Caribbean Islands Journals

Deep Southern Caribbean Cruise

A November 2003 trip to Caribbean Islands by snippet

Our Stateroom Photo, Caribbean Islands, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Seven November days of sunny cruising in the Caribbean on the Norwegian Sky (Norwegian Cruise Line.)

Superior Inside Stateroom

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Hotel

Our Stateroom Photo, Caribbean Islands, Caribbean
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Norwegian is known for their smallish rooms and this room was no exception. But despite its smallness, I soon came to appreciate it and enjoy the space. Upon entering the room, there are two closets, one of which had a full length mirror. Inside one closet is a small shelf unit with three pull-out drawers. On top is a safe for valuables. There were eight wooden hangars. Beyond the closets is a small desk with a large mirror, telephone, and an electrical outlet. In the corner is a set of three shelves: one had the ice bucket and glasses, the next contained the television, and the upper shelf was empty. There is a shallow desk drawer as well - it contained a Bible and hair dryer. Under t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Ciao Chow

Restaurant

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This is one of the specialty restaurants and carries a $10 service fee, and is worth every penny. Billed as an Asian Contemporary menu, it had a wonderful mix of food. We ordered the sushi samplers and the bruschetta. The entrees we ordered were delicious as well. For dessert, one option is the Sweet Pizza. It is a tart that is puffed in the oven and then covered with a vanilla cream and sliced fruit (I had the peach) and crowned by vanilla ice cream. During non-dinner hours, pizza is served here. You can get cheese, pepperoni, or vegetarian 24 hours a day.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Horizons

Restaurant

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Now this is a super restaurant. We called and made a reservation for the next evening without a problem. The service was outstanding and the food was even better. We ordered the Mediterranean Seafood Cocktail with Aioli, Avocado and Fresh Herbs, Tomato Consommé with Pesto and Goat Cheese Ravioli and Lobster Medallions, Caesar Salad prepared tableside, and the Shrimp Scampi with 40 cloves of garlic, all of which were fantastic. When they serve your entree, the waiter will lift the cover with great fanfare. After dinner, a complimentary limoncello was served. We sat at a table for two next to the windows - this is one restaurant not to be missed despite being hidden away. To get to Horizons, find t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Garden Cafe

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Restaurant

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An indoor buffet cafe featuring a variety of food available at all hours for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also, there is an area for caesar salad made to order, a wonderful dessert bar, and a fruit bar. For breakfast, there were herring, salmon and cream cheese. Scrambled eggs, hash, hash browns, bacon, and sausage were the entrees. A variety of fresh fruit and breads were available as well. Cereals and yogurt were also provided. Beverages included milk, water, orange juice, cranberry juice, and apple juice in addition to coffee. Lunch and dinner were varied and themed according to the day's theme (American, Italian, Mediterranean, Caribbean). There is plenty of seat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

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Anse Cochon is is part of the Canaries/Anse la Raye Marine Management Area and is the perfect picture-postcard beach for a splash in the crystal-clear waters of a secluded cove. The best snorkeling is along the rocks on the right-hand side of the beach as you look out to sea. With very good snorkeling right off the northern end of the beach, the coral starts in standing depth, gradually getting deeper as you swim away from the beach.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

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One of St. Kitts reef systems with something for everyone. We saw a barracuda and a few stingrays among the plentiful marine life. The bay was shallow, calm, and was an easy snorkel for the inexperienced.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Dominica Favorites

Attraction

Trafalgar Falls Photo, Caribbean Islands, Caribbean
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This tour was a lovely drive through the island into the rainforest to see Trafalgar Falls and off to take a dip in Emerald Pool. Before leaving the city of Roseau, you will be driven through their Botanical Gardens, an area full of old trees and beautiful flowers.

The hike to Trafalgar Falls was steep but short (less than 10 minutes). At Emerald Pool, the hike was much flatter. If you wish to take a dip in the pool and stand in the waterfall, get there first, as it can get crowded with other swimmers. Also, the pathway gets congested with onlookers.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Driving the Boat Photo, Caribbean Islands, Caribbean
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You'll board a boat which will take you to the submarine site. After hopping into the submarine, you will submerge to a depth of 140 feet to view the marine life and coral. We saw many fish and even a sea turtle. This was a nice experience, but you do have to lean over to look in the portholes and see the marine life. On the boat that takes you to the submarine, be sure to visit the captain - he'll let you drive while they snap a photo for you.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Trivia Nights

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Every evening, a trivia contest is scheduled in the Windjammer Bar (deck 6, midship). Teams are formed and a series of 20 questions are asked. After each team answers the questions, papers are swapped and graded. The winning team receives NCL logo items: leather bookmarks, beach balls, sports bottles, frisbees, or decks of cards. While the prizes aren't expensive, the contest is spirited and lively. Friendships are quickly made and a good time is guaranteed no matter the outcome.

Bingo

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Every evening, bingo is offered. Usually it is in the Stardust Lounge (Promenade deck 6, aft), but it was held in the Observation Lounge (Norway deck 10, bow) one afternoon. Two to four games may be played. You may buy either the paper card or the electronic bingo. The paper card is cheaper, but the electronic version provides twice as many cards per game. At $29 for two games, it is expensive. Four games on the electronic bingo board is $59, too expensive for many. Prizes range from $100 to $250. When you purchase your card, you will be given raffle tickets good for the raffle on the last day of the cruise. The prize for the raffle is a free cruise anywhere NCL sails in the c...Read More

Art Auction

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Unlike many ships, the Norwegian Sky does not have a separate art gallery where art auctions are held. Instead, artwork is hauled to Checkers Cabaret (Promenade deck 6, midship) each day for the afternoon auction. A variety of artwork is offered: Peter Maxx, Dali, Picasso, Kinkade, Krasnyansky, Rockwell, animation cels, sports memorabilia, and many more. For attending an auction, you will be given a free lithograph. And if you apply for their credit card, you will have your choice of five large seriographs valued at $500. Also, you will be given a raffle ticket for attending each auction and for art purchases. At the end of each auction, the auctioneer will draw a numbe...Read More