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This cruise-newbie finds out vacations at sea are the perfect,

versatile family-friendly trip.

Family Stylin’ with



Ultimate Family Vacations | FALL 2018

FALL 2018 | Ultimate Family Vacations







By Fiona Tapp

I sold the idea of a cruise to my four-year-old son

by telling him we were going on a boat – he loves

all sorts of transport vehicles and was excited

about the idea of living and sleeping on a ship.

His fevered anticipation was contagious. Upon

arriving in Miami on the big day for embarkation,

I was just as excited as my son when I realized

how big the ship was, with a guest capacity of just

under 4,000 passengers. With all the included

activities available, it was more like a floating

mega resort than simply a ship.

This was our first cruise and joining us were my

friend and her daughters; they were older at

eight and 12-years-old and they had already

discovered with delight, during a quick Internet

search, that there was a bungee trampoline and

climbing wall onboard the Norwegian Cruise




We sailed the Western Caribbean route through

Roatan, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya and Cozumel.

The highlight of which was a stop at the Island

of Harvest Caye, off the shore of southern

Belize. A seven-acre stretch of sparkling white

sand awaited us where we played all day, taking

cover from the sun underneath clam-shaped

tents. My pal and I took turns to watch the

kids while the other one splashed over to the

swim-up bar, laid out in the sun and caught up

with summer reading.

I took little-kid duty just in time for my son to

fall asleep on a sun lounger as my friend and her

daughters went to check out the 130-foot-tall

Flighthouse to watch people zip line and do

freefall jumps with fantastic views of the

mainland as the backdrop. Later in the afternoon,

I took my little one out into the clear waters and

taught him how to snorkel amid a rainbow of

shimmering ocean life.