My husband and I went on a Norwegian Cruise for our 5th wedding anniversary. Here is our first picture leaving the port of Miami. Our itinerary took us from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay Bahamas on the following day. I will be writing about each day on our Norwegian Caribbean Cruise so come back!
Isn’t the Miami skyline beautiful? I was born there and live about 2 hours away on the other coast. Leaving from the Miami port is extremely convenient for me.
We have stayed in staterooms before where you just have a window or a porthole, but decided to upgrade to a balcony room for our special occasion. It was so worth the extra money. Balcony Rooms on the Norwegian Pearl sleep up to four guests with a queen bed and convertible sofa. It also includes a sitting area and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The private balcony is a great place to escape if you’re feeling a bit claustrophobic on the ship. It’s also a wonderful place to order late night room service and eat looking out over the dark expanse of ocean and stars. The Balcony rooms are very affordable and well worth the money, starting at just $369 a night. We spent almost every night looking at the sunset and enjoying each other’s company with the pleasant breeze.
I was very excited to go to Great Stirrup Cay. The last time we had cruised, a storm had hit and the island was closed. Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas is a 250 acres of sun-drenched private island paradise, exclusively for Norwegian guests. The island shows it’s long and interesting history. I couldn’t believe that it has been around since 160 AD. The Lucayan Indians are thought to be the first settlers on Great Stirrup Cay. It’s history since than has been remarkably interesting. In 1492 Columbus discovered “the Americas” and spanish ships explored the area. Then in the 1600 pirates began to hang around the area looking for trade ships to loot and pilage – so cool! In the 1700’s a British Naval officer made his home on Great Stirrup Cay – thus Bertram’s Cove was named and his grave marker is still located on the main beach! Over the next hundred years the island was used for federal and business practices and along the island you’ll see evidence of battles. Today, Norwegian has invested $25 million to preserve and enhance this 250-acre island oasis.
The island is open to Norwegian cruise line guests to relax along the sandy beaches, sip your favorite fruity drink or eat some local BBQ. The history buff would love to site see the history markers of the island but there is something for adventurers too.
Explore the island from below the water snorkeling beside a school of tropical fish. Explore it on the water on Kayaks or WaveRunners. You can even explore from the air Para-sailing There are dozens more activities to try, like Eco-Boat tours and even a stingray encounter. While we vacationed sans-kids, for our anniversary, I noticed there were plenty of water options and play areas for kids.
If sitting and relaxing with a drink is more your speed the island host 3 bars with tasty drinks including the Lighthouse Bar and the Bobolink Beach Bar. The Jumbey Beach Grill had great BBQ right on the beach. We danced to music and chatted with other guests while wading in the crystal clear ocean. I even got my hair braided and chatted with the locals. If you are planning to get the token Caribbean hair braiding, this island has the cheapest prices by half! We had such an amazing time. It was easy to see why Norwegian Cruise Line is rated among the top large-ship cruise lines for families in the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards.