Sun? Beach? Cruise? Count me in! The Bahamas via Carnival Cruise was the perfect summer vacation! We got to do three ports:
- Grand Turk
- This sweet island was so much fun! Our family decided to do the cruise excursion for snorkeling and sting ray interaction. The boat took us first to snorkel over an area with some coral reefs and lots of fish. It was my first time snorkeling and it was so much fun! It also helps that the water is crystal clear! Then we took the boat over to a beach/shallow water area that is home to the rays. Their were many guys in the water that would grab the rays then let us hold them (and take our picture). It was a lot of fun!
- Half Moon Cay
- This private island made for the perfect beach day! Like all the Bahamas the water is warm and clear and shallow which let us walk out much further than any Southern California beach. The cruise provided a complimentary bbq for everyone which was nice to be able to stay at the beach all day!
- We did not have anything planned for Nassau, and ended up taking a van tour of the island that was offered right off the cruise. Yes it was a little sketchy but if wasn’t too expensive and we went with another family so that made us feel more comfortable. The van first took us to a Rum Cake store, where we got samples of delicious cake (and bought some to bring back with us too)!
- Our next stop was to Fort Fincastle, which was named named after British captain Lord Dunmore, built to protect Nassau Harbour and watch for encroaching pirates. Since it was located atop Bennet’s Hill, the highest point on New Providence Island, the fort provided fantastic views of Nassau and Paradise Island as well as the eastern approaches to New Providence
- We also climbed Queen’s Staircase – 102-ft., 65-step staircase carved by slaves from limestone in 1793 as shortcut to the fort
- Then we went to Paradise Island where the famous Atlantis resort sits. We were able to see the lobby and some of the aquariums Atlantis has, but other require a paid tour or you have to be a guest. Around Atlantis sits many cute little shops and restaurants, and you get to see all the boats and yachts we all want deep down.
The Bahamas is definitely a place to visit, and cruising was the perfect way to see many islands!