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Caribbean Cruise on the Norwegian Escape

Our next adventure is just around the corner! We had such a good time on our first cruise with all our friends for my 30th birthday that when the opportunity came up to do another one with some of our best friends, we said YES without much hesitation.

However, for those of you who remember the planning nightmares I dealt with on the last cruise, it should be obvious that we aren't cruising with Royal Caribbean again. Instead, Adam found an amazing deal with Norwegian Cruise Line, getting us a package with a FREE OPEN BAR. Can I get a hell yeah?!

This package is called Free At Sea, and it's something that NCL offers on a fairly regular basis, so you could take advantage of it too! We booked at a time that the package also included free specialty dining, free shore excursions, and free airfare for the second guest.

All of this sounds too good to be true, and in a way, it is. They use the term "free" very liberally, but we are going to do a full breakdown of all the perks after our cruise so we can review all the positives and negatives in each category for you.

Paradise Point In St Thomas In The US Virgin Islands Rainbow Over Charlotte Amalie Incredible Views
The view from Paradise Point in St. Thomas

This is our first time cruising with NCL and our first time going to most of the places we’re visiting, so we are obviously VERY excited! Our itinerary this time includes:

  • 1 night in Port Canaveral before we get on the cruise ship. We’re staying on a small boat Airbnb!

  • 2 days at sea on the cruise ship. We didn’t get any sea days on our last cruise, so this will be great for us to get to know the ship better so we can tell you about all the fun stuff to do.

  • A port in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, where we will explore on our own around downtown, museums, restaurants, bars, and the beach

  • A day in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, where we hope to revisit the Skyride to Paradise Point to try their famous Baileys Bushwackers drink, among other activities

  • A morning in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, probably at the beach drinking rum

  • A day at Norwegian’s pristine private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay!

  • 2 nights in Orlando after the cruise so we can hit up the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios! I am a total nerd for that stuff, just FYI.

Caribbean Cruise To The Bahamas On Norwegian Escape 2023
This will be our first time in The Bahamas!

We have SO many exciting things on the horizon and we will have SO much to talk about when we get back! Here are some of the blog articles you can expect to see from us about this cruise:

  • Norwegian Escape Cruise Ship Review

  • Specific reviews of the activities, bars, and restaurants on the Norwegian Escape

  • Breakdown of NCL’s Free At Sea promotion, explaining how each perk works and the pros and cons of using it

  • A tour of our room on the ship + tips for making the most out of the tiny space

  • Packing tips

  • An overall review of the planning experience with Norwegian Cruise Line

  • An overall review of the onboard experience and, ultimately, whether or not we would cruise with Norwegian again

  • Reviews of the activities we do at our ports of call

It’s only 5 weeks away so get ready! Make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter so you’ll see all the info. In the meantime, we’re going to be talking about some of the amazing stuff we did on our last cruise too, such as the steepest zipline in the world (!), snorkeling in Barbados, and visiting the Captain Morgan Distillery.

Keep an eye on our Instagram stories too - you just might see our adventures unfolding in real-time! Until then, see you In The Great Wide somewhere!

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Travel Writer Phoebe Meador For In The Great Wide Adventure Travel Lifestyle Blog


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