Destination: Venice, Italy

Venice is one of the most famous places in the world for art, culture, history and tourism.  Averaging over 50,000 visitors each day, taking a cruise that includes Venice is a must for anyone.  In Venice, you will find historical churches, man made canals perfect for a gondola ride, great food, wine and stunning scenery.

Man Made Venice Canal

Man Made Venice Canal

The Grand Canal is perfect for touring the city.  The ‘S’ shape canal cuts directly through the city.  Start at St. Mark Basin and make your way to the Santa Lucia rail station.  A perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon of sightseeing.  You will see architecture from the Byzantine (Late Roman) Empire, the Renaissance and Gothic Venetian.  When your cruise stops in Venice, do not miss a Gondola ride.  You never know what wonders you will come across.

St. Mark’s-Basilica

St. Mark’s-Basilica

St. Mark’s Basilica is the Cathedral church of the Roman Archdiocese.  It is the most famous church in Venice.  Known also as the Church of Gold, due to it’s architecture and symbol of power and wealth, it is cherished by the people of Italy and a must see for visitors.  As you come face to face with the church, you will see the majestic statue of St. Mark perched on the roof of the Cathedral above a gold winged lion, the mascot of Venice.

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco

Piazza San Marco is the famous public square of Venice.  You will see this area as you make your way to St. Mark’s Cathedral.  You can’t miss the amazing clock tower, constructed in the late 15th century.  This area is famous in movies, however it has many historical and religious connections as well.  Enjoy the sights, architecture and historical artwork. There you will also find a great view of the Great Canal as you walk back from St. Marks.

Sail on the Jade round trip from Venice and purchase the “Best of Venice” shore excursion.  You will have a guided tour of the best of Venice as well as a ride to the airport upon conclusion of your tour.  Cruise like a Norwegian to Venice, you will have memories to last a lifetime.

Norwegian Sky 3 day cruise

If you want a weekend getaway and you love to cruise, or if you want to get to know what a cruise is like, this three day escape is your chance.  The Sky is an absolutely beautiful ship.  Norwegian is dominating the competition for this type of cruise.  It is the newest ship with the most staff per guest and the most recently refurbished.  You will find great activities from the White Hot Party to the Art Auction (where you can grab some free bubbly as well).

Your first port stop will be Norwegian’s private Island, Great Stirrup Cay.  Norwegian has done a great job turning this small island into an excellent beach day.  You will find private cabanas, volleyball tournaments, jet ski excursions, a straw market and of course an excellent buffet.  Don’t forget your sunscreen, you will spend a lot of time in the sun.

Great Stirrup Cay

Great Stirrup Cay

After you are done checking out the private island, you can escape back to the ship for some spa specials or an empty pool deck.  It is a great chance to explore and enjoy the ship.  The tenders (transport from island to the ship) run about every 20-30 minutes, so, you won’t have to wait long to get back aboard.

Your second stop will be at beautiful Nassau Bahamas.  Here, I recommend either being the first person off the ship or one of the last.  Why wait in line on your vacation?  Once on this island, you will find people offering taxi’s, jewelry and other, darker, items.  Just a word of warning, if you engage the street vendors, it will be tough to shrug them off.  Why not try one of Norwegian’s shore excursions?  A parasailing adventure or  a quick ferry over to Blue Lagoon for some snorkeling or swimming with the Dolphins? Of course, the choice is yours, it’s your vacation!

Near Cable Beach

Near Cable Beach

The Sky is a great ship for all ages.  The staff puts on excellent shows and activities, the casino for adults, the White Hot Party (Norwegian’s Signature late night party), where I saw a 12 year old kid leading the dancing on stage!  No fear for that kid.  Latin beats in the Outrigger Lounge (Deck 11 Forward) and many other excellent locations for viewing the sea and finding a sense of adventure!  Book your Sky cruise ASAP!

The Sky

The Sky

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