#Foodiechats was pleased to partner with Norwegian Cruise Line onboard their award winning Norwegian Getaway Cruise Ship. Our 7-Day Western Caribbean adventure left from Miami and sailed to Roatán, Harvest Caye, their newest island stop in Belize, Costa Maya, and Cozumel.  We had the time of our lives, so grab a LandShark Lager and read all about why you should book your next vacation with Norwegian Cruise Line. 

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Norwegian Getaway combines the most magnificent amenities Norwegian has to offer with unforgettable destinations. Stroll The Waterfront, an innovative, industry-first open-air promenade designed to connect guests with the ocean like no other cruise line. Indulge in more than 28 dining options, experience the thrill of five water slides, and three levels of action-packed activities in the sports complex. Enjoy excitement and entertainment with Illusionarium, a surreal magical experience, and Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. Get ready to explore the white sand beaches and deep blue waters on a Bahamas or Caribbean cruise, explore the history of the Baltic on a Europe Cruise, or just relax at sea on a Transatlantic cruise. Miami’s Ultimate Ship is your ultimate getaway.

                             Book your Norwegian Getaway today for a Cruise of a lifetime 

Meet our Our NCL Hosts, Evelyn Macki and Karina Parreno with #Foodiechats Founder, Steve Green

Evelyn and Karina created our week long Cocktails & Bites at Sea, paired with a Fins Up & Sail Away Bucket List Challenge Series.  They brought together a dynamic group of Influencers from all walks of the blogger sphere.  They created an amazing Itinerary that was meticulously planned and we loved every single activity with the group. We’ve now made friendships for life, and we give all the credit to our hosts for organizing the best group of people to add this experience to our life story!

Sunday, March 5, 2017: ALL ABOARD 

We left Terminal B from the Port of Miami at 4 P.M. ET and sights leaving Miami were simply breathtaking.

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

After taking in the sights we returned to our stateroom where we were greeted with a bottle of Champagne and Chocolate Covered Strawberries.

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

We popped the bubbly, sat on our balcony and took in the sights of the most magnificent Ocean. We quickly dressed for the evening and met up with the rest of the group for our first meet and great cocktail party at Bliss Ultra Lounge.

Meet the #NorwegianGetaway March 2017 Crew (Clockwise): @JDSpralin, @KarinaParreno, @Macki003, @ThisFloridaLife, @steveGOgreen, @EatSleepCruise, @EatMoveMake, @JetSetSarah, @CruiseMaven, @TheYumYumFoodie, @SurfNSunshine, @AngelaWoody.

P.S. Having a welcome cake for all of the Cruisers was EPIC!

Monday, March 6, 2017: Morning Trivia & Mimosas followed by our Live and Online #Foodiechats onboard Norwegian Getaway at Margaritaville at Sea: Deck 16

When our itinerary read 9 A.M. Trivia & Mimosas for our 1st Fins Up & Sail Away Bucket List Challenge, we jumped up and ran to our meeting place onboard. We couldn’t wait have a fun challenge with our new friends.

Mr. @JDSpralin who is the Host for ‘s  on . Traveling Mercenary and Party-Maker for Parrotheads, hosted our Trivia. Needless to say, it was Margaritaville / Jimmy Buffett-inspired questions. We split into two teams and competed Family Feud Style…With a fun addition, we had to give a FINS UP if we knew the answer.

Being Greeted with LandShark Beer Buckets full of swag was a great touch to this super fun hour of Trivia! We also quickly learned that @ThisFloridaLife is a GIANT Parrothead, and nailed the Trivia!

Photo Credit: Steve Green

After Trivia, we headed to the to Deck 15 for some poolside fun before #Foodiechats, and an impromptu cannon ball contest took place! What a SPLASH of a time. Norwegian Cruise Line encourages fun of all shapes and sizes!

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

#Foodiechats began almost six years ago (May 9, 2011) and we’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of brands. However, this partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line along with their new Restaurant addition, Margaritaville at Sea onboard the Norwegian Getaway, was one of our most favorite social media experiences yet.

Photo Credit: Steve Green

The Margaritaville at Sea Restaurant serves their full menu, such as the CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE®, WHO’S TO BLAME® MARGARITA, and VOLCANO NACHOS. This location is on highest Deck level onboard the Norwegian Getaway which is on Deck 16. You gain the open air island feel while sailing the open seas and listening to Jimmy Buffett. If you are a Parotthead at heart, this is a location you must dine in.

Volcano Nachos Photo Credit: Cruise Maven

We all gathered together ordered Who’s To Blame Margaritas, shared some of the delicious noshes and Tweeted our Fins out during our #Foodiechats Twitter Chat.  We gave a FINS UP at the end as we trended on Twitter!

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Tuesday, March 7, 2017: Arrive in Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras, and Thermal Spa onboard
Norwegian Getaway and Hosted Dinner at Cagney’s Steakhouse

Photo Credit: Steve Green

After getting our sea legs steady we were so excited to Port in Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras for the day.

Beautiful and unspoiled, Roatan is a peaceful ecotourist’s dream, just 30 miles off the coast of Honduras. Teeming with marine life and home to some of the best pillar coral in the Caribbean, the pristine Honduran Reef is a diver’s paradise. And the beauty of Tabyana Beach is always a sight to see. <— via NCL.

As we packed for the day at Port, we enjoyed our morning cup of GO on our Stateroom balcony, and we had a guest appear: look closely at the Rainbow!

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Steve Green

As we pulled into Port, we were greeted by the locals banging on their drums all day! What a warm welcome.

We took our beach talents to Tabyana Beach, which was so beautiful and the water was clear and calm which made it perfect to grab a bucket of beers and float around.

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

We ran into @TheYumYumFoodie and Jorge – took a much-needed screen time break, enjoyed some local fare and headed back to port for some onboard Mandara Spa relaxation.

Photo Credit: Steve Green

The Mandara Spa provides everything you need to rejuvenate during your cruise experience. We’ll let the video share with you all of the amazingness via Norwegian Cruise Line. We stayed on trend and let our screens in our lockers.

Next up, hosted dinner at Cagney’s Steakhouse onboard Norwegian Getaway.

“Steak is the standard at our American-style steakhouse. Take your pick from choice cuts of Certified Angus Beef® like our traditional T-bone or tender Prime Rib. Your mouth will water, so sip your favorite cocktail in anticipation. And don’t forget to order our made-from-scratch jumbo crab cakes and a side of our famous truffle fries.” Norwegian Cruise Line

Certified Angus Beef brand has been a #Foodiechats partner for years, so we knew we were in for a treat with this meal.

We ordered the Tomahawk Steak and Lamb Chops and they were cooked to perfection! DROOL WARNING…

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Wednesday, March 8, 2017: Harvest Caye, Belize visiting LandShark Bar & Grill and Dance Class: THRILLER

High winds prevented a day at Harvest Caye, so when life gives you lemons – your NCL Team creates an impromptu LandShark Bar & Grill Party at Sea.

As @SurfNSunshine Tweeted: Real cruisers roll with it 😜 Port changes, shmort changes – Fins up, we’re ready for a fun day at sea 🎉 no Belize today! Norwegian Cruise Line #CruiseNorwegian #cruiselife

Photo Credit: SurfNSunshine

The Painkiller Cocktails “helped” ease the pain our port changes – 😂 😂

FINS UP & SAIL AWAY at H2O on Deck 16 on Norwegian Getaway!

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Mary Beth and This Is Florida Photo Credit Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Jorge – The Yum Yum Foodie – #Foodiechats Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

The Crew: Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

TIME TO EAT! A Big Shout Out to the Margaritaville at Sea Chef and Staff for recreating the LandShark Bar & Grill Menu for all of us! The Chef came out and was a delight and even gave us all a riddle that we couldn’t figure out.

Beach Chips: Hot lattice chips, cheese sauce, mixed cheese, bacon, sour cream, scallions and ranch dressing Photo Credit: Steve Green

Belizean Shrimp Ceviche: Local Shrimp, onions, chiles, cilantro, tomatoes and fresh lime juice served with corn tortilla chips. Photo Credit: Steve Green

Fried Shrimp Basket: Breaded shrimp fried to a golden brown. Served with cocktail sauce and French Fries. Photo Credit: Steve

After Dinner, we all headed to the Atrium on Floor 6 for a Dance Lesson: Thriller

Thursday, March 9, 2017: Port in Costa Maya and Private Mixology Course at Margaritaville at Sea 

“This coastal paradise in the Yucatan features stunning beaches with soft sand and blue skies. Travel to see ancient Mayan ruins in this region rich with archaeological sites.” via Norwegian Cruise Line

All we can say is WOW! This small town of Costa Maya had such charm, from the beautiful beaches, food, drinks and of course the people. We chose to take a $3 Taxi to the Public Beach: Majahual. It has everything you would want as far as relaxing and taking in a swim in the Ocean.

Let’s Beach: Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Back to Norwegian Getaway for our Private Mixology Course! The Margaritaville Staff was so talented and they even invited a few of us up to try our bartending skills. 

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

 

Shake it @TheYumYumFoodie

Such talent with this Staff!

Friday, March 10, 2017: Port in Cozumel and hosted Dinner at Ocean Blue

LAST PORT Cozumel! Endless amounts of activities to do in this grand town of a population of 65K.

Sunrise over Cozumel: Photo Credit: Steve Green

“The island of Cozumel off the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula continues to be known for its fantastic fishing, snorkeling and diving opportunities. And despite the growth of tourism in recent years, the island and its only town, San Miguel, retain much of their original warmth and charm.” Norwegian Cruise Line

We visited two amazing destinations while in Port; Playa Mia Grand Beach & Water Park and Chankanaab Beach Adventure Park

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Tequilla Tasting: Photo Credit: Steve Green

They say big tippers go to Heaven – Let’s Go:) Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Back to Norwegian Getaway for our final meal as a group at Ocean Blue 😢

Photo Credit: Evelyn Macki

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Dover Sole Photo Credit: Steve Green

Surf N Turf Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

NEXT UP GLOW PARTY at H2O Deck 16

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Photo Credit: Steve Green

Saturday, March 11, 2017: Day at Sea with Ropes Course, Hoops, and Private Dance Lessons 

“Lace up your sneakers and take your game to new heights at our multi-level, action-packed Sports Complex. Get into a friendly game of basketball. Kiss the sky on our bungee trampoline. Climb a huge rock wall in the middle of the ocean. Or zip across one of our Breakaway and Breakaway Plus Class ships for an experience like no other. Ready. Set. Game on.” Norwegian Cruise Line

Rise and Shine!!! Time for Rope Climbing and Ziplining onboard Norwegian Cruise Line Photo Credit: Angela Woodward

Way to go Steve Green for completing the Ropes Course! Next up, Private Dance Class

The Dancers were wonderful, patient and pretty hysterical while teaching our group the Cha Cha, and we had a great time!

It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye 🎼

Time to say goodbye to these people who just 6 days before were, “Social Media Names” on a piece of paper who are now friends!

 

Thank you for spending time reading about our Norwegian Cruise Line experience. If you have been “wanting” to go on the trip of your lifetime – then make it happen, and Cruise Norwegian!