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

versatile family-friendly trip.

Family Stylin’ with

NCL

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Ultimate Family Vacations | FALL 2018

FALL 2018 | Ultimate Family Vacations

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CRUISE.

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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

Line's

Getaway

ship.

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.