Living on the Norwegian Sky–Last Minute Pricing

You can save a little money by waiting until the last minute to book the Sky.  The new per diem cost for two people is $259 a day, down from a high of $293/day in June.  One of the itineraries has sold out in the cheapest inside category, but balcony cabins are still available.

Norwegian Sky
Norwegian Sky

The Norwegian Sky does a series of short hops from Miami over to Nassau and Norwegian’s private island of Great Stirrup Key.  The cruises alternate three- and four-day itineraries. The Sky operates a little differently than other Norwegian ships–there is an open bar policy that is included in the cruise fare! This must be considered when you compare the per diem to the other cruise lines.

When I first looked at these cruises in early spring, the cost per couple per day in the cheapest inside cabin, and including gratuities was $285.  When I looked again in June, the base price of the cruises had not changed, but the taxes and fees were slightly higher and the recommended daily gratuity had gone up from $12.95/day to $13.50/day.

Now that we are close to sailing, we are looking at prices as last minute as they can get. The new price is as of December 16, 2017.  All the original itineraries are still available: except the first one has sold out of the cheaper cabins. The January 2-6 sailing has no inside or outside cabins available, so if you wanted to include this cruise you’d have to pay $559 per person for a balcony cabin.

If you exclude the Jan. 2 sailing where only balcony cabins are available your costs for 17 consecutive days of sailing would be $4398 for two including port fees and gratuities.  The per diem is $259/day/couple.

If you included the Jan. 2 sailing in a balcony cabin, your 21 days of cruising would cost $5884 including port fees and gratuities.  The per diem is $280/day/couple.

Comparing Costs on the Norwegian Sky to Other Cruises

In order to compare the cruising costs on the Sky to other ships, we have to place a valuation on the open bar.  I’m assuming I and my cabin mate would each be having at least three drinks per day.  This would add (conservatively I think) at least $50 a day to our on board account.  So the net per diem would then be about $209/day on the Norwegian Sky.

 

 

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