Have you ever been on a cruise?
If you haven’t, this is your cue to go book one for this Summer. When you think of vacation, you think of doing nothing but relaxing. A cruise lets you do just that. You wake up and go on about your day without having to worry about where to eat, how to get somewhere or what to do, and though I absolutely love and appreciate all of that when traveling, a little break from it was much appreciated. I went on a seven day cruise with my boyfriend, my aunt, two of my cousins and Logan (my cousins husband). It was always a dream of mine to go on a trip with my cousins, and though one of them was missing, I’m so thankful I finally got to do it. I forgot how much fun a cruise could be. The first time I ever went on one was on the Carnival with my parents for my Godsisters birthday when I was fifteen.
This time around we went on Norwegian. The cruise stopped in three different locations: The Bahamas, Jamaica and Grand Cayman. Everyone kept telling me seven days would be too much, that I would dread it. Little did I know it was too short and I never wanted to leave the ship. The time flew right past me. Theres so many things to do, so if you ever choose to go with the Norwegian cruise line let me give you some tips.
First and foremost, I’m not sure if many other cruise lines do this, but when you arrive the very first thing they do is take your bags. Just as in airlines, I don’t check in my nice luggage because it cost me a lot and I’m afraid it will come back wrecked. I panicked for a quick minute, but remembered I was on vacation and nothing would ruin my trip. So make sure to pack smart and use your least favorite suitcase. The boarding process was very simple. When going on a cruise, always make sure to bring a passport or birth certificate.
On the very first day after boarding we drank and explored some parts of the boat. If you get the drink package it is unlimited drinks at any bar except for Margaritaville. You can choose to leave tips at the end of the trip or tip when you please. Another thing, they charge you service fees every day, which you can choose to pay at the end as well. I suggest before boarding the ship to call the cruise line and get as many details as possible. We failed on that part. We went the entire time not knowing most of the shows had to be reserved. By the time we found out most of them were sold out. Take some time to research the amenities and excursions the boat offers as well so you are familiar with the boat, it will help you plan your days more accordingly (if you like planning that is). We didn’t plan much, except what times we would meet and where because there is no cell-phone service and to purchase the Wifi package it is $200. I was more than happy being disconnected, it was exactly what we all needed and I suggest if you go on a cruise to do the same. You will appreciate your vacation a lot more.
Our first stop was Nassau, Bahamas. I had already been before but I enjoyed it much more this time around. We went to the beach, rode jet skis, banana boat, and got drunk, you can see the end result down below lol. The cruise offers excursions, make sure you familiarize yourself with that as well because they fill up quick. For the Bahamas we got a taxi to the beach and spent the day there.
Next stop was Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The excursions offered by the cruise are really expensive, but if you choose to go with tours or excursions offered outside of the boat please be really careful. The only excursion we chose offered by the cruise was the River Dunn Falls. They provide transportation to the river and back to the boat. The falls were so much fun, we climbed all the way from the very beginning to the top. You are required to wear water shoes and make sure to store away anything that is valuable because theres a very big chance you will lose it if you’re not careful enough, and ladies, you will get wet! I think I almost died twice!
We took a taxi from the falls to the Bamboo Beach club. The beaches in Jamaica are breathtaking. We didn’t explore as much as I would have liked to but I’ll definitely be going back some day in the future.
Heres my sexy man 😉
In between stops theres Sea days, where you spend the entire day on the boat. Man did I eat on this trip. Theres so many restaurants to pick from with exquisite options, and a buffet that offers breakfast, lunch, snack times and dinner. As I said before, familiarize yourself with what is going on. Theres so many events and things going on you’re sure to miss out on a lot of things. We didn’t even know it was Captains night until two hours before it begun.
Our last stop was Grand Cayman. This time around we didn’t choose an excursion from the boat. At every port when you disembark, its swamped with locals offering excursions and tours. We chose Stingray City and saved about $60 each. They took us snorkeling and we got to see exotic fish and stingrays. My cousin and I thought we could make it work without floats, but we almost drowned. The currents are really strong from what I hear, so don’t commit the same mistake we did. After snorkeling they took us to Sting Ray City. Its a series of shallow sandbars where Stingrays reside and you can play, swim and interact with them.
I was low key scared of them as you can see lol but it was a remarkable experience.
We visited the Seven Mile beach afterwards and the ambiance was phenomenal. This beach is voted “The Caribbeans Best Beach” and you can see why as soon as you arrive. We made some friends on this cruise named Samuel and Marco (Hi if you guys are reading this, can’t wait to visit you!) and they told us how this island is pretty expensive but totally worth it. Again, I didn’t get to explore much but Grand Cayman is now on my list of islands I want to explore. On a cruise, theres not much time to do a lot of things. But I love the beach so I was more than happy with relaxing most of the time instead of taking tours which take up most of your time.
I have to say Norwegian exceeded my expectations. A few more tips, when you leave your room try to leave things behind specially if you’re drinking. I lost my phone and my camera on different times, lucky me people were nice enough to return them to lost and found at customer service. The only bad thing I have to say about this cruise is the staff was not the greatest during our trip. Though you had your share of really nice employees, most of the ones we encountered were rude and very unwelcoming. I didn’t experience this on the Carnival, but considering everything else was phenomenal I would choose Norwegian again in the future. Its always been a dream of mine to go on Royal Caribbean, so thats next! I hope you guys found this somewhat helpful, and if you have any questions feel free to contact me and ask me anything, I’d be more than happy to help. Now go on, book a cruise, you won’t regret it (this is not sponsored) have an amazing week and