Norwegian Sky Cruise Ship Photo Journal

It’s unusual how booking the Norwegian Sky cruise came to be a reality. I wanted to celebrate a milestone anniversary about a month away. This 3 day cruise out of Miami was eye catching with two private islands, Harvest Caye and Great Stirrup Cay, along with Key West! This juicy itinerary sold us and we booked right away! This would be a great way to celebrate

Cruise day was finally here and we had an amazing time exploring the ship, meeting new friends, enjoying open bar, and private islands. What was a 3 day cruise felt like a whole week! Here is my photo journal of my time aboard the Norwegian Sky.

If you prefer to watch videos, click here for our Norwegian Sky Cruise video series, NCL Sky Ship Tour, NCL Sky Room Tour, and NCL Sky Casino Tour.

Pool

The Norwegian Sky has a brilliant pool deck. It is one of my favorite places to hang out. The energy was even more exciting at the sailaway parties from Miami and any port than I had ever experienced on a cruise. I was shocked the fun lasted almost 2 hours with lots of dancing, music, and shenanigans. The best sailaway ever.

The pool deck is surrounded by oodles of lounge chairs, chairs and tables in the shade, a bar and stage. Very nice setup. 4 hottubs take center stage as the very middle of the two pools. Occasionally, they will have bands play at the pool, have a Ms. Norwegian Sky, or hairy leg contest. I love the seating in the shade where you can enjoy the music, see the shows, and get great service from the bar.

The bar, Topsiders, is also the location to get a fresh squeezed veggie and fruit juice in the morning, and they always have self serve fresh lemon or fruit infused water at the bar. I loved the night party at the pool, the White Hot Party with the glow sticks and paint was so much fun for all ages! There is a deck overlooking the pool with tables and chairs, and Champs Bar to enjoy a cold drink on a hot day.

Stateroom

I chose to stay in an ocean view room. The room was plenty spacious with lots of storage in the closet and drawers. The light from the window made all the difference. In each light, next to the bed, there is one USB charge port and a standard and European outlet on the vanity/desk. A chair that folds into a bed sits in the corner and is so nice to have. The vanity has an extra light and shelves for more storage. The bathroom is decent size; however the shower is very small with a fabric shower curtain. Overall nice, warm decor and coloring and was very comfortable.

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Bars and Restaurants

For being a smaller ship, there are so many places to listen to music or take in a show and enjoy an adult beverage of your choosing. Here are a few of my favorites.

The Spinnaker Lounge is at the very front of the ship, its outside deck provides a great viewing place to watch a port come or go. Inside the Spinnaker Lounge you will find a bar, piano, stage, and many chairs, tables and benches. The decor is modern, with a classic almost cigar lounge feel. Dark woods and leather mixed with gold and off white. I found myself going up there just to find a quiet spot to sit for a while.

Pinnacle Bar and Sushi was another favorite, it is located at the aft with large windows to view the ocean as it goes by. As sushi places usually go, this has a cool vibe. Lots of chairs and small tables. There are seats at the sushi bar where you can watch the sushi artists put together their delicious masterpieces.

Sugarcane Mojito Bar seems to always be different on the Norwegian ships. This one is tucked away a little. Its convenient when you board this ship so they used it as a bag and suitcase check before the rooms were ready. It has a long bar with mirrors in the back and shelves perfectly lined with rums. It has a speak easy feel. Stand or sit at the high table in the middle or take in the scene feom the couches and chairs along the outside. Its low lit, and it’s a lot of fun to sip on an exotic cocktail and listen to the piano or singer in the evenings.

Bliss Ultra Lounge is right next to Sugarcane Mojito bar. This is a large venue with round seats, a stage, and a bar. This is probably the most versatile space as they change up the seating throughout the sailing to meet the needs of whatever event they are holding from lit night life to art auctions.

The Local Bar & Grill is a neat English style pub. Big leather chairs along the outside edge, dining chair and tables in the middle and bar seating with large wooden barstools. This place transports you to a different world. There is pub fare well into the night, and TVs to watch teams become champions.

Casino

The Sky Casino is larger than I expected. It looks very nice and doesn’t seem to feel too squished. Table games take up the middle and slot machines along the outer edges. I felt that they had current games mostly which is nice. I almost expected an old casino with clunky games and this was the complete opposite than that. The ceiling was not mirrored tiles like you might expect, or gawdy colors. There is color, but it does not overwhelm you. This is a surprisingly fun place to hang out. There is a bar to one end with video poker and attentive bartenders.

Garden Cafe

The buffet is next to the pool which is super convenient. It looks nice with seating near the windows to watch the ocean fly by. Its clean and modern, with fresh colors of green, tan, and white. There is a separate spot for scoop ice cream. The main buffet has two entrances that meet in the middle. I would prefer stations since the people.flow would be better. It works though, you might have a little wait in the middle of the day.

Right outside the Garden Cafe is a shady outdoor area with tables and chairs called The Great Outdoors. Enjoy a breezy morning watching the wake. This is a pretty spot!

Outside Enjoyment

There are plenty of places to enjoy the fresh air. From the upper decks with shuffleboard, golfing nets, basketball court to the promenade where you can walk around the ship on the walking/jogging path. There are a few loungers to help you get away for a moment and watch the ocean. I am glad they have this and feel it is under utilized for the outside relaxation potential it holds.

Overall, this ship was a pleasant surprise. Its clean, updated, and feels more like a large ship with all the venues it has.

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Las Vegas The Orleans Hotel

Finding the best off strip hotel in Las Vegas can be a challenge. For an ultimate experience, standards have to be set high, an off -strip Vegas hotel must be clean, updated, without smells, lots of places to eat and drink, nice open casino with newer slots.

The Orleans Hotel, Las Vegas is an off-strip hotel that is reasonably priced and very nice. It was cheap, clean, lots of amenities to offer. Check out the hotel review!

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Hotel Room

The Orleans Hotel surprised me, the room was super clean and comfortable. I stayed in a 2 Queen room, which also had large sofa and huge bathroom. The bedding and pillows were fresh, and super cozy and comfortable, probably better than mine at home! It was a nice welcome when I arrived late at night or early in the morning.

Casino

The casino is larger than I thought. In the main area the ceilings are very high. Many machines to pick from and bars to sit at to do your best at video poker. I thought there were a large number of current games. Although the coloring and decor seems a bit dated, I felt comfortable playing here for hours on end. We had plenty of servers come around to give us complimentary drinks too!

Food

This hotel also offers a food court and several restaurants and shops, there is a spa available as well. From sit down Asian cuisine to pizza, subs and icecream, they have it all covered. It’s nice not to have to go leave the hotel to grab a quick bite, you can keep playing!

Pool

They also have a huge pool area with lots if chairs, a bar, and even a large hot tub. I thought it was very updated and roomy. It was surprisingly not busy and did not have a nightclub vibe, which was nice. Rent a cabana, chair, and umbrella for the day.

Bowling

Up the escalator is a huge bowling alley, large enough to hold major bowling tournaments. A snack bar and bar and kids arcade are also convenient. I noticed lockers and a sock vending maching.

The Orleans Casino and Hotel Las Vegas Bowling alley
The Orleans Hotel and Casino Las Vegas

Parking was easy, there is lots of it surrounding the hotel. Just dont’ leave anything that will melt in your car, because it will!!

Overall, this hotel is great! It’s cheap, super clean, rooms are modern and so many things they offer. I would surely stay here anytime I go to Vegas!

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Norwegian Sky Cruise Vlogs

Norwegian Sky, you had me at everything! Nailed it! This ship recently went through dry dock to refresh many areas of the once tired ship! It has come alive! This ship looks absolutely wonderful after the refurbish! We booked it as a last minute anniversary cruise 3 day out of Miami to Great Stirrup Caye and Key West.

This was one of my favorite cruises! Sailaway were amazing, the ship looked really nice, the staff was top notch, as well as our accomodations.

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Norwegian Jade Cruise Vlogs

Booked this cruise last minute! I haven’t ever done that; however, this was the perfect cruise itinerary. Two private islands NCL Great Stirrup Cay, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya (Mahaual) and Key West! I couldnt pass up!

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If you prefer, see my review, NCL Jade Photo Journal and Norwegian’s Private Island Harvest Caye Photo Review with lots and lots of pictures!

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Norwegian Getaway Cruise Vlogs

The NCL Getaway provided the perfect vacation! I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with this sailing. I had been waiting such a long time since our last cruise, we put together a pre cruise vlog also!!

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Includes island Tours on Costa Maya and Cozumel, Roatan Cruise Port, and lots of fun on this beautiful ship!

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Norwegian Escape Cruise Vlog Series #2

What cruise could possibly entice one to go on the same cruise just 3 months after first sailing? The Norwegian Escape did just that. This cruise was amazing, weather was perfect, the food was amazing, the experience was delightful.

This time around I sailed with my adult daughter and husband, so much fun to be had! Yes I did dress up for 80s night and Glow Party! A couple of the best parties I have ever attended on a ship!

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Norwegian Escape Cruise Vlog Series #1

The Norwegian Escape cruise was my my first cruise and will always have a special place in my heart. Hooked from day one, this ship was absolutely beautiful there was so much to offer. I really did not know what to expect and this exceeded every expectation.

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Norwegian Breakaway Vlogs

I had such an amazing time on the Nowegian Breakaway out of New Orleans. For me, it was great because it was only a 3 hour drive from Florida to New Orleans, Louisiana. Check out the vlog series including Costa Maya, Mexico, Cozumel, Mexico Paradise Beach All Inclusive Resort, specialty dining in Moderno, so much fun!

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Norwegian Bliss Cruise Vlogs

What a wonder this ship is! The Bliss is one of my favorite ships! There is so much to do, see, and eat. My favorite places were the Observation Lounge and The Waterfront. Here are the NCL Bliss vlog series

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Photogenic Private Island – Harvest Caye, Belize

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One thing I love most about cruising is visiting exotic places. I was not sure what my experience would be on a private island. I have always had a special place in my heart for the Caribbean. I wanted to go see beautiful islands with the white sand and beautiful water always as I grew up. You know, the ones you hear about and see in movies but are not sure they actually exist until you get to experience one! One of Norwegian Cruise Line’s private islands is Harvest Caye, Belize and is absolutely incredible. Here are my thoughts and a photo review of this island.

Norwegian ships can dock right on the island. This is very convenient and awesome because there is not a worry whether the ship can stop or not. You can get great video of the approach, perhaps you might want to do a timelapse of coming or going, it’s all pretty neat.

The pier is pretty long; however, they have a few benches along the way and complimentary go cart ride if need be.

This is also a great place to get pictures of you, your family and friends, with only the ship behind you right from the pier.

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Harvest Caye, Belize NCL Private Island Pier

Coming up the walkway you are greeted with the Welcome to Harvest Caye sign and smiles from the employees. On down the path you will find mist sprayers and places to sit along the way. Of course, they will want all visitors to march near the shops hoping something will catch their eye. There are several shops you will find, and even more down another path. Chocolate, coconut drinks, t-shirts, goggles. Anything you might need. This island is clean and looks great. On the left, there is a marina to catch excursions like parasailing and taxi boats to the mainland for other fun things to do.

On the right, past the shops, is the path to the pool. This is a beautifully manicured island, there are tons of palm trees and lots and lots of chairs surrounding the pool. The pool weaves its way under a bridge with falling water with a swim up bar at one end and a splash zone for the kids at the other. It’s really amazing! Inside the pool are plenty of places to sit on the edge or in the middle islands where palm trees will shade you. It wouldn’t feel like a pool party without music! The bar takes care of that! Such a fun time. I did not notice it being overly crowded either. I thought it was just perfect.

Beyond the pool is big blue. Access to the ocean is so easy. The beach is lined with chairs and covered cabanas and oodles of palm trees. It looks like a postcard. The wooden walking paths are so nice, no trudging through sinking sand to get all over the island. I found a shady spot to sit and take in the sights and sounds for quite a while. You can see the ship from the beach also, peaking over the trees on the far end of the beach.

There are a few places to get food and drinks, not complimentary on this island. I enjoyed a few anyways and had a great time. Found the perfect place to people watch from high stools in one of the bars.

The island lighthouse is one of the focal points of this island. It’s actually the zipline over the beach. It’s pretty fun to see people flying along in delight over all our heads. The lighthouse stands out for sure, it’s a great photo opportunity with the pretty water behind and bright blue skies.

Kayaks, paddle boards, lockers are available to rent too. The private island day can be as full of activities or as low key as desired.

I loved sitting on a bench and watching the world go by, its so peaceful! Check out 2 minutes in Paradise in Harvest Caye!

Vlog of Harvest Caye, Belize

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