Diary of a Cruiser Chapter 6 Sea Day Fun on the Ship

From a dark room with no windows and no morning alarm, quiet slumber lingered well into the morning. Have you ever felt like you did not move a muscle all night? That is what happened this morning. Amazing sleep stacked on waking organically to my internal clock is making this the beginning of an enjoyable sea day.

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I am happy to be living in this glorious moment, the ocean, the sunset, and the friendships. If you could bottle delight, this would be it!

Sea breeze and blue sky cravings pull at my heart on a cruise, especially when I stay in an inside stateroom. So usually the first thing I love to do is breathe in some fresh ocean air and watch the ship start to wake up.

Carnival Glory Pool Deck
Sea Day Pool – Carnival Glory

My favorite breakfast on this ship is the veggie taco at the Blue Iguana Cantina. It’s pretty filling and I like to spice it up with the options at the salsa bar. There are a few of us getting our Cantina fix on this morning so there is a little wait to get our food. I feel bad for the Cantina workers who are visually hot, that grill for the meat is obviously extremely warm. I appreciate their efforts and patience with all of us hungry cruisers. Island music plays by the pool and people are picking their lounge chairs to occupy for this lovely sea day.

Up winding stairs by the pool is the best way to get a better view of the ocean. This morning was breezier than most, which makes it way easier to get natural sea hair. I tend to let the breeze manage my hairdo on a cruise, instead of arguing with it to do it my way. I never win that argument, I guess the saying goes… pick your battles, this is no different.

I spent some time walking around various outside decks. The ocean is so very blue and it is windy yet pleasant. The sea is moving quickly. I love watching the waves and white bubbles whoosh around the ship. I choose to go to a deck where I can see the ocean without a plexi-glass obstructed view.

I love taking advantage of hanging out with friends whenever I can on a cruise, so today I am meeting a couple of our good friends at the Sea Day Brunch. I may even get a fresh squeezed juice! I wish they had that option every day and not just on sea days at the brunch.

It was not long before we were seated at a table meant for a group much larger than 4 people. We had the whole table to ourselves, plus I got to sit by the window and watch the ocean go by, that is such a fun view. This qualifies as second breakfast, so it is likely I am part hobbit.

Fresh squeezed juice charged to room card and delivered to the table in mere minutes. I get the Pineapple, Lime, Turmeric, and Honey fresh squeezed juice. This is the best $5 I have spent in a long time, probably since the other juice from the last Sea Day Brunch just a few days ago. It tastes really good. Maybe it’s because I have had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but it’s tasting even better than normal and so soothing on my throat. I need to avoid that cruise crud and fight it with everything I have. Toast and coffee and with almond milk arrived too. This was such a special time with friends, Donna and Carl. There are always good laughs and memories made with these two.

There is some time before the next event so there is time to do a quick load of laundry to make sure I leave with some fresh clothes. The laundry room is on my stateroom floor and it is so loud in there! If you are lucky there will be an open machine. There are 3 washers and 6 dryers. It costs $3 a load, and $1 for detergent. I found a washer and threw things in, paid with the room card and it charges to your room once you pick your lucky washer. OK, set timer for 30 minutes and then come back to switch the laundry to the dryer. I had never done laundry on the ship, it was pretty easy. I think i would take detergent and dryer sheets next time if I was planning to do a few loads.

After putting the clothes away, it’s time to head upstairs to the casino. We are doing Group Slot Pull 2.0 with folks from our cruise. This time we put in $120 each for 10 $12 spins. It was not too long and all of us had pushed the button for our chance at a huge hand pay. Today, it was not meant to be. We did not lose it all, and it was still so much fun. Maybe we can find luck later!

Carnival Glory Casino

I decided to go explore a little since it is almost the end of the cruise. First, checking out the stores for good deals. Sea days are great days to find sales in the halls of the shopping corridor. Buy 2 tshirts for $20, buy 5 things for $40, Buy one get one half off.

There is a sale for everything you could possibly need and a probably for more than a few things you don’t need. I did see some fun shirts in the gift shop and shot glasses that caught my eye.

On my way out I hear something happening in the theater so I stopped in to see what was going on. There is a game called Lights, Camera, Interaction where people end up dressing in a costume piece by piece and then performing a famous scene from a movie, like Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean. When I look around there is only handful of people sitting in there. Not much happening here and I want to go check out the pool deck now that it has filled up.

Carnival Glory Theater
Carnival Glory Theater

The island heartbeat of the steel drums fill the entire pool deck creating an relaxing Caribbean vibe. This pool deck has layers and layers of lounge chairs, many of them are filled. People trying to soak up those last hours of sunshine before heading back to their homes. Perhaps where they will be going is much colder than here.

I wore jeans this morning and surprisingly I am uncomfortably warm, it was not the best choice on my part. Oh well, I want to go all the way to the very top of the ship. This means up to the mini golf under the Whale Tale. Along they way is the running track, lounge chairs, and shuffle board.

A very heavy metal gate was the entrance to get into the sport court where there is a smaller basketball and volleyball court. It is filled with teens and kids having a good time, maybe some of them are making lifelong friends. I find my way around the volleyball game, trying not to be in the way and head up the stairs in the back to the mini golf. This looks like a fun time, its just so windy, it would be hard to hear people you are playing with. Its nice and sunny! I really love this sea day weather.

Back downstairs, I am able to freshen up before meeting all my friends up in the Serenity lounge. My hair is wind-blown, knots everywhere!! It was nice to sit for just a bit and cool off. Interesting that the casino has delivered mini cookies to our room, we must have played a bit to get those.

I love the Serenity Deck, its an adult only place where you can find lay down loungers or sitting chairs that are very comfortable. There is a bar for refreshing drinks, or a water jug if that is all you want. Many people will get food from the buffet, a burger, or burrito and bring it up to Serenity.

I have to admit, it’s a great place to hang out with an amazing view of the ocean. There is also very nice seating with lots of room to visit with others. I think I was up there a couple of hours, spending time with a great group of friends. I am happy to be living in this glorious moment, the ocean, the sunset, and the friendships. If you could bottle delight, this would be it! I love the moments where I can catch the sunset too. Beautiful!

Catching the Sunset with my friend Amanda
Friends on Serenity

We all head back to our rooms before dinner and decide to meet at Alchemy Bar for a quick drink. I have been so good at trying new drinks at the Alchemy Bar, they have such a fun menu. Today, I could not pass up getting another French Kiss that I had yesterday and did not try something new. We were also given a tasty little snack tray with olives, almonds, and cheese cubes. Both the drink and the snacks were so delicious. We have a little visit with everyone before going down for dinner.

There are so many things that I want to do this evening. We ended up going to the Piano Bar and to the 80’s Party in the Atrium. Lots of fun there! We spent a lot of time in the casino and visiting. It was such a nice time, even though the casino was hot. I had to go outside and get some air. Colorful lights bring life to the dark pool deck and its really a neat sight.

A couple of my friends who were still up at this hour decided to go sit out on Serenity, even though it is dark, the air is cool and the breeze is really relaxing.

Carnival Glory Piano Bar
Piano Bar – Carnival Glory

It is crazy how time flies on a cruise. There is so much to do, yet still plenty of time for relaxing. Well, this is the end of this Diary of a Cruiser. It has been so wonderful having you along. Until next time, happy cruising!

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Diary of a Cruiser Chapter 4 Carnival Glory Costa Maya Mexico

I couldn’t resist rolling over with the fluffy blanket and catching a few more minutes of sleep this morning. The room is pitch black, except for the blue light coming from my usb charging block on the vanity counter, so I guess other than that it’s quite dark. I’ve often thought I should put some black tape over that one glowing button. I don’t normally get to or can sleep in, so this was nice there was no rush to get going today.

It is a casual schedule today of walking around and shopping in the port of Costa Maya, Mexico. I did not plan on any excursion; however there are plenty of things to pick from. We docked together with 3 mega cruise ships, Royal Caribbeans Harmony of the Seas, the Celebrity Edge, and Norwegian’s Escape. Our ship looks like a baby next to these giants of the sea. I love seeing all the ships while in port.

“…cruising is a great way to get out there and find something you like.”

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I had some veggie tacos at Blue Iguana up on the Lido Deck and sat by the window to see the NCL Escape. This wonder of a ship has a special place in my heart as my first cruise ship ever. First cruise is the sweetest! It was such a surprise to see it and brought back some happy memories. Someday I would love to get back on that ship!

The wind is strong here, it always is here in Costa Maya. I noticed the Harmony of the Seas docking once breakfast was finished and went up the stairs by the pool to deck 10 to see the ship come in. They had closed the pier while the Harmony pulls in for safety, so if you were not off yet you were waiting at least 30 minutes.

I pushed in between a couple of lounge chairs to get to the railing. It looks like a people zoo on the other ship, or maybe we were the people zoo from their perspective. Many people sitting in their balcony lounge chairs, some people inside their cabins, some up on top having breakfast, or waving at all of us looking at them. I am really surprised how much we could see into the other ship. People are very comfortable inside their balcony cabins with their curtains open. It is such a grand ship, and looking at it from our top deck with several decks still towering over me is such a humbling moment. Seriously, it’s fun to see the neighbor ships at the ports.

I am meeting everyone down in the Atrium at 1030 am today because we are all just taking our time to get off the ship. Some of us have been here before and really we just want to walk around the port shopping area. But first, coffee, so nice to get free coffee with the drinks package, so it was a vanilla almond milk latte for me. Yum!!

The Atrium is quiet, but there is still a buzz of excitement. It’s fun watching people and groups come in, sit a while then leave, or get a drink from the Atrium Bar. Maybe an exciting chapter of Costa Maya will be written in their life story today. Could it be an ATV adventure, ziplining, tequila tasting, dolphin swimming, or maybe a relaxing beach day massage with a 2 for 1 beer special? Whatever it is, cruising is a great way to get out there and find something you like. I absolutely love that about cruising, something for everyone!

Time to go to the port, I gather all the important things and head to deck zero. The breeze might catch a hat or two today, hang on to your things! Costa Maya would not feel the same without it.

It’s a little walk down the pier, our ship is next to the Harmony of the Seas which is a mega ship. It feels like I am going through a tunnel between these two ships. This place is humming with activity with people sharing the same pier to get off. I have a feeling that this port is going to be super busy. I have never seen 4 ships here at one time. I don’t think this port really can handle all those people. It will be an interesting thing to see.

Costa Maya Pier – Harmony of the Seas and Carnival Glory

It’s always fun to take pictures of the water here, even though it’s not calm, it’s really pretty and the chaos of the crashing waves has a charm. Who doesn’t appreciate a little beautiful chaos.

I enter into an area with just a few vendors, a sign with large letters spelling Costa Maya, another multi directional sign for various things at this port, and an excursion sign up if you are looking for something to do today. To the right of the entrance are people dressed in native Mexican garb of elaborate feathers and leather, drumming and dancing. Of course, you can also can get your picture with them for a small fee or tip.

Costa Maya Port Entrance

Through an open building to the main port shopping area. Brightly colored hats, bags, clothing and collectibles seem to pop from the vendor shops. Above the shops there is a rope bridge throughout the whole port, you can pay a little extra to walk above everyone for a new perspective. People going in and out of shops and passionate sales people asking if you would like to come check out their things.

There is a show in the main courtyard with traditional Mexican Dancers atop a tall spinning pole, only to make their way down to the ground while they play flutes without safety harnesses. That scene is a little unnerving to me and probably a lot of people but we watch anyways.

Costa Maya Mexican Pole Dance

People seem to meander through the streets looking for that perfect gift or souvenir to bring home. I like to walk by the shops to catch some air conditioning. It’s the truth! I think the jewelry shops have the coldest air wafting from their stores. I think they know what they are doing, people want to be cool, so maybe they will want to stand a look and of course buy jewelry. So many people shoulder to shoulder here today. It is really warm and sticky and there is not much of a breeze coming through at all.

All the benches and stone wall ledges are packed with people. An actual people jam slows everyone down in a squeezy spot on the path near a large pool. It’s the one way through. That pool actually looks very inviting, its bright and sparkly since the sun is out. There are lounge chairs to claim and pool music if you just want to have a fun, relaxing pool day. Many palm trees are scattered through the seating area offering much needed shade from the hot sun.

Across the pool, people are enjoying their authentic Mexican food and margaritas at an open air restaurant with colorful wooden chairs. There are lots of additional restaurants throughout as well, although today it’s very packed. Down the path behind the pool there are flamingos, parrots, a chocolate company with samples, and many places to try some tequila. Visitors are also swimming with the dolphins. Just past the dolphin pool I caught a glimpse of the ships in port. The Carnival Glory is hiding, but it’s there.

The whole port layout looks more complicated than it is. The paths curve and turn, go around a pool and various things, but in the end it leads you back to the entrance and reveals that the port is actually not that huge. The back exit is the taxi and excursion area, this time I did not go back there, it was just fun just wandering these streets.

Time to head back to the ship, it’s a long walk and its so nice when the air conditioning hits you as you enter the ship!! It was really hot out. I got back to the ship and grabbed a rice bowl from Blue Iguana Cantina and met all our friends in the Buffet. The buffet has a sailing theme, sailboats and blue and tan colors. I think we all drank a bunch of water after being out in the hot air.

Time to head back to the ship, it’s a long walk and its so nice when the air conditioning hits you as you enter the ship!! It was really hot out. What a neat view to see our ship from this side of the port.

I got back to the ship and grabbed a rice bowl from Blue Iguana Cantina and met all our friends in the Buffet. The buffet has a sailing theme, sailboats and blue and tan colors. I think we all drank a bunch of water after being out in the hot air.

The rice bowl filled me up and I need to cool off so I head to my room. Once I had time to freshen up, I decided to stop at the coffee shop for vitamin water and hot water for tee. My throat felt a little scratchy and I wanted to try and prevent it from getting worse. I sat on the couches between the Alchemy Bar and the casino, the the grand Harmony of the Seas is outside the window. This is a really good day.

There is country music trivia in the Atrium and our group is going to do their best to get a ship on the stick. I am afraid I am not much help here, I can think of song titles but artist names are tough.

Before it starts, I cannot resist the temptation to go out on deck 3 and see the ocean. The Norwegian Escape has left port and sails into the evening. Adios, my fair ship! The Celebrity Edge is next and then us. Deck 3 has a few chairs but is mostly open for walking, and a railing to lean on and see the ocean, it is nice it is not full plexi-glass so I can feel that Costa Maya wind, its feels great!

It’s time for trivia. I will be the first to admit, for me anyways, some trivia games are quite dry and not very exciting. This one was so much fun. Our group teamed up and knew the answers! It was a jolly good time singing along with the songs. So it is trivia that brings us all together. Who knew? It came down to a tie breaker with another team and ours, and Josh from my team won! Yay for the ship on a stick. And yay for good times with good friends which happens to be one of my favorite things on a cruise!

Somehow the day has quickly escaped me and it is late into the evening. Up next is the Love and Marriage Show. This is absolutely a do not miss event. It really is a good time, at least for the audience. The theater is lit in colors of love. On stage, brave couples with varied lengths of marriage answer embarrassing questions to see which couple knows each other best and gets the best match. Do you know your Boo? I couldn’t go up on stage like that and reveal all those things in front of everyone! This time, the cruise director made it quite entertaining calling the room of one of the couples to speak to a sister and another time asking the older couple some questions to make the older lady blush, but it is all in good fun. Champagne prizes and hugs and kisses by each couple ends the show and we head out of the theater which cheeks hurting from laughing.

The night is not over even this show was, it is time for the adult scavenger hunt game called Quest. Lots of laughs found here! If you haven’t seen it once you should. The room is split into teams and they must find creative ways to bring things the leader asks for to get team points. There are things like a fruit, a bra on a man, lipstick; however, beware it can get crazy. It is not for the easily offended audience.

It is late after the Quest show but most of us hit the casino for just a bit before heading to bed. It is now past 1 am and I am exhausted!

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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!

Check out the NCL Escape Cruise Vlogs series #2 for more Eastern Caribbean cruising, St. Thomas, USVI, Tortola. BVI, and Nassau Bahamas!

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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 NCL Bliss Cruise Photo Journal

NCL Bliss. Cruise booked 684 days in advance, well before this ship was even born. This has to be my absolutely favorite cruise ship to date.

Needless to say, I was excited to finally board this ocean wonder. There is so much to see! Here are my highlights of the NCL Bliss Cruise with pictures.

NORWEGIAN BLISS CRUISE (NCL Bliss)

This ship is really a sight to see, so many places to go, and something for everyone.

The Waterfront

I found myself out on The Waterfront a good amount of the time I spent on this cruise. For good reason, the Waterfront is the outside promenade that surrounds the ship. It is loaded with outdoor seating and al fresco seating for many dining venues. On some other ships it seemed there wasn’t enough seating, here it was no problem at all. It is a perfect place to catch a sunset, take a walk, watch the ship dock or leave an island, or visit with friends for hours on end. This is also one of the places I crave to be well beyond my sailing.

Observation Lounge

Two words: Simply brilliant. This viewing experience is above all else in the Observation Lounge. This space speaks for itself. Two story windows bring in oodles of light to this very modern lounge. Seating of all shapes and sizes allow casual conversation or a quiet moment to nap or read a book. My favorite was to find a nice place to put my feet up and feel the warmth if the sun through the windows. There are complimentary drinks and smaller buffet with various dishes or early morning will greet you with coffee, pastries, granola, cereal. I was lucky to catch a sunrise one morning in this space and it is simply amazing. There is a tranquil feeling being in here. Evenings are filled with tributes to some of the greats like Elton John or Billy Joel. This is a definite do not miss space, it is truly wonderful.

Pool and Spice H2O

There is always so much energy out on the Lido or pool deck! The Sailaway party is absolutely the best party!! I had so much fun line dancing with everyone, people are so happy and excited! Plus Spice H2O is a great venue! During the day it’s a sundeck with a water feature for adults to cool off, then after 7 its party time for people of all ages! I loved the 80s dance party the best!

678 Ocean Place

Mid ship has so much to offer, called 678 Place, you will find the Atrium, The Local Pub, Casino, Sugarcanes Mojito Bar, glorious rotunda with a beautiful chandelier that changes color throughout the day and week, main dining rooms, art gallery, various lounges and dining options. This is so convenient, it’s great to know where to find most things: on deck 6, 7, or 8. Be sure to arrive early, as in at least an hour for popular Shows or trivia, there are not enough seats for these large events. However, decor is classy, modern, and welcoming. Stay a while in the Atrium to cool off, enjoy a coffee, or take in a show or event held here. In any case, 678 Place is another great space.

Bliss Balcony Stateroom

The rooms are very nice, probably the nicest cabins I have been in. I stayed in a balcony stateroom which is such a treat! The color and decor is subtle greys, blues, browns and looks very modern. You will not have any problem with storage or space in this room or bathroom.

Video room tour- NCL Bliss Balcony Stateroom

Bliss District Brewhouse and Food Republic

The Bliss ship also has a couple great spots on deck 8 to eat and drink, District Brewhouse with many craft beer options. They have a unique venue and decor, and a fun sing a song piano a few times during the week. Also, Food Republic, asian inspired small plates and sushi. Order from the digital menu and service I found was very fast and food was great!

Go Carts At Sea!

Are you serious?!? They have go carts on this ship. This is your chance to try something new and let your inner kid be free! For a small fee you can ride the electric go carts, they have speakers to pipe in a little vroom vroom! I fou d the steering a little hard around the sharp corners, that’s a small issue for a great time. It’s so much fun, lots of twists and turns, up to the top deck and back around several times.

Why I cruise!

Meeting new friends and seeing new places are among my reasons I cruise! There is really so much to do on the ship and in the ports. Here are some bonus pics of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I, Tortola, B.V.I, and Nassau, Bahamas!

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Thanks for joining me on my Bliss Cruise through my photo journal. If you want to see more, check out these Bliss Cruise vlogs!! This was one of my favorite cruises!! My absolutely favorite of this series is our 3 beach tour on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I (vlog #6)

My all time favorite cruise vlog- 3 Amazing Beaches on St. Thomas

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NCL Jade Cruise Ship Review

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Booking the 7 night Caribbean Cruise Norwegian Jade from Miami, FL was a simple decision, two private islands and Key West were the itinerary, and the casino offered this as a free cruise because of prior play. Coming from a large NCL Cruise Ship just a couple months prior, I was curious what the Norwegian Jade would be like. Here are the highlights with my thoughts and a photo journal of the ship.

Atrium

First impressions of the ship come as you enter into the Atrium space. The Atrium is nice and cozy, sandwiched between the bar and cafe. There is a large screen with announcements and location map on the dual staircase above the Atrium. You can find the Guest Services and Shore Excursions here also. Heavenly light shines on the centerpiece of the space, the grand piano. Many comfortable and roomy chairs benches await the cruise passengers and are snuggled in by warm lit lamps and small clear tables. Patrons in the pub O’Sheehans can overlook the Atrium from the next deck with the clear glass half walls. The Atrium also has a glassy, wavy chandelier light that spreads across the ceiling and changes colors as the days go by. You can find relaxing music such as guitar or piano here most evenings.

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Norwegian Jade Atrium
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Pool Deck

One of my favorite first things to do when I get on a ship is to go see the upper pool deck and views of the port. The pool space of a ship says a lot about the ship itself. This ship’s pool area is so nice! For a smaller ship, this deck has everything you need and is very spacious. I was surprised. There is a bar and small snacks space on one end and stage on the other. There are two main pools, adults only and family. The pools are clean and bright. An abundance of seating is available, not only in lounge chairs, also there is a seating on the pool edge and cool off with your feet in, in the pool there is a lower level just to sit in water, and the deck above. I also noticed a couple of outdoor couch pods if you’re the lucky ones to score that spot. The family pool has stairs for easy entry. There are also two hot tubs one for adults and one for family. Tucked in the corner is the kiddie pool with a small slide for the littles. Lots of chairs soon to be full once the ship is out to sea! I will definitely be back for sailaway too to surround myself with happy people ready to have a good time.

From the pool deck there are stairs that lead to the upper deck overlooking the pool. You will find Topsiders bar and a small space with burgers and hotdogs with the toppings. There is seating here for the burgers with a 50s Grill feel. My favorite spot is the stools and long counter overlooking the pool area this is where I found myself most afternoons enjoying a Mango Meltdown or another adult beverage. It’s a great spot for listening to music, watching entertainment by the pool, and people watching, yes soon people are dancing and having fun!

There are also upper decks for sunbathing or reading in a quiet spot away from the pool party vibe. Take in great views up here too!

Spinnaker Lounge

Spinnaker Lounge is by far one of the top places to hang out on the Norwegian Jade. On deck 15, this cozy venue has a variety of chairs, tables, a stage, and a bar. The Spinnaker Lounge is great for Trivia, Officer Q&A, evening shows, and dance parties. I was so impressed by this space, this is a quiet place to come during the day and get a nice view of the ocean or ports. Definitely must check it out if you can.

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Garden Buffet

There are many great places to eat on this ship, we mainly ate in the Garden Cafe Buffet because it was quick and easy. Two lines for the same foods to help a bit with flow. Nice places to sit, even some with a view which is nice. Through the buffet to the outer deck you can sit in the shade and grab a bite from that line too.

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Jade Casino

We spent a little time (and money) in the Jade Casino. We did come out ahead for the week. Although, it was smaller and older than some ships, still a nice space and lots of energy and fun later in the evening. Metal ceiling tiles give a retro look, reminds me of a casino on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. There are red chinese lanterns from the ceiling and that’s a common color in this casino, rug to chairs and walls. I guess red is a lucky color? There are 4 poker spots on each side of the bar, plenty of space sit and play while the bartender can easily provide drinks. There are a variety of slot machines to pick from. Be sure to stake your claim on a machine before sailaway to guarantee slot play on your favorites! It does get busy. I did not notice too much smoke smell on my sailing.

Bar City

Another sweet area to highlight is called, Bar City, next to the casino. Three lounges adjacent to each other and something for everyone: Whiskey and Beer Bar, Martini Bar, and Champagne and Wine Bar. At the end near the casino you find a charming space for a performer and comfortable chairs. We heard music here many times, or even walking by upstairs as it is open to the upper deck.

Video Room Tour

Check out the room too! This space was really nice!

Inside Stateroom
Norwegian Jade Room Tour – NCL

NCL Inside Cabin, Stateroom Tour, Cruise Room Tour, Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Cruise Line – Jade Cabin

 

NCL Jade Cruise Vlogs

If you liked the ship overview, check our our cruise vlogs!

NCL Jade Cruise

NCL Jade Cruise Vlog # 1 Embarkation from Miami, Florida
NCL Jade Cruise Vlog # 2 Sea Day
NCL Jade Cruise Vlog # 3 Harvest Caye. Belize part 2
NCL Jade Cruise Vlog # 4 Harvest Caye, Belize part 2
NCL Jade Cruise Vlog # 5 Port – Costa Maya, Mexico and Mahaual
NCL Jade Cruise Vlog # 6 Ship Fun after Costa Maya. Mexico
NCL Jade Cruise Vlog # 7 Sea Day
NCL Jade Cruise Vlog # 8 Port – Great Stirrup Caye
NCL Jade Cruise Vlog # 9 Port – Key West
NCL Jade Cruise Vlog # 10 Sunset Leaving Key West – Last Night

 

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Giving Thank You Cards On A Cruise

It’s so much fun to make someone smile! On our first cruise in Feb 2017 we encountered many crew who were super kind to us and went out of their way to do something extra just because.

This really inspired us to do more to show our appreciation for extra efforts.

Our next cruise, we decided to pre write 10 thank you cards with comments like “thank you for making our day great” or “your kindness made me smile” or “we appreciate what you do”.

Then place $20 in each card and carry them with us so we would be ready and never miss an opportunity to give an extra thank you.

We were able to give out all our cards that next cruise! Sometimes it was because someone came by with extra coffee or juice while we were having breakfast in the buffet, extra smiles, sharing stories, being personable, bringing an extra drink, bringing us a pen and paper so we can score our card game, maybe a musician who made our night, or going up and beyond in their job they do week to week. It is so much fun to see the joy and surprise of someone getting a card.

There were unexpected benefits giving cards too!

For example, a staff member would go out of their way to say hello to us or to chat with us all week long. We would get extra attention and it made us smile and laugh. Bartenders would laugh with us and remember us.

Here are only some of our card receivers, thanks everyone. You all made our vacation wonderful, keep doing what you do!

It’s not much, but it’s so much fun! Now, this is a firm tradition we do on all our cruises. Giving kindness, even simple gestures, can make someone’s day and my heart smile!!

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