3 May

Are you ready for Days 3, and 4 of our first Norwegian Breakaway Cruise family vacation? 

Dear Diary: 

Day 3 (Port Canavera, Florida) (Cocoa Beach) Partly Cloudy, 73 Sunrise: 7:01 a.m. Sunset: 7:44 p.m.

We were to arrive in Florida at 12:00 but were a little behind schedule but it was still good. After breakfast those who wanted to leave for shore had to get in line and head through a passageway with I.D’s (freestyle card) in hand which led us to a table letting you know to get to the beach you will have to take a bus. Adults $12.99 roundtrip and kids $6.99 roundtrip. You could use your freestyle card to pay for this. Once we arrived at the location which was a drop off for buses and tourist type of store to purchase clothes, accessories, etc. A back door led us to Cocoa Beach about a block or two away. My daughter was excited because she wanted to play in the water and sand. She did collect seashells with her brother too. I got my feet wet but didn’t dive in. My boys were busy making phone calls home since we finally had connection. That was fine but they didn’t want to get in the water. It was all beach. No places to eat, no restrooms, just sun, sand and water. If you decide to get off the boat for Cocoa Beach just be prepared. Have drinks, food, towels, sunscreen, hats, and whatever else will keep you occupied. The sand was very hot. If you booked other excursions then you should have time for those and the beach. Next time we will either stay on the boat, or book an excursion. We still enjoyed our day. 

For those who remain on the boat there’s still things to do like:

Basketball Free Throw Contest, Sudoku Challenge, Rock Wall Climbing, Aqua Park, Nintendo Wii U Sport, Body Sculpt Boot Camp, Bingo, 70’s Music Trivia with Cruise Staff, Scavenger Hunt, Family Arts & Craft, Ping Pong Tournament, Ropes Course, Party Line Dance Class, and Family Karaoke Extravaganza. 

Those returning to ship by 8:00 p.m. enjoyed: 

Entourage Dodgeball, Spring Break Family Party, The Not So Newlywed Game, 70’s Disco Groove Party, Super Shopper Raffle, Citizen Watch Event, Late Night Party and Paradise Lottery Draw which takes place every night. 

Country Western food was being served in the Garden Cafe for dinner or you could have Chicken at O’Sheehan’s. We decided to try Shanghai’s another complimentary restaurant. The food was amazing!!  Spring rolls, noodles, fried rice, dumplings, etc. The line gets long for this small restaurant so get on line early like we did. They open 5:30 for dinner . 

Day 4 (Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas) Sunny 79 Sunrise: 6:54 a.m. Sunset 7:31 p.m. 

Today we arrived at10:00 a.m. to the Bahamas.  Those going ashore were led to the Breakaway Theater on Norwegian and sat till our rows were called and taken in groups by a Tender (boat) to Norwegian’s private 250 acre island Great Stirrup Cay. We were all anxious to get on the boat and head over. It’s so beautiful when you arrive. It truly is like paradise. My daughter and I headed to the water and the boys hung out together taking in other activities. We met for lunch and enjoyed the rest of the day together. There was lots to do. Besides complimentary BBQ all day there was a *40-foot high Hippo Water Slide,* Snorkel Center, *Massage Cabanas, *Beach Yoga, *Kayak Tour, *Wave Runner, *Parasailing, *Stingray & Snorkel Rental and *Eco Boat Adventure. ( *Fee will be billed to your on-board stateroom) Free things to do were Splash Academy, Family Limbo Competition, Family Water Games, Family Tug-O-War, Family Dodgeball, Beach Volleyball, Ping-Pong, Swimming with the tropical fishes, just relaxing and having fun (priceless). For those looking for frozen specialty drinks, cocktails, beer and soda you had the Patron Bar, BoBoLink Beach Bar and Lighthouse Beach Bar. The complimentary island BBQ lunch was served at Jumbey Beach Grill, Bertram’s Bar and Bacardi Bar. There’s lockers, beach chairs, first aid, restrooms and wheelchairs. If you bring towels from the ship you must return it to ship. They highly recommend sandals/water shoes to prevent stepping on rocks or coral covered by sand. Upon returning on the Tender there are water jets to clean your feet. Last Tender to return to ship was at 5:30 p.m. 

Back on the ship fun activities: Mini Golf, Shuffleboard, Soccer Tournament, Movie: (Dolphin Tale 2), Ring Toss Challenge, Rock of Ages (musical), Movie: (Mama Mia), Movie Clip Trivia, Girls Night Out, Glow Party, and Piano Entertainment. 

A Taste of Asia (oriental) was the dinner special in the Garden Cafe and O’Sheehan’s had Prime Rib. 

Today was a great day!! 

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I won this 7-day cruise from @themoms. Opinions are mine and my children 100% as always. Enjoy the pics!!



  1. Lyla G May 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    I’m loving your trip recaps! Its like being on the ship with you guys. Your photos are beautiful. Looks like you had such a great time.

    • nilimo72 May 3, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

      Thank you so much Lyla. I wanted to capture our vacation through our eyes and show you what a wonderful time we had. Glad you are experiencing it as if you were on the ship too. Thank you for reading and enjoying my recap.

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