The Darling Nomadess: All Aboard the Norwegian Dawn: Cruise Vacation Recap!

Monday, January 13, 2014

All Aboard the Norwegian Dawn: Cruise Vacation Recap!

About a month ago I shared my packing list for a cruise vacation. Right after finals week ended, three sorority sisters and I  set sail on the Norwegian Dawn to the Western Caribbean! We visited Roatan Island, Belize City, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We kareoke'd, taught everyone on the ship how to do the Wobble, had fabulous cocktails served in pineapples, danced a lot, made new friends, and pretty much became cast members for the performance crew. I would say it was a pretty successful you might be able to tell from the following photos!

It rained all day while we were at the Roatan Islands, Honduras port-of-call. The beautiful Christmas decorations kept things very festive while we appreciated since our trip was right before Christmas! 

While we were dipping out toes into the ocean, a little old lady who was on our ship asked if she could take a picture of us with our umbrellas and toes in the ocean. So we also had her take a shot on our camera, too! How adorable is this photo?! This photo is probably hanging in that little old lady's beach-themed bathroom now...

We did our one excursion while we were in Costa Maya. We visited the beautiful Maya Chan Beach. It's pretty exclusive (they only take 40 people max) and not many people know about it! Before the trip, I did some research and discovered Maya Chan after reading about it on the Cruise Critic message boards. If you are planning a cruise or going on one soon, I highly recommend you check out the message boards! So helpful!

Anyways, Maya Chan is the best place on earth! I paid $75 for this excursion and got a 30 minute full body massage, a delicious lunch (I still dream about the sea bass and guacamole...), cabanas for each group, kayaking, snorkeling, floating chairs and wait for it...unlimited drinks (when on vacation, do as vacationers do)! It was glorious and the staff was amazing and so hospitable. As in, while we were floating out at sea in the floating chairs, the bartender kayaked out to us with drinks. Best day ever. 

At the end of the day, we tried to take a picture of the four of us and it took about twenty shots (of the camera sort...) to get this one.

Because you can only take photos like this while in Mexico...

The ship's White Hot Party was pretty fun! There weren't many young people (as in 18-26 year olds) on the boat and I feel like the ships programming was geared to more families and older adults. We made the best of it though! 

Earlier in the week I participated in the ship's Dancing With The Dawn Stars competition and placed second. My partner was Kevin, a dancer and aerialist on the production cast. Well we became friends with him, his boyfriend, and the comedy show cast and they invited us to a place called No Name Bar, apparently the cast only knows about it. It was beautiful! There was clear ocean, drinks the size of your head (#WelcomeToMexico), a pool, it just made for a great afternoon. 

This post wouldn't be compete without some OOTD's from the cruise! 

 With Love,

P.S. I have a super exciting announcement! Are you a blogger and a fan of "The Bachelor"? Every Tuesday, Rachael and I will be hosting a Bachelor link up! Starting tomorrow, swing by this little blog of mine to link up your reviews, recaps, outfit inspirations and any post Bachelor-related! Can't wait to read your post tomorrow! 


  1. How fun! I went to Honduras last year but didn't get to Roatan. Love the photos (Especially the umbrella/toe cute). Looks like an awesome trip!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

  2. You look soooo cute in all these pictures! I'm so glad you had so much fun! xo

  3. What a great time! I want to go on cruise soon (if it's in the budget) but I am hoping I can just to get the experience! ♥

  4. Glad you had a great time on your cruise.

  5. Your cruise sounds fabulous! Glad you had a nice time on your break from school - hope this semester starts off well!

  6. Looks like a lot of fun! Glad you had a nice trip!

    I also wanted to let you know that I nominated you for an award -


  7. So jealous.. I need a vaca STAT! Looks like y'all had a fabulous time!

    Diary of a Debutante

  8. Aw, that old lady sounds so cute! That really is such a good idea for a picture. :) I'm glad you had fun on your cruise--I've never been on one.

  9. The Cruise looks like so much fun! I love the umbrella picture and the anchor skirt!

  10. Looks beautiful! I've been wanting to go to Belize for years amazing. :) xx

  11. How fun! I love the shot of you guys with your umbrellas. :) adorable. xo


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