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Cruising to Nassau


I recently visited Nassau for the first time. I had read about the tiny island before but a lot of that information had not been good. The Canadian government warns travellers to the island of crime and other unfriendly issues. But when I stepped out on the balcony the morning we docked I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it truly was. Beautiful blue ocean and waving palm trees. Atlantis resort in the distance. We had booked an excursion through the Carnival website and the tickets told us to be on the pier at 1:30. With time to kill we headed off into the shopping area of the port known as Bay Street. In the walk from the ship to Bay Street we were offered multiple taxi rides, tours and even wagon rides. I just politely said no thank you and walked along my way. I found that the people peddling their services here were less pushy than in other corners of the world and I was pleasantly surprised.
I had purchased a coupon book from the shopping specialist on the boat. She had also directed me great places to shop. I utilized the information I had been given and explored the stores. On Bay Street you will find a large variety of jewelry shops. While I don’t have a massive budget I did purchase a beautiful tanzanite bracelet for $99.00 USD at Tanzanite International. I was given a tanzanite necklace and earrings for free to match. Just a few steps away I exchanged one of my coupons for a one carat loose sapphire. I also ventured into Diamonds International to collect my free Bahamas charm for my bracelet.
If like me fancy jewels are out of your budget there are other places to shop. Del Sol for instance which has items that change colour in the sun. Pandora. There is a pharmacy in case you were needing something and didn’t want to spend the extra price on board. There are a few souvenir shops along the way.
We returned to the ship after our morning of exploring Bay Street, dropped our shopping bags in the room and headed to the pier for 1:30.

Here we boarded a small boat which took us out the water way past some of the massive mansions on paradise island. Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Buffet and Tiger Wood’s ex wife all own houses in this area. These extravagant homes tower over the bay with their perfectly manicured lawns and glowing white paint. Just past the homes a few minutes we stopped to take a picture of the Island where Gilligan’s Island was filmed. Hurricane’s have destroyed the trees on it leaving it much less forested than what it had been. But a few of the buildings still stand. A fast and bouncy ride from there we jumped into the ocean to swim with sea turtles. The water around us was a bit rough and cloudy so it wasn’t the best day for this excursion but it was really nice. I didn’t see any turtles but my husband saw two. I just enjoyed watching the fish as I snorkelled along in the warm Caribbean waters. Jumping back into the boat we drove to Rose Island where we snorkelled again. Here over a reef we snorkelled for about half an hour. The reef was beautiful and bountiful with fish. It was colourful and the water here was clear. Our life guard swam bellow us spreading food for the fish. We then spent about a half an hour basking in the sun on Rose Island before returning to port and boarding the ship.
I would like to return to Nassau and explore more of the island one day but I am a true water baby at heart and I always enjoy doing any sort of water excursion. In conclusion anyone concerned about visiting the Bahamas I would recommend Nassau as one of your stops for exploring this beautiful area of the world. The shopping is tax and duty free and the locals that I meant were wonderful people.

Posted by Wanderlustcanuk 21:36 Archived in Canada Tagged cruises carnival bahamas nassau

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