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Waking Up on the Disney Dream
Tuesday morning, we woke up at 6:30. I know, I know . . . what’s wrong with us waking up that early on vacation?! I was hoping to see the sunrise from our verandah, but we were on the wrong side of the ship. We did spend some time just standing outside though, soaking up the beautiful morning, while the light mist hit us. (Again, I have to say, I’m so glad we paid for the verandah room!)
I could get used to waking up with this view each morning!
We got ready and headed out to Enchanted Garden for breakfast. We knew it was on our dinner rotation for that evening, so we were hoping to see both of our servers there – and we did! Breakfast at Enchanted Garden is buffet style and contains all sorts of hot foods, pastries, fruits, etc.
Checking Out Nassau
After breakfast, we went to check out the Shopping Desk on the ship – there is seriously a couple who works on the ship whose job it is to tell people how and where to shop! Now, that is a job I could handle! We listened to her talking to the guy in front of us in line, and I think my eyes started to glaze over as she talked about jewelry, jewelry, and . . . more jewelry! As it turns out, jewelry is the big deal in Nassau!
We got off the ship to stroll through the shopping district. We got attacked by TONS of cab drivers and horse & carriage drivers wanting to take us on tours. We listened and politely refused the first few; but it got to the point where I kept telling Brian, “Do NOT make eye contact!” I seem to have one of those faces that screams, “Sucker!” because I ALWAYS get accosted by those people selling lotions, etc. in the malls and I can’t get away from them. I think the cab drivers saw that same thing in me!
We found the Straw Market, which I thought might be similar to the markets in Vietnam; and I was right. It’s a large building with a TON of vendors, basically all selling the same (or very similar items). We bought some locally made souvenirs – a yo-yo type walking turtle for Ian and a coconut monkey bank for Ashley. After making those purchases, we headed off before being roped in by more salespeople!
We found the main shopping district which is basically lots and lots of jewelry stores. We had some free jewelry coupons from the ship, so we started picking up some of those things. Really, though, it’s a bunch of junk; and it didn’t take long for me to tire of pretending that I was interested in the other jewelry in the stores in order to get the freebie!
We did find Del Sol, which I knew was there after reading my friend Steve’s eBook – Three Disney Cruises. It’s his favorite place to shop in the Bahamas; and now it’s mine too! (There used to be a Del Sol store in Ocean City, New Jersey that we loved to frequent. There’s also one at the outlets in Lancaster, so we do have access to them.) We picked up shirts for both Gracie and Ian, along with a tote bag for Ashley and a pair of color-changing earrings for me (I couldn’t resist!)
All Shopped Out!
On our way back to the ship, we stopped to take some pictures of the Dream and her neighbors (do we refer to ships as female?) It was an interesting comparison! Nothing really comes close as far as outward appearance, though the Carnival Ship looked pretty nice. The Royal Carribean ship, though, left a LOT to be desired and certainly looked like it had seen better days.
A Lazy Afternoon
We went to lunch at Cabana’s. We found a seat by the window, overlooking Atlantis. We decided that, if we ever take another Bahamian cruise, we probably will stay on the ship during that stop, or book a tour or excursion. As it was, we were rather lost and shopping for jewelry doesn’t have much appeal. I’d enjoy a tour of the island, though, or a visit to Atlantis.
We went back to our room after lunch and actually laid down and took a nap! Afterwards, we headed back up to Deck 11 for an ice cream cone (unlimited ice cream is nice, but it’s very soft and comes with those pointy-bottomed cones – I love the flat-bottomed cones so much more!)
We went to check out the Adults Only area of the ship. There wasn’t a lot going on in there during the day, but there’s definitely lots to see and do. BINGO tempted me, but I didn’t want to spend the extra money to play. I’m sure, if we had been traveling with friends, we’d have spent more time in this area of the ship.
We went out on the deck and took a walk around the perimeter of the ship. Then, we found some beach chairs in a quiet spot and sat down to do some people watching.
We walked some more, then ended up in a meeting about the Disney Vacation Club. They served us champagne (and bottled water, but seriously . . . who would pick that over champagne? Oh, right . . . Brian!) We got a drawstring backpack and some Disney pins for attending. It really was an informative meeting. We’ve been “on the verge” of buying into it several times now, but just can’t seem to actually do it.
We went back to our room and enjoyed standing out on the verandah, watching as the ship left Nassau.
We dressed for dinner, then headed out to the Walt Disney Theatre for that night’s show – Villains Tonight. It was good, though I didn’t like it nearly as well as The Golden Mickeys. We’re not huge villain fans anyway; and, I hate to admit this, but I’ve never even seen Hercules – Hades was the main character in the show.
(If you’d like to learn more about my dinner attire, be sure to check out my post on Cruise Casual attire and where I found my clothes for the trip.)
We went to the onboard shops and picked up 2 Tervis Tumblers so that we could bring drinks back to our room. We also picked out 4 Disney Cruise Line pins – one for my collection and one for each of the kids.
Dinner was at Enchanted Garden. It’s such a pretty restaurant! I had pre-ordered my meal the night before (just like at Walt Disney World, the servers and staff are very conscientious about food allergies).
Yes, between the two of us, we really did have all that food! Be sure to check back on Fridays, as I’ll be featuring many of these things in my Favorite Food Friday posts over the months to come.
Our Towel Creation
After dinner, we were greeted in our room by this guy:
Any ideas what he is? I was calling him a bulldog, but really I’m not sure. In any case, he’s adorable, don’t you think?