Caribbean Cruise 2013

We are HOME in Brazil…back from a lovely week cruising the Caribbean on the Norwegian Pearl with friends. It was a fabulous, relaxing getaway! In case you have never done a cruise as a vacation, I HIGHLY recommend it for so many reasons :)

This year the ports of call were… Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas ( Norwegian’s private island), Ocho Rios, Jamaica- George Town, Grand Cayman- and Cozumel, Mexico. So much fun! ( I will do a separate post on each port)

This cruise we flew in from Brazil. We flew to Panama and then to Miami the day before and stayed overnight at the Miami waterfront so it was easy access to board the Pearl early the next day. It was just a little bit chilly though…especially after being in Brazil.

Ready to board Norwegian Pearl
Ready to board Norwegian Pearl

The Pearl is a jewel class cruise ship and it was voted #1 in the NCL fleet for 2012. The ship itself is colorful and beautifully decorated. It is very clean and the staff is superb. They go out of their way to make your vacation the BEST. Then there’s the food…so delicious and so abundant!

The colorful hallway to our room
The colorful hallway to our room
Our stateroom
Our stateroom- time to unpack

As always when we board the Pearl and get unpacked, our first stop is Deck 12, The Great Outdoors . It is our favorite place on the whole ship. It is our place to have breakfast, afternoon coffee, evening dessert AND… We always try to make sure we are here for the sail away from Miami.

Set sail!
Set sail!
Our favorite place for coffee
Our favorite place for coffee

South Beach
South Beach
Farewell Miami...see you in a week!
Farewell Miami…see you in a week!

Like I said before the Norwegian Pearl is very colorful and clean. Here are just a few pics around the ship. There are so many more interesting places and even places we didn’t explore.

Deck 13
Deck 13

Could spend all day on these warm chairs!
Could spend all day on these warm chairs!

Evenings on the ship are a lot of fun. We love to dress up and try different restaurants and dinning areas. The food is so good. After dinner we take in the late show at the Stardust Theatre. Sorry no pics of the entertainment…cameras not permitted.

Barb, Angela & I
Barb, Angela & I

Peter, Harold & David
Peter, Harold & David

Men In Black Take 2
Men In Black Take 2

Every night we when we went back to our stateroom there were towel animals to greet us and one evening some treats! Our steward, Joybelle from the Phillippines was a sweetie!

Joybelle
Joybelle
Turtle
Turtle

A highlight along the end of the week is the Chocolate Buffet. It’s held from 10-11pm and so many goodies. My favorite is the chocolate covered strawberries that they didn’t have this year but lots of other chocolatey treats!

The last evening on the ship, there is a mixture of entertainment from the week as well as a farewell wave by the captain and  some of the officers of the ship. What a great crew!

The Captain of the Norwegian Pearl
The Captain of the Norwegian Pearl

7 days…4 ports of call, 2 days at sea, delicious food, good entertainment, fun with friends, relaxing in the sun…what more could you want in a vacation!

Check out highlights from the ports of call coming this week! But for now it’s bed time…I still don’t have my land legs and my head still feels like I am rocking on the ship. Nite all!

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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

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