Posted September 15th, 2017, 05:29 PM
Thanks Silent Penguin for your review. I truly laughed out loud at your "Fourgrown people sharing a room. One word. Poopourri." Oh my, that is funny & relate-able!
I would love to know what you all did at Nassau. Glad you enjoyed your trip!
I'm glad I struck your funny bone.
This report is just jinxed. Every time I sit down to update it, something happens. Yesterday, I wrote up what we did in Nassau and my computer hung up. I lost it all.
Nassau - Our day in Nassau
Scuba diving - Dh always goes scuba diving when we're in Nassau. He's a die-hard fan of Stuart Dive shop
. It's not the cheapest option on the island, but he appreciates their professionalism and service. One time, I went with him because there was a combined snorkel or dive option. That was a while ago, so I don't know if the shop still offers it.
Morning - Mom and friend
My mom and her friend (both early 70's) booked their sightseeing tour through Carnival. They enjoyed it. Personally, I would have held out for a local company and a better price. After all, the Carnival tour started and ended way too early for anyone to not make it back to the ship on time, so there is no compelling reason to book with Carnival.
Morning The kids (16 and 20) and I
We dropped in at the Starbucks for frappes and to use the free wi-fi. This location is close to the ship and has the seating upstairs. As early as it was, the day was already hot and muggy, and on our way there, we were accosted several times by locals trying to lure us to their shop/stand nearby, so it was a blessed refuge to rest in the cool and quiet space upstairs.
Then we stopped in at the Straw Market so my daughter could look for a gift and my son could buy a hat. I was tempted to wait for them outside since I didn't want anything and I didn't want to waste any of the vendors time trying to persuade me otherwise, but my daughter had never experienced the Straw Market and I was concerned she would be overwhelmed by the pushiness of the vendors. The aggressiveness of the vendors was worse than I remembered. I think because there were so few shoppers to target, the vendors were in pounce mode for anyone who walked by. My daughter was very put off by the experience and didnt' buy anything, but my son overpaid (15.00) a cloyingly deferential old lady vendor for a cheaply made, acid green baseball hat with poorly stitched embroidery that we begged him not to buy. Considering he spent six months in China last year and had experienced street market haggling at its most famous, I was surprised he caved so quickly. Must have been the heat.
On a previous cruise, we walked over to the Fish Market to eat lunch at Twin Brothers and enjoyed the venue and the food very much. It's a popular place and I can see why, but I'm not inclined to go back there. It's not hard to find good, local food in a pleasant outdoor setting elsewhere. Personally, I would rather get my lunch from a food stall or some place less touristy, but I'm usually outvoted. This trip, we returned to the ship for lunch after our brief shopping excursion.
That's it for Nassau. We thought about going snorkeling after lunch. On previous trips, we either booked something ahead (as mentioned) or found a tour at the port. I don't remember specific companies or locations for any of these trips they were all great for snorkeling and we never felt unsafe or came close to missing the ship's aboard time.
You didn't ask about this since it has nothing to do with having a good time on land, but I'm going to share it anyway. A lot of people say they stay on the ship while it's docked in Nassau. Well, I don't know where on the ship they hang out, but it's not on the Lido deck. After lunch at the buffet, my daughter and I went in search of a hot tub so she could unkink her aching back (sleep/sofa is awfully hard) . We found the hot (or not hot at all) tubs empty and most of the Lido deck pool area pretty much deserted. It stayed that way until about 3:00, when the deck, pool and bar began to slowly fill up.
Port Day Spa Special
The other noteworthy thing is that not only did the spa offer the usual discount specials because it was a port day, but later in the afternoon, they announced a further discount on the 75-minute massage package.. The catch was we had to book for that evening. Since the not-so-hot tub didn't do the trick for my daughter's knotty back muscles, I booked us both a massage. We had to miss dinner for our appointments but it was worth it.
Since she's only 16, she wasn't allowed to have the hot stone massage, but they let her substitute that part.
I'm trying to remember exactly how much the discounted price was in case anyone reading this wants to know. The total for two of us was about 324.00, including two massages, the 15% gratuity, and extra tip for each of our masseuses.
DCL - 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014
NCL - Pearl, November 2010
CCL - Pride, 2012, 2013
PCL - Ruby, March 2016