Wednesday, July 25, 2012
We were also lucky enough to see a Tampa Rays game thanks to Nick and Tonyia. We were spoiled at this game, getting to sit in the section down near the field, with tons of great food and drinks. We owe them something special after this nice treat!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
We ended up doing many of the shows and contests while we were on the ship and we thought they were enjoyable overall. My only complaint at all, in fact, was one of the shows where there was far too much skin showing for my tastes. It didn't add to the beautiful dancing for me, it just made it seem more cheap. Beyond that, I thought it was very family friendly and even though some of it was silly, it was fun.
Case in point: the Belly Flop Contest! First off, I have to share a picture of the cruise director Marc who made all things fun, even more fun. He was what I want to call a cutie patootie but most guys hate that so I will instead say he was gifted with a charismatic personality. He was really witty and seemed to love his job and love people. And he had an adorable foreign accent to boot.
Living the life at sea and already thinking of how we can get the kids to join our next cruise!
Friday, July 20, 2012
The Golden Age of Piracy lasted for thirty years, from 1690 to 1720 and Nassau was at its heart. Here was a tropical pirate paradise which attracted the greatest concentration of pirates ever seen in the New World.
Nassau was well suited as a pirate base of operations, its waters were too shallow for a large man-of-war but deep enough for the fast shallow draft vessels favoured by pirates. From their snug harbour they could employ their hit and run tactics to full effect; they devastated merchant shipping that plied the trade routes just a short sail away. Their pirate gold and goods formed the basis of a thriving community that attracted rogues, merchants and wild women from far and wide.
It was said that when a pirate slept he did not dream of going to heaven but instead to return to his favourite port of Nassau on New Providence Island.
Now you can join them when you explore Pirates of Nassau, an new interactive museum of Piracy in the heart of this historic city.
My favorite part was learning about female pirates. They sounded pretty fierce. It was a fun visit and added to our already interesting day.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
When we got off the boat, Nathan somehow got sucked into talking to a local vendor immediately even though I told him the "no eye contact-no slowing down and definitely don't smile at them" rule. Actually I do know how he got sucked in the more I think about it-the guy had goods that Nathan was interested in. No, not that. Although he did tell us where we could buy that if interested. He was offering a scooter rental. Nathan looked giddy at the idea. Nathan rarely does giddy so I could not say no. Ok, let's do it! So we ditched our plans and rented a scooter for the day.
The pros were we got to zip around the island on a scooter and we got to see the entire island. And truly that was a huge pro. It made for a pretty incredible experience!
Speaking of views, when you are short and sit behind someone on a scooter you can only see things like an infant in a car. By looking directly up, or seeing it as it passes by quickly on your side view. So at some point I asked if we could stop and get my camera out to use. I then held that out over Nathan while we zoomed around and snapped away. I had no idea what I was shooting but it was so cool when I got home and looked at what was on those shots. I could see why Nathan found the scooter thing so much more exciting than I did. I am getting my own scooter next time! Because seriously, how great is this view?
Stuart's Cove and put the camera away and ate lunch there. I got to chat with the lady who cooked our lunch. She is from Haiti and we talked about our kids. We chatted like Moms everywhere can and beamed with pride over our babies. She had two girls and two boys so we were close in numbers and genders. Her kids were roughly the same age as ours. She was facing empty nest syndrome too. She told me that she came to Nassau to send her son to one of the schools there. She liked it ok there but she missed her family including other kids back home. I told her I understood that all too well. She said Haiti more like "Aiti" so it took me a minute to figure out what she meant. She was the deepest brown that contrasted her whitest teeth and she had the most beautiful smile that reached all the way to her eyes. I wanted to hug her goodbye by the time our food was ready and we left to go eat. She was awesome.
This encounter made the entire day worth it to me. I live for experiences like that. It is what I take from every place we visit and they all become a part of me in some way and change who I am because I realize each time how alike we all are in some way. It is good stuff. Oh, and get the fish sandwich if you eat there. It was incredible!
This was a super day and left us so tired that we actually took a nap when we got back to the ship. Which is a good thing because we had tons of fun left for the night and since we did nap we stayed up really late to enjoy it!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Coco Cay is Royal Caribbean's private island. It was much bigger than we thought it would be.
Monday, July 9, 2012
We work up early today and headed over to the place where we parked the car. They drove us to the port and that was the last we did any work for the next four days. We were there early enough that we boarded the ship very quickly and easily. We headed up to the buffet first thing so we could eat before it got super crowded. Then we walked around the ship to explore and take pictures while it was still fairly empty.
When we were back from dinner, we met our room attendant. His name is Arson and he was fabulous too. We took it was a very good sign that the staff we encountered so far were great and we hoped that it would be the case across the board. I'm happy to say that it was.
Our nighttime fun for the first night was Karaoke and listening to the cover band Eclipse. We were very impressed with them! At the end of day one, we decided if this is what cruising is like, count us in. We decided we may still want to do cruises even after we get back to our vacation free life. It is a great experience even if not being used as a "vacation". We said we'll see what we think at the end of the cruise. We headed to bed somewhat early because I wanted to be on the first tender that headed out in the morning. It was a wonderful first day.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Titusville, Florida, honors American astronauts and features the world's largest collection of their personal memorabilia, focusing on those astronauts who have been inducted into the Hall; as well as Sigma 7, the fifth manned Mercury spacecraft. It is operated as part of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, 6 miles (9.7 km) to the east on Merritt Island.
After spending time here, we headed out for dinner and ate at the same place that Rich and Donna introduced us to. Nathan had the giant calzone again.
We headed back to our hotel, and tried to get a good night's sleep so we'd be fresh for our cruise.