|On top of the ship looking at the port of Miami.|
The first island was Grand Bahamas Island. We didn't book any excursions there, so we just visited the straw market in Freeport and went snorkeling at the beach near the market. Unfortunately, the reef there appeared half dead, so we didn't see much variety out there in the water. There was a guy on the beach selling fresh coconuts, so we bought a couple of them and sat drinking coconut juice and enjoying the beautiful weather.
|Our ship docked at the island of Great Stirrup Cay.|
The third island we visited was Nassau. We had an excursion booked, which was to swim with dolphins at Blue Lagoon Island. I have to say that this was probably my most favorite part of the trip. I'll admit that it was a little creepy at first to be swimming with marine mammals that are as big as me, but after awhile, it was great fun. The dolphins we swam with were movie stars with film credits such as Flipper. They were so well-trained and were quite the jokesters! Touching them feels awesome--they were like soft leather. I especially enjoyed the foot push, where you lay on your belly in the water as the dolphins push your feet and propel you so fast that your body rises up out of the water as if you're flying. It was a lot of fun. Sadly, a couple months after doing this, I watched a documentary on dolphins and I felt kind of bad about these dolphins that are kept in captivity. I wonder how content they really are with their life....
As far as the ship itself, there were many things to do. We attended a comedy/magic show one of the nights; it was very funny. We also attended a variety show and another show featuring numerous Broadway tunes. We made use of the fitness center, the basketball court, the ping pong tables, the swimming pools, and the hot tubs. The biggest party on board the ship was the White Hot Party, which was pretty fun. However, it seemed to die down quickly. We also made sure to go to each of the restaurants aboard the ship (except the specialty restaurants which were not part of the cruise fare). I thought the food was very good. They had the best melons ever, especially cantaloup. I don't think I've ever eaten as much melon in my life as I ate on board the ship! The only thing about the food was that there was not as much variety (the restaurants all tended to have the same sort of food with a few exceptions here and there). Drinks, oh my god, they were so expensive. Thank goodness we're not big alcohol or soda drinkers!
|Sunset on the Atlantic Ocean|