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Cruise Day #1: Tampa

We’re aboard the Norwegian Dawn in our home port of (not so sunny, today anyway) Tampa, Florida. We’re sailing to Central America via the Western Caribbean. On this journey we’ll add two new countries to our tally: Honduras (#87) and Belize (#88).

I’ll blog along the way, but I may not update posts daily, preferring to use wifi on land if/where I can find it.

This should be a fun, relaxing cruise with Mom and Pop. It’s also the first time we’ll have been on a cruise for New Year’s.


Sailing out of the Port of Tampa and down through the mouth of Tampa Bay took about 2 hours. Libby was especially excited to pass under the impressive span of the Sunshine Skyway bridge. Honestly, it’s not the most attractive sail away we’ve experienced, and the weather was gloomy with clouds and rain. But, it was still special to leave our home via the sea.

For dinner, we went to Moderno Churrascaria. It’s the ship’s new (to us anyway) Brazilian steakhouse concept. You start the meal with a ‘salad bar’ that was actually quite a bit more impressive in terms of the quality of its selections than the name suggests. Indeed, it was more like a Latin-themed antipasto spread. We then enjoyed a number of meat carvings (like 10 different selections) and a host of side dishes. According to Emerson, it was a T-Rex’s delight!

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