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Last Sea Day

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The last day aboard the Norwegian Breakaway we did a lot of playing: pools, ropes courses, golf, trivia. Trying to have as much fun as possible before having to go back to our cabins and pack to head home. 

The highlight of our day was watching our sweet boy conquer the mini ropes course and perform in the kids club circus show. After watching Daddy, Granna, Emily, and Ben conquer the big ropes course throughout the week by the last day Perry was ready to try the little one. Notice my name is not on that list...I am sooooo not a ropes course/heights person. I tried the ropes course once onbaord and barely got out away from the first platform and jumped ship. For some reason, I know I am strapped in but my brain and heart just won't believe it. Hopefully Perry did not inherit that irrational fear from me.

He did great on the little kid ropes course that was only a couple feet off the ground (that is more my style too).

Perry spent the afternoon in Kids Club rehearsing and performing in the Splashtacular Extravaganza. Andrew, Granna, and I went down to the main theatre later that afternoon to watch him perform on the big stage. Perry's age group were tigers that rawred and jumped through a hoop. It was really cute. Perry did great and it was so fun seeing him perform up on stage. This was the first cruise we have been on where Perry was old enough to participate in the official kids clubs (they start at 3). He was cautious going in the first time...mostly because he was going in a different class than Ben and Kate...but once he did it once he was good to go. He had a great time with his new friends and the kids counselors. 

That is pretty much a wrap on our cruise fun. I'll follow-up tomorrow with one more post about our disembarkation day and few final hours we spent as a big family in NYC. It was a great trip and a fun ship and itinerary. Can't say that Norwegian is our favorite cruise line to date we would totally do it again. 

Oh - and we can't forget our towel animal pictures. We had an awesome room steward (who had twin 3 year olds back home and was pretty smitten with our little guy). He thought of everything, including a bedrail for Perry's bed so he wouldn't fall out at night. He also made the best towel animals (complete with googly eyes) and left them there from day to day so we pretty much had a towel zoo by the end of the week. Here are a few of them...

Caves, fish, and turtles oh my

Monday, August 22, 2016

The final day on Bermuda we actually did an official a cruise excursion out to some caves and the local aquarium. It looked fun and right up Perry's alley, and we wanted to be on an official tour since the boat was leaving mid afternoon and we didn't want to take any chances on not making it back. As much as we loved Bermuda we did not want to miss our ride home. :)

Granna joined us for the fun. On the way out to the caves we made a brief stop at a pretty beach to stretch our legs and see the views.

Then it was back in the bus and off to the crystal caves. We had a guided tour down into the cave which was really well preserved and pretty.

Next stop was the local aquarium and zoo. It was also small, but well done and Perry loved seeing all the fish and sea creatures. That is totally his thing these days.

We could have spent a lot longer at the aquarium, but before we knew it it was time to load the bus and head back to the ship. We got dropped off a few blocks away and did just a little bit of last minute wandering and shopping by the port before we embarked the boat the last time. And I can't leave a giant anchor and not take the quintessential Delta Gamma picture.

Our three days in Bermuda all looked very different from each other which was awesome. We spent a day playing on the beach, a day boating around the island, and a day seeing some of the inland attractions.

Bermuda it sure was fun. Perhaps we will see you and your pink sands again someday!

Boston Whaling in Bermuda

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Once the cruise ship docked in Bermuda it didn't turn it's engine on for two more days. It seemed a little odd to fall asleep and wake up in the same place. But Bermuda was so so pretty and fun we were ecstatic to have several days there. The second day we met up with the family on the pier for a fun day of boating and exploring the island from the water. 

Sandy Eckley made the kids the cutest, matching snorkel shirts to wear.

We read really good reviews about a company that rents Boston Whaler boats for you to take out for a half or whole day and decided to check it out. We had two Whalers reserved for our party of 8. The Eckleys had one boat and the three of us and Granna had the other. We were given some basic instructions and life vests, some bread to feed the fish, some gasoline, and we were off. 

Matt and Andrew did a great job driving the boats around for the next 6 hours. We explored lots of the Island. Found a ship wreak, gazed at huge houses, and dropped anchor on a small deserted island.

We also stopped once for lunch and a restroom break at a little hole in the wall restaurant. And no don't worry...Perry did not get to drive the boat (Ben did...and did a great job).

Everything went swimmingly until about an hour before we were due back, and our whaler started acting up. It would just cut off unexpectedly and the first few times it happened we (er...Andrew) could get the boat back started relatively easily. But eventually it stopped and would not start again. So we were stranded. We tried some creative techniques of tethering the two boats together and having the Eckley boat tow us back, but that failed. So we had to call the company for help. Turns out it was bad spark plugs and once they changed them we were able to start the boat and drive ourselves back. 

While we waited for help we were entertained by the American and Japanese America's Cup boats which were practicing in the open water right in front of us. Turned out to be a really cool experience. The America's Cup is happening in Bermuda next year and some of the boats and crews are already there getting ready.

By the time we headed ashore at 2 pm, Perry had had enough fun and was totally passed out in the boat. I can't think of much better places to take a nap.

Back on board we all got some much needed showers and got dressed for dinner and evening fun. There was a family party up on the pool deck that we went to and many of us got peer pressured into a variety of ridiculous competitions. Also known as the time that several of us adults ended up popping balloons in the lap of a cruise staffer and Matt and Ben ended up in a hot dog eating contest. Perry won a raffle and ended up on stage too.

Where the sun is shining and the sand is pink

Saturday, August 20, 2016

We had two full days at sea before the ship went ashore in Bermuda. Somehow I managed to totally fail at taking pictures on the second day. It looked a lot like the first though...breakfast, pool, playtime, and dinner at the Brazilian steak house. 

So let's move on to the next day - our first day on the Island of Bermuda. I woke up early and snuck out on the balcony to catch some views and pictures of the sun rising on the sea. So pretty. 

Perry meanwhile was not so enthusiastic about morning. He's not a morning person ever...even when there is a fun beach day ahead. We were able to get up, turn the lights on and get totally ready (walking and talking all around him) and he would not even move. Bless him.


We met up with the whole crew for breakfast at the buffet and then headed off the boat as soon as we could and hailed a shuttle van ride to the Horseshoe Bay beach area. 

When we got there we were blown away at how beautiful it was. All beaches are pretty, but this one was out of this world amazing. We got there early enough there were very few people on the beach yet for the day. We took advantage of some picture taking time and got nestled into a prime beach spot. By the time we left mid-day the beach was super crowded. We were very glad to have arranged our own transportation rather than a cruise excursion so we could come and go on our own time table.

The water was a tad chilly, but not too bad once you got submerged. It was totally clear though, and the bottom was solid, soft sand. Perfect for playing. 

We took a stroll as a group along the beach and explored lots of little inlets and climbed up on a rocky mountain to check out the view. The terrain was spectacular. And so different from beaches down here in the gulf or Florida. I mean just look....

the above picture could be renamed "that time I almost put my hand on a crab"

I love this picture so so much

We could have stayed on the beach all day I am pretty sure. But we had already planned and prepared to head back to the ship around lunch time to eat and freshen up and go explore some more of the island. We decided to take the ferry to the city of Hamilton and walk around a bit. We had no real agenda except to explore. We found a historical museum which miraculously had free wifi, so we sat outside there for a bit and checked in with the outside world. We walked the streets and meandered a few shops. The thing we found most amusing was the dress code of the local business men. Being the capitol city there were lots of them. Apparently in Bermuda it is totally acceptable and professional to wear a button down and blazer along with a brightly colored pair of bermuda shorts and tall socks. It was cool to see real "bermuda shorts" first hand.  

Once we had our fill of the city we grabbed the ferry back to the cruise ship terminal. We were starting to lose people to sleep by this point, Perry in his stroller and Andrew got a little snooze in during the ferry ride back. 

This evening Ann and us took all the kids back on the ship while Emily and Matt had an evening out on the island to celebrate their anniversary. The rest of us ate dinner in the Manhattan room on the boat - one of the nice main dining rooms and called it an early night. It had been a full and very fun day. And it was just one of three days we got to spend on the amazing island of Bermuda.

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