Well, the honeymoon is over....and we had the BEST time! We went on a 10 Day Norwegian Cruise to the Southern Caribbean and absolutely loved our experience. I'm going to be sharing all about our trip in several posts so stay tuned for more updates!
After work on Thursday Tim came and picked me up in our rental car and we headed to New York City! We stayed overnight in the city so we could get to the boat with plenty of time on Friday.
Tim made all the reservations and handled everything for this trip and he chose a hotel in Times Square called Yotel. It was for sure an experience! If you aren't familiar it's a hotel where you check in and out yourself on a computer and the rooms are very modern. It felt almost like being inside of a space ship.
Our view was pretty awesome though!
For dinner we went to a small restaurant called The Brazen Tavern. Tim originally had his heart set on getting pizza but we didn't want to venture too far away from the hotel so we settled on this since it was just a couple of blocks away.
We couldn't decide on one dish each so we decided to split some loaded fries and a chicken bacon ranch flat bread. They were both delicious!
Overall, I highly recommend The Brazen Tavern. After dinner we walked around Times Square for a little bit and then headed back to our hotel to get a good nights sleep!
I snapped this picture in our hotel lobby. How weird is this? Yobot stores your luggage for you. We watched it run one time and it was so strange.
We had a buffet breakfast in the hotel and then grabbed our luggage to head to the pier!
We had selected a 12pm arrival time but arrived closer to 11 since it didn't take as long as we thought to get to the port. Lucky for us they let us through early and we checked in and then sat down for a long wait in the terminal. I have to say that while the wait was very long they keep the whole process of boarding the boat fairly organized.
Since we were one of the last groups to board the boat we were able to go right to our stateroom instead of having to wait around.
We arrived to a ton of reading material with all the information about the activities for that day on board.
We decided to grab some drinks before our mandatory drill.
Once we finished up the drill we decided to check out the rest of the boat. We had a drink in the Spinnaker Lounge..
Walked past the unfilled pool....
Then it was time to wave goodbye to New York!
I wanted a picture of the Statue of Liberty so I hung outside in the cold but Tim was being a baby and stayed just inside the door for most of it.
I've never actually been to the Statue of Liberty so it was cool to get this close to it in a cruise ship!
I absolutely love this picture. I also absolutely loved that we were heading away from the cold weather and headed for the sunshine.
For dinner we decided to try one of the complimentary restaurants called Grand Pacific.
Tim and I both had French Onion Soup as our first course then he moved onto the BBQ Ribs while I head a steak. For dessert I chose to the salted caramel chocolate tart while Tim picked the creme brûlée. Everything was delicious and was definitely a great first impression of Norwegian's dining experience!
After dinner we just had a quick drink and then headed back to our room completely exhausted.
The next day we were able to hang outside! We were bundled up slightly but the sun was shining and the air was warmer then it had been in NY.
The breakfast buffet always had some great options but the hash browns were our favorite item to get every morning! We made sure to get them every day and I honestly miss them, they were so delicious!
We started the day off sitting by the pool where some crazy kids were already swimming, a few people were in the hot tubs and many people sat bundled up in chairs.
On this day we also discovered the quiet area at the front of the ship. We really enjoyed sitting up there in lounge chairs.
We spent most of the day just wandering around the boat, relaxing in lounge chairs and grabbing drinks at the many bars. It was a perfect first day at sea.
For dinner we went to another one of the complimentary restaurants called Magenta.
My spinach and artichoke dip was awesome.
Tim had some Spring rolls and said they were great too. I had baked ziti as my main course and can't quite remember what Tim had but we were majorly raving about our meals again.
I couldn't resist getting a Pina Colada since we were on a tropical vacation!
The show for the first night was Duo Du Soleil which featured a husband and wife team who did acrobatics. It was amazing and the two of them were in such good shape! We saw them later in the trip laying outside in their bathing suits so we know how in shape they were!
No pictures were allowed once the show started so we just took this one before the show. We were majorly impressed with our first Norwegian show and couldn't wait to see the others they would put on.
Our first towel animal of the trip, a dog! Our room stewardess was awesome and always left us such cute towel animals. I told Tim that I wanted to start having house guests and creating towel animals for them.
The next day was another day at sea and the pool was full by the time we arrived after breakfast so we headed upstairs to deck 14.
Despite wearing SPF 50 I would get burned as you will see in future pictures.
Deck 14 became one of our favorite hang out because of the quiet area. On this day we sat closer to the pool so we could hear everything that was going on and feel involved.
For most of the day we stayed outside enjoying the warmth until it was almost time for dinner. We stopped at the mojito bar for a quick drink where I enjoyed a coconut mojito before dinner.
We enjoyed our one reservation dinner on this night at Moderno. This restaurant was fun since they brought around different kinds of meat for you to try. It was more Tim's cup of tea then mine since I'm not a huge meat eater and probably would've done better at a restaurant that served tons of different kinds of potatoes ;)
After dinner there was the most amazing sunset and we had to step outside to take some pictures. A nice couple took some pictures of us but they mostly came out super dark.
The most beautiful sunsets are definitely over the ocean. We saw some of the most beautiful skies on this trip.
After snapping some pictures we headed down to the Stardust Theatre for another show. This night Titou the Magician was performing.
He had such a great personality and was so entertaining! We thoroughly enjoyed his show before heading to bed since we had a big day the next day. We had half a day at sea but would be arriving at a port! On Monday I'll be sharing Day 5 of our vacation so I will see you back here then!
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