Tortola is a quaint, small island in the British Virgin Islands. Consisting of only 21 square miles and gloriously perfect beaches it’s a perfect spot for those looking for peace and quiet on vacation. These qualities have made it one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Eastern Caribbean. There are many flawless beaches on Tortola and Cane Garden Bay is one of the most popular, for a very good reason.
We had a chance to cruise the brand new Norwegian Escape last year on an Eastern Caribbean itinerary. Cruising as a family is one of the easiest vacations for us since we live in FL and are within driving distance of the main cruising ports here. Our itinerary on the swanky, uber modern Escape included St. Thomas, Tortola and Nassau.
Norwegian Escape is an awesome ship for families and we were able to sail to the Eastern Caribbean with the kids in the fall of 2016. The first two days onboard were sea days and we thoroughly enjoyed our time exploring the ship and even found opportunities to complete school work (homeschool travels FTW!!).
We enjoy cruising as a family. Living in Central Florida makes it easy and economical because we don’t have flight costs on top of our cruise fare. I sailed on the Norwegian Escape in October of 2016. Our first morning onboard was sunny and clear. Hurricane Matthew was gearing up strength in another part of the Caribbean but our skies were blue and the ocean breeze was SO refreshing.
I had my eye on the Norwegian Escape for about one year; it debuted in 2015 and hubby and I were intrigued by the fresh, modern appeal of NCL’s newest ship. Off and on throughout the year I would casually check the rates to see how prices fluctuated with the season. I was not surprised to see prices drop after the summer 2016 season ended and hurricane season started but I was shocked at the incredible rates available in late Sept and October of this year.
Hubby and I talked it over and decided that I would take the girls and go with a one of my closest friends during the first week of October. He had to travel on business that week anyways so it seemed like a win win!
I am a Christmas junkie. I love the music, I love the decorations, I love being surrounded by the warm fuzzies every day of the month of December. I also love cruising (in case you hadn’t noticed by now) and I clearly love Disney! Disney’s Very Merry Time Cruises combine three of my most favorite things and if you haven’t enjoyed one yet, here are 5 reasons to plan a Very Merry Time Cruise with Disney for your family.
We were lucky take the kids to the Disney Junior breakfast on our last Disney Cruise. We spent a magical week on the Disney Fantasy in Spring 2016 and we were psyched to find out that our sailing offered the Disney Junior Breakfast on one morning; tickets were free but required for entrance to the Animator’s Palate Dining Room.
Star Wars Day at sea was our 5th day on the Disney Fantasy. I am the only Star Wars Fan in my family; my hubby enjoys the movies but is not a Lucas geek like I am. My girls were able to see Episode VII a few weeks after the cruise and they actually enjoyed it. But while we were sailing, they didn’t have more than a cursory knowledge of all the characters. Nonetheless, we all had heightened anticipation when we began the day, looking forward to the fun atmosphere around the ship and the special programs that would be held that day.