Saturday, March 02, 2013

Cruise: Day 3, Nassau, Bahamas

Okay, first off, I know I missed a few days in there. So sue me - I was working nights.

So, we pulled into Nassau while I was still asleep at 7am so I missed seeing the whole docking process. But after we did get up we went out onto the balcony and had the most amazing view!

We were amazed by the size of the ropes they used to tie the ship to the dock - so we took pics with it. 

We went on a tour of the town. We drove around for a bit and learned about how things work in the Bahamas. The buildings are all colour coded. Government buildings are pink and police stations are all green. I think there were other designations but I don't remember. The kids all wear uniforms to school too which is kinda crazy. School was out the day we were there because they were having an election to decide whether or not to make it legal for Bahamian citizens to gamble on the islands. They have these huge resorts for tourists but they aren't allowed to actually gamble in them themselves, which I thought was crazy. (I looked it up later and the results of the election was that they are still not allowed to gamble). It was interesting to learn all about their way of life.

They have these free water taps in low-income neighborhoods, but our tour guide made sure to point how all the houses in those areas still had satellite tv. Good thing they have their priorities straight! I can't say much though because it is like that in most places in Canada or the US as well.

 Anyway, then we went to this local fort called Fort Fincastle. It was built to defend the island from ships and so it was made to look like a ship itself. Actually, most of the forts we saw in all the islands that we went too were built like that which was interesting. Here is a few pics of of Fort Fincastle.

 And here is a beautiful soldier we met at the Fort.

He liked me! ;)

 This is our tour guide - his name is Marcus. He was awesome! He also liked Dr. Pepper.

This is what Bahamian money looks like. It is worth the same as the American dollar and is pretty much interchangeable with it.

Next we got to go and see the huge, new(ish) Resort/Casino Atlantis. This is what Atlantis looks like from Fort Fincastle.

It was pretty spectacular. Here is Mom and I sitting on a beautiful throne, like the royalty that we are!

 This is us with the ship in the background by the water. Look at the colour of that water! It is spectacular!!

That night was formal night, so after going back to the ship (which left the dock at 3pm that day) and having a little afternoon catnap, we got all gussied up. Don't we look pretty? We were lucky that I brought a professional hairstylist in my luggage with me lol.
We got to see the captain and first mate's and even the Cruise Director, Josh (aka Big Sexy). It was like a brush with fame!

After dinner that night we went and hung out at karaoke a bit. I even sang a song! In my formal dress, which was a little bit strange, but still fun.

 After being there for a while we headed back to our room where this beautiful flower was waiting for us.
And that was it for the Bahamas. Come back tomorrow where I will tell you all about our first Sea Day!

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