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Nassau, Bahamas

by Patrick O'Halloran
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There was definitely some motion in the Ocean last night. Not very much and it didn’t last long but there was some roll going on. The massive towers of Atlantis soon come into view and we are the first of five ships to dock today. Norwegian Sky follows us in followed by Carnival Elation, Disney Dream and finally Carnival Victory. It’s going to be very busy in port today.

We enjoy our final breakfast in the Moonlight Sonata, in fact it will be our final meal in there this cruise. We then head back to the cabin to gather out things before we head out. There are lots of other people disembarking the other cruise ships at this time but we make a beeline to the port gate and out onto the street. We are immediately besieged by taxi drivers and shop owners touting for business. It’s not too in your face though and they leave you alone after a polite ‘no thank you’.

We are headed to the Hilton British Colonial Hotel where we have purchased a ‘Resort for a Day’ pass. Means we can use the hotel facilities for a small price. they have. Nice small beach and it includes and $40 voucher for lunch. There is no shade by the pool so we head to the beach where there are some sun. I wade in the surf with my gimbal as I take some video of the beach and the hotel. Back at the lounger I realise that I have left my headphones on the ship. Drat. I decide I can do without but half hour later realise I can’t so so I head back at a swift pace. It’s take me 20minutes. I am almost not allowed back into the port as we only took photocopies of our passports with us. They wanted actual passports or driver licence as photo ID. The security lady kindly let me through though. Back in the cabin I grab the headphone and also our passports and take back with me.

A shaded spot has opened near the pool so we head on over there. We relax in the warm, humid air. There is quite a lively breeze which keeps everything a degree or two cooler. We enjoy some cocktails before ordering lunch. Dark’n’Stormy for me and Daiquiri for Peter. I have a delicious pulled pork sandwich and Pete a burger for lunch all washed down with some ice cold local beer. Shortly after lunch, we decided to head back to the ship by way of the shops. We don’t buy anything as other than expensive jewellers and cheap souvenir shops there is not much on offer in this part of town.

Back on board, we finish up our packing. We brought the scales with us so we can carefully check the weight of our luggage. We are lucky and in that, we have 2 x 23kgs so we have plenty to spare for some last minute purchases in Miami.

Everything seems to be the last of today. Last visit to the Martini Bar, last visit to the casino, last speciality meal. We dine in Tuscan Grill and we sit down just after 8.40pm. By 8.55pm our mains are already on the table. We feel we are being rushed. We are not sure if it’s because it’s fairly quiet or they want to turn things around and clean before new guests get onboard tomorrow. We ask the waiter to slow things down so we have a rest before dessert is served. We can’t fault the food as it’s excellent. The Maitre’d approach to check everything ok so we mention the hasty service. She is apologetic and gives us a complimentary glass of champagne.

There is a comedy show in the Eclipse theatre so we venture in for only the 2nd time this cruise. We only stay for 15mins. Not really our thing.

We have a last flutter in the Casino and Peter doubled his stake but I lose mine. Swings and roundabouts. We stop by Cellar Masters to say goodbye to Yasna the excellent sommelier there. She has been lovely the whole cruise. Strange that our favourite people on the ship are those that serve us alcohol. Cheers. Tomorrow Miami and the end of our cruise. It’s been truly fabulous. Smooth crossing, interesting and varied ports of call, gorgeous food and drink, amazing service and great fellow guests. Here’s to the next one…in just over 21 weeks time🛳

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