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Morning Day #3
We really didn’t have any plans in place for Saturday, Day #3. It was our Nassau, Bahamas day and, in the past when we have docked here on other cruises, we’ve gotten off the ship and browsed some local stores and always come back unimpressed. So, we figured we’d just stay on the ship and see what we could find to do.
Upon looking over the Fun Times for the day, there wasn’t a whole lot that really appealed to us, though (except the Captains Celebration and the Motor City show in the evening).
An excursion after all
After breakfast, we were just walking around the ship, talking about what we might do that day, when we heard an announcement of some last minute openings on a sight-seeing tour of Nassau. The price was right ($29 per person) and would give us something to do for a while, so we went to the Shore Excursions desk and booked it.
It was a bit overcast and rainy, but we got off the ship and found a semi-dry place to wait for our tour to start.
First Stop: Atlantis Resort
Eventually, we were escorted to a bus that took us to our first stop on the tour – Atlantis. Now, we’ve seen the movie “Holiday in the Sun” many times and have seen Atlantis from a distance, but it was nice to finally see this place up close and personal. We weren’t 100% sure exactly where we were allowed to go on this particular tour, but we enjoyed strolling through the casino and seeing all the amazing glass sculptures.
Then we went outside to see what we could explore of the resort between rain showers. It really is a beautiful place!
We also enjoyed browsing through a little shopping district along the waterfront. We were starting to get a little hungry, so we decided to grab some Ben & Jerry’s Icecream for a special treat. (I actually chose a non-dairy flavor that tasted just like an Almond Joy! YUM!)
I wish we would have taken more time to explore the resort. We went into the lobby at Atlantis and sat and utilized the WiFi to check in with the kids. We never did find the aquarium (though that would have been great fun) – I’m not even sure our particular tour would have covered visiting in that area. Maybe next time.
Second Stop: Graycliff Resort
The way this particular tour was to work was that we’d have about an hour at each tour stop, then board the bus to go to the next stop. We could have customized it and stayed longer at any particular stop, but we weren’t 100% sure what to expect since it was our first time, so we chose to stick to the tour agenda.
We were told that our next stop was another resort. HOWEVER, Graycliff was an OLD resort RIGHT IN THE HEART of Nassau! It wasn’t what we were expecting at all. The bus dropped us off and we weren’t 100% sure what we were supposed to do, so we just started exploring.
We went into the winery and I sampled some of the wine (it was tasty). There was a little artisan gallery outside the winery and I was impressed with the wine trees (I’ve been wanting one of these in my yard for quite some time!)
Across the road, we went into a chocolate factory where we were given a piece of their chocolate to sample. It was good, but I felt the prices were quite high, so we didn’t bring any chocolate home with us.
Then, we started walking down the street (where there weren’t as many people) and discovered the ORIGINAL Graycliff – the hotel itself!
We weren’t sure if we were allowed to go exploring in the building, but we walked into the lobby and were greeted by a staff member who told us we were more than welcome to walk through and outside into the garden grounds, so we did!
The house itself dates back to the early 1700’s and is stunningly beautiful! It’s like walking into an old Clue game or something! I felt like I was in another world.
The grounds outback were downright idyllic! Seriously, I could have just sat and soaked this place in for hours on end!
Third & Fourth Stops: Skipped
Our third stop was to be at a Fort. It looked like a beautiful place to stop and take pictures but there was a fee to get in and see the fort itself and nobody else on the bus wanted to stop, so the driver just kept on going.
The fourth stop was at a “fish fry” – which, to me, was a HUGE outdoor food court type area with lots of restaurants and shops. The driver encouraged people to get off here to try a traditional Bahamian Fish Fry but, since I’m allergic to seafood, we thought this might not be the best idea for us. So, we stayed on the bus and went back to the ship.
Finally, lunch at Guy’s!
Back on the ship, we decided to finally get our Guy’s Burgers and OMG! I am so glad that we did. I was very impressed with this burger. There was even a burger bar where you could add more goodies (so I went for some bacon and fried onions on mine).
Cruise Elegant Night
We spent some time watching the waves from deck, relaxed in our room a bit, then got ready for Elegant Night. Originally, I planned to skip this night because Brian and I are FAR FROM ELEGANT! However, at the last minute, I decided to buy him a CASUAL button-down shirt and threw in my black dress, and we decided to just go for it, even if we were slightly underdressed. As it turned out, there were people dressed in all ways and, honestly, we were some of the better dressed that I saw that night, so I felt good that we decided to go for it.
Earlier in the cruise, one of the photographers had signed us up for a photo session that evening before supper. We expected it would be with him ( and were fine with that because he had captured us pretty well a few nights earlier):
As it turns out, however, our session was with the on board WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER! She did black and white shots with us, then took us outside on a quiet area of the ship and did authentic ocean pictures (rather than the fake backgrounds that the other ship photographers were using). We really didn’t plan to purchase these pictures, but it turned out they were too good to pass up, so we left with some. (The way we looked at it, we hadn’t had professional pictures since our wedding 27 years ago, and these were better than those!) What do you think?
Evening Day #3
After our photo shoot, we saw a bit of the Captains Celebration before we headed for dinner.
Since it was Elegant Night, I decided to splurge on a drink – I chose The Fresh Italian and it was amazingly delicious! The Four Season Salad was my appetizer (it was OK but nothing to write home about). I got the Prime Rib for my main course and it was good (I forgot to take a picture!)
The Creme Brulee for dessert was THE BEST I’ve had on any of our cruises to date. It was perfectly fired on top – just the right crispness but not burned taste whatsoever. My compliments to the chef!
We ended our night in the Blue Sapphire Lounge to see the Motor City Playlist Production. It was a great show. I was impressed with the entertainment on this cruise! They certainly have some very talented singers and dancers!
Please check out the other posts in this series, linked below:
- Carnival Ecstasy 4-night Bahamas Cruise – Day #1
- Carnival Ecstasy 4-night Bahamas Cruise – Day #2
- Carnival Ecstasy 4-night Bahamas Cruise – Day #4