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Travelog: Orlando and Bahamas, Day 3, Nassau.

In to the blues…..

Third day port of call of my 4 night vigil over cruise Carnival was port Nassau of Bahamas. We had opted for excursion on Nassau which is nothing but close encounter with sea lions.

Things to do: If you really interested in excursions which are very many, try to buy from cruise site. It has advantage of less stressing time-keeping. They will definitely make you returned in time to your respective cruise before it lifts the anchor at early evening.
Monetary note: Mostly you can only opt for single excursion per day. Also they seems expensive enough not to try more then one. On an average it will cost you around $100 per person.

On Nassau, it was bright and sunny. Our mood was matching the bright colors of structures adorning the beautiful port of Nassau. Once our jovial guide has brought all excursionists to their ferry boat to get everyone on Blue lagoon island, we realized that Bahamas was more of water then land. Nassau is capital of Bahamas. It has one celebrity spot called Atlantis hotel cum water adventure land and visitor spots such as hey market, historical stairs and similar. Nothing is as engaging as crystal blue water and white sand dotted with palm trees.

I had a feeling that Blue lagoon island was specifically molded for travelers. It consisted of enticing beach with dreamy azure tinted water, multitudes of water activities, hammocks and lay-downs under snooze induced palm trees, wooden bridges connecting various spots and a few spots supplying margarita and tropical colorful drinks. All tick offs for dream island getaway.

Blue Lagoon island where our excursion was placed
Atlantis in Nassau

Our encounter with sea-lion was novel and fun. Californian sea lions are cute playful carnivores. They were trained well in their breeding pens. Other pens had other more playful mammal partner, bottle-nose dolphins.

Monetary note: All these close encounters are relatively expensive but unique. Following the tradition of any popular travel spot, all captures you need to buy from them which again burn extra hole in your pocket (starting from $20 to $80 or more based on number of digital copy you choose).

Once done with encounter, we kill our time on the beach and frolicking around in clear crystal water.

Brief visit to straw market is more then enough to fill your local merchandise shopping itch which comprises of colorful sea trinkets, conchs, shells, beads, sea faring antiquities and such.

Straw Market for local trinket delicacies.

Once back to Carnival ship, we prepared for scheduled mega deck party which was more of mid-sea dance party at night. After midnight, adults only area opened for late night party goers with more of night club feel.

We retired late night to our stateroom to get mandatory recuperating enough sleep and to be ready for next day port of call; Freeport island.

Previously on Carnival cruise and Bahamas: Day 1, Day 2

Plan for remaining 4 days: Day 0

Travelog: Orlando and Bahamas, Day 2 – On sea

Fun day at sea….

… is how day 2 defined by our choice of cruise, Carnival.

Fun schedule of all days on Carnival

Strikingly blue sky, dazzlingly reflected on deep blue to turquoise water, stretching beyond infinity was as meditative as sailing on ship could conjure up; until that serene experience interrupted by occasional materialistic on-board activities. You will realize the true power of sea as nature when pathetically labeled “best camera” digital devices failed to capture seamless transitions of all the shades of blue. Also when your eyes failed to make sense of the end of stretching sea while it trying to make sense of sliver of a line called horizon where two blues of sky and sea handshake. Moment like this where the definition of infinity might have created or better infinity itself is conceived.

Day 2 was started off with hefty breakfast. Frolicking on deck pools and slides while one of the cruise host conducting participatory games was making the whole ship comes alive as collective organism. Carnival also had adult retreat areas for those who wants to cuddle up out of all the commotion, appropriately supplied with lay-downs.

Things-to-note: Professional photographer scattered everywhere on the major cruise events and on the deck were eager to capture you randomly. Posing is free. See how it all came out on their designated pictures wall.

After satisfied with our late morning to noon desk excursion and once tanning started to settle in ferociously, we had to get down to seclusion in our stateroom and be prepared for evening extravaganza.

Evening of the 2nd day on cruise wanted us to don our best attires and be presented at designated shoot-outs scattered in elegant main foyer as well as main deck. Cruise’s professional photographers tried to capture those opulent moments in stills.

Things-to-do: Always carry at least one of your best formal attire; suits for men and gowns or elegant tops, dresses for ladies. It will pay off once you see how your photographs came out on digital wall (And you need to pay more for physical copy)

Carnival had evening live shows planned for all of the evenings which we used to attend on regular basis at their superbly decorated amphitheater. Shows were all nice and mesmerizing with good visual and musical mixture. After dinner, we attended late night adult comedy shows which were actually quite funny and then retired for next day’s port of call early morning.

Things-to-note: Carnival had sumptuous lunch buffet options and delicious dinner variety. Even more then expected vegan options available for my vegan friends. One Indian dish also available daily with complementary "papad"(Indian side delicacy) and pickle for my Indian friends.

Previously on Carnival cruise and Bahamas: Day 1, Day 0