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.