the starboard side of Deck 6. This is a view facing upwards from the base of the Atrium on Deck 5. The 532-seat Palace Dining Room on midships Deck 5 offers a traditional dining experience with different delicious chef specialties featured each evening. Le Bistro is NCL’s 84-seat extra-tariff French restaurant offering a menu of nouvelle and classic French cuisine on starboard Deck 5. Table settings in Le Bistro feature Versace china chargers.
The nautically-themed Crossings Dining Room seats 534 on aft Deck 5. Norwegian Sky has eight categories of accommodation. The largest staterooms are four forward-facing, 482-square-foot Owner’s Suites on Decks 9 and 8.
This is a cherry-paneled dining area in an Owner’s Suite. Owner’s Suite bedrooms have two twins that can convert to a queen-sized bed. Butler and concierge service are provided in the ship’s top category staterooms. Owner’s Suite balconies are teak lined and have private hot tubs in addition to cushioned deck chairs and a dining nook. Owner’s Suite bathrooms have a separate shower and a whirlpool tub.
Ten Penthouse suites measure 364-square-feet and have a sitting area, private balcony, dining area, separate bedroom with two lower beds that convert to a queen-sized bed, luxury bath with whirlpool tub and separate shower. Two-hundred-forty-six 154-square-foot Balcony Staterooms feature 2 lower beds and a floor-to-ceiling glass door that opens to a private balcony. This is a Balcony Stateroom configured with two twins. Here is a Balcony Stateroom turned down at night with a queen configuration. Balcony Stateroom balconies have two chairs and a cocktail table. This is a standard modular bathroom in a Balcony, Ocean View or Inside Stateroom.
Three-hundred-fifteen 149-square-foot Ocean View Staterooms have two lower beds that convert to a queen, sitting area and a picture window or porthole, televisions, mini-bars and bathroom with separate WC, shower, and washstand compartments. Four-hundred-twenty-nine Inside Staterooms measure 147-square-feet and have two lower beds that convert to a queen, sitting area, television, mini-bar and bathroom with separate WC, shower, and washstand compartments. Wheelchair-access cabins come in several categories and have a wider door, enough floor space for a wheelchair to turn around and modified controls. This is a wheelchair-access bathroom with roll-in shower and modified controls.