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  1. This is a slightly edited post I put on Ocean Cay Friday Dec. 6th Pictures. I was on OC Saturday Dec. 7. I thoroughly enjoyed the stay. We set up on Sunset Beach. There was no shortage of beach loungers. The trees they planted gave us some shade but for guaranteed shade one should rent an umbrella. From our spot towards the beach there is sand, then at the water the sand goes away and there is a lot of coral rubble and solid hard white coral rock which is very uneven in places. I found it difficult to put on snorkeling gear and get out into the water as walking on the coral rubble was painful on my sensitive feet. It did not seem to prevent other people from getting in the water and I did find an easier place to enter a bit farther down from our spot. The coral rocks give way to sand on the bottom from say, 2 - 4 ft deep depending on the area. The lagoon, family beach and other beaches looked like all sand. The snorkeling was fun from the beach but there is not dramatic coral to look at. I went all the way out to where there is a rope and I'm guessing it's 8 - 12 ft. deep there. If you find a small outcropping or rocks and small coral there will be colorful fish - I saw many kinds of damsels, wrasses, trigger fish, and other kinds of fish. To get a better look you need to dive down 8 - 12 ft. Once in a while there were single and groups up to 8 of barracuda 2 to 3 feet long. They were not aggressive and did not seem to mind my presence. My brother saw what looked like a hammerhead shark about 6 ft long! It did not bother him and was just cruising past. Snorkeling from an excursion might be better and I would do that if I ever get the chance to go back. The Junkanoo parade was fun and ended at a dance party spot. Loud music started playing from some big speakers before the parade ended and it seemed like it was supposed to be for the lighthouse light show which had not started. A bit later the lighthouse light show started and stopped a couple times and looked like it never really got going. It certainly didn't look like the pictures and videos I've seen, so I think something went wrong there. I ordered a Bahamian stout beer from the lighthouse bar and they had difficulty charging me for it because it wasn't on their tablets. The beer they gave me wasn't even the one on the menu. The one I got was called Black Beer'd Stout and it was very good! I had 2.
  2. I was just on OC Saturday Dec. 7. I thoroughly enjoyed the stay. We set up on Sunset Beach. From our spot there is sand, then at the water the sand goes away and there is a lot of coral rubble and solid hard white rock which is very uneven in places. I found it difficult to put on snorkeling gear and get out into the water as walking on the coral rubble was painful on my sensitive feet. It did not seem to prevent people from getting in the water and I did find an easier place to enter a bit farther down from our spot. The coral rocks give way to sand on the bottom from say, 3 - 5 ft deep depending on the area. The lagoon, family beach and other beaches looked like all sand. The snorkeling was fun from the beach but there is not dramatic coral to look at. If you find a small outcropping or rocks and small coral there will be colorful fish - I saw many kinds of damsels, wrasses, trigger fish, and other kinds of fish. To get a better look you need to dive down 8 - 12 ft. Once in a while there were single and groups up to 8 of barracuda 2 to 3 feet long. They were not aggressive and did not seem to mind my presence. My brother saw what looked like a hammerhead shark about 6 ft long! It did not bother him and was cruising past. Snorkeling from an excursion might be better. The Junkanoo parade was fun and ended at a dance party spot. Loud music started playing from some big speakers before the parade ended and it seemed like it was supposed to be for the lighthouse light show. The lighthouse light show started and stopped a couple times and looked like it never really got going. It certainly didn't look like the pictures above, so I think something went wrong there. I ordered a Bahamian stout beer from the lighthouse bar and they had difficulty charging me for it because it wasn't on their tablets. The beer they gave me wasn't even the one on the menu. The one I got was called Black Beer'd Stout and it was very good! I had 2.
  3. I will be sailing on the Meraviglia on Dec. 1 2019! Only my 2nd cruise. First was 3 years ago on the NCL Getaway and I thought it was great! Very excited to see Ocean Cay but I won't be too disappointed with another port or sea day if necessary. I don't expect all areas of Ocean Cay to be finished based on "recent-ish" pictures I've seen. YC is not in my budget so no interest (concern ? ;-) ) there. I booked guarantee balcony. The cabin hasn't been assigned yet even as it states on the MSC site that it will be assigned within 14 days of sailing. I am not worried as long as I can get on the ship!
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