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Norwegian Dawn Cruise : Trip Report
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Sunday:Depart Miami
Monday: At Sea
Tuesday: Samana
Wednesday: Tortola
Thursday: St. Thomas
Friday: At Sea
Saturday: Great Stirrup Cay
Sunday: Arrive Miami

It's been a while since our last cruise and last vacation and we needed a quick and easy vacation, WITH the kids. We joined my wife's brother and his family on a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines on their Eastern Caribbean itinerary. We had never been there so why not.

First of all, I'm no fan of cruises. I don't like being couped up on a boat for several days but my least favorite part is how long it takes to get off the boat to go ashore and do something fun. Although NCL does a pretty good job of making the process as efficient as possible, there are over 2000 people on the boat and it just takes a while to get a large portion of them to get off the boat, especially by tender.

As far as cruise lines go, NCL is one of the better ones. Their fleet of ships is pretty new, has lots of ammenities and of course their "Freestyle Cruising". That means that unlike other cruise lines you can eat meals when and where you please as well as with whoever you please. That's a big plus for us as we didn't want to have to rush back to the ship from a shore excursion to make our dinner time plus since we were traveling with small children we needed the extra flexibility as more than once the kids were napping during the regular dinner time.


Aboard the Norwegian Dawn

Aboard the Norwegian Dawn
The Norwegian Dawn is one of the line's newer ships and far newer and nicer than any previous NCL ship we've been on.
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Samana, Dominican Republic

Samana, Dominican Republic
Boring islands, but they do have Humpback Whales. But three hours bobing on the ocean to catch a couple glimpses of Whales?
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Diving Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Diving Tortola, British Virgin Islands Diving
One of the highlights of visiting BVI is diving the HMS Rhone. It was ok.
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Butterfly Museum, St. Thomas, USVI

Butterfly Museum, St. Thomas, USVI
A fairly child friendly stop to a Butterfly Museum in St. Thomas just steps from the cruise ship dock.
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Diving St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Diving St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands Diving
A couple decent dives in St. Thomas, USVI.
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Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Our last day was spent at Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas, a private island owned by NCL. It was surprisingly fun since it was just easy and laid back and a great way to end the trip.
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Aboard the Norwegian Dawn Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas Samanda, Dominican Republic Diving Tortola, British Virgin Islands Diving St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands