Norwegian Sky in Havana
Norwegian Sky in Havana / NCL
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Main pool deck
Main pool deck / Norwegian Cruise Line
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Mark Twain Library
Mark Twain Library / Norwegian Cruise Line
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Outrigger Lounge
Outrigger Lounge / Norwegian Cruise Line
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Longboard Bar
Longboard Bar / Norwegian Cruise Line
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Stateroom Balcony
Stateroom Balcony / Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Sky in Miami
Norwegian Sky in Miami / Norwegian Cruise Line
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Norwegian Sky
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The 2,004-passenger Norwegian Sky has flower leis painted on the outside, but don't let that fool you. While the ship, built in 1999, once cruised Hawaii, these days it's all about getting you from Miami to Cuba and to the Bahamas, on value-priced short cruises. Drinks are included (a rarity!) adding to a lively atmosphere. The four-day Cuba cruises overnight in Havana, giving you two full days to explore the island on a variety of shore excursions.

What We Love

Mojitos: The ship has more than a dozen bars, many with live entertainment, and the mojitos flow. You may wish you had more time to try all the choices at the Sugarcane Mojito Bar, but we highly recommend the Ginger Mojito with Brugal Añejo rum, fresh mint, lime juice, sugar cane, and ginger ale.

Dance Lessons: In a nod to the prime destination, the entertainment cruise schedules sessions to teach passengers a few steps — which you may actually put into good use if you're pulled onto the dance floor during a music tour of Havana.

Best Known For

Great Stirrup Cay: Both the Cuba and Bahamas itineraries include a beach day at Norwegian Cruise Line's recently updated private island in the Bahamas. Go snorkeling, hang out at the various bars, or grab a lounger and stare at the clear blue sea. A word of advice: The newly redone private villas are gorgeous and worth the splurge.

Freestyle Dining: Dine when you want in complimentary dining rooms or make reservations at three specialty restaurants (French, Italian, or steak, all with a la carte pricing). On Cuba cruises, there's the bonus of a few Cuban dishes on dining room menus and a Cuban BBQ, empanadas, suckling pig and all, out on deck.

Who It's Best For

Curious Travelers: The Cuba itineraries in particular attract culture-vultures of all ages, looking for an affordable way to visit a fascinating island that was until recently forbidden fruit.

Younger and First-time Cruisers: With its short cruises, this value-priced ship is a great choice for first-time cruisers. The party atmosphere afforded by the free drinks is not too much to deter young families, who will appreciate the kids programming.

Don't Say We Didn't Warn You

Smoky Casino: We're not much for gambling, but we occasionally found ourselves passing through this space to get elsewhere and we had to hold our breath.

Lounge Singers: If there is one thing that can kill the buzz of a good mojito it's sipping to a singer that sounds like someone doing karaoke. (To be fair, acoustics in the atrium just aren't great).