How we ended 2013

Trip Start Dec 15, 2013
Trip End Jan 05, 2014

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Flag of Bahamas  , New Providence Island,
Tuesday, December 31, 2013

What a great day and way to end 2013!

We arrived in Nassau, or first stop in and first time ever to the Bahamas. Of course the ship offered a multitude of excursions but Annie had done some research while we were in NYC and discovered that to do what we wanted to do we just needed to take a short walk. There is so much on offer if one chooses to do so including the vast complex of Atlantis with its giant water park and South African Sol Kersner's Sun City style Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas. For us, it’s all about the beach and sunshine.

After getting off the ship we spent quite some time looking at all of the ships in alongside us; there were 2 other Carnival ships, a Disney cruise, a Royal Caribbean ship and not sure what else. Blimey, they are all enormous!

We managed the short walk to the outside of the dock area to where Senor Frog’s bar was and was filled with people drinking their morning margarita’s) and sat on the wall watching the water traffic while listening to the wonderful sounds of a local group on the bandstand playing everything from the Blues to Caribbean classics. While we were sitting there we watched as another giant Royal Caribbean cruise ship came in, executed an effortless and extremely impressive three point u-turn and backed into its parking spot!

Time to hit the beach… it was just as we had read about, a free public beach lined with shacks that sell drinks and food and blare out their music to try and attract us to them. We found our spot on the beach and soaked in the sunshine. When sufficiently "cooked", we took turns at enjoying the cool and clear waters. How weird to be in such crystal clear water with our and all the other giants of the cruising world within sight and just a short walk away!

How else to end a beach day in the Bahamas but with a Daiquiri on the beach. We strolled along looking for the shack that looked and felt right and appealed to us and took up position on loungers. It turned out that the man who served us was delighted that we had chosen his place as he and his girlfriend are both deaf so to have someone else with something wrong come along and choose them was exciting. He was really sweet, checking we were ok, I could find what I needed and that we like our daiquiris – we did, they were delicious and went down very easily. The Caribbean Rum added to the flavour and experience and, although did not seem strong, clearly was there as we found out when we stood up and walked off :-) not drink from just one drink (hic ) but certainly a little tipsy :-) Not to worry, by the time we wandered through some of the shops, leaving empty handed from them all, and through the docks passed all the other cruise ships, we were back to normal :-)

Then it was time for New Year celebrations… normally we manage to stay awake in London to watch the New York new year coming in. this year, ship’s time remains on NYC time so we could watch London bringing in the new year before we went to dinner.

After dinner we joined many of our fellow cruisers to watch the big balloon drop in the main lobby area that stretches up from deck 3 to deck 12 so plenty of height for balloons. Then it was off to the indoor pool deck, bubbly in hand, to count down the start of 2014.

What an amazing way and place to see the year out and in!!!

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