Norweigan Sky Miami, Florida, United-states

A true escape, this three-night voyage makes it possible to recharge your soul just by using 1 vacation day

In need of a way to totally unplug for a few days, but don’t have much time? This little gem is your answer. I have done the 3-night sailing on this ship twice, and both times were exactly what the doctor ordered. Departing on Friday afternoon and returning first thing Monday morning (there is also another itinerary that sails Monday afternoon and returns to port on Friday morning), it is just the right length of time for anyone, even those who might not think they would like a cruise (they will change their minds during the voyage, don’t worry).

As I said, I have done this sailing two times and I selected the very same cabin on both trips, outside cabin with private verandah on the 10th deck. Obviously a little more expensive than the inside staterooms, but having the option to sit on the verandah was a nice touch, although to be honest, we didn’t spend too much time in the room, so it is completely not necessary to have a great trip on this ship. From what I could tell, the inside staterooms were just as nice, simply without the view. Staterooms on cruise ships are not known for their grand proportions, but we never felt cramped.

Obviously, there are a zillion activities on board, if you so choose, as well as a full-service spa, which features treatment rooms that have large windows facing the sea, if you like your spa with a view. It is pretty hard to be upset about much of anything getting a massage anyway, but the added benefit of a direct ocean view makes it a pretty spectacular experience. We also played bingo a few times, which is hilariously fun, especially after a few cocktails in the afternoon.

The cruise line has its own private island, Great Stirrup Cay, which is one of the brief journey’s scheduled stops. Access is via tender boat and to be honest, I skipped it both times in favor of spa indulgences and afternoon cocktails on a relatively-empty ship. It looks beautiful, however, and those that did partake seemed to have a great time. This voyage also stops in Nassau for a day and shore excursions abound, but we opted to step off the ship into the town to shop and explore a bit.

As for dining, Norweigan as a whole is very anti-schedule unlike most other cruise lines. There are no set seatings for meal times, which can make for some clogging at peak times, but I highly recommend the premium dining options available for dinner at an nominal charge. The steakhouse option is great and the French, Le Bistro, option is fantastic. Tucked into a small corner of the ship, it is on-par with similar land-based restaurants and you can make reservations well in advance of your sailing date and have one thing checked off your list before you go.

While not the newest ship in port, the Norweigan Sky and its ability to whisk you out of wi-fi range for three blissful nights will make even the most tech-reliant potential cruiser (or someone desperately in need of a vacation) unwind for a few days.

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