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What a trip! The Norwegian Escape was my first-ever cruise and I am ruined for normal vacations forever now. My friends and family had me panicked over sea sickness, but while I was aware of the boat rocking throughout the week, it was more soothing than annoying (granted, after a few cocktails I was walking sideways down the halls). It may have something to do with the Norwegian Escape being the fifth-largest ship on the ocean and with a boat that size, there is so much to do on board!

The Ship:

Where do I start?! Upon arrival, we headed straight to the spa to check out the amenities and book couples’ massages. I was so curious to check out the snow room, but unfortunately it was closed for our first two days at sea 🙁 We had our massages the next day and when they say firm, they mean it. I was a noodle the rest of the day!

I had multiple options when it came to feeding my budding gambling addiction. Firstly, the casino. I tried my hand at black jack and it was less than illustrious. But the tables turned when we played BINGO and I won the jackpot!

The restaurants on board were delicious. We tried hibachi the first night and the last two nights were spent at a Brazilian steak house. When it came to the main dining rooms, there were no set meal times and you were able to come and go as you please which is great for late eaters like me (hey, a girl’s gotta nap after a day full of activities).

My favorite activity aboard the ship (besides drinking) was the ropes course. I usually don’t get scared, but with the winds and the elements that take you out over the ocean, I have to say I was a little nervous. Speaking of nervous, there were water slides in which you stood in a tube and the floor dropped out under you. Once on those was enough for me!

There is so much more… mini golf, arcade, dueling pianos, bowling, shows, shopping… but I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

norwegian escapeCoverup: SheIn c/o / Bag: Old Navy (old, similar here) / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

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tie dyed lulu's dress

grotto onboard norwegian escapeCoverup: SheIn c/o / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

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norwegian escape miamiTank: Express / Jeans: AG / Shoes: Kate Spade (old) / Necklace: Kendra Scott

leave your mark bookBook: Leave Your Mark

bikini and ray-bansPink Bow Bikini: ShopBop / Watermelon Bikini: Aerie / Colorblock Bikini: ShopBop / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

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The Ports:

St. Thomas: We spent two days at sea before arriving in St. Thomas. We hopped off the ship and into a shuttle to a nature preserve. We kayaked out to Cas Cay, an area created by coral that shields the currents and waves and creates a still area perfect for snorkeling. The water was crystal clear and after a couple gulps of salt water, I was able to enjoy the fish below me.

We followed up our kayak, hike, and snorkel with a trip to an overlook. I couldn’t get over how turquoise the water is! The views (and bushwhackers) were amazing! Then we headed shopping. There is no sales tax in St. Thomas which is great for purchasing luxury items!

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kayak in st. thomas

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bailey blue cold shoulder dressDress: Bailey Blue / Shoes: Tory Burch / Bag: Old Navy / Necklace: Kendra Scott / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Tortola: Our next stop was Tortola of the British Virgin Islands. We headed directly to the Dolphin Discovery Center to swim with dolphins. They couldn’t be cuter! We signed up for the full-monty experience (kiss, dorsal drag, foot push, etc.) and it is so worth it. I was a little nervous (mainly because of the schools of fish that follow around the dolphins), but I powered through it and managed to not lose my bathing suit bottoms being pushed out of the water by my feet! Disclaimer: There are a ton more photos, but my face is ridiculous in every one so I thought I would spare you 😉

Next, we took a tour of the island complete with rum tastings and a 360 view of the island before heading back to the boat.

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dolphin discovery tortola

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monogrammed tassel bracelets

dolphin discovery tortola

Cruise 29Coverup: ShopBop / Shoes: Tory Burch / Bracelets: Stacy Brown Designs / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Nassau: Our last port was Nassau, Bahamas. We jumped in a taxi and headed straight to the Atlantis Resort. I can’t get over how gorgeous and expansive this hotel is. Multiple beaches, amazing pools, waterpark, casino, restaurants, aquarium, etc… One day isn’t enough to see everything this resort has to offer! We rode a few slides, including two that go through the shark tanks, visited the beach and aquarium and then had to be back at the boat.

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lilly pulitzer romper

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beach at Atlantis ResortRomper: Lilly Pulitzer c/o / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Shoes: Tory Burch

Overall, the trip totally exceeded my expectations. The only downside of the ship was the high cost of wifi ($200/week), but who can’t afford to power down for a week? The next question is… when can we go on another cruise?!

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