NCL Dawn ~ April 2009, Tortola, Samana, St. Thomas and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas

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There is just no other cruise like Norwegian, hands down.   Sooo, I’ve done this cruise twice.  Sailed out of Miami to Samana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas; Tortola, USVI; and, Great Stirrup Cay, private island in the Bahamas.  

One of my favorite sights, to start with, is sailing out and back, past the Miami Bay Bridge.  When it’s lit up, it’s so pretty. 

A Few Towel Buddies

Samana, Dominican Republic  –  I didn’t get off the ship here, this was my hang around the ship while it’s quiet and read, soak up sun, take it easy day  🙂    This was the view from the ship, tho. 

Nantucket is an island 30 miles (48.3 km) south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in the United States. Together with the small islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, it constitutes the town of Nantucket, Massachusetts, and the coterminous Nantucket County, which are consolidated. Part of the town is designated the Nantucket CDP, or census designated place. The region of Surfside on Nantucket is the southernmost settlement in Massachusetts.

St. Thomas, Megan’s Bay 
Saint Thomas is an island in the Caribbean Sea and with the islands of Saint John and Saint Croix, a county and constituent district of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), an unincorporated territory of the United States. Located on the island is the territorial capital and port of Charlotte Amalie. As of the 2000 census, the population of Saint Thomas was 51,181


Roadtown, Tortola, Cane Garden Bay  –  I totally fell in love with Tortola!!! 
Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands, a group of islands which form part of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands. Local belief is that the name was originally given to the island by Christopher Columbus, meaning “land of the Turtle Dove“. In actuality Columbus named the island Santa Ana. The Dutch settled, and dubbed it Ter Tholen, after an island off the west coast of the Netherlands. When the British moved in they altered the name to its present day form of Tortola.

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas (private island) 
Great Stirrup Cay is a small island that is part of the Berry Islands in the Bahamas. Norwegian Cruise Line purchased the island from Belcher Oil Company in 1977 and developed it into a private island for their cruise ship passengers.

Around the Norwegian Dawn, beautiful ship


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